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What are some great short stories with a twist ending?

Answer by Varun Chakarvarty:

The man with four wives
There was a man with four wives. He loved his fourth wife the most and took a great care of her and gave her the best.

He also loved his third wife and always wanted to show her off to his friends. However, he was always had a fear that she might runaway with some other man.

He loved his second wife too. Whenever he faced some problems, he always turned to his second wife and she would always help him out.

He did not love his first wife, though she loved him deeply, was very loyal to him and took great care of him. One day the man fell very ill and knew that he is going to die soon.

He told himself, "I have four wives with me. I will take one of them along with me when I die to keep company in my death."
Thus, he asked the fourth wife to die along with him and keep company. "No way!" she replied and walked away without another word.
He asked his third wife. She said "Life is so good over here. I'm going to remarry when you die".
He then asked his second wife. She said "I'm Sorry. I can't help you this time around. At the most I can only accompany you till your grave."

By now his heart sank and turned cold.
Then a voice called out: "I'll leave with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go." the man looked up and there was his first wife. She was so skinny, almost like she suffered from malnutrition. Greatly grieved, the man said, "I should have taken much better care of you while I could have!"

Actually, we all have four wives in our lives.

a. The fourth wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it'll leave us when we die.

b. The third wife is our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, they go to others.

c. The second wife is our family and friends. No matter how close they had been there for us when we're alive, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.

d. The first wife is our soul, neglected in our pursuit of material
wealth and pleasure. It is actually the only thing that follows us wherever we go!

What are some great short stories with a twist ending?

What are the most inspiring short stories?

Answer by Lovepreet Singh:

A true story, happened in 1892 at Stanford University:
An 18-year-old student was struggling to pay his fees. He was an orphan, and not knowing where to turn for money, he came up with a bright idea. He and a friend decided to host a musical concert on campus to raise money for their education.
They reached out to the great pianist Ignacy J. Paderewski. His manager demanded a guaranteed fee of $2000 for the piano recital. A deal was struck and the boys began to work to make the concert a success.
The big day arrived. But unfortunately, they had not managed to sell enough tickets. The total collection was only $1600. Disappointed, they went to Paderewski and explained their plight. They gave him the entire $1600, plus a cheque for the balance $400. They promised to honour the cheque at the soonest possible.
“No,” said Paderewski. “This is not acceptable.” He tore up the cheque, returned the $1600 and told the two boys: “Here’s the $1600. Please deduct whatever expenses you have incurred. Keep the money you need for your fees. And just give me whatever is left”. The boys were surprised, and thanked him profusely.
It was a small act of kindness. But it clearly marked out Paderewski as a great human being.
Why should he help two people he did not even know? We all come across situations like these in our lives. And most of us only think “If I help them, what would happen to me?” The truly great people think, “If I don’t help them, what will happen to them?” They don’t do it expecting something in return. They do it because they feel it’s the right thing to do.
Paderewski later went on to become the Prime Minister of Poland. He was a great leader, but unfortunately when the World War began, Poland was ravaged. There were more than 1.5 million people starving in his country, and no money to feed them. Paderewski did not know where to turn for help. He reached out to the US Food and Relief Administration for help.
The head there was a man called Herbert Hoover — who later went on to become the US President. Hoover agreed to help and quickly shipped tons of foodgrains to feed the starving Polish people.
A calamity was averted. Paderewski was relieved. He decided to go across to meet Hoover and personally thank him. When Paderewski began to thank Hoover for his noble gesture, Hoover quickly interjected and said, “You shouldn’t be thanking me Mr. Prime Minister. You may not remember this, but several years ago, you helped two young students go through college. I was one of them.”
The world is a wonderful place. What goes around comes around!

Thanks to Arpit Kubadia for provide the real link of this story. This link proves that the story is not fake. Here's the link – Traveling exhibit showcases Herbert Hoover's humanitarian efforts in Poland

What are the most inspiring short stories?

What are some stories where a person wins losing?

