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:



The Dalai Lama on Happiness

HH The Dalai Lama believes that the purpose of life is to be happy. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. He is the spiritual leader of Tibet. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He has consistently advocated policies of non-violence, even in the face of extreme aggression. (1)

WED – 

Money with Monika: 6 Health and wealth Lessons by Monika Halan

Worried about your finances in this tough economic situation? Monika Halan lists lessons that you should not ignore in this pandemic. (2)


Why Should You Meditate? By Kamlesh Patel

Meditation can lead us to wisdom, says Daaji. Kamlesh Patel, also known as Daaji, is the current Heartfulness Guide. He offers a simple, practical, experiential approach to meditation and consciousness that is easy to follow and available to people of all ages and walks of life. Daaji is also a prolific speaker and writer, and his two books, The Heartfulness Way and Designing Destiny, are both #1 bestsellers. (3)

FRI – 

Insights from The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle in 15 mins

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment is a book by Eckhart Tolle. The book presents itself as a discussion about how people interact with themselves and others. The concept of self reflection and presence in the moment are presented along with simple exercises for the achievement of its principles (4)

SAT – 

A Checklist for Making Faster Better Decisions

HBR Ascend shows you ways to consistently make better decisions. (5)

SUN – 

The Sanitary Man from a Sacred Land by Twinkle Khanna

Witty, touching and utterly inspiring, Twinkle Khanna retells, in fictional form, the extraordinary story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, and how he created the low-cost sanitary napkin. Written in Khanna’s trademark style of humour and empathy, this classic novella inspired the film PADMAN.


MON – 

Three Blind Mice by Agatha Christie

The patrons and residents of the newly opened guesthouse Monkswell Manor find themselves trapped by a snowstorm and threatened by a psychotic killer. With a finite cast of characters in this “locked room” mystery, it is not long before suspicions are voiced, and, under growing pressure, even newlyweds Molly and Giles each start to suspect the other of being a killer.



A Match Made In Heaven by Srishti Chaudhary

Mrinal is in love with Madhu but there’s a problem. She is a maanglik and his family will not allow him to marry her. When her attempts to get rid of the dosh fail, he has to resort to other measures to make the alliance happen. Will the lovers win their battle against Mars? (6)

WED – 

iLove Story by Muniza Tariq

Not every love story has a happy ending, especially if it involves a rich girl, a poor guy and a Macbook. (7)


Pacific Notions  by Ashwin Mudigonda

Anita discovers that being a maths teacher in Pleasant Nagar is complicated. It’s nothing like San Diego.


FRI – 

The Angel of the Odd by Edgar Allan Poe

In this satirical tale, the unnamed narrator refuses to believe a story about a man who died after accidentally sucking a needle down his throat. Is he correct in believing that this story is a hoax, or will the Angel of the Odd prove him wrong and expose him to his own vulnerabilities? (8)

SAT – 

The Heavenly Alphonso by Madhulika Ra Chauhan

Mr Rodriquez was just taking care of his Alphonso orchards, but then. . .Madhulika Ra Chauhan is a published author and philanthropist. Her previous works include ‘Corporate Love Tadka’ and ‘The One Night Affair’. She writes regularly for Thrive Global, Ezine, DailyO among others.

SUN – 

Anything For A  Banarasi Sari by Tanvi Athavale

A handwoven, silk Banarasi, the grande dame of sarees, occupies a special place in the hearts of all Indian women since times immemorial. Unfolding over the course of a traditional wedding, this is a hilarious account of one woman’s obsession with an exquisite, pink Banarasi and her relentless quest to possess it against all odds- even if her quest results in the wedding getting derailed.

MON – 

The Duplicity of Hargraves by O. Henry

The Talbots were wealthy plantation owners but when they lose their money Lydia and her father have to move to Washington, D.C. In the new city, the Talbots struggle to make ends meet. Can Hargraves, an actor who lives at their boarding house, help this father-daughter duo?



A Divided Court by Manu S Pillai

In order to understand the religious and political realities of the medieval Deccan,
one must first shed a binary approach. Muslims were never a single, unified group, nor were Hindus. Any simple polarization of historical events along a Hindu–Muslim divide then begs for deeper analysis. In this chapter, Srinivas Reddy discusses religion and faith, and the different ways in which the Bijapuri court was divided.

