Aftertaste

Introduction It is one of those gnostic theorems that it is far more fun to…

The Shade-Tree Mechanic

Introduction Things start bad, then get worse—that’s probably as good a definition for noir as…

How to Write Without Violence?

Introduction It is almost a modern rite of passage for a writer-- especially, male novelists--…

Good Boys

Introduction Growing up, Enid Blyton was one of my favourite authors. But it wasn't because…

Vatsalyam

Introduction In Ranjini Nair’s ‘Vatsalyam,’ teen-aged Lata is in a unique situation. There is nobody…

The Source

Introduction Information is power when its distribution is uneven. But controlling its distribution is a…

The Hunchback of Tishim

Introduction This story has three of my favourite things: Russian characters, book-reading Russian characters, and…

A Night’s Journey

Introduction The classics—and, well, experience—would tell you that there is a point when children outgrow…

The Perfect Tree

Introduction Nikhila Nanduri's contribution reminded me of Wendell Berry's poem 'The Peace of Wild Things".…

The Cordyception

Introduction We need fear neither frost nor fire When there is no room left for…