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So You Wish To Write?

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?

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Why Do You Need To Use Correct Tenses?

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?

A New Course for English Language for Creative Writers

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

7 Things I Learnt About Writing from MasterChef Australia

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

Book Review: Padmavati

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

Book Review: The Doodler of Dimashq

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

An Excerpt from Yudhisthira-The Unfallen Pandava

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

A Godsend for Bibliophiles: Books Barter

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