Harper Collins Publishers India

Publication Year 2006

ISBN 9788172236328

ISBN-10 8172236328


Number of Pages 267 Pages
Language (English)

Short stories

he 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 stories, 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.

About The Author

Khushwant Singh is the most widely read author in India today. His weekly columns are reproduced by over fifty journals in all the regional languages of the country. He has done different Things at different Times : Practiced law, diplomacy and politics; taught Comparative Religion at Princeton and Swarthmore; and edited The Illustrated Weekly of India and The Hindustan Times. He has written regularly for several European and American journals including The New York Times. He has also edited and translated a number of literary works. 

Author of more than ninety books, Khushwant Singh is best known for his work of fiction, Train to Rikistan, and his two-volume History of the Sikhs, which is still considered the most authoritative Writing on the subject. His acerbic pen, his wit and humour, and, most of all, his ability to laugh at himself have ensured him immense popularity over the years. 

He was Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986. Among other honours, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974 by the president of India (he returned the decoration in 1984 in protest against the Union government's siege of the Golden Temple. Amritsar). 

Table of Contents


1. An Indian Dream/M.J. Akhar

2. Why Does the Child Cry?/Mulk Raj Anand

3. Ramblings on a Beach/Kabir Bum

4. Intermittent Fever/Rajinder Singh Bedi

5. The Birdman/Margaret Bhatty

6. The Leopard/Ruskin Bond

7. The Tiger in the Tunnel/Ruskin Bond

8. Those Thirty Minutes/Krishan Chander

9. The Brinjal Cut-Out/Krishan Chander

10. Flight 303/Suresh Chopra

11. Housewife/Ismat Chugtai

12. A Home Near the Sea/Kamala Das

13. The Crocodile's Lady/Manoj Das

14. Descent from the Rooftop/Anita Desai

15. It was Dark/Shashi Deshpande

16. One More Dead Body/Kartar Singh Duggal

17. Midnight/Wendy Fernandes

18. A Flavour of Myrrh/Colleen Gantzer

19. The Blue Hills where the Sun Never Sets/Hugh Gantzer

20. Mataji and the Hippies/Balwant Gargi

21. Memories of an Indian Childhood/Qurratulain Hyder

22. A Candle for St Jude/Qurratulain Hyder

23. My Aunt Gracie/Qurratulain Hyder

24. Honour/Qurratulain Hyder

25. A Tale of the Hijras/Abdul Jabbar

26. The Birth of a Poem/Amrita Pritam