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 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 →

Sarfaroshi ki Tamanna

This patriotic song was penned by Urdu poet Bismil Azimabadi . It was popularised by Ram Prasad Bismil - as a cry of  revolution by freedom-fighters during British rule Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai Dekhna hai zor kitna... Continue Reading →

Jeeyon ya mar jaaon …

jeeooN ya mar jaaooN - ye sawaal hai; kya yeh aadhik shrestha hai ki apmaanjanak bhaagya ke teer maiN sehta jaaooN ya pareshaanioN ke samandar ke khilaaf hathiyaar uthaooN, aur unka virodh kar, unhe khatam karoon? mar jaaoon, so jaaoon,... Continue Reading →

A bouquet of `Shers’

A collection of shers  that use tides, boat, boatsman, shore and other sea-side imagery and paint various shades of conflict...between persons, between the elements and man, between one's own different desires     Contributed by Chinmoy

Isliye raah sangharsh ki hum chune

A song of struggle often used to rouse passion in oppressed groups during meetings and rallies, chiefly in Central and North India. This poem is penned by Prof. Anoop Vashisht. Below is a link to a video that shows renowned... 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 →

Bachpan ki kahaani

Poet Not known. बचपन की कहानी याद नहीं..! बातें वो पुरानी याद नहीं..!! माँ के आँचल का इल्म तो है..! पर वो नींद रूहानी याद नहीं..!!   छोटी सी बात पे लड़ते थे..! झूलों पर गिर गिर चढ़ते थे…!! किसी... Continue Reading →

Tamanna hai…

By Navin Customers, deadlines, emails se door jaane ki tamanna hai Aaj kuchh Sukhan az zanana guftan ki tamanna hai Quantico ke teraah episodes dekh liya ek saath sangeen mahaul hai, kahiN urs ka mela dekhne ki tamanna hai Sanskaari... Continue Reading →

Itne Oonche Utho

by the famous Hindi poet, Dwarika Prasad Maheshwari इतने ऊँचे उठो कि जितना उठा गगन है। देखो इस सारी दुनिया को एक दृष्टि से सिंचित करो धरा, समता की भाव वृष्टि से जाति भेद की, धर्म-वेश की काले गोरे रंग-द्वेष... Continue Reading →

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