Essay| Asia The Empire Writes Back: RevisitedPico Iyer Readers today hardly care or even register, perhaps, that our stories, like our friends, originate from all over, and rarely define themselves as ‘Eastern’ or ‘Western’. This is a wonderful emancipation, happily in tune with the new combinations and possibilities we enjoy while we listen to sitar and guitar duets over our French kaiseki cuisine; after all, the leader of the most powerful nation on the planet is half Kenyan, half Kansan, grew up in Indonesia and has a Buddhist sister in Hawaii.
Fiction| Sri Lanka Extracts from Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep MathewShehan Karunatilaka As the ALR went to press, this story of modern Sri Lanka, cricket and an elusive sporting hero was announced as the winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. "A brilliant narration of all that is both great and sad about South Asia ... it brings a world to the reader that needs to be seen outside this region." - Ira Pande, Jury Chair
Reportage| India Bombay SettingGyan Prakash Here was a migrant from a small town in Maharashtra, lured to the city by its promise of a livelihood, self-determination and freedom. He worked long days and faced regular humiliation at the hands of traffic policemen; his experience had taught him that money tainted the legal system.
With his back turned to her, he went to his satchel and pulled out the gun. How fortunate that he hadn’t thrown it away earlier! It was heavy with purpose, a wonderfully good fit in his hands. He fiddled with it and managed to load one of the bullets. He cocked it the way he had seen it done in American movies.