Updated December 21st, 2023 at 12:14 IST

National short story day: Don’t skip these 10 best books

Let us embrace the power of storytelling on this special day and continue to explore the treasure trove of short stories that India has to offer.

Garvit Parashar
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National Short Story Day, celebrated annually, is a literary observance that invites enthusiasts from around the world to delve into the captivating world of short stories. While it originated in the United Kingdom, the celebration has resonated globally, including in India, a country with a rich and diverse literary tradition. In honor of this special day, let's explore the top 10 most popular Indian short stories that have left an indelible mark on readers.

1. "The Blue Umbrella" by Ruskin Bond:

Ruskin Bond, a prolific Indian author, gifted readers with the heartwarming tale of Binya and her coveted blue umbrella. This enchanting story explores themes of desire, jealousy, and the transformative power of simple gestures.

2. "The Lottery Ticket" by Anton Chekhov (Adapted by Premchand):

Adapted by the legendary Hindi writer Premchand, this short story delves into the complexities of human nature when a humble clerk discovers that he may have won the lottery. The narrative skillfully unravels the dynamics of relationships and societal expectations.

3. "The Overcoat" by Nikolai Gogol (Adapted by Vijaydan Detha):

Vijaydan Detha's adaptation of Gogol's classic takes readers on a journey through the desert landscapes of Rajasthan. "The Overcoat" becomes a poignant exploration of the human condition in a different cultural context.

4. "The Man Who Knew Infinity" by Robert Kanigel (Adapted by David Leavitt):

This short story, adapted from Kanigel's biography of the legendary mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, provides a glimpse into the life of a genius. It beautifully captures the challenges and triumphs of Ramanujan's extraordinary journey.

5. "The Elephant and the Tragopan" by Mulk Raj Anand:

Anand's story masterfully weaves together elements of nature and human emotions. Through the lens of an encounter between an elephant and a tragopan, the narrative reflects on the interconnectedness of all living beings.

6. "The Postmaster" by Rabindranath Tagore:

Tagore, a Nobel laureate, crafted this poignant story that explores the clash of urban and rural lifestyles. The tale revolves around a city-bred postmaster's experiences in a remote village and the relationships he forms.

7. "Iswaran the Storyteller" by R.K. Narayan:

Narayan's story introduces readers to Iswaran, an eccentric storyteller whose narratives blur the lines between reality and fiction. Through humor and wit, Narayan offers a delightful exploration of the power of storytelling.

8. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber (Adapted by P. Lankesh):

P. Lankesh's Kannada adaptation of Thurber's classic brings to life the daydreams and fantasies of the protagonist, Walter Mitty. The story provides a humorous yet poignant commentary on the human tendency to escape into imagination.

9. "The Blue Bead" by Norah Burke:

This evocative tale by Norah Burke is set against the backdrop of tribal life in India. "The Blue Bead" explores the clash between traditional beliefs and the impact of modernity on a young tribal girl's life.

10. "The Room on the Roof" by Ruskin Bond:

Another gem from Ruskin Bond, this story takes readers on a nostalgic journey through the foothills of the Himalayas. Through the eyes of a young boy named Rusty, Bond captures the essence of friendship, adventure, and self-discovery.



Published December 21st, 2023 at 12:14 IST

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