Short stories by B. Mamatha
In the dystopian world of Out of nature, both the heroes and the villains are bears. One is the hunted and the other the hunter – yet the lines between the two are often blurred: it ends bloodily. Company business sees ungainly outsider Famke’s life derailed by an erroneous job offer. Putting it right takes him into a nightmarish city of concrete, corporatism … and beautiful friendship. Each day, the sun spans the lifetime of two sisters living at the edge of the world. Told through everyday incidents both comic and heart-wrenching, we see the fabric of their lives, love and petty rivalries. The plague house could hardly be more different: a young boy is one of the few survivors of an illness that has destroyed the world. When a stranger invades his sanctuary, he finds his existence under threat once more. Finally, Of Icarus, tells a fantastical tale laced with sadness: an old man recounts a story he once heard, and which he still believes – of the day the wind stopped.