INDEX : THE SHORT STORIES

SHORT STORIES  by NAVAL LANGA

 

 

The characters of these SHORT STORIES live in and around India.  The country of India owns a rainbow like cultural spectrum. Mirroring the same is a challenge for any writer. My stories evolve from the messy engagements of personal and social relations and from the contemporary conditions, which shape them.

Though the characters and situations in these short stories are drawn from everyday life, happening in instantly recognizable places, they are capable to spring surprises even for those who are familiar with Indian life and culture. In most of the stories, care has been taken to keep the characters ordinary, not making them extraordinary or unbelievable. Readers may find common themes running through some of the stories, feeling a sense of continuity. Nevertheless, each story stands alone in its own right.

On a stage where masculinity calls the shots, India being a male dominant society, some of the stories try opening emotional outlets for women, too. Lady protagonists occupying centre stage deal with the challenges in different ways. 

 

 

The thread running through the story is fear factor, narrating how the rulers and religious heads use this factor for their purposes.
In The Handicapped a boy struggles for becoming an entrepreneur; he has to wrestle for acquiring a licence for setting up his own small business enterprise. 

What would a woman or a man do when he or she is responsibe to care for a child and is driven out of her/his house? Here it is narrated what a brave woman did.
Here a woman in her late fifties is ready to give her life a fresh start.
 
It’s story of a protegonist woman who along with her in-laws challenges the odds of life.
The young protagonist, a boy, finds his real mother’s love in his step mother. 
In this short story the writer has tried to narrate and show that sometimes we face a strange situation. We are unable to decided whether an incidence occuring before our eyes is FACT or a FICTION. Here by the word ‘we’ I do not mean only the writers and poets. If any one has encountered such an incidence in his or her life, please help me to know about it. 
It’s story of a young woman who has to struggles while donating one of her kidney to her motherly woman.
Freedom comes at a price : that is the lesson the protagonist woman teaches to her elders.
The protagonist goes through a series of mental tortures, as she fears that her lover’s past lover would surface again and would snatch her man.

A woman caught in a strange situation attempts a novel solution for her breaking/failed marriage.

A young woman who hates the ‘men’ flock en masse, faces a problem at the time of her mother’s remarriage.
It’s a humorous short story concerning the lawyers’ and their clients’ life.
OTHER SHORT STORIES
 

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