16 September, 2016

..we were all a little unclear about how this would go. Tentative. Excited. We had, each of us, our pieces of paper – our selections for the day. Some more than others 😀 .. like Chinmay with his bulging folder and Navin with his mobile library!

We started off with magic in the air..literally. The first story shared being

1. The Conjurer’s Revenge  by Stephen Leacock,  a popular American novelist who produced most of his work around 1910 ad 1930. The story is about an audience member ruining a conjurer’s act and the reaction of the conjurer to that disruption. Read more .

Other shares for the day were:

2. The nazm Mujhse Pehli Si Mohabbat na Maang by the revolutionary poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz

मुझसे पहली-सी मुहब्बत मिरे महबूब न मांग
मैनें समझा था कि तू है तो दरख़शां है हयात
तेरा ग़म है तो ग़मे-दहर का झगड़ा क्या है
तेरी सूरत से है आलम में बहारों को सबात
तेरी आखों के सिवा दुनिया में रक्खा क्या है
तू जो मिल जाये तो तकदीर नगूं हो जाये
यूं न था, मैनें फ़कत चाहा था यूं हो जाये … read more

3.  Hindi poem Woh Bachpan ka Zamaana Tha  by Harivansh Rai Bachchan, noted Indian poet of the Nayi Kavita literary movement of early 20th century Hindi literature.

एक बचपन का जमाना था,
जिस में खुशियों का खजाना था..

चाहत चाँद को पाने की थी,
पर दिल तितली का दिवाना था.. read more

4. A discussion on what constitutes `good’ poetry that included the poem Separation by W. S. Merwin as an example of good poetry

Your absence has gone through me

Like needle through a thread

Everything i do is stitched in its colour

5. Excerpt from the poem Itne Oonche Uttho by the famous Hindi poet, Dwarika Prasad Maheshwari

लो अतीत से उतना ही जितना पोषक है
जीर्ण-शीर्ण का मोह मृत्यु का ही द्योतक है
तोड़ो बन्धन, रुके न चिन्तन
गति, जीवन का सत्य चिरन्तन
धारा के शाश्वत प्रवाह में
इतने गतिमय बनो कि जितना परिवर्तन है। Read the entire poem here

6. Ranjish hi Sahi by the noted Urdu poet Ahmed Faraz

Ranjish hi sahi dil hi dukhane ke liye aa

aa phir se mujhe chhod ke jaane ke liye aa.   Read more

7.Quote by Japanese architect and writer, Yoshio Taniguchi

Architecture is basically a container of something

I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup but the tea

And that neatly summed up our hopes and expectations from The StoryBench – that we enjoy the beauty hidden in the world of words, without being caught up in the form of its presentation be it story, poem, song or plain prose!