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The Otolith Group’s O Horizon by Rahel Aima
4 Gathering F

In the molten golden hour, a row of Santhal tribeswomen dance in an open field. Arms interlocked, they bounce as one centipedal body to the beat of a dhol, cymbals, and a purring bamboo flute. The musicians wear flowers in their turbans, while the dancers don expressionless metallic masks that impart an otherworldly timbre to the pastoral scene.

from The Selected Works of Abdullah (the Cossack) by H. M. Naqvi

One afternoon during the Holy Month, I have that indistinct but unmistakable sensation that I am being followed.

Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies by Betsy Sussler
​Amitav Ghosh

Sea of Poppies is a miraculous book about even more than the 19th-century opium trade, which is an exciting tale in and of itself, fraught with voracious greed, power-mongering, and racism. 

Akhil Sharma’s An Obedient Father by Diane Mehta
Vikram Chandra’s Love and Longing in Bombay by Betsy Sussler
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Vikram Chandra’s Bombay shimmies with contradiction, seduction, and trouble.

Zia Jaffrey’s The Invisibles by Ameena Meer
​Zia Jaffrey

I sometimes wonder whether Zia Jaffrey has a sixth sense, a sort of x-ray vision that gives her deep brown eyes the ability to penetrate the hearts of others. 

From Another Desert  by Agha Shahid Ali

Cries Majnoon:

Beloved you are not here

Three Poems by Sunil Gangopadhyay
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Calcutta is a dead weight on my heart: / I must destroy her before I go.

Five Poems by Shamsur Rahman Faruqi
​Izhar Patkin

Rubà i I

A moistened flame

Song of the Earth by M. Gopalakrishna Adiga

My birth was at the bottom rung of the Western Ghats
   at a distance of three rolls only from the boiling

Five Poems by Ashok Vajpeyi
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In Bhilai


Four Poems by Arun Kolatkar
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The Turnaround

Bombay makes me a beggar.

Two Poems by Kedarnath Singh
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I don’t know if he is still needed / Or not / But he is coming back,

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