आज़ादी विशेषांक / Freedom Special

अंक 13 / Issue 13

कथा / Fiction

A Patron Saint for Broken Homes: Shahrukh Alam

कथा / Fiction

  “Kar-e-jahan daraz hai…” (Long and complicated are the affairs of the world.) – Iqbal.     Munni apa felt pleased today. She generally regarded herself as the only sane person in her family. And she let everyone know this. “Hmmph, this family! They cannot control their temper. I have suffered all my life for […]



Prayer Flags: Smriti Ravindra

कथा / Fiction

Even from the third floor we could only see the walls around the hostel and the twisted barbed wires like cacti upon them.  To see the road and the vehicles, the trees lining that strip of asphalt, the shops and the shopkeepers, we had to be on the terrace – and the terrace was off […]



The Story of the Parrot: Syed Mujtaba Ali

कथा / Fiction

Translator: Ujjwal Gupta The wise and gifted of Persia used to say that if Allah had written the Koran in Persian rather than  Arabic, He would have passed off Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi’s Masnavi as the Koran. I doubt if any other country has heaped such fantastic praise upon a poet. Maulana Rumi was a devotee. […]



A Good Woman (Excerpts from a novel in progress): Ratika Kapur

कथा / Fiction

I was walking towards the ticket window to buy my Metro pass when a man stopped me. Where are you going? he said. Can’t you see where I am going? I said. There is a line here, he said. I am in the ladies’ line, I said. I can’t see any ladies’ line, he said. […]



Rethinking Aurangzeb (Excerpt from a novel in progress): Parvati Sharma

कथा / Fiction

Brajeshwar was tall and he was thin, a bit like chewing gum, and when he sat in cramped spaces like overfull autos and the backs of buses, his knees would reach his chin, itself over-long, much like his face. His eyes, even, appeared stretched – or drooping perhaps is the right word – extrapolating forever […]



The Gentle Reader: Nisha Susan

कथा / Fiction

Bangalore Four years ago Sabbah had written eleven short stories about different generations of a family in Madurai. At the time of submission to publishers, she had loved most of the stories. When ten of the stories were picked and arranged into a book called How To Eat in Madurai, Maami, she had still loved […]



Farewell to Spring: Ashapurna Debi

कथा / Fiction

Translated by Arunava Sinha Bilu would have to sing at the annual college celebrations. With what amounted to a hunger strike, she secured a sari from her mother and, with it, permission to go to the celebrations dressed in the sari. No, never. In no circumstances would Bilu go to college in a frock today. […]



बादेनुमा: नैयर मसूद

कथा / Fiction

लिप्यन्तरण-नज़र अब्बास के साथ महेश वर्मा  मछली और परिंदे की मिलीजुली हैयत वाला हमारा बादेनुमा हवा का रूख़ बताना कब का छोड़ चुका था फिर भी मेरे बाप की जिन्दगी तक ये हमारे मकान की छत पर लगा रहा. कभी कभी उनसे कहा जाता कि अब जब ये सही काम नहीं कर रहा है इसे […]



किताबदार: नैयर मसूद

कथा / Fiction

लिप्यान्तरण-नज़र अब्बास के साथ महेश वर्मा किताबख़ाने में किताबों की ख़रीददारी नहीं होती थी लेकिन वहाँ पहले से बहोत किताबें मौजूद थीं. ये किताबें हर किस्म की थीं इसलिये कि जिन लोगों ने अतिये के तौर पर ये किताबें दी थीं उनमें हर मज़ाक के लोग थे. दरअस्ल किसी बड़े वक़्फ़ का किताबख़ाना था. वक़्फ़ […]



मिसकीनों का एहाता: नैयर मसूद

कथा / Fiction

लिप्यान्तरण-नज़र अब्बास के साथ महेश वर्मा घर छोड़ते वक्त मेरी उम्र 22-24 की रही होगी. घर छोड़ने का सबब मेरे बाप का रवैया था. उन्हें शिकायत थी कि मेरी आदतें बिगड़ गर्इ हैं. अब सोचता हूँ तो उनकी शिकायत सही मालूम होती है और वो अपने तौर पर जो मेरी मसरूफियतों का सुराग़ लगाते रहते […]