The Witch by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review

“A witch is a witch” – Savely, the Sexton says to his wife Raissa, in Chekhov’s ‘The Witch’. Husband calling the wife a witch, is nothing we haven’t heard before. What’s new and refreshing, is a little Chekhov spin on it. “The Witch” (Vedma) was first published in March 1886 in Novoye Vremya (Issue No.Continue reading “The Witch by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review”

No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small, is Ever Wasted: Aesop

Growing up, Aesop’s fables were my constant companion- in and out of school. The very first illustrated copy that I owned was an abridged version for kids that contained a dozen short stories. The Hare and the Tortoise, Crow and the Pitcher, Bell and the cat were some of the predominant few that are probablyContinue reading “No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small, is Ever Wasted: Aesop”

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman: Summary and Review

Imagine a room. Now imagine living there for a long time without having anything to do. For those of you who are millennials – Imagine a world without phones or any electronic devices. If you are one of those very social people – your knee-jerk reaction would be, “No way in hell am I goingContinue reading “The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman: Summary and Review”

The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde: Summary and Review

Has it ever happened to you that you tipped someone you shouldn’t have tipped in the first place, or that you asked a saleswoman for help who you thought was one, but was actually a shopper like you? Do you remember the look on their faces when you did that? It’s likely that they staredContinue reading “The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde: Summary and Review”

Happiness by Anton Chekhov: Summary, Analysis and Review

You may not be an Eckhart Tolle fan, but you do not need to be one to see the meaning in this.  “Don’t seek happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness. Happiness is ever elusive, but freedom from unhappiness is attainable now, by facing what isContinue reading “Happiness by Anton Chekhov: Summary, Analysis and Review”

Crazy Glue by Etgar Keret: Summary, Analysis and Review

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you read these two words: Crazy glue I bet you can recall at least an incident or two about crazy glue – maybe you were the victim to whom the ‘crazy glue’ happened, or you were the one that gave someone their ‘crazy glue’ moment.  ThereContinue reading “Crazy Glue by Etgar Keret: Summary, Analysis and Review”

The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro: Summary and Review

Where would your mind take you if someone said the words ‘the love of a good woman’ to you? If your mind quickly takes you to classic romantic movies of yore, a wife tirelessly sacrificing her life for her husband, you are the same as the rest of us. What’s more is that this titularContinue reading “The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro: Summary and Review”

The Five Boons of Life By Mark Twain: Summary, Analysis and Review

The Five Boons of Life is a short story by Mark Twain published as part of his collection, The 30000 Bequest and Other Stories. It’s different from his other stories in that it does not have our humorous Mark Twain saying things that make us grin like idiots in awe of his wit, but somethingContinue reading “The Five Boons of Life By Mark Twain: Summary, Analysis and Review”

Sweet and Low by Nick White: Summary, Analysis and Review

Sweet and Low is a short story written by Nick White. The story revolves around the life of a young boy Forney, who, having recently lost his father, is coming to terms with a life with his mother – a mother he doesn’t especially feel close to. With the feeling of love comes the dread.Continue reading “Sweet and Low by Nick White: Summary, Analysis and Review”

The Loudest Voice by Grace Paley: Summary, Analysis and Review

The Loudest Voice is a short story by Grace Paley, published as part of her short story collection – Little Disturbances of Man, back in 1959. The story captures the world of a young Jewish girl living and learning about a life of balance between her roots and the world that she currently lives in.Continue reading “The Loudest Voice by Grace Paley: Summary, Analysis and Review”