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Prayer for peace, cherish moments in life ‪#‎NepalQuake‬


Cry of despair!

Buildings crumbling into dust and debris.

Humans stuck beneath huge pillars, struggling between life and death, in agony and despair.

Clouds of dust reminisce of human lives perishing under towering pillars.

It’s the call of ruthless nature wrecking havoc on our existence.

A grim reminder on the price paid by innocent humans beings, men and women, young and old, small babies.

Disturbing scenes surrounding our existence as we watch in our cocoon,

how life can tragically stop to a halt.

The price of human lives, soaked in blood and buried into dust and ashes, can be given so cheaply.

Oh! Mother Nature! Have some pity and stop this madness unfurling itself in destroying human race.

How many times shall you remind us,

our lives is priceless!

Everything comes at a price and let off so easily.

Hath no fury!

Life can be uncertain,

live every moment as if there is no tomorrow.

Cherish our friendship and love for there can be no bigger treasure than human beings.

We have a heart to fall in love, dream big and live every single moment of life.

Don’t wait for tomorrow,

say I love you now, kiss passionately and don’t let the moments of togetherness die.

Tell your parents, siblings, friends and lovers how much you care and adore them.

Make the phone call away from home and the seas to tell your friends and loved ones how much you miss and care for them.

Don’t let the moments of togetherness slip away from one’s hands.

Care for the child and the stranger longing for your kindness, companionship and shoulder.

Brighten the day of someone with a smile and kind words.

Don’t let a moment of anger shoot words that will pierce heart that will never heal and mend broken relationships.

Beautiful past shall never come back,

make memories of a life well spent every single day.

Tomorrow shall never come.

Be compassionate towards fellow humans.

Spread love with fragrance of beautiful flowers.

Sending wishes to the people of Nepal & part of India who lost everything, belongings, loved ones, memories in the earth quake.

Silent moments to innocent children and beings who bowed down to the fury of nature.

‪#‎NepalQuake‬

With Love

V

PS: It’s depressing to see so many people dying, losing their homes and buildings collapsing. It’s a reminder how life is short and we should never shy away from making memories, be lovable human beings and enjoy every moment in life cum treasuring our relationships and friendships. I called a friend in Nepal who was me in college yesterday and relieved that he is safe with wife and children. Trying to get in touch through social network with few class mates, friends and former colleague. Wish that they are safe and my thoughts go to them.

I am putting links of your loved ones with whom you want to keep in touch, help during earth quake and hope it helps:

http://familylinks.icrc.org/nepal-earthquake/en/pages/home.aspx

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Posted by on April 26, 2015 in uncategorized

 

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In conversation with Ankita Sharma, author of ‘The Wedding Trousseau and Other Short Stories.’


In conversation with ANKITA SHARMA:

Ankita Sharma based in Faridabad , Haryana is making her debut with a collection of short stories, The Wedding Trousseau and Other Short Stories.’ A passion for writing, reading and sketching, she loves nature and is very fond of animals. In conversation, Ankita Sharma, whose sketch works appeared on cover pages of few titles and run Humming words Publishers, that provides a platform for authors, she speaks to us about her debut book and her love for writing as well as why the MBA that she is doesn’t see herself in the corporate world.  Ankita blogs here

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Author Ankita Sharma

‘The Wedding Trousseau and other short stories is about unshared emotions’

 1. Tell us what your debut book ‘The Wedding Trousseau and Other Short Stories’- is all about?

‘The Wedding Trousseau and Other Short Stories’ is a collection of 11 short stories inspired from various aspects of life and relationships. Some are inspired from real life incidents and people. Small things of day to day life as well as unsaid and unshared emotions sometimes envelop deepest feelings. This book is an attempt in digging deeper and expressing them in story forms.

 2. Tales of love and romance is the flavor of the season. Why did you choose a collection of short stories while you could have made a debut with a romance novel?

There are many reasons for that. Firstly, I wanted to do something different; making a debut with romantic fiction has become way too common. Secondly, personally speaking, I have a liking for short stories and would prefer them to novels any day.