Answer by Anirudh Anupama:

Word Count: 672.
Time to read: 3 min.
“Checkmate” Dada declared, with a smug face.
“No. Not again.” cried Varun.
“Well Beta, I am telling you that you must, and I am sure that you can, play better than this.” Dada patted Varun’s back and assured him.
“The score is ‘3 – 18’ since last month Dada. I doubt if I’ve even got what it takes to win,” muttered Varun in a low voice, “and a more disturbing fact is that, this is my best score with you so far.”
Varun wrapped up the chess board and got up to do his homework.
Dada’s legs had become weak due to an illness. Inspite of that he walked back home after work. This aggravated the pain and he always needed a massage to help him sleep sans disturbance. Varun also used to return from school almost at the same time and it was his duty to massage his Dada’s legs for atleast 30 min before sitting with his homework.
There was a big under-14 chess tournament in Gumnaamganj in the summer vacations and Varun was contending for the same. As he was very serious about the preparations, both father and son decided to play chess during that window of time, when Varun used to do nothing more than massaging his father’s legs.
Dada was an above average player, who could defeat computer in ‘90s. He taught Varun various tactics and strategies, so that Varun’s game could get better. However, Dada was completely ruthless to Varun when it came to winning. He never played any lose move to let Varun win, no celebrations just out of courtesy. This slowly demotivated Varun and made him feel that he was not worthy enough to play the game. When Varun’s mother used to question Dada about this, he would smirk and reply,
“I don’t want to give any false hopes to my son. If he wants to be a professional player, he should be able to defeat an amateur like me many times in a row. Only then can he can be a good player. Until then I will keep on punishing his every wrong move.”
As the tournament approached, Varun got better with his game and now the score with Dada got around ‘7 – 14’ or sometimes even ‘10 – 11’.
The prime motivation for Varun to play the tournament was ‘Nintendo and a huge collection of games with it’, which was going to be given to the winner. It had been long that his craving for the video-game had made a place in him but his parents were not able to buy that for him. When Varun learned about the ‘Nintendo Prize’ he was more than overjoyed, he instantly decided that he would participate to win.
Tournament Day — Final Match: Varun Vs. A Rated Player.
The room was completely packed with spectators, and no one uttered a single word. The banging of pieces and tapping of clocks were the only things that could be heard.
It was the end game now.
After 67 moves, Varun was left only with the king and his opponent was left with the king and a pawn. A stalemate was evident after 2 moves. Varun’s supporters were relieved that he wouldn’t lose the game.
“Wait… What?” all the spectators thought to themselves. Varun had lost the game after he made the next move. The opponent’s pawn progressed to become the queen and it was a checkmate after three moves. No one saw that coming, Varun’s father was in complete shock.
After the match got over, someone tapped Varun’s head gently from behind. When he turned around to see who it was, he saw his Dada smiling at him.
“You were winning the tournament if the game has been a draw with that half point. Why did you make the wrong move purposely?” he asked.
“’Cause just before the final match I learnt that the second prize is a bi-cycle, Dada,” Varun replied with glittering eyes, “you need the cycle more than my want for that stupid game.”

Edit: Peace! (edit suggested by Mythili Kuppuraman)

What are some stories where a person wins losing?

What are some short stories about fathers?

Answer by Amogh Talpallikar:


The door bell rings.

She is back from school. Throws her bag on the ground and rushes to her room. I can tell when she is pissed off.

Her mom seems equally pissed off. She is giving me that look. I call it the why-did-I-marry-you look.

"She saw 'your' painting at the museum. As expected, nobody believed her."

 "Oh…..she must have seen one of the originals."

"Of course and that day is not that far when she will understand what her dad does for a living. "

"She will be proud of me. She will be proud of my art. Proud of the artist in me!"

"Proud of 'your' art ? ", She could not digest what I just said.

"Yes! Art Forgery is an art in itself. World's greatest artists have not been able to replicate their work and I have replicated their work multiple times. It's an art my dear. Now, Let me take care of our daughter!"

I walk up the stairs towards her room.

"How was the visit to the museum, Katie ?", I ask her.

"Pathetic!", she responds.

"What happened, dear..?"

"I saw your painting there. The one you made last year. and the year before it. I told them so…. They said it can't be true. The painting has been there for a long time even before grandpa was born."

"You must have confused it with some other painting!"

"No! I remember! They took your painting and now they are saying it's someone else's. They are liars dad! Liars! All of them."

"Katie… listen to me.. "

"What ??"

"Have your lunch, I will see what they have done and punish them!"


"Jack McDonalds!"


"There are visitors for you.", I hope its her.

It's both of them.

"Katie.. How are you my dear?"

"I am good. Dad.. I want to ask you a question."

"Yes my dear… I have been dying to hear your voice."

"All your art. It Forgery. You have been lying to me all these years. Why ?"

I don't know what to say. I look at her mom. She is looking away and I can't look my daughter in the eye.

