Prof Shah Alam Khan

Chotu, the homeless

They all called him Chotu. How and why the name came to stick, even he didn’t know. He wasn’t short. As an Indian, he was average in height. But he…

The Mob

"Who is that with the dagger?" "I don't know." "And who is that with the stick?" "Sorry, don't know." "Who is that with the sledgehammer?" "Don't know." "And look, who…

Padmawati, The Queen

Padmawati was all dressed up for the occasion- a red saree with an equally red blouse and a small ghunghat that carefully covered the charm of her dark face. A…

Heart of Hunger

I don’t know if you came across a piece of news from Kolhapur, Maharashtra, published a few days back in several national dailies. No wonder you might have missed it,…

With Love From Gorakhpur

Then they reached, seventy of them, In shrouds as white as the lilies of the field. They cried, they wailed, they gasped for air, Their caring moms left behind

Peace Is The Plot

If you love peace, you need to see the channel Republic. You can’t always wait for peace. At times, you have to earn it. Fish it out of the madness…

Lynchdia: The New India

Pete and Laura, old friends from Derby were visiting. They were here for a month and wanted to go around and discover the land of Buddha. “We want to go…

Uncanny Likeness?

At the outset please let me clarify that I am an Indian, I love my nation and I stand up straight and attentive every time the national anthem is played.…

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