When I ask myself Why I Write, I also look at the journey I've been on so far. And while it's been less than two years (which in my opinion is very short a time to judge how I've fared), my journey has been extremely rewarding and fulfilling for me. I don't measure my success … Continue reading My Journey with Sheroes
How does it feel to start something only to leave it midway just because you were unable to keep up with the commitment and work it involved? Guilty, and of course, a sense of incompleteness. That's exactly how I felt about ignoring my blog for the past few months as I pursued new interests and opportunities. … Continue reading Why I Write?
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
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‘.
(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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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 … Continue reading Dreams Are Like Trees
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. I am always on the lookout for that ideal journal or perfect diary to pen my thoughtsand end up spending countless … Continue reading The Creative Woman’s Dream Journal
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 … Continue reading A Rant Against Anti-Feminists
"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 … Continue reading Victims To Victors: Real Life SHEROES
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 … Continue reading Unseen Agra – 5 Off-Beat Places To Visit
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. Written as part of the Limerick Challenge:The End in loving memory of … Continue reading The Beginning of An End
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? I am well and have been searching for you high and low. Where exactly are you hiding? Are you under the … Continue reading Where Art Thou?
Fingers on the keyboard take flight, As I weave words on a page blank and white. Penning down my dreams, hopes, imaginary thoughts, Those moments when I laughed, cry and even fought. So banish those second thoughts; join me to Just Write! Tis ain't the time, I said to me and mine. Some day, one day, I … Continue reading From Yesterday to Today
One Year! 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 … Continue reading One Year …
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. 🙂
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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HIYA! I feel like I've written to you after ages. Even checked the last time when I actually wrote something for the blog. Turns out it was back in early August. Sheesh! *Cue major guilt pangs.* Okay, on to more interesting things. Firstly, let's pop that champagne. I reached the milestone of 500 followers. A … Continue reading Celebrations Galore!
That India is a veritable gold mine when it comes to traditional art forms is not new to us who have grown up with these art forms all around us in some way or the other. Whether it be terracotta sculptures that adorn our gardens or bandhej dupattas that add colour to our wardrobe, we are well … Continue reading 5 DIY Crafts To Learn From National Crafts Museum
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‘.
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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.
You have read the manuals and by now you already know that as a serious…
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Beyond Coffee and Words is now up and running, and we are eagerly waiting for your arrival. Do join us there as we unveil the website and the exciting features that we have lined up for all writers, readers, and bloggers. In the near future, we also plan to have contests, guest bloggers, author meets … Continue reading ‘Beyond Coffee and Words’ is now LIVE!
When I started writing (and blogging), I had certain dreams, of course. But what I hadn’t expected was how close I would be realizing them. I have a story in a soon-to-be-published anthology as well as my almost complete novel. While there’s still work to be done on that, I am excited that it’s nearing … Continue reading The Big News
'Wandering Soul - Conversations with an Alien!' has wandered over to a new address in the virtual world. If you are following the blog already and are seeing this message, you need not do anything about it. If you have bookmarked the blog, there's a little effort that you will have to put in. (Apologies … Continue reading Announcement for Change of Address