 3. You are also the brain behind Humming Words Publishers, a platform that supports budding authors. How difficult is it for a newbie like me, for instance, to get published these days when I don’t carry a household name like Chetan Bhagat, Anuja Chauhan or Amish Tripathi?

Getting one’s book published is difficult. However, the crux lies in making it popular so that your writing ‘clicks’ with readers.

4. Everyone is going the e-way to get published on account of the huge costs of printing materials. Do you think it’s a huge risk for an author to go the printing way in getting one’s name published and how does one cover costs?

Personally, I have no liking for e-books and I prefer only paperback. It is not a risk as a printed book remains forever, unlike the e-material which is far less convenient and lasting, and it gives an altogether different feel. The costs are not too high.

5. When did you start Humming Words Publishers and what was the idea behind starting the website?

 The website site came up in 2010. The main idea was to provide a platform to all those wishing to get their work, not only fiction but other things like portfolios, brochures, personal photo-books and academic works published and distributed. I started this venture out of my love for books and literature.

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The book, The Wedding Trousseau and Other Short Stories/copyrights Ankita Sharma

 6. You also blog on Humming Words where you write fiction and Haiku, among many. What role has blogging played in your life and how it helped you to become an author?

Blogging has played a pivotal role in my life and has helped me immensely in exploring new writing styles of verse and prose as well as to think in a creative way. Blogging has helped me to a very great extent in developing writing as a passion.

 7. What is next in line to woo your readers after your first book?

Most probably a book of poetry or may be another volume of short stories. I have always enjoyed writing verses in various formats like Haiku, Limericks and also, I think I may go for a title of poetry as my next book.

 8. You are an MBA and did your post grad into Fashion Management at NIFT. How does someone from B-School decided to embrace creative writing when you could have raked the moolah in corporate world?

 I wanted to be my own boss and the idea of being in a job is not appealing to me. Also, my inclination for literature made me enter the world of writing. Publishing and writing, for me, go hand in hand and give me the satisfaction no corporate job or life could have given to me. These days, most people especially young professionals are taking to entrepreneurship, which is a good sign. Also, more people are writing novels, which is another good thing!

9. What do you think is more difficult to write: short stories or a novel?

I think it’s writing a novel.

 10. Give our readers an insight where you draw ideas from and how much time you take to write in a day cum secret in sketching characters?

I muse upon an idea or a situation and write it down when I feel the story is taking a concrete form in my mind. As such, the timings are neither fixed nor regular. I write as and when I feel like. I think, one cannot write within a fixed framework or rules, for creative flights cannot be rushed and they soar at their own will.

 PS: Hope you enjoyed the conversation with Ankita. You can check and buy the books at a discounted rate on following links:

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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in uncategorized

 

Blog Interview: An Indian on ‘India was One’, Being Indian and ‘realistic fiction’


It’s the first blog interview of the year. Today, I host the author of ‘India was One’ by An Indian where he tells the significance of the name ‘An Indian’, what India means to him as his country of birth and of course, his book which received rave reviews and won hearts of so many of us across the Globe. A book that touched our emotional chords and An Indian tells us about the making of the book.

Born and brought up in Mumbai, An India came to US, New York in 1989 and currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.His book, India Was One, is available, both, in paperback as well as in eBook (for all devices) format. It is available on popular sites, like: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks, Google Play etc., which can be accessed from anywhere in the world. For reader in India, in addition to it being available on online stores, such as: Flipkart, Infibeam, etc., it also is available in bookstores in Mumbai at Oxford Bookstore and Crossword bookstore. Very recently, it is also available in all the Sapna Book House stores in Bangalore and online with free shipping.

During the interview, the author speaks about the message which is the love for India. Can you take an Indian out of India? The answers lies below:

INTERVIEW: An Indian, author of ‘India was One’

‘You can never take India out of an Indian’

Image Credit: India was One/An Indian

1. First thing I am sure the readers would want to know: why not reveal the face behind ‘India was One by An Indian’?

It is really not important to me who has written the book. It’s more important to get the message across, that we all love India…in our own way.

