Life Over Two Beers And Other Stories by Sanjeev Sanyal

Life Over Two Beers And Other Stories is Sanyal’s first published work of fiction. In his own words “—it sent me on a happy journey and I will probably remain primarily a non-fiction writer.” This collection of mostly satirical short stories is very approachable. A quick read, it elicits a smile or an acknowledgement every […]

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Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

An alternative title to Unaccustomed Earth could very well be-“The distraught lives of Bengali Americans”. It is no secret that Lahiri writes about Bengali Americans, their travails and search for identity. It was the prevalent theme in the much vaunted “Interpreter of Maladies.” It was the same theme expanded into a novel in “The Namesake.” […]

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The Leopard by Ruskin Bond

I am presently perusing a collection of short stories titled “Best Indian Short Stories – Volume I, selected (not edited?) by Khushwant Singh. Many of the stories are translations. So it is not necessarily a collection of best Indian stories written in English, but claiming to encompass the entire literary gamut of the subcontinent. This […]

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A Beneficiary by Nadine Gordimer

Charlotte, an attractive twenty something woman, is confronted by a secret upon her mother’s death.  In unraveling what is and what is not, the mystery surrounding her own origin, her doubts are resolved in the clarity of a father’s love.             Gordimer’s style is succinct and incisive, frequently interrogative in this piece, probing inwards for […]

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East West by Salman Rushdie

East West is a short story collection. The nine tales are grouped in three, by the flavour of their origins, the third being the mixed one of book’s title. That also happened to be the one I liked the most, with “The Courter” beating the rest by far. This was a second read of “The […]

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Swimming Lessons and other stories from Firozsha Baag by Rohinton Mistry : Part III

Continued from Part II: Two very compelling tales involve Jehangir, the “Bulsara Bookworm”. In “The Collectors”, he’s the boy whom Dr. Mody takes a fancy to. Shunned by other children of the Baag for his quiet, introvert nature, he finds solace in philatelic sessions with Dr. Mody before his ultimate disillusion on a false accusal […]

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Swimming Lessons and other stories from Firozsha Baag by Rohinton Mistry : Part I

“Swimming Lessons…” is a collection of eleven short stories by the accomplished Rohinton Mistry. Being a Parsi himself, it comes as no surprise that he should choose a Parsi residential society as the setting. Although they can be read individually, the stories are interconnected through recurring characters and incidents – like Pesi padmaroo and his […]

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Storywallah by Sam Selvadurai (Editor)

Writers in English from South Asia(India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh) have found a niche in the contemporary literary scene. They have their own stories to tell regardless of which part of the world they have migrated to. Many live in the West, some straddle continents while others are content with living at home. Regardless, they […]

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