Kept Woman and Other Stories

The Kept Woman and Other stories is a collection of short stories by the renowned and controversial Kamala Surrayya. Born Kamala Das, an Indian English poet and a Malayalam author, she embraced Islam at the age of 67 and assumed the name Kamala Surrayya.  She was known for her unabashed and honest treatment of women …

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Jungle Book – Of nostalgia and life lessons

‘Jungle jungle baat chali hain pata chala hain Chaddi pehenke phool khila hain phool khila hain’ Remember this absolutely endearing song from Jungle book? The animated TV series on Doordarshan [Yes, I am that old ;-)] about the lovable Mowgli and his friends, Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther, Sher Khan the tiger [Ok, so …

Interpreter of Maladies – Simple yet Evocative!

Interpreter of Maladies is the debut book of Jhumpa Lahiri which won her a Pulitzer. Published in 1999 the book is a collection of 9 short stories about Immigrants and their struggles as they are required to embrace a new world. Most of the stories are about the 1st and 2nd generation Indian-Americans and both …

Heroes – from the pages of literature

I am sure all Book lovers would agree with me that when we read a book, it becomes a part of us. That is one of the reasons I have always enjoyed a good read over a movie. I like the process of unearthing a story page by page, getting to know the characters, living …

Guy De Maupassant – The Master of short stories

While I am on my short stories reading spree, how can I not talk about the ‘Master’ himself? Guy de Maupassant. Born on August 5th 1850 in France, Guy de Maupassant is considered the father of modern short stories. He wrote 6 novels, 3 travel books, one volume of verse and 300 short stories. His …

Flight for life, flight to freedom – A Flight of Pigeons

A Flight of Pigeons is a Novella by Ruskin Bond. Set in the backdrop of the 1857 uprising, the story traces the lives of a British family as their city is taken over by Indian rebels. True to his style he spins a simple yet engaging tale of humanity, love and courage weaving it beautifully …

Evil Eye and the Charm

Evil eye and the Charm is a 2015 book by Neil D’Silva. It is a collection of 3 short stories inspired by the very Indian lemon chilli charm. Yes the lemon chilli that we see hanging around in cars, at shops and sometimes at the entrance of houses. Whether you are the superstitious sort or …