 2. ‘India was one’ has a terrific opening, ‘Suddenly, he saw something shiny at the bottom of the abyss. He ran back to his binoculars and turned them to see what it was. Sharp barbed wires that separated the two mountains came into focus He had come as far as he could in his country. But she was standing in another country.’ Did it form the basis of the book and how the idea came?

I don’t know if it’s a single thing that formed the basis of the book. However, it’s very symbolic of a sad division. It does make the reader think and I’m sure that there are many of us who will be able to relate to it. ‘What if it happened to me? What would I do?’

 3. Being an Indian settled in America, your book ‘India was one by an Indian’ takes readers back to the partition era. Were you worried that something like that might repeat again with strife taking place across the globe and the occasional burst of regional divide in the country?

No, I am not worried. However, it pains me to see how many tend to think in India. Although, I have been out of India for a long time, I still consider it as my country. Also, there are many non-Indians who have not visited India have a set notion about India. I wanted to show India from my eyes, the way I see it.

 4. Your book was well received across the globe where you expressed everything about India: movies, cricket, love, moving to US and of course the dreaded divide. I believe that you can do with a sequel, touching base with the return of the Indian to his home?

There is more to India than heat, dust, poverty, population, pollution, etc. And many non-Indians, who have read my book, now want to visit India. It makes me immensely proud.

 5. Come on, let’s shed the cloak of diplomacy: Were there unkind reviews to the book or someone saying something mean to you? How did you react to that?

I have been very fortunate to get good reviews. However, there was one review on Amazon that rattled my cage. The reviewer wrote: ‘ I had believed there was one main religion and language. I learned there are many religions and many languages. Sounds like a mess!’ I felt like the reviewer didn’t get my book at all. It was EXACTLY the opposite, where I am trying to show the diversity and richness of our culture. And how incredibly amazing it is that people still identify themselves as Indians.

 6. Do you think that with the vast resources and different communities, our plurality is what makes us diverse as a country or you fear division somewhere?

As I said earlier, I don’t fear division. However, my book is a gentle reminder of a ‘what-if’ situation. What if India was divided?

7. You also described ‘India was One’ as a book that would bring readers close to their roots. Has you at some point felt disconnected as an Indian based in America?

Me, personally? Never. After all, I was born in India. As I’ve written in my book, you can take an Indian out of India, but you can never take India out of an Indian.  It is something I truly believe in.  However, having said that, I see that many second-generation kids are struggling with their identity. This book brings them closer to India. As a professor at UCLA wrote in his review: If you are not from India, you probably know a co-worker or a neighbor who is from India and possibly works in the IT industry. You know a bit about him or her but really not very much. If you read this story, you will understand how he or she thinks, the environment in which he or she grew up, in a light, easy, and breezy read. If you are an Indian-American who was born and grew up in U.S., you will also understand a bit more about how your parents and extended family members from India think. Those who grew up in India will relate to the story and the characters in the story immediately.

For the first two thirds of the book, it is a nice story with nice characters – no one is nasty, no one is mean, no one is conflicted but it all seems real though not very deep. The last part of the book has a Kafkaesque quality to it. It is a metaphor for the secular, humanist India of the past that many of us could relate to while growing up but then we suddenly wake up to a different India that reeks of fundamentalism, conflict and differences. The author, who has chosen to remain anonymous, is an idealist who worries that the door to the India of the past may be closed. Permanently? He fears. Perhaps not, he hopes.

 8. Your book ends with a question: ‘What is being an Indian?’ Have you been able to find an answer to that?

It was never a question for me. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind about me being an Indian.

 9.  A last question I am keen to know: Does IWO has a streak of your personality or, for that matter, the Taj Terror attack which you use as a backdrop where you took the liberty to ‘fictionalize one character.’ Does the character has a resemblance to someone you may know?

I’ve written my book based on some personal experiences. I guess that’s why I term it as a ‘realistic fiction’, a fiction based on some real events.

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2015 in uncategorized

 

Book Review Voices Old & New: An experience, poetic prose in story-telling


Book Review: Voices Old & New

Author: Various

Genre: Anthology/Collection of short stories

Released in 2015: Indireads Incorporated

Cover Design: Sabahat Muhammad

Rating: Four and a half

Introduction:

First of all, I wish to thank Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan who sent a copy to me after I made a request. A big thank you to all the authors for the effort in the making of the book and, of course Indireads who are encouraging authors who write Asian stories. I apologize for putting the review quite late due to time constraint.

