Showing posts from June, 2013

IndiVine Post: The Franklin Templeton Investments Inspiration

Watch the speakers narrate their riveting stories of innovation on Share your thoughts on the big issue they’re talking about. The ideas which inspired you the most! 
When I first got the e-mail from, telling me to blog about the "big issue" the speakers at were talking about, I never expected to be so taken by the videos I would find on the site. Despite watching a lot of videos on the site, it was Rohini Nilekani, the founder chairperson of Pratham Books, whose cause touched a chord in my heart. Their mission, "A book in every child's hand", made me realize how lucky I am to have been born into a family which could provide me with a stream of good books ever since I learned to read. Or as Rohini Nilekani said, I had learned to read long before I had even gone to school.

I was only six years old when setting down my abridged copy of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, I decided I wanted to be a writer…

WoW: Remembering in the Rain

Don’t threaten me with love, baby. Let’s just go walking in the rain.- Bobby Rain. 
Write Over the Weekend theme for this week
On a Rainy day…! Write a post starting with this line.

On a Rainy day...I sit next to my window, and think about us; But I never think about what went wrong. We're too old to play blame games, We're too young to waste our lives in regret. All I can think about are the happy times  We spent together. The laughter still echoes, And all the plans we'd once made comes rushing back to me. I don't know where you've gone off now, Because though I know where you are, You're no longer here with me.
There was always something so peaceful about the rain, Who knew that a curtain of water could protect us both From what the world thought about us,  Even during the times we wanted to run away. The rain was always my friend.  I made a mistake, I made an enemy out of it. I used to blame everything that went astray on the rain. Now, I know better. It's time to leave it …

WOW: Just Shut Up & Listen!

"A witty saying proves nothing". – Voltaire.
Write Over the Weekend theme for this week
"I have something to tell you…!" Write a post starting with this line.

"I have something to tell you." His dark eyes were gleaming with...she couldn't place her finger on the emotion currently reflected in her friend's eyes.
It scared her and excited her at the same time. Trying to steady her rugged breathing, she said, "What is it?"
"You know how much I care about you, right?" he asked, gripping her shoulders so tightly, that his finger nails bit into her flesh, "You wouldn't be offended if I told you something, would you?"
Her heart was hammering against her chest, and she wondered, whether after all these years of standing by and watching him break his heart, over and over again, he'd finally grown brains (and perhaps some feelings) and realized where he really ought to be.
"W-why would I be offended?" she asked …

IndiVine Post: Ring The Bell ~ "Change"

"Laws alone are not enough. Ring The Bell believes in the power of individual and collective action to challenge the habits, norms, and cultures that perpetuate violence. One person adds up to one million; one million acts add up to change.

You can be a part of the change by telling us how YOU will Ring The Bell, and inspiring your readers to do the same. What action will you take to bring violence against women to a halt? Blog about your experiences, your intentions, and make a promise!"

"Be the change you wish to see in other people" - Gandhi 

Quite honestly, I tend to agree with him on this account. Complaining and cribbing would get us nowhere. Sure, we can all try playing the blame game but we'll lose a precious few hours from our hands if we indulged in it. Remember the scene in Swades where Shah Ruk Khan's character tells the village heads all they can do is blame each other, but the loser is always those who do not have access to money or education. In…

Giveaway Winner : TeesTanks

Teestanks in association with Dreams n Drama had arranged their First Giveaway for Mother's Day 

I had entered the free giveaway, seriously never expecting to win. It was such a surprise to see my name listed as one of the Runner-Ups in the Facebook Page run by Dreams n Drama. 

For a long time, I'd my eyes on this particular t-shirt: , and winning the rs 200 voucher coupon kind of made it easier for me to gain access to the t-shirt. 
Of course, the results had been declared way back in the month of May. And I had placed my order in May, but something went wrong. It was a technical glitch first, which told me that my order was STILL PROCESSING, even after having placed the order one week ago. I drove the guys at the "we care" customer service for TeesTanks absolutely crazy....and in the midst of it all, the courier guys lost the first t-shirt!!!

And as you can see from this note, even they were worried about this t-shirt not making it…

Poem: House of Cards

Prompt:"Aphrodite" is the goddess of love, beauty and sexual rapture. Using this as the main theme write a poem to celebrate love, beauty and everything else that comes with it.
Make sure to use the word "Aphrodite" somewhere in the poem.

The House of Cards 

Oh Aphrodite,
Are you listening?

To the hearts which are fluttering with newfound love,
To the hearts which are breaking from lost love…
And to those caught between love and loss –
To those who live in the house of cards?

Young hearts throb with happiness
And the innocence of falling in love the first time,
And the old ones have grown weary,
They shake their heads and smile.
But do you take note of the ones living in the house of cards?

You look surprised as you heard the phrase,
You want to know what is that place,
The one we keep referring to over again.
The one most of us have dubbed ‘the house of cards.’

