Five Must-Read Short Stories by Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore’s short stories are a perfect depiction of Indian society, set in the time of British rule. Of course, he typically kept the plot and storyline confined within the geographical and cultural boundary of Bengal. But, what cuts across the cultural reference is the emotions of women in each of his short stories. His … Continue reading Five Must-Read Short Stories by Rabindranath Tagore

Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather by Gao Xinjiang: Book Cover Designs

I discovered Gao Xinjiang’s writing last year with ‘Soul Mountain’ while doing the A2Z challenge. Gao Xinjiang won the Nobel Prize for Literature in the year 2000. Choosing an exile from China in 1987, he settled in Paris and completed ‘Soul Mountain’. ‘Soul Mountain’ is a book that draws from the author’s biographical account of … Continue reading Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather by Gao Xinjiang: Book Cover Designs

Reading ‘In Exile’: A Short Story by Anton Chekov

‘In Exile’ is a short story written by the famous Russian writer, Anton Chekov published in 1892. It is said Chekov was inspired by his experience of traveling through Siberia for this story. 'In Exile' is about two opposing human perspectives in a similar situation. The story begins with Old Simeon, about sixty-years-old, nicknamed Wiseacre, and … Continue reading Reading ‘In Exile’: A Short Story by Anton Chekov

The Last Leaf: A Short Story by O’Henry

The Last Leaf is a short story by O’Henry published in 1907. It is inconceivable to know that William Sydney Porter was a failure in most things he attempted and was even jailed for embezzlement. Then, he started writing, using the pen name O’Henry and became popular. But it is said that he died a pauper in 1910 … Continue reading The Last Leaf: A Short Story by O’Henry

Doomsday: Short Story by Younghill Kang

Doomsday is a chapter from ‘The Grass Roof’, the autobiographical novel by Younghill Kang, published in 1931. This has been adopted as a standalone short story too. Younghill Kang who was born in Korea and later immigrated to America, is deemed as an esteemed Asian American writer. He had to flee Korea in 1921 due to … Continue reading Doomsday: Short Story by Younghill Kang

The Open Window: Short Story by Saki

'The Open Window' is a short story by Saki or Hector Hugo Munro, published in the collection ‘Beasts and Super Beasts’ in 1914. Open Window is an incredibly short story. And, within this small ambit of the writing format, Saki spins thrill, horror and comedy, all together so befittingly. This story is about an evening when Framton … Continue reading The Open Window: Short Story by Saki

The Ideal Family: Short Story by Katherine Mansfield

‘The Ideal Family’ by Katherine Mansfield was first published in a literary magazine in 1921. “You are an ideal family, sir, an ideal family. It’s like something one reads about or sees on the stage.” Katherine Mansfield loves to make the title of her stories literally perceivable of the theme. In this story, it is about the … Continue reading The Ideal Family: Short Story by Katherine Mansfield

Pastoralia by George Saunders

'Pastoralia' is a short story by George Saunders published in ‘The New Yorker’ in the year, 2000. George Saunders won the prestigious O’Henry Award in 2001 for this short story. It is the unexpected setting of this story that captures your mind from the beginning. A portrayal of our lives in 21st century in the truest sense. We are … Continue reading Pastoralia by George Saunders

The Cask of Amontillado: Short Story by Edgar Allan Poe

The Cask of Amontillado is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, published in 1846. It was published in one of the issues of Godey’s Lady Book, a popular American Women’s magazine in the 1800s. And, I really wonder if women loved reading stories with such gory details of a crime! Did I enjoy? Perhaps, I did. … Continue reading The Cask of Amontillado: Short Story by Edgar Allan Poe

‘The Birds’ by Daphne Du Maurier: The short story and its movie adaptation by Alfred Hitchcock

‘The Birds’ written by Daphne Du Maurier was published in 1952. This story is a part of the collection called ‘The Apple Tree’. “Never heard of birds getting savage.” Then, this is the story to read. A horrifying tale of birds’ attack on humankind. The Birds by Daphne Du Maurier The story focuses on Nat Hocken, … Continue reading ‘The Birds’ by Daphne Du Maurier: The short story and its movie adaptation by Alfred Hitchcock

