The Missing Mail

R.K. Narayan

It’s really uncommon for an Indian who’s read even little English in his school to not know R.K. Narayan—I fondly call him the Story Grandpa of India; well, the Millennials, at least. Most of us have read at least a work of his or two as part of our curriculum. Others would still know him thanks to Doordarshan’s version of Malgudi Days. I’m a gawaar guy as opposed to these city-kids my friends at Meraki Post... continue reading→

The Tree

Tassaduq Sohail translated from Urdu by Muhammad Umar Memon

Tassaduq Sohail is an artist and a writer who returned to Pakistan in 2001 after living in London for forty years. He has held exhibitions of his work at various places. This particular work of short fiction seems semi autobiographical in nature. The author thinks like an artist and writers like a poet! Follow The story is written in first person. ‘I’ likes solitude. Nobody visits him and he doesn’t visit anybody. He paints to... continue reading→

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The Vultures of the Parsi Cemetery

Ali Imam Naqvi translated from Urdu by Muhammad Umar Memon

Wow! This particular story completely blew my mind away! ‘The vultures of the Parsi Cemetery’ is from a collection of stories called The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told. The stories are translated by Muhammad Umar Memon. The story has an interesting beginning where all the vultures suddenly stopped visiting the Parsi cemetery one particular day. It says, It was all so unexpected. They were stunned. They put the stretcher down abruptly, gawked at the dead... continue reading→

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Rani Padmini

by Anuja Chandramouli

We all have grown up with the story of Padmavati. We have heard the tales of the beauty of Rani Padmini from our grandparents, told to us with certain pride. I wanted to read something on the Queen before the release of the most controversial movie of recent times. I read an article from a historian of British origin which made me realise that it is no more a homespun news. Western media is eying... continue reading→

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A Small Flame

Yiyun Li

This particular story is the find for me while trying to read diversely. This particular story is by an author of Chinese origin. I have a book by the same author parked in my shelf that I have made up my mind to pick next. This particular story is about a girl named Bella. As if the name wasn’t fantastical by itself, the author has drawn some bits from fairytales. Bella is an adoptive child... continue reading→

The Dog

J. M. Coetzee

I have been eyeing ‘Disgrace’ by J. M. Coetzee since about six years now. I haven’t possessed the book yet. I call it possess because I do already have enough books to read for another five years but my lust for them never satiates. Anyways, I came across this beautiful story on ‘The New Yorker’ which has been my go-to place when it comes to short fiction. This particular story is about ‘She’. She passes... continue reading→