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Top 5 short stories to read while Commuting

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As college students, we understand that commuting to and from college is such a hard task. And although we thank the Gods for public transport, we unknowingly end up wasting a lot of our precious time in commuting. Reading is good filler, but if you’re not up for a book-length commitment, here are a few short stories you can read while commuting for longer distances:

The Bet by Anton Chekov

Chekov is a master storyteller and his stories have that quality of making your heart bleed. One cannot read Chekov and be unaffected by his words. The Bet is one of his finest productions, with a clever plot and unbelievable twists.

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

This one if one of the finest pieces of short stories ever written. Poignant and raw in its narration, it will keep you contemplative throughout your ride.

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

This story follows a young woman as she descends into psychosis, becoming obsessed with the pattern and color of the wallpaper. This one will last for your full journey.

A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury

This story documents the devastating consequences of the “butterfly effect.” No wonder it is one of the most published stories.

To build a fire by Jack London

London’s stories revolve around the wilderness, this one being no exception. But, he manages to create a plot that keeps you hooked. Sounds like a great relief from the crowded metro.


Happy reading while to travel!


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Kritika Narula

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With a ginormous appetite for books, she is the kind of person who experiences Book Hangovers way too often. An unabashed fangirl, unbeatable optimist, movie-buff, art-lover, are some of the phrases that define her. In some alternate universe, she feeds on Mac and cheese every living moment. She actually fell in love at first sight: with big words. She can be found sipping coffee in the lawns of IP College, contemplating some quote she read somewhere, when not attending her commerce lectures. Drop her a mail at [email protected]. She’d prefer a tweet @kritika_n_books, though.

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