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Musings: Oh, 2015!

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Dear 2015, 
You were possibly one of the best years of my life. I don't know if I'll ever be able to tell you in words how much I love you. 
Let me tell you 10 Reasons as to why I have loved you so much. 
1. The Rajasthan Trip 

2. The Mumbai Trip

Meeting Akanksha after eight long years in Mumbai. 

3. Treading the waters for Self-Publishing 



4. Completing MPhil thesis on time and submitting it too. 

5. Getting featured in Times of India 
6. When Our Worlds Collide - the second work of fiction being recognized :)) 

6. Playing Secret Santa with Bibliobibulis 
7. Meeting some very amazing people too (look, you know who you are.) 
8. Not where I want to be, but so very glad I am not where I used to be. 
9. My life finally feels like it's headed in the right direction. 
10. I am still very much me. The essence of 'Aniesha' will never go away. I'll always try to retain what makes me, me. No matter how much I change...
Here's hoping 2016 is going to be as full of joy as 2015.…

Musing: Year End Resolutions

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Today is the second last day of 2015 and guess what...I still have 10 things that I need to do before I run of time. And as ridiculous as every single one the items are on the list I had my own reasons for penning them down: 
(Don't judge me.)

I'm pretty sure the last one is going to make you all go, "Whaaaaaa------???" But before all your brains begin to device and concoct theories which in reality make zero sense, let me explain it. 
The love letter is for myself. I intend to write a love letter for my future self. You're probably going to roll your eyes at this statement and say, "Ha ha! Don't lie to us, Aniesha." The only response I have to that is, "I'm not going to waste my time explaining this to you. Moving on." 
But in case you guys want to do this, it's called writing a love letter to yourself. I know it sounds weird and borderline insane, but it's a really good idea to write about all the good things about yourself,…

#Ask Aniesha: When Our Worlds Collide

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I had asked the readers of When Our Worlds Collide that they could ask me questions on twitter, with the hashtags #AskAniesha and #WOWC.


Here are your answers!!! 
@sachinprabhu007 asked: (Sachin)
Do you have a travel diary like Zayn? 
Answer: No, I don't. But I do know someone who does. :))

What inspired you to write this book?
Answer: I wrote it to help myself think a little clearly about things. I was living vicariously through Akriti. 
What was the most difficult phase that you faced while writing this book?
Answer: The scenes with Akriti's dad. It used to leave me emotionally drained. It's not a nice thing, fighting with one's parents: even fictional. 
What are the themes you would most like to write about in future?
Answer: I want to write about deeper things than just romance. I want to explore things like drug abuse, depression, and bullying etc, with of course a little bit of romance. 
@sudeshnat93 asked: (Sudeshna)
Are you hopeful that guys like Ayoub exist? 
Answer…

An Excerpt From When Our Worlds Collide: Akriti Meets Zayn

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The tinkling of the bell that hung over the café’s door made me look involuntarily at it. A young couple had come in who appeared to be deep in conversation with each other. Both of them had a vague kind of familiarity. I had a sneaking suspicion that I had seen them somewhere. As they approached the counter where I was standing, the girl tossed her head and her eyes met mine. For a minute, I saw the same confusion swim in her eyes. Then her face broke into a wide smile.
“Akriti?” she asked.
“Yes,” I said, slowly.
“Oh my God!” she shrieked, “It really is you! After you left school, I think we spoke over the social networking sites at least once or twice. I had a feeling I might find you in Kolkata.”
Then it hit me. “Nimmi?”
She nodded, ecstatic. I remembered the girl who had made me hold her wrist watch, who had dragged me away from trying to help the boy from ‘another section’.
“Do you like, work here now, or something?” she asked.
“Kind of,” I replied, “My mother owns the café. I have …

When Confused About College, Try College Dunia!

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The transition from school to college has always been the toughest decision of one’s life. Because from here on out, no matter which direction you would like to go in – the journey begins. Gone are the days when you would have to depend on word of mouth references for good colleges, or visit campus fairs to know your options. You can now do that in one click of a button. By logging on to www.collegedunia.com
College dunia says, “We are an extensive listing portal , with information of more than 10000 colleges in India , a platform for students to come up and choose their institution , after being antiquated to all the aspects of it . We also give information about various entrance exams , events , college festivals etc.”
If you through the website you would know that searching for a college of your choice to study your dream subject or going to your dream college to study a subject, has never been easier.


