Translations

Sunehra Sarp/ Golden snake by Jaishankar Prasad

Sunehra Sarp/ Golden snake by Jaishankar Prasad

About the author- He was one of the most famous figures in modern Hindi literature as well as Hindi theatre. He promulgated ‘Chhayavad’ a literary trend in Hindi literature. It is romanticism wi...

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Ack Thoo! / Aakh Thoo by Premnath ‘Dar’

Ack Thoo! / Aakh Thoo by Premnath ‘Dar’

About the author- Premnath ‘Dar’ was a short story Urdu writer from Kashmir.  His writings are seen as progressive writings of mid twentieth century.  The socio political events of the time infl...

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Phoolo’s kurta/ Phoolo ka kurta by Yashpal

Phoolo’s kurta/ Phoolo ka kurta by Yashpal

  About the author- Yashpal was a revolutionary writer and has written a lot on political and social matters.  He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1976 for his novel Meri Teri Uski Baat and...

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Short Stories By Well Known Authors

Bluebeard’s Daughter by Louis Couperus

This story is about Bluebeard’s daughter from his first wife and she is considered an outcast being Bluebeard’s daughter.  Bluebeard had a reputation of killing his wives and that is a French fol...

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Intizar Husain’s The Seventh Door

This short story was translated by Javaid Qazi. It represents the formalist era of writing in Urdu fiction. The narrative is written in the first person and describes a child’s sense of loss and...

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The Letter by Dhumaketu

The letter is a short story by Dhumaketu ( 1892- 1965) who was a well-known Gujrati short story writer of his generation.  It introduces us to an old man who comes daily to the post office and waits ...

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Fiction

Paying It Forward

“I don’t recognize myself anymore. I don’t remember the last time I was happy, you know? I know what you might be thinking: yet another depressed teenager, trying to glorify sadness. Sometimes, ...

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Red

She realised she was lying down on her back. The cold hard floor pressed against it. She knew her eyes were closed, but she was afraid to open them. The sunlight from the window was streaming inside t...

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The Break Up & The Broken

“Are you okay?” Strange voices filtered through my head, and I nodded vaguely to the concerned strangers. The rain battered down on me, and I was grateful for that, because my tears now camouflage...

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TwoFold Fantasy

“For real?” she asked. “For real” I said, firm. “Okay…So, my father, when I was younger I wanted him to die, yeah?” she said, and I sat up in my seat. “Amma wanted the same thing too, ...

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THE BOY IN PAIN

I joined a new hostel. The girls were as bossy as they could be. But amidst them, I saw a timid girl, always silent, and hardly was seen around. After almost a week, getting a little settled in the pl...

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Dispossessed

Dispossessed     He arrived in Liverpool at about three in the afternoon, with darkness and lust in his heart. The day had looked sunny as he peered through the dust smeared window on the long journ...

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Poetry

New is Born

I can never be the same, No matter how hard I try. For the lost moments shall never be regained. The more I try the more I lose; Just as the, once broken feathers cannot be retained. But “Yes” the...

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Limitation

I’ve tried stringing Together words that Might assume the shape Of what my mind, heart And body feels for you, But emotions, it seems, Refuse to be justified by Words that make the intensity Of ...

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The Star Girl

The stream of water gurgles happily, as it makes its way down the rocky mountain, the waves playfully jostling against each other as if it was a race and there was a finish line. Foolish waves! Did th...

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Promises

  I know you fear love and you fear being loved for they could walk out on you when they are all you have and I know why you flinch when you see me in sleeves too long for me and coats too big an...

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My God

  The collective conscience of a nation Searching for God Did that lead you anywhere? Oh don’t dare answer with a nod! They were all busy assigning ram and raheem based on your sartorial ch...

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Free Flowing

Walking down a winding mud path A stone here and a stumble there A virgin forest beckons me; Beyond the meandering brook Away from the city nooks A people and their untouched forest Beckons me; Layers...

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Reviews & Book of the week

A Goodbye Note from the Editors

As the New Year approaches, we take your leave and hope that Writers Asylum provided you with a platform to express yourself through words.  We as editors have always welcomed articles of a wide variety ...

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A Strangeness in My Mind By Orhan Pamuk

A Strangeness in My Mind By Orhan Pamuk

“A feeling that I was not for that hour, Nor for that place.”   Orhan Pamuk’s ninth book uses Mevlut , a street vendor’s narrative to look at the city of Istanbul and the matters ...

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Mapping out Malgudi

In this project we try to map out R.K Narayan’s Malgudi Days through its physical geographies and common characters which serve as links between various stories.It is a work in progress and we hope that ...

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