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Musing: Help A Child Create Happy Memories This...

content discovered on Thursday, October 15, 2015 in blog children dreams hope love musing musings pandal hopping vivel pujo love

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 wor...

Musing: 10 Life Lessons I Learned From My Cats

content discovered on Saturday, September 26, 2015 in cat funny happiness life lessons motivational musing musings the meowsings

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 Pippo Darling Of course Pippo likes sitting on my static cycle, conveying the silent message of "healthy bodies and healthy minds." He likes to do num...

Musing: Of wishes, realizations and Motivationa...

content discovered on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 in growing up happiness motivational monday musing musings realizations wishes

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. Image Source1. Let It Go! - Whether...

Musing: Things To Remember Part 2

content discovered on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 in happiness motivation musing musings

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...

Musings: How Life Got Better Since 2013

content discovered on Monday, August 31, 2015 in bloggers blogging coup d east happiness musing musings

COUP d’EAST Back 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 wit...

Motivational Monday: The Secret Shifters & PETs

content discovered on Monday, July 27, 2015 in law of attraction motivation motivational monday the secret

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 ...

Musing: Things to Remember

content discovered on Sunday, July 19, 2015 in inspirational blog motivation musing musings

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 you...

Motivational Monday: The Break in Faith

content discovered on Monday, July 13, 2015 in inspirational blog law of attraction motivation motivational monday

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, ...

Motivational Monday: The First Limiting Belief

content discovered on Monday, July 6, 2015 in inspirational blog law of attraction motivation motivational monday the secret

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 under...

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.) Screen shot of the Draft in its Early StagesJust 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 hig...

The Writing Desk: When You Write A Short Story

content discovered on Monday, June 8, 2015 in the writing desk

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 tel...

Musing: The Train

content discovered on Monday, April 20, 2015 in 4 am thoughts friendship musing musings

Image Courtesy: fb/The IdealistI 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 preten...

Musings: Going Indie for The Guitar Girl

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 publisher...

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 o...

Musing: A Love Letter to My Sister

content discovered on Sunday, February 8, 2015 in a different review elder sisters musing

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. Image Courtesy: brief summary of the story goes as such: //SPOILER ALERT//"It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook...

Musing: Childhood Dreams

content discovered on Friday, January 23, 2015 in kolkatalitfest2015 musing tatasteelkalam

23rd January 2015. Picture Courtesy: Swarnali Das I’d been looking forward to the day. Ever since the Kolkata Literary Meet, named Kalam 2015, had made their schedule for DAY 1 public. One name hadreverberatedthrough my mind the whole time: Ruskin Bond. I would finally get to meet the man who had given me my first childhood crush. I was barely twelve when I first checked out The Room on the Roof from my school’s library, and it opened the window to the world of Indian writing in English for me. Bef...

The Great Indian Litterbug

content discovered on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in musing

When I was first placed in my new home, the corner of a street, I heard the men mutter about how they were wasting their time. Of course, that got me really indignant. Why would placing me in a new home mean it was an utter wastage of time for them, eh? After all, I was prepared to do my duty. How hard could it possibly be to eat up all the waste paper, the wrappers of chocolates, the discarded newspapers and the innumerable cigarette butts? I would keep them all intact, and I would proudly deliver it ...

Musing: Why We'll Perhaps Never Be Friends...

content discovered on Thursday, January 15, 2015 in friendship musing

Today is a very important day for me. Besides this being my brother-in-law's birthday, it is also the day my 2nd published work saw the light of the day. I had been struggling to find a publisher post The Secret Proposal. I do have another novel coming out this year: but it was after a year and half of struggle that I finally landed LiFi Publications.And once IndiReads came along, there was no looking back. I can see now how different my writing is now from what it used to be...and I'm going towards my g...

