Ways of Dying

Of the many things about death that scares us, or perhaps, unsettles or puts us at unease, is the unfamiliarity with the entire experience. Excluding the accidental and rare disease related deaths of children, most human beings survive the phenomena of life on an average of roughly 70 years. That means nearly seven decades of…

Manto: Selected Short Stories translated by Aatish Taseer

A name that evokes perhaps the most quintessential idea of a writer from the pre-partition era. I had never read any work by a writer from the galaxy of stars generated in the Indian subcontinent during the early 20th century. This seemed to be a good place to start. Depicting the brutality of human being’s…