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StoryJam

By Arti
I find stories/ kahani that I like and then read them out to you in hopes that you'd like them too. Some of these are well known, others need some airing in the sun, so I draw them out. If you like what you hear, want to leave a comment or a suggestion reach me here-

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Kedarnath Singh | 3 Poems | Hindi Kavita | StoryJam Episode 63 | Hindi Urdu Audio Stories
His words are simple. His worldview is intricate yet delicate like a well worn beloved coat, or the complex fragrance of a garland of varied flowers.  3 Poems by Kedarnath Singh Sui aur Taage Ke Beech Mein  Kuch Sutra Jo Ek Kisaan Baap Ne Apne Bete Ko Diye Meri Bhasha Ke Log
09:14
September 17, 2021
Karmawali | Amrita Pritam | StoryJam Episode 62 | Hindi Urdu Audio Stories
August 31st was Amrita Pritam’s 102 birthday. She was a writer...but even more than that (or because of that) she was a woman who could understand and express the many facets of love- its beauty, loss, longing and sublimity. Celebrating Amrita Pritam with her memorable ‘Karmawali’
15:11
September 2, 2021
Kabuliwala | Rabindranath Tagore | Episode 61 | StoryJam | Hindi Urdu Audio Stories
In 1892, Rabindranath Tagore wrote the iconic short story, Kabuliwala. It was this story that went on to etch an enduring image of an Afghan in the minds of Indians - a rugged faced man whose honesty is proverbial, whose heart is as magnanimous as his shoulders are wide. A man who is strong enough to let his emotions show. Thinking of Afghanistan today. Of the men and their little daughters.
25:46
August 27, 2021
Gulzar | Dhuan | StoryJam Episode 60 | Hindi Urdu Audio Stories
Poets are people who give words to our pain, so it can be set free from the clutches of the heart. When its Gulzar sahab, he also gives words to the sheer joy of childhood gibberish (Kitaab), to sublime longing in love (too many to list) and naughty dance numbers (Bidi jalayi le because Dil to bachcha hai ji) For Gulzar’s birthday this week, just to say... “Tum aa gaye ho, noor aa gaya hai”
12:25
August 20, 2021
Bhisham Sahni | Maata Vimaata | StoryJam Episode 59 | Hindi Urdu Audio Stories
No one can say if ‘Maata Vimaata’, a short story by Bhisham Sahni was inspired by the Biblical, ‘The Judgement of Solomon’, but it has much the same pain and the very same question. What defines a mother? In this case, is it the woman who gives birth or the one who raises the child? Thinking of the creator of unforgettable literature- Tamas, Hanoosh, Kabira Khada Bazar Mein, Bhagya Rekha, Wang Chu….Bhisham Sahni on his birthday (8th August). May he be reborn to tell the remaining stories...I am sure he had many more in him! ------ Contact me:   Instagram: @arti_storyjam    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoryjamArti    Club House : @artijain
14:28
August 6, 2021
Baarish Ki Raat | Mithileshwar | Hindi Kahani | StoryJam Episode 58
Fear transforms us. It makes us do things we never thought we would, often breaking through carefully crafted images of ourselves. Sachdev is a generous employer, one looking out for the less privileged. Yadu is a man caught in desperate circumstances. One rainy night their fears meet head on. ------------------------------------ मिथिलेश्वर का जीवन परिचय मिथिलेश्वर हिंदी साहित्य में ग्रामीण जीवन से जुडी कहानियां लिखते आये हैं. कहानी के साथ-साथ उपन्यास भी उन्होंने लिखे  तथा इन दोनों विधाओं में अनेक कृतियाँ दी। प्रेमचंद और रेणु के बाद ग्रामीण कथा-लेखन में मिथिलेश्वर का नाम सबसे आगे है। वे उसी सादगी और सरलता से लिखते हैं, जिनके लिए प्रेमचंद और रेनू जाने गए। मिथिलेश्वर ने बाल-साहित्य तथा नवसाक्षरोपयोगी अनेक कृतियों के साथ-साथ निबंध विधा में भी रचना की है तथा संपादन भी किया है। उनकी आत्मकथात्मक रचना भी प्रकाशित हो चुकी है।
16:28
July 30, 2021
Hindi Kavita | Ramdhari Singh Dinkar | D.H. Lawrence | Alberto de Lacerda | Wen Yi Duo
Meaning is not always lost in translation. Translation can enhance, expand and breathe new life into words. Poetry well translated is sublime, especially when the original text is by the best and the translator is an excellent wordsmith too. Poems by D.H Lawrence, Alberto De Lacerda, Wen Yi Dou, translated by Ramdhari Singh Dinkar ------- विश्व विख्यात कवियों द्वारा कृत कवितायेँ जिनका अनिवाद किया राष्ट्रकवि रामधारी सिंह 'दिनकर' ने. दिनकर जी के दो कविता संग्रह , 'सीपी और शंख" और "आत्मा की आँखें" में से ये कवितायेँ चुनी गयी है. जिन कवियों की रचनायें आप संग्रह में पाएंगे: D H Lawrence Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche Elizabeth Jennings Nikolai Gumilev Ezra Pound Rainer Maria Rilke Wen Yi Duo Alberto De Lacerda Kathleen Raine Walter Savage Landor -----  Contact me:   Instagram: @arti_storyjam Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoryjamArti  Club House : @artijain  -------
09:26
July 16, 2021
Kya Maloom | Suryabala | Love Story | Hindi English Audio Stories | StoryJam Episode 56
A woman... a grandmother now...returns to her childhood home. Memories come flooding back. Of life as it used to be...of love as it used to be.
22:56
July 2, 2021
Pitaji ka Samay | Swayam Prakash | Story about father and son | StoryJam Episode 55
"Few sons are like their fathers – many are worse, few better." ~Homer These lines stand testament to the fact that sons will always be seen as a reflection, and at times an extension, of their father. From Greek tales to Shakespeare and movies...an abiding story is one of the push and tug that makes for this tangled, tough, beautiful, tender relationship.
22:35
June 25, 2021
Prem ki Holi | Premchand | Love Story | StoryJam Episode 54
Love is a many-splendoured emotion! Lucky are they who find and stay in love. But what if you are told that you have no right to fall in love...not so much in words but by the unsaid restrictions that the world you live in / “samaaj” has put on you. And what if love still steals its way into your heart? Here’s a tender love story by the great master of storytelling, Munshi Premchand- ‘Prem ki Holi’ If you like the stories you listen to on StoryJam or if there’s a story that you’d really like to listen to but haven’t yet, let me know at:  arti AT artijain.com
15:35
June 18, 2021
Mannu Bhandari | Ek Plate Sailab | StoryJam Episode 53 | Hindi Urdu Audio Stories
In this story set in the mid century, author Mannu Bhandari draws a sketch of a summer afternoon in a fancy New Delhi restaurant, with its live music and young lovers, bored middle aged people and young college girls, tasteless businessmen and their grovelling employees...all interrupted mid conversation by some unexpected guests.  One of the pioneers of Nayi Kahani movement in Hindi literature, Mannu Bhandari chose to write about the change in society and culture in newly independent and rapidly industrializing country. She wrote especially of women who were navigating the new world around them facing inequality, sexual, financial and emotional exploitation. 
