Sohana Manzoor

December 18, 2021
December 18, 2021

Kolimoddi Dafadaar

The banks along the river Shitalakshya flooded on a regular basis. During the rainy season, most villages around the area turned into islands.

November 27, 2021
November 27, 2021

Silence, a Cross-dresser from Medieval Europe

 I came across Heldris de Cornuälle’s Silence in 2011, a hundred years after its discovery in 1911. Dated to the early

October 30, 2021
October 30, 2021

Motherhood and Sylvia Plath’s Three Women

While students of literature are most often advised not to ponder over the personal lives of authors, it is almost impossible to do that in the case of Sylvia Plath.

September 11, 2021
September 11, 2021

Obhoy’s Insomnia

An abrupt noise woke Obhoy up in the middle of the night and throughout the rest of the night his eyelids would not shut. What was the matter with him? He had been sound asleep; then suddenly he woke up as if someone was battering at the gate of his senses.

July 24, 2021
July 24, 2021

The Puddle-Jumper

It was a hot August afternoon when I stood on the tarmac at the St Louis airport staring at the tiny 7-seater that looked like a toy plane. What? I thought. I would have to get on that? Was this some kind of a joke? Three other passengers were also waiting, but they seemed strangely unperturbed.

March 27, 2021
March 27, 2021

Why Doesn’t the Myna Speak?

Solayman rolled off his bed in terror. Twisting his body, he dived under the bed stand and lay flat. His whole body was trembling. The freedom fighters must have surrounded his house!

March 10, 2021
March 10, 2021

When women want to study abroad

Last summer, one of my dissertation supervisees approached me as she plans to go abroad for higher studies.

January 16, 2021
January 16, 2021

Say “Hello” to the Skunks

“Have you met Mr. Skunk? In case you have not, he is a short black and white fellow that you might often see at the bottom of the stairs, or near the dumpster.” Joe paused for breath.

August 22, 2020
August 22, 2020

Substitute Cook

Last November, our elderly maid servant Fatema’s ma who works full-time at our house, wanted to take leave to get her son married. Of course, I agreed immediately. But she would be gone for about two weeks and hence she proposed that her eldest son’s wife might work in her absence.

July 18, 2020
July 18, 2020

Sparkling Elizabeth and Timid Anne: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Readers over the last two centuries have generally liked the bright and sparkling world of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, whereas Persuasion has often been described as “a departure from the rest of the novels, a turning away from the brilliant and public play of the mind for the deep and private truths of the heart” (Morgan 168).