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The Curry Coast

The Curry Coast

By Binoo K. John

Click here to buy The Curry Coast The second Saturday of March 1997 was a rendezvous with history for the 96-year-old Zamorin of Calicut, Kunjaniyan Raja. It was the day the government would grant him the only official recognition the Zamorin gets today—swear him in as member of the Guruvayur Devasom Board. Normally the [...]

The Temple Road

The Temple Road

By Fazlur Rahman

Click here to buy The Temple Road Dhaka was in the grip of martial law. The East Pakistani Bengalis were asking for autonomy from the dominant non-Bengali military government of Pakistan, and there were mass protests on the streets. The peaceful protesters were shot at by the army, which also imposed harsh curfews off and on to keep [...]

Loitering with Intent

Loitering with Intent

By Ritu Menon

Click here to buy Loitering with Intent Myanmar Days February 2012 It was only in Bagan that I experienced, fully, the serenity of the Buddha. Wandering through the undergrowth around one of the hundreds of pagoda clusters that stud the landscape, I came upon him, his face aglow in the setting sun, the [...]

A Village Dies

A Village Dies

By Ivan Arthur

Click here to buy A Village Dies Caesar Road Half a century seemed little more than a few torn calendar sheets gone; and now, looking at that face, not yet coffin-covered for eternity, Kitty felt that Change was no more than a thin translucence over the remembered past. Not much had changed. Now a visitor in her own [...]

Gandhi on Non-Violence

Gandhi on Non-Violence

By Thomas Merton

Click here to buy Gandhi on Non-Violence One of the most significant facts about the life and vocation of Gandhi was his discovery of the East through the West. Like so many others of India, Gandhi received a completely Western education as a young man. He had to a great extent renounced the beliefs, the traditions, the habits [...]

A Season for Martyrs

A Season for Martyrs

By Bina Shah

Click here to buy A Season for Martyrs As Ali drove his car through the Karachi streets, he had to avoid potholes and ditches because all the roads were dug up, as if landmines had exploded everywhere. He still stopped at red lights, but the rest of the traffic was generally so unruly that nobody even bothered to slow down at the [...]

The Haunted Dolls’ House

The Haunted Dolls’ House

By M. R. James

Click here to buy The Haunted Dolls' House The Mezzotint Some time ago I believe I had the pleasure of telling you the story of an adventure which happened to a friend of mine by the name of Dennistoun, during his pursuit of objects of art for the museum at Cambridge. He did not publish his experiences [...]

The Big Cat Man

The Big Cat Man

By Jonathan Scott

Click here to buy The Big Cat Man The cheetah crouched and then in one glorious movement leapt on to the bonnet of my safari vehicle. It was September 2003 and the first season of Big Cat Week was underway in Kenya’s Maasai Mara. The programme’s predecessor Big Cat Diary had been running since 1996; now we were [...]

I Want to Destroy Myself

I Want to Destroy Myself

By Malika Amar Shaikh

Click here to buy I Want to Destroy Myself And then came February 1974. To get hot scoops for Ranangan, Anil-bhaiyya had to get around. And so he landed up at a meeting of a new political organization called the Dalit Panthers at Worli on February 6. The elections were fast approaching. These new young Dalit [...]

Journey After Midnight

Journey After Midnight

By UJJAL DOSANJH

Click here to buy Journey After Midnight Stuck in bed that morning, I turned on the television to keep myself occupied. The lead story on the BCTV noon news showed a group of angry Sikhs attacking the Indian tricolour-raising ceremony at the home of the Consul General of India in West Vancouver. A police helicopter could be [...]

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