In 1964 there appeared a peculiar collection of stories in the city pages of the Malwa chronicle.
The stories recounted a rabelaisian and macabre history of the period during partition, through a tale of several silver pocket-watches, where the winding mechanism was held in place by a filament of human bone.
Denounced as blasphemous and deeply hurtful, a series of complaints forced the newspaper to abandon publication of the stories and rescind most extant copies. Though the actual size of the collection and the source of the stories was never revealed, the three stories that were published can still be found in the archives of the chronicle, each edited and carefully translated by the fabled Gujarati poet and diarist MirUmar Hassan.
It is these three tales that we have tried to resurrect here, so that they may once again haunt our imagination with their ribald and violent recollections and the promise of lives marked by a calendar of circular time.
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