The best thing about collection of short stories or what is called in new modern, literature parlance ‘Anthology’ is a journey depicting various expression and colors of life. Some stay with you for a long time, some provide moments of longing to enjoy the memory of a fling and the rest is a blissful experience. 26 Stories by 26 different authors in Voices, Old & New finding expression in Crime and Mystery, Drama, Paranormal and Romance. At one glance: Voices, Old & New is an experience, poetic and at times lyrical voices that finds echo with your literary sense making it an unforgettable experience. An attempt by the talented writers to explore the fear of the unknown, exploring the sensitivity of human relationships or theory of relativity and, of course, romance that shines through all seasons.

Crime & Mystery

The first part of the book is Crime & Mystery which Ruchi Singh’s Boomerang kicks in style and setting the high octane level through the heart-pounding narration mystery is made of. It starts in a soft manner which leads to a thrilling finish which captivate the readers towards the end. It is sweet in the start to reach a climax that takes you by surprise and the result is simply mind-blowing. Boomerang is about the threat of internet as a medium where vultures lurk to lay a trap and are ultimately beaten by their own game.

Raakhee Suryapraksh’s No Good Deed is a moving tale on the role destiny plays in the life of a woman, deftly exploring the nuances and complexity of relationship where the main protagonist enters the conundrum of village politics. The short evolves at a pace that evokes sensitivity and commands respect at the same time.

Viba’s Seven Forty Two is another story worth mentioning on the psychological imbalance suffered by the main character and the genre of thriller has been competently explored. It’s a winner all the way.

Drama

Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan is one of the most talented and prolific blogger and author I have known and when he shed the medical cloak, he turns into a weaver of stories that wins hearts and minds. His story, ‘The Ballet Lesson’ explores friendship, love and bonding in not only an interesting way but offers a grasping narration about tribulations in human life in the backdrop of dance. As the story showcases, Dr Radhakrishnan powerfully depicts the emotions of dance in all its form to give the story a certain edge that will stay with readers. It’s an experience in story telling.

Dola Basu Singh’s Family Matters is a sweet but moving tale of love between Young Nightingale Jingle with his new wife, Melody and the night flowering Jasmine. The author has injected freshness in the story of living things who has a heart to love and drift apart. What makes the story unique is the combination of nature and human emotions. Fresh, sweet and powerful.

Shivani Shourie’s Prejudice is another gem that adds to drama and is a telling tale about the human fickle mind’s that deserve to be read and it’s provides fodder to thought.

John Sequeira’s Slave to Thee explores the dark but devilish side of human life which is a tale of pure madness in exploring the mind of a criminal that has the most breath-taking finish.

Paranormal

The world of Paranormal is deeply explored by Karthik L in A Night at the Temple of Circa. It’s about a bloggers’ meet and about the over-inflated egos that we suffer from at being read that makes us lose our sense of balance. A tale of bloggers meeting the psychological mind that often pay truant with us. The story has religion as a topic explored in a subdued manner, our fickle mind that often wreck havoc. It’s a winner all the way.

Sonia Rao’s The Equals is about mystery, treachery which is beautifully married and deserves to be read. A thrilling read.

Sid Balachandran’s The Message is certainly a story in Paranormal that stand its might since it has been tightly wrapped in a powerful narrative. It’s a tale of love meeting paranormal where he brings alive the emotions that binds the main characters. It’s about couple who bond with each by the impending birth of a child and longing for each other. The author who is no stranger to the world of blogging and is a maven at story telling has a surprise for his readers by building a terrific narrative with a nerve-wrecking climax. One of the best stories I’ve read in the anthology, Sid Balachandra’s stays true to his name by packing a power-punch with those words. ‘I told You I had Something to Tell You.’ What a finish!

