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A Small Win!

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 in my writing that they’d ask me. Promptly, I said no, giving the excuse that me being single and therefore, no one’s parent (except, of course, the mosquitoes in my room who I regularly fed my blood). To my surprise, they didn’t agree and insisted I write and so I did. Lo, and behold,

Lo, and behold, it got 14,000+ views. Don’t ask me how and why.  I am still figuring that one out.

And a bigger surprise was when it was adjudged one of the top blogs of the month, winning me a Kindle.

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Of course, the win and the prize (I’ve been eyeing a Kindle for some time now) is special but even more special than the prize is the reason for the win. Me, no less than an overgrown kid, is giving parenting advice. Cannot even begin to state how immensely satisfying this was or how much this win means to me. 🙂

Here’s the link to the article. Do read it and tell me what you think of it.

Let’s Be Better People


 

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 Sunday mornings because everyone was glued to their TV screens, watching B.R. Chopra’s Mahabharatha. The title song still remains one of my all-time favourites. 

Lately, mythological fiction has also been a source of not just entertainment but also a change in society. Narratives like Palace of Illusions and now, Yudhishthira – The Unfallen Pandava, shed light on alternate points of view and attempt to answer a pertinent question – What went on in the minds of these characters who transformed the course of History? 

So when I got the opportunity to host an excerpt from Readomania‘s latest release I jumped at it.

Written by Mallar Chatterjee and edited by my favourite Indrani Ganguly, Yudhisthira – The Unfallen Pandava is an ambitious imaginary narrative from Yudhisthira’s perspective. And judging from the below excerpt, it promises to be one hell of a read.   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 books with fellow bibliophiles! I got quite a few great books, like Eat Pray Love, and some brand new releases from Harper Collins (they had sponsored a few books).

I think around the same time I was battling with that Great Book Flood too. I am yet to get through my loot from such events and book sales but since I have lost the battle against these unseen (and very welcome) forces I have decided to give up the fight altogether. Which means the reformed reader in me is now hoarding books like never before!

Soon a time would come where I may not need a new shelf for more books but an entire cupboard. Is it allowed to raid banks only to build bookshelves?

Anyway, I digress. The purpose of this post is to share my excitement over another such book exchange event that’s scheduled for this weekend.

Organised by the same people who had done it last year (Bless their bookish souls!), the added element kicking the fun factor up several notches is that everyone would be having blindfolds on.

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So that means, not just meeting and conversing with strangers, but doing it blindfolded! Talk about shedding inhibitions and not letting prejudices colour your opinions. It sounds scary and exciting at the same time, doesn’t it?

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Blindfolds, pseudo-names, strangers becoming friends and lots of books barter!

Being a staunch advocate for not judging people too soon, and certainly not for their appearances, this event is a must-attend for me. A huge pile of books to exchange has already been set aside. I hope to get some great new reads and meet some great new people. Who knows, the elusive Mr. Perfect may just choose to show up. Wouldn’t that be cool?

If you’re in Delhi on Sunday, June 4th, be sure to look up their Facebook Event page for details and join in.


What are the book events you attend religiously? Are there any such fun events in your city? I would love to know so do tell me.

Why Writing Could Be A Lonely Soul’s Way Of Talking To You

A brilliant post by a friend and fellow writer on her love for writing. Comments disabled here. Head to the original post for the whole article and share some love. Featured in ‘From Around the World‘.

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(Image: Writing in the laps of the Himalaya. At Spiti Valley)

I am not the ‘life’ of any party

I do not have a gang of friends to embark on adventures or make my day to day life seem like a sitcom

I work from home so there isn’t any scope of making work friends, as well

I love reading, writing, a bit of gardening, and spending time with animals…well, umm…also, surfing the internet mindlessly sometimes and feeling like a loser…none of this involves a raging crowd 

The kind of friendship I crave for involves an unconditional presence for each other, a deep bond that transcends time and distance, the absence of judgement, a compatibility of minds and a magical connection of souls. Yes, I might as well ask for an unicorn that would take me to space! 