Book Tour for B00k R3vi3ws: Fade Into Red Chara...

content discovered on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 in b00k revi3ws character interview fade into red

Meet The Protagonist 1. Hi, Ayra...first things first, what were you like as a child and a teenager? I was terribly spoilt but nevertheless a good girl. Being an only child, all my whims were catered to and honestly because I could do everything I wanted, I think I did nothing at all. It was all very charmed and you wouldn’t have liked me too much. I wasn’t very interesting at all. As I child, I spent a lot of time with Kartik and we read and played technics. But as I became a teenager, my friends cha...

Musing: "Be Still, My Broken Heart"

content discovered on Sunday, December 21, 2014 in animal cruelty cat kittens musing

"Death does not happen to you, Lydia. Death happens to all those around you, who are left trying to figure out how to get on with their lives without you in it." - Stiles Stilinski, Teen Wolf I have faced death from close proximity a number of times. Either my heart was too numb or I was too young to realize what Death really is about. A person you love with all your heart simply ceases to exist.One minute they're there - the next not. And I guess that's what made me extremely wary of people who are t...

Book Review: A Scandalous Proposition by M M Ge...

content discovered on Saturday, November 22, 2014 in book review books indireads

A SCANDALOUS PROPOSITIONby M.M. George Source: GoodReads/A Scandalous Proposition PagePublisher: IndiReadsDate: 2013Format: E-BookLink: GoodReadsAmazonPrice: I got mine as a part of a giveaway!Summary:“What is your price, Mira?”“You’ll never be able to afford it!”Feisty, small-town girl Mira Talwar is just finding her feet in Delhi when she encounters the hottest bachelor in the country, Ranbir Dewan. The sparks flying between them sizzle with sexual tension, but when Ranbir puts a scandalous proposit...

Musing: Why I Choose NOT To Get Married At 25 (...

content discovered on Thursday, October 30, 2014 in musing

I know posts like these have been doing the rounds on the internet of late, but I just have to vent about this somewhere. And what better way to keep a check on myself than broadcasting my thoughts all over the web via my blog. (Thank God I write - I think I'd have gone crazy by now had not been taking deep breaths and reminding myself I'd end up getting my revenge on print!)I was dragged, practically kicking and screaming, to a family get together. (I keep telling my mother how much I loathe these littl...

Product Review: MatrikaS Paper Products

content discovered on Saturday, October 11, 2014 in

The Three Products for ReviewAs a writer, I'm perhaps the easiest person to buy gifts for. Give me a journal or a notebook, I'm a happy girl. I have even hoarded a lot of pretty looking journals because I've not been sure what to write in them. I occasionally like to take them down, print my name on inside the first page, and put it back in my drawer of notebooks and journals. It is no surprise to me then that Swarnali recommended I apply for the MatrikaS Paper Product Review. While filling up the form...

Musing: Another Piece of my Childhood

content discovered on Saturday, September 27, 2014 in musing

"A sister is a piece of childhood that can never be lost." - Marion C. Garretty The First Picture of Us Together, September 1989.September 2014. "I still remember the first day you were brought home from the hospital," my sister tells me as we drive from Parkar Parade towards her house, "there was a power cut, and I spent the whole day fanning you." I smile. Our mother had told her repeatedly, that I was the helpless tiny thing and since she was my elder sister, it was her duty to take care me. Wor...

Musings: An Ex-Student Talks About #hokkolorob

content discovered on Thursday, September 18, 2014 in hokkolorob ju musing

I have been away from home since 23rd August, but that does not mean that news does not reach me. I have hardly ever used my Facebook page or my blog for anything other than creative purposes. But what happened on the night of 16th September is unforgivable. It made me think when I have a platform to voice my feelings, I should bloody well use it. After all, we want to be heard. What better way to do it than broadcast my thoughts on this blog of mine?Since I have not been present remotely in the city, I ...

Singapore Diaries: A Musing on Turning Twenty Five

content discovered on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in musing singapore diaries

Because I have been missing Pippo like crazy these past couple of days, my sister decided to gift me Muffin on the night the clock struck twelve and I turned 25 years old.That was the 12th of September 2014. And I have been meaning to blog about that for the longest time...but, oh know what they say - old age tends to catch up with you. ;)Okay. I lied. It doesn't. Age really nothing but a number. And while I freaked out about 25 and pulled a stunt that took me away from home, far from where ev...

