The Inner World of U. R. Ananthamurthy
Arvind Radhakrishnan & Sudeep Reguna interviews noted writer and Jnanpith winner, Prof. U. R. Ananthamurthy
Kiddie jingles fall from grace
Rini Barman pays tribute to Khagen Mahanta, the Assamese folk singer who recently passed away
On Reading in Bed
Robert Boucheron refers to essays of Montaigne while on the subject of reading
The azaleas died every winter, and every spring Asha would extract the brittle bushes and plant a new set in the same bed. Her husband,…
I suppose that it seems rather extraordinary that I have spent my entire life surrounded by stories but have never before been tempted to pen…
A Long Haul
They pulled Leona away from Ted’s open casket and accused her in loud angry whispers of laughing during her husband’s viewing. Leona’s cardigan was bunched…
The Fruits of Halabja
children who had eaten breakfast
with their mothers took their
supper with their ancestors.
A Welcome Note to the Edible Boy
Atop the flashy designation
is my name in bold
There is no relief, no getting over this heat,
so I settle down and stare into the sky
Classicism beneath the glass
Disparate fragments flew from their frames
A memory or a moment lost
I took you out to dinner to celebrate
Your upcoming Rehab stay.
I took you out to dinner to comfort
You when you missed the train.
The Shot by Alexander Pushkin
Every month, The Reading Room showcases a short story, or excerpts of a book, from some of the greatest writers the world has ever seen.