New Blogs I Discovered Last Week

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 mandatory activities. As a result of this, I discovered some wonderful new blogs which I absolutely loved spending time on.

Unfortunately, since these blogs are not hosted on WordPress, the Reblog button won’t help. And while they are part of the ‘From Around the World‘ feature I use to feature new blogs, you would have to visit them individually to read their posts. I’m sure you wouldn’t mind doing that. After all, it’s a beautiful day to read new blogs. 😉

So here goes – Continue reading “New Blogs I Discovered Last Week”

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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! 

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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”

Oh heavens, why on earth did I follow that blog?

I have myself unfollowed a few blogs for various reasons. And I’m sure others may have unfollowed me too. Mick explains it perfectly. Comments left enabled here as I am keen to know what you think. But do visit the original blog too. 🙂

Mick Canning

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Every now and again I get unfollowed. And every now and again I unfollow a blog. Is it a big deal? Should it be a big deal?

At first, it can seem hurtful to find that someone has unfollowed you on any sort of social media, but really it shouldn’t be. Somehow, I find that I now follow a huge number of blogs, most of which I love, and I do wish I had more time available to read them more fully and comment on them, but I don’t. This means that every now and again I sacrifice one for the common good.

But, never without good reason.

First up, one thing that does irritate me, is when I visit and read a blog, leave a response – sometimes a quite lengthy one – and never receive any sort of reply. One blog that I initially followed was like this…

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5 Ways to Maintain an Interactive Blog and Create a Fan Base!

Some great tips on blogging. 🙂 Comments disabled here. Head to the original post for the whole article and share some love. Featured in ‘From Around the World‘.

Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR

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A fantastic blog I’ve been reading and enjoying is Rashmi Menon’s Mind And Life Matters and her Beyond Coffee And Words , (coffee is written with Piyusha Vir). Both sites are brilliant and uplifting places to go and spend time.

I recently asked Rashmi to pen a guest blog post (do we “pen” things anymore? “Clicked and clacked the keyboard” has much less of an artistic ring to it) and she graciously obliged. Since her blog is so engaging and personal, I asked her to train her keen eyes on that aspect of her work, and here it is. 

All authors are told to have a platform, and a blog can be an important part of that. If you’re gonna do it, do it right. Rashmi shows you how.

Enjoy.

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You have read the manuals and by now you already know that as a serious…

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One American Girl in India

Great points to read and consider when travelling to India.
No, we aren’t as backward as some of our politicians may make it look like. Yes, you do need to be careful.
Couldn’t have written a better advisory post myself.
So, thank you, Jean, for writing and sharing this – you’re more Indian than ‘foreigner’. 🙂
Shared in ‘From Around the World‘. Comments blocked here. Visit the original post and share some love. Thanks 🙂

Jean Spraker

I am an American woman traveling alone in India. I am not, however, a typical tourist. Before my current stay, I lived for 3 years in Mumbai. During that time, I visited 12 states, primarily in North India, although I made it as far south as Kerala. Since my husband and I left India 2 years ago, I’ve returned to India twice. Both times alone.

I have a deep love and respect for the complexity and diversity of Indian culture (really cultures). I understand how greatly it differs from my own. Even how one part of India differs from another. One reason I decided to stay in Bangalore was to gain a better appreciation for South India as I have spent so much time in the north. Bangalore is as different from Mumbai as LA is from New York.

Today, reports indicated that Mahesh Sharma, the Indian Minister for Tourism…

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What’s your religion?

When you read something and wish you’d written it instead. Featured in ‘From Around the World’. Comments disabled here. Please visit the original blog.

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I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.

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“You go to a temple, yet you hang out with those who don’t. Why? We gotta be united, against them.”

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Things Break

The best thing you’ll probably read this Sunday. Comments disabled here. Please visit the original post and share some love. Thank you for writing this Pam. Loved the stories and the message within them.

Catching My Drift

That’s how the light gets in
That’s how the light gets in
–Leonard Cohen, Anthem

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Sometimes, things break.

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It is her favorite mug, the one with the cherries on it–a thick piece of crockery, sturdy and cheerful.  It came from a local potter who’s recently closed up shop, so there’s that little ping of irreplaceability: This is a piece we will never see made again. It keeps her coffee wonderfully warm.  It is the perfect curved shape to cup with both hands, to spread warmth from palms to soul on days when warming’s needed.

And then she drops it one morning, watches in awful slo-mo as it spirals toward the sink. A big chip flies off the base.  The handle detaches with a sharp, painful crack.

She picks it up.  Oh, this is silly, she thinks, as tears spurt,–silly to mourn for a mug!

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The…

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Haiku Tutorial and Announcement!

Reblogging this because both my sisters did it. So, I had to do it too, just to show solidarity. Also, because he calls himself as Alien. Also, because I’m not a poet. I know what you’re thinking. Nope, still not a poet.
Also, I shall try and participate in this. You should too.
Hai Huku Hai Huku Hai Hai-ku!!