As a result of all these factors I do not have many people to talk to…

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The Story Behind Cantilevered Tales

For a die-hard Bollywood buff who has watched him entertain in many films, he needs no introduction. He is not just a popular face and name but also a seasoned artist, writer, director, and a renowned film, television and stage actor, Jayant Kripalani.

Now he is all set to entertain us with an upcoming novel – Cantilevered Tales, published by Readomania. A novel that, with its riot of situations and characters, seems to be as entertaining as any film.

So imagine my reaction when I got the opportunity to host him. And what’s more, here he is sharing the story of how and why he turned an author.

Over to him to answer the big question –

Why Jayant Kripalani wrote this book? Continue reading “The Story Behind Cantilevered Tales”

Dreams Are Like Trees

Dream…

Dreams are born, are crushed, are renewed and even stamped into oblivion … daily.

Dreams take birth – a fledgling of an idea,
takes seed in a fertile mind, capable of overcoming the paranoia.

The seed sprouts, grows, takes form of a sapling,
budding into a tree flowering.

Do the saplings always become the trees?
No. Most times, they fall, get crushed, trampled upon, rise again and even uprooted.growth-445283_640.jpg

A freak storm, a petulant child, an errant ball overshooting the boundary line
Nature’s fury or Humanly wrath leaving it trampled, scattered,
lifeless remains left aside in the aftermath of a force it could not withstand.

Whatever be the fate – to shine or perish,
the plant accepts the love and hate.
Uproot it yourself or wait for it to be washed away
Its existence is sure to be erased forever.

The Sun shines again,
The breeze blows again,
The seed germinates again.

A new dawn awakens,
a new beginning promised
And a new dream is born.

Dream… dream away.
Dreams are born, transformed, wont to come true and achieved … daily!

 

 

The Creative Woman’s Dream Journal

For a writer (or any creative person for that matter) it is imperative to carry a notebook at all times. At least that’s what the greats advise. For you never know when brilliance may strike.

Continue reading “The Creative Woman’s Dream Journal”

A Rant Against Anti-Feminists

Every time we, as feminists, talk about women rights, gender equality, and other topics along these lines, we encounter many people who are equally vocal in opposing our ideas with views steeped in ignorance, myopic thinking, and baseless prejudices.

I have been in many situations where I bow out of a disagreement in order to save a relationship, which often leads the person on the other end (usually a man) to mistakenly believe he has won the argument. Most times, I haven’t bothered to correct them, instead seeking satisfaction in the knowledge that I was a bigger person. Often I secretly chuckle at their folly and take sadistic pleasure in letting them make a fool of themselves.

Continue reading “A Rant Against Anti-Feminists”

Victims To Victors: Real Life SHEROES

“Hope. Future. Dreams. Hobbies. Success. These are all words they may struggle to discuss at length about.”

As a friend rightly said, ‘it changes a part of you forever’. Salute the spirit and resilience of these women who are an inspiration on how to overcome the despair and hate and come out victorious.

Meeting them has impacted me greatly. Have you had any such life-changing experiences?

Read the full article here and do share your feedback and views via the comment box below.

Unseen Agra – 5 Off-Beat Places To Visit

6 months of living in Agra ten years ago and then a memorable trip last year weren’t as fulfilling and enriching as this particular trip was.

A travel review assignment thanks to the IndiaisCalling initiative and HolidayIQ  and I was back in the ‘City of Taj’ that had first given me the hands-on experience of working in a hotel. Only this time I was looking at it from the other side – as a tourist. Continue reading “Unseen Agra – 5 Off-Beat Places To Visit”

The Beginning of An End

Last Christmas I gave you my heart

Began a new year and with it a new start

The journey was long and exhausting

Some moments sad, some memories long lasting

A new year cometh again; for the moon, this time, let us dart.
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Written as part of the Limerick Challenge:The End in loving memory of 2015 which brought with some good moments and some terrible ones, some victories and some losses. Here’s wishing everyone a rocking 2017!

