Happy New Year

Ajeet Cour, translated from Punjabi by Khushwant Singh

When I read the title, I didn’t imagine the story would be about a government official. The story starts with Kapoor being promoted to the post of Personal Assistant to the Minister. Kapoor is a little surprised by the move and at the same time, is proud of his new role. However, as is the norm—the suggestive smooth talks and double entendre common in the system, Gupta, the typist invites himself to Kapoor’s house for... continue reading→

Underbush Man

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood has been one of my most read female authors. I absolutely loved her dystopian ‘Handmade’s Tale’ and historical fiction/mystery ‘Alias Grace’. Atwood has a typical narration style and her plots are spun like a magic. I usually read smaller fiction before I get to their thicker books but it is completely different for Atwood. Underbush Man is one of the stories from the Guardian Review’s compilations of short stories. It is sweet story... continue reading→

The Big Switch: It’s Never Too Late

by John Thomas

A young lad; an IT engineer, who has: a bad manager, an immature girlfriend who loves drama, a carefree roommate, crazy work… A little too mainstream in the Bangalore IT world. This person is someone we techies come across on a day-to-day basis. Except, of course, that this story was based in Mumbai. But then, I did not see much of Mumbai in the story, so let’s just call the location another mainstream metro. This... continue reading→

cover: The Big Switch: It’s Never Too Late

Foreign-Returned

Sadia Shepard

This particular story came by when I was drifting into a slump. Nothing I read interested me. I was about to give up on this story too when the lead character ‘Sara’ caught my attention. Story begins with one of the protagonists, Hassan, starting a new job at a bank. He finds himself sharing his desk with Hina. Hina is a peculiar Pakistani ‘Hijabi’ woman. She was about seven-eight years younger to Hassan but they... continue reading→

The Toymaker and His Wife

Joanne Harris

This story is creepy! I have never read anything like this before. This is a fantastical story about this toymaker who had married for love but eventually fell out of it. His time was consumed by the toys that he made. He could make toy birds that would sing sweetly and doll houses so beautiful that they looked real. He saw perfection in his work. His life was perfect except for his wife. He no... continue reading→

The Boundary

Jhumpa Lahiri translated from Italian by the author

Jhumpa Lahiri is an Indian-American and now an Italian. I had read ‘In Other Words’ by the author the year before. I liked the book but I somehow thought it to be lengthy. I always thought she would be more interesting in short stories. This story was my chance to enjoy her writing. This particular story is about a girl aged 13. She runs a holiday home along with her father in a countryside. She... continue reading→