Two Gentlemen of Verona, by A J Cronin,is the touching story of Jacopo and Nicola, two brothers aged 12 and 13 who do odd jobs and live a hard life themselves to sustain and treat their elder sister Lucia who is suffering from tubercolosis of the spine.
A J Cronin uses the title of William Shakespeare's famous play,The Two Gentlemen of Verona in an ironic manner. Cronin's portrayal of these modern "gentlemen" of Verona re-defines the concept of what it means to be a gentleman, Cronin shows us that one may polish boots or sell newspapers, but it is the magnanimity of heart and the nobleness of purpose that actually determines whether one is a true "gentleman".
Mrs. Packletide's Tiger - Hector Hugh Munro - Saki"Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger," by Saki (H.H. Munro) is a humorous short story that satirizes the Victorian-Edwardian fascination with wild-game hunting, as well as the timeless drive to keep up with the Joneses. This amusing short story is a delightful read and transports us to the era of the British Raj in India.
The Letter - Dhumaketu
"The Letter" is a touching story of an old man who is all alone and waits for his only daughter's letter for five long years. He receives that letter only at his grave but for that he pays a price. While living a lonely, morbid life, he undergoes some strange experiences of life in his interaction with unsympathetic, callous and inhuman human species. The old man's controlled demeanour and silent sufferings are a bitter commentary on human existence.
A Shady Plot is a story that has elements of the genres, Romance, Horror and Drama. It is a humourous story that involves a writer and his muse. The muse is a bit unlikely one- its a ghost! The story is thus a "ghost story", but this is not a "scary" ghost story. It is a humourous ghost story that tells about the plight of ghosts and their interaction with humans in whosw lives ghosts play an important part in some way or other.
Patol Babu, Film Star is a humourous short story by Satyajit Ray, that deals with the subject of creativity. A creative person finds fulfillment only when he does something that gives expression to his talent and he does not seek monetary gratification for it. Also, the artist may or may not be recognised by others, but the artistic satisfaction comes from the performance itself.