Skip to main content

Jayant Kaikini

Jayant Kaikini is a Kannada poet, short-story writer, columnist, and playwright, as well as an award-winning lyricist and script and dialogue writer for Kannada films. He has won the Karnataka Sahitya Akademi Award several times, in addition to winning various other awards in India, including the first Kusumagraj Rashtriya Bhasha Sahitya Puraskar. No Presents Please (Harper, 2017), his volume of selected stories, is the first book in translation to have won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. “Dagadu Parab’s Wedding Horse” is excerpted from No Presents Please: Mumbai Stories (Catapult, 2020).


Dagadu Parab’s Wedding Horse

Summer 2020 | Fiction

The marriage procession turned from Mulund’s Lal Bahadur Shastri Road toward the railway station, wending its way through the main bazaar. Leading the procession were the men of the brass band in their glittering outfits, followed by the boys with their shiny teenage mustaches. In the middle were the middle-aged men in their tight T-shirts, bestowing proud glances on their wives and on the bazaar shops.