How to Transform an Everyday, Ordinary Hoop Court into a Place of Higher Learning and You at the Podium

Matt De La Pena

This particular story is from the collection ‘Flying Lessons and Other Stories’ from diverse authors compiled and edited by Ellen Oh. I had requested this book off Netgalley at random and I am glad I began reading it for 365stories. This particular book gives voice to the oppressed/minority that’s hard hitting. The first story is called ‘How to Transform an Everyday, Ordinary Hoop Court into a Place of Higher Learning and You at the Podium’... continue reading→

DNF: Hell! Has No Saints

by A K Asif

I was trying really hard to get by this. The fact that I had gone ahead and requested it myself did me no good. It started out well where a young man doing his PhD in something to do with religion comes across a psycho analyst who challenges him to do a sort of yoga session after which his life is turned upside down. The fact that he enters a different realm altogether was spoken... continue reading→

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The Difficult Path

Grace Lin

This is the second story from the collection called Flying Lessons and other stories from diverse authors compiled and edited by Ellen Oh. (We’ll put up our review of the first story soon!) This particular story started beautifully with a woman, a daughter of a scholar, selling her child for money but she will give her daughter to the Li family only upon a promise that they educate her. Follow “A girl! Learn to read!... continue reading→

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The size of things

Samantha Schweblin translated by Megan McDowell from Spanish

Samantha Schweblin is a Booker Prize shortlisted author whom I am yet to read. I came across this Story on The New Yorker which is translated from Spanish by Megan McDowell. Megan has also translated ‘Things We Lost in Fire’ which is the best short story collection I read last year. I was absolutely thrilled to find this short story. It has completely lived to my expectations. It is a story of a man who... continue reading→

The Fisher Queen’s Dynasty

by Kavita Kané

I had read Lanka’s Princess a while back and it was one of the better mythology writings in our country that I had come across since Amish Tripathi. However, something changed this time when I picked up ‘The Fisher Queen’s Dynasty’. I was irritated throughout the book at various aspects of but I still wanted to know how the story proceeded since I am not much aware of Mahabharata. I did not like the book... continue reading→

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I’m the meat, you’re the knife

Paul Theroux

I’m absolutely loving 365stories. If discovering a new author each day wasn’t enough I have the joy of reading the authors that I always wanted to read but couldn’t get to their longer fictions. Paul Theroux is one of those authors who I have been eyeing since quite sometime but haven’t really picked up a book before. The New Yorker thankfully offers us an opportunity to read a couple of short stories by the authors... continue reading→

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