Music Lessons

An excerpt from "Subcontinent"

01 April 2011

A taxi driver once asks her, “How long does it take to learn what you’re learning?”

“At least 10 or 15 years,” she says.

“Ten or 15 years,” he says, looking ahead at the unending traffic.

Sharmistha Mohanty is the author of two previous works of fiction—Book One and New Life. She is founder-editor of the online journal Almost Island and teaches Creative Writing at the City University of Hong Kong.