20:32
June 11, 2021
Qurratulain Hyder: Nazzara Darmiyan Hai | StoryJam Episode 52
Qurratulain Haider or Aini aapa as she was known to her loved ones, made a distinctive place for herself among progressive writers. Her novel “Aag Ka Dariya”(River of Fire) was first published in Urdu in 1959, stretches from the 4th century BC to post partition India/Pakistan. It remains a landmark historical novel. Her short stories, unlike those of her predecessors in the progressive writers movement, lived in cities and towns alike. She opened the doors (and closets) of the rich and “khaandaani” class and let the skeletons fall out. A unique voice with an exquisite sense of detail.
35:59
June 4, 2021
Vinod Kumar Shukla : Hare Patte Ke Rang Ki Patrangi Aur Kahin Kho Gaya Naam Ka Ladka
Vinod Kumars Shukla's writing,like him, is calm, unassuming and yet scratch the surface and a magical world opens up. His magic realism is grounded in middle class nuances and his language is one that gives voice to silences.  Do check out these links to know more: Indian Express: https://indianexpress.com/article/express-sunday-eye/inside-the-wondrous-world-of-writer-vinod-kumar-shukla-6266660/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8admywihYs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0nMcJVJ1IY&t=96s ..... हिंदी के प्रसिद्ध कवि और उपन्यासकार विनोद कुमार शुक्ल जा जन्म 1 जनवरी 1937 को छत्तीसगढ़ के राजनंदगांव में हुआ। उनकी साहित्यिक शैली अपने से पहले और अपने समकालीन रचनाकारों से एकदम भिन्न है और शायद इसीलिए उनके लेखन ने पाठकों को इतना प्रभावित किया है । उनकी शैली को 'जादुई-यथार्थ' का एक रूप मन गया है। उनका पहला कविता संग्रह 1971 में 'लगभग जय हिन्द' नाम से प्रकाशित हुआ ! 1979 में 'नौकर की कमीज़' नाम से उनका उपन्यास आया जिस पर फ़िल्मकार मणिकौल ने इसी से नाम से फिल्म भी बनाई। विनोद कुमार शुक्ल को उपन्यास 'दीवार में एक खिड़की रहती थी' के लिए वर्ष 1999 का 'साहित्य अकादमी' पुरस्कार से सम्म्मानित किया गया। वे अपनी कविताओं में संवेदनात्मक गहराई के लिए जाने जाते हैं। वे कवि होने के साथ-साथ शीर्षस्थ कथाकार भी हैं। उनके उपन्यासों ने एक मौलिक भारतीय उपन्यास को राह दिखाई है। मध्यवर्गीय जीवन की बारीकियों भरे उनके काल्पनिक चरित्रों का भारतीय साहित्य को और समृद्ध बनाने में  बहुत बड़ा योगदान है। वे अपनी पीढ़ी के ऐसे अकेले लेखक हैं, जिनके लेखन ने एक नयी तरह की आलोचना दृष्टि को बनाने की प्रेरणा दी है।  वे ऐसे बहुचर्चित लेखक हैं जिनकी गहरी संवेदना, भाषा की विशष्टता और अलग सृजनशीलता ने हिंदी साहित्य को समृद्ध किया है।
12:20
May 28, 2021
StoryJam Episode 50 : Safed Gud by Sarveshwardayal Saxena
नमस्कार, मेरा नाम आरती है और मैं Storyjam में हर हफ्ते आपको सुनाती हूँ  हिंदी में एक कहानी। अगर आप को कहानियां सुनना अच्छा लगता हैं , तो इस चैनल  को सब्सक्राइब ज़रूर करें।  धन्यवाद! ----- सर्वेश्वरदयाल सक्सेना का जीवन परिचय   सर्वेश्वर दयाल सक्सेना हिंदी भाषा के प्रसिद्ध कवि एवं साहित्यकार थे।  उनका नाम 'तार सप्तक' के महत्वपूर्ण कवियों में आता है, जिसे कविता में  प्रयोगवाद की शुरआत ,माना गया है। कविता के अतिरिक्त सर्वेश्वर दयाल  सक्सेना जी ने कहानी, नाटक और बाल साहित्य की रचना भी की औरउनकी रचनाओं का  अनेक भाषाओं में अनुवाद भी हुआ।   वे आकाशवाणी में सहायक निर्माता,  'दिनमान' के उपसंपादक तथा 'पराग' के  संपादक रहे। ‘चरचे और चरखे’ स्तम्भ में 'दिनमान' में छपे आपके लेख विशेष  लोकप्रिय रहे। सर्वेश्वर दयाल सक्सेना का साहित्यिक जीवन काव्य से प्रारंभ  हुआ लकिन उनके नाटक और कहानिया भी बेहद लोकप्रिय रही । सन 1983 में कविता  संग्रह ‘खूँटियों पर टंगे लोग’ के लिए सर्वेश्वर दयाल सक्सेना को साहित्य  अकादमी पुरस्कार से सम्मानित किया गया।   ------
11:06
May 21, 2021
StoryJam Kahani: Haar ki Jeet
जब मन व्याकुल और अस्थिर हो, तब चित्त को शांत करने का एक नुस्खा है की पुरानी कहानियां सुनी-सुनाई जाये। अतीत की शीतल छाओं में, सरल शब्दों के झूले में, कुछ देर मस्तिष्क को सुस्ताने दें, वहां जहाँ कोरोना का दैत्य अपनी भुजाएं नहीं फैला सकता।  आने वाले दिन हम सभी को दुःख, असहायता और पीड़ा से निवृत्ति दिलाएं, इस कठिन समय में हमें सही मार्ग दिखे और हम हौसले से उसपर आगे बढे, इसी कामना के साथ, सुदर्शन की ये कहानी, "हार की जीत"  --------------- सुदर्शन जीवन परिचय:   सुदर्शन को प्रेमचन्द परम्परा का कहानीकार माना हैं। इनका जन्म सियालकोट  में में हुआ था औरइनका असली नाम बदरीनाथ था। इनका दृष्टिकोण सुधारवादी और  यथार्थवादी हैं। मुंशी प्रेमचंद और उपेन्द्रनाथ अश्क की तरह ही सुदर्शन भी  हिन्दी और उर्दू, दोनों भाषाओँ में लिखते थे। उनकी गणना प्रेमचंद केसाथ साथ  विश्वम्भरनाथ कौशिक, राजा राधिकारमणप्रसाद सिंह, भगवतीप्रसाद वाजपेयी आदि  के साथ की जाती है। अपनी प्रसिद्ध कहानियों में सुदर्शन जी ने समस्यायों का  आदशर्वादी समाधान देने का प्रयास किया है।   