When World Affairs Stump and Trump – Satire Around The World

Below is an article that I co-wrote with my friend and co-author in Mock, Stalk & Quarrel – Tanushree Ghosh Dhall – for Huffington Post.


In conflicting and confusing political climates, what becomes vital is having a voice. That is the most privileged avenue we have as humans to help us make sense of anything by understanding each other. To help us dissect and dissent. And that is why stories told are so important – when we hear an alternate point of view directly, as news or opinion, we often confront. But when we read a story, especially a satire – viewpoint shared from another narrative – we stop to digest and are often left with some lingering questions. We either feel validated in what we believe or are forced to question. Continue reading “When World Affairs Stump and Trump – Satire Around The World”

Where Art Thou?

Republished for the purpose of this blogathon that is supported by Woo, The most popular match making app in India with a base of over 3.5 million users.”

Dear Future Husband,

How are you doing? Continue reading “Where Art Thou?”

Satire – A Nuclear Weapon Unleashed!

I have been yakking about this ever since the first announcement was made. And yet, when it is finally happening, I do not know how to share the news with you.

The spaceship had flown over my head and rendered me dumbstruck. Add to that being ‘trumped’ in the USA and rendered ‘cashless’ in India – reasons enough for me to call it a new form of apocalypse. Roland Emmerich only got some minor details wrong. The year is 2016 and the catastrophe is more due to political and economic developments.

My only activity at this time is to stare into space and sing along with Bob Marley.

As I wait for the spaceship to pass, and my euphoria at becoming a published author (soon) to die down, Kirthi Jayakumar – my co-author from Mock, Stalk & Quarrel  – drops in at  Wandering Soul.

While I am speechless at her achievements and still reeling from the fact that she has a blue tick against her Twitter handle and is a TEDx speaker, (more reasons for me to be awestruck) I’ll simply turn to her dedicated Wikipedia page to tell you more about her.

Kirthi is a women rights activist, a peace activist, an artist, a lawyer, and a writer. (PHEW!) She founded The Red Elephant Foundation, an initiative built on storytelling, civilian peace-building, and activism for gender equality. She is the author of Stories of Hope, a collection of short stories; The Dove’s Lament, also a collection of short stories. She is the recipient of the US Presidential Services Medal in 2011 and two United Nations’ Online Volunteering Awards apart from being an active UN Online Volunteer.

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Kirthi Jayakumar speaking at TEDx Chennai

So is the world really coming to an end? YES! (Remember, I am on a mission of not saying NO!)

But fret not! For our saviour is here with her magic weapon. Over to Kirthi nowContinue reading “Satire – A Nuclear Weapon Unleashed!”

One Year …

One Year!blogiversary

One year of leaving what I considered my second home (hotel industry). One year of being unemployed. One year of being penniless. One year of an impromptu decision that I hadn’t given as much as a second’s thought to. It could have been the worst decision I’d ever taken. But instead, thankfully, it turned out to be the best thing that I’d ever done. Continue reading “One Year …”

Why I Didn’t Like Pink

Choice. Consent. Two words that are alien to Men all over the world. Case in point – US presidential candidate Trump. How did he even get there?!
Tradition. Culture. Morals. Good girls don’t step out at night. Good girls don’t party late. Good girls don’t drink.

Pink, a recent movie starring the legendary Amitabh Bachhan and other such brilliant actors, questioned these sexist statements. It showed Indian society and all patriarchial societies across the world a mirror. It questioned the basis of those sexist statements. But did anyone question Pink?

I dared to and wrote about why I didn’t like Pink. Published on Sheroes.in, the full article is here : Why I Didn’t Like Pink.

Do share your feedback and opinions.