Around The World in 18 Reads – Part 2


Dear Bugs,

We had promised ourselves a treat of short stories, books and films in languages other than English. Little did we know that the whirlwind tour would take us through glimpses of Japanese, Russian, Iranian, Arabic, Greek, Korean, Italian, Kenyan and more short stories!

During the year, we initiated a concept of Lead Bugs, wherein one Bug leads the session for the day and the group reads and discusses the stories recommended by the Lead Bug. The Lead Bugs have led with aplomb! The sessions saw some fantastic selection of stories, as appended below.

The Writer’s Bug Thursday Book Club was also excited to introduce a series of writing workshops under the umbrella brand – Musings. Flash Fiction was its first offering.

The coming year, starting in June, 2017, starts out dramatic in every sense of the word. The selection of reading is themed around plays and travel literature!

The heat is on…read, explore, and write!

Warm regards,



Around The World Tour starts here…

November 17, 2016

Lead Bugs: Vaishali Gupta and Rekha Prakash

 The Metamorphosis  (recommended by Vaishali Gupta)  
Author: Franz Kafka Franz Kafka was a Prague German language novelist and short story writer, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th century literature. His work fuses the elements of realism and fantastic, has been interpreted as exploring themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt and absurdity.
Language: German  
Translator: David Wyllie  
Genre: Novella  
Source: Project Gutenberg  


 The Bread of Sacrifice  (recommended by Rekha Prakash)  
Author: Samira Azzam


Samira Azzam was a Palestinian writer, broadcaster and journalist known for her collection of short stories. Her stories stem from a modern realistic experience in the Arab world, portrayed with skill and compassion and spun around a single idea.
Language: Palestinian  
Translators: Kathie Piselli and Dick Davies  
Genre: Short Story  

 Also refer to the link on a story written during this session Survival is Triumph Enough


 December 1, 2016

Lead Bug: Shilpa Kulkarni

 The Overcoat   
Author: Nicolai Gogol Nicolai Gogol was a Russian dramatist and short story writer of Ukrainian origin. Although Gogol was considered by his contemporaries one of the preeminent figures of Russian literary realism, later critics have found in his work a fundamentally romantic sensibility, with strains of surrealism and the grotesque.
Language: Russian  
Translator: Shinel  
Genre: Short Story  

Shilpa introduced the story to the group with a viewing of Nayi Sherwani (1986), an adaptation for the Indian DD National television series Katha Sagar by Shyam Benegal. Also refer to the post earlier on the collaborative writing done during this session Stories on a Thursday!


December 15, 2016

Lead Bug: Ramaa Raghunathan

In this session, Ramaa recommended two short stories to bring forth how ‘twist’ is used to create interest in the short story genre.

 The Necklace   
Author: Guy de Maupassant Henri Rene Albert Guy de Maupassant was a French writer remembered as the master of the short-story form and a representative of the naturalist school of writers, who depicted human lives and destinies and social forces in disillusioned and often pessimistic terms.
Language: French  
Genre: Short Story   


Source: libraries/hochiminh/ 646441/vantt/ The%20necklace.pdf


 The End of Winter   
Author: Dendero Three Dendero Three’s short story appeared in the website It has been marked as a comedy but has a twist towards the end.
Language: Japanese  
Translator: Hamish Smith  
Genre: Short Story  


January 6, 2017

Flash Fiction workshop

The Writer’s Bug Thursday Book Club started out a series of writing workshops – Musings. Flash Fiction was its first offering. Flash Fiction is an extremely short form of fiction, brought into focus by our dependence on gadgets and technology. Our faculty Ramya made it a super experience!


 About Ramya Ramya Pandyan is one of India’s first bloggers. She is a professional Business Storyteller and a Spoken Word artiste. Ramya runs two blogs (The Idea-smithy and XX Factor), a Twitter account (@ideasmithy), an Instagram feed and a Youtube channel which feature micropoetry, instastories and flash fiction

January 19, 2017

Lead Bug: Sandeepa Gupta

 The Lottery Ticket   
Author: Ventura Garcia Calderon Ventura Garcia Calderon was born in 1881 in Peru. Though he spent his early years in Peru, he spent most of his life in Paris. He was known as a master of prose creation.  In Paris, he published a well known anthology of Hispanic- American tales.
Language: Spanish  
Genre: Short Story  


February 2, 2017

Lead Bug: Rachna Sonthalia

 In Broad Daylight   
Author: C.P.Cavafy C.P. Cavafy was an Egyptian Greek poet, journalist and civil servant. He didn’t hold his prose in high regard. In Broad Daylight, perhaps the only story written by the poet, was published posthumously. This story like his poems carries a certain elegance of narrative.
Language: Greek


Translator: Nicholas Kostis
 Genre: Short Story
Source: http://www.shortstoryproject. com/in-broad-daylight/


March 2, 2017

Lead Bug: Anamika Chakravarty

 The Work of Art   
Author: Anton Chekov Anton Chekhov was a Russian playwright and short story writer, who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short fiction in history. His career as a playwright produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics.
Language: Russian  
Genre: Short Story  


March 9, 2017

Lead Bug: Pooja Jithendran

 Minutes of Glory   
Author: Ngugi wa Thiong’o Ngugi wa Thiong’o  is a Kenyan writer, formerly working in English and now working in Gikuyu. His work includes novels, plays, short stories and essays ranging from literary and social criticism to children’s literature. He is the founder and editor of the Gikuyu-language journal Mutiiri.
Language: English  
Genre: Short Story  
Source: http://www.shortstories. com/liberate/minutes %20of%20Glory%20Ngugi%20wa%20Thiong’o.pdf  

Also, refer to the story That Women’s Empowerment moment in my life written during this session!

March 23, 2017

Lead Bug: Richa Sethi

 My Brilliant Friend   
Author: Elena Ferrante Elena Ferrante  is the pseudonym of an Italian novelist. Ferrante’s books originally published in Italian have been translated into various languages such as English, German and Spanish amongst others. She is best known for her four Neapolitan novels of which My Brilliant Friend is the first.
Language: Italian  
Genre: Novel  




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