‘When Enebeli Okwara sent his girl out in the world, he did not know what the world did to daughters.’ 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize – regional winner for Africa.
The Gentlest Village
‘You are learning – learning a great deal. It is too much for you, so your body bows out. Then you wake up and you can continue.’
‘The word money popped up like a bit of the ocean’s detritus riding in on a wave, but her lips formed the words ‘Merry Christmas’.’
‘The second year, I noticed before anyone else that the Coelophysis was trying to escape.’
This is New
‘None of this would have happened if I’d just taken a deep breath, suppressed my emotions and said to the young woman, “Leave. Now.”‘
The Florida Motel
‘Suddenly she understood what she was doing here. She was among strangers, the place where Bill had chosen to spend his life.’
Krapp Hour (Act 2)
‘this is my theory of her awake all night worrying about little wild animals active in the dark’
Younger Daughter’s declaration that ‘Othello sucks’ prompts a conflicted response from Father.
Robertus Heimric, Welcome Back
‘He was the one survivor who remembered nothing.’
‘What am I doing in London? And what’ll I do once I’m back in India?' Amit Chaudhuri on identity, youth and nostalgia.
Honk Honk to Udvada
‘Oh Uncle, it’s such a historical day,’ said Zahra. ‘The eight hundredth anniversary of our arrival in India after we faced so much persecution in Iran, and we’re going to such a big bash, and all you can think about is emus. What will Dr Billimoria think of our family?’
The Instant of Passage
‘Praying for the unknown dead, for the vague remains of the existences of total strangers, was sadly abstract.’
The Intoxicated Years
‘They cried as if they weren’t to blame for any of it. We hated innocent people.’
Dreamed in Stone
’You were a chasm that cracked and turned into stones, and then the stones lay there, beautifully laid, in a wall.‘
‘There were rules to the game. I could not lose my virginity and I had to be careful not to let a boy go further than I wanted to.’
Every Person’s Little Treasure
‘It occurred to Ana that this was a woman who often left things hanging.’
‘If you require further specifications, please consult your local supplier. They will be happy to help.’
Hara had stumbled on a kind of play, as if they were sisters left alone by their parents for the first time to explore the different ways a day could be deconstructed.
‘He’s not himself’, Mum says in the kitchen. Well, who is he then? Is he 40 per cent of his young self? Ten? Do I still have to love him as much as ever, this 90 per cent stranger?
‘Like scraps of leather, oddly shaped, things from life, people and sayings and objects, found themselves spliced together.’
‘The aim of this study is to visualise a means of understanding the essential aspects of a literary text’
A Double-Income Family
When Mrs Mehra leaves Delhi she retires in one of ‘the vast new satellite townships on the eastern fringes of the metropolis’.
About Her and the Memories That Belong to Her
‘If I were to forget, then it would be the same as it never having existed at all.’
‘Selecting the right kind of a tomato was crucial for the scam to work.’
‘As a kid, he played video games and roughhoused on the beach and joined a gang.’
‘I have heard the item girls singing each to each. / I do not think they will sing to me.’