Category: Fiction

Mukesh Starts a Zoo, another treat from Ruskin Bond

Editor | Fiction What else can we have in the zoo?’ asked Teju. ‘We need more than a lizard.’ When Mukesh decides to start a zoo with the help of his friend Teju, little does he know it’s no child’s play. He and his friends work hard at finding animals, and making them enclosures in

Grab the new English translation of Pather Panchali

By A Correspondent In the idyllic village of the Abode of Contentment, Durga and her little brother, Opu, grow up in a world of woods, orchards and adventure. Nurtured on their aunt’s songs and stories, they dream of secret magical lands, forbidden gardens and the distant railroad. The grown-up world of debts, resentment and bone-deep

Ducks, Newburyport: A heart-rending indictment of America’s barbarity

Editor | Fiction Baking a multitude of tartes tatin for local restaurants, an Ohio housewife contemplates her four kids, husband, cats and chickens. Also, America’s ignoble past, and her own regrets. She is surrounded by dead lakes, fake facts, Open Carry maniacs, and oodles of online advice about survivalism, veil toss duties, and how to

A Death In The Himalayas, Udayan Mukherjee’s second novel

By ACorrespondent Why would anyone kill a well-meaning foreigner like Clare Watson in a quiet neighbourhood in the foothills of the Himalayas? Yes, Clare was a fearless woman. But why would she venture into the dark forest after sundown knowing it fully well as leopard habitat? When a celebrity author-activist is found battered in a

Simon& Schuster India to publish Shobhaa De’s latest novel, Srilaaji

By A Correspondent Simon& Schuster India will publish Shobhaa De’s latest novel, Srilaaji: Diary of a Marwari Dowager. More than 17 of De’s novels climbed the bestselling books charts on publication. Her debut novel, Socialite Evenings, was controversial and scandalous for the times but earned a cult status right away and was a huge commercial

A Delhi Obsession: A searing critique of our times by M G Vassanji

Editor | Fiction Munir Khan, a recent widower from Toronto, meets the charming and witty Mohini Singh, a married liberal newspaper columnist, in the bar of the high-brow Delhi Recreational Club. An enigma surrounds the Kenya-born, westernized and agnostic Munir, and an inexplicable attraction takes root. Delhi’s streets, monuments and ruins become the setting of