Listen to me then, now, O Goddess of Love,
Not all those who find love get their happily ever after.
Not a…

Introduction: Paw Print

Paw Print ~ Introduction

Since the official website, is down for the moment, I thought I would just give you guys a teaser for what will be coming your way quite soon. So, I'll just add some random pictures and leave it up to your imaginations as to what you can expect. 
Happy Guessing!!!

P.S. Do write your guesses in the comment section below :)

Challenge: The Three Element Story Challenge

Now that I am completely bored and mostly staying at home, I figured out how I can make these holidays a bit more interesting.

Of course I will be entering the JulNoWriMo next month. So what I plan to do for this month is, to finish "The Three Element Story Challenge" I found on this awesome website: Click Me!

Listed below are the ten different prompts with three varying elements:

The Three Elements Challenge

1.     A stolen ring, fear of spiders, and a sinister stranger.
2.     A taxi, an old enemy, and Valentine's Day. [Post]
3.     Identical twins, a party invitation, and a locked closet.
4.     A broken wristwatch, peppermints, and a hug that goes too far.
5.     Aerobics, a secret diary, and something unpleasant under the bed.
6.     An ex-boyfriend, a pair of binoculars, and a good-luck charm.
7.     An annoying boss, a bikini, and a fake illness.
8.     The first day of school, a love note, and a recipe with a significant mistake.
9.     A horoscope, makeup, and …

Information: LiTreasure Publishers... :))

I remember the 22nd and 23rd of September 2012 all too well. I had been so excited about the Creative Writing Workshop (Advanced) to be conducted by The British Council...I  had registered for the workshop really early, and waited impatiently for that weekend to arrive. The mails we were sent said that the workshop would be conducted by Richa Wahi and Chetan Joshi.

That was where I first met Chetan Joshi, he was one of our mentors in the Creative Writing Workshop. Believe me, I don't remember being so happy in a very long time. That weekend, I realized I would never be happy doing anything else but writing. We were made to go through different exercises...the best one I still believe was the exercise in which we were asked to make up a short story from a picture we were given. If I am not wrong, it was three-two to one picture.

Back then, he had told us to take our short story seriously when we were put through an exercise where we had to pick four random numbers and write a story…

Musing: Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After Just Took Time, Once Upon This Broken Heart of Mine. - The Beu Sisters 
Ever since we are little girls we are introduced to Fairy Tales and the concept of the "happily ever after." Every single story told us that no matter the situation, we are all indeed going to end up with a really nice ending. That's why our hearts begin to flutter, our pulse starts to race and there's nothing we can do to suppress the twinkle in our eyes, when we begin to fall in love. 
Ah, love. The brilliant four letter world. The one word which has been so horribly misunderstood, overused and abused. I forget the original quote, but I agree with the whole concept of saying 'love' is nothing but a victim of our expectations. Anyone who claims they have no expectations, is a liar. There's just no two ways about it. When I fall in love, I am very giving and loving and it's not a crime on my part of expect the equal amount of affection and attention in return. Of …

IndiVine Post: WeChat with Anyone, Anywhere

If you could connect with 5 or more people in a WeChat group - who would they be, and why? What would you talk about? The people can be dead, alive or even fictional.

I still remember the time when I was a kid. International calls to relatives was a very well-thought out and planned affair. When my sister left to pursue her PhD in Singapore, I remember having to get myself calling cards in order to just make calls to her. But now thanks to WeChat, it is possible to send her voice messages, pictures and texts (obviously) in an instant. Long live, technology!

Having said that, if I could connect with five or more people in a WeChat group, my choices would be as random and as diverse as they come.

1) I would love to have Mr. Ruskin Bondas one of the people on my list. I've admired that man since I was barely twelve years old. Rusty, in fact, had been my first crush in school. Ruskin Bond has undoubtedly been my all time favorite writer in the world. The vivid descriptions have always …

Micro Fiction: Never Mind

“Do you love me?” She raised her head and found his deep brown eyes boring into hers. The corners of her lips quivered. All the turbulent emotions she’d felt through the last six months, how was she supposed to fit them into a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. There were just so many things she wanted to tell him. They had been lovers once, but they fell apart. She had tried her best and now they were friends. She smiled, wondering how to gently tell him every single thought running through her head. She didn’t want to lose him. “Never mind”

WOW: Lessons from Literature

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ― Neil Gaiman, Coraline

Can books and stories about characters and events that are not real teach us anything useful? Write about it this weekend.

 Story telling is as old as man, I read in my very last semester of Masters in Comparative Literature. It was the first means by which we were taught the rights and wrongs, the dos and don'ts of the world - and there are books which have changed us. They taught us things about reality through fiction. Although there are innumerable books and characters, of course, which left a lasting impression on me, off the top of my head I can name the ones I go around quoting at random hours and time.
Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw : The story of the flower girl made into a duchess by the Professor of phonetics, Henry Higgins. What I loved was how Eliza Doolittle changes from the flower girl into a lady, but she always had the…