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Elixir, a Voyage of the Mind: Bestseller and a Critically Acclaimed Novel

Where does our mind go, when we fall asleep? Can dreams weave a layer of parallel existence? Can there be another reality beyond all that we touch, see or feel? It is a normal day for Manisha. She wakes up from sleep and goes to work. On her way back home, she walks into a coffee […]

Grief

Bibi Amrit, fondly called Biji, doubled her thunderous output on realising that she had an opportunity to overpower Nasib, to show the train of mourners that a mother’s grief was heavier than a widow’s. She wept inconsolably, beating her chest wildly to gather sympathy as the most unfortunate survivor.  Preet, who had never expressed her […]

The Heart of Donna Rai: Police

Here’s the third and final part of the three-part book extract from the forthcoming novel, The Heart of Donna Rai by Sumita, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.  We had barely finished our breakfast when the knocker on the door set in the high courtyard wall went rat-a-tat-tat fiercely. Everyone jumped. The knock […]

The Heart of Donna Rai: Fugitives – II

Here’s the second part of the three-part forthcoming novel, The Heart of Donna Rai by Sumita, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.  1:00 am, Tuesday, 3rd June to 01:00 am, Saturday, 21st June 1975 I couldn’t sleep. My aunt’s latest attempt at weaving horror had knotted my intestines. Shutting eyes meant a full-colour rendition […]

The Heart of Donna Rai – I

Here’s a book extract from the forthcoming novel of Sumita, who writes under the penname ‘Shoam’. It is a coming of age story of a thirteen-year-old girl, set just before the Emergency, in 1975, based in a remote corner of Bengal. We serialise the first three chapters of the novel, in the weekly column. A Different […]