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Son of the Thundercloud

Son of the Thundercloud

By Easterine Kire

DANCE OF THE STARS ‘What is your name, traveller?’ the older woman asked. She was the taller of the two, and less spectral, despite her painfully gaunt appearance. As for her sister, Pele thought that someone could easily mistake her for a length of crushed black velvet cloth blowing in the wind. Not that there was anything of the finesse of velvet about her, but it was the way she looked so ephemeral, like the wind would blow her away [...]

The Exodus Is Not Over

The Exodus Is Not Over

By Nandita Haksar

‘Pack your clothes. I have booked your tickets on the morning bus tomorrow. We have found two girls going to Delhi. You can go with them.’ Atim had been waiting for this moment, but now that it had arrived she was overwhelmed by feelings she could not describe in words. But her father was calm. He handed her the money he had kept for the occasion. Several weeks ago, he had sold one of his goats for Rs 1,500, which he gave his daughter. He [...]

The Pocket Kamasutra

The Pocket Kamasutra

By Alka Pande

Click here to buy The Pocket KamasutraDharma is better than Artha, and Artha is better than Kama. But Artha should always be first practised by the king, for the livelihood of men is to be obtained from it. Again, Kama being the occupation of public women, they should prefer it to the other two. And these are [...]

Amba

Amba

By Laksmi Pamuntjak

Click here to buy Amba Chapter 7: Precipice When Bhisma bent down and whispered, “Would you like to go back outside? Get some fresh air?” she offered no resistance. She followed him wordlessly, not really noticing which way they were going until she saw the banyan tree they had sheltered under only the night before last. They [...]

The Creature on the Moonlit Road

The Creature on the Moonlit Road

By Montague Rhodes (M. R.) James

Click here to buy The Creature on the Moonlit Road Lost Hearts It was, as far as I can ascertain, in September of the year 1811 that a post-chaise drew up before the door of Aswarby Hall, in the heart of Lincolnshire. The little boy who was the only passenger in the chaise, and who jumped out as soon as it [...]

Fatal Accidents of Birth

Fatal Accidents of Birth

By Harsh Mander

Click here to buy Fatal Accidents of Birth The Broken Threads of Life The Jhelum flows not far from the home of Shameem, a middle-aged widow who lives in a village in the mountains of Kashmir. On some particularly desperate nights—Shameem confided in me as we sat in her small house, talking—she would tie stones [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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