Singapore Diaries: Of Bicycle Rides & Coffee Ev...

content discovered on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in singapore diaries

East Coast Park, as the Sun goes down...Every time someone asks me what have I been doing while my sister and brother-in-law are busy at work, I say...I'm busy with my own work. And when I finish working (or just want a break), I often walk down to the East Coast Park and spend a good amount of time there.This week, I think I even stayed there till 8:30 pm one time. Because the place really is beautiful. And I get to ride a bicycle in peace. Something I've missed doing over the last few years of growing ...

Singapore Diaries: East Coast Park & A New Friend

content discovered on Thursday, September 4, 2014 in singapore diaries

Last week when I got bored out of my mind, and decided to do a bit of exploring of my own. And in some stroke of miracle I found the way out of this beautiful maze Didi and Satyaki da live in called Villa Marina. Then my GPS took me to the East Coast Park. So I had walk for 19 minutes. Well, big deal. I still haven't hired a bike and rode around the park yet. I keep saying, "I'll do it tomorrow." But tomorrow, sadly, has not arrived yet. East Coast Park...looking at the I kind of walked ...

Day 30: My Hopes For My Blog

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Day 30: YOUR HOPES FOR YOUR BLOGI started this blog when I realized how powerful this platform is. True, I don't blog about things which would "trend". But this space feels so mine...absolutely mine.I hope more and more people discover this blog. Realize there's much more to the unstrung ramblings of my musings... :)

Day 29: A Confession

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DAY 29: A CONFESSION2013 was one hell of a year....and I'd never want to trade it for anything in the world. The good times have just begun!!!

Day 28: Most Embarrassing Moment

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DAY 28: MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENTWell, quite a few make it to the list: falling down the stairs in college when everyone realized who I had a major crush on when said crush decided to annoy the hell out of me by saying very weird things falling down while coming down the stairs in the Westside store ...and usually I just laugh at these moments and put them behind me!!!

Day 27: What's In Your Closet

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DAY 27: WHAT'S IN YOUR CLOSET Clothes Jewelry Diaries Books A kaleidoscope Notebooks Fabrics and more clothes!!!

Singapore Diaries: The Flight & Then Exploring ...

content discovered on Monday, August 25, 2014 in singapore diaries

I had arrived on plane delayed by 4.5 hours to Singapore. I had actually been looking forward to this trip. Which, by the way, is a first for me. I was practically shipped off the first time in December 2010...and the next time, my head was too up in the clouds to care about being out of the country. Not to mention the jealous and snide remarks I had to endure for being lucky enough to travel out of the country 2 times in a row. But this time it was different. I was not being shipped off ...

Day 26: My Hidden Talent

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DAY 26: YOUR HIDDEN TALENT Ummm...I guess I haven't discovered that yet. But I do have a knack of picking up lots of hobbies. Maybe that's my hidden talent.

Day 25: My Biggest Regret

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DAY 25: YOUR BIGGEST REGRETIt took me nearly twenty two years to find myself...I wish that had happened sooner. Besides that. Nothing really... :)

Day 24: What Attracts You (in Love)

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DAY 24: WHAT ATTRACTS YOU (in LOVE) Honest conversations that go on till late into the night... Someone who likes cats and would adore Pippli-Pie :D A lover of books, movies and music Someone who can write. Or tries to at least. Sense of humor. Caring, warmth and loving nature.

Day 23:If You Won the Lottery

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DAY 23: If You Won The Lottery... Start my own publishing house. Travel the world. Build a free library.

Day 21: What Makes Me Sad

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DAY 21: WHAT MAKES YOU SAD Backstabbers Lack of faith You choose to be sad I choose happiness over sorrow, every day :)

Day 20: What Makes Me Happy

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DAY 20:WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY Pippo darling <3 Red roses A walk in the rain New notebooks The smell of books Learning new things Reading Pet-sitting Baking Writing and the list is endless...

