Interview| Pakistan Nadeem AslamJames Kidd ‘Cormac McCarthy said in an interview with Rolling Stone that the world is worse than it used to be; who would have thought, fifty years ago, we would have beheadings on TV? Well, every man must learn to stand up to his heroes at some point, and I don’t agree with Cormac McCarthy. Fifty years ago, we had beheadings, we just didn’t have them on TV.’
Memoir| India BoneUrvashi Butalia ‘There is a bone in the human body,’ the priest told my brother at the cremation ground as they sifted my father’s ashes, ‘in which the human soul resides. It’s called the atma ram – the home of the soul. It’s a rare thing to find this bone intact after the cremation. When we do, we believe the person was a very elevated soul. Like your father … Look.’
Fiction| Malaysia NocturneAnna Jaquiery When my mother Priya died, she requested in her will that a stake be driven through her heart, and that I perform this task. What she feared most was to be buried alive.