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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 [...]

Sunita De Souza Goes to Sydney and Other Stories

Sunita De Souza Goes to Sydney and Other Stories

By Roanna Gonsalves

Click here to buy Sunita De Souza Goes to Sydney and Other Stories Aunty Marilyn was a higher-up in the Bank of Dubai, and kept getting promoted higher and higher every three years. But I suspected that being first in line for work promotions could never heal the wound of being second in line for love. If twenty-five years of [...]

She Goes to War

She Goes to War

By Rashmi Saksena

Click here to buy She Goes to War Purnima had little choice but to go back to the dress she loathed. “I had to cross the Moreh post a number of times to recruit people, procure food and medicine and most importantly to arrange for money to run my camp. I pretended to be a petty trader to get past the checkpost.’ The disguise part was easier compared to [...]

Weaving Water

Weaving Water

By Ajeet Cour

Click here to buy Weaving Water Cases of arson and rioting now started in Lahore too. All the things that we had heard from those evicted, homeless people, those tales of terror, which were just talk to us till then, and could only be imagined, all those horrible things had started happening in Lahore as well. Similar incidents were beginning to become a reality [...]

Manspotting

Manspotting

By Ritu Bhatia

Click here to buy Manspotting Falling madly in love is probably the best distraction from bad feelings. My existential angst was put to rest, temporarily, when I met Vikram at a press conference. While ‘beautiful’ is a term usually used to describe a woman, that’s the word that came to mind when I first saw him: his skin glowed, his shoulders were broad and [...]

The Haunted Horse

The Haunted Horse

By Rudyard Kipling

Click here to buy The Haunted Horse I don’t suppose that a Subaltern believes in anything except his chances of a Company; but Horrocks and Tesser were exceptions. They came to believe in their ghosts. They had reason. Horrocks used to find himself, at about three o’clock in the morning, staring wide-awake, watching two white Things hopping about his [...]

A Time for All Things

A Time for All Things

By Ruskin Bond

Click here to buy A Time for All Things In the Darkness of the Night No night is so dark as it seems. Here in Landour, on the first range of the Himalayas, I have grown accustomed to the night’s brightness—moonlight, starlight, lamplight, firelight! Even fireflies and glow-worms light up the darkness. Over the years, the night [...]

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