"No…. See .. I did all of it .. for us to have a better life… for the family, for us… for you "

"For me ? For the family… for a better life? Good Job Dad…. Look what has happened to our family. and what you do, …It's called theft. For all I know, my dad is a thug. A con. A thief. Something I will have to deal with rest of my life ….",

She is crying. That's not good. Not at all.

"it's not that bad a thing.. I can explain….See… It's an art….World's greatest artists…. ",

"Not worth it Dad. Your explanation. It's not worth it….

True art has someone's emotions woven into it.. every stroke of the brush.. every colour has it. There are dreams in it. There are thoughts in it. It's not an art if it lacks that. What you make are just copies. That doesn't make you an artist. That is theft. Pure theft. I just came here to say.. we will probably never see each other again.. I still love you… Good Bye! Let's go mom.."

There are tears in her eyes. I will probably drown in them. I will die.

"Katie! …. Lisa! … ", They are walking away. Lisa turns around and walks towards me. Now she has that what I call, I-should-have-never-married-you-look.

"I have filed for a divorce. Once I am done with it. We are leaving this place. Where we are going, is none of your business…It was nice…Jack…"


So many people at a press conference. I am not used to seeing so many people at once for a long time now.

"Sir.. that painting.. of yours … "The tears that drowned me", the first one that you created while you were in the prison. Why is it off the auction ? When there are so many billionaires raring to go for it."

"I sell my artwork for money. This one. That's close to my heart. This is the one that inspired the artist inside me. If I sell it, I will be killing off the artist in me."

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What are some short stories about fathers?

What are some facts about India that Indians are generally unaware of?

Answer by Tirth Patel:

