Book Club

How Writing Became a Dream Come True!

Reading Time: 5 minutesWriting about writing is rather intriguing. Soumya, a humourist and an author, recounts how he became a writer and penned, rather keyed his first novella, befittingly titled, ‘Memories – A Novella: The Hilarious Nightmare of Growing Up’, exclusively in Different Truths. This is a story about how I acquired this nasty addiction to writing. I […]

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Onaatah, Shunned and Shamed, a Victim of Sexual Assault, in Search of Hope!

Reading Time: 6 minutesIs there justice outside courtrooms for a rape victim? The law might take its own course, but what does a woman do when the society shuts its door on her? Onaatah, a young victim of sexual assault, is shattered from inside. Shunned and shamed by the society, including the man she loved, she sees a […]

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A Window to her Dreams: Past Baggage and Turbulent Present Threaten Second Marriage

Reading Time: 8 minutesAruna, a young divorcee, marries Bhuvan, an averagely successful young man who had a crush on her in college. Both make promises of ever after with preconceived expectations. But, they are equally shattered to learn that despite their best intentions life does sometimes play the villain.  Aruna’s learned conditioning, developed as a result of the […]

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After the Crux

Reading Time: 17 minutesHere’s an excerpt story from the New York-based Joseph Ferguson’s earlier short fiction collection, Southbound. Critically acclaimed, it’s a must read. The story originally appeared in Swift Kick No. 5/6, “Death and Transformation” 1987. The author submitted the opening tale, After the Crux, which focuses on one of the main characters, Basement Man, to appear as […]

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A Modest Menu Encourages Dialogue on Poverty, Hunger, Ethics and Inclusion

Reading Time: 10 minutesA Modest Menu looks beyond the measurable aspects of poverty, hunger, global land use and food security, waste and pollution, human trafficking, exclusion, and the myriad other challenges which affect our lives, and will impact our future. A varied selection of essays, poetry and short stories shed light of conditions shared by those most impacted by lack of […]

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My Favorite Christmas Tree

Reading Time: 5 minutesHere’s an excerpt story from the New York-based Joseph Ferguson’s latest short fiction collection, Shillelagh Law. It’s a must read. The story originally appeared in Ellipsis: An Anthology of Humorous Short Stories, August 2016. The author submitted this humourous story, to appear as a Book Extract, exclusively for Different Truths. The names in this story are true. Only […]

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Rules of Desires rooted in the Earthly Mantle of Life

Reading Time: 2 minutesKnowledge of the history and culture of the backdrops of Dipika Mukherjee’s stories are remarkable. The plots are based across urban Kuala Lumpur to cosmopolitan Shanghai, small towns of India, and the wilderness of Unites States of America. The characterisation of the protagonists with their trappings of desire could have been a bit more varied. In some stories, the […]

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French Author Charles Dantzig: European Nations are Conservative, not Progressive!

Reading Time: 5 minutes“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” This quote by Roosevelt echoed the emotion which reigned while interviewing the French author Charles Dantzig. Archana interviewed the renowned novelist, poet, essayist, and editor, in the regular column, exclusively […]

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Rape, Secrets of the Virtual World dealt with in the Woman-centric Novel of Sujata

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe novel, The Other End of the Corridor, by Sujata Rajpal, has a free flowing story line, with plots and sub-plots blending seamlessly. Changes happen, relationships changes, relationships crashes but these all happen slowly and not in a day. Leela, the protagonist, has a secret. Her virtual life provides her with hope and a sense of adventure. It […]

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Jihad in my Saffron Garden: A Search for Global Peace among Terrorism and Turmoil

Reading Time: 12 minutesRoshina is a famous writer. Love has eluded her and her passions are her work and her son Zohaib, who she has brought up single-handedly. Despite possessing grit and substance, she has never been able to journey back to Kashmir. But at the behest of her Muslim son she returns to the place she once knew as home. […]

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