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Seven leeches hung from his nose. His shrunken form was splashed with boiling hot and freezing cold water alternately and his hands struggled against the tight grip of the rope tying them to his bed, while he screamed and whimpered in pain. This is how the godfather of Russian literature, Nikolai Gogol, spent his last...

It’s been an incredible 4 weeks – we are back one last time, with one short story a day. Here is what you can look forward to in week 5! FRI – To Goddess, With Love by Devdutt Pattanaik A mother pens a heartfelt letter to her ex-daughter-in-law detailing the events that led to her coming out. In this brief but...

As part of the #ReadInstead festival, we have been hosting weekly sessions with industry experts for a closed group of 15 people to seek guidance. In the most recent Self Help Circle, we had a chance to host Ankur Warikoo, the founder of Nearbuy.com who is an entrepreneur, content creator and teacher. Here are 3...

Whether you’ve been able to get your vaccination shot or not, it’s important to make sure you’re not mentally drained. So, we have a weeklong schedule of brilliant free short stories coming your way! Here is your #ShortStoryFix for this week –  Fri- Silence of the Hyena by Syed Muhammad Ashraf The shadow of the...

Ruskin Bond is beloved by one and all. Whether it is his ghost stories or his tales of childhood, he has captured our imagination for decades. Shying away from celebrity and residing in a small Himalayan town, there are still many things we do not know about our favourite ‘Rusty’! The name ‘Ruskin’ was...

Oscar Wilde lived an extraordinary life – one that was punctuated by spectacular highs and lows, most of which tended to be quite public. Much of that is reflected in his writing, especially in his legendary wit, through which he seems to have spared no one! Here are our favorite one liners from him –  On being...

Want to do your bit during this time? Our author Jasreen Mayal Khanna is writing a book on Seva: Sikh Secrets on How to be Good in the Real World. Starting this week, she highlights one organisation that’s doing amazing Covid relief work. Here is her recommendation for this week. Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre Society This...

Join us this week for another incredible collection of the best short stories in English literature, from favourites like Ruskin Bond and Anton Chekov and many more! Everyday at 7pm, be ready for a story to help you detox! Here is what you can expect –  FRI –  Haircut by Anuja Chauhan –  Set in a beauty salon where...

After a great first week of the 30 Day Short Story Challenge, we continue our efforts to help you feel better, one story at a time. Here is what you can look forward to in week 2! FRI – Durga Writes to her Father by Devdutt Patnaik The goddess Durga writes a letter to her father wondering if she should visit his home...

Twinkle Khanna has dazzled us with her wit on and off the screen but she never fails to surprise us with her one liners! Here are 4 hilarious and heart touching quotes from one of her best short stories, ‘Salaam, Noni Appa’! When Binni tries to suggest her niece marries an older man, Noni Appa is shocked with...