सौराष्ट्रदेशे वसुधावकाशे ज्योतिर्मयं चन्द्रकलावर्तसं…
भक्तिप्रदानाय कृतावतारं तं सोमनाथं शरणं प्रपध्ये.
I am an ardent follower of भगवान सोमनाथ-Bhagwan Somnath and a big fan of everything related to Somnath whether it is its location or history or anything.
I have visited Somnath just a day before and am glad to write about it here.
Some fascinating facts about Somnath temple :
1 .  It is First among the 12 आदिज्योतिर्लिङ्गाः- Aadi Jyotirlings of India.
2 . Location :
Somnath temple is located at unique location.There is one pole called  बाणस्तंभ् (Arrow Pole ) located in the campus of temple on which there is the globe of earth and the arrow piercing it.On the Pole it is inscribed that
आसमुद्रान्त दक्षिन्ध्रुवपर्यन्त अबाधित ज्योतिर्मार्ग
You know what it means ? If you start travelling from Somnath Temple towards South in sea,you will not meet any land until you reach the South Pole aka Antarctica.The nearest land towards South Pole is about 9936 km. away.
See the path on a pretty detailed world map :
Isn't this fascinating? This is a wonderful indicator of the ancient Indian wisdom of geography and strategic location of the Jyotirling.I mean at that time when world was merely learning how to survive,our ancestors had found unique location for their beloved Lord Somnath.
3 . History of Temple :
The Somnath temple has a long history attached to it.
पौराणिक-Pauranic traditions maintain that Moon had built a golden temple, followed by a silver temple by Ravana, Bhagvan Shree Krishna is believed to have built Somnath temple with Sandalwood.
The first temple of Somnath is believed to have existed before the christian era.
The second temple was built by the Maitraka Kings of Vallabhi in Gujarat. The Pratihara King- Nagabhata II constructed the third temple. The fourth temple was built by the Paramara King Bhoj of Malwa and the Solanki King. Kumarpal built the fifth temple and was again destroyed by Mughal emperor Aurangazeb. The present temple is the seventh temple and has been rebuilt and taken care by Shree Somnath trust.
4 . Legend :
Ancient Indian traditions maintain a close relationship of Somnath with release of Chandra (Moon God) from the curse of his father-in-law Daksha Prajapati. Moon was married to Twenty-Seven daughters of Daksha. However, he favoured Rohini and neglected other queens. The aggrieved Daksha cursed Moon and the Moon lost power of light. With the advice of Prajapita Brahma, Moon arrived at the Prabhas Teerth and worshipped Bhagvan Shiva. Pleased with the great penance and devotion of Moon, Bhagvan Shiva blessed him and relieved him from the curse of darkness.
5 . According to classical texts:
महाभारत-In Mahabharata it is mentioned that when Arjuna was on his solitary exile, he visited Somnath at the end of his exile and then went to Dwarika and married(actually kidnapped first and then married-after all that was the plan of the greatest ever strategist of the world-Lord Krishna ) Subhadra,sister of Krishna.
The research based on ancient Indian classical texts show that first Somnath Jyotirling Pran-Pratistha was done on the auspicious third day of brighter half of Shravan month during the tenth Treta yug of Vaivswat Manvantar. Swami Shri Gajananand Saraswatiji, Chairman of Shrimad Aadhya Jagadguru Shankaracharya Vedic Shodh Sansthan, Varanasi suggested that the said first temple was built 7,99,25,105 years ago as derived from the traditions of Prabhas Khand of Skand Puran.
6 . शिवलिङ्गः The Linga :
It is believed that the ShivLinga placed in the sanctum sanctorum -GarbhaGriha) of the temple actually freely levitated in air without any support.
Following is the explanation given for this property :
Mythology – The Shiva linga in the temple was believed to safely hide within its hollowness the famous स्यमन्तक मणि– Syamantak Mani, the Philosopher's stone associated with Sun god and Lord Krishna. It was a magical stone, capable of producing about 80 gms. of gold daily.
It had Alchemic and Radioactive properties. It could create a force field around itself that kept the linga floating above ground. The Linga was kept under cover of BelPatras– Aegle marmelos– to prevent the dangerous effects of its radio protective properties.
My explanation – I think that the Linga was a kind of miniature Nuclear Reactor which created some sort of Force field around it,enough to stably levitate it above ground.
Compare :
Believe it or not,but this is the account of Zakariya Al Quazwini giving description of Mahmud Ghazni's encounter with the Linga :
“When the king asked his companions what they had to say about the marvel of the idol, and of its staying in the air without prop or support,several maintained that it was upheld by some hidden support. The king directed a person to go and feel all around and above and below it with a spear, which he did, but met with no obstacle. One of the attendants then stated his opinion that the canopy was made of loadstone, and the idol of iron, and that the ingenious builder had skillfully contrived that the magnet should not exercise a greater force on anyone side-hence the idol was suspended in the middle. Some coincided, others differed. Permission was obtained from the Sultan to remove some stones from the top of the canopy to settle the point. When two stones were removed from the summit the idol swerved on one side, when more were taken away it inclined still further, until at last it rested on the ground.
7 . Grandeur and magnificence in past :
In the time of eclipses, from 200,000 to 300,000 worshipers used to frequent this temple, and that the different princes of Hindustan had bestowed in all 2000 villages, the revenues of which were applied to maintain its priests. This revenue was independent of other costly presents received from all parts of the empire.
It was customary, also, for those idolaters to wash Somnath twice daily with fresh water from the Ganges, though that river is above 1000 miles distant.
Among the spoils of the temple was a chain of gold, weighing 200 “muns” (equals 105 lbs.), which hung from the top of the building by a ring; it supported a great bell, which called the people to worship.
Besides 2000 Brahmins, who officiated as priests, their belonged to the temple 500 dancing women (देवदासी), 300 musicians, and 300 barbers to shave the devotees before being admitted to the sanctum; and it was even usual for the princes of Hindustan sometimes to devote their daughters to the service of the temple.
