The Bombay Literary Magazine

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Buddha At The Museum – by Prathap Kamath

From a schoolgirl’s diary On Saturdays I went to Buddha’s house where he sat in lotus position, eyes closed, filling the circular room that was earth, his conical head touching the arched sky. Saturday was holiday for school. Papa would be at his office. Mama was always absent; she was in Dubai nursing an Arab’s [...]

Three Poems – by Zainab Ummer Farook

Salt Mother thunders into the kitchen, a banished witch reclaiming her place amidst the arcane, and tips half a jar of salt into the rice like she tipped over the wardrobe earlier, her rage untrammelled by grey pills or Godrej steel. ‘Choril uppilla,’ she chants, her abrupt fury terrifying my cousin, whose perfectly-cooked rice has [...]

Two poems – by Zoya Chadha

“After all, Punjabi is spoken on both sides of the border, divided only by the script”~ This is the splintering. This is the passport which still reads Lahore, India. This is also the indiscretion. What no scrubbing can erase, for the way sameness seeps through cracks and makes itself known. To speak my father’s tongue [...]