Between Margao and Canacona, Vijay couldn't find a petrol pump easily, but every other kilometre, a bhaiyya from either UP or Bihar manned a sugarcane-juice stall. 'These so-called "outsiders" fulfill so many needs,' he thought. 'They till the farms, help with the harvests and build roads and homes, like the Goans did in the Gulf.'
She Writes Story Contest winner: Sheela Jaywant
Sheela Jaywant is one of twelve winners of the MSN-Random House She Writes a Story Contest', as chosen by our judges. Her story 'Yokemates' features in the 'She Writes: A collection of Short Stories' published by Random House India and available at all leading bookstores.
Sheela Jaywant has worked in a multi-specialty tertiary care hospital for many years and for half a decade in a five-star hotel. And in earlier avatars, as a librarian, teacher and UNICEF volunteer. As an author of three books, Quilted: Stories of middle-class India, Melting Moments, and The Liftman and Other Stories, as well as a columnist and translator, she found that creative writing couldn't pay the bills. So she wrote three books of short fiction and did two translations alongside her day job. Later, many of her stories found their way into anthologies. When people ask her where she gets her ideas from, she says: 'you'.