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)
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!
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
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!
So why are tenses so important? Why do we need to take care whether the action we are referring to ends with an -ed or -ing? Moreover, what impact does the incorrect tense have at all? The message gets across anyway, right? Wrong! Consider these two sentences: I’m having pizza for lunch. I had pizza for lunch. Without … Continue reading Why Do You Need To Use Correct Tenses?
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
Padmavati, also known as Rani Padmini, was a legendary Rajput queen whose tales of valor and beauty have enamoured people and inspired paeans over the centuries. With the upcoming release (now indefinitely deferred) of Sanjay Leela Bansali’s ambitious cinematic project, also titled Padmavati, interest is at an all-time high. So are the controversies surrounding the … Continue reading Book Review: Padmavati
Some stories need to be told. Must be told. Irrespective of who the narrator is. Luckily for us, Kirthi Jayakumar heeds the advice given to her and pens down the story of Ameenah. Published by Readomania, The Doodler of Dimashq (brilliantly edited by Indrani Ganguly) is one of those novels that will touch the core … Continue reading Book Review: The Doodler of Dimashq
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
What if you could see the future? What if you really could predict events and changed the course of destiny? Yes, I want you to imagine being that person and how it would change you or the people around you. Would you be able to handle the immense responsibility and power that came with this … Continue reading Book Review – The Woman Who Saw the Future
“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