Sananda Mukhopadhyaya | Soup | 12th October 2022
The trees of Mumbai work hard. They serve as advertisement boards for "drivers, domestic workers, key makers and most commonly masseurs", supports for wires, shelters for chai stalls, and posts for CCTV cameras. To compensate for pandemic neglect, they have been given "ghastly haircuts". Yet the trees endure, a reminder for the overwhelmed citizen that it is worth standing your ground (1,099 words)
Kelly Golnoush Niknejad | New Lines | 18th October 2022
Account of the first school day after Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. The writer was 12 and had been a pupil at the American School in Tehran, which was the first to "disappear into oblivion" after the regime change. The modesty regulations felt suffocating to her: a thick uniform manteau over her clothes and a hijab that she did not know how to tie. The rules were enforced with violence (4,142 words)
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