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I rarely ask you to reblog my posts, but today, please do! Why? Coming to that part, it’ll be at the end.

So what a bunch of you might not know is I’m a poet.

You also don’t know that I’m an alien.

But that’s beside the point. So, I won 2nd in a National Poetry contest. Yep! So today, I’m going to a) teach you how to make a Haiku and b) make the announcement that’s worth the reblogs!

So let’s get to it, shall we?

But I can’t rhyme, you say. It’s alright- haikus don’t usually rhyme!

So this first part sounds all complicated, but it isn’t: A haiku is a three line poem that has a syllable pattern. No! Don’t go running!

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Dang it. Stick figure guy is out. But… it’s okay, it’s not that bad.

Line 1- 5 Syllables

Line 2- 7 Syllables

Line 3- 5…

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Why our teens have lost faith in us?

Written by a friend, sharing it here because we so need to read this. Let’s not raise our kids to be top scorers but to be better human beings. Comments closed here. Please visit original post.

My Feelings My Freedom

Lately, I have been quite disturbed by the growing number of suicide cases among children. We read about these cases in newspapers everyday and feel upset for those few minutes but then get back to our routines. Have we ever tried to analyze the reasons for such actions?

Do we realize our responsibility as adults of this society to take steps to stop this act of weakness?

Suicide”- the word itself creates shivers and numbness in our mind.

Then why are the teenagers of this so called sophisticated, modern, independent, solution oriented and technologically advanced society allured into it?

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VOTE NOW! Annual Bloggers Bash Awards NOW OPEN

Bloggers World has been nominated in Best Blogging Services Category. Please cast your valuable vote and help your favorite blogging forum to win.
And as we are a community forum where each of us deserves equal credit; so, Congratulations for the nomination. Now, Go Vote! 🙂
P.S. – also discover some amazing new blogs too.

Sacha Black

VOTE NOWThis is it. The waiting is finally over.

The Bloggers Bash Awards are now open for voting.

We had a HUGE number of nominations, over 350, so thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate.

Voting Closes June 9th at 12pm. The winners will be announced on June 11th at the Bash. If you can’t make it then a winners post will go live at 5:15pm on June 11th.

Choose carefully, you can only vote ONCE per category. There are 10 awards, (so it’s a long post) make sure you vote in them all.

Good luck to all the nominees.

Disclaimer: The committee has done their best to coordinate the nominations and to ensure, where possible, we gave nominees a choice of which category they wanted to be in. Due to time constraints and limited resources this may not have always been possible.

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Invitation for Blogger’s World

Blogger's World!

Blogger’s World is a great platform for bloggers around the world to come together and interact, support and connect with one other. We post topics of discussion, share links to our blog posts, and give and receive feedback on our writing. In addition to that, we also have lots of fun events, writing challenges, stimulating discussions and huge learnings.  A wide variety of features, articles and posts are discussed on a daily basis in the forum making it a lively, entertaining and interactive site.

We even have a very active and buzzing Facebook page where you can sample some of the articles written by our members.

Of course like any other community, it has certain rules and we all abide by them to make it a clean, fun place for everyone.

Active participation is welcome and encouraged, and if you would like to join us just drop in using your…

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How to write a romance novel for Camp Nanowrimo

Questions asked by a new writer, answered by experts. One of them is Summerita Rhayne – winner of various contests of Harlequin and Harper Collins India. Thank you for taking the time to not only visit and read my blog but to also reply patiently, Summerita!

Featured in ‘From Around the World‘. Comments left open for open discussion.

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Piyusha Vir wrote this lovely post about her difficulties in attempting Camp Nanowrimo. For the uninitiated, Camp Nanowrimo is  a virtual writers’ camp where you can set a target and push yourself to achieve it. Piyusha wants to write 10,000 words, but wants to know how to pen a romance novel during Camp Nanowrimo. You can read her list of queries here:
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Piyusha, thanks for tagging me to answer your queries. Since your questions were too numerous to be answered in a simple comment box, here’s my response in the form of a blog post:

Don’t chain together incidents without theme.

A novel is not a running commentary of various incidents. The point of a story is not that protagonist has to get from point A to point B. Well, it can be a useful instrument to form the setting of your story. Eg the hero and the heroine…

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Friends…

Another gem from Feelings161. Dedicating this to a few of my oxygen tanks. Shall be forwarding this individually. Make sure you take a moment to step and thank your loved ones too.
Featured under ‘From Around the World‘. Comments closed here. Please visit original post.

My Feelings My Freedom

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When you are feeling sad and low,

And your hopes have got a blow,

When your mind is gripped with fear,

And your eyes are filled with tears,

When your world seems to end,

All the roads have a bend,

There’s nothing YOU can mend,

All you need is a friend!!!

