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  1. Tarang
    June 3, 2024 @ 11:25 am

    Love, love, love this post! So Glad to see Madhulika, Arunava Sinha and Debeshi: my favourite writers. You know I loved Madhulika and Debeshi’s book. And I read Shake the Bottle, my first Ashapurna Debi book, recently and liked it. Oh, and so pleased to see ‘No Presents Please’ because it (and Ratno Dholi and of course Arunava Sinha collection) is on my TBR. Adding others to my TBR list (particularly The Adivasi…sounds very interesting, maybe because it captures Jharkhand).

    Thank you for this post. And the image you’ve used is very nice.

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  2. Tarang
    June 3, 2024 @ 11:25 am

    Love, love, love this post!
    So Glad to see Madhulika, Arunava Sinha and Debeshi: my favourite writers. You know I loved Madhulika and Debeshi’s book. And I read Shake the Bottle, my first Ashapurna Debi book, recently and liked it. Oh, and so pleased to see ‘No Presents Please’ because it (and Ratno Dholi and of course Arunava Sinha collection) is on my TBR. Adding others to my TBR list (particularly The Adivasi…sounds very interesting, maybe because it captures Jharkhand).

    Thank you for this post. And the image you’ve used is very nice.

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  3. Aishwariya Laxmi
    June 3, 2024 @ 1:53 pm

    I’ve read only Hiraeth by Dr Shivani Salil from this list.

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    • Chandrika R Krishnan
      June 11, 2024 @ 6:02 pm

      Oh..my gosh. My TBR has just increased many fold. The Adivasi Will Not Dance sounds so very interesting and that tops my list. I liked the way you kept the reviews brief yet we got to know the gist of each of them.

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  4. Swarnali Nath
    June 3, 2024 @ 10:01 pm

    I have read Hiraeth only from this list and found it absolutely mesmerizing. I also want to read Asapurna Devi and Mahashweta Devi, but honestly, I want to read their books in Bengali language. I had their books in our library but as usual, my Dadu wanted me to wait to grow and become eligible to understand their books profoundly. Thanks for sharing this amazing list, Ritu.

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  5. Ratna Prabha
    June 8, 2024 @ 8:19 am

    I’ve read Hiraeth, and totally echo your sentiments which means I’m going to take your recommendations seriously, Before writing this comment, Amma’s Pickle Collection is already downloaded in my Kindle, followed by the Bengali ones. Great list, and will keep coming back for more!

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  6. Caroline
    June 8, 2024 @ 10:47 pm

    These are quite a list of short stories. I have not heard about any of them till now but thanks for this well curated introduction on Indian short stories. The ones that caught my eye was Amma’s Pickle Collection and Other Stories, My Lawfully Wedded Husband and Other Stories and Shake the Bottle and Other Stories. These has found a place on my TBR.

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  7. ambica gulati
    June 9, 2024 @ 4:20 pm

    The books that have caught my attention are The Adivasi Will Not Dance By Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar
    and Ratno Dholi – The Best Stories Of Dhumketu, Jenny Bhatt and No Presents Please: Mumbai Stories By Jayant Kaikini, Tejaswini Niranjana (Translator). I would like to read these as I haven’t explored a lot of literature from the regions such as Gujarat, Jharkhand and I have a deep curiosity about Mumbai, something inexplicable.

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  8. Meetali
    June 10, 2024 @ 2:42 pm

    What a treasure trove of stories! It’s like stepping into a literary kaleidoscope, each turn revealing new facets of the vibrant Indian ethos. I’m especially intrigued by the collections that dive deep into lesser-known cultural narratives—feels like an invitation to a grand storytelling festival where every voice is heard. This list is a compelling reminder of why short stories are such a powerful medium: they capture the essence of life’s drama in a few masterful strokes.

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  9. Harjeet Kaur
    June 11, 2024 @ 7:18 pm

    What a comprehensive list of short story options, Ritu. Congratulations on the Top Blog. Very deserving, indeed. Your reviews are always fantastic. I am intrigued by Mahasweta and Nisha’s collection. I will surely get my hands on them.

