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 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 →

Meet 9: Fear

Contributions this time explored the nature of fear, the utility of fear and a new (to most of us) genre of story-telling - the chat story. Enjoy... Torture by Hope, a short story (original in French) by Count Villiers de... Continue Reading →

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 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 →

Bachpan ki kahaani

Poet Not known. बचपन की कहानी याद नहीं..! बातें वो पुरानी याद नहीं..!! माँ के आँचल का इल्म तो है..! पर वो नींद रूहानी याद नहीं..!!   छोटी सी बात पे लड़ते थे..! झूलों पर गिर गिर चढ़ते थे…!! किसी... Continue Reading →

Story Of Blind Love

There was a blind girl who hated herself just because she’s blind.  She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend.  He’s always there for her. She said that if she could only see the world, she would marry her boyfriend. One... Continue Reading →

Holding On and Letting Go

By Erin Hanson I was the type of person,  That held onto things too tight,  Unable to release my grip,  When it no longer felt right,  And although it gave me blisters,  And my fingers would all ache,  I always... Continue Reading →

Woh Bachpan ka Zamaana Tha

This poem is penned by Harivansh Rai Bachchan, a noted poet of the Nayi Kavita literary movement of early 20th century Hindi literature. एक बचपन का जमाना था, जिस में खुशियों का खजाना था.. चाहत चाँद को पाने की थी, पर... Continue Reading →

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