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In the Bus, On the Train! 9 Short Stories You Can Read on the Way to Work

You used to love reading, but now you are too busy to read. Assignments, work deadlines, meetings, more meetings. Wait, just stop right there! We know what you mean. We were kinda stuck in the same situation some time ago.

But, you know, where there’s a story, there’s time to read it! Especially when the story is so short you can read it on the train or when you are stuck in traffic! So next time you waste time browsing mindlessly, just open up a short story on your phone book reader and get reading:

  1. After Twenty Years – O. Henry

Probably one of our favourites, this story is O. Henry will amaze you with its writing style. And it won’t even take you more than fifteen minutes to read it!

O Henry Source - http://wazzub.perfectinter.net/

  1. A Little Cloud – James Joyce

From his famous short story collection Dubliners, this one has to take the cake! If you have more time on your hands, which you will, read the entire collection!

A Little Cloud Source - youtube.com

  1. Pineapple Cake – Anita Desai

Yes, Anita Desai’s story is as delightful as the name itself! Such a treat to read and just five pages long!

Anita Desai Source - caravanmagazine.in

  1. A Good Man is Hard to Find – Flannery O’Connor

The best of the best, Flannery O’Connor’s short story is unlike any other you have read before. Masterful is the apt word for it!

A Good Man is Hard to Find Source - shelflove.wordpress.com

  1. The Quilt – Ismat Chughtai

One of the most famous Indian female writers, Ismat Chughtai’s Quilt is something everyone should read!

The Quilt Source - instagram.com

  1. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love – Raymond Carver

Hello, reader, have you met Raymond Carver? No? Well, now you have and you cannot help but fall in love with his stories. Simply marvelous writing style!

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Source - instagram.com

  1. Thanda Gosht – Saadat Hasan Manto

One of the best short story writers of all time, Manto’s Gosht gives us an insight into the true, gruesome nature of the Partition. Read it and you will know why Manto is the short story GOD!

Saadat Hasan Manto Source - thenewsminute.com

  1. The Open Window – Saki

Oh holy god, this story has such a fabulous narrative. But, hey, what else can you expect from a story by Saki?

Saki Source - wikipedia.org

  1. Squatter – Rohinton Mistry

If you haven’t discovered Mistry’s short stories yet, do it now! This one is from ‘Tales from Firozsha Baag’ and one of the best from the collection.

Tales from Firozha Baag Source - goodreads.com

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