Black Jesus

Venita Blackburn

This particular story is a sweet story of coming of age. A girl, while she is growing up, talks about Jesus and what he means to her. The narrator is the descendant of slave. She has grown up with the stories of slavery. Her most memorable stories are those told by her grandmother. Follow One day the narrator is found kissing Jesus and given a mouthful. Her mother shows her the bible and talks about... continue reading→

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The Headless Woman

Gonçalo M. Tavares, Translated from the Portuguese by Francisco Vilhena

As I continue my journey to find short fiction from different countries in the world, I stumbled upon ‘The Headless Woman’. This story begins as a horror story but continues as a dark one and ends like a fable. The narrative style is completely new. Follow The story is about a headless woman who roams around looking for her sons because she misses them. The sons too are frantically following the trail of blood left... continue reading→

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An Era of Darkness

by Shashi Tharoor

What is the relationship between a colonizer and a colony? What is the bending moment of a state which has been looted, plundered, enslaved and broken? How much self-worth is left when it breaks and strengthens to rise and razed to ground again? Those who rise above the ashes to fly beyond have nothing to thank the fire for. The idea for the book germinated from a talk Tharoor gave at Oxford on the topic... continue reading→

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Lihaaf, and Of Fists and Rubs

Ismat Chugtai, translated from Urdu by M Asaduddin and Muhammad Umar Memon respectively

I had this particular book with me since quite sometime, completely unopened. It is only when I decided to attend a talk on ‘Ismat Chugtai’ when I reaslied that I was in possession of two of her stories. I decided to read both stories before the event, which is tomorrow. Chugtai has written a number of short stories in her life but she is most known for Lihaaf. When the story came out, it became... continue reading→

Enlightenment

Yashpal, translated from Hindi by Keshav Malik

Amazon is creepy. But of course, not the point. I picked up this book and started reading the stories one by one. The first I read was by Premchand. But the story was too normal. Nothing noteworthy about the story. So I moved on to the next one. This started with a little description about a hermitage. “… away from temptations of earthly bonds” caught my attention at once. I dug in. The story went on... continue reading→

The Necklace

Guy De Maupassant

Sheer joy of reading a classic story! This story tells you why classics are ever green. This is the first work of fiction I have read from the author. This is story is extraordinary. It reminds you of the simplicity of RK Narayan and the prose style of Hemingway. The story is about a woman called Mathilde Loisel. This is no ordinary woman. In Maupassant’s words: She was one of those pretty and charming girls... continue reading→