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Congratulations to Anjana Basu and Mita Ghose for having their stories selected as among the Most Notable of 2005 by the StorySouth Million Writers Award.

Congratulations to Anjana Basu for having her story "The Black Tongue" among the Top 10 in the StorySouth Million Writers Award

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By Kachi A. Ozumba 

We trudged along, complaining about the remoteness of the area: no light, no newspapers, no magazines, no jiving--in fact, no life! The nearest town was about an hour and two hundred naira away. That was a lot of money for a poor corper.

The Case of the Spying Falcon
By Iftekhar Sayeed 


Why did the falcon, an otherwise self-respecting bird, do it? What could have ended as a long and honourable career, with a retirement and pension of daily rats, in some splendid aviary, terminated ignominiously in a bribery scandal and arrest!

By Iftekhar Sayeed 

The Farsi for ‘spouse,’ incidentally, is hamsar – literally meaning, ‘same head.’ The word encapsulates the ideal of marital union and harmony.  And harmony – hamahang – was what we sought there: harmony with our past, our historic origins. 

Maiduguri Road
By Crispin Oduobuk 

Simply put, this agitation in your abdomen is a non-thing, having no long-term effect. Indeed, given that the disturbance often portends a night of sexual bliss, you're hardened to it and drink the cold bitter beer as if in defiance. 

The Death of a Good-Time Girl 
By Anjana Basu

 If she had a second flat, what sort of business did she conduct? How could any kind of business except the wrong kind cause you to lose your clothes? 

Remembering John Ono Lennon
By Anthony Milne

The innocent die young, they say. Well, if a godless, womanizing, LSD- and heroine-using, foul-mouthed genius of music and lyrics can be considered innocent, then this aphorism applies to John Lennon. It applies to him in the same way it might apply to Baudelaire or Gauguin.

Politics Here and There
By Anthony Milne

The speakers themselves can often be eloquent, in standard Trinidadian or “dialect,” as suits the occasion, searingly critical or humorous.

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