Winner of the
Congratulations to Crispin
Oduobuk for having his short story "Maiduguri
Road" selected among the 2007 Million
Notable Stories of 2006.
again, toAnjana Basu and Mita
Ghose for having their stories selected as Notable Stories of 2005
in the 2006 StorySouth
Million Writers Award, and to Anjana Basu for having her story
"The Black Tongue" place third among the Top 10 in the StorySouth
Million Writers Award.
By Anietie Isong
When he came home I stood and watched the garri
travel from his hand to his mouth. I watched and felt a lump in my throat.
My only, beloved son. The only thing that mattered to me. I felt a sudden
desire to build a wall around him, to protect him from the terrors of this
Woman Who Vanished
The piles of paper scattered around said the same things to me that
they had said to the police: A man had died saving a girl and she had vanished
into the night.
By Gretchen McCullough
We all knew Fatma would feel much better about herself if she had a
set of new teeth. When she smiled she looked like a jack-o’-lantern. She
had served us loyally for years, even though she once put a backgammon
set in Oliver’s washing machine.
Sad fate of Punjabi in Pakistan
Pakistani Punjabis must be the only linguistic group in the world that
has a dismissive--even derogatory--attitude towards their own language.
I have talked to countless Punjabis both in Pakistan and outside.
Most of them are willingly, even proudly, dumping their own language
in favor of Urdu.
By Rodrigo V. Dela Peña,
Youthful angst, domestic drama, urban
misadventures, love--with and without sex—the whole terrain of the human
condition is deftly covered in this one volume.
Search of a Verdict
By Thomas J. Hubschman
Racism, the deliberate denigration of a defined group under the rationale
of some supposed inferiority, is a pathology we originally constructed
out of economic and social convenience. That it managed to mutate and take
on a life of its own through each succeeding generation speaks more to
the nature of social pathogens than it does to reality.
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