Breaking Water

Krishna is quite unsettled when he bumps into a woman’s corpse during his morning bath in Kolkata’s Hooghly River, yet declines to do anything about it—after all, why should he take responsibility for a stranger? But when the dead start coming back to life en masse, he rethinks his position and the debate around how to treat these newly risen corpses gets a lot more complicated.

In this story from Indrapramit Das—originally published in February 2016—a journalist strives to understand Krishna’s actions and what they say about the rest of society and how we treat our dead.

[Read “Breaking Water”]

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