The Best Asian Short Stories 2017 (Edited by Monideepa Sahu & Zafar Anjum) 32 writers. 11 countries. One anthology of its kind in Asia. The stories in this anthology by Asia’s best known and well-respected contemporary writers and promising new voices, offer fresh insights into the experience of being Asian. They transcend borders and social and political divisions within which they arise. While drawing us into the lives of people and the places where they come from, they raise uneasy questions and probe ambiguities. Explore Asia through these tales of the profound, the absurd, the chilling, and of moments of epiphany or catharsis. Women probe their own identities through gaps between social blinkers and shackles. A young Syrian mother flees from war-ravaged Aleppo into a more fearsome hell. The cataclysmic Partition of India and its aftershocks; life and death in a no-man’s land between two countries; ethnic groups forced into exile; are all part of the wider Asian experience. Life flows on in the pauses between cataclysms, bringing hope. Fragile dreams spread rainbow wings through the struggle to succeed socially, earn a living, produce an heir, and try to grasp at fleeting joys and love. These symphonies of style and emotions sweep across Asia – from Jordan and Syria to Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Japan and Korea. Crafted with love, they continue to resonate after the last page. As editor Moniddepa Sahu says, these stories come ‘from the heart of Asia, not from the Western perspective trying to make sense of the quaint and the exotic. The home-grown Asian identity runs as a strong undercurrent, with no need to explain and offer apologetic footnotes.’ The following are the contributing authors to the anthology: 1. POILE SENGUPTA, INDIA 2. FARAH GHUZNAVI, BANGLADESH 3. USHA K R, INDIA 4. ROCHELLE POTKAR, INDIA 5. SHOMA CHATTERJI, INDIA 6. JYOTHI VINOD, INDIA 7. YU MEI BALASINGAMCHOW, SINGAPORE 8. LOH GUAN LIANG, SINGAPORE 9. HISHAM BUSTANI, JORDAN 10. CLARA CHOW, SINGAPORE 11. SHASHI DESHPANDE, INDIA 12. SHIRANI RAJAPAKSE, SRI LANKA 13. SONIAH KAMAL, PAKISTAN/USA 14 PARK CHAN-SOON, KOREA 15. SUZANNE KAMATA ,JAPAN 16. JEREMY TIANG, SINGAPORE 17. SUBRATA SENGUPTA, INDIA 18. SHIKHANDIN, INDIA 19. FRANCIS PAOLO QUINA, THE PHILIPPINES 20. MOINUL AHSAN SABER, BANGLADESH 21. GEETANJALI SHREE, INDIA 22. AMIR DARWISH, SYRIA 23. SRINJAY CHAKRAVARTI, INDIA 24. WAN PHING LIM, MALAYSIA 25. N THIERRY, SINGAPORE 26. FAROUK GULSARA, MALAYSIA 27. SARITHA RAO RAYACHOTI, INDIA 28. GEETA KOTHARI, INDIA/USA 29. O THIAM CHIN, SINGAPORE 30. ILAKSHEE BHUYAN NATH, INDIA 31. MITHRAN SOMASUNDRUM, THAILAND 32. SIDDHARTHA GIGOO, INDIA 33. MURLI MELWANI, INDIA/USA Language: English Binding: Paperback Publisher: Kitaab International Genre: Fiction ISBN: 9789811149702, 9811149704 Edition: First, 2017 Pages: 456 About the Editors Monideepa Sahu, editor, worked as a bank manager before veering off into writing. She has authored Going Home in the Rain and other short stories (Kitaab, Singapore), Riddle of the Seventh Stone (Zubaan, India) and Rabindranath Tagore: The Renaissance Man (Puffin, India). She lives a nomadic life, resurfacing in Indian cities like Bangalore and Bhuneshwar. Zafar Anjum, Series Editor, is a journalist and writer based in Singapore. He has authored Kafka in Ayodhya and Other Short Stories (Kitaab), Startup Capitals: Discovering the Global Hotspots of Innovation (Random House India), Iqbal: The Life of a Poet, Philosopher and Politician (Vintage Books/RHI), The Resurgence of Satyam (Random House India), and The Singapore Decalogue: Episodes in the Life of a Foreign Talent (Red Wheelbarrow Books). Zafar Anjum is a Singapore-based journalist, writer and entrepreneur. For eight years, he was the online editor of Computerworld Singapore, Computerworld Malaysia, CIO Asia and MIS Asia. He is the author of six fiction and non-fiction titles, including the best-selling The Resurgence of Satyam (Random House India, 2012), Iqbal: The Life of a Poet, Philosopher and Politician (Random House India, 2014) and Startup Capitals: Discovering the Global Hotspots of Innovation (Random House India, 2014). He is the director of Kitaab.org.