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Three (very) Short Stories by Manto

In general, short stories focus on a self-contained event or mood. They can be quite powerful (although some really aren’t worth the time). (Very) short stories are a further challenge for writers. Here are three excellent examples from the film “Manto”.

The film ( Manto Imdb Link ) chronicles some events in the life of the indo-pakistani writer Saadat Hasan Manto ( Link ). The period is the one that follows the end of British occupation, and the partition of India and the sad events associated with that (Manto was opposed to the partition).

Manto was on trial for 6 times in total for his writings, and this fine film does a great job in depicting the period and the personal/subjective world of the writer.

Manto - the Film

Here are the three very short (but powerful) stories which depict the cruelty of fanaticism and civil wars :

(1) Doublecrossed

“You sold me petrol at black market prices,

but it was so impure that it did not burn a single shop.”

(2) Sorry

“Ripping the belly, the knife slid down slashing the pajamas.

The killer let out a prayer looking at the naked man.

Forgive me, Allah, I made a mistake.”

(3) The Need for Rest

” – He is not dead. There is some life left.
– Forget it, my friend. I’m tired.”


“We’ve been hearing this for some time now — Save India from this, save it from that. The fact is that India needs to be saved from the people who say it should be saved.”


“If you find my stories dirty, the society you are living in is dirty. With my stories, I only expose the truth”.


Stories help us make sense of the world, and are great tools for communication, change, and education. The Stories Page of this website will be dedicated to different graphic novels and short stories, and will be updated regularly (I hope).

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