कहानीकार सुदर्शन जी को जाट गजट के संपादक रहे। लाहौर की उर्दू पत्रिका  'हज़ार दास्ताँ' में उनकी अनेकों कहानियां छपीं। उनकी पुस्तकें मुम्बई के  हिन्दी ग्रन्थ रत्नाकर कार्यालय द्वारा भी प्रकाशित हुईं। उन्हें गद्य और  पद्य दोनों ही में महारत थी। "हार की जीत" पंडित जी की पहली कहानी है और  १९२० में सरस्वती में प्रकाशित हुई थी।  सुदर्शन जी के लेखन में भाषा सरल और स्वाभाविक होती है।   साहित्य-सृजन के अतिरिक्त उन्होंने अनेकों फिल्मों की पटकथा और गीत भी लिखे  हैं। सोहराब मोदी की 'सिकंदर'सहित अनेक फिल्मों की सफलता का श्रेय उनके  पटकथा लेखन को दिया जाता है। सन 1934 में उन्होंने "कुंवारी या विधवा"  फिल्म का निर्देशन भी किया। वे 1940 में बने फिल्म लेखक संघ के प्रथम  उपाध्यक्ष थे। फिल्म धूप-छाँव (1938) के प्रसिद्ध गीत तेरी गठरी में लागा  चोर, बाबा मन की आँखें खोल आदि उन्ही के लिखे हुए हैं।  वे महात्मा गांधी द्वारा प्रस्तावित अखिल भारतीय हिन्दुस्तानी प्रचार सभा  वर्धा की साहित्य परिषद् के सम्मानित सदस्यों में थे।    ----------------------  प्रमुख रचनायें :  तीर्थ-यात्रा पत्थरों का सौदागर पृथ्वी-वल्लभ
14:16
May 14, 2021
StoryJam| Agyeya | Daroga Amichand | Hindi Kahani | Audio Rebroadcast
नमस्कार, मेरा नाम आरती है और मैं  Storyjam में हर हफ्ते आपको सुनाती हूँ  हिंदी/उर्दू साहित्य से एक कहानी। अगर आप को कहानियां सुनना अच्छा लगता हैं  , तो इस चैनल को सब्सक्राइब ज़रूर करें और अपने ही जैसे और कहानियों के  शौक़ीन  के साथ शेयर भी करें।   धन्यवाद!  ------ हिंदी साहित्य के बेहतरीन कवि एवं कथाकार, अज्ञेय द्वारा लिखित, सत्य घटना  पर आधारित कहानी- दरोगा अमीचंद.   ------  अज्ञेय का जीवन परिचय:  सच्चिदानंद हीरानंद वात्स्यायन , उपनाम -'अज्ञेय' कथा-साहित्य के स्तम्भ  माने गए हैं। उनका लेखन बहुत विविध था और वे कवि, शैलीकार,ललित-निबन्धकार,  सम्पादक और अध्यापक के रूप में जाने गए. अज्ञेय प्रयोगवाद एवं नई कविता को  साहित्य जगत में लाने वाले कवि कहलाते हैं।  बहुआयामी व्यक्तित्व के प्रखर  कवि होने के साथ-साथ वे एक बेहतरीन फोटोग्राफर और  पर्यटक भी थे।1964 में  आँगन के पार द्वार पर उन्हें साहित्य अकादमी का पुरस्कार प्राप्त हुआ और  1978 में कितनी नावों में कितनी बार पर भारतीय ज्ञानपीठ पुरस्कार।    उनके पिता पुरातत्व विभाग के लिए काम करते थे और उनका जन्म 7 मार्च 1911 को  उत्तर प्रदेश के कसया, पुरातत्व-खुदाई शिविर में हुआ।उनका बचपन पिता के  कार्य के कारण अलग अलग जगहों पर बीता- लखनऊ, कश्मीर, बिहार और मद्रास में  बीता। बी.एससी. करके अंग्रेजी में एम.ए. करते समय भारत के स्वतंत्रता  आंदोलन में क्रांतिकारी गुट से से जुड़कर बम बनाते हुए पकड़े गये लेकिन  फरार हो गए। सन्1930 ई. के अन्त में पकड़ लिये गये।    1930 से 1936 तक उनके दिन जेलों में कटे। 1936-37 में अज्ञेय ने सैनिक और  विशाल भारत नामक पत्रिकाओं का संपादन किया। 1943 से 1946 तक ब्रिटिश सेना  में भी रहे; इसके बाद इलाहाबाद से 'प्रतीक' नामक पत्रिका निकाली और ऑल  इंडिया रेडियो में नौकरी करने लगे। कैलिफोर्निया विश्वविद्यालय और जोधपुर  विश्वविद्यालय तक में अध्यापन भी किया। दिल्ली लौट 'दिनमान' साप्ताहिक,  नवभारत टाइम्स, अंग्रेजी पत्र वाक् और एवरीमैंस जैसी प्रसिद्ध  पत्र-पत्रिकाओं का संपादन अज्ञेय जी ने किया। 1980 में उन्होंने  'वत्सलनिधि' नामक एक न्यास की स्थापना की जिसका उद्देश्य साहित्य और  संस्कृति के क्षेत्र में कार्य करना था। दिल्ली में ही 4 अप्रैल 1987 को  उनकी मृत्यु हुई।    -----------  अज्ञेय की प्रमुख रचनाएँ :   कहानियाँ:-विपथगा 1937, परम्परा 1944, कोठरी की बात 1945, शरणार्थी 1948,  जयदोल 1951  उपन्यास:-शेखर एक जीवनी- प्रथम भाग(उत्थान)1941, द्वितीय भाग(संघर्ष)1944,  नदी के द्वीप 1951, अपने अपने अजनबी 1961 । यात्रा वृतान्त:- अरे यायावर रहेगा याद? 1953,एक बूँद सहसा उछली 1960।  निबंध संग्रह : सबरंग, त्रिशंकु, आत्मनेपद,  आधुनिक साहित्य: एक आधुनिक  परिदृश्य, आलवाल।  आलोचना:- त्रिशंकु 1945, आत्मनेपद 1960, भवन्ती 1971, अद्यतन 1971 ई.।  संस्मरण: स्मृति लेखा डायरियां: भवंती, अंतरा और शाश्वती।  विचार गद्य: संवत्‍सर नाटक: उत्तरप्रियदर्शी   जीवनी: रामकमल राय द्वारा लिखित शिखर से सागर तक -----
21:17
April 30, 2021
StoryJam Kahani : Yeh Kahani Nahi by Amrita Pritam
When the world is spiraling down fast, what choice do we have but to galvanize hope by speaking of love, with love. ------------------------ ऐ मेरे दोस्त! मेरे अजनबी!  एक बार अचानक – तू आया  वक़्त बिल्कुल हैरान  मेरे कमरे में खड़ा रह गया।  साँझ का सूरज अस्त होने को था,  पर न हो सका  और डूबने की क़िस्मत वो भूल-सा गया…        अमृता प्रीतम और साहिर लुधियानवी  ... जिनकी  मोहब्बत का सैलाब न दुनियादारी के उसूलों की गिरफ्त में आया न ही लव्ज़ों के  बाँध में समाया। ता उम्र अमृता साहिर के लिए अपनी ज़िन्दगी में जगह बनाती  रही- कभी शायरी में, कभी कहानी में...क्योंकि वक़्त ने घर में जगह बनाने का  हक़ बहुत पहले छीन लिया था.  Amrita Pritam visits Sahir Ludhiyanavi in Bombay. By then she is a  famous writer and he is the most sought after lyricist. Their visit is  an ephemeral reminder of what could have been but is not, and never will  be.