Cabuliwallah: One of the most popular short stories by Rabindranath Tagore

'Cabuliwallah' is one of the most cherished and loved short stories in India. Written by the great nationalist and poet Rabindranath Tagore, Cabuliwallah is deeply etched in our minds. It was originally written in Bengali, and was published in 1892. The story strikes an emotional chord and largely rests on the characterization of Cabuliwallah - Abdur Rahman, the seller … Continue reading Cabuliwallah: One of the most popular short stories by Rabindranath Tagore

Floating Bridge: Short Story by Alice Munro

‘Floating Bridge’ is a short story written by Alice Munro, originally published in The New Yorker. Alice Munro won the third prize at the prestigious The O’Henry Short Story Prizes for the ‘Floating Bridge’ in 2001. Alice Munro also received a Special Award for Continuing Achievement in fiction the same year. Floating Bridge by Alice Munro “The unspeakable excitement … Continue reading Floating Bridge: Short Story by Alice Munro

A Cup of Tea: Short Story by Katherine Mansfield

‘A Cup of Tea’ is a short story written by Katherine Mansfield. It was first published in 1922. A lot can change over a cup of tea. Or can it actually? The English tea parties have been a recurring theme in the Classics, but here Katherine Mansfield uses just ‘a cup of tea’ to expose … Continue reading A Cup of Tea: Short Story by Katherine Mansfield

Dubliners by James Joyce: Book Summary

‘Dubliners’ is a compilation of 15 short stories set in Dublin, written by James Joyce and published in 1914. It is, indeed, the work of an extraordinary genius who could write these stories at a young age of 25. Though he could not get it published until he was 33 years old. The stories in … Continue reading Dubliners by James Joyce: Book Summary

The Tree by Manoj Das: Short Story

‘The Tree’ is a short story written by the famous Indian author Manoj Das. Manoj Das was born in Balasore, Odisha in 1934. He is considered to be a social critic and his work in fiction depicts authenticity in the portrayal of characters and the atmosphere. 'The Tree' seems more like a fable. Yet, beneath … Continue reading The Tree by Manoj Das: Short Story

A Hunger Artist: Short Story by Franz Kafka

‘A Hunger Artist’ is a short story by Franz Kafka, published in 1922. 'A Hunger Artist' is about a miserable, emaciated and lonely artist who fasts up to forty days to draw a large audience. It is said that the Hunger Artists or Starvation Artists were performers, a common sight in Europe and America during … Continue reading A Hunger Artist: Short Story by Franz Kafka

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri: Book Review

‘Interpreter of Maladies’ by Jhumpa Lahiri is a collection of nine short stories published in 1999. In 2000, Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer Award and Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Her next book was ‘The Namesake’ its immense popularity led to a movie adaptation as well. ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ is a collection of nine short stories. The freshness in … Continue reading Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri: Book Review

Subha: Short Story by Rabindranath Tagore

'Subha' is a short story by Rabindranath Tagore.  Nobody understood Indian women better than Tagore in Literature. Tagore portrayed the everyday agonies of the women rather than questioning the wider question of feminism. In 'Subha', Tagore addresses loneliness and lack of opportunity for women with auditory and speech impairment. The title of the story is … Continue reading Subha: Short Story by Rabindranath Tagore

Ten Rupees: A Short Story by Saadat Hasan Manto

Saadat Hasan Manto (1912-55) is perhaps the best-known Modernist fiction writer in South Asia. He was born in undivided India and post-partition, he moved to Pakistan in 1948.  Manto’s female characters stand in contrast to Tagore’s women in fiction. Women in Tagore’s world had issues with love, affection, jealousy, and patriarchy to deal with. In Manto’s world, … Continue reading Ten Rupees: A Short Story by Saadat Hasan Manto

Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield

'Miss Brill' is a short story written by Katherine Mansfield, published in 1920. The story is written in the third person, limited omniscience. The story is about Miss Brill, an old lady touching upon themes of social isolation and loneliness. The story opens on a Sunday afternoon in autumn and it is cold outside. “ALTHOUGH IT … Continue reading Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield