Under The Banyan Tree by R.K. Narayan
This is a short story collection by the South-Indian writer R. K. Narayan (you can find more of my reviews of his works here).
The stories vary in length from a couple to more than twenty pages. They all have great characters in quite fascinating situations – in one you can find an old man looking out for his two goats by a clay statue meeting an American who wants to buy the statue – of course neither speaks the others’ language so the end result is quite funny. In this collection there is also a story of Swami that is also in “Swami and Friends”, but that was the only one that I had read before.
The stories are perfect length for a short reading brake and they leave you thinking of the characters.