Once you’re finished with undergrads, there is the decision that you might have to…

Interview: Esha Chatterjee (BEE Books) & Anirban Saha (Kolkata Bloggers)

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In Conversation with the Masterminds, ESHA CHATTERJEE, CEO, BEE Books, & ANIRBAN SAHA, Founder, KOLKATA BLOGGERS,  responsible for ‘Tales To Tell’ 

Have you ever been to Princep Ghat? It’s one of the attractions of the city of Joy. If you have not experienced the calm of the beautiful ghat early in the morning – you have missed out on an experience of a lifetime. While many people would sit and stare into the Ganges, people like us got talking about Tales To Tell, a collaboration between BEE BOOKS & Kolkata Bloggers.



1.How did you guys meet?

Esha: We met at a Young Authors’ Workshop that had been hosted at a school in Kolkata – and neither of us knew what we were supposed to be doing over there.

Anirban: I thought we had been called there to judge the program but it turned out, all we needed to do was sit and watch it.

Esha: It was highly uncomfortable because the kids were sitting on the floor and we were sitting on the chairs, with barely any space between us and the kids! My le…

Musing: Help A Child Create Happy Memories This Pujo!

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I was brought up in a household with not one but two sets of parents: my mother, my father, my abbu and my chhotoma. It never occurred to me, until I was much older, that the latter were actually my uncle and aunt. In fact, they get pretty irritated whenever I call them my uncle and my aunt. They insist that they will never be anything else but abbu and chhotoma for me. The concept of a child being an orphan, to be without both a mother and a father, was alien to me…until I began to interact with the world at large.
It was when I first read the fairy tale, Little Match Girl, that I began to realize not everything is rosy in our world. As a teenager, I read the novel, Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster but found myself unable to connect with the protagonist Jerusha “Judy” Abbott’s confusion about her own identity. She had grown up in an orphanage and her surname had been picked from a tombstone. When I asked my mother why the protagonist felt that lost, she told me something I will never …

Musing: 10 Life Lessons I Learned From My Cats

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Okay, so I have been planning to write this post for quite some time now. I have been sneakily photographing the little beings who help to keep me motivated and who have always shown me how to get back up again every time I crash and burn. They have taught me invaluable life lessons.

So here are the 10 Life Lessons I Learned From My Cats
1. EXERCISE
Of course Pippo likes sitting on my static cycle, conveying the silent message of "healthy bodies and healthy minds." He likes to do numerous stretches too, just to show off how fit he is. And then stares at me - as though daring me to be able to follow in his paw steps. I used to glare at him initially. Then I gave up and now fit in 30 minutes of free hand exercises and 30 minutes of the static cycle.  Guess what? He was right. I find I function better and for longer hours on the days I do exercise as opposed to the days I don't. 
2. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE 
This picture clearly says it all. I really did not know how much I coul…

Musing: Of wishes, realizations and Motivational Mondays

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Dear People who believe I write really good advice,
This post is completely dedicated to you. :) 
I turned 26 this Saturday and I had at least 5 revelations that would love to share with you guys. Of course you might not agree with me. But remember I look at life through my personal experiences. I do not wish to see it the way you see it, and I would never allow you to judge life from my experience. 
Every single human being is absolutely different from each other.


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1. Let It Go! - Whether it is a person, situation, memory, if it does not serve you and does not make you happy you have to just let it go. Holding on to things because they had been a huge part of your life once upon a time is just holding yourself back from growing. Time is not a measure of friendship no matter what the psychologists tell you. You need to surround yourself with people who will love you and help you grow. Not with people who are stuck ten years into the past. Neither should you entertain Negati…

Musing: Things To Remember Part 2

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The common misconception about life is that it's too hard, too short, brings too much trouble, and too much of unhappiness.

But it's not.

Life is honestly however you choose to look at it.

It's filled with little miracles throughout the day. But you are too busy to take any notice of it. Have you ever noticed the sunrise? Or the sunset?

Have you ever noticed the smell of the Earth before the first drop of rain hits the ground?

Have you ever noticed that some people love you enough to do anything for you? That they really care about you. And no, they do not necessarily have to say, 'I love you', to convey those feelings.


