I have a childhood connection to cycling. It’s not something I consider to be just a sport. It’s a reward. It’s not exercise, it’s fun. And, now as an adult, every time someone mentions cycling, it brings back some very fond memories of my childhood. My affair with cycling began in the fourth standard when after … Continue reading Book Review: Kailash Manasarovar
Ten days to go for April 1. Ten days to go for Blogging A2Z Challenge to begin. Also, ten days to go for Camp NaNoWriMo, since I foolishly decided to participate in both. I'm already feeling the heat. The other participants have already begun to put up posts with the theme reveal, and here I … Continue reading April Double Attack – A2Z and Camp NaNoWriMo
I received the book Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa (along with another book by the same author- The Blue Between Sky and Water) as a birthday gift from Kirthi Jayakumar, author of The Doodler of Dimashq. Because I had loved The Doodler of Dimashq, Kirthi thought I may enjoy this book too. Thank you, Kirthi, for … Continue reading Book Review: Mornings in Jenin
I recently received a WhatsApp forward similar to the image below. The person in question being an ex-boss who I highly respect and consider to be a feminist for the way he has treated me during the time we were working together. 'Write about this,' he urged. At first, I was taken aback at reading … Continue reading The Day After Women’s Day – Featured Article on WomensWeb
Not Anymore. I'm not cowering in fear, not anymore. I'm not shedding a tear, not anymore. You can try But I shan't cry. You can scream, It's nothing but a bad dream. I shall wake up, Emerge stronger, For I'm not meek. This is me. My story. And it will always be about me. I hold … Continue reading Not Anymore (A Women’s Day Poem)
When I got to know about a book titled 'Status Single' written by a popular and well-respected author in Indian literary circles, I knew I had to read it by all means. Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to review it for WomensWeb, and a copy found its way to me. To say I loved the … Continue reading Book Review: Status Single
I feel like I'll burst with happiness and excitement. Today was a big day for the writer in me. I just got promoted to being an author. My debut book - Just Another Day, a collection of 3 short stories, published by Readomania - was launched as an eBook on Kindle today. The book is … Continue reading Why I Feel My Heart Would Burst!
The first time I came in contact with what I now call my ‘Sheroes gang’ was at a bootcamp in Delhi. The SHEROES bootcamp was instrumental in giving me confidence that the transition from a high-paying hotel career to writing would work out fine. I met women who were working from home, and some who … Continue reading Product Review: Sheroes App
Watching B.R. Chopra’s Mahabharata is a fond memory of my growing up years. The title song was my favourite part of the serial for it also aptly captured the essence of the epic. Every time the voice crooned, 'Bharat ki hai kahani sadiyo se hai puraani; Yah gyan ki hai ye ganga rishiyo ki amarbaani,' I … Continue reading Why I Loved Yudhisthira- The Unfallen Pandava by Mallar Chatterjee
So it happened. It finally happened. It had to happen no, considering how it has been twenty-plus years since I rode a bicycle. If you haven't yet guessed it, let me spell it out for you - I fell. Yes, I fell off my bike. It was inevitable. The one thing you fear the most … Continue reading Pride Comes After A Fall
Set during the communal rights that followed the Babri Masjid demolition, Sadiqa Peerbhoy’s House of Discord, published by Readomania, is the story of a dysfunctional family living in Bombay and explores the impact of the violence and hatred that erupts around them. I've read (Here's what I thought of it) House of Discord and was absolutely thrilled … Continue reading A Tete-a-tete with Sadiqa Peerbhoy
Failure – they say if you’ve not failed at least a zillion things, you’ve not truly lived. I have – failed at many things, that is. But it doesn’t feel like I’ve lived a rich life. Instead, it feels more like how miserable and pathetic my existence is. It feels as if no matter what … Continue reading Failure Repeats Itself
Karin, a wannabe writer, and Aksh, a celebrated author meet unexpectedly and oblivious to what’s at stake begin to revel in their own cocoon of blissful existence. What follows next is an unforgettable book by Alisha Priti Kripalani, published by Readomania. Blurb: Out with Lanterns is not just a story about love. It is … Continue reading Book Review: Out with Lanterns
Religion has always created a divide amongst Indians that love and humanity can never fill up. Rationality, what’s what? The Babri Masjid demolition is seared in Indian history as one of the most devastating events that caused largescale destruction and deaths, an incident that sparked subsequent tragedies and terrorist activities. But Bombay, as it was … Continue reading Book Review: House of Discord
When you hear the word Elixir, it immediately conjures up the image of vial containing some magical life-saving potion that will rejuvenate and warm up the soul of the most lifeless. Elixir by Sinjini Sengupta, published by Readomania, is a life-saving potion for the reader’s soul. Blurb: Where does our mind go, when we fall … Continue reading Book Review: Elixir
During my growing up years, we used to live in the staff accommodation of the college where my mother was a lecturer. There were quite a few families there, and all of us were a closely-knit unit. We celebrated many birthdays, festivals, and family celebrations together. Right behind our block of buildings, within the college campus was … Continue reading Riding Away Into the Sunset!
I wrote! I wrote after a loooong time. I've been writing yes - blog posts, book reviews, website articles. I've been regularly doing all of that. I've been working on my manuscript - a romance. And I finished it too! A mad plunge into the unknown that started in April 2016 and culminated in November … Continue reading Homecoming – Re-Return to Writing!
First things first, 2016 was the year of discovery. I realized I could officially call myself a writer. I reached a record number of views on my blog. From being a blogger and freelance writer, I became part of an anthology - Mock, Stalk and Quarrel. The spate of successes continued in 2017. I … Continue reading 2018 is Here!
I read 37 books this year! This is a surprise even to me because I consider myself a very lazy/slow reader. It isn't a false claim considering there are people who've read upwards of 100 books. I hope to reach that number someday. Maybe in another lifetime. For this past year though, I am happy … Continue reading The Reading Report Card of 2017
A story about a married couple who discover the journey to being happily married isn't as obstacle-free as originally imagined. Blurb: Caution: Marriage Ahead ... Yashodhara, a quick-tempered gal from the big city, is hitched to Vijay, a laidback desi boy from a small town - in one word, trouble! The young couple must learn to … Continue reading Book Review: Just Married, Please Excuse