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Warm Greetings & New Tidings

From the newest ‘Admin’ of Bloggers World (Me): Do drop in and leave a comment if you want to join in the party. 🙂 🙂

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Warm Greetings, Dear Members!

The mantle has been passed on to me and although it is only the responsibility of being the admin of a blogging forum (and not the position of POTUS) I am quite honoured and anxious at this new role. Honoured because this is a great forum and the Admin team before me has done some stupendous work since its inception. Anxious because this is my very first time doing this and I would be learning as I go along.

I take this position quite seriously and would strive to discharge my duties responsibly and as per your expectations. If I falter, please do forgive me after the mandatory rap on the knuckle. 

With that out of the way, here’s a more believable end scenario.


I do hope to take the forum to newer heights from here and request your assistance in this endeavour. As we all…

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8 Helpful tips to improve your blog writing, pronto!

Sane advice for bloggers and writers, alike! Thanks for writing this Phoebe. Featured in  From Around the World. Comments closed here. Please visit original blog.

Little Grey Box

Writing is hard and, unless you’re a total freak, you’re probably not going to be good at absolutely every aspect of blogging. Maybe photography is your strong suit, perhaps you excel at social media and marketing or maybe you’re a natural on camera and kill the Vlogging game. My blogging strength is writing and my weakness is photography, something I’ve had to work really, really hard to improve.

I’ve talked to a lot of bloggers who have said they’re totally comfortable with photography but find the writing aspect of things to be really hard. Today I wanted to share with you some really simple things you can do to improve your writing. I firmly believe anyone can learn to write well and express themselves how they want to and I’m hoping these tips will help you.

1. Keep it simple

Mate, give yourself a break. Not everyone can be Jack…

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The QSM Magazine Issue #3 – The Indian Wedding Special!

Love QSM and I’m sure once you’ve read it, you will too. Do check it out. And also the previous issues. Please share, tweet, reblog and subscribe. Thanks. 🙂

Anand's Parodies & Caricatures.

In the upcoming issue we lose ourselves in the  the biggest, the grandest, the sparkliest, the loudest wedding in the world! Here’s a short definition of this magnificent event.

Indian Wedding – A Definition
The Indian wedding is a fine-tuned but bug-riddled event in which two strangers become life partners; and which when successfully concluded, marks the biggest milestone in the lives of Indian parents. 

Coming Soon!

Subscribe now and win the opportunity to own your own (huh?) pdf copy of the QSM Magazine. 

I’ll let the cover do the talking.

The QSM Magazine - Issue 3 (fourth 4th issue) of India's best humor magazine - read parodies, satire, drama - Indian weddings special

They say don’t judge a book by its cover – but that’s how the story of an Indian wedding begins, by judging someone by his or her picture – and quite often it succeeds. The way it succeeded for Mom and Dad. According to Mom, “You can ride a potholed road together in a bullock cart and not fall in love…

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Wings of Freedom

A brilliant poem that everyone can relate to. Featured under ‘From Around the World.’
Comments are being left open so that you can give feedback generously for this new writer.
Feelings161 you should definitely write more often.

My Feelings My Freedom

                                                Wings of Freedom

Wings of freedom is all I need,

I want to live and not just breathe.

I want to fly high like a bird,

I want to dream, go out of the herd.

Wings of freedom is all I dare,

I want to be cared the way I care.

I want to reach the stars and skies,

I want to abandon the world of lies.

Wings of freedom is all I insist,

I want to flow and not resist.

I want to spread the joy around,

I want to see my world abound.

Wings of freedom is all I ask,

I want to take off this mask.

I want to be happy and sure I will,

With Wings of freedom, I’m sure I will.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s Valentine’s Day and love’s in the air all around. So, personally wishing each and everyone one of my readers and followers a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

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This Valentine’s Day is special to me. Nope, not because I’ve found Mr. Right. No such luck, so far!

But because I have found you. Yes, Dear Reader. YOU!

The below poem is dedicated to each and every one of you. Continue reading “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

Chinese Food and Jeggings

Featured in ‘From Around the World.’ Raises some very valid questions about the appearance-obsessed society we live in. Thank you for writing this, Kalie!

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JeggingsA plan free Saturday shaped up rather well with lunch at our favorite local grocery store – Wegmans, some book shopping, and a delightfully impromptu mall trip.  Lunch consisted of predictable pizza (on Michaels’ part) and Spicy General Tso’s chicken for me.  At the book store, I satisfied a yearning for F. Scott Fitzgerald and Isabelle Allende, while Michael expanded his Deadpool graphic novel collection in preparation for the upcoming movie.  In the same spirit of preparation, Michael called his brother to aid him in his quest for a Deadpool t-shirt, an “essential” item to attend the movie.  I was less than excited by the prospect of looking at Deadpool t-shirts.  That does not, however, mean that I don’t enjoy being at the mall on a Saturday afternoon.  If I can meander through the concourse sniffing out what intrigues me, I’m perfectly content.   I live off a part-time Professor’s salary…

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