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Many people enjoy reading, the reading spectrum ranges from bulky novels to short little stories. Short stories have the capacity to take the readers back and forth with their limited amount of words in a limited time. So readers, Old and new, should once in a lifetime read these 12 bold & beautiful short stories as it works like a time machine

1. Tithwal ka Kutta By Saddat Hassan Manto
The Short story is a funny insight into a war with an undertone of how lives are drastically affected by the bloodshed in the name of protection. Fun fact, the protagonist is none other than a poor dog who finds himself crossing the boundaries of India and Pakistan. This short story beautifully revolves around the theme of partition.

2. Lihaaf (The Quilt) by Ismat Chughtai
Imagine a female writer, writing a short story about homosexuality in the 20th century, taking into regard all the scandalized faces we see even today whenever one talks about this issue. ‘Lihaaf’ is one of the most beautiful works of the 20th century which takes on a tour in a royal household where sexuality is challenged and redefined.

3. Bliss by Katherine Mansfield
Bertha, a naïve woman, slowly starts to come to terms with the fact that her husband has been deceiving her which she never took into consideration. It also talks about self-exploration and hints to the possibility of homosexuality. The title within itself sums up the story that ignorance is bliss and when the reality comes into the picture the bliss fades away.

4. Toba Tek Singh by Saddat Hassan Manto
Named after a province of Punjab, Manto transports us to the time of the partition, to listen to the stories of the common people whose lives are ripped apart for political autonomy. It rightfully questions as to who has given any person the right to demarcate lands as “ours” and “theirs”.

5. Draupadi by Mahasweta Devi
Draupadi is a powerful take on the resilience of a woman who was hunted down for her rebellious actions. It openly points out how kidnapping, raping, abusing and tormenting is boiled down to custodial deaths of Dalits as accidents most of the time.

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