Monday, September 15, 2014

Just Write!


Writing. You need to be head over heels in love with this art to experience the calmness it brings into your lives.

It’s a way of life you know?

And if you do then just write.

Transform songs and tales of your heart into words that outlive you.

But write only what you wish to. As Barbara Kingsolver said ‘Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.’

Write to mirror your soul, very few things are as liberating.

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This post is for Write Tribe's 100 Words on Saturday Prompt.

I'm a Write Tribe Pro Blogger wherein I plan to post daily throughout the year or as long as circumstances permit me :). I'm also part of Ultra Blog Challenge.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Some Reflections and a Positive Affirmation


Oh what joy! Sunday is finally here. I can almost smell the sweet scent of relaxation laced with mischievous tinges of joy. Can’t you?

After an entire week running around ticking chores off the to-do list don’t you think we deserve not one but at least two Sundays a week? Some food for thought eh? I’m sure most of you agree. And those who don’t, well why don’t you folks think about it over a cup of coffee, glass of wine or a mug of beer perhaps? Whichever suits you! Just sit on that easy chair and think where you’d rather be, this chair or at office. And wallah we’ll have you on our side in no time. That’s a given!

A couple of days back I was going through some inspirational quotes on Pinterest where I found this one.

Take time to do what makes your soul happy’

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Such a simple sentence but one that makes so much sense, doesn’t it? Think about it for a moment.

In this huge rush we choose to call life, do you know what we neglect the most? Take a guess.

Ourselves!

Yes, it’s true you know. We end up chasing after so many things that we forget to ask ourselves if we are indeed happy. Instead of living a life, we end up living through a routine. Makes sense? But then there are also those who only do what makes their hearts twirl with joy. Lucky characters I must say. But they, my friend, are the ones who truly know how to be happy.

I’m guilty of neglecting myself from time to time. I do try though. But everything else takes over just like a city being run over by enemy forces. Office, the worn out rhetoric of working hard, doing well, taking care of home, loved ones, kitchen, cooking, saving for the future and what not. It just swallows you up in an avalanche of responsibilities. And before you even notice that soul of yours cries silently every night in a cold corner of your heart buried under what you call obligations.

Have you ever thought why children are the happiest? They seem to have no care of the brutal world. In fact, theirs is truly the world of dreams. Do you know why? No. not because they are children silly. Tsk tsk. It is because they aren’t afraid to follow their hearts. They err, are scolded. They cry but they still follow their hearts.

Sometimes, well actually most of the times, I wish that I could go back to the spring of my life. Become a child again so to speak. But life doesn’t have the reverse gear, does it? Nevertheless have you ever wondered why it is so hard listening to our hearts once we become the so called ‘responsible adults’? Why are we so petrified of letting our hearts take over? Isn’t the heart right in more ways than one most of the time?

Well enough said. From now on I’ve decide to make this quote my mantra in life. Yes, amongst many other mantras. Of-course I’ll take it one day at a time. Let’s see how much I’m able to follow it. I wouldn’t know if I didn’t try, would I?

In this context I thought I’d share with you some of the things that make me happy. Some of the things that I plan to take time out for no matter how busy the day gets. You know how much ever is humanly possible. Then you can share your list too. How does that sound? Good?

Alright then.

Reading. Fiction. Yes, these are the words that give me a different high altogether. One that I just cannot put into words.

Writing or Blogging. I think a lot of the positivity in my life comes from my blog. I smile from ear to ear every time I’m able to write to my heart’s content.

Eating in a restaurant. A quirk I know! But I just love trying different cuisines. And since I hate cooking this works out best for me.

Listening to music. I think we all enjoy music, don’t we? It’s relaxing and who doesn’t like being relaxed eh?

Dancing. Yes. But when no one is looking. When I'm alone at home I turn on the music and dance like I'm the best dancer in the world. You have no idea how happy that makes me.


Now tell me what brings happiness to you, to your soul. Singing, Dancing, Painting, Cooking, Reading or Writing. Tell me. Tell me! 

