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Short Story: A Little Boy’s Harmonica

Short Story: A Little Boy’s Harmonica

A 9-year-old boy is witness to rows of coffins from his mountain house window. Through his innovative Blues, short dirges straight from the heart, he pines for his soldier father caught in the crossfire of Russia-Ukraine conflict, and pays tribute to the...

26 June 2022
Reflections: Translations Illumine The Rich Literary World Of Indian Languages

Reflections: Translations Illumine The Rich Literary World Of Indian Languages

With a view to bringing voices from faraway places, especially of the marginalised and the forgotten, we have had poetry, stories and reports translated from...

10 June 2022

Book Excerpt | ‘Biswas Will Never Speak About Her’: The Real Story Of A Tribal Khasi Woman

The death of Wajiri did not make it to the local news, nor did the police check on her disappearance. It was just another case, a statistic best forgotten.

Short Story: Breeding Machine

Short Story: Breeding Machine

They’re my children who experienced the warmth of my womb for nine months. Today, I can’t even say they’re mine. They’re Raja Khan’s children. Not...

22 May 2022

Book Excerpt: The Shadow On The Wall

Ruskin Bond, India’s best-loved author, turned 88 on May 19. He recollects a spooky incident that happened during his days as a struggling freelance writer...

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21 May 2022
Short Story: Once Upon A Road

Short Story: Once Upon A Road

For Hasan, a man seemingly in his mid-thirties, roads often lead to more roads. An encounter with Vikram near a temple on an October night ends with a strange...


14 May 2022
Book Excerpt: Black Is The Colour Of Death

Book Excerpt: Black Is The Colour Of Death

It must be difficult, having to worry if you could die honourably, if you could die with dignity, not asking, not begging, for the pain to stop. For if you...


11 May 2022
'Sickness': A Short Story By Saadat Hasan Manto

'Sickness': A Short Story By Saadat Hasan Manto

‘I am not comfortable in the company of women, to the extent that I had agreed to a nikah about a year and a half ago but had not made any arrangements to...


08 May 2022
Short Story: R Cube

Short Story: R Cube

It was her quiet and fiery resilience that had attracted me to her: she was glorious, mysterious, and almost unattainable. Even in the throes of desire, a part...


07 May 2022
Short Story: The Strings

Short Story: The Strings

Everybody—her parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, children and the servants in the extended family—huddle around her on the carpet, enchanted by the...


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29 May 2022
An Allegory Written In Blood

An Allegory Written In Blood

“How was your day?” I ask my wife as if I can still ruin it...


02 April 2022
Short Story: Chutzpah

Short Story: Chutzpah

Mr. Bose, a psychotherapist with a practice of over 20 years, would get a stream of middle-class urban clients, but Sunita was different. The first couple of...


27 March 2022
Short Story: The Mothers In Her Backbone

Short Story: The Mothers In Her Backbone

As Ma laid her healing hand on her back, Anisha felt like she had magically inserted some fallen, missing piece of a little bone back into her column of...


27 March 2022
Love Story: Time And Time Again

Love Story: Time And Time Again

He had thought of her as she was, as her name spoke of: a single star. And now the star had burnt out, consumed by the vastness of the galaxy.


01 April 2022
Otto’s Dilemma: A Short Story From Goa

Otto’s Dilemma: A Short Story From Goa

The short story by Mayabhushan Nagvenkar, a writer and journalist based in Goa, is part of an unpublished collection titled Anjuna Tales


20 March 2022
Short Story: The Octopus

Short Story: The Octopus

A seductive tale of love, marriage, desire, promiscuity, quirks of fate and submission, emblazoned with complicated family history.


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13 March 2022
The Travails of Two Love Birds In Kashmir Under Lockdown

The Travails of Two Love Birds In Kashmir Under Lockdown

For youngsters in Kashmir, the unprecedented lockdown of 2019 was a tough time: the phone lines were dead and they couldn’t get to whisper sweet nothings...


08 March 2022
‘Ten Rupees’: Manto’s Short Story Explores Sex And Gender Binary

‘Ten Rupees’: Manto’s Short Story Explores Sex And Gender Binary

Saadat Hasan Manto’s short story ‘Das Rupay’ is the tale of a 15-year-old pushed into the flesh trade by her mother. In his early days in Mumbai, Manto...


06 March 2022
Short Story: The Things I Do For Love 

Short Story: The Things I Do For Love 

When my father invited the tall, fat man to stay for the night before he took a friend from the farm, I sat by Cola’s side that whole night.


20 February 2022
Thorns In The Flesh: The Story Of A Heartbreak

Thorns In The Flesh: The Story Of A Heartbreak

My uncle fell in love with a stunner at work when he was young. When the lady he was in love with left him for a rich man, he never recovered from the...


19 February 2022
Love Story: Requiem For A Dream

Love Story: Requiem For A Dream

I do not remember. But gently and firmly, like a mother embracing her newborn, I remember I fell in love


14 February 2022
A Lullaby To My Younger Self 

A Lullaby To My Younger Self 

Once, I saw a yellow half-moon, fringed between the tall trees and the velvet skies. Hung in the stillness, it shone amidst the clouds. Gazing at it, I was...


14 February 2022
Love Story: An Unfolded Letter Sent To The Moon

Love Story: An Unfolded Letter Sent To The Moon

Zurich, 12 years ago: The bed sheet was silk, its luster almost a mirage. Your embrace, the shelter of a tree in monsoons. Fade Out: There is no smoke now,...


09 June 2022
Short Story: The Sea Brings, It Also Takes Away

Short Story: The Sea Brings, It Also Takes Away

Antonio Vaz, a peon at the municipal office in Mapusa town, had a one-storied mansion so close to the sea that the waves would spew fury on its walls when the...


12 February 2022
A Day To Remember,  An Afternoon To Cherish 

A Day To Remember,  An Afternoon To Cherish 

'A day, when I saw my life running in loops and circles, vulnerability enmeshed with resilience.  An afternoon, when two strangers discovered an unknown land...


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