Romance:

What’s an anthology without the shade of romance? It has to be there to woo the readers and makes for pleasurable read. Jaspreet Soni’s Between Him and Her is a mature love story, exploring and decoding the complexity of human relationship that depicts society’s boundaries, norms and compassion. The story may give the impression of being a social critique but which is not, rather it attempts to make souls discover the journey of love that connects the spirit, mind and soul. A beautiful love story that may be difficult to understand.

Aniesha Brahma’s Forbidden Love is a beautiful tale of romance worth mentioning so is Only You by Anamika GK and Legally Bound by Ada Wiam.

Final Words:

Voices, Old & New is a beautiful journey, exploring the different facets of humans and their world. 26 stories that is sure to win your hearts and make short stories the new genre of novel-writing. The anthology evolves at quick pace where talented writers whose narratives explores the sensitive and crazy side of life is sure to win your hearts. The book is a gem where all the stories not only entertain but brings to the forth the sensitive side and subjects that are deeply explored. Honestly speaking, I can’t point out at weakness in the selection of short stories and perhaps the only is that the makers robbed me the pleasure of finding faults. Not a dull moment. Voices, Old & New is a must read and must buy. Great initiative by Indireads. It’s a compilation of best short stories from winners and finalists of the Indireads second Short Story Competition 2014.

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Posted by on April 21, 2015 in uncategorized

 

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Reproduced Guest post: Being An Indian by An Indian


Hey folks!

By now, you must know the author, ‘An Indian’ who published the book India was One. The guest post was first published in The Book Club and on https://medium.com. The post ‘Being an Indian’ is being reproduced with author’s permission. All credit goes to the author An Indian, The Book Club and medium.com. Stay tune coz the author’s interview coming on the blog this Wednesday. Scroll down to read:

Being An Indian

By An Indian

Almost three and a half years ago, I wrote the afterword for my book. Not being a writer (I am a web developer by profession), it was written from my heart, the way I saw and felt things. I just knew that I was right about my feelings, and more importantly, I was right about the feelings shared by millions like me. It really didn’t matter where they were, in India or abroad. So it came as no surprise to me as the current “Modi-tsunami” reflected the same sentiment throughout India. A common identity of being an Indian. If review and ratings of my book on Amazon and Goodreads are the yard-stick for how well it is received, it is very well received, not just by Indians, but also by non-Indians. Why? Because it has a story that tugs at your heart. Some folks who have never visited India want to go there now. A lot of feedback I am getting here, in the US, is that “I had no idea how rich of culture and diverse India was.” Even Indians here whose kids don’t know much about India learn a lot about how their parents think. About how their relatives back in India think.

This is what I wrote:

So, what is being an Indian?

Is it religion? Surely it can’t be, as India is a melting pot of many religions: Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Parsis, Jains, Buddhists, Jews, and many more. Would an Indian who was born in India and an Indian who was born in a different countryhave religion as a common bond? What if they both were Hindus and worshipped the same gods and goddesses, but were from different states? Is Gautam Buddha, who was born in India, and is now worshipped by many more non-Indians, an Indian God?

Is it language? Again, the answer is no, as there are 15 national languages, and over 1,600 dialects. Take a look at the Indian Rupee bill (the Indian currency). Its value is written in all 15 national languages.

Is it the culture and customs? Could be, but it isn’t the only thing, as different states have different customs.

Is it looks and features? Do you see a stranger abroad and assume that he is Indian just because of his looks? What if he is from one of the ‘Seven Sister States’ of India? Many of them have oriental features. Do you assume that he is from an oriental country? Or, he could look like an Indian, but be from one of the neighboring countries.

The Seven Sister States are a region in the northeastern corner of India, comprising of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura.

What about the millions of Indians who are not in India? What about their kids? What is their identity? They look like Indians, but think like westerners. What about kids from mixed marriages, where one of the parents is an Indian while the other is not. Where do they fit in? Are they Indians or something else? Which custom are they supposed to follow?

Is it the nationality or citizenship? What about all those Indians who now are citizens of different countries? Sure, they are not Indian citizens, but are they not Indians? When there is a catastrophe in India (like the earthquake in Gujarat), Indians all around the world rush to help. What makes them do it?

