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
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?
Ever wondered whether you're good at something, and yet gone ahead to do it, and done it so well that you surprised yourself? I know the feeling because it happened to me recently. So, what happened was that a parenting website approached me to write for them. 'Me?' I asked, wondering what did they see … Continue reading A Small Win!
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
2015 was possibly the worst year I had. It was a year of professional and personal setbacks. A year of constant questioning; a futile search for happiness and success at the work front and in the personal space. At the end of it, however, a realization hit me. It wasn’t a sledgehammer that hits you … Continue reading Of Successes and Failures: The Year That Was