Short Story Reads: Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger by Saki

Saki was the pen name under which British writer Hector Hugh Munro wrote before his life was tragically cut short at 45 in France, along with millions of others during World War I. By then Saki had left behind hundreds of short stories – all noted for their ready wit, black humor and macabre. Especially … Read more

Short Story Reads: Marrying Off Mother by Gerald Durrell

“When a writer is born into a family, the family is doomed.”  – Czelslaw Milosz, Polish poet Few writers have been gifted by a wealth of source material as British writer Gerald Durrell (1925-1995) was endued with. The source material we are referring to is Durrell’s family. Now, how many writers have lived a event-filled … Read more

Short Story Reads: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber

There is a little bit of Walter Mitty in all of us.  First published in the New Yorker, this 1939 short story tells of a middle-aged day dreamer who is out shopping with his wife. Walter Mitty wades in and out of dream at the wink of an eye – from manning a ship through … Read more

Short Story Reads:The Verger by W Somerset Maugham

Just like the friends we make, certain writers have the knack of bonding with readers through their works. During my teens, I struck a friendship with the most unlikeliest of writers – a certain William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965).  As it goes with two peaceful souls, our relationship has been harmonious.Neither has tried to communicate with … Read more

Short Story Reads: The Lighthouse Keeper Of Aspinwall by Henryk Sienkiewicz

I do not know what to say emphatically about the much-imposed love for the country. To love human beings, trees, rivers, mountains, waterfalls, or a gentle evening breeze is more fulfilling.  In comparison, the whole idea of patriotism seems manufactured. The way armies man borders and war makes killing acceptable and dying heroic, only proves … Read more