25:02
April 23, 2021
StoryJam Kahani : Love in Prempuri by Arti
What is love...for another, for self, for life itself? Where do you find this love and can you will it into existence? If you like the story or find that you "know" a character from the story, do drop in a line.  ----- नमस्कार, मेरा नाम आरती है और मैं Storyjam में हर हफ्ते आपको सुनती हूँ एक हिंदी कहानी. अगर आप और कहानियां सुनना चाहते हैं , तो इस चैनल को सब्सक्राइब ज़रूर करें।  धन्यवाद! इस कहानी के अंत में जिस गाने का ज़िक्र हुआ है, वो सुनने का मन करे तो यहाँ सुनिए Kay Sera Sera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh6WtwfMPdQ मेरी लिखी और कहानियां सुनना चाहते हैं (धन्यवाद)...तो यहाँ सुनें- Sukoon House https://youtu.be/yKRsX_osB1o Gumshuda https://youtu.be/CeBVvT9B7ys About this channel:   इस चैनल पर सुनिए कहानियाँ नयी पुरानी. सुप्रसिद्ध लेखकों की  रचनाएं, हिंदी और उर्दू में, यहाँ प्रसिद्द लेखकों जैसे प्रेमचंद, मंटो,  इस्मत चुग़ताई, मोहन राकेश, फणीश्वर नाथ रेणु, मन्नू भंडारी की लोकप्रिय  कहानियाँ तो मिलेगी ही , साथ ही कुछ दुर्लभ लेखभी मिलेंगे     On this channel, you can listen to Hindi and Urdu Stories by  famous writers of Hindi sahitya/ literature. Here you will find stories  and poetry by great authors of Hindi and Urdu. Some of these are  classics and others are rare gems that you may never have heard or read.  There are works by well known writers such as Premchand, Sharat  Chandra, Manto, Ismat Chughtai, Mohan Rakesh, Phanishwar Nath Renu,  Mannu Bhandari, Harishankar Parsai. Some are rare works by Dilip Kumar,  Balraj Sahani and Gulzar. ---------- Meet me at these Social Media links: Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/StoryjamArti My podcast on other platforms: Spotify open.spotify.com/show/0rG7ez0Pku1MuWhfvo6Dtz Apple Podcasts podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/storyjam-hindi-urdu-audio-stories/id1513845846 Gaana.com gaana.com/podcast/storyjam-hindi-urdu-audio-stories-season-1 RadioPublic radiopublic.com/storyjam-GmywpN Pocket Casts pca.st/rwdymlsd Overcast overcast.fm/itu #Hindi #StoryJam #kahani 
37:08
April 9, 2021
StoryJam: Heengwala | Subhadra Kumari Chauhan | Hindi Kahani | Rebroadcast
नमस्कार, मेरा नाम आरती है और में Storyjam में हर हफ्ते आपको सुनती हूँ एक  हिंदी कहानी. अगर आप और कहानियां सुनना चाहते हैं , तो सब्सक्राइब ज़रूर करें।  धन्यवाद!  ------   जीवन परिचय : सुभद्रा कुमारी चौहान हिंदी की प्रसिद्ध कवयित्री और लेखिका  थीं।उन्हें सबसे ज़्यादा प्रसिद्धि  अपनी रचना प्रसिद्धि झाँसी की रानी  (कविता) के लिए मिली। सुभद्रा जी राष्ट्रीय चेतना के प्रति सजग कवयित्री  रही। उन्हें स्वाधीनता संग्राम में अनेक बार जेल जाना पड़ा। उनकी रचनायें वातावरण  चित्रण-प्रधान शैली में रही और उनकी भाषा सरल तथा काव्यात्मक रही। सुभद्रा कुमारी चौहान का जन्म इलाहाबाद के निकट निहालपुर नामक गांव में  हुआ. उनके पिता श्री  रामनाथसिंह जमींदार थे। उनके पिता ठाकुर रामनाथ सिंह  शिक्षा के प्रेमी थे और उन्हीं की देख-रेख में उनकी प्रारम्भिक शिक्षा भी  हुई। बचपन से ही वे कविताएँ रचने लगी थीं। उनकी रचनाओं में राष्ट्रीयता की  भावना मिलती है ।खंडवा के ठाकुर लक्ष्मण सिंह के साथ विवाह के उपरांत वे  जबलपुर आ गई थीं। १९२१ में गांधी जी के असहयोग आंदोलन में भाग लेने वाली वह  प्रथम महिला थीं और वे दो बार जेल भी गई थीं। वे एक लेखक और कवियत्री होने  के साथ-साथ स्वाधीनता संग्राम की अग्रणी सेनानी भी थीं। १५ फरवरी १९४८ को  एक कार दुर्घटना में उनका आकस्मिक निधन हो गया था। 'बिखरे मोती', सुभद्रा कुमारी चुहान जी का पहला कहानी संग्रह है। इसमें कुछ  कहानियों के नाम हैं- भग्नावशेष, होली, पापीपेट, मंछलीरानी, परिवर्तन,  दृष्टिकोण, कदम्ब के फूल, किस्मत, मछुये की बेटी, एकादशी, आहुति, थाती,  अमराई व् अनुरोध! उनके लेखन शैली सरल बोलचाल की भाषा है और अधिकांश  कहानियां नारी विमर्श पर केंद्रित हैं! उन्मादिनी शीर्षक से उनका दूसरा कथा  संग्रह १९३४ में छपाजिसकी कुछ कहानियां हैं - उन्मादिनी, असमंजस,  अभियुक्त, सोने की कंठी, नारी हृदय, पवित्र ईर्ष्या, अंगूठी की खोज, चढ़ा  दिमाग, व वेश्या की लड़की । इन सब कहानियों का मुख्य स्वर पारिवारिक  सामाजिक परिदृश्य ही है। सुभद्रा कुमारी चौहान ने कुल ४६ कहानियां लिखी और  एक अति लोकप्रिय कथाकार के रूप में हिन्दी साहित्य जगत में जान  गयीं।   -----
09:23
April 2, 2021
StoryJam Kavita: Matrbhasha by Kedarnath Singh
मेरी प्रिय कविताओं में से एक, केदारनाथ सिंह की 'मातृभाषा'और साथ ही, StoryJam के सभी श्रोताओं को हार्दिक धन्यवाद     Matrbhasha by Jnanpith awardee Kedarnath Singh.   Also, a special Thank You note for all listeners.  
