Manto: selected stories

“If you cannot bear these stories then the society is unbearable. Who am I to remove the clothes of this society, which itself is naked. I don’t even try to cover it, because it is not my job, that’s the job of dressmakers.”― Saadat Hasan Manto The words succinctly sum up Manto’s writings. His storiesContinue reading “Manto: selected stories”

A Walk in the Woods

A lament and a few pointers. Not a practical guide. What happens when you venture in blind in to a 7-day trek? The path leads you through stunning trails of moss-covered trees, past streams and bridges as promised. Fresh air fills your lungs as you match the tread of seasoned trekkers. You puff up withContinue reading “A Walk in the Woods”

Melting Pot

It was evening when we walked into the blue gates of Andretta pottery. Country music was spilling out into the lane, blending perfectly with the whirring of the wheel even as the hands guided the clay. The mound was thrown, centered, shaped and lessons imparted as we stared, tapped our feet a little and soakedContinue reading “Melting Pot”

Prelude to a riot

India today is a nation of frayed seams. Prelude to a Riot tells the story of one such unraveling in a small Southern town with the help of two families – one Hindu and one Muslim. Written as soliloquies, across three generations, it provides an insight into the thoughts of different actors, and how theContinue reading “Prelude to a riot”