Friday, 27 October 2017

Headlines #FotoFiction

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Newspaper – #FridayFotoFiction Oct 27- Nov 1 Flash Fiction Writing

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Life Lessons #GrandParentsDay #LoveJatao


I am yet to meet somebody who does not think fondly of their grandparents. Some were fortunate to be cared and nurtured by their grandparents, while some wish they could have had them for a longer period. There are also a few who have seen theirs only in pictures. But there is always something special about the love of grandparents.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Harmony

The Piano – #FridayFotoFiction Sep 1-6 Flash Fiction Writing

88 black and white keys find a way to live harmoniously. You and I couldn’t find a single melody to resonate in our hearts. Each time we struck a wrong cord, the harsh music reverberated through our dying love. There couldn’t have been a melody in the vengeful notes we were writing for each other. There couldn’t have been harmony in the soul-less music that echoed endlessly. Isn't it amusing how lifeless keys can produce melodies but two living souls could not find any music in their hearts?



This fiction is inspired by the photo prompt and written for
#FridayFotoFiction Sep 1-6 Flash Fiction hosted by 

Tina Basu


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Sunday, 13 August 2017

70 years- Too Young to be Perfect?



#IndependenceDay

In a couple of days, India completes its 70 years of being independent. 70 years is a long time and the country has come a long way since 15th August 1947. From being a poverty-stricken nation holding on desperately to its rich culture to sustain, to being one of the super powers of the world today, She has seen pretty much everything. More than a couple of wars and an intermittent pseudo-war both at the border and within during these years have put her at constant risk. But She continues to strive ahead. There are mistakes being made, there are battles being lost but then she is only 70 years. Isn’t it too young for a country to be perfect?

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Menstrual Leave- Far from reality....or Not?


Menstruation has been a private and personal subject even within the family. With the introduction of this policy, it has suddenly become a topic of public attention. But are all discussions in favour of the argument?

Friday, 21 July 2017

A bloody debate



A company in Mumbai with approx. 75 women on its payroll, recently announced “menstrual leave” for its female employees for the discomfort they face on the first day of periods. The company has also approached the Human Resources ministry to consider a similar policy nation-wide. Though the petition is already signed by more than 25,000 people so far, there are equal numbers, many of whom are women, to oppose it and think of the move as regressive. A company from Kerala has joined the trend and offered menstrual leave for its female employees. As the trend catches up with more organizations, I thought of asking a few people about their views on this and discover the value of this proposition, if any.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Unseen Bruises & Unheard Screams #ALettertoHer



This post has been especially recognised by Juggernaut Books and Women’s Web in the #ALetterToHerblogathon for its role in spreading awareness about domestic violence.


She started picking up the used plates and cleaning the table as everybody moved towards the adjoining terrace of her penthouse for post-meal desserts and coffee. They couldn’t stop praising her delicious five-course dinner. The praises were not new to her. She knew she served magic on plates and whoever ate that magic couldn’t forget the taste for the rest of their lives. She wasn’t arrogant though. In fact, far from it.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

My Baby's Skin Is Soft as Cotton, Thanks To These 7 Tips By My Doctor - On WOM Website


A baby’s skin is very sensitive and prone to infections. These infections, if contracted, can cause painful irritation and discomfort for the baby. Preventive care is thus essential to keep it soft as cotton and retain its glow. So when my doctor suggested the following tips for my son, I made sure to follow them prudently.


This is a sponsored post for First Cry.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Explore North India in 7 days- Guest post by Rohit Agarwal




India is generally divided into two halves when it comes to tradition, culture, and language. Both these halves offer endless, enchanting and scenic locations that may give any place in the world a run for its money. The captivating North comprises of the vastly populated states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir including the capital New Delhi and the Union Territory of Chandigarh. Though it has a lot to explore and will demand a lot of time, a well-designed travel plan can let you experience most of it in 7 days Here is the day wise itinerary that you can follow for an ideal and enticing trip to North India.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

An Ode to the Wordsmiths!



This story was originally narrated by the author at a storytelling event "Unsung Heroes".

What is writing? A logical answer would state that it’s nothing more than permutation and combination of 26 letters. Alphabets forming a word, words forming a sentence, sentences forming a paragraph. Yet, you sitting and reading this, and me hoping that you like what you're reading, are some among the few who would agree that writing is so much more than that. A bunch of paper with those permutation and combinations of  26 letters made me who I am today. 

