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
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’
Down in the south west of Ireland, rugged mountains meet bright blue lakes and thick forests. Deep in the woods, surrounded by farmland, a young woman lives alone in a small stone cottage. Then, into her peaceful landscape comes a documentary crew. Solomon’s skill is sound. He records, he listens, he hears. And when he meets Laura,…… Continue reading November Arrivals: Books by Cecelia Ahern, Anthony Doerr, David Walliams and more!
When Vasudhendra published Mohanaswamy (2013), the first collection of gay short stories in Kannada, it created a stir in the literary world. The book came as a cultural shock to many, not only for its subject but also because it revealed the sexual identity of the writer. By then, Vasudhendra had established himself as a…… Continue reading ‘Society is far more liberal and advanced than our law’: Vasudhendra
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
From the gentle screech of its hinges, Gandhi knew that someone was pushing open the door to his room. Then he heard the shuffling of feet moving closer with each careful step. The Mahatma closed his eyes and pretended to be asleep. It had to be Dhaniklal – an old man who was by far…… Continue reading Short Story: Farewell, Mahatma