Cover Photo: Illustration by Elizabeth Haidle for Catapult
Illustration by Elizabeth Haidle for Catapult

The Most Memorable Annual Pig Parade of Kharagpur

“Devilish,” said all of Kharagpur, after the Rosarios and their pig walked in the annual parade. “No pig’s supposed to jump backwards. Or laugh.”

In the slow-moving railway town of Kharagpur—where a clipped-moustache, suit-wearing sahib of the Leftover Raj, Old Rosario, once roamed with a tiger cub on a leash and winked at ayahs when the missus wasn’t looking—the most exciting event of the year took place in December.

inside

,

pig

have

laugh

Fat little witch,

Hump hump hump!

Let’s see your pig,

Jump jump jump!

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Nicholas Rixon's work has appeared in The Indian Quarterly, Scroll.in, The Statesman, and The Assam Tribune, among others. Originally from Calcutta, he currently lives in New Delhi and is working on his debut collection of short stories. nicholasrixon.tumblr.com