Reading literature is an activity which elicits a range of emotions, based on individual experience. To some, it is akin to meditation, which has something of a therapeutic effect on them. To others, it might be a source of inspiration, or a daily ritual which completes their day. Some love to read, who cannot imagine their lives without a good book by their side. Some enjoy it as a hobby, while some might see it as pointless, and derive no pleasure out of it.

Whatever may be your reason to read, we feel that in times as uncertain as these, reading literature can provide a place of solace, taking us away from the reality of our situation, and into the boundless terrain of imagination. So, we decided to create a trove filled with a few of our favourite things to read no matter what date or time, what weather or season. The list contains our most beloved short stories, which if you haven’t read yet, we highly recommend you add to your reading list this instant! Dear readers, we would also love to hear about your favourite works of fiction, genre no bar. We’re always looking for good reading recommendations. So do let us know about your all-time favourite reads in the comments, or drop us a line. Happy reading!

  • Mahesh by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay – An eerily striking tale of communal dissonance, caste hierarchies and the woes of the poor.
  • Memoirs of a Yellow Dog by O. Henry – A flat dog’s life and his tryst with the matrimonial mishap.
  • The Lottery Ticket by Anton Chekhov – Ivan’s epiphanic journey from “How I’d love to be a millionaire” to “Nah, I’m good”.
  • Treatment of Bibi Haldar by Jhumpa Lahiri – Bibi Haldar was not their responsibility and in their private moments they were thankful for it.
  • The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe – The literary equivalent of an edge-of-the-seat thriller.
  • The Last Question by Issac Asimov – There is insufficient data for a meaningful answer, but the light is enough.
  • The Open Window by Hector Hugh Munro (Saki) – Everyone’s got a story to tell, and a secret to hide…
  • The Lost Jewels by Rabindranath Tagore – Some musings on how to lose a wife in ten ways.
  • A Little Cloud by James Joyce – The grass is always greener on the other side, but someone forgot to tell Little Chandler that.
  • Souvali by Mahashweta Devi – All ‘bastards’ are their mothers’ children. Souvalya certainly is.
  • An Astrologer’s Day by R.K. Narayan – A charlatan astrologer with an irresistible charm to attract more clients. Why does this sound all too familiar? (:P)
  • Kunti and the Nishadin by Mahasweta Devi – Abandoning Karna was Kunti’s biggest regret. Should it be?
  • The Cop and the Anthem by O. Henry – Soapy’s topsy-turvy tale to land in prison; arguably, the most lovably pitied character in literature.
  • A Little Fable by Franz Kafka – No description could do justice to this, trust us!
  • Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl – A story which had future Hitchcock adaptation written all over it, and he didn’t disappoint!
  • Khol Do by Saadat Hasan Manto – On things undone- happiness, home and the strings of her salwar.
  • Kabuliwala by Rabindranath Tagore – Of unlikely friendships and flawed perceptions.
  • Lihaaf by Ismat Chughtai – The billowing Quilt rises one foot above the bed and replaces the ‘closet’.
  • The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde – There’s something universally and immortally beautiful about a grumpy person’s heart melting for children, and The Happy Prince is a lovely example of the same.
  • Akeli by Mannu Bhandari– Of all ailments of man and heart, loneliness is the worst.

One thought on “The Trove

  1. What a beautiful list! Thanks for sharing! I love your blog. Cannot believe two current law students have initiated such an amazing blog. Lots of love to you, and please keep posting more often.

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