Published: Mango Season (Eleven Eleven Journal)

The Alphonso is the king of all mangoes. And, the mango is the king of all fruits. This is what Rafi’s mother had always told him each year when mango season came around. Yet, Rafi could count, on both hands, the number of mangoes he had ever eaten in his nineteen years. And, none at all since she had died three years ago.

the element of lavishness

Booknotes: The Element of Lavishness

"The personal correspondence of writers feeds on left-over energy. There is also the element of lavishness, of enjoying the fact that they are throwing away one of their better efforts, for the chances of any given letter’s surviving is fifty-fifty, at most. And there is the element of confidence -- of the relaxed backhand stroke that can place the ball anywhere that it pleases the writer have it go."

5 short stories

Top Five Short Story Reads from August 2016

William Trevor, the British writer, described short stories as being explosions of truth:... One of the stories in this past month's selection is from William Trevor. Additionally, we have stories by Haris A Durrani, Premchand, Kelly Link, and Nina McConigley. None of these are newly-published, but the truths they embody will stand strong for a long time yet.