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A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces (Extraordinary Short Stories from the 19th Century to the Present)

A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces (Extraordinary Short Stories from the 19th Century to the Present)
Item Code: NAM333
Author: David Davidar
Publisher: Aleph Book Company
Language: English
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9789382277361
Pages: 541
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 9.5 inch x 6.5 inch
weight of the book: 825 gms
About the Book

The thirty-nine short stories in this book will blow you away. Starting with a ghost story by Rabindranath Tagore, India’s most famous writer, and ending with a fable by Kanishk Tharoor, a writer who has come of age in the twenty-first century, these literary masterpieces showcase the extraordinary range and diversity of our storytelling tradition. The first recognizably modern Indian short stories were written in Bengal (by Tagore and others) in the second half of the nineteenth century, and writers from other regions were quick to follow suit, often using the form to protest colonial oppression and the various ills afflicting rural and urban India. Over the next century and a half, some of the finest writers the world has seen produced outstanding fiction in every conceivable genre. Many of these stories find a place in this volume, as does work that has never been published in book form before. Here you will find stories of classical realism, others rooted in folklore and myth, tales of fantasy, humour, horror, crime, and romance, stories set in villages, small towns, cities and the moon. They will entertain you, and shock you, they will lighten your mood and cast you down, they will move you, and they will make you reflect on life’s big and little questions. Most of all, they will make you see the world differently –as the greatest stories always do.

About the Author

David Davidar is a novelist, publisher, editor and anthologist. He has been an attentive reader of Indian fiction for nearly forty years.


1Rabindranath Tagore The Hunger of Stones3
2Munshi Premchand The Shroud14
3R. K. Narayan A Horse and Two Goats21
4Buddhadeva Bose A Life36
5Saadat Hasan Manto Toba Tek Singh56
6Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai The Flood63
7Vaikom Muhammad Basheer The Blue Light69
8Gopinath Mohanty The Somersault79
9Khushwant Singh Portrait of a Lady87
10Ismat Chughtal Quilt91
11Amrita Pritam Stench of Kerosene101
12Anna Bhau Sathe Gold from the Grave106
13D. B. G. Tilak The Man Who Saw God113
14Harishankar Parsai Inspector Matadeen on the Moon128
15Mahasweta Devi Draupadi138
16Vijaydan Detha Countless Hitlers150
17Nirmal Verma Mirror of Illusion160
18Sundara Ramaswamy Reflowering173
19U. R. Ananthamurthy Mouni182
20Nisha Da Cunha Old Cypress200
21Ruskin Bond The Blue Umbrella237
22Gulzar Crossing the Ravi254
23Anita Desai Games at Twilight258
24Vilas Sarang A Revolt of the Gods265
25Ambai In a Forest, a Deer276
26Paul Zacharia Bhaskara Pattelar and My Life282
27Devanoora Mahadeva Tar Arrives302
28Irwin Allan Sealy Last In, First Out309
29Vikram Seth The Elephant and the Tragopan322
30Manjula Padmanabhan Feast345
31Githa Hariharan Nursing God's Countries355
32Cyrus Mistry Proposed for Condemnation361
33Shashi tharoor Trying to Discover India371
34Upamanyu Chatterjee Desolation, Lust383
35Vikram Chandra Kama402
36Anjum Hasan Wild Things465
37Amrita Narayanan Stolen475
38Shahnaz Bashir The Gravestone486
39Kanishk Tharoor Elephant at Sea492
Notes to the Stories506
Notes on the Authors510
Notes on the Translators514

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