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…

We Thank You For Your Honesty

Introduction What does politics mean, how does it play out, and how must it be…
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The Dog Walker

Introduction In Japan they do things differently. After all, this is a nation that invented…