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More Stories from the Raj and After: From Kipling to the Present Day
From Kipling's establishment of India as a major theme in English writing to the sexual adventures of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's American heroine and representative pieces from Indian post-independence literature, this further collections of stories provides a vivid portrait of a society in transition as late-imperial ennui gives way before the vibrancy of emerging nationhood.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 1st 1986 by Indus
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These short stories of fiction do not plumb the depths of 19th century Indian cultures, but they do show the struggles of the mostly ignorant British to survive, and the struggles of unbelievably patient Indians to tolerate them. Especially humorous and revealing is “A Horse and Two Goats” by R.K. Narayan and “The Tea Party” by Mulk Raj Anand.
The only one of these authors I had read before was R.K. Narayan. Saros Cowasjee provides a nice introductory essay, and the biographical blurbs are helpful. But the stories are all undated, unfortunately. The story I liked most was "The Tea-Party," an excerpt from Mulk Raj Anand's novel Coolie.