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The StoryBench

We are a community of people who share a love of the written word. We meet to read stories, poems, songs… around a decided theme. This blog is a repository for all that is shared in these meetings.

Meet 10: Shiva

3rd March 2017: It was Maha Shivratri last week and we were supposed to have met then.  So the theme `Shiva' seemed very appropriate. But then, we ended up postponing the session but..continued with the theme. Discussions sparked off by... Continue Reading →

Shiva – Short stories

The story behind Shiva's blue throat Also known by the name of Neelkantha, Shiva got the blue neck after drinking the poison, Halahala, during the Churning of Ocean (Samudra Manthan) to get the elixir of life (Amrit). The legend says... Continue Reading →

Kannappa Nayanar and Bhilla worship Shiva

Two stories that are popular in two different parts of India but are very similar. They highlight that it is not the manner  of worship but the devotion with which it is done that is important. At least so far as... Continue Reading →

Who and what is SHIVA?

Extracts from the writings of Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev: When we say “Shiva,” there are two fundamental aspects that we are referring to. The word “Shiva” literally means “that which is not.” Today, modern science is proving to us that everything... Continue Reading →

Meet 9: Fear

Contributions this time explored the nature of fear, the utility of fear and a new (to most of us) genre of story-telling - the chat story. Enjoy... Torture by Hope, a short story (original in French) by Count Villiers de... Continue Reading →

Shiva and Daksha : The story of two fears

This story from the Puranas is a lovely example of fear connected to `control; in diametrically opposite ways..... the father fears loss of control and husband fears control. In the Puranas, ancient chronicles of gods, kings and sages, denial, division and... Continue Reading →

The connect between anger and fear

Anger is an evolutionary strategy that helps us deal with  threats. It focuses our mind on the target, suppresses our fear and drives us to attack. Anger is not evolution's answer to generic "threats." You don't get angry at the... Continue Reading →

Excerpt from `Creative Mischief’

A snippet from Dave Trott's blogpost `Creative Mischief' Read the original post here   Contributed by Meeta

Torture by Hope

This short story, La Torture par l'Esperance, in French by Villiers de L'Isle-Adam is set in the times of the Spanish Inquisition. It portrays the cruelty of fate. Though it has a predictable end it is a fascinating nonetheless. Fear... Continue Reading →

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