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When well-known author, Ahmed Faiyaz called, asking if I could write the foreword for this book, I was delighted at the idea of introducing urban tales of love, regret, acceptance, and every other supposedly 'urban' feeling that one could write about. What makes such a theme applicable for an entire book full of stories on it to be published, you ask? Go read it for yourself and you will understand the relevance and need for a book with such honest portrayals of the world around us. An unskewed ..
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Songs of the Dying Earth
'Earth. A dim place, ancient beyond knowledge. Ages of rain and wind have beaten and rounded the granite and the sun is feeble and red. A million cities have fallen to dust. In place of the old peoples, a few thousand strange souls live. There is evil on Earth, distilled by time ... Earth is dying.' ..
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Edited by bestselling author Ahmed Faiyaz, this anthology explores the conflict, chaos and confusion in the lives of interesting and colourful characters in Urban India. The reclusive kid with a beautiful bicycle; a migrant to Mumbai with Old Monk on his breath, trying to get off a Virar Fast at Borivali; the misunderstood watchman at the library who befriends a little girl;a playstation loving, spoilt brat, who is smitten by his mathematics tutor; ..
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Rabindranath tagore - broken nest and other stories
This selection of Rabindranath Tagore's stories exemplifies his remarkable ability to enter the complexities of human relationships. Within seemingly simple plots, Tagore portrays with extraordinary compassion and lyricism the predicament of women in traditional Bengali contexts, moving from the loneliness of an intelligent, beautiful woman neglected by her husband in the Nobel Laureate's acclaimed novella 'Broken Nest', to the powerlessness of a young girl whose prized possession is taken away ..
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The Happy Associate
In this tongue-in-cheek, satirical novella, the author relates the tale of a young accountant in Delhi, trying to find his way through the labyrinth of work-politics, the stress of maintaining his manhood in metrosexual times and grappling with his crush on a rival associate. Kirti sees himself as a 'twenty-six-year-old dude, fair-skinned and slender'. An associate in a Delhi accounting firm, he's confident of his matrimonial prospects (Every day, Mummy's email inbox is full of proposals for me ..
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Bakers Dozen - The Elle-Tranquebar Book of Short Stories
Traditionally, bakers threw in the thirteenth loaf to make sure that their customers didn't feel shortchanged. Readers of Baker's Dozen are likely to feel anything but that. Here are 13 stories that can make you laugh out loud, as in adhulika Liddle's St. George and the Dragon, wipe away a silent tear, as in Payal Mukherjee's Baani, have a shiver run down your spine,as in Sanjay Sipahimalani's in Praise of Straight Lines, enjoy the subtle eroticism of Sheba Karim's Next Year at the Taj and Tisha..
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Thakur Udal Singh has both wealth and power -- he is the village administrator, with mansions in town, city and village. It is happiness that eludes him as he is plagued with nightmares about brigands and thieves. Until Neela the blue bull comes into his life, and he finds a unique way of protecting his ill-gotten gains. Neela strikes such terror into the hearts of the villagers that even Thakur's guards can sleep in peace...
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Down The Road
An exciting and eclectic collection of short stories that brings out all those memories - unforgettable, warm, thrilling, and at times embarrassing - of life in school and college campuses. 'Every story unfolds with the college campus forming the backdrop. There's never really been a book like this ever before, in India.' 'A carnival of memories. In every page you find a bit of yourself - an irretrievable but unforgettable bit.'..
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Urban Shots - Bright Lights
Urban Shots: Bright Lights is a collection of stories written by various Indian bloggers and writers like Ahmed Faiyaz, R. Chandrasekar, and Malathi Jaikumar. The collection contains a total of 29 stories contributed by 21 authors. It has been edited by Paritosh Uttam, a popular writer himself. The stories offer colorful and thought-provoking glimpses of the intriguing labyrinth that forms urban India...
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He was born to write. The worrying question is----what? Naturally, it should be about what he knows best himself, Benoy Sen. But he has found nothing to write about. In the thirty years of his life, nothing much has happened to Benoy Sen. ..
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An Evening in Lucknow - Selected Stories
This collection brings together seventeen of his best-known stories, from 'The Sparrows', which nearly every schoolchild in India has read, to 'The Umbrella', a quiet tale of a modest proof -reader in Mumbai vying for the attention of a European girl. True to his view that 'writing inspires not only social reform but also social revolution', Abbas writes of caste and class exploitation, and of superstition, with an unerring sense of timing and irony. In 'The Sword of Shiva', an untouchable saves..
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The Peacock In The Chicken Run
The Peacock in the Chicken Run is a tightly-structured 'long short' story of what happens when a cross-section of the Indian diaspora in the UK are deplaned on their way 'home' to Bombay to which they were headed with diverse, and momentous, objectives...
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First Love
When a new family moves in next door, a young girl finds herself falling in love for the first time ever. As she jealously attempts to keep the object of her love to herself, she moves deeper into a web of imagination and deceit and further away from the innocence of childhood...
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Harbart Sarkar, sole proprietor of a business that brings messages from the dead to their near and dear ones left behind on earth, is found dead in his room after a night of drinking with local young men.He has killed himself. Why? Was it a threat to his business which brought him money, respect, a standing in the family, more clients and fame? Or was it a different ghost from his shadow life, where he was constantly haunted by his own unfulfilled dreams and delusions?..
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Clifton Bridge - Stories of Inncocence and Experience from Pakistan
A mujahid's love child with his Christian lover is being brought up by a Hindu vegetable vendor. A globetrotting professor and a mushaira-loving Urdu editor cope with cultural and ideological barriers in a tale of star-crossed lovers. The first and second wives of a businessman hatch a diabolic plot to prevent their husband from taking a new wife. A painter's unusual bond with his dead mother plays havoc with his personal life. ..
