Aldous Huxley's ‘After The Fireworks’ is a searching account of a relationship between a 50-year-old celebrity novelist and a naïve 21-year-old fan of his books
The Stories in my Life: Anton Chekhov's The Bet is essential reading in a time of lockdowns and self-isolation
Chekhov's short story, The Bet, is a meditation on the nature of isolation, a thought-provoking account of a journey into solitude and the self
In Translated from the Gibberish, writer Anosh Irani questions the idea of home, experienced through longing
Anosh Irani in his short story collection titled Translated from the Gibberish, explores the function of short stories and the significance of single moments that are pivotal to them. In an interview with Firstpost, he also talks about how his concept of home has developed since writing this collection.
The Stories in My Life: Amid changing times, a tale about a music teacher's commitment to perfection, by Alice Munro
Every year, Miss Marsalles has a party — an annual recital presented by her little students — which is a tiresome and tedious affair for her invitees, for she is a relic of a vanished era. But this time, one performance changes how her invitees perceive her work | Neelam Saran Gour writes in this edition of The Stories in My Life
Book excerpt: Love in the Time of WhatsApp and Other Stories examines the idea of intimacy in the age of technology
Read an excerpt from Love in the Time of WhatsApp and Other Stories, which is a collection themed around examining the changing ideal of love because of technology.
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The Stories in My Life: Understanding nationalism and resistance through Alphonse Daudet’s ‘The Last Lesson’
Through Alphonse Daudet’s The Last Lesson, sitting in my own classroom, I could just about grasp — very obscurely — the way dominant nationalism in victors could fire up living nationalism in victims | Neelum Saran Gour writes in her monthly column, 'The Stories in My Life'
A round-up of the last four Urdu short stories presented in translation, as part of the eight-part series on Urdu fiction by contemporary Indian writers.
Much of Guy de Maupassant's writing was adult in ways that had little to do with sexually explicit content. It opened a window of insight into the mysteries of adult behaviour, and examined ideas and conflicts I had no firsthand experience of, at the time
A Night with a Black Spider: Charming ordinariness of the people in Ambai's stories are this collection’s strength
Ambai’s stories, set in the world of women, Carnatic music, and conferences, carry a marked sense of self-awareness
In writing Bijnis Woman, Tanuja Chandra is also making an effort to highlight stories of women, who she feels are an underrepresented demographic.
Sunny Leone has a new role, and it isn't in a film. The actress has turned writer with 'Sweet Dreams', a collection of erotic short fiction for Juggernaut.
Author JK Rowling has denied reports that she is releasing 12 'Harry Potter' short stories for Christmas this month via her site Pottermore.