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Are you ready for the trip of a lifetime? Here are the states and stories we are visiting in the first week of #AroundIndiaIn30Days!

FRI

CHHATTISGARH

The Amnesias of Democracy by Nandini Sundar

In May 2013, when 26 members of the Congress were killed in an ambush in Chhattisgarh, Congress leaders and the media described it as an attack on democracy. The Maoists asked: why don’t political leaders think about democracy when innocent villagers are killed by police and paramilitary forces?

SAT

MEGHALAYA

Immanuel Kant in Shillong by Anjum Hasan

A philosophy teacher runs into an old student and a past event comes back to haunt him. This excerpt was first published in Difficult Pleasures by Anjum Hasan.

SUN

MAHARASHTRA

I Have Faith In My People by Aanchal Malhotra

In this essay, oral historian Aanchal Malhotra explores a big moment of resistance during India’s freedom struggle – the Congress underground radio. This is an excerpt from OUR FREEDOMS: ESSAYS AND STORIES FROM INDIA’S BEST WRITERS

MON

ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS

Islands by Shubhangi Swarupa

The story is about the lives of two people, of diametrically opposite beliefs, who get married and adjust to life on an island in the Andamans. This excerpt is taken from ‘Latitudes of Longing’ by Shubhangi Swarup.

TUE 

WEST BENGAL

City of Death by Abheek Barua

When a young woman from a well-connected family is found brutally murdered, Sohini Sen is brought back from a bureaucratic wasteland to the thick of the action. But the investigation is a political minefield with the tabloids baying for blood. Will the real killer be caught?

 

WED

ANDHRA PRADESH

The Golden Age of Vijayanagar by Manu S Pillai

This excerpt describes the reign of Devaraya II, his son and grandson, the ‘golden age’ of Vijayanagar. The mini block buster is taken from ‘Rebel Sultans: The Deccan from Khilji to Shivaji’ by Manu S. Pillai.

 

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