Why read one free short story when you can have 4! We have one for every mood to help you get through June! Here is our schedule for this week on Live, Laugh, Learn & Love Festival:


TUEInsights from The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg in 15 mins

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.


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How to Achieve Mental Wellbeing by Sanket Pai

Do you find yourself criticizing others often? Are you always complaining? Do you constantly compare yourself with your peers? Are you over-consuming information and pretending to be busy? These negative thought patterns disturb your mental wellbeing. Sanket Pai shows you how you can avoid these, and live a happier life


Let go of your Fears by Om Swami

Monk Om Swami on instinctive and conditioned fears, and why we should question them.

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Excerpt from The 12-Week Fitness Project by Rujuta Diwekar

Want to get fit but don’t know how to start? Let India’s #1 nutritionist and health advocate Rujuta Diwekar help you. 


Insights from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo in 15 mins

Transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method. Japan’s expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method.


Dealing with Failure by Harvard Business Review

Follow these steps to get over professional failures.

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The Rugby Captain by Varsha Adusumilli

An excerpt of Wonder Girls: Success Stories of Millennials Who Fought to Do It Their Way, this is an affirmation to all young women that they can achieve whatever they set their hearts on.


How to make most of your day – Vaibhav Datar

The author lists morning routines to keep you focused and productive throughout the day


Insights from The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss in 15 mins

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss provides an escape from an ‘epidemic’ of ‘job descriptions as self-description.



The Housemaid Who Became a Comedy Sensation BY Tweak Books

This is the story of Mumbai’s funniest maushi, Deepika Mhatre, who turned to stand-up comedy to talk about her community’s hardships. The mic is her magic wand and she is changing mindsets one joke at a time.


Matryoshka by Anand Venkateswaran

An endless supply of humour in a story of lost and found, within another story of lost and found, within another and another. Travel across time in rusty autos, delayed flights, and the inscrutable London train system.



The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain

Mark Twain’s first success as an author. This was the story that catapulted him to national fame.


Happily Divorced by Shalini Mullick

This story is a non rom-com (non-romantic comedy about Shuchi and Ajay who find their divorce is happening in a little offbeat manner and unexpected circumstances!!

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The Good Angel by P.G Wodehouse

ANY man under thirty years of age who tells you he is not afraid of an English butler lies. He may not show his fear. Outwardly he may be brave-aggressive even, perhaps to the extent of calling the great man ‘Here!’ or ‘Hi!’ But, in his heart, when he meets that, cold, blue, introspective eye, he quakes. The effect that Keggs, the butler at the Keiths’, had on Martin Rossiter was to make him feel as if he had been caught laughing in a cathedral. He fought against the feeling. He asked himself who Keggs was, anyway; and replied defiantly that Keggs was a Menial-and an overfed Menial. But all the while he knew that logic was useless.


Dragon Aunty Returns! by Debeshi Gooptu

A Bengali woman meets a Punjabi mirchi in a swanky residential complex of Gurgaon. Mrinalini can’t tolerate the boisterous Punjabi dragon. The only problem is, they become friends. How long will this adventurous friendship survive?


The Glitch by Manish Pathania

An unnamed protagonist, a lonely software engineer in mid-thirties, meets the founder of a startup, an unnamed woman in her late twenties, who claims to have created a luxury Virtual Reality device that allows the users to be virtually present with young women around the world. The story is the extrapolation of the current social media scene where people share their lives with strangers for fame.


Clean Bowled by Love by Srishti Chaudhary

Cricket is Preeti’s only passion but the family she marries into has no interest in the game. She settles into her new life without complaining but her husband wants her to be happy. What will he do to win her over?


A Horse and Two Goats by RK Narayan

Guarding the portals of the Indian village of Kiritam is a massive once-magnificent statue of a prancing horse & a great warrior now forgotten & overgrown with cactus. An old Tamil man and an American buyer must find their way through a conversation.  



