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.



Landays – poetry by Pashtun women

Traveling to different lands brings one face to face with different aspects of the culture and literature there. Like it introduced Eliza Griswold and Seamus Murphy to Landay - folk couplets composed and sung by Pashun women. This post has... Continue Reading →

Storming in tea-cups

by Meena Kandasamy “a cup of tea is not a cup of tea. . . when you make it at twilight, just for him.” call it a love potion. liquid dreams. scented desire. wishes boiled to a blend. three cinnamon... Continue Reading →

Holiday in Disneyland

One of the most common associations of holidays is with Disneyland. Here is a true incident about the holiday of two little girls narrated by a person who used to dress up as the "Goofy" character in Disneyland for a... Continue Reading →

All the hemispheres

This excerpt from a poem by the famous Persian poet Khwāja Shams-ud-Dīn Muḥammad Ḥāfeẓ-e Shīrāzī  (pen name Hafez) is a lovely definition of a `holiday' Leave the familiar for a while. Let your senses and bodies stretch out [...] Change... 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 →

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 →

Child Who is Decked with Prince’s Robes

From Gitanjali by the Nobel Laureate  Rabindranath Tagore  The child who is decked with prince's robes and who has jewelled chains round his neck  loses all pleasure in his play; his dress hampers him at every step.  In fear that... Continue Reading →

Meet 3: Ghazal Appreciation

14 October, 2016 This time we had a full turnout and two special guests - Chinmoy's father and Rupa 😀 After commandeering the spare television set, setting it up and connecting his temperamental laptop Chinmoy was set to begin. The... Continue Reading →

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