03:25
March 24, 2021
StoryJam Kahani: Thes by Phanishwar Nath Renu
Well known writer Phanishwar Nath Renu’s stories were set in rural India and carried in them the fragrance of village life, the lyricality of language and at the same time the burden of unsaid nuances that crept in from class and caste divides. He didn’t weigh his narrative down with judgemental statements, instead he sketched the scene with words, filling it with many layered complexities and let you decide for yourself what you make of it. जाने-माने लेखक फणीश्वर नाथ रेणु की कहानियां ग्रामीण भारत में बसी हैं  और उनमें ग्राम जीवन की सुगंध, भाषा की लयात्मकता तो है ही,  साथ ही वर्ग और जाति के विभाजन से पैदा हुई सामाजिक विषमताओं का बोझ भी है । रेणु जी के शताब्दी वर्ष में उन्हें याद करते हुए , उनकी एक कहानी - ठेस
16:12
March 18, 2021
StoryJam Kahani : Sardarni by Bhisham Sahni
A school teacher, the only muslim resident in a Hindu Sikh neighbourhood is caught in the whirlwind of religious riots. Fear and courage, despair and hope, death and life in its full, vibrant force...all find place in Bhisham Sahni’s short story- Sardarni. A Women’s Day special dedicated to all women, everywhere, who brighten up their lives and those of others. We do it everyday and make it look effortless. -----
23:32
March 11, 2021
StoryJam Kahani: Sehpathi by Satyajit Ray
In Satyajit Ray’s short story- What would you do if a stranger showed up at your doorstep and claimed he was your childhood friend? Satyajit Ray, one of the legends of world cinema was also a writer of nuance. His short stories, often set in urban middle class homes, were about everyday incidents and occurrences, but in his telling, these stories become mirrors to several human traits- frailty, faith, deceit and hope, among others.
22:49
March 4, 2021
StoryJam Kahani : Do Banke by Bhagwati Charan Verma
अल्लाह ऐ बुतो हमें दिखलाए लखनऊ सोते में भी ये कहते हैं हम, हाए लखनऊ                         -वाजिद अली शाह लखनऊ की सैर करने चलियेगा? आइये, इस इक्के में बैठ जाइये। ये इक्का जादू की सवारी है - समय यात्रा यानि time travel का लुत्फ़ उठाइये, भगवती चरण वर्मा की इस कहानी के साथ. --------------------- What’s better than a travelogue? A time traveling travelogue. That’s a mouthful and more but if you could go back to Lucknow to the early part of the last century, you’ll know why it’s worth your while to try out this tongue twister.
15:42
February 25, 2021
StoryJam Kahani : Gumshuda by Arti
Kusum finds herself lost in a small suburban town in the U.S. As she tries to navigate her way home, she finds herself reaching for places within herself that she had forgotten about. घर से मंदिर जाने और अपनी बेटी के लिए जन्मदिन का तोहफा लेने निकली कुसुम, अमेरिका के एक छोटे से शहर में गुम हो जाती है। लेकिन घर का रास्ता ढूंढते ढूंढते अनजाने ही वो गुमशुदा खुद को अपने आप से रु-बा-रु पाती है।
26:38
February 18, 2021
StoryJam Kahani: Channi by Shivani
Gaura Pant, ‘Shivani’ was a prolific writer. She contributed short stories to various publications, wrote novels and her autobiography...but what I find most fascinating about her literary career was that she did not feel the need to make her literary life (and a famous one at that!) a hallowed endevour. She was a single mother of four, with a bunch of nephews and assorted relatives who stayed at her home for extended periods of time. She cooked, cleaned, tutored the kids, dealt with harsh mountain winters and  made a living. She wrote assiduously through it all. This is what I am going to remind myself of the next time I shirk my creative work :) PS: If you would like to know more about Shivani, the person, please read her daughter Ira Pande’s book, Diddi. You will also find beautiful memories from beloved writer Mrinal Pande in her writings and her interviews (Pro-tip : Go to the youtube page for ‘Nayi Dhara’ and listen to Samvaad episode featuring Mrinal Pande in conversation with Varun Grover) https://youtu.be/A0jSXi0-VeU
23:56
February 11, 2021
StoryJam Kahani: Rajsinhasan Daavandol by Ali Sardar Jafri
बोल! अरी ओ धरती बोल!, राज सिंघासन डाँवाडोल It is believed that when a drunk Majaz recited his Nazm 'Bol ari O Dharti Bol' at a Mushaira, Hansraj Rahbar teased him, 'Majaz Bhai, did you compose this Nazm drunk?', Majaz replied, 'I drank afterwards, too'. That may well be one story. But there’s another. Told eloquently by his friend and well known writer and poet, Ali Sardar Jafri. Jafri’s book “Lucknow ki Paanch Raatein'' is a veritable history of the time when India was rising in a final wave against British rule. The growing creative and political influence of the Progressive Writers Movement was helping propel the struggle for Independence. A new dawn breaking for both the country and its literature.
15:10
February 3, 2021
StoryJam Kahani : Musafir Kaki by Mridula Sinha
इस तेज़ी से टूटती- बँटती दुनिया में, कुछ लोग...या यूँ कहिये, कम से कम किरदार ऐसे हैं, जो हमारे अंदर इंसानियत की लौ को दोनों हथेलियों से बचाये बैठे हैं.  मिलिए मुसाफिर काकी से-  वह अपनी शर्तों पर जीती है, दूसरों की देखभाल करती है और मानवीय रिश्तों को तोड़ने नहीं बल्कि जोड़ने के सरल आनंद के लिए जीती है। (कहानी को समय के लिए थोड़ा सा संशोधित किया गया है) ---- Mridula Sinha, born in a village in Bihar grew up with a love for literature and writing. By the time she was in college, she wrote in every genre of Hindi Sahitya. She also was well known for her social and political work. At the time of her death in November 2019, she was the  governor of Goa. Mridula Sinha won the Sahitya Akademi award, Uday Raj  Singh Smriti Samman and several other literary awards in her long  illustrious literary career.
16:27
January 26, 2021
StoryJam Kahani: Taqseem by Gulzar (Rebroadcast)
The 'Kahani' this week is a rebroadcast of Episode 19 of StoryJam, the podcast where you can listen to Hindi and Urdu stories. This audio story is a reading of well known writer/poet Gulzar's memoir. You can find StoryJam on Spotify, Google podcasts, Stitcher, Podcast Republic....basically everywhere you look for podcasts! ---- Gulzar sahab a master story craftsman of our times, needs no introduction. In this memoir he shares an episode from his own life. This audio story is a  memoir by Gulzar sahab recounting his meeting with a family that claimed he was their long lost brother/son, who got lost at the time of the India Pakistan partition or Taqseem.
