This well-chosen collection of 24 Short Stories contains some of the best writing in English that has emerged from India in the recent past. Several of these stories have appeared in various collections, anthologies and journals in India and abroad. Though written in English "the tempo of Indian life" as Raja Rao says, "is beautifully infused into the English expression." The style though distinctive in each story, is markedly Indian, and reveals the writers' rootedness in contemporary Indian reality.
Khwaja Ahmed Abbas (b. 1914), writer. Journalist, film maker. Published over 25 books In Urdu and English.
Mulk Raj Anand (b. 1906), novelist and art critic; has been alternatively engaged in teaching, writing and journalism. Author of more than 40 books, his novels Coolie, The Untouchables and Two Leaves and a Bud established him as a major writer of Indian fiction. He is a Fellow of the Sahitya Akademi and the Lalit Kala Akademi.
Sujatha Balasubramaniam, a well-known Fiction writer.
Ruskin Bond (b. 1934). short-story writer, poet, novelist and author of several internationally acclaimed books for children. His novel The Room on the Roof won the John Llewellyn Rhy's Prize in 1971 and also the British Award for Commonwealth Writer.
Upamanyu Chatterjee (b. 1959), novelist and I.A.S. officer. Author of English August published in 1988.
Keki Daruwalla (b. 1937), poet and short-story writer with five collections of poetry, a volume of short stories and an Anthology of Indian poetry. His collection of poetry Keeper of the Dead received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1984.
Kishori Charon Das (b. 1924), poet, short-story writer and essayist in Oriya and English. Awarded Sahitya Akademi Award in 1976 for his novel Thakura Chara.
Manoj Das (b. 1934). writes in Oriya and English. Author of more than 20 publications. Recipient of several awards including the Orissa Sahitya Akademi Award (1965), Prajatantra Vishwa Milan Short Story Award (1970) and the Sahitya Akademi Award (1972). Edits The Heritage, a monthly.
Sunita Jain (b. 1941), author of 12 books in Hindi and 13 books in English. Recipient of the Vreeland Award and the Marie Sandoz Prairie Schooner Fiction Award twice.
Arun Joshi (b. 1939), writer and businessman and author of four novels, one collection of short stories, and a Business History 'book. Received Sahitya Akademi Award in 1982 for his novel The Last Labyrinth.
Shiv K. Kumar (b. 1921). poet, playwright, fiction writer, translator and critic. Published five collections of poems, two novels, a collection of short stories, one play and a substantial body of literary criticism. His novel Trap/alls in the Sky received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1987.
Jayanta Mahapatra (b. 1928). poet, fiction writer and translator Is Reader in Physics at Ravenshaw College. Cuttack. Awarded Sahitya Akademi Award for Relationship In 1981.
Manohar Malgaonkar (b. 1913) novelist and short-story writer with over 25 publications. Important works include Distant Drum. The Princes and A Bend in the Ganges.
Anita Mehta, a well-known fiction writer.
Dina Mehta (b. 1928) fiction writer, playwright, critic and Managing Editor of Kaiser e Hind has won national and international awards for her television and radio plays. She was the fiction editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India (1976-1983).
Chaman Nahal (b. 1927) author of seven novels, a collection of short stories and is currently working on The Gandhi Quartet'. Received Sahitya Akademi Award in 1977 for Azadi and the Federation of Indian Publishers Award twice (1977 & 1979) for his novel. Currently he is a Professor of English at Delhi University.
R.K. Narayan (b. 1906), well-known novelist and short story. Awarded Sahitya Akademi Award in 1960 for The Guide.
Raja Narasimhan (b. 1930). writer and Journalist. Author of five novels and a Book of criticism Sensibility under Stress : Aspects of Info-English Fiction.
Padma Pereira (b. 1937), a well-known fiction writer. Among her significant works are Coigns of Vantage. Doctor Salaam and Other Stories and Birthday Death day. Recipient of Hopwood Award and Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship.
Raja Rao (b. 1909), novelist and short-story writer is author of more than 80 books, his novel Serpent and the Rope received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1963. Received Padma Bhushan in 1969.
Nayantara Sahgal (b. 1927). novelist and author of 14 books, numerous articles and short stories. Important publications include Prison and Chocolate Cake, A Time to be Happy and Rich Like Us (Winner of Sahitya Akademi Award, 1986 and Sinclair Prize).
A Joy Sen, a well-known fiction writer.
Khushwant Singh (b. 1915). writer and journalist. Founder-editor of Yojana and ex-editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India. Author of more than 15 publications, his latest novel is Delhi (1990).
Ashok Srinivasan (b. 1943) short-story writer and editor of Indian Horizon.