There's a common response I get every time someone gets to know I'm a writer. 'I wish to be a writer too. Someday.' (This, and 'I'm a writer too. Only I haven't written it down anywhere. It's all in my head.') Now for all of us, who are real writers, it's offensive to be told … Continue reading So You Wish To Write?
So why are tenses so important? Why do we need to take care whether the action we are referring to ends with an -ed or -ing? Moreover, what impact does the incorrect tense have at all? The message gets across anyway, right? Wrong! Consider these two sentences: I’m having pizza for lunch. I had pizza for lunch. Without … Continue reading Why Do You Need To Use Correct Tenses?
It is common knowledge that any article needs to be readable (meaning well-written and edited) to keep the reader engaged. A badly written article is the first thing that puts a reader off. They may still be able to brave a boring story or a questionable point of view but not bad grammar or punctuation. … Continue reading A New Course for English Language for Creative Writers
Masterchef Australia is one of my favourite shows on television. I don't watch the other editions (Masterchef USA or Masterchef India) but the show with chefs and judges Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris, Matt Preston is one I have followed for a few years now. It's not just an entertaining show but also a great source … Continue reading 7 Things I Learnt About Writing from MasterChef Australia
Padmavati, also known as Rani Padmini, was a legendary Rajput queen whose tales of valor and beauty have enamoured people and inspired paeans over the centuries. With the upcoming release (now indefinitely deferred) of Sanjay Leela Bansali’s ambitious cinematic project, also titled Padmavati, interest is at an all-time high. So are the controversies surrounding the … Continue reading Book Review: Padmavati
Some stories need to be told. Must be told. Irrespective of who the narrator is. Luckily for us, Kirthi Jayakumar heeds the advice given to her and pens down the story of Ameenah. Published by Readomania, The Doodler of Dimashq (brilliantly edited by Indrani Ganguly) is one of those novels that will touch the core … Continue reading Book Review: The Doodler of Dimashq
When I first started this blog, it was only a testing platform for me to gauge my writing skills. I also wanted to use it as a platform to showcase my write-ups as samples, while pitching to prospective clients. I hadn't ever expected the response it got. Neither had I expected the paths it would lead … Continue reading The Road Ahead
What if you could see the future? What if you really could predict events and changed the course of destiny? Yes, I want you to imagine being that person and how it would change you or the people around you. Would you be able to handle the immense responsibility and power that came with this … Continue reading Book Review – The Woman Who Saw the Future
“The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.” - George Bernard Shaw My earliest fondest memories of a garden are from some twenty years ago. This garden, next to a nondescript one-bedroom house in a College staff quarters, was the result of its owner’s relentless hard work, proudly … Continue reading For The Love of Garden
As I approach the exciting 'middle-age' of my life (My birthday is next month. Now would be a great time to send that million-dollar cheque.), I am tempted to reflect back on my past and delve into a bit of introspection too. And inspired by this post, I decided to jot down a list of … Continue reading 35 Learnings Before Turning 35
Anyone who has ever moved homes would know what a painful and yet fun-filled process it is. The process of shifting is as torturous as it can be and yet the adventure and experience of doing up a new home comes with its own share of exciting discoveries and disappointing compromises. Ever since the decision … Continue reading My Room
Dear Me, Or should I say Hey You, You Escaped Alien from Proxima Centauri and Descendant from a Species of Apes that Never Existed, What's Up? Yes, Yes, I know what your answer will be - the sky, the temperature in Delhi, and the pitch of those TV reporters who make a light drizzle sound … Continue reading A Letter to Me
I have been blogging for almost 2 years now, and let me state at the very outset that I am no expert. Want to learn from an expert instead? Read How To Be A Successful Blogger: 6 Best Tips by Aditi Mathur. These are a few tips I've discovered over the past two years and, while … Continue reading The Art of Blogging
I promised. So I deliver. After all, Derek Shepherd said ... Oh well, I can't remember anything he said that fits the situation. Let's just get on with it, shall we? I am taking My Alexa rank to the next level with Blogchatter and we have to read four blogs every day as part of the … Continue reading New Blogs I Discovered Last Week
When I started the My Friend Alexa campaign with Blogchatter, I had little understanding about Alexa ranking, page views, and SEO listings. I had signed up for the campaign expecting it to be replete with difficult tasks described using technical jargon which would go right over my little head, much like the spaceship that hovers … Continue reading The Week Gone By
When I ask myself Why I Write, I also look at the journey I've been on so far. And while it's been less than two years (which in my opinion is very short a time to judge how I've fared), my journey has been extremely rewarding and fulfilling for me. I don't measure my success … Continue reading My Journey with Sheroes
How does it feel to start something only to leave it midway just because you were unable to keep up with the commitment and work it involved? Guilty, and of course, a sense of incompleteness. That's exactly how I felt about ignoring my blog for the past few months as I pursued new interests and opportunities. … Continue reading Why I Write?
Ever wondered whether you're good at something, and yet gone ahead to do it, and done it so well that you surprised yourself? I know the feeling because it happened to me recently. So, what happened was that a parenting website approached me to write for them. 'Me?' I asked, wondering what did they see … Continue reading A Small Win!
Mahabharatha, the second most famous epic of Hindu mythology has entertained, enlightened, and been a source of much thought and discussion for as long as the text has existed. It has been adapted into uncountable films, books, and TV shows. I remember how back in late '80s the streets of the entire country would remain deserted on … Continue reading An Excerpt from Yudhisthira-The Unfallen Pandava
The best part about being in a community of active readers is that you keep getting introduced to new authors and books you didn't previously know about. Early last year, I attended a fun event organised by an innovative start-up, Let's Barter, where I met lots of new people, played some fun games, and exchanged … Continue reading A Godsend for Bibliophiles: Books Barter