Power of a Curse – Garib Ki Hai

Power of a Curse - Garib Ki Hai
In a village of Chandpur Munshi Ramsevak was a very rich man. He could be seen every day seated on a broken bench under a neem tree within the precincts of the open- I~ air small-pleas court. Nobody had ever…

Big Brother – Bade Bhai Sahib

Big Brother - Bade Bhai Sahib
My big brother was five years older than me but only three grades ahead. He’d begun his studies at the same age I had but he didn’t I like the idea of moving hastily in an important matter like education.…

January Night – Poos ki Raat

January Night - Poos ki Raat
Halku came in and said to his wife, “The Landlord’s come! Get the rupees you set aside, I’ll give him the money. Munni had been sweeping. She turned around and said, ‘But there’s only three rupees. If you give them…

Car-Splashing – Motor ke Chinte

Car-Splashing - Motor ke Chinte
Well it’s like this: early in the morning I finish off my bath and my prayers, paint a vermillion circle on ;my forehead, get into my yellow robe and wooden sandals, tuck my astrological charts under my arm, grab hold…

Two Bullocks – Do Bailon Ki Katha

Two Bullocks - Do Bailon Ki Katha
Jhuri the vegetable farmer had two bullocks named Hira and Moti. Both were of fine Pachai stock, of great stature, beautiful to behold, and diligent at their labours. The two had lived together for a very long time and become…

Catastrophe – Vidhwans

Catastrophe - Vidhwans
In Banaras District there is a village called Bira in which an old, childless widow used to live. She was a Gond woman named Bhungi and she didn’t own either a scrap of land or a house to live in.…