This is the second volume in the series, edited by Dr. Debotri Dhar, which contains well-crafted stories with innovative characters, gripping plots, diverse voices from 24 writers in 13 countries. While Rakhshanda Jalil is a seasoned writer known to many in South Asia, Aditi Mehrotra is an aspiring Indian writer whose story delightfully juxtaposed textual passages and news clippings on women’s empowerment with everyday life vignettes of domesticity from small-town India. Martin Bradley’s story highlighted the intersecting themes of travel, historical memory, and communication across differences. Today, when latitudes shift, cultures collide, and we are all travellers in one form or another, in ways perhaps unprecedented, these stories must be told. Contributors: Rakhshanda Jalil (India) Story title: ‘Diamonds are Forever’ Aditi Mehrotra (India) Story title: ‘Don’t Ask! Poocho mat!’ Martin Bradley (Malaysia; originally UK) Story title: ‘Bougainvillea’ Avery Udagawa (Thailand; originally US) Story title: ‘Festival Time.’ Translation of Japanese writer Mogami Ippei. Vanessa Ng (Singapore) Story title: ‘The Grey Thread’ William Tham (Malaysia) Story title: ‘At the Moonlit River’s Edge’ Rebecca Otawa (Japan; originally from Australia) Story title ‘The Rescuer’ Ananya Mahapatra (India) Story title: ‘The Bureaucrat’s Wife’ Zarin Virji (India) Story title: ‘Lola’s Honeymoon’ Anjana Balakrishnan (India) Story title: ‘For Chikki’s Sake’ Reba Khatun (British Bangladeshi) Story title: ‘The Attack’ Geralyn Pinto (India) Story title: ‘Cakes’ Greg Tan (Singapore) Story title ‘Mango and Sticky Rice’ Vrinda Baliga (India) Story title: ‘The Cosmic Dance’ Malini Gupta (India) Story title: ‘The Cycle’ Vineetha Mokkil (India) Story title ‘The Amulet’ Migs Bravo Dutt (Singapore; originally Philippines) Story title: ‘Begin Again’ Anjaly Thomas Story title: ‘Lucas’s Story’ Somrita Urni Ganguly (India) Story title: ‘Boba’ Translation of Bengali Writer Banaphool blessed. Hezreen Abdul Rashid (Malaysia) Story title: ‘Letting Go’ About the Editors Debotri Dhar was educated in India, the United Kingdom and the United States. She holds a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies, with distinction, from the University of Oxford, UK, and a Ph.D. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University, USA, and is currently a visiting fellow and lecturer at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. Debotri juggles university teaching and academic research in the day with lively bursts of creative writing at night. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines across the world, followed by the short story collection Postcards from Oxford: Stories of Women and Travel. The Courtesans of Karim Street is her second novel. 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.