Unsung Heroes- A StoryTelling Event Celebrating the Real Life Heroes


Inspiration comes in different forms. It can come in the form of friends who refuse to leave your side even in the darkest of times or it can come as an 8-year-old who did not let a deadly disease kill her spirit. This inspiration, in various forms, is all around us. But we seldom show our gratitude towards the source of inspiration that keeps us going. So when Kaffienated Konversations and Just Story Teller gave a platform to young writers and speakers to show gratitude towards their Unsung Heroes, they readily grabbed the opportunity and told stories that touched hearts. 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

#Nirbhaya- Age is a state of mind- UC We-Media


What should define a juvenile? A number called age? But then isn't age just a state of mind. One of the accused in #Nirbhaya rape and murder case could not be tried in the court of law because he was under age, a juvenile. The cruelty of crime had to be over-looked in his case and he was sent to correction home with a hope to reform him. 

Do you think that a man who committed "rarest of rare" crimes should be considered a juvenile because of his biological age? 



Monday, 22 May 2017

Book Exchange Meet - A Bibliophile's Dream Came True Here



The Sunday morning of 21st May 2017 was the usual quiet type and peculiarly hot by Indore standards except for a select few. As the citizens of the city casually followed their Sunday routines and flocked the Poha stalls, there was a group of people who were looking forward to something else other than the Indori breakfast. They had gathered for a book exchange meet organized by JustStoryTeller and Kaffeinated Konversations. 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

#RIP Reema Lagoo

The beloved bollywood actress who palyed mother to many superstars passed away at early hours of 18 May 2017. She has left a void in the industry which no-one can fill.

Read more on UC We-Media

Noose is Not the Answer


When Darwin coined the phrase “survival of the fittest”, little did he know that it is going to acquire a completely new meaning in the 21st century? We are living in difficult times. Being average or even above average is not sufficient. Everybody is expected to be extra-ordinary. Everybody and everything is being measured on the same parameters of success and failures. And our education system is no different.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

#ChangeTheRecipe Add Some Imperfection


Once upon a time, there was a Super-Mom. She could do everything perfectly- manage work and home, cook delicious meals every day, look spectacular even at oddest hours and always had a smile on her face. Her biryanis were always yummy, her Punjabi chole could beat any 5-star menu and her sambhar never went too spicy or too sweet…….OK, wake up now. The dream is over.

Saluting the General #Mothers' Day


After a tiresome day at work, it was a quick fix dinner as I looked forward to turning in early. Kiddo was surprisingly helpful that day and helped me clear the table. So as a token of appreciation for his good behavior, I decided to treat him with hot chocolate. I could also use a dose of some chocolaty goodness. So hot chocolate it was, for both of us while watching Tom and Jerry on TV.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Interview- Neil D'Silva- The Man Behind the Scary Stories


It is difficult to imagine that an adorable gentleman with a child-like innocence on his face writes horror stories like Maya’s new husband and Pishacha. It’s only when he speaks with complete command of the subject (and many more things) that you put your doubts to rest.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Travel Back in Time to Deal with Ban on Polythene bags


The directive to ban polythene bags in prominent cities of the state of Madhya Pradesh from 1st May (which has now been delayed for a few days) has been having mixed reactions from the citizens. We have become so used to this all-purpose material that imagining daily chores without polythene is extremely difficult. Right from the basic vegetables, milk etc. to almost every conceivable commodity is packed and parcelled in plastic bags.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Inner Beauty- Time to Come Out and Rule #Changemakers



Other than the unbearable heat-wave across the country, India is also facing a “ban-wave”. Every day the citizens are waking up to a new ban on something. Keeping up with this new trend, one more ban should be introduced. A ban that society desperately needs today-“ban on beauty standards” of any sorts.

Read More on UC We-Media .......


Sunday, 30 April 2017

The Chef


Photo Prompt by JustStoryTeller

What is this procession papa?", asked Akash. Both of them had to halt their services as their customers rushed towards the pompous procession. There were huge speakers blaring bollywood numbers and a pretty girl with a mike saying something in English. Cameras were following the rich looking people in colourful clothes and dark sun glasses who had reluctantly stepped out of their air-conditioned cars. There were large screens displaying videos of expensive looking hotels.

Zeenat Mahal

Day 26 of #AtoZChallenge

I found this amazing author just last year and can’t stop thanking Google and Amazon since then. I was so in love with her books, that I knew the last letter of this #AtoZChallenge has to be reserved for her. I picked one of her books, Haveli, as a light read after a particularly hectic day at work and finished it in one go, smiling and enjoying myself throughout. After Haveli, I read four of her books back to back. I think that explains a lot.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Yugandhar by Shivaji Sawant

Day 25 of #AtoZChallenge

Yugandhar is yet another masterpiece by the author of Mrintunjay, Shivaji Sawant. Based on the life of Krishna, it has a very different perspective than conventional books that praise Krishna unconditionally.

