Fiction

In a difficult time like this one, we need stories more than ever. #ReadInstead brings you the best in short stories, one story at a time. Here is the schedule for week 1 – filled with heart touching romance, spine tingling mystery and so much more. Get ready for your #ShortStoryFix, starting this Friday –  Friday...

Dinah hurried down the flight of stairs in her Burberry stilettos, one hand clutching the handrail and the other her Elie Saab strapless embroidered gown. Today she looked breathtakingly beautiful. All of 5’9, she was wasp waisted with a glossy complexion. Her hair was midnight black, which flowed over her shoulders...

Anita Agnihotri’s The Sickle, translated by Arunava Sinha takes the reader through the lives of farmers, migrant labourers, and activists in Marathwada and western Maharashtra. Agnihotri illuminates, with shocking clarity, a series of intersecting and overlapping crises: female foeticide, sexual assault, the...

  It is that time of the year when sitting in bed all day with a cup of coffee and a magnificent classic novel doesn’t seem like a bad idea at all. End the year with some of these must-read classics  1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens   A classic Christmas story, A CHRISTMAS CAROL tells the story of a bitter...

वर्ष १९८४ मलकीत, शिबानी और अमन सचदेव, तीनों रेडियो पर दंगों की खबर सुन रहे थे। शिबानी का जी मुँह को आ रहा था यह सोच-सोच कर कि...

रेखा से शादी के करीब सात महीने बाद 2 अक्तूबर 1990 के उस रोज़ मुकेश काफी खुश नज़र आ रहे थे। उस दिन को याद करते हुए मुकेश के...

जगरनॉट बुक्स को यह बताते हुए ख़ुशी हो रही है कि भारत के जाने माने क्राइम ऐंड डिटेक्टिव लेखक शैलाभ रावत की लिखी तीन...

While we still debate the details of Anarkali’s story as being fact or fiction, there is no doubt she is perhaps the most interesting character in Bollywood’s history. Moupia Basu’s retelling of the cult-classic has versions of Akbar, Salim, and Anarkali, but mostly focuses on why Anarkali did what she did. She...

This is an excerpt from Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Blood translated by Debali Mookerjea-Leonard published by Juggernaut in 2020. Sunil Gangopadhyay is one of Bengal’s best-loved and most acclaimed writers. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Those Days. He died in 2012. The translator Debali Mookerjea-Leonard...

Key takeaways from Neharika Gupta’s #ReadInstead Lit Fest Writing Workshop on how to write a Millennial Story. Neharika Gupta is the author of Adulting. Here are some key takeaways from her writing workshop: Crafting a millennial character The millennials and Gen Z of the 21st century must relate with the...