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On Leaders and Icons

On Leaders and Icons

By Kuldip Nayar

Click here to buy On Leaders and Icons I was in my second year of law college in Lahore when Mohammad Ali Jinnah came to address the students. Habib, my Kashmiri classmate, was an active member of the Muslim League, and had arranged the function. Initially, he did not invite us, the non-Muslim students. But when he realized at the eleventh hour that the [...]

Cancer, Your Body and Your Diet

Cancer, Your Body and Your Diet

By Arati Bhatia

Click here to buy Cancer, Your Body and Your Diet Using the Beneficial Effects of Food in Cancer To all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food. And so it was. —Genesis 1: [...]

Great Jataka Tales

Great Jataka Tales

By Noor Inayat Khan

Click here to buy Great Jataka Tales The Fairy and the Hare A young hare once lived in a small forest between a mountain, a village and a river. My children, many children run through the heather and the moss, but none as sweet as he. Three friends he had: a jackal, a water-weasel and a monkey. After the long day’s toil, searching [...]

The Greatest Indian Fairy Tales

The Greatest Indian Fairy Tales

By Joseph Jacobs

Click here to buy The Greatest Indian Fairy Tales The Tiger, the Brahman, and the Jackal Once upon a time, a tiger was caught in a trap. He tried in vain to get out through the bars and rolled and bit with rage and grief when he failed. By chance a poor man came by. ‘Let me out of this cage!’ cried the tiger. ‘Nay, my friend,’ [...]

Strange Worlds! Strange Times!

Strange Worlds! Strange Times!

By Vinayak Varma

Click here to buy Strange Worlds! Strange Times INTRODUCTION Here’s what you probably know already: You know that sci-fi is a remarkable predictive tool. It takes the idea of the now and evolves it for the much later. It then casts that image in dread darkness or glorious light, into utopia or dystopia, depending on whether the creator of [...]

Jiya Jale

Jiya Jale

By Gulzar in conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir

Click here to buy Jiya Jale NMK: I was talking to director Shaad Ali once about the importance of songs in India’s cultural life. He agreed with me and told me how thrilled he was that a song from one of his films had become part of the repertoire of wedding songs. He was talking about ‘Kajra re’ from his delightful 2005 film, Bunty aur Babli. It is also a [...]

Sky Is My Father

Sky Is My Father

By Easterine Kire

Click here to buy Sky Is My Father After the tiger kill, the men did not pay any more attention to field work. They were too preoccupied with accumulating arms and ammunition. The younger men were taught the rituals of war, for it had been a long time since the village had gone to war against another village. The new age-groups were ignorant of a man’s role [...]

Shillong Times

Shillong Times

By Nilanjan P. Choudhury

Click here to buy Shillong Times It was a serene Shillong evening just like any other, watching with amusement the excitement bubbling inside Debu’s heart as every step brought him closer to the secret pleasures of Kalsang. A short walk later they had arrived at their destination—a large, slightly run-down cottage that had been [...]

The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers

The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers

By Raghu Chundawat

Click here to buy The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers Out of all the tigers that we studied, one really became a part of our lives; she was a tigress whom we named ‘Baavan’ (fifty-two). She was named so because her eyebrow markings resembled the numerals ‘5’ and ‘2’ (page 78). I realized this quite late. In fact, it was [...]

Right Arm Over

Right Arm Over

By Moti Nandy

Click here to buy Right Arm Over Ananto returned to Calcutta on the evening flight. Jibon was waiting at the airport with his car. As soon as they hit Jessore Road, heading towards Nagerbazar, Jibon asked, ‘Why didn’t they have you in the team?’ ‘I can’t say. I didn’t ask anyone about it, what’s the point?’ ‘Still a good idea to know why.’ [...]

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