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→

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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→

Death of Sheikh Burhanuddin

Khwaja Ahmed Abbas, translated from Punjabi by Khushwant Singh

When I met Veena in February, we spoke about a lot of things concerning literature and other things. Among those things was the Partition. I asked her, ‘Why are people so obsessed with the whole thing? Why are we still talking so much about it even though so many years have passed? Isn’t it time we moved on from that?’ Veena is a history freak. She reads a lot about this stuff. And of late,... continue reading→

Sea of Strangers

by Lang Leav

Sometimes I am caught between poetry and prose, like two lovers I can’t decide between. Prose says to me, let’s build something long and lasting. Poetry takes me by the hand, and whispers, come with me, let’s get lost for awhile. Lang Leav came into my life with Love and Misadventure when a dear and now distant friend gifted me a copy of the book as a parting gift. She was someone I had great... continue reading→

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