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Friends Forever Chapter 16
Friends Forever Chapter 16
Over the next few weeks Aamir got busier by the day. Gradually Aamir and Sagar ended up spending less and less time together. Sagar seemed to have found a new friend. Friends...
Stories of Resilience: The Indomitable Girls Who Rebuilt Their Broken Lives
Stories of Resilience: The Indomitable Girls Who Rebuilt Their Broken Lives
The girls featured in all the stories are like Kintsukuroi Dolls; they're all broken, but are slowly putting themselves together. Stories of Resilience written by Ramendra...
Friends Forever Chapter 15
Friends Forever Chapter 15
Aamir learns the art of public speaking from an expert Richa Tripathy. Ramendra Kumar's "Friends Forever" journeys on with Aamir and Sagar.
Little People, Big Hearts
Little People, Big Hearts
Innocence has the unfathomable power to make any inhibitions or fear crumble. Our little people give us big lessons of life, from their innocent hearts.
Kali's Daughter: A Societal Novel with Suspense, Sentiments and Sardonic Humour
Kali’s Daughter: A Societal Novel with Suspense, Sentiments and Sardonic Humour
In this rivetting novel Kali's Daughter, Raghav Chandra gives an insight into the life of a civil servant in the background of caste equations. A review by Santosh Bakaya....
Friends Forever Chapter 14
Friends Forever Chapter 14
Nervously, Aamir removed from his pocket the sheet of paper on which he had written his speech and tried reading. How does Aamir overcome his challenges?
The Day it Rained Strawberries!
The Day it Rained Strawberries!
Enjoy this fun short story by Pranati Bhat, a student of Std V, about the adventures of Advenulya and Advediti in Pinkrain of strawberries. :) This story is part of the...
Golu with his books, his Mommy and brother Paplu. Papa Dinosaur is visible at a distance
A Dinosaur Called Golu
Enjoy this fun short story by Ritwik Matta, a student of Std III, about the heroic acts of the bookworm and plump dinosaur Golu. This story is part of the Story Lab workshop...
Friends Forever Chapter 13
Friends Forever Chapter 13
Everyone in the stands was on his or her feet. The roar was deafening. Aamir was standing on one leg, his heart acting like it would burst out of his rib cage and flutter...
Friends Forever Chapter 12
Friends Forever Chapter 12
The cricket match hots up as Sagar faces the deadly Firdaus who is considered one of the fastest bowlers on the circuit.
The Great Cuddle
The Great Cuddle
Cricketers go for the great HUDDLE to strategize how to beat the opponent. The great CUDDLE is to strategize about how to beat the cold.
Friends Forever Chapter 11
Friends Forever Chapter 11
He desperately wanted his friend to succeed. Cricket was Sagar’s life and his greatest ambition was to play for his school and then move on to greater heights.
Stories of Resilience: Giving Voice to the Unheard
Stories of Resilience: Giving Voice to the Unheard
Stories of Resilience written by Ramendra Kumar showcases how adolescent girls battle the toughest of odds with the help of Protsahan India Foundation, an NGO fighting against...
Ordinary Man Extraordinary Mission
Ordinary Man Extraordinary Mission
The ordinary man's extraordinary mission suddenly made Santosh Bakaya realise there is so much yet to do and so little time.
Friends Forever Chapter 10
Friends Forever Chapter 10
Aamir had seen anger flash in Sagar’s eyes for a fleeting second. But after that momentary glimpse, it was back to the good-humoured Sagar. What if your best friend and...
The Emperor of Green: A Story of Determination
The Emperor of Green: A Story of Determination
Nature is all powerful, and an antidote to the ill-effects of science and technology. We need to resurrect the pristine glory of nature if we want to survive in this materialistic...
Friends Forever Chapter 9
Friends Forever Chapter 9
He picked up a pencil and scribbled a few words on a piece of paper. “Pehley waala funda ekdum extra hai, Ekta Reddy!”
A New Surefootedness
A New Surefootedness
As the glistening curtain of the fog slowly lifted up, the New Year just waited in the shadows sheathed in the shimmering glow of love and peace.
The Lingering Aroma
The Lingering Aroma
In these days of cut-throat corporate competition and hostile business feuds, two tea vendors prove there can be friendship above business interests.
Friends Forever Chapter 8
Friends Forever Chapter 8
Aamir found that he was getting busier by the day. What with his studies, the extra emphasis on English, teaching Gopal and his involvement in Literary Club activities, he...
From Spark to Story
From Spark to Story
Author Ramendra Kumar says there’s a story idea hiding in everything - from a random conversation on a bus to a social media post. And for it to become a book, you have...
The Room Next Door
The Room Next Door
Every room has a story to tell. This wistful poem by Anagha Rajesh, a budding poet from UAE, wonders about a room that has seen many an experience pass by it.
Hell Over Helmet Amid Smiling Santa Caps
Hell Over Helmet Amid Smiling Santa Caps
As the wasteful Dirty Dozen find their lost helmet in a sink with a bag of uneatan food, Santa caps bring in the Christmas cheer for the ragpicker kids. Its Christmas and...
Friends Forever Chapter 7
Friends Forever Chapter 7
The art of public speaking was now fascinating Aamir. During the Literary Club activities, he started using every opportunity to participate in Elocution to get rid of his...
Santosh Bakaya and Avijit Sarkar
‘A Diversity of Styles Allows a Wider Range of Imagery’: In Conversation with Authors Santosh Bakaya and Avijit Sarkar
Dr Santosh Bakaya and Avijit Sarkar, the two authors of the beautiful short stories collection 'Bring Out the Tall Tales' speak to Lopa Banerjee, author, poet and Consulting...
Friends Forever Chapter 6
Friends Forever Chapter 6
In the next session of the Literary Club Sharma Sir divided the twenty members into four groups and conducted a literary quiz. Four questions pertained to Greek mythology....
Friends Forever Chapter 5
Friends Forever Chapter 5
They had reached a small bungalow surrounded by a fence. Sagar unlatched the gate and they stepped in. Aamir looked around. A pathway led to the veranda of the house.
The Quizopedia National Level All India Quiz 2019 Competition (AIQ 2019)
The Quizopedia National Level All India Quiz 2019 Competition (AIQ 2019)
Register now for National Level All India Quiz 2019 Quiz competition (AIQ 2019) held by TheQuizopedia.com. Win Amazing Prizes.
Friends Forever Chapter 4
Friends Forever Chapter 4
It took a few seconds to register and then the shock hit Aamir – it was his essay! The essay he had been quite happy with, was now being read out as a specimen of pathetic...
The Milkman’s Daughter
The Milkman’s Daughter
The pestering milkman of "Ekbar try maar lo, madam" fame has a daughter who rekindles Santosh Bakaya's faith in humanity with her compassionate gesture.
Friends Forever Chapter 3
Friends Forever Chapter 3
A right hook, uppercut and a couple of left hooks - in a few minutes it was all over! The attackers disappeared into the shadows from where they had appeared. Aamir and Sagar...
When Will the Babies Come?
When Will the Babies Come?
An innocent 5 year old's disgust at the big fat Indian weddings and their unabashed show of wealth holds up a mirror to the sad paradox facing us today.

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“Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe, and love as long as you live.” ~ Rachel Ann Nunes <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->
“Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe, and love as long as you live.” ~ Rachel Ann Nunes