Day 19: My Favorite Movie

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DAY 19: MY FAVORITE MOVIE I loved this movie. I loved every single minute of watching this movie....And every time I am in a foul mood, I go back and watch this again :D

Day 18: A Photograph of Myself

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Day 17: My Favorite Blogs

content discovered on Thursday, August 14, 2014 in

DAY 17: YOUR FAVORITE BLOGS The Vigil Idiot Dip-tea Blogs Here The Shameless Blogger b00k r3vi3ws One and half minutes Dreams n Drama ....and all the random blogs I read!!!

Day 16: Thoughts on Education

content discovered on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 in

DAY 16: THOUGHTS ON EDUCATION My mother always said that the sky is the limit when it came to learning...and I've always believed that. While I agree that bookish knowledge is important - I sincerely believe that teaching yourself all the life skills is also very important. I have his mad urge to be self-sufficient. Perhaps that's why I've taken up innumerable hobbies... :) I don't like the rote-routine ways in which we're taught in our schools and colleges. It limits creativity. And becomes at the...

Day 15: Where Will I Be in 5 Years?

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DAY 15: WHERE WILL YOU BE IN 5 YEARS?Working my dream job, living with my family and of course, Pippo.Maybe with a wealth of books to my name.A couple of best sellers wouldn't hurt.Traveling.Weekend trips.Being in touch with my best friends.Being able to sew almost anything.A much better baker and cook.:)

Day 14: 3 Healthy Habits

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DAY 14: 3 HEALTHY HABITS Brush my teeth every day, twice, without fail :D I practice yoga, thrice a week. I always wash my hands before eating...or use a hand sanitizer!!!

Day 13: What's inside my fridge?

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DAY 13: WHAT'S INSIDE YOUR FRIDGE?Well, I guess milk, butter, eggs....lemon, vegetables, jars of jam, peanut butter.A stray bar of chocolate.Chocolate chips.A forgotten dessert.Bottled spices.Whipped cream.Fish.Chicken.Salami.Sausages.Minced'll have to ask my mother. This list is written from memory, recalling all the times I've opened the fridge, trying to snoop around for food! :D

Day 12: My Favorite Childhood Book

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Image Courtesy: Google ImagesDAY 12: YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK Long before I found out the reality of the Grimm's brothers' stories, I loved the watered down and sugar coated versions we were read out as kids. And Disney put a whole new spin on it too....So doubtlessly, my favorite childhood book was a copy of the children's version of Grimm's Fairy Tales. I do own a copy of the original too. But my love for the story remains as strong as ever. In fact, it has even inspired me to write Indian adap...

Day 11: 10 Favorite Foods

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DAY 11: 10 Favorite Foods I am not a foodie at all...but being friends and siblings with people who at least one favorite food has helped me pick up a few dishes that I will like - if not love. A recent conversation between my friends was one where everyone had an item of food they said they would kill for...and I kept thinking and thinking about something I would kill for. Too bad, nothing very concrete came to mind. Anyway - here's my list: 1. Phuckas/Golgappas/Pani Puris - whatever you choose to c...

Day 10: The Best Trip of My Life

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DAY 10: BEST TRIP OF YOUR LIFE 2012 was a terrible year for me. But there was just one thing which cancelled out all the bad things, and made everything in the end, seem worth it. That was the fact it was my first trip with friends. With Indrani Pradeepta at the Mirik Lake,Picture Courtesy: PramurtaIt was the trip to Darjeeling. Being the crazy people we are, we booked our hotel even before knowing how we were going to get there in the first place...and we were going there in December. During the ti...

Day 9: What's In Your Bag/Wallet

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I keep switching my bag in the one I carry around. Either to college, or to hang out with friends. Or to even random outings on my own. But there are a few essentials I always carry in my bag. Image Courtesy: This1. Pepper Spray!!! :D (I've terrified people with this knowledge on occasion too!)2. The book I'm currently reading...and this varies from the latest John Green to some philosophical book I might have gotten my hands on. I read almost all kinds of books (except the ones with gory...

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