WED – 

The Assassination of Mrs Gandhi by Sagarika Ghose

It was 31 October 1984. The prime minister of India had been shot by her bodyguard. In this riveting mini book Sagarika Ghose tells the story of that day and recounts the tensest hours the national capital has ever seen. (9)


Curtain of Blood by Rahul Pandita

February 2019 sees one of the worst terror attacks on India taking place in Pulwama. Forty Indian soldiers are pronounced dead. But when the NIA investigates the bombing they arrive at an impasse. In this chapter, the acclaimed journalist Rahul Pandita takes us to the scene of the blast and offers us first-hand insight into one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Kashmir.


FRI – 

Surgical Strike Across the LoC by Lieutenant General Satish Dua

This is the most authentic account of what happened at Uri in 2016 from the man who led the surgical strikes in Kashmir. Here is an exclusive preview from INDIA’S BRAVEHEARTS: UNTOLD STORIES FROM THE INDIAN ARMY. (10)

SAT – 

Freedom & The Idea of India by Romila Thapar

In this seminal essay, acclaimed historian Romila Thapar re-examines the idea of India – always under threat, sometimes robust. This is an excerpt from OUR FREEDOMS: ESSAYS AND STORIES FROM INDIA’S BEST WRITERS (11)

SUN – 

A mini block buster from What the Economy Needs by Abhijit Banerjee, Raghuram G. Rajan, Gita Gopinath, Mihir S. Sharma

India’s economy is under threat with rising unemployment, banks in crisis, falling GDP and farmers’ unrest making headlines daily. In this brilliant and urgent book, the country’s most important economists – including Abhijit Banerjee, Gita Gopinath and Raghuram Rajan – bring together their proposals on how to get the country back on track. Rigorously yet accessibly argued, What the Economy Needs Now is a timely and deeply important book.

MON – 

Minerva Mill vs Union of India by Chintan Chandrachud

Established in the early twentieth century, Minerva Mills was a textile mill located near the Bangalore city railway station. Its many workers included the father of Nandan Nilekani, who would one day become the CEO of Infosys Technologies. The Congress government had nationalized it in the early 1970s claiming that it was mismanaged. In 1977, the erstwhile owners approached the Supreme Court to challenge its nationalization.



The Mouse by Anais Nin

A fragile young servant-girl finds herself in a tricky situation, and has no one but her mistress to help her out (12)

WED – 

Honey, I’m Home by Liji Narayan

What happens when Prachi, married to a ‘desi’ man Amit, finds out what she has been missing out on?



The Fault in their Stars  by Yasser Usman

A month after they met, Rekha and Mukesh Agarwal married. But he had a secret. He too had an AB in his life… This is the story, both colourful and tragic, of how their partnership unravelled and Rekha’s life spun out of control. Rivetingly told, this true story unfolds like a Bollywood film

FRI – 

The Midnight Pickup by Karan’s Konfessions

When Karan meets Jonita at a shop, little did they know what’s in store for them. When he is not winning the next big business deal in cutting edge technology at his day job, he weaves stories around his sexual escapades. He has a number of bestselling erotic titles to his credit. 

SAT – 

The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde

A selfish giant reforms his ways when the laughter of children brings the beauty of spring to his garden. Victorian author Oscar Wilde is known both as a playwright and prose author. Among his most famous works are The Picture of Dorian Gray, his only novel, the plays An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, and the short story collections Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories and The Happy Prince and Other Stories.

SUN – 

Be Nice You Never Know by Renuka Narayanan

Gorambha may be a cleaner in the royal household but he has the power to change the fortunes of Dantila, the most powerful minister of Avantika, when he is accidentally insulted by him. A charming cautionary tale from the PANCHATANTRA. This is a story from HINDU FABLES FROM THE VIVEKANANDA

MON – 

The Magic Shop by H.G. Wells

Out for a walk in London one day, Gip and his father happen upon a magic shop. At Gip’s urging, the two go in — and things grow more and more curious by the minute. Counters, store fixtures, and mirrors seem to move around the room, and the shopkeeper is the most mysterious of all. Gip is thrilled by all he sees, and his father is at first amused, but when things become stranger and sinister father is no longer sure where reality ends and illusion begins.


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