After seeing her books everywhere—she is Canadian after all—I finally picked up a book of short stories by Alice Munro. Let me state clearly that I am a big fan of the short story format. Gems like The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs, Jane by Somerset Maugham, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and anything by […]
Download, share or listen online to an excerpt from Andy Paula’s short story, Anjum.
Download, share or listen online to Mamun Adil read briefly from his story, That 70s Babe, published in Love Across Borders.
Pakistan! One word capable of invoking so much inside me and my compatriots. Every time a soldier on the LoC dies—we hate Pakistan. Every time they ban our film—we pity Pakistan. Every time one of their artistes moves us with his/her creativity—we wish he had chosen India to live in. Every time their politician says […]
Ansari Uncle, Shahana Aunty and Zehra lived in the same apartment building as ours. Downstairs, facing the open parking lot. Our apartment faced the vacant lot behind. We were from Kerala, a coastal state on the southernmost tip of India and they were from Karachi, Pakistan. We were foreigners together in Muscat in the Sultanate of […]
When Indireads asked me if I was interested in writing a short story for an anthology that focused on the India-Pakistan theme, I was more than happy to jump on board. I tried my hand at two or three different plots, but it was a romance that finally turned out to be the best fit. […]
Romeo, in my short story, An Unlikely Romeo, is based on a young man I met in Vienna, while I was helping my husband, Saachi, film a documentary on human smuggling. The boy—he was little more—we met and interviewed over the space of several visits intrigued me. He had experienced so many horrors and so […]
My first instinct on hearing about the Love Across Borders anthology was to write a story based on the Wagah border. Dividing the two strife-torn neighboring countries is this fascinating place where, paradoxically, some semblance of unity is found. The audience sitting on either side of the fence bear the same complexion and features with […]
We couldn’t decide. Both of these stories were exceptional. So we gave them both the prize. Mohammed Musthafa Azeez for A Plate of Rice and Neha Puntambekar for In Exile Both stories, as different as night and day, were strong in language, originality and racked up the votes (considering In Exile was the last story […]
This was a tough one. Not only was there strong competition, but we had the author’s second entry to consider as well. So when we picked Dr. Roshan Radhakrishnan for A Second Chance, it was a hard, long haul. Up against the likes of Mr. and Mrs. Sampath, and Sowing Seeds, A Second Chance edged ahead […]