Buying Experience with Time

I spent the last weekend idling around; I did not do anything that I have always considered "productive". No reading novels. Or catching up on my read later lists. Or writing. Or working on the short story in progress. Nothing. I spent the whole two days lying on my sofa, enjoying a movie marathon …

This, That and A Lot on Punctuation

“I found a great many pieces of punctuation and typography lying around dormant when I came along - and I must say I had a good time using them.” – Tom WolfeA lot has been said and suggested by authors, amateur and experienced, on how we should and should not use punctuation. Setting aside the …

Slow Down. Be Present.

I'm consciously slowing myself down recently while doing everything . I've spent too much time worrying about the small things, planning about things too far in future. I've realised I'm not living in the moment. That's not healthy. So, I'm taking time doing my regular day to day activities. Slow …

Expressions & Revelations via Style

“I write lustily and humorously. It isn’t calculated; it’s the way I think. I’ve invented a writing style that expresses who I am.” - Erica JongI fully concur with that last sentiment from Jong; every writer has, irrespective of what she writes, a unique style. I believe if you have read from a …

Proposed Captcha for the AI Age

I recently read this brilliant comic by Zach Weinersmith at SMBC. And the first thought I had was this "has to be the most foolproof way there exists to prove yourself human" Seriously, I am tired of proving to Google that I'm human by selecting grids with zebra crossings in them. This task has to …

Don’t Let Micro-Stresses Burn You Out

The problem is that most of us have come to accept micro-stresses as just a normal part of a day. We hardly acknowledge them, but cumulatively they are wearing us down. And what’s worse is that the sources of these micro-stresses are often the people — in and out of work — with whom we are closest. …

Shuddering - A flash fiction

Raghav woke up from his deep slumber; he wasn’t prone to these breaks in his sleep as long as there wasn’t a reason for that. He felt he heard a constant buzzing sound; he wasn’t hearing any now. He attempted to gain his full senses. He looked at the dimmed screen of his iPhone; it hadn’t woken him …

On Notebooks, Words & Language

“We never sit anything out. We are cups, quietly and constantly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” - Ray BradburyThis short quote captures my process of writing so perfectly. I find that the words flow most freely when I let my heart spill …

When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents?

The absence of audio recording technology makes “when” a tough question to answer. But there are some theories as to “why.” Matt Soniak at Mental Floss

I'm not subscribing to HEY

I have finally made my mind. I am not going to pay for HEY. It is a wonderful service, no doubt. I love it. I just don't need it. I have been using HEY for almost two weeks now and since last few days, I have hardly acted on any emails the way the team wants me to. Most emails have been filtered …

USA! USA! USA!

Give me liberty or give me death? In response, the Pandemic leans forward with a big grin full of rotting teeth. Why not both? Go out! Have some fun. You’ve been cooped up too long. You deserve this. To all who hear me, you deserve something far better than a fun holiday weekend. You deserve a long …

What else could I do?

I am making sure I stay sane, healthy. I am spending time on, for and with myself. I am taking care of myself to the extent that I never did before. What else could I do? I am making sure my family stays safe. I am sharing stories, laughing a lot with them. I am playing with my daughter. All her …

I'm not going to write about...

Facebook and Zuckerberg. And I think even the big publications all round, the likes of Wired and NYTimes, need to stop writing about the issues inside Facebook. They call their edits "exclusive", tag them as an inside look at what transpired behind the tall walls. But that hardly matters - nothing …

Polaroid Snapshot and a Windowpane

“Words are a lens to focus one’s mind” - Ayn RandWords, being pre-eminent, have the potential to engross you for hours; beyond that, they have the power to mould your personality. Yet, they are ethereal when they come from the accomplished masters of the art form. Khaled Hosseini said during one of …

HEY has me conflicted

I paused at that last word in the title. I was so close to writing "hooked". But then I thought have they really sold the promise yet? No doubt, they are close. But, it's not a done deal yet. Why is this service so enticing though? I mean it's just an email service. I don't even use the email that …

Let's Dwell in Writing History

“Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it.” – Bob DylanSuch a simple thought, yet so apt for the creative people all over. There are times when we get stuck and look for inspiration. There are times when we wish that finding help was simpler. With this newsletter, I …

Every Pixar Movie Ranked *

Vox Media has an updating list of all the Pixar movies, ranked by their Culture team from worst to best. They have been doing this since last year. So it is interesting to see the list updated with every Pixar release. Since the release of its very first feature film, Toy Story, in 1995, Pixar has …

At times I wonder..

Why do I make things complicated for myself? Why can’t I keep it very simple? There is no need to spend too much time on fighting or working on something that’s not perfect or not exactly the way you want it to be. But it is manageable. Why is manageable not ok for me? Being satisfied …

Put a price on that "sure"

There are three important rules you should live by if you want to survive in this world. First, always look over your shoulder. Second, never trust anyone. And third, never say “sure”. Not to the shopkeeper that wants you to share your mobile number with him. Not to the neighbour that …

Rethinking stuff...

It is a different sort of day today. Things are very different. I mean what's with the lonliness within? It needn't be this way, but this can't be helped I guess. Anyway. I am also very much reconsider the way I publish. Am back to thinking the "no-editor" interface is blot is not something I really …

I have decided to actively be back on Twitter again. In a way, I never was off Twitter; I have been a passive contributor on Twitter for more than a year now. During that time, Micro.blog became the place that I was most active at. However, recently I have found that the platform just doesn’t …

Book Review: The Mystery of the Blue Train

The Mystery of the Blue Train is a typical Poirot mystery, just not presented in her signature intriguing style. There are just too many shifts to the points of view of the supporting characters. The clues are perceivable, but they aren’t backed by any information that is revealed earlier. …

"I just can't do this." Harried parents forgo home school

I received a call from my daughter’s school today, enquiring if all was well with her online schooling. I was left completely clueless on how to respond to that. My daughter’s school has enabled schooling of 5 subjects via an app. Each week, the app presents a new set of chapters, …

How am I doing right now?

I recently came across this brilliant article at Quartz at Work suggesting to “move beyond “how are you doing?” and get more serious about the questions we’re asking our colleagues, friends, and family”. It presented a list of questions that one should lead with …

I am getting used to this new normal

Empty, lifeless streets. Calm, soundless surrounding. Few overly protected bodies strolling around. No cars. No motorbikes. No home delivery agents. No horns. No flights zooming through the skies. Waking up early, trying to get into some sort of routine. As my mind attempts to convince me that it …