The King of Ghazni found in this temple a greater quantity of jewels and gold than it is thought any royal treasury ever contained before.
In the Zeinool-Maasir, it is related that there were no lights in the temple, except one pendent lamp, which, being reflected from the jewels, spread a bright gleam over the whole edifice. Besides the great idol above mentioned, there were in the temple some thousands of small images, wrought in gold and silver, of various shapes and dimensions.
8 . Secondary Temple :
Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore had constructed the secondary temple (called Ahalyabai temple) during 1782 which helped to maintain the legacy and continuity of various rituals (पूजा परंपरा-Pooja Parampara) when original temple was at risk or invaded during the hostile political conditions.
9. The tale of the Gates ! :
Chapter 1 :
In 1782-83 AD, Maratha king Mahadaji Shinde, victoriously brought the Three Silver Gates from Lahore after defeating Muhammad Shah of Lahore. After refusal from Pundits of Guzrath and the then ruler Gaekwad to put them back on Somnath temple, these silver gates were placed in the temples of Ujjain. Today they can be seen in two temples of India, Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga and Gopal Mandir of Ujjain.
Chapter 2 :
In 1842, Edward Law, 1st Earl of Ellenborough issued his famous Proclamation of the Gates, in which he ordered the British army in Afghanistan to return via Ghazni and bring back to India the sandalwood gates from the tomb of Mahmud of Ghazni in Ghazni, Afghanistan. These were believed to have been taken by Mahmud from Somnath. There was a debate in the House of Commons in London in 1843 on the question of the gates of the Somanatha temple. After much crossfire between the British Government and the opposition, the gates were uprooted and brought back in triumph. But on arrival, they were found to be replicas of the original.They were placed in a store-room in the Agra Fort where they still lie to the present day.
In the 19th century novel The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, the diamond of the title is presumed to have been stolen from the temple at Somnath and, according to the historian Romila Thapar, reflects the interest aroused in Britain by the gates.
10 . Legacy of Traditions :
Only a Sompura Brahman can become a priest in Somnath temple.And NO one except the priests serving since ages from generations to generations are allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum of temple..
In his recent visit,President of India-Pranav Mukharji offered his prayers ,of course from outside !
Also,according to latest rule – Non Hindus have to take permission from temple authorities before entering the temple.
11 . प्रभासक्षेत्र -Prabhas Kshetra –The place of significance :
Other than the Jyotirling itself,this place has many locations of equal significance ,if not more.
a .त्रिवेणी संगम Triveni Sangam :
The holy confluence of three river Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati (हिरन -कपिला-सरस्वती)and their sangam with ocean is very sacred moksha tirtha for Hindus.
b . बाणगन्गातीर्थ् – Banganga Tirth :
It is the location from where the hunter shot the arrow on Loard Krishna which ultimately caused his death.
Here one of the most rare Shivlingas of India is located-The shivlinga on the coast of sea,being hailed by sea now and then through his waters.
c .भालकातीर्थ् – Bhalkatirth :
It is the place where Lord Krishna was hit by an arrow shot by a hunter named Jara, after which he is said to have left the earth for the heavenly abode.
d . श्री गोलकधाम तीर्थ् – Shri Golakdham Tirth :
Is located on the banks of Hiran at a distance of 1.5 km from Somnath temple.
Bhagvan Shree Krishna took his divine journey to Neejdham from this sacred soil. Rich accounts of the divined श्रीकृष्ण निजधाम प्रस्थान लीला -Shree Krishna Neejdham Prasthan Leela are maintained by the authentic traditions of Mahabhart, Shrimad Bhagwat, and Vishnu Puran etc.
e . Somnath Railway Station :
Even the railway station of Somnath is unique in two ways.
1 . It has unique temple styled design
2. It is one of the few railway stations of India where the rail track ends others being Chennai Central,Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus etc.
12 . Recent Past :
Ruins of Somnath in 1907
Post Independence,Sardar Patel visited Saurashtra on the occasion of taking over the Junagadh and ordered the renovation of the temple.
When Patel, K. M. Munshi and other leaders of the Congress went to Gandhiji with their proposal to reconstruct the Somnath temple, Gandhi blessed the move, but suggested that the funds for the construction should be collected from the public and the temple should not be funded by the state.
Thus,the current Somnath temple was wholly constructed by the funding from public,without taking even a rupee's grant from government !
One more thing,there was a mosque present at the location of temple.The ruins were pulled down in October 1950 and the mosque present at that site was shifted few kilometres away.
Isn't this epic ??  I mean just compare this with the current Ayodhya Ram Mandir Issue and you will realize !
Btw,the new temple and its premises was developed under direct supervision of K M Munshi ,the same person who wrote Jai Somnath (Bhavan's Book University)  (Jai Somnath )
13 . Architecture of the present temple :
The seventh existing temple is built in the कैलास महामेरु प्रासाद – Kailas Mahameru Prasad style.(As a replica of Meru Parvat-the centre of Universe according to Hindu Mythology)
The temple is consisting of Garbhgruh(sanctum sanctorum) , Sabhamandap and Nrityamandap with a 150 feet high Shikhar. The Kalash at the top of the Shikhar weighs 10 tons and the Dhwajdand is 27 feet tall and 1 foot in circumference.
14 . The Somnath Temple Trust :
I just want to mention the names of some of the Trustees of Somnath Temple trust,that will be more than enough !
a . Narendra Modi, Ex CM of Gujarat,Current PM of India
b. L K Adwani, Ex Home Minister of India,Senior politician and BJP leader
c. Keshubhai Patel, Ex CM of Gujarat,very senior and respected politician of Gujarat
d. P K Laheri,Once powerful IAS,Ex Chief Secretary of Gujarat State.
So friends,I have taken almost 7 hours to research and write the above answer.Hope you gained something after reading it.
जय सोमनाथ

What are some facts about India that Indians are generally unaware of?