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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 – 

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Fri- Silence of the Hyena by Syed Muhammad Ashraf

The shadow of the hyena, one of the craftiest and most ruthless predators in the forest, is always present in the lives of men and women who live on the edge of the jungle, until man and animal become one and it is difficult to tell who is the more dangerous.

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Sat- The Army Officer’s Wife by Sajita Nair 

A woman waits longingly for her husband (Major Arihant Joshi), who is in the Indian Army, to tell him that she is pregnant. She thinks of various ways in which she will break the news to her husband. Meanwhile, there is a terrorist attack, and Major Joshi is injured. Will he survive to hear the news?

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Sun- The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant

After devoting their energies and income for ten years to replace a borrowed diamond necklace they lost, a woman and her husband learn the irony of their efforts. The story is known for its twist ending, a hallmark of Maupassant’s style – a classic read that’s a throwback to your school days!

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Mon-The Gift by Preeti Shenoy

Nandini seems to have it all – a loving husband, a beautiful home and a fulfilling job. But a child is missing from their lives. One day, her friend tells her about a development – one that will make her life complete. Soon, Nandini and Gaurav receive their gift. But life works in surprising ways…

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Tue-Bakhto in Heat by Ali Akbar Natiq

Rafiq and Shamshir are the strongest young men in the village and the best of friends. A mischievous few want to pit one against the other. A story from ‘Shah Mohammad’s Tonga’, it is an example of why Ali Akbar Nautiq is lauded as one of the best Urdu writers today!

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Wed- His Dead Wife’s Photograph from Famous Indian Ghost stories by S. Mukherji

A government clerk with a passion for photography decides to shoot a portrait of his sister in law and another lady. But upon developing the negatives, he discovers the presence of another woman, who never sat for the photograph….S. Mukherji brings the best ghost stories in this fascinating chronicle of ghostly sightings in India from post-1857 to 1947.

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Thur- The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

This is considered to be one of Poe’s most famous short stories and a classic of the Gothic fiction genre. It is narrated by an unnamed protagonist who endeavours to convince the reader of his sanity, while describing a murder he committed.

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