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After the critical and commercial success of Delhi Noir, part of New York’s award-winning Noir series, comes Mumbai Noir, which looks through a glass darkly at what is arguably India’s most fascinating city. The stories in Mumbai Noir depict the many ways in which the city’s ever-present shadowy aspects often force themselves onto the lives of ordinary people...
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Delhi Noir is a world of sex in parks, dirty cops and vigilante rickshaw drivers. It is one plagued by soulless corporate dons, jaded journalists and murderous servants. These are tales of darkness and despair, each one set in a distinct part of the city, a metropolis where opulence and poverty are constantly clashing, where old-world values and the information age wage a constant battle. It is, as editor Hirsh Sawhney says in his introduction, 'an alternative map to the city, one that unveils i..
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Christmas Magic
Cathy Kelly, the number 1 best-selling Irish­ author, has created her first collection of heart-warming short stories. Christmas Magic is full of charming and feel-good short stories of life, love and the everyday dilemmas that we all face...
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The brilliant shorter novels of Tolstoy, including The Death of Ivan Ilych and Family Happiness, collected and reissued with a beautiful updated design. Of all Russian writers Leo Tolstoy is probably the best known to the Western world, largely because of War and Peace, his epic in prose, and Anna Karenina, one of the most splendid novels in any language. But during his long lifetime Tolstoy also wrote enough shorter works to fill many volumes. Here reprinted in one volume are his eight finest s..
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WIDELY considered one of the greatest of all Russian writers, Leo Tolstoy is best known to the Western world as the author of two monumental novels: the splendid and tragic tale Anna Karenina and the epic saga War and Peace. But the shorter works Tolstoy created during his long, prolific lifetime can fill many volumes. Presented here are brilliant examples of his shorter work-such as "Master and Man," "Al­yosha the Pot," and the title story-that are testaments to the literary..
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Dasuram's Script
A jobless graduate smothers his blameless wife to death; a ten-year-old girl is sold off by her parents to an eight-year-old man; a newly-wed woman discovers that her husband was married to a tree before she arrived; a tribal poet creates a code language for Naxalites in jail; a young girl falls hopelessly in love with her boyfriend's father. These are stark tales of human struggle, moral and corporeal, from a society that is multicultural and multilingual, and a landscape that is as abject in i..
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Wildlife on Coal Island
The stories in Wildlife on Coal Island play out on a fictional island in present-day Malaysia: Coal Island - a multi-racial, vividly hued place, at once familiar and strange. A place of secrets, gossip and murder, it's peopled with characters who simultaneously laugh at life and are broken by it...
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That's all it takes to drive the nail into her head, to leave her hanging on the wall. She deserved to die. Now all he needs is absolution for his sins. And he knows just the people who can help...
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The Revolt of the Fish Eaters
The manipulative-philanthropist ghost of a chairman's mother; a footless enchantress in Siberia who has mastered the art of lovemaking; Rita of the sexual politics lessons; the witchcraft-practising mother of a village prodigy who plots to ensnare the World's Richest Man; the trade union leader who wrung a promise of jeans and perfumed soap out of the factory bosses these are but the supporting cast of the dystopian, compelling world that Revolt of the Fish Eaters brings alive...
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Here are sixteen of the finest of Prafulla Roy's short stories, stories made fascinating merely by the realities of everyday life and the quirkiness of human character. This combination of the mundane with the odd - sometimes the exotic - is Roy's simple recipe for great literary interest...
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Indian Love Stories
A collection of fifteen contemporary stories from all parts of India that provide both pleasure and aesthetic satisfaction, that touch the senses and the heart. A delight to the 'amorous soul' these stories of love of our contemporary world are tales of a 'dream of love' - dream of a love free of social restrictions and internalized inhibitions...
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17 Tomatoes
17 Tomatoes is a series of linked stories that revolve around two Sikh boys coming of age in an Indian Army camp in Kashmir.-Each story takes a minor character from the previous tale and builds a new tale, weaving a collective portrait of the border community...
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The Classic heart-touching, story of unrequited love, of a man's fall from grace and his tragic end, offers an insightful and compassionate portrayal of men and women in love. Devdas, written in the early decades of the twentieth century, still captivates readers and has been filmed several times - a testament to its endurance and class. One of Sarat Chandra Chatterjee's finest novels, it reveals the best there is, in Indian Romantic Literature...
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'I need to go to my hotel and get into my black tie,' he said with pride and satisfaction. His pride was different from mine. His pride was humble, his pride was a celebration of visited dreams and fulfilled promises. He paid the bill, insisting that I would get a chance to buy him coffee soon. He hugged me and gave me a kiss on my cheek. I wanted to hold him and cry. Watching him walk away from the window, I gulped down coffee and torrents of tears as he left me in the market of my childhood, e..
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Masterji And Other Stories
A collection of charming and idiosyncratic stories about the emotional "landscape" of the subcontinent as seen through the eyes of an ex-pat visitor. The outspoken candour of the stories will utterly disarm the reader. As an interface between cultures, the book explores the quests and aspirations of life with sensitivity and empathy. This photographic journal of barriers of language and culture in affirmation of the common humanity of its protagonists. The clamour and contradictions of..
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A selection of most exciting adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The deerstalker cap, cape-backed overcoat, and the pipe. The gaslit, cobblestone streets and fog swirling in from England's imperial seas into 221 B Baker Street. Sherlock Holmes the legendary detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle needs no introduction...
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The Mystic Temple
'Having gone through her story The Mystic Temple I realized she has the power to hold many things, situations and characters together . . . she has a high level of observatory power that is indispensable for authors.'..
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