What is the common thread between a Punjabi from North India and a Tamil from South India? If both of them are Hindus, is it enough? Is it cricket and Bollywood movies? Yes, both are loved by most Indians. However, they are not the only thing. They both are great conversation topics.

If you live in India, the answer is very simple, you are among Indians, but not if you live abroad. Having lived in the US for the past 20 years, the definition of being Indian has been nebulous. My wife and I, like most Indians living abroad, try to instill Indian values in our kids, by sending them to Sunday school to learn our religion and culture. We take them to the cultural shows, musical shows, Indian festivals,etc…trying to hold onto our Indian-ness. We try to teach them cricket, and we take them to see Bollywood movies. Does going to Indian stores for groceries, cooking Indian food, and going to Indian restaurants (and ordering food for our non-Indian friends) make us Indians?

We try hard to hold on to our values, but know that it’s the Law of Diminishing Returns. Whatever we know, we try to pass on to our kids, and they will do the same. Until a few generations from now, there will be nothing to pass on. My great-great-great
grandkids will probably say, “Oh yeah! My great-great-great grandfather came from India.”
In the future, will an Indian who has just come from India, feel a common bond between himself and my great-great-great grandkids? Or will the Indian think to himself, “They look like Indians. They must be ABCD (American Born Confused Desi),” and my great-great-great grandkids will think, “Oh! A FOB (Fresh Off Boat).”

What is it that makes you go back to India? Is it family, friends, sight-seeing, business, or something else? Is your comfort level much more when you go to India because you fit in? Do you still feel it is your country? Is it the people there that make you feel at home? Or is it just a state of mind? Is it just a way of life? Is it just the way you look; the color of your skin, your features, the way you dress, or the clothes you wear?

The intention here is not to provide you with an answer, but to make you think, and ask yourself, “What is being an Indian to me?”

It’s entirely up to you…your point-of-view.

An Indian lies in the eyes of the beholder…what you choose to see.

You can travel the length and breadth of India, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Mumbai to Kolkota, and not see a single Indian. You will see Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, etc. You will see Maharashtrians, Gujaratis,UPites, Biharis, Bengalis, Tamils, Telugus, Malayalis, etc.

Or you will see Indians. जय हिंद (Jai Hind)

-An Indian

About the Author:

The author was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He came to the US in 1989 to New York. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

His book, India Was One, is available, both, in paperback as well as in eBook (for all devices) format. It is available on popular sites, like: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks, Google Play etc., which can be accessed from anywhere in the world. For reader in India, in addition to it being available on online stores, such as: Flipkart, Infibeam, etc., it also is available in bookstores in Mumbai at Oxford Bookstore and Crossword bookstore. Very recently, it is also available in all the Sapna Book House stores in Bangalore and online with free shipping.

The book’s website also has a lot of goodies, such as, artwork used in the book, poem used in the book, some reviews (including media reviews that was published in India, Canada and the US), interactive map of India, a few sample chapters, and much more.

Source: http://www.tbcblogtours.com/guest-post-of-india-was-one.html

The Author’s words:

Please visit the book’s website at www.IndiaWasOne.com to find out more. It has the synopsis, the poem used in the book, all the artworks used in the book, an interactive map of India, a few reviews (including media reviews), and much more. The website also lets you read a sample online. If you are on Facebook, you can like the page at www.facebook.com/IndiaWasOne where over 26,000 members have already liked the page. To get the latest updates, follow the author www.twitter.com/IndiaWasOne

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2015 in uncategorized

 

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Snippets of life


Hey folks,

April been super crazy and hectic for me. From missing your blog posts to super hectic work and participating in the April A to Z blogging challenge on the other blog, I just disappeared from the scene and Facebook. I ain’t kidding but things has been a roller-coaster ride with so many things happening in life. I miss reading your blogs and leaving comments. Trust me, it’s entirely my loss.

