The Pose

Anwer Khan translated from Urdu by Muhammad Umar Memon

This story is one from the collection called The Greatest Urdu Stories compiled and translated by Muhammad Umar Memon. This book has some great of stories from famous authors such as Premchand and Manto. I had read Manto long time back after which I am returning to this book today. This particular one is a sweet story about a spunky girl. In the story she is called ‘She’. There is no name. ‘She’ abruptly broke... continue reading→

Cat Person

Kristen Roupenian

This particular story is like a breath of fresh air. It is a contemporary linear story that portrays relationships based on assumptions that are constantly changing. Margot is a young sophomore of twenty who meets Robert on the job as a person behind concession stand. They meet and Margot cracks a joke that was meant to indulge both of them into a conversation but it hardly happens. Robert comes back and collects her number. After... continue reading→

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→