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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 →

They’re made out of meat

A short story by science fiction writer, Terry Bisson "They're made out of meat." "Meat?" "Meat. They're made out of meat." "Meat?" "There's no doubt about it. We picked up several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

The Ox

By the British author, H E Bates The Thurlows lived on a small hill. As though it were not high enough, the house was raised up, as on invisible stilts, with a wooden flight of steps to the front door.... Continue Reading →

Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach

A Cuban Folktale   Martina Josefina Catalina Cucaracha was a beautiful cockroach. She lived in a cozy street lamp in Old Havana with her big, lovable family. Now that Martina was 21 days old, she was ready to give her leg... Continue Reading →

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