Urashima

Japanese fairytales

Fairytales have always been my favourite. Like someone once said, they restore hope in us. They remind us of simple lessons that we may have forgotten. And like CS Lewis said “someday you will be old enough to read fairytales again.” I found a few of these beautiful booklets, if that’s what I can call them. And this is my second attempt at reading these beautiful illustrated copies of stories from different places and times.... continue reading→

cover: Urashima

Ravana’s Sister (Meenakshi)

Anand Neelakantan

This story was a random pick. I had never read the author before, so when he announced his new short story on twitter, I bought this immediately. Last year I had read a full-fledged novel from the point of view of Meenakshi, Ravana’s sister. Not everyone knows her with the name, her more common name being Shurpnakaha. Meenakshi was born into a humble home of a Rishi. The turn of events made her the princess... continue reading→

Sweetness

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison is my all-time favourite author. I know if I pick up anything from the author I am going to love it. (Read: Beloved)There is no two way about it. I came across this story on The New Yorker. In this story a woman is talking about the childhood she gave to her only child. A white mother speaking to her black daughter about parenthood. The narrator begins with the day her daughter was... continue reading→

Durand’s Curse

by Rajiv Dogra

I had tried to read ‘Return of a King’ by William Dalrymple before and quit it after reading half of the book. Since then I have been looking for a book with that talks about history of Afghanistan but without drifting much, in Indian context. Durand’s Curse turned out to be just the book I needed. Follow Cover page On the cover is what looks like a graveyard. There are three woman in all black... continue reading→

cover: Durand’s Curse

Rag

Maryse Meijer

This story came as a surprise. A pleasant one, for the narrator is a ‘Rag’. That’s right! a piece of cloth that is found stuck deep down a woman’s throat. The rag begins with the rag describing how it was found in the throat of a woman. A powerless rag that it was remained unbeatable against all the forces of the woman. The rag knows things. It may be powerless but it knows everything. I... continue reading→

A Sheet

Salam Bin Razzaq, translated from Urdu by Muhammad Umar Memon

‘A Sheet’ again is set in the time of Hindu Muslim riots in Mumbai. The protagonist is a businessman from Pune who needs to go to Mumbai on a business trip. His wife, Salma, is worried listening to the news of riots. She doesn’t want him to go. However, Anwar has immense confidence in his friend ‘Vidya’ who he knows since childhood. He is certain that no harm will come his way when he reaches... continue reading→