First Indians by Tony Joseph

To tell us the story of our ancestors, Tony Joseph uses DNA evidence to trace the large migrations of modern humans into India – of agriculturists from Iran between 7000 BCE and 3000 BCE and pastoralists from the Central Asian Steppe between 2000 BCE and 1000 BCE.


Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Small-Town Revolutionary by Rajdeep Sardesai


In Democracy’s XI bestselling author and journalist Rajdeep Sardesai narrates the story of post-Independence cricket through the lives of eleven extraordinary cricketers. This mini blockbuster chronicles the journey of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.


The Sabarimala case: Women in the Temple by Abhishek Singhvi with Satyajit Sarna

What happened when religion clashed with law? India’s top lawyer explains the Sabarimala case about women’s entry to the temple.


Nationalism in India by Rabindranath Tagore

First published in 1917, this insightful critique of the concept of nation and nationalism remains a seminal text. It delves into different constructs of nationalism and warns against the perils of blindly aping Western notions of it in a country as diverse as India.


Blessed to followed by PM Modi by Swati Chaturvedi

Indian social media is awash with right-wing trolls who incite online communal tension and abuse anyone who questions them. But who are they? How are they organized?

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The Jewel in the Crown by Anita Anand and William Dalrymple

This riveting tale of the Kohinoor, the world’s most coveted gem, unearths fascinating new information revealing a thrilling tale, full of violence, drama, and intrigue.


Karma and the Character by Swami Vivekananda

This seminal work by Swami Vivekanand describes a discipline that allows an individual to carry out his/her duties as a service to the entire world and as a path to enlightenment.


Love, Marriage and the Lure of Politics by Vaasanthi

Karunanidhi, a prolific and fiery writer who failed his board exams thrice, had a tragic personal life when he was immersed in the political turmoil of 1947.


#Caste Is Not a Rumour by Rohith Vemula

Student leader Rohith Vemula, who killed himself on January 17, 2016, was a prolific writer on Facebook, where he discussed everything from caste to cows. From 2008 to his last posts in January 2016, his words hold a mirror to the working of caste in modern India.



My Summers with Sharmila by Saurav

In a quaint neighbourhood in Kolkata, a teenager spends his afternoons making sketches of the girl he gets to see only when she gets off her school bus every day. All that the boy craves is one look, one smile from the girl he has named Sharmila. As summers pass by and their paths keep crossing, the boy is left wondering what destiny has in store for him.


The Woman in Red by Khushbu

Would Aakash get lucky with the mysterious woman who always dresses in red?


The Lady With The Dog by Anton Chekhov

While vacationing in Yalta, Gurov, a married, middle-aged man, becomes enraptured by a lovely young woman on the beach walking her dog. After a brief affair, the couple part, but despite the pressures of their separate lives, both are deeply affected by their fleeting attachment.


Cupid’s Kitchen by Tanvi Athavale

What happens when Noorie Sikander runs away from her home to compete in the Gourmet Chef of India?

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The Boy Who Kept Karvachauth by Sudipto Pal


When observation of a Karva Chauth fast lead everyone to poke fun on him, how did Uday deal with it? His first Karva Chauth was full of surprises, shocks, disillusions, and regrets. Was he able to win over all the evils through his convictions?


You Will Love Again: A Guide to Healing from Heartbreak by Dr. Shyam Bhat

A top psychiatrist (and a trustee of Deepika Padukone’s Live Love Laugh Foundation) on finding your way out of heartbreak.


The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This 1943 novella is one of the most translated books in the world and has been adapted into movies, podcasts, plays, graphic novels, and many more. While it criticizes society, THE LITTLE PRINCE is a tender tale of loneliness, friendship, love, and loss.


Love in the time of Pandemic by Liji Narayan

In the new normal of masked faces and social distancing, would Siddharth ever manage to get close to Rukhsar?


The Hunch by Sajita Nair

Ambrosia is planning a surprise birthday party for her husband Flight Lieutenant Derrick D’Souza, but then…


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