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Ash. Spiritual. Happy in my own way. Writes Random Stuff. Ice Cream. Night owl. Ice Cream, again.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Questions and Answers.

Hello!

I've been featured in Artily - An Online Informative Magazine. :-)

I was asked about my blogging journey and a few questions (some interesting ones).

Do read and let me know what you think!

You can read the article here.



A few excerpts: 
What do you find most challenging about blogging about your topic?

Sometimes, after drafting, writing, re-writing and proof-reading, just a few seconds away from hitting the publish button, I've deleted posts because I would have felt that something was missing. When my instincts tell me not to post it, I don’t. I've worked on posts for more than 3 hours and deleted them. I've also worked on posts for just 30 minutes and been immensely happy with the way it had turned out. The most challenging part is to draft it the way I visualize it in my mind. Sometimes it gets executed wonderfully well, sometimes it goes horribly wrong.

What really scares you?

When I allow others to influence my thoughts to a far greater extent than necessary.

What was the most challenging moment in your blog content development process and why?

I normally write what I feel like. For a competition once, I had to come up with content for 1500 words. Initially I found it difficult and I was scared if I would let my team down. I stuck to the age old way of writing by Outlining, planning, brain-storming and then writing. And then came the real challenge. I had written about 2500 words and I found it really difficult to cut it down to 1500 words. Giving a word limit is the most cruel punishment you can give a writer/blogger.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Book Review : The Turning Point


The Turning Point, is a compilation of short stories from Indian Writers. This includes the work of Nikita Singh, Parinda Joshi, Atulya Mahajan, Shoma Narayanan, Harsh Snehanshu, Judy Balan, Meenakshi Reddy Mahadevan and Durjoy Dutta.  Every story here has a different flavor, but they are bound together by a common theme – as the title indicates—a Turning Point.

When I was initially asked if I was interested to review this book, I was more than eager to do so, because I found myself reading more and more of short-stories these days and I was interested to see what this book had to offer. I probably had way too high expectations from the book; naturally, since the book is a collective work of well-known authors in India. When I started reading, initially I was disappointed, but with each story it kept getting better and better and by the time I was done reading the last story, I started asking Google for the other works of the authors whose story I liked the best.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I'm not Perfect, and I Know it!


It is one of those days that I plan to do something and things just don’t go my way.

After a good rest (a bit too long, my mind says!) from the previous Marathon (I’m not sure how many more Marathons I would take up, so that’s the reason for the emphasis here) I had taken part in, I started training for the next big Marathon that is to take place in the city. With the help of three successive alarms at 5.15 am, 5.30 am and 5.45am, I was up and running in my brand new Adidas shoes. As expected, I was exhausted from the run since I was running after almost a month. I got back home earlier than I intended to, fixed up a cup of coffee and relaxed in the couch and continued with the book I was reading.

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Normally I go for swimming during the weekends but on this particular day I was exhausted and decided against swimming. The moment I decided not to head to the pool, I started feeling guilty. I was slightly worried, if this excuse would go on and on for some time, to the point where I would end up staying away from the pool forever. More than the pool, I was guilty because of the decision I had taken. I was wondering if it was alright to not follow the plan that I had charted for the day.
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