Childhood Love

By Roma Das
Translation: Jugal Kalita

It was a time when the biggest excitement in my life was wandering aimlessly in groves of mangoes, plums and berries by our home. It was a time when unbounded happiness and enjoyment came from making little paper boats and floating them in the open moat. It was a time when I spied mythical elephants in the white clouds on a clear moonlit night. This is a story of that era and the tender state of my mind during those days.


By Nakul Chandra Bhuyan
Translation: Khanindra Pathak and Jugal Kalita

Savest me thou, O God
From this tidal world!

It was noon. The sun was shining brightly. Sixty year old baaiyon Dhonbor was laying on the bamboo cot. He was reciting prayers almost inaudibly. He had been bed-ridden for more than a month. He was suffering from severe blood dysentery. His son Monbor came in and stood near the bed.

The Story of Joyantee

By Laksminath Bezbarua

In Search of an Older Brother

By Holiram Deka
Translation: Jukti Kalita

Maakon and the Goxaai

By Birendrakumar Bhattacharya
Translation: Manjit Borah and Jugal Kalita

It was early morning.

``Oh Lord! I have sinned. Take my life away! God, take my life away!'' Maakon prayed earnestly kneeling in front of the altar in her home. Since the day she lost her right to a dot of red vermilion on her forehead due to her husband's untimely death, she had been praying in this manner every day. Today was no exception. Today, she felt utterly ignored by god. If the almighty could not relieve her from her sufferings, who could?

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