Friday, 28 April 2017

The X-Files

 Day 24 of #AtoZChallenge

If you are 80s kid, there is no way you could have missed the X-files TV series. During that time, only two kinds of kids existed-one who were die-hard X-files fan and the other who were friends with the first set and ended up listening to X-files narration in class rooms.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

When the Moon is low-Book Review

Day 23 of #AtoZChallenge

I get instantaneously drawn toward stories with a war background.Wars have a gruesome impact on people; people who are not a part of that war, people who do not want that war but are made to bear the brunt only because they happen to be in that part of the land at that time. As a sincere Khaled Hosseini fan, I have developed a deep sympathy towards the men, women, and children in those regions. I had high hopes from Nadia Hashimi and “When the Moon is low”. And I was not disappointed.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

7 Best Places in Kerala Famous for Hydel Tourism

By Rohit Agrawal

Hydel tourism is a new concept in the tourism industry with an initiative to conserve environment. This is a project undertaken by the initiative of Kerala state electricity board. Various small and big hydel projects are associated with such tourism in the state of tourism. Today, many people are interested to visit such sites that has hydel power projects. Tourists will be able to have a view of the panoramic landscapes of such area. Let us find out some of the places in Kerala that is famous for hydel tourism.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Shriman Yogi by Ranjit Desai

Day 19 of #AtoZChallenge

Shriman Yogi is not a book. It’s a treasure. It’s a torrent of emotions that lifts you up in the air, twists you in a whirlwind, makes you cry like a baby and leaves you in a state of awe. And this happens every time you read it. When I read this book for the first time at the age of 20, I knew I would come back to this book many times. 8 was the number when I last counted, I lost count after that. I know people who have read it a dozen times and still want to read it again. 

Friday, 21 April 2017

Ruskin Bond




Everybody who has had anything to do with books in their life has heard this name. And those who like to read must have read at least one of his books. Ruskin Bond is a name that needs no introduction. With 100s of stories for children and adults, Bond’s pen has created magic every time it touched paper. At 82 years of age, Ruskin Bond still manages to churn out a great tale when he writes.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Handloom Heritage - Pride of India

Image Courtesy: Jharonka

Nothing defines an Indian woman better than an elegant saree. The colorful fabric augments her beauty and enhances her charisma. A woman is always proud of her collection of sarees with an eternal yearning to have more. A saree is not just a 5-meter piece of fabric –it can be a prized possession or an emotional connection or a souvenir.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

03:02 by Mainak Dhar

Day 15 of #AtoZChallenge

Can you imagine a life without the basic comforts of life like electricity, mobile phones or laptops, cars, bikes, television and even water? Can you think of growing your own food and fetch your own water to survive? What if your status and bank balances do not provide you any privilege? Are you prepared to fight with forces that threaten your existence? If you can’t imagine yourself in any of such situations, it’s time for you to read 03:02.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Nadia Hashimi


Day 14 of #AtoZChallenge

This thing called internet is amazing. And the way marketers use it to subtly influence customers’ buying preferences is phenomenal. Although sometimes it’s just creepy when google ads pop up an advert on the basis of your last google search, it does serve the purpose of cleverly navigating the customer to his or her next purchase.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Mritunjay by Shivaji Sawant

Day 13 of #AtoZChallenge

If words in book were a colourful picture where every emotion is a colour, Mritunjay would be one of the best portraits ever. And if words could play the strings of a violin or keys of a piano, Mrintunjay would be the best symphony ever written.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Looking Into the Sun- Soon to be a motion Picture

Looking Into the Sun will soon be a motion picture. Sincerest thanks to the author, Todd Tavolazzi,  for sharing details about the project and highlighting  the cause.

