Author: Khushwant SinghPublisher: HarperCollinsYear: 2008Language: EnglishPages: 271ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172236328
The Indian short story is extraordinary in its ability to stick to the traditional rules of the craft and still demonstrate remarkable originality. It revolves around a limited number of characters, confines itself in time and space, and has a well-plotted narrative that drives its central theme. Within the traditional framework, however, creativity flowers, and what emerges is a story that is marked with freshness and imagination.This volume is chock-full with such stores, written by authors well known in their regional languages as well as those who made names for themselves in English literary circles. Carefully selected by Khushwant Singh, India’s literary giant, these pieces represent the best of Indian writing from around the country.
INTRODUCTIONONEAn Indian DreamTWOWhy Does the Child Cry?THREERamblings on a BeachFOURIntermittent FeverFIVEThe BirdmanSIXThe LeopardSEVENThe Tiger in the TunnelEIGHTThose Thirty MinutesNINEThe Brinjal Cut-OutTENFlight 303ELEVENHousewifeTWELVEA house near the SeaTHIRTEENThe Crocodile’s LadyFOURTEENDescent from the RooftopFIFTEENIt Was DarkSIXTEENOne More Dead BodySEVENTEENMidnightEIGHTEENA Flavour of MyrrhNINETEENThe Blue Hills Where the Sun Never SetsTWENTYMataji and the HippiesTWENTY-ONEMemories of an Indian ChildhoodTWENTY-TWOA Candle for S JudeTWENTY- THREEMy Aunt GracieTWENTY-FOURHonourTWENTY-FIVEA Tale of the HijrasTWENTY-SIXThe Birth of a Poem