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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.’ [...]

Looking for the Nation

Looking for the Nation

By Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee

Click here to buy Looking for the Nation Territory without Justice Before you ask for justice–make sure that you won’t get it, just by accident. —Paavo Haavikko, Fifteen Epigrams in Praise of the Tyrant Nations are born with, and live by, dates. But are dates the most promising reminders of freedom? Dates are promising only [...]

The Impossible Fairy Tale

The Impossible Fairy Tale

By Han Yujoo

Click here to buy The Impossible Fairy Tale The Child’s eyes resemble the eyes of a fish. She doesn’t see Mia, who says she will buy a fountain pen when she grows up. The Child’s eyes reflect nothing, reveal nothing. She doesn’t see Mia saying to Inju, Do you know you can kill someone with a fountain pen? The Child’s eyes capture neither [...]

The Disobedient Indian

The Disobedient Indian

By Ramin Jahanbegloo

Click here to buy The Disobedient Indian Many decades ago, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, described Mahatma Gandhi as a person who ‘seems to be the vehicle and embodiment of some greater force of which even he is perhaps only dimly conscious.’ Nehru’s affirmation was immediately followed by an interrogation: ‘Is that the [...]

The Scope of Happiness

The Scope of Happiness

By Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

Click here to buy The Scope of Happiness Chapter 1: Emergency ‘In June 1975 my daughter Nayantara and I had come to London from Padua where we had gone to attend the wedding of her son to an Italian girl. We spent the night at the Y.M.C.A. Indian Students’ Hostel. Next morning, as I was getting breakfast at the cafeteria, a young man next in line to [...]

The Flavours of Nationalism

The Flavours of Nationalism

By Nandita Haksar

Click here to buy The Flavours of Nationalism In this extraordinary book, Nandita Haksar recounts her culinary journey, as a human rights activist and lawyer in search of answers to the fundamental political questions that have arisen during recent controversies over food—what can we eat, who can we eat with, what foods are forbidden or denigrated, [...]

Travels On My Elephant

Travels On My Elephant

By Mark Shand

Click here to buy Travels On My Elephant ‘Am I right in assuming that you want to buy an elephant?’ the voice from New Delhi shouted down the telephone to me in London. Even through the hiss and static of the long-distance connection I could detect the apprehension in the voice. ‘Yes,’ I shouted back. I was restless again. The last time I had [...]

The Man Who Saw the Sun

The Man Who Saw the Sun

By Makarand Sathe

Click here to buy The Man Who Saw the Sun B: What did you die of? A: Accident. A: You? B: Heart attack. B: And these two… A: Just leave them alone, will you? I will tell you about them. But only after a while. Have patience…OK? First tell me something. Did you fill up a form on your arrival…at that first place? That small place [...]

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