We do not seem to listen enough. What we do hear are people trying to be overly protective; or just too concerned. But life's a busy thing too. If someone makes the effort of making sure you're safe and sound, appreciate it. 
The problem is: we are so used to people telling us what is wrong with us, we never seem to hear the ones screaming …

Book Review: My Clingy Girlfriend

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About the Book:Author: Madhuri Banerjee 
Paperback
Pages: 250

Price: Rs 125 (Kindle)/Rs 179 (Paperback)
Publisher: Westland Ltd.
ISBN13:  9789384030896
Book Blurb:What is a clingygirlfriend?
A clingygirlfriend will go through your phone.
She will destroy the contact numbers of every other girl on your phone.
She will delete your Facebook profile.
And will give you forty-five missed calls in the sixty minutes you put your phone on silent for an office presentation.
A clingygirlfriend will say
Carry two sets of fully charged mobile batteries so you can be in touch with me. Always.
In my dream, you were flirting with some other girl and then ended up in bed. Dreams are a manifestation of some act that is carried out in daily life. Are you cheating on me?
You have issues. You need to get therapy. Are you cheating on me?
And the worst one - why aren't we married yet?
Obrokranti Banerjee's girlfriend ticks all of these and more. Caught between wanting to break up and the fear that he'll never …

Musings: How Life Got Better Since 2013

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COUP d’EASTBack in 2013 when I wrote a year review I had mentioned how things had become ten times better when I’d discovered the world of blogging. There was this site called Write Up Café (which I am not too sure exists right now or not). Anyway – they decided to have a competition among the Indian bloggers by dividing them up into North, South, East, and West Zones. And we were a part of a larger group of bloggers who represented the east zone. Hence the name, Coup d’East. ( I forget who came up with the name. But we’d all voted and this name stuck.)
I used to not like talking to strangers and was not very comfortable with having to talk to people over the internet on a daily basis. To make matters worse, I got an eye infection right before the real competition started. Of course our points of contact, Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay and Sudeshna Thakurta, was not impressed by the lack of enthusiasm from other members. I still remember the scolding we got. And I still remember writing the f…

Motivational Monday: The Secret Shifters & PETs

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It's another Monday again. And I know I've managed to get some of you lovely people to read my blog for these nuggets of positive wisdom. I realized over the last few months that your attitude is the key to your success. While I always encourage people to look for the bright side in things, I cannot deny the fact that we all have moments where all hope seems lost and no amount of chocolate in the world seems enough to make you okay again.

I know that it is impossible to change your feelings with the snap of your fingers. But I have also learned ways to shift my energy from absolutely foul to something with a better frequency. What I use have been dubbed as "The Secret Shifters" by Paul Harrington.

These could be anything: quotes that inspire you, songs that inspire you. Maybe making a list of ten things that you're happy about. A memory that you're particularly fond of. A person you enjoy talking to. A book that you love reading. Perhaps playing with your pe…

Musing: Things to Remember

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We are all trying too hard stay relevant in a world which is completely irrelevant.

We go our whole lives trying to find someone who would love us despite our scars...

We never stop to think the only way to heal those scars is to love ourselves first.

All of us are inherently good people who make mistakes and slip up - and make complete messes.

What we need to remember is that everyone can be saved. No, you don't need a hero to rescue you. You are perfectly capable of being your own hero.

Learn to forgive yourself. Learn to accept you are only human. Learn to see the good in people.



Realize that not everyone you meet will have the same heart as yours. Try not to be disappointed when you comprehend that there will be people who would not jump puddles for you - even though you've crossed oceans for them.

Motivational Monday: The Break in Faith

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Hello Reader,

It is hard to write a motivational post when you're not feeling too inspired. And when I woke up this morning I was not even sure if I'd put up this post today or just skip ahead to next Monday. As the day progressed, I realized that no one going to be there to motivate you all the time. Sometimes you need to be your own hero.

One of the things that helps me get back on track is to remember one particular scene from Arrow, Season 2. When the Arrow falls down and hallucinates his best friend, Tommy, telling him to get up and fight back. If your imagination is not as wild as mine, you could always settle for setting a goal for the day that you look forward to. Indeed, you should always make goals that make you want to jump out of bed in the morning.

When I began the section of Motivational Monday last week, I asked a friend what she would like to read next. She said that when people embrace and accept the fact that the law of attraction does indeed work - people g…

Motivational Monday: The First Limiting Belief

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Dear Whoever Clicked the Link to Read this Post,

Have you ever secretly wanted to do/have/be something but put it out of your head because there was a voice inside your head telling you - "Are you crazy? That's never going to happen."? Well, maybe it's time to tell that ever persistent, insistent and rather annoying voice to shut the hell up. Tell that voice to go take a hike.

