OLD AND NEW, here is a selection from Saros Cowasjee’s short fiction written over the years. It includes his very first short story, ‘My Shikari’s Wife’, which touches the heart with its tenderness, and his most recent, ‘The Dog Who Died’, about an animal’s sacrifice which recalls that of the Saviour. In between these two are other unforgettable stories: ‘His Father’s Medals’, a poignant reminder of the world of the untouchables; ‘Another Train to Pakistan’, about people who find themselves homeless through absence of roots and loyalties; and ‘The Sentry’, in which two brothers meet in the jungles of Burma as enemies belonging to different camps.
Cowasjee is a cosmopolitan who is equally at home in London and Dublin as he is in Agra or Regina. His ‘Sunday on a Soapbox’ is a delightful portrayal of speakers who frequent Hyde Park Corner, while his Dublin pieces show how much of the Irish he has absorbed into himself. But at heart he is Indian, as the chance encounter with another Indian reveals in ‘Strange Meeting’, among the most memorable of his stories.
'Charming vignettes of contemporary Indian society.' -National Herald
"The people are as real as the situations, and the narrative brutally honest. So we have Indians clipped of their pretentions, and the soul-stifling atmosphere of modern India presented in claustrophobic actuality. Despite that the stories are not without irony, wit and good bawdy humour." -Khushwant Singh
Cowasjee is Professor Emeritus
. His writings include the novels Goodbye to Elsa (1974) and My Dear
Maura (2005), critical studies on Sean O'Casey and Mulk Raj Anand, and
several anthologies of fiction. The latter include The Oxford Anthology of
Raj Stories (2001) and The Mulk Raj Anand Omnibus (2004). His latest
is a collection of his own short fiction entitled Strange Meeting and Other