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Vasantasena-A Glimpse of Ancient India By Raja Sharma
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Vasantasena-A Glimpse of Ancient India ------------ Vasantasena was an extremely beautiful courtesan in the ancient town of Ujjaini. This story is the story of her love and struggles.... More > --------------- To find her love and proper place in the society, she has to go through many ordeals in life. Originally, the story was written in Sanskrit language but in this English version all details have been provided. -------------- This is the story of love, deception, and justice.< Less
Innocent By Raja Sharma
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He is stuck to my mind; his smile is dangerous and it sometimes surprises you and sometimes annoys you. I shout at him, “Get out!” ---------------------- “What have I done?”... More > he does not go out and his innocent face neither trembles nor moves. He looks in my eyes and irritates me. --------------------- “You haven’t done anything…but I say…get out…” --------------------- “Then why are you sending me out, teacher?” ------------------- “I am insane…” I tried to suppress my anger. ---------------------- “But, Sir…” he pleads his innocence.< Less
Dictionary of Shakespearean Terms By Raja Sharma
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William Shakespeare was not born to the nobility and his Elizabethan education was quite basic as he left school at the age of 13 and never attended University. Neither of his parents could read or... More > write - a dictionary was not that important during the era! Yet his vocabulary was massive for a man of his background. --- A total of 15,000 different words were used in his plays and a further 7000 were used in his poems and sonnets. This gave him a vocabulary of 21,000 words when the average vocabulary of the day in Stratford, England, was less than 500. Even by today's standards, the most celebrated authors do not exceed an average of 7500 words (The poet, John Milton was an exception and his totaled about 8000) and the average English speaking person only has about 2,000 words in their vocabulary. For a person with a University degree this range in vocabulary would rise to about 3000 to 4000.< Less
My Pa & Other Stories By Raja Sharma
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My Pa 5 Love, Life, and Bond 22 An Evening in Shimla 48 Poor Man’s New Year 61 Innocent 77 A Fistful of Light 91 Imageless 118 Daffodils of Death 131 Introduction 131 Characters 133 Scene... More > I 134 Scene II 137 Scene III 141 Scene IV 143 Scene V 145 Scene VI 146 Scene VII 149 Scene VIII 153 Scene IX 157 Scene X 161 Scene XI 167 Scene XII 169 Scene XIII 171 Scene XIV 173 A Gift for You 175 Information 204< Less
Image on Ripples By Raja Sharma
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I had tried many times but I was unable to draw his clear picture in my mind. His image appeared to be an uncertain impression on the surface of water that was being shattered by the ripples. I would... More > smile while trying to bring his face into my mind........... Inevitable Bonds.......... Image on Ripples........ Chapter One .......... Chapter Two ......... Chapter Three ....... Chapter Four Overnight Guest ......... The End< Less
Living in Stories By Raja Sharma
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My stories are dedicated to my students, my readers, my wife, Sita, and my daughters, Marie and Sherry. I live in my stories and I don’t think I would be alive if there were no words around me.... More > .......... Raja Sharma....... Foreword 5 Innocent 6 A Fistful of Light 20 Imageless 47 A Terrorist 60 Storm 90 That Magic of Love 111 Fairy’s Watchman 140 MIRAGE 152 I don’t Want Time-Machine 164 Sunshine 175 The Journey Within 187 The River has Disappeared 197 Hell Camp-Your Loving Taliban 208 Overnight Guest 221 Odour of Death 286 Chapter One 287 Chapter Two 292 Chapter Three 299 Chapter Four 303 Chapter Five 306 Chapter Six 309 Chapter Seven 311< Less
That Girl in the Story By Raja Sharma
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Only one thousand rupees were sent by the parents. Her sister was doing M. Sc. And she was doing B. E. Their college fee was paid by the parents, so one thousand rupees were sent for the expenses.... More > They could not afford to send more than that. The father was often angry and he said that the money spent on their education could be used on their marriages. His meager salary had made him timid and he could not think beyond that. People used to talk that the daughters were studying in a big city. How could one close their mouths? Some of them said that parents send their girls to towns in the name of education but actually they earn money through their daughters. They said that most of the village girls who went to towns and cities were involved in prostitution, they did not use the word ‘prostitution’ but they used the vocabulary that was very decisive and suggestive.............< Less
Back to Social Cage By Raja Sharma
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The shopkeeper gave her a cup of tea and biscuits. She seated herself on a wooden bench and kept the tea on table in front of her. A fellow from a nearby table said, “Where are you coming... More > from?” ...................... “From her lover’s bed!” added another of the customers................... Dolly smiled and said, “Yes, you are right! But, how do you know?” ..................... “We are your lovers too, will you come with us?” said one of them and caught her arm in his firm grip and kissed her hand. ....................... Dolly replied, “No, not today. Some other day.” .............................. “Give me a kiss and I will pay for the tea,” said one of them. ................... “No, you are too ugly for that,” said Dolly with a big smile and paid the tea-seller.< Less
A Town without Literature By Raja Sharma
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His words flourished like flowers, endeavouring to understand and reveal the mysteries of nature. His words consoled the afflicted hearts of the poor and infused them with new strength. He did not... More > want any higher reward than that. He had the skill of arousing every known and, perhaps, unknown emotion. The one who read his words could not escape either of the two inevitable emotions: happiness and sorrow. A Muslim could find the voice of Azan and a Hindu could hear the sound of temple bells in his words. Manak held that words were the holiest thing in his possession; he loved his words and he never played with his words, like the politicians who.......< Less
I am Tyson & Other Stories By Raja Sharma
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My master’s wife gets angry when we bark and she beats us. She keeps us tied to chains when there is a crowd of people in the shop. She does not know that we know who is carrying goods without... More > giving pieces of papers. I wish I could make sounds like her and inform her. Why don’t they try to understand what we want to say? We quickly learn what they teach us but they never try to learn to understand us................. I am Tyson 4 Shadows of that Evening 18 Imposed Silence 23 Secluded 44 A Town without Literature 53 Undefined Death 70 Inner Conflict 100 The Table with the Radio 111 Parvati (A True Story of a Prostitute) 122 East and West 153 The End 168< Less