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Water: A tender short-story about the day Mumbai went underwater

HarperCollins India’s latest anthology of short-fiction, out in November 2017, titled No Presents Please: Mumbai Stories is not about what Mumbai is, but what it enables. Here is a city where two young people decide to elope and then start nursing dreams of different futures, where film posters start talking to each other, where epiphanies…… Continue reading Water: A tender short-story about the day Mumbai went underwater

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Short Story: Intizar Husain’s ‘The Death of Sheherzad’

Short Story: Intizar Husain’s ‘The Death of Sheherzad’ Sheherzad told over a thousand stories and gave birth to three sons in a thousand and one nights. The listener prospered and so did the teller. The teller of the stories, Sheherzad, was granted life through her stories and, in turn, allowed countless virgins to live, virgins…… Continue reading Short Story: Intizar Husain’s ‘The Death of Sheherzad’

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Short Story: ‘The Transistor’ by Shahnaz Bashir

An exclusive excerpt from Shahnaz Bashir’s Scattered Souls, published by HarperCollins. Set in Kashmir, it’s a story of a man whose transistor triggers paranoia in his neighbourhood. The Transistor Ignorance and impetuosity are inseparable twins as are rumours and misunderstandings—all fused at their heads. With each bullet pumped into him, all his great memories of loyalty to the…… Continue reading Short Story: ‘The Transistor’ by Shahnaz Bashir

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The Goddess: The Story That Inspired Satyajit Ray’s ‘Devi’

The long February night refused to let the dawn break. Umaprasad woke up. He looked for his wife under the quilt, but couldn’t find her. His searching hand finally located his sixteen-year old wife curled up in one corner of the bed outside the warmth of the quilt. He slowly shifted towards his sleeping wife…… Continue reading The Goddess: The Story That Inspired Satyajit Ray’s ‘Devi’