It is what it is

Yrsa Daley-Ward

I stumbled upon ‘It is what it is’ by chance while I was reading the poetry collection called ‘Bone’ by the author. Bone is a hard hitting collection of prose and poetry by the author. It is what is it finds a place in the collection almost as if it was written for Bone. The story is about two siblings who have a fall out from the family. The dad leaves the mom. The mother... continue reading→

Turning

Linda Sexson

This is a peculiar story. It is Robert’s birthday. The birthday boy is waiting for his mother’s best friends’ arrival. They arrive, oh yes! They arrive looking like a swans in the plane of the earth. They enter the house and present the cake and presents to the boy. Then it is time for a story. Louis Dear begins with a story of an emperor who had no skin. The emperor is very upset. He... continue reading→

Indian Cultures as Heritage

by Romila Thapar

It was a few months back at CSMVS that I had heard Romila Thapar speak, and she was mesmerising! Thapar sets a benchmark when it comes to historical narrative. Her idea of presentation of history is very much evident in the book. Romila Thapar has often argued that history should not be treated as reproduction of facts given in textbooks. History should give a scope of further thinking. In this book, the author has tried... continue reading→

cover: Indian Cultures as Heritage

Do you suppose it’s the east wind?

Altaf Fatima

This particular story again belongs to the collection ‘The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told’ by Muhammad Umar Memon. This story of an aged woman reminiscing her childhood. She is old now. She is also absent minded. The absent mindedness that comes with age. She searches for her pen everywhere when it is clipped on to her collar all along. She forgets faces. She also forgets important chores. But as the east wind blew today it... continue reading→

Banished

Jamila Hashmi, translated from Urdu by Muhammad Umar Memon

Banished is again a story of Partition. Like Laajwanti, this too is a story of a woman who suffered during the partition. She has seen her Baaba’s beard grazing in blood, hands held up as if in prayer. She has seen all her family members being slaughtered while she was dragged out of the house by her hair. Gurpal, now her husband, threw her in front of his mother and said ‘Look, MA, I’ve brought... continue reading→

cover: Banished

Stray City

Chelsey Johnson

Hmm… what do I feel about this story? Honestly, this is not a topic that interests me: a girl who just joined college, who’s pretending to be Momma’s girl, but is an entirely different person—a rebel. She doesn’t like going to the church but goes just coz Mom says she should. Wears the sweaters her mother knit coz her mother likes it. But I enjoyed reading the story. Just for the way it’s been written:... continue reading→