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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.

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Meet 11: Loneliness

31 March, 2017 It was a somewhat lonely session with only three people able to make it. Discussion veered toward the difference between `loneliness' and `solitude'. Wendel Berry wrote ` In solitude one’s inner voices become audible [and] one responds... Continue Reading →

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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 →

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 →

Meet 8: Animals

Yes, THAT was the theme. Animals. So, we had some contributions that were bang on target and some that had tenuous links to it and some were ..well... about  animals but not from the realm of literature. Here is what... Continue Reading →

Meet 7 : Travel

The theme was `travel'and travel we did... from the dusty desert sands of Afghanistan to the opulent French courts of 1650's and USA of the seventies. Poetry, excerpts from novels to a live-experience activity - we had it all. Vasant Bapat's... Continue Reading →

Meet 6: Holiday

So the theme was `holiday' in keeping with the Christmas spirit. We took to the theme quite literally and come meeting day few of us had much to share that reflected the theme :p So, we said to ourselves, it's... Continue Reading →

Meet 5 : Conflict

4 December, 2016 The meet started off with a discussion on what the term `conflict' means and interpretations ranged from `sangharsh' (struggle) for rights to confrontation to  what results when varying perspectives collide. Conflict was recognised to be both external and... Continue Reading →

Meet Four : Childhood

11 November, 2016 The theme this time was ‘Childhood’. … and coincidentally, two of our regulars could not make it to the session because their little ones needed them at home. Talk about living the theme 😀 Everyone brought a... Continue Reading →

Meet 3: Ghazal Appreciation

14 October, 2016 This time we had a full turnout and two special guests - Chinmoy's father and Rupa 😀 After commandeering the spare television set, setting it up and connecting his temperamental laptop Chinmoy was set to begin. The... Continue Reading →

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