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Baluta

Baluta

By Daya Pawar

Click here to buy Baluta I have tried my best to forget my past. But the past is stubborn, it will not be erased so easily. Many Dalits may see what I am doing here as someone picking through a pile of garbage. A scavenger’s account of his life. But he who does not know his past cannot direct his future. The Maharwada I knew in my childhood has been [...]

In the Court of the Ranee of Jhansi

In the Court of the Ranee of Jhansi

By John Lang

Click here to buy In the Court of the Ranee of Jhansi ‘What the deuce is that?’ cried the magistrate, who was driving us rapidly towards home. ‘See! That thing in the road.’ And coming up to it, he reined in the horse. The syce (groom), who was running behind the buggy, picked up the object, at his master's [...]

Art of Hearing Heartbeats

Art of Hearing Heartbeats

By Jan-Philipp Sendker

Click here to buy Art of Hearing Heartbeats And through all that crackling, through the creaking, whispering and cooing, the dripping, trickling and cheeping, came that unmistakeable soft knocking. Slow, calm, and even. Somehow the source of all sounds, tones and voices in the world. It was at once strong and delicate. Tin Win [...]

The Last Candles of the Night

The Last Candles of the Night

By Ian Bedford

Click here to buy The Last Candles of the Night Philip had no car. He drove a car in India, but in Australia – which lacked water buffalos, street cows, hand-carts and cycle-rickshaws, three-wheeler auto-rickshaws which turned on the spot, and laden wagons wending from the canefields or the cotton-ginning yards – the traffic [...]

The Himalaya Club

The Himalaya Club

By John Lang

Click here to buy The Himalaya Club Whilst we were enjoying ourselves after dinner, on the evening of the Hindoo holiday, the khansamah came in, and announced that two Sahibs had arrived. ‘Two Sahibs?’ said our host. ‘Who are they?’ ‘They are strangers to me, Sahib,’ said the khansamah, ‘and they do not speak Hindostanee; but [...]

A View from the Bund

A View from the Bund

By Ian Bedford

Click here to buy a View from the Bund Christopher was spying from a screen of bushes at the edge of the compound. There was no wall there but a path along a kind of embankment, looking across the fields on the exposed side. Traffic from the fields mounted the path. Cyclist and pedestrian from an outer world caught glimpses between the casuarina [...]

Looking Away: Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India

Looking Away: Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India

By Harsh Mander

Click here to buy Looking Away In our world today, there is much which has become globalized—the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the films we watch, the songs we dance to, and the social networking sites on which we compulsively exhibit our lives in real [...]

Jimmy the Terrorist

Jimmy the Terrorist

By Omair Ahmad

Click here to buy Jimmy the Terrorist Curfew was declared. Pickets were set up at the major crossroads in town, but this was a mohalla so there were only minor crossroads. A large truck painted in camouflage trundled up close to Shabbir Manzil and disgorged its contents. These were no ordinary police, even [...]

In a Land Far from Home: A Bengali in Afghanistan

In a Land Far from Home: A Bengali in Afghanistan

By Syed Mujtaba Ali

Click here to buy In a Land Far from Home I rented a house in the village of Khwajamollah, about two and a half miles away from Kabul. I acquired a servant too, along with the house. Principal Girard, the head of the college where I was going to teach, was French. He introduced us [...]

The Two-Year Mountain

The Two-Year Mountain

By Phil Deutschle

Click here to buy The Two-Year Mountain. Bebeep, bebeep... My watch alarm sounds from the side-wall pocket. At 3.30 a.m., it’s cold and dark. Wind shakes the tent, but it’s not strong enough to worry about. I light the stove in the vestibule and it goes to work warming the tent and melting the snow that I collected last night. As the [...]

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