I’ve been missing on books piling in the room and just yesterday, went on to buy few more, Rudyard Kipling Tim, PG Wodehouse French Leaf and NewsRoom Live on the life of young journalists in Metro City. I’ve been reading on Kindle on my I-pad during the bus journey which is the only time I can afford to read. But, I miss the pleasure of reading amazing paper back which is bliss but high time to get back at it. It’s something that grabbed my eye balls in the bookshop considering that it’s my field. I am sure many of you know the feeling, right. Yet! Another busy week shaping up and seeing the weekend slipping out of thin air. It’s been a mammoth task to update this blog with the posts coming and many ideas that are lost in translation.

It’s been a crazy April with so many things happening and old hopes cum dreams re-kindling in this mystery called life. There was the marriage proposal that I laughed at last time that our ‘Acharya’ brought home. Mom, being who she is, informed me which I took lightly and she started with me, telling how the time I’ll grow old, girls will reject me. Haha! In my prime 30s, guess I am already old. Haha!! I wanna tell her. And, I thought that she has lost all hopes on me which works perfectly. The last time I vehemently rejected a proposal is four years back. So! Getting hitched and all is not in my dictionary. How I hate those nosy acquaintances and family getting more worried about me being married than the man, himself! Kuch toh log kahenge, logon ka kaam hain kehne. The truth is that I am not ready to tie the knot and for the time being, I am enjoying my independence plus I have other priorities, to explore greener pastures and be back for good in Mumbai. This is where my life is, Mumbai. There is no way I am getting hitched any time soon since it will make things go haywire in life. One thing I don’t understand is that how people believe that not being married makes one alone and lonely. It’s bullshit. One can be happy and being much an evergreen bachelor. What say, gals and guys?! That doesn’t mean I am not open to dating and being in a relationship. I am single and ready to mingle considering that it’s been long I dated. It was the ex- and quite a painful break-up. She has moved on and so am I! S is now settled in US, at least what was brought to me.

Movies has always been the first love of my life. It’s after ages that I managed to watch some movies this week. Saturday night, I watched Bang Bang which is utter crap and nonsense. I can’t still make out how Katrina Kaif can be called an actor, expressionless and dumb. Her Hindi sucks and for someone who stayed in India for 11 years, well! well! I am not saying that my Hindi is good but, ahem! ahem! Hrithik’s performance is the movie didn’t make me breathless or speechless, he was just average. Today, was a respite and I finally watched Haider, a brilliant movie with mind-blowing performances from Shahid Kapur and the power house of energy called Tabu. Me think Haider is Shahid’s best after a long time, it was Kaminey!

There was time when eyes twinkled with dreams to make it big in the film industry. I aspired to be like Mahesh Manjrekar, a film director and doing character roles in B-World, the time I assisted friends and hanging at Film Television Institute of India (FTII). Naturally, destiny has something different for me and got into journalism by a stroke of luck. Those days the aspirations are touching the nerves in my body and dunno why to fulfill aspirations. I was watching the interview of Ali Fazal, a good friend and hostel companion in Churchgate, Mumbai, the down-to-earth dude always in shorts and guitar during his Xavier’s Days and doing theater. It warmed the heart to watch him being himself in the interview and there is no starry or fake airs. He is still the same person, I knew during those halcyon days. Being himself, somehow he is providing fodder for dreams. One should never abandon dreams, though I confess the heart is filled with regrets for missing the train of ‘trying’ to make it big. It reminds me that perhaps it’s time to re-work on the scripts of short films that got lost in translation.

This post is getting longish and time to push off. Give me some love on the other blog for the challenge I am taking part this April:

http://vishal-newkidontheblock.blogspot.com/

I shall take two weeks sabbatical from the blog but some authors/blogger interviews will line up so that you don’t miss me:)  I am dying for a break and go on a holiday this December. Let’s see.

Love

V

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2015 in uncategorized

 

Tune of love


Crazy, stupid love.

Calf and juvenile love.

Sensitive heart breaking all barriers and boundaries,

to chase love of his life.

Beauty and love has no limit,

burning in the fire of hell,

swayed by emotions to ignite the immature heart.

It was the season of emotional storms and age of innocence.

Lured by beauty and madness of love.

Passion of the heart, stringing a new new tune.

You’ll know when it happens,

bells tickling in the heart.

A song heard from the afar,

the tune of love.

Love

V

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2015 in uncategorized

 
 
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