Category Archives: Fiction

Short Story: Mehru’s Dream

The dark clouds had been gathering for a while. The nor’wester would strike soon, bringing momentary relief from the heat and humidity. Mehru wiped the sweat off her face with the corner of her sari. The boy on the lap … Continue reading

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Fiction of Activism

[It was first published in Cafe Dissensus Magazine] While this issue is predominantly about social activism as practice, fiction, especially the Anglophone ones from South Asia, seems to have started engaging with activism as well. Social activism is very often … Continue reading

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Woman, Madness, and Partition Literature

Any study on partition literature cites Manto’s Toba Tek Singh as the archetypal figure of insanity. In the “Introduction” to their volume, Translating Partition, Ravikant and Tarun K. Saint write that ”Toba Tek Singh” is a triumph of ambivalence and a great … Continue reading

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Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence & ‘Cultural Translation’

Salman Rushdie’s novel, The Enchantress of Florence (2008), set in sixteenth century Florence and India, is a tour de force of cross-cultural encounter between the West and the East around the time of the European Renaissance. The novel traverses between … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Hussaini Alam House/Huma R. Kidwai

[First published in Cafe Dissensus] Daphne du Maurier begins Rebecca thus: ‘Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive, and for a while I couldn’t enter, for … Continue reading

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A Rewriting of the Ending of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Part – II

By Mosarrap H. Khan [This is the second part of the creative rewriting of the ending of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. In Part – I (Read here), I had offered an alternative ending to Things Fall Apart. In this essay, I offer my … Continue reading

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A Rewriting of the Ending of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Part – I

By Mosarrap H. Khan [In one of the courses on Postcolonial Literature that I did while at the University of British Columbia, we were asked to creatively rewrite the ending of a novel. I rewrote the ending of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall … Continue reading

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