Wings of a Silent Wish

Dinkar Joshi, translated from Gujarati by Neelam Kumar and Taral Prakash

I was excited to pick up this story because it was originally written in one of the languages that’s close to my heart. However, I somehow did not like the story. I’m not sure if this was because of the way it was translated, but I did not like this story at all. The story is about a man nearing fifty. Cardiac issues run in his family, and given that all of his uncles and... continue reading→

Last Meal at Whole Foods

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

This particular story is a dedication to all the mothers. The story beings with a man describing the dinner with his mom in a Wholefoods store. I’m having dinner at the Whole Foods on Center Boulevard with my mother, who is dying. The upcoming death is revealed in the first sentence itself. Thereafter the author describes his mother who looks as young to be his girlfriend. Anyone who will pass by will say so. He... continue reading→

Black Beauty

by Anna Sewell

Black Beauty is one of those novels that when they came made a huge impact on the society. It is due to the fearless critic of check reins on horses in the book that the practice of keeping check reins on horses was abolished in England. Apart from the social cause, this book turned out to be one of the most loved Children’s Classic literature. The book gave voice to animals. Black Beauty comes to... continue reading→

cover: Black Beauty

Death of an Indian

Kishori Charan Das

This story is about, ostensibly, an official in the Indian Embassy in the US. This man has just landed in New York, and is still getting used to the new world. His wife and children still haven’t gotten comfortable with the new land. It starts snowing one fateful day, and they’re stuck indoors. His wife and children ask him to take them to a sale. He tries to reason with them that it isn’t just... continue reading→

The Bed of Arrows

Gopinath Mohanty, translated from Oriya by Sitakant Mahapatra

We just completed the Women’s Month here at Meraki Post. This story, if only had it been written by a woman, would’ve been apt for the month, for it talks of, apart from blatant selfishness that is, about the oppression of the women in our society in the name of dharma. Kamala is bedridden, and her husband—a professor of literature—returns from work. She recognises the fragrance, and momentarily, is happy about it. They talk for... continue reading→

The Nightingale and the Rose

Oscar Wilde, Read by John Moffat

There is a reason classics last a lifetime! And this particular story is a brief reminder of the same. I had read this particular story before, not for 365stories though. So, when I came across it on BBC radio narrated beautifully by Moffat I just didn’t want it to end. This is a gruesome story of love and its importance to different beings. There lived a student once. He was in love with a professor’s... continue reading→