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  10. Felicia
    June 11, 2024 @ 11:44 pm

    I haven’t heard of them before but these short stories sound amazing! Two of these caught my eye, ‘The Adivasis Will Not Dance’ and ‘Women to Women’. They seem like they’ll be such captivating reads. Thanks for sharing these gems with me—I can’t wait to dive into them!

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  11. Janaki
    June 12, 2024 @ 10:53 am

    Incidentally I am reading a collection of short stories by Ruskin Bond for adults and was wondering why didn’t I ever pick up short stories before. Thanks for your recommendation. I will certainly read Arunava Sinha and Asha[urna Devi.

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  12. Suchita Agarwal
    June 12, 2024 @ 2:59 pm

    What a treasure trove of recommendations. Thank you! The Adivasi Will Not Dance has been in my list for a long time.

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  13. Kaveri Chhetri
    June 12, 2024 @ 8:24 pm

    Thanks for this wonderful list Ritu. I’m gonna save this post. I would love to read all of the stories in all of the books but if I go by the content my top favourite TBR would be Hiraeth… Dunno why but partition stories are closer to my heart. and I love the book cover as well… simple but has depth n is profound.

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  14. Anjali Tripathi
    June 13, 2024 @ 7:41 am

    Omg! All these short stories are new to me, but thanks for introducing me to Indian short stories. ‘Women to Women’ caught my attention, and I’m excited to read them—they sound really interesting! Thanks for sharing these with me!

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  15. Priya Singh
    June 13, 2024 @ 7:26 pm

    As an avid reader, I’m thrilled to see such a well-curated list of short stories. Indian authors have a unique way of storytelling, and I can’t wait to dive into these collections. Thank you for sharing!

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  16. Samata
    June 14, 2024 @ 12:21 am

    From your List got to know some short story collections which were not known to me and a few I read from the list. Thanks for the lovely compilation and I loved it.

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  17. Madhu Bindra
    June 14, 2024 @ 11:58 am

    I have read most of these books and can vouch they are really good. I loved My Lawfully Wedded Husband. They were different and enjoyable. Now waiting to see the next set of books you pick.

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  18. Aditi Kapur
    June 14, 2024 @ 5:15 pm

    What an amazing collection of short story collection by Indian authors! I’ve noted down a few names, can’t wait to get my hands on them. Thanks, I trust your reviews:)

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  19. Docdivatraveller
    June 14, 2024 @ 10:32 pm

    I have bookmarked this page! What a wonderful list. All the titles are so intriguing, I really want to read all of them.

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  20. Pamela Mukherjee
    June 14, 2024 @ 10:34 pm

    Oh, my god. I was looking for a collection of short stories, and here I am. I loved reading the details and the names of these stories. I am going to save this blog for my book collections. Thank you.

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  21. Jeannine
    June 15, 2024 @ 5:52 am

    Short stories would always be a hit especially nowadays as everyone seems to always lack time for some downtime. These short stories is a great way to feed that need for some quiet time to read while not compromising time to do ones responsibilities. You’ve shared a great list and that everyone would surely love!

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  22. Varsh
    June 15, 2024 @ 10:19 am

    I love reading short stories and haven’t read an interesting collection in a while. These recommendations are great. I want a lighter read for now and will check out My Lawfully Wedded Husband and other stories from your list.

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  23. Ishieta
    June 17, 2024 @ 6:49 pm

    I love reading short stories, its a new interest of mine.. thanks for sharing a curated list for me to sink my teeth into this summer 🙂

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  24. Tomichan Matheikal
    June 18, 2024 @ 6:39 am

    This post is a valuable guide for those looking for great short stories. I’m familiar with a few of the authors and would like to get to know the others. Glad you brought them together here.

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  25. kanchan bisht
    June 18, 2024 @ 12:49 pm

    Your list of contemporary Indian short story collections is a treasure trove! Your insightful reviews and thoughtful curation highlight the unique voices and storytelling brilliance of Indian authors. I look forward to your next list!

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