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 →

Minstrel Man

This poem is by Langston Hughes, a strong  American voice of black despair Because my mouth Is wide with laughter And my throat Is deep with song, You did not think I suffer after I've held my pain So long.... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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

Ek Diwas Me Parameshwarala…

This poem is by the Marathi poet, critic and writer Keshav Meshram.   Contributed by Chinmoy

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

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