BASTAR (PART ONE)
Short Fiction by Sephen Gill
Reghu went to Bastar with Vice Chancellor Dwindra from Raipur. It was a pleasant six-hour drive, stopping at a variety of places, starting with the new capital of Chhattisgarh and then to its latest university area, where Vice Chancellor Dwindra had bought a piece of land to settle after his retirement. After a couple of hours on the way to Bastar they snacked with teachers at a college ... Read More
Short Fiction by Stephen Gill
“You are now going back to Canada after your tour of eight weeks to India. Nearly half of this time you have spent in Chhattisgarh.” Driver Manoj’s tone was inquisitive while on the way to Amarkantak, where Reghu had been invited for a talk by Adivasi University.
“I have come after twenty years to see the mother that birthed me and to know the Adivasi, the Aboriginals of India. It ... Read More
That 70s Babe
MAMUN M. ADIL
I think I fell in love with her the first time I saw her. And that doesn’t happen to me too often, let me tell you. But there was something about her—that lilting voice, those mischievous eyes and that dazzling smile—that made me fall in love with her immediately.
Of course, there were many people who ran her down—namely, my best friends. As we sat in one of the many cafés in Saddar that ... Read More
Synopses of a Selection of Stories
Dressed to Kill by Parul Tyagi
From his old-world shop in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk, Pandit-ji has been dressing brides in the wedding outfits of their dreams for the past forty years. Two jittery brides have come to collect their joras on the same day—Sejal, a Delhi native, and Saleema, who has travelled all the way from Karachi. Over designs, dresses and disasters, the two young women connect for a lifetime.
That 70’s Babe by Mamun Adil
It’s ... Read More