I have a special affinity for short stories, and especially, ones with female protagonists. Here was an entire collection! The previous such book I had read was Madhulika Liddle’s Woman To Woman (and, interestingly, the friend who had recommended it to me is a part of this collection too.) What’s intriguing about this collection is that … Continue reading Book Review: Escape Velocity
I often remind myself that if my writing makes any difference to even one person and makes them think again or impacts them positively, then I'd consider my writing a success. Recently, though I was surprised and thrilled to note that my writing is deserving of a nomination for the prestigious Orange Flower Awards for … Continue reading Nominated for The Orange Flower Awards 2018: VOTE APPEAL
At a Women Writers' Fest sometime earlier this year, I met this wonderful author and award-winning writer - Kiran Manral - who I admire greatly but had only interacted with on Facebook. Kiran published her first book, The Reluctant Detective, in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date, out which I have (unfortunately!) … Continue reading Writer’s Block – How to Deal With It!
Is the cocoon of safety we build around ourselves really as secure as we think it to be? Are all tragedies a result of an unfair hand dealt by fate? This is the premise of Anurag Anand's latest novel - a crime thriller fiction, To Hell and Back: Not all Tragedies are Orchestrated by Fate, published by Readomania. Reading … Continue reading A Conversation with Anurag Anand
‘New Designs – Brie’s Bikinis . On Racks Now’ Rhia looked at the display board outside the swanky store and stopped short. Her arms were aching from the weight of the shopping bags she was already carrying. Would one more be too many? How would her thrifty husband react at the sight of the many … Continue reading Baby’s Day Out
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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 … Continue reading New Blogs I Discovered Last Week
When I started the My Friend Alexa campaign with Blogchatter, I had little understanding about Alexa ranking, page views, and SEO listings. I had signed up for the campaign expecting it to be replete with difficult tasks described using technical jargon which would go right over my little head, much like the spaceship that hovers … Continue reading The Week Gone By
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?