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.



Shiva and Daksha : The story of two fears

This story from the Puranas is a lovely example of fear connected to `control; in diametrically opposite ways..... the father fears loss of control and husband fears control. In the Puranas, ancient chronicles of gods, kings and sages, denial, division and... 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 →

The Map of Tender (ness)

The Carte de Tendre (Map of Tender) was "conceived as a social game during the Winter of 1653-1654" by Madelaine de Scudery. The map shows a geography entirely based around the theme of love and represents the path towards love. On the... Continue Reading →

Travelling within – an exercise

“I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – Lillian Smith Leave the familiar for a while. Let your senses and... Continue Reading →

A Valentine

by Lewis Carroll Sent to a friend who had complained that I was glad enough to see him when he came, but didn't seem to miss him if he stayed away. And cannot pleasures, while they last, Be actual unless,... Continue Reading →

I Rise, I Rise

  This poem by  Maya  Angelou is  a defiant cry in the face of racial discrimination You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may tread me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise.... Continue Reading →

Yeshil tevha japun ye tu..

The poem is by the Marathi poet, dramatist, novelist critic and short-story writer  B S Mardhekar. He is known for bringing in modernism into Marathi writing.     Contributed by Chinmoy

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