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 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 →

Pravaasachya Kavita

Poems by famous Marathi poet Vasant Bapat, from his poetry collection `Pravasaachya Kavita' Devdutt leaves for Swapnateerth 2. Devdutt on the criss-crossing roads in the US. (Raste Raste Raste) 3. Devdutt vists Sea World 4. Devdutt visits the Grand Canyon 5. ... 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 →

The Enterprise

A poem that describes a metaphorical journey towards a specific goal. By the famous poet, playwright, writer and critic Nissim Ezekiel. It started as a pilgrimage Exalting minds and making all The burdens light, The second stage Explored but did... 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 →

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 →

The Road Less Traveled

By one of the most celebrated American poets, Robert Frost Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where... Continue Reading →

Excerpt – The Time Machine, H.G.Wells

'But,' said the Medical Man, staring hard at a coal in the fire, 'if Time is really only a fourth dimension of Space, why is it, and why has it always been, regarded as something different? And why cannot we... Continue Reading →

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