I first met Jayant Kripalani at the launch of his novel Cantilevered Tales. He had us all floored with his witty one-liners and quips. I had worked on the marketing for the book before its launch but hadn’t interacted with him directly. When I finally met and, like the rest of the audience, got him to … Continue reading Some Insightful Some Hilarious Conversations – A Chat with Jayant Kripalani
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)
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
“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