18:47
January 21, 2021
StoryJam Kahani: Premchand's wife Shivrani Devi : Profile by Sara Rai
Munshi Premchand’s wife Shivrani Devi was a writer in her own right. A very good one. But she disappeared from the pages of literary history. This was not unusual. As men, especially famous men, march on to capture whatever they set their sights on, their wives are left to pick up the detritus of daily life, with little or no time to think of etching their own name in history books. “Premchand : Ghar Mein” was written because Shivrani took it upon herself to write about the personal life of her famous husband. But who will write about Shivrani? Who will hunt for the many stories she published in magazines and books. Thankfully her memoirs are a mirror of her life as well. She wrote not just of Premchand’s domestic life but also of the strong and unusual relationship they shared. Of his immense respect and deference for her views and the ways in which they influenced each other. Premchand and Shivrani Devi’s granddaughter, Sara Rai wrote a moving tribute to her grandmother as a preface to the now re-published ‘Premchand: Ghar Mein’. In her words, she did it because no one was going to ever write ‘Shivrani : Ghar Mein’.
17:28
January 13, 2021
StoryJam Kahani: Roshini Paani Jaisi Hai by Gabriel García Márquez
Happy New Year from StoryJam! Starting the year with a little bit of magic, shaken and stirred with reality, only as it can be in the works of Gabriel García Márquez. He forces us to immerse ourselves in magic that is completely believable and makes us rethink reality beyond the price of rice and potatoes. A short story translated and narrated by me. Gabriel García Márquez, affectionately as Gabo or Gabito in Latin America, was a Noble prize winner and author of modern classics such as such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981), and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). Márquez won both critical and commercial acclaim and upon his death in 2014 was called the called him "the greatest Colombian who ever lived" Self driven and to an extent self educated, Márquez followed his instincts and his passion in a way few other writers have been able to. His style can be hard to pin down though he is most famous for his kind of 'magic realism'. His works have also been described variously as having "psychological suppleness" and being dichotomizing and exoticizing"
12:28
January 5, 2021
StoryJam Kahani: Ek Chor ki Kahani by Shrilal Shukla
सर्दियों की रात, खेत में छुपा एक चोर पकड़ लिया जाता है। अब इसका क्या करें? यहीं मारें या थाने ले जाया जाये ? चोर भी ऐसा अजीब की कुछ बोलता सुनता नहीं।  इस चोर के मन में क्या चोर है ? श्रीलाल शुक्ल ने अपने लेखकीय जीवन में बहुत से उपन्यास, कहानियां, संस्मरण इत्यादि लिखे, लेकिन वे सबसे अधिक जाने गए अपने व्यंग लेखन के लिए. उनकी कुछ प्रसिद्द रचनायें हैं - राग दरबारी, मकान, सूनी घाटी का सूरज, पहला पड़ाव, और बिश्रामपुर का संत.  Shrilal Shukla was best known for his satire. Some of his famous works are Raag Darbari, Makaan, Sooni Ghaati Ka Sooraj, Pehla Padaav and Bisrampur Ka Sant.
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December 29, 2020
StoryJam Kahani: Sukoon House by Arti
शर्माजी ने बड़े शौक से 'सुकून हाउस' बनवाया, सोचा था रिटायरमेंट चैन से गुज़ारेंगे, लेकिन बड़े होते शहर में दिल छोटे होते जा रहे थे.   क्या शर्माजी इस रंग बदलती दुनिया में फिर सुकून पा सके?      >आज अपनी लिखी एक कहानी आपको सुना रही हूँ. आप को कैसी लगी, ज़रूर बतलाईयेगा। Today’s StoryJam is a little different. Unlike earlier episodes where I read from works of well known authors, this time I am sharing a story I wrote a few years ago. I am nervous and excited and keeping my fingers crossed that you’ll take the time to listen. Thanks in advance!..and do leave me a comment. 
27:30
December 23, 2020
StoryJam Kahani: Manglesh Dabral ki kavitayein
मंगलेश डबराल हमारे बीच नहीं रहे. हिंदी साहित्य से एक ऐसी आवाज़ लुप्त हो गयी जिसने लेखकों, कवियों, बुद्धिजीवियों की भीड़ में अपनी अनूठी पहचान बनाये रखी थी.उनके शब्द सरल थे सामान्य नहीं थे.  आज का episode मंगलेश जी की याद को समर्पित है. सुनिए उनकी लिखी 4 कवितायेँ। 
07:08
December 16, 2020
StoryJam Kahani: Bohni by Munshi Premchand
Love Paan? You'll love this story. Love humour? You'll find plenty to LOL about. Love being surprised? Here's a "hat ke" story by Munshi Premchand, whose writing is well known for its humanism, realism and progressive outlook. This time get a taste of his kissagoi.
14:35
December 8, 2020
StoryJam Kahani: Laajwanti by Rajinder Singh Bedi
Set in post independence and post-partition Punjab, Laajwanti is the story of love lost and regained, but one that is never the same again.  Rajinder Singh Bedi was a pillar of the Progressive Writers Movement. After the partition he moved to Bombay where he made his mark as a dialogue writer, screenplay writer and director. He wrote dialogues for several of Hindi film classics including Mirza Ghalib, Devdas, Abhiman, Garam Coat, Daag, Anupama etc. He also directed Phagun, Dastak etc.
26:52
December 1, 2020
StoryJam Kahani: Daroga Amichand by Agyeya
Sachchidananda Hirananda Vatsyayan, better known by his nom de plume Agyeya,  held a prominent presence in the world of Hindi literature. It is widely believed that he brought experimentalism to Hindi poetry. Though long before he was known for his poetry, he had started writing short stories and novels. As a young man he contributed to a magazine edited by Munshi Premchand. In fact there is an interesting anecdote about his pen name, Agyeya. As a freedom fighter young Sachchidanand was imprisoned. While in jail he used to send his short stories to well known writer, Jainendra. Since his name could not be used, Jainendra passed on his articles to Munshi Premchand saying that the writer’s name was ‘Agyeya’ meaning unknowable.
21:17
November 24, 2020
StoryJam Kahani: Jungli Booti by Amrita Pritam
Amrita Pritam lived and loved on her own terms. She drew extensively from her own life for her works. The unbearable pain and the little joys of life, both find place in her poetry, short stories and novels.
15:08
November 17, 2020
StoryJam Kahani: Kasbe Ka Aadmi by Kamleshwar
If you grew up in the late 70’s-80’s ...right when Indian television was coming into its own...when alternate cinema of a certain kind of middle class sensibility was gaining ground with films like Mausam, Rajnigandha, Rang Birangi, pati patni aur woh…you would know the name Kamleshwar. Kamleshwar Nath Saxena was a prolific writer and in his career spanning four decades, he wrote in different genres ranging from literary criticism, travelogue, memoirs, to socio-cultural commentary. edited magazines and newspapers, became the Additional Director General of doordarshan, wrote screenplays, dialogues, wrote stories in TV serials like Chandrakanta and Betal pachisi. He wrote over three hundred stories,worked for over 75 feature films including his book, Kaali Andhi which was adapted by Gulzar sahab into the film Andhi. He was a writer from the Nayi Kahani ("New Story") movement of the 50’s...when the style was moving away from pre-independence style and content towards addressing  issues about the newly independent, rapidly urbanizing and industrializing India.