Go on I’m waiting J
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Book Review: Pyar aur Poetry


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Title: Pyar Aur Poetry


Author: Roopa Menon

Rating: 3/5

About the Author (From Indireads):

Roopa Menon grew up in Kerala and migrated to Amchi, Mumbai at the age of ten. Her love for reading was kindled by her grandfather’s library where she passed countless hours poring over a variety of musty smelling, dog-eared books. She believes in learning from the best; the likes of Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy, and J. K. Rowling have inspired her to write, and work hard at the craft. A published writer, Roopa’s short stories and poems can be found in Femina, Asian Age, Skyline publications, sulekha.com and sawf.com.

With a masters’ degree in English literature and a diploma in journalism, she has worked as a reporter and sub-editor with newspapers such as The Times of India and Mid-day Metro, followed by a stint as a copy-editor in a UK-based publishing house, Routledge India.

When she is not wrestling with the nitty-gritties of life, this self-confessed Sylvia Plath addict also loves watching movies, going for long walks and dabbling in tarot card reading. Currently she lives in Dubai with her husband working as a copywriter. You can contact her at roopa.raveendran@hotmail.com

Publisher:

Indireads was started with the aim to revolutionizing the popular fiction genre in South Asia. With edgy, contemporary and compelling fiction by new writers and its digital-only publishing model, Indireads is breaking new ground in terms of the reading experience and giving voice to new writing talent.


Twitter: @indireads

Indireads Official Blog: www.indireads.com/indiwords

Book Blurb (From Indireads):

College beauty Arundhati Basu would rather stick her head in the proverbial oven than host this year’s Founder’s Day event with tongue-tied nerd, Nikhil Menon. Compared to the brilliant but elusive poet, D. G. Beckett, Nikhil is a green toad.

As Arundhati gets to know him, however, she finds herself oddly drawn to the shy geek, and he, in turn, grows in confidence as he spends more time with her. His hopes for a lasting relationship with Arundhati seemed to be within his reach.

If only she could forget D. G. Beckett!

Now for my view:

Reading novels, or in this case novellas, is a great way to begin Mondays. Of-course it’s not possible to do it every day. But sometimes things do work out in support of that. Like suddenly all applications remain inaccessible for over a week and continue to be so when you walk into office the week after that. Well alright not so suddenly. Though odds in favor of this happening are not always high but still these things do happen sometimes.

As you might have guessed by now it did happen to me (and I’m thankful for it because who doesn't want a break!). And ‘Pyar Aur Poetry’ is what I finished reading thanks to this extended lucky coincidence this Monday morning.

A west meets east story covering the realms of literature and romance. That’s ‘Pyar Aur Poetry’ for you. Arundhati and Nikhil, the protagonists of this tale, are so different yet so similar to each other with literature being their first love. But while Arundhati is only captivated by western writers Nikhil appreciates the Indian writers as well. They meet in college and get to know each other better when they are forced to work together for their institution’s Founder’s Day program. Nikhil who is already head over heels in love with Arundhati takes this opportunity to win over her. And his efforts seem to work. But the only thing or rather person that comes in their way is D. G. Beckett. Who is he and why is her a concern to both? Well, that my friend you will find in the book.

The author spoke to me through Arundhati’s love of English literature. I don’t know if that’s how she feels bur for some reason I felt the author was baring her heart out through those lines about authors and their works. So much depth and knowledge on the subject the story revolves around definitely is a plus.

The plot too had a nice real touch to it. And I liked the fact that Arundhati and Nikhil’s saga is not just another college love story. Yes, there were some clichés but then who doesn't love clichés. I think every love story should have some.

There’s one thing though. Somehow I felt that there were layers to this tale which were left unexplored. But as always I think the author knows best about his or her story. Here too I think Roopa has told the story she intended to and I for one had a nice time reading it. I always wanted to know what would happen next. And thus ‘Pyar Aur Poetry’ is definitely worth a read.

And if you decide to pick it up then click here.

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