The Brinjal Cut-Out by Krishan Chander

The Brinjal Cut-Out b- Krishan Chander

In The Brinjal Cut-Out by Krishan Chander we have the theme of poverty, desperation, religion, escape and fraud. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed man the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Chander may be exploring the theme of poverty. The narrator is a poor man who can ill afford food for his family. If […]

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It Was Dark by Shashi Deshpande

It Was Dark - Shashi Deshpande

In It Was Dark by Shashi Deshpande we have the theme of fear, rape, uncertainty, hope and connection. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed mother the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Deshpande may be exploring the theme of fear. The narrator is woken from a dream in where she is hopelessly searching for something […]

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Ramblings on a Beach by Kabir Bedi

Ramblings on a Beach - Kabir Bedi

In Ramblings on a Beach by Kabir Bedi we have the theme of happiness, freedom, shame, humiliation, conformity, kindness and hope. Narrated in the first person by Bedi himself it becomes clear to the reader from the beginning of the story that Bedi might be exploring the theme of happiness. As he is walking along the beach Bedi sees a […]

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Phoenix Fled by Attia Hosain

Phoenix Fled - Attia Hosain

In Phoenix Fled by Attia Hosain we have the theme of paralysis, struggle, fear, connection, colonialism and partition. Taken from her Phoenix Fled and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Hosain may be exploring the theme of paralysis. Old Granny’s […]

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Rain-Making by K. Shankar Pillai

Rain-Making - K. Shankar Pillai

In Rain-Making by K. Shankar Pillai we have the theme of fear, anger, love, and forgiveness. Narrated in the first person by a young Indian boy called Raja it becomes clear to the reader from the very beginning of the story that Shankar is exploring the theme of fear. Raja is afraid of his grandfather and knows he has a […]

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Love Letters by Kate Walker

Love Letters - Kate Walker

In Love Letters by Kate Walker we have the theme of romance, love, honesty, vulnerability and selfishness. Narrated in the first person by a young man called Nick the reader realises after reading the story that Walker may be exploring the theme of romance. Fleur wants some romance in her life. Just like Helen has. She wants Nick to write […]

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Boys and Girls by Alice Munro

Boys and Girls - Alice Munro

In Boys and Girls by Alice Munro we have the theme of innocence, gender roles, fear, growing up and connection. Taken from her Dance of the Happy Shades collection the story is narrated retrospectively by an unnamed woman and after reading the story the reader realises that Munro may be exploring the theme of innocence. Though not necessarily innocent of […]

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Are the Rich Happy by Stephen Leacock

Are the Rich Happy - Stephen Leacock

In Are the Rich Happy by Stephen Leacock we have the theme wealth, poverty and appearance. Taken from his Further Foolishness collection and narrated in the first person by Leacock the reader realises that Leacock’s friends are wealthy. Though they see themselves as just being comparatively well of. They can afford lavish dinners and fine cutlery and plates and do […]

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Third Class in Indian Railways by Mahatma Gandhi

Third Class in Indian Railways - Mahatma Gandhi

In the essay Third Class in Indian Railways by Mahatma Gandhi we have the theme of class, acceptance, desperation, dependency, greed and hygiene. Taken from his Selected Works collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Gandhi may be exploring the theme of class. Gandhi chooses to travel by third class in order that he might see […]

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Swimming Partners by Timwa Lipenga

Swimming Partners -Timwa Lipenga

In Swimming Partners by Timwa Lipenga we have the theme of connection, control, friendship, love, fear, change, freedom and AIDS. Narrated in the first person by a woman called Linda the story is a memory piece that takes Linda’s relationship with her sister, Aisha, into account. From the beginning of the story it is clear that Linda has a connection […]

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The Message by Isaac Asimov

The Message - Isaac Asimov

In The Message by Isaac Asimov we have the theme of conflict, ego, patriarchy, happiness and change. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the reader realises after reading the story that Asimov may be exploring the theme of conflict. George has ventured back 900 years to the conflict that occurred during WWII in North Africa. Rather than be […]

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The Bag by Saki (H.H Munro)

The Bag - Saki

In The Bag by Saki we have the theme of love, marriage, class and fear. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Saki may be exploring the theme of love. Mrs Hoopington has strong feelings for […]

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The Fun They Had by Isaac Asimov

The Fun They Had - Isaac Asimov

In The Fun They Had by Isaac Asimov we have the theme of innocence, change, technology, loss and longing. Taken from his The Complete Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Asimov may be exploring the theme of innocence. Margie is eleven and not […]

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The Creek by Subraj Singh

The Creek - Subraj Singh

In The Creek by Subraj Singh we have the theme of colonialism, determination, freedom, power and fear. Taken from the A World of Prose collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Singh may be exploring the theme of colonialism. The boy and his grandfather are […]

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The Watery Place by Isaac Asimov

The Watery Place - Isaac Asimov

In The Watery Place by Isaac Asimov we have the theme of contempt, inquisitiveness, selfishness and conflict. Taken from his The Complete Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed deputy and the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Asimov maybe exploring the theme of contempt. Cameron (sheriff) has no new time […]

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In Lieu of a Lesson by Ugochukwu Udorji

In Lieu of a Lesson - Ugochukwu Udorji

In the short story In Lieu of a Lesson by Ugochukwu Udorji we have the theme of disappointment, pride, connection, arrogance and happiness. Narrated in the first person by a man called Chris it becomes clear to the reader from the beginning of the story that Udorji may be exploring the theme of disappointment. The narrator is disappointed with how […]

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My Own My Native Land by Khushwant Singh

My Own My Native Land b- Khushwant Singh

In My Own My Native Land by Khushwant Singh we have the theme of pride, bureaucracy, authority and corruption. Taken from his The Portrait of a Lady collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed male narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Singh may be exploring the theme of pride. […]

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The Woman at the Bus Stop by Mohan Rakesh

The Woman at the Bus Stop - Mohan Rakesh

In The Woman at the Bus Stop by Mohan Rakesh we have the theme of control, selfishness, abuse, fear and paralysis. Taken from the Best Indian Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Rakesh may be exploring the theme of control. […]

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The Agnostic by Khushwant Singh

The Agnostic - Khushwant Singh

In The Agnostic by Khushwant Singh we have the theme of belief, fear and change. Taken from the Best Indian Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Singh may be exploring the theme of belief. The hostess believes in God and […]

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Work, Death and Sickness: A Legend by Leo Tolstoy

Work, Death and Sickness: A Legend - Leo Tolstoy

In Work, Death and Sickness: A Legend by Leo Tolstoy we have the theme, as the title suggests, of work, death and sickness. Taken from his Walk in the Light and Twenty-Three Tales collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story it becomes clear to the reader that […]

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Evil Allures, But Good Endures by Leo Tolstoy

Evil Allures, But Good Endures - Leo Tolstoy

In Evil Allures, But Good Endures by Leo Tolstoy we have the theme of wealth, discontent, temptation and love. Taken from his Walk in the Light and Twenty-Three Tales collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story it becomes clear to the reader that Tolstoy may be exploring […]

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Hunting by Bessie Head

Hunting - Bessie Head

In Hunting by Bessie Head we have the theme of patriarchy, fear, honesty, generosity, modernity and honour. Taken from her The Collector of Treasures collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Head may be exploring the theme of patriarchy. It is the men […]

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