20:05
November 10, 2020
StoryJam Kahani: Virginia Woolf Se Sab Darte Hain by Sharad Joshi
Sharad Joshi was a master of satire. His commentary was ruthless but not scathing. His humour was sharp yet gentle. Everytime I find myself bogged down by life or literature that was too depressing or dull, I find my way to Sharad Joshi. His humour is warm, intelligent and timeless. Hypocritical, fake and riddled with insecurities- the characters of this story are around us, or maybe at times in us too!
16:58
October 27, 2020
StoryJam Kahani: Garmiyon Ki Ek Raat by Sajjad Zaheer
Angaaray was a collection of short stories by a small group of young writers- Sajjad Zaheer, Ahmed Ali, Rashid Jahan and Mahmud-uz-Zafar. It was published in 1932 and banned in 1933. Instead of getting extinguished, the ban fanned the fires of a new kind of writing - a brave and bold social commentary that had never been done before. Sajjad Zaheer along with his fellow writers established the All-India Progressive Writers' Movement & Association and revolutionised writing in India. Most well known writers of that and the next generation were part of this progressive writers movement. A story by Sajjad Zaheer - Garmiyon Ki Ek Raat
15:05
October 21, 2020
StoryJam Kahani : Panchlight by Phanishwar Nath 'Renu'
In this episode, a story by Phanishwar Nath 'Renu'. The story is ostensibly a simple one, but is layered with nuances of class and cast that govern rural lives. Imbued with gentle humour and rich in regional dialect, it was a pleasure for me to read. I hope you enjoy it too!
12:08
September 30, 2020
StoryJam Kahani : Bhabhi by Ismat Chughtai
Ismat Chughtai needs no introduction. A pillar of Urdu literature, she wrote fearlessly about oppressive gender roles and hypocrisy of the middle and upper-middle class. Her fearlessness got her into trouble often and her work was banned. But she didn’t care. She wrote instinctively and with candour. That's the only way I know how to write, she would say.
31:36
September 24, 2020
StoryJam Kahani: Abdul Jabbar Pathan by Mohan Rakesh
This time, not a kahani or a kavita... I love reading travelogues. It's cheapest and fastest way to go to places you've never been or are not likely to go to. All travelogues give you a sense of the place, that's the basic minimum requirement I guess...but the best ones introduce you to people you will never meet. The really good ones leave you a little more curious, a tad unsettled. I found Mohan Rakesh's travelogue ''Akhri Chattan Tak' to be really good. It scores on one more point...the time when it was written -1952. Turning point for the country. It's not possible to step in the same river twice, they say. That time is past and we will never be able to visit it again. You can however enjoy an excerpt from the book. This chapter is called "Abdul Jabbar Pathan". You can do so where ever you listen to podcasts or by going to the comments below. What's your favorite travelogue?
11:51
September 16, 2020
StoryJam Kahani: Sayani Bua by Mannu Bhandari
A new kind of Hindi writing emerged post-independence and Mannu Bhadari  was one of the Mannu Bhandari pioneers of this “nayi kahani movement”.  Her works spans decades and one finds memorable female characters in her  stories...one such is Sayani Bua. Listen to this story here on youtube like you would a radio/podcast. Hear it, Share it!
14:16
September 8, 2020
StoryJam Kahani: Taqseem by Gulzar
Gulzar  sahab a master story craftsman of our times, needs no introduction. In  this memoir he shares an episode from his own life. Hear it, Share it! https://youtu.be/D7YH-m6Ut6c
18:47
August 30, 2020
Cycle Ki Sawari by Sudarshan
At some point a human said, enough with pushing and pulling carts, what if I could just sit on the wheel!  The rest is cycle history. This story isn’t about the history of cycles though. It is about one man’s quest to conquer this contraption, that to some may seem a child’s play...to others a lifelong struggle! Hear it, Share it!
17:44
August 22, 2020
Akhbaar Mein Naam by Yashpal
When I read this story I was moved by its simplicity and its gentle humour. Then I began to look for more information about the writer, Yashpal. I was astounded. What I found out could be a whole episode in itself. Yashpal could be the hero of an action packed thriller! His life story was one of stealth attacks, days spent as a fugitive, betrayal by friends, prison time, shoot-outs and a romance that withstood the test of time. And then he gave it all up and settled down to a writer’s life.  Listen to Yashpal’s story, “Akhbaar Mein Naam”   Hear it, Share it! You can find this story here, or on Facebook or look for my podcast *StoryJam* on Spotify, Apple podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also find earlier episodes here or by going to *Youtube* and searching for 'storyJam Arti Jain'. Thanks for listening and subscribing and sharing!
18:16
August 20, 2020
Saadat Hasan Manto : Khali Botal, Bhara Hua Dil by Krishan Chander
They say Manto died of alcoholism. They also tried him for obscenity and sent him to a mental hospital. The real problem with Manto was not alcohol or mental health, it was that he couldn't look the other way, he didn’t bother about getting along and he couldn’t care less for labels. In short, he did not have what it takes to be a popular, sought after intellectual. Yet, every now and then one reads something about Manto written by one of his friends or colleagues and it gives a glimpse into the beautiful tormented soul that he was. Krishan Chander, Manto's friend and a pillar among progressive writers, knew Saadat Hasan Manto as only a few had.  When Manto died, Krishan Chander  wrote this homage to Manto where he recalls their days of penury in Delhi and talks of how you only had to scratch the surface of Manto’s stubborn protests to see his love flow with abandon, like blood.
15:26
August 12, 2020
Chor by Rashid Jahan
A pioneer of modern urdu writing, Rashid Jahan appeared on the literary scene with a bang in 1932. She was one of four twenty year olds, (and the only girl among them)  who brought out the urdu compilation- Angaarey. It was a collection of such sharp and incisive commentary about the upper class, especially the Muslim society of which they were a part, that there was an uproar. So much so that the British banned their book.  Rashid was more than a writer, she was a true iconoclast. An activist deeply committed to the ideals of equality and justice. She was a doctor who  dressed in her 'khaddar' sari and sleeveless blouse and short hair, walked the dusty paths of rural areas, seeking and treating patients. She was a feminist, before anyone in her world knew the meaning of the word. She was a literary flag bearer, someone who later Ismat Chughtai said she was indebted to for opening her eyes. While Rashid's writing  on and about women is stellar, today I chose a story that places her in the wider landscape of social commentary. 
