Rani Padmini

by Anuja Chandramouli

We all have grown up with the story of Padmavati. We have heard the tales of the beauty of Rani Padmini from our grandparents, told to us with certain pride. I wanted to read something on the Queen before the release of the most controversial movie of recent times. I read an article from a historian of British origin which made me realise that it is no more a homespun news. Western media is eying... continue reading→

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A Small Flame

Yiyun Li

This particular story is the find for me while trying to read diversely. This particular story is by an author of Chinese origin. I have a book by the same author parked in my shelf that I have made up my mind to pick next. This particular story is about a girl named Bella. As if the name wasn’t fantastical by itself, the author has drawn some bits from fairytales. Bella is an adoptive child... continue reading→

The Dog

J. M. Coetzee

I have been eyeing ‘Disgrace’ by J. M. Coetzee since about six years now. I haven’t possessed the book yet. I call it possess because I do already have enough books to read for another five years but my lust for them never satiates. Anyways, I came across this beautiful story on ‘The New Yorker’ which has been my go-to place when it comes to short fiction. This particular story is about ‘She’. She passes... continue reading→

Ali Baba and Forty Thieves

Anonymous

This story is particularly close to my heart. We all have grown up listening to it and watching different adaptations of the same. It was a pleasure revisiting it after all these years. It is a story of Ali Baba who lives with his wife and son. They are not very rich unlike his brother who gains all the richness after he marries a wealthy widow. The brothers live separate lives until Ali Baba discovers... continue reading→

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Audunn and the Bear

Anonymous

The story is about an Icelander Audunn. After working hard enough and saving up a bit of a fortune, he leaves that for his mother and sets asail to Norway and Greenland for work. It is here in Greenland that he finds a polar bear which he purchases with whatever money he has left. He decides to present this to King Sveinn of Denmark. On his way, he passes by King Haraldr’s kingdom down south... continue reading→

Midnights

Rainbow Rowell

The book spans across a few years. A short story skipping through time? Yes, that’s what Midnights is. One New Year party sees two strange kids—Noel and Mag get to know each other. Noel is dorky, funny, loves dancing and has a severe nut allergy! Mag is his hero sans a cape. They become friends and then they become best friends. Follow Noel is the kind of character that one just falls in love with.... continue reading→

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