Spine-chilling horror to heart-touching emotions: 5 tales by India’s top 5 storytellers

Spine-chilling horror to heart-touching emotions: 5 tales by India’s top 5 storytellers

Stories have forever enchanted us. And India has some amazing storytellers who can bring to life- love stories, horror stories, historical stories and even funny everyday incidents. Narrated by the best storytellers of the country, here are some suggestions if you are finding it difficult to listen to the best of the best storytellers from across the country. Now available on YouTube, you can listen to them at your comfort, while driving to office or just before you go to sleep at night.

Khandahar Waali Mausi by Sudhanshu Rai

Khandahar Waali Mausi is the latest in the fray and a horror story that would send shivers down your spine. Penned and narrated excellently by one of the best Indian storytellers Sudhanshu Rai, the protagonist of the story is a young man named Shekhar. His professional obligations required him to travel to every region of the country. He was once sent to Odisha to investigate how a factory situated in a hilly area was operating. Shekhar had no choice but to remain alone because the place was so remote that all of the staff members were also dispatched to other areas. One day, when he strolls outside the factory, he comes onto a remote area brimming with breathtaking scenery. However, all of a sudden, he hears an odd voice, and then nothing. Whose noise was that? What lies ahead for him? How will the encounter be with Khandahar Waali Mausi?

Pehla Pyaar by Neelesh Misra

Pehla Pyar is the story of an independent, studious Shivangi, whose aim in life is to study hard and become a professor. She lives in a noisy neighbourhood, brought alive through Neelesh Misra’s beautiful description in the story. So, when Shiv introduces himself and wants to be her friend, she is attracted to his honesty, yet she is trapped in emotions whether she wants to accept it or not. As they continue their conversation, the two come closer. When Shivangi’s family leaves the town and the house, will it be the end to their relationship? Watch the first part of this 4-part series here and delve into a world of enchanting stories.

Saanjh Baati by Gargee Vidya

Neelesh Misra, narrates not just his own stories but the ones written by amazing writers from his own mandali. This one is written by Gargee Vidya. It is the story of Ghosh Babu, a teacher, and his interaction with Sangeeta from Darjeeling and how their conversations awaken their long forgottenemotions. Will Ghosh Babu be able to bring happiness in her life by the time it is time to go to Shanti Niketan for celebration of festivals? Find out in this story.

Dastangoi by Mahmud Faruqui and Darain Shahidi

These two brought alive the Rajasthani folktale, Chauboli in typical Dastangoi format during Jashn-e-Rekhta a few years ago. The show has had over 200 shows. It is the story of Princess Chauboli who had wowed to marry a man who could make her talk four times in a single night. Twenty four princes failed to do so and ended up rotting in the dungeons. Thakur, the renowned archer who could shoot 108 arrows through his wife’s nose ring also wanted to try his luck. Will he succeed? The story contains a story within a story within another story, and show funny, sarcastic, bitter and lyrical side of life.

Duniya Nashe Mein Hai by Gaurav Tripathi

This story on Kommune India, a storytelling platform is an incredibly relatable and heartwarming performance by Gaurav Tripathi. It is the story of Gaurav’s mama or maternal uncle who doesn’t own a mobile. Though he owns a pager but has hesitated from other technology. Watch this funny and insightful story about a man who lagged behind when it came to keeping pace with technology. How did he find the answers to deal with this rapid change? Watch this funny story to find out.

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