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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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Novel

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 →

An Un-necessary Woman

Makarand shared his thoughts on Rabih Alameddine's book `An Un-necessary Woman'. Reproduced here is a review of this book on GoodReads   Aaliya Sohbi lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books. Godless, fatherless, divorced, and childless,... 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 →

Excerpt from `Creative Mischief’

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

Dope on a Rope

From the book `How to be HAPPY, dammit' by  Karen Salmonsohn There once was this criminal who had committed a crime. (Because, hey, that’s what criminals do. That’s their job!) Anyway, he was sent to the king for his punishment.... 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 →

Excerpt – The Time Machine, H.G.Wells

'But,' said the Medical Man, staring hard at a coal in the fire, 'if Time is really only a fourth dimension of Space, why is it, and why has it always been, regarded as something different? And why cannot we... Continue Reading →

One Song

By celebrated mystic and poet Jalaluddin Rumi. He very consciously made himself and his poetry a bridge between cultures and between religions and this snippet is an example of that. Every war and every conflict between human beings has happened... 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 →

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