I became acquainted with the law of attraction back in the later half of 2009. However, it was not until 2013 that I began to understand it completely. As my interest grew, my life began to improve. :) And I am not here to preach at you and tell you how to live your life. I am just here to tell you I know what it feels like when your world begins to crumble away right in front of your eyes.



Instead let me just tell you the things that I've learned - the things that had actually held me back. (And sometimes still do: because after all, I am still human.) These things are called "limiti…

The Writing Desk: Before You Write That Novel

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I just literally finished writing my new novel, Girl Code, and I because the writing bug has bitten me - I thought of blogging about what one should do when they have decided to undertake the task of writing a novel. (Also I need to space out going back and making edits.)


Just like with the short story, there is no right or wrong way of writing the novel. I've tried to do the go-with-flow kind writing for my novels before. Unless you're careful there's a high chance of running into plot holes and making mistakes which hardcore readers might not forgive you for. However, completely fleshing out the story leaves little to our imagination. And makes one of favorite things in the world a very tedious exercise.

What I did was combine the two very extreme methods. When you try to send your writing to be evaluated by a publisher they always ask for the plot synopsis (and sometimes it is chapter-wise), the book blurb, and the first three chapters. But you will not have a story, i…

The Writing Desk: When You Write A Short Story

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Some Thoughts About When You Write A Short Story
I have been doing a lot of thinking lately. Even a couple of months back, when someone would come up to me – tell me they read my work, congratulate and launch into the story of their own struggles with writing – it would irk me just a little bit. Writing was after all my comfort zone. The safe spot, as most of my cats would put it. But over time, I realized, there are more than enough stories for all of us to tell. There is more than enough ways to tell same tale too. In fact, it would actually be a crime on my part if I did not encourage these writing enthusiasts. After all isn't it a criminal offense to deprive the world of a perfectly good story?

Musing: The Train

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I used to be a quiet child. I learned to speak much later than was normal for a kid (it had worried my mother no end). But when I could make sense of what was going on in my head, I realized that I had the ability to think a mile a minute. I've perhaps taken myself on innumerable adventures as a child. I am pretty sure the on-lookers thought I was crazy. But I was completely happy in my world of make-belief. 

Being deeply influenced by fairy tales, I would sometimes pretend to be a Princess. However, I wasn't satisfied playing the damsel in distress. So I changed the story. The Princess ran away from the locked tower. The Princess walked out on the Beast (after stealing his whole collection of books too!) The Princess remembered to pick up her stray shoe when it came off. The Princess refused to kiss the frog. In other words, she had learned to be her own hero.
As you grow up you realize that world isn't just yours. It belongs to 7 billion other people too. But the world you…

Musings: Going Indie for The Guitar Girl

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When I finished writing The Guitar Girl back in 2013, I was lucky enough to have caught the eye of Hachette India - for their Young Adult section. The woman who used to work in their department asked me increase the word count, think of new ideas...and within a week, my 20,000 worded novella had fleshed out in 40,000 words novel. 

But sadly she switched jobs and her supervisor didn't like the modern day epistolary format we'd both loved. I told myself it was minor setback and began hunting for publishers again. That is how I came across Srishti Publisher's sister publishing house, Bluejay Publishers, who after six weeks of back and worth (and quite a number of reminders), told me that although it captures an interesting story, takes away the reading pleasure from the readers...(after going through the whole manuscript, mind you.) They did tell me that they look forward to working with me on some future project. (That future project is yet to arrive, I assure you.) 

Spotlight: The Accidental Wife

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About the Book:

From the author of Inconvenient Relations Simi K Rao!

If you enjoyed Inconvenient Relations, you'll love The Accidental Wife, a new contemporary romance from Simi K. Rao.

Some accidents are meant to happen…

Dr. Rihaan Mehta is a brilliant young neurosurgeon who has no inclination for love or marriage. According to him wives and girlfriends are annoying accessories that one can do without. But when his mother dangles the sword over his head in classic Bollywood style, he succumbs, and sets out in search of a bride who would fit his 'requirements'. But can Rihaan deal with what he gets instead?


Book Links:
Goodreads I Amazon.in I Amazon.com

The Accidental Wife is now available on kindle for 99 cents Only! Go get it now as the offer is for a short period only !!

Musing: A Love Letter to My Sister

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Last night I finished reading Ava Dellaira's novel, Love Letters to the Dead. I think towards the last half of the book tears had flooded down my cheeks.