14:25
August 9, 2020
Sikka Badal Gaya by Krishna Sobti
A vast chasm starts with a minor crack and those at the fault lines are caught unawares.  Like Shahni, the elderly widow whose world is about to change overnight for reasons she does not fully understand.  Those who try to explain can find no words either and tout a hollow phrase “Sikka badal gaya” I told this story live at the Majha House event recently. I am posting a podcast version here, in case you missed it or if you would like to share it.  Thank you for listening to StoryJam. It's a labour of love, and I truly appreciate your support. If you haven't already, please do subscribe.
17:43
August 4, 2020
Tram Mein Ek Yaad - a poem by Gyanendrapati
In an ideal scenario, this poem should have been hummed by Bhupinder with a guitar strumming in the background. Since that’s a little hard to put together, here’s a poem I like, in my voice.  I hope you like it too.
05:05
July 31, 2020
Udaan by Krishna Baldev Vaid
For the woman who knows there’s a young girl hiding inside her. The one that comes out to twirl everytime she wears a new dress. The one who knows the joy of putting an arm around her best friend’s shoulders laughing and singing and swaying to old melodies together. The one who cries on those same shoulders as often as she wants and without shame. For the girl who longed to be a woman and for the woman who now pines for the girl she once was. This short story by Krishna Baldev Vaid is made of stuff that makes you laugh and weep at the same time. 
17:53
July 26, 2020
Torch Bechne Waley
Harishankar Parsai’s satire slices through the still waters of social status quo like an oar. The subjects were all around him and no one was spared. He wrote fearlessly and consistently against social hypocrisy and political apathy. If you like what you hear, do share with your friends and family...contribute something enjoyable to that whatsapp group you are on ;)
12:29
July 23, 2020
Khoon Ka Rishta by Bhisham Sahni
Tamas seared Indian television in the 80’s. Too young to fully comprehend its depths at the time, it disturbed me in ways that nothing I had read or seen until then had. It was frightening and fascinating. A world opened up for me. A few years later, my older sister acted in Bhisham Sahni’s plays ‘Hanoosh’ and ‘Kabira Khada Bazaar Mein’. Today, after decades, when I sit and think of things that made me who I am, I can’t come up with one school book text or compulsory activity. Instead I see myself sitting in a shared razai watching Om Puri, his face an unusual mix of anger and fear. I see myself standing in the cold dark wings of Kamani Auditorium, handing out props as brilliant actors performed under golden pools of light on stage. I still remember lines from those plays. Today, I share a short story by Bhisham Sahni, a writer who could create memorable characters so profoundly real, they could be one of us- complete with our contradictions and ironic humour.
31:24
July 19, 2020
Heeng Wala by Subhadra Kumari Chauhan
Some stories say what they have to without raising their voice or a fist. Their beauty lies in their simplicity. Something that Subhadra Kumari Chauhan did well. Her characters are are people around her, the world of women and children, the inner courtyard of the home. Under that tree in that courtyard many a things happen, much is said, many lessons learned....but all quietly. Not with a shout but with a gesture.
09:23
July 12, 2020
Tiddi by K. A Abbas
Khwaja Ahmad Abbas was best known for his film scripts. He wrote nearly all of Raj Kapoor’s memorable films. He also wrote columns, articles and directed a few films too. Tiddi is the story of a farmer Ramu who nurtures a simple dream- that of buying his beautiful wife a piece of jewellery with his earnings from his harvest. Tiddi or locust attack is only one of many things that stand in the way of his achieving his goal.
15:36
July 4, 2020
Girgit by Mohan Rakesh
Today, a lesser known side of well known writer Mohan Rakesh. A children's tale! This is the story of a Girgit, a chameleon who was so unhappy with his appearance that he was desperate to be anything. Anything but a girgit!! Like all good stories for children, this one holds a useful lesson for adults too! Mohan Rakesh was known for his plays. When his play "Ashadh Ka Ek Din" came out first, it got awards and critical acclaim and influenced Hindi theatre forever. "Ashaadh Ka Ek Din" along with his other notable plays 'Aadhe Adhure' and 'Lehron Ke Rajhans' have become classics of Indian theatre...performed by thespians and aspiring theatre artists alike. I am not sure if he wrote very many kid's stories or even ever came out with a collection. If someone knows better, please let me know too!
10:17
June 25, 2020
Balraj Sahni's Essay "Kalakaar Janamjaat Hota Hai Ya Banta Hai?"
Balraj Sahni was more than an exceptional actor, he thought deeply about his work and what his contribution was to society at large. He wrote poetry, books, essays that were explorations of not just the world he lived in but also his own mind. He gave an exceptional convocation speech in 1972 at the Jawahar Lal Nehru University.You must look it up online if you are a Balraj Sahni fan.  I hope you enjoy this glimpse into Balraj Sahni's mind.  If you like the podcast, so click on "like" so I know you do. Leave a message and come back again soon for more. 
07:53
June 22, 2020
Amrita Pritam interviews Imroz (Book excerpt- Saat Sawal)
Those who know Amrita Pritam’s work well also know of her checkered love life. Her unrequited love for Sahir Ludhiyanvi and the long loving decades she spent with her partner Imroz are no secret. Imroz, an artiste himself, always gave Amrita the respect and admiration that a great writer such as her deserved, keeping himself obscured in her shadows while she stood confident and alert in the limelight. In her book Saat Sawal, Amrita Pritam interviewed artists from various fields. She also  interviewed Imroz . This interview is a glimpse into his thoughts on life and art, craft and religion. Her questions are direct and bare like her writing. His answers are calm and deep, like his love.
08:06
June 12, 2020
Prithviraj Kapoor's memoir about his meeting with Nirala
In the latest episode of my podcast, a memoir written by renowned actor Prithviraj Kapoor where he talks about his meeting with the formidable Hindi poet Nirala. Young Prithviraj and this theatre troupe were in Allahabad where the rebel poet led an almost bohemian life. Several giants of Hindi literature frequented gatherings at Nirala’s place and that is where young Prithviraj first met the poet. Prithviraj Kapoor draws a picture of a time unthinkable for us today. This is a time when artists, actors, poets and writers had mutual respect and admiration for each other, that they let flow unabashedly. A time well before popularity became a blood sport and mediocrity could hide behind celebrity. Listen to this if you like theatre, literature, films and that old city called Allahabad.
12:52
June 9, 2020
Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge
This episode was made in the midst of the Corona outbreak and while being confined indoors in quarantine. Sharad Joshi is wondering when his guest, now having long overstayed his welcome, would leave.  Corona, like the guest that overstayed, lingers on, eating away at our lives (if not our food...though in many cases that too metaphorically speaking!) Enjoy this witty satire. Sigh!
04:59
May 25, 2020
Inspector Matadin Chand Par by Harishankar Parsai
Harishankar Parsai employs his wit and imagination In this biting satire to create a world that was just as true in his times, as it is in ours. 
21:21
May 12, 2020
Jiske Hum Mama hain
In this episode of StoryJam, a satire by noted writer Sharad Joshi. StoryJam ke is episode mein Sharad Joshi dwara likhit ek hasya vyang.
03:06
May 8, 2020