Day 12 of #AtoZChallenge

“Small battles are won and lost every day by all sides. But the consistent losers are the people of Syria who must live, sacrifice and die in the horror created by people who claim to be fighting for their best interests.” 
                                                                                                                               -Pg 221

Looking into the Sun is war-fiction based on Syrian civil war. Todd Tavalozzi’s maiden attempt, this book has already been acknowledged as one of the best works in the genre` and will soon be a Hollywood motion picture. There are multiple reasons why I liked the book and read it in just 2 sittings.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

8 Things I Do to Keep My Child Safe Outside the House


World is beautiful. There is so much around us to admire. But the World outside is also a scary place. There are dangers all around us. It was extremely difficult for me to decide whether to protect my child from the worldly perils to let him be free to enjoy the beautiful world in his own way. It was a tough decision.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Day 11 of #AtoZChallenge

Kite flying, a humble sport, is nothing short of a festival in Afghanistan. Irrespective of age and social status, it was a favourite pastime in pre-war years. Kite runners had an important role in this activity as they were bestowed upon the responsibility of collecting kites which go astray after being detached from the strings. Kite runners and kite flyers work as a team. Kite runners are supposed to be fast and proficient at acquiring as many kites as possible. Amir and Hassan is one such team, Hassan being the loyal kite runner.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Jeffrey Archer- The Master Storyteller

Day 10 of #AtoZChallenge

No discussion about thrillers and drama novels is complete without the mention of Jeffrey Archer. Having read some of is best novels such as Kane and Abel, The Prodigal Daughter, First Among Equals and Only Time will Tell, I can vouch that he is the master of thrillers and completely deserves the “unputdownable” adjective for his books.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

It was Five Past Midnight in Bhopal by Dominique Lapierre & Javier Moro

Day 9 of #AtoZChallenge

Bhopal, a prominent city of central India, will never forget the night of December 3, 1984. The night marred lives of thousands of unsuspecting dwellers of the city. Union Carbide’s chemical plant at Bhopal which had promised employment and development to the city ended up taking lives and maiming many more when the poisonous Methyl Isocyanate leaked from its plant at midnight. Dominique Lapierre’s book traces the lives of people who were a victim of the tragedy and lived to bear the aftermath and share their stories.

Monday, 10 April 2017

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Day 8 of #AtoZChallenge

Unabashedly honest, courageous, considerate, truthful- These are the adjectives I would use to define The Help by Katheryn Stockett. It is one of those books which make you angry, sad and compassionate, all at the same time. It is definitely in the list of my all-time favourite books and one of those rare books which also turned out awesome on silverscreen.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore


Image Courtesy:Scoopnest.com

You don’t belong to planet Earth if you have not heard about the legend called Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. One of the greatest poets/writers/artists, Gurudev has a special place in every art lover’s heart everywhere in the world. Writer, poet, painter, philosopher and nationalist are just a few hats he adorned gracefully. The first Asian to win a Nobel Prize, Tagore also had strong views about the country’s independence during the British rule. Though it is impossible to describe his contribution to the world in a few words, here are 7 facts that demonstrated his prominence.

Friday, 7 April 2017

The Firm by John Grisham

Day 6 of #AtoZChallenge2017

John Grisham is undoubtedly the master of thrillers. With bestsellers like The Chamber, The Client, The Pelican Brief and many more to his credit, Grisham seems the exact formula to keep his readers completely hooked. Other than being packed with extreme levels of thrill and suspense, his books are well-researched and intelligent. The plots are always invigorating with no loopholes for doubt. The Firm by Grisham is by far one of my favourite thrillers so far in the list (and the list includes big names like that of Arthur Hailey, Sydney Sheldon, James Patterson etc.)

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Devdutt Pattnaik - Retelling Mythology

Day of #AtoZChallenge2017  

Mythology is a tricky subject. It often hinders with your notion of modernism. As Indians, we are culturally wired to accept mythology as an important part of our lives. But when infused with scientific reasoning, there is a strong repulsion to the thought process that has been conditioned otherwise. And then begins the enormous confusion.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Chetan Bhagat - Wow or Eww?

Day 3 of #AtoZChallenge2017

You can love Chetan Bhagat. You may also choose to hate him. But there is no way you could ignore him. To call him the flag-bearer of new generation of Indian authors and crediting him with reintroducing fiction to young Indians wouldn't be completely wrong. In spite of receiving tremendous criticism for a number of reasons, CB soared higher with every consecutive book. I can't say I have loved any of his books, but I also have to confess that I didn't completely dislike them either. Although I have stopped picking up his books now, I do read his articles once in a while. Whether I agree with him or not, doesn’t need a mention here.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

A Thousand Splendid Suns- A Literary Masterpiece



"One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,
or a thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls."

People who love, really love, books know how difficult it is to pick one book that you can call your favourite. I had faced a similar predicament until I read A Thousand Splendid Suns. Having read The Kite Runner by the same author earlier, I was assured of no disappointment. But after reading A Thousand Splendid Suns, I was sure that I have found of the answer of that eternal question, “Which is your favourite book?”

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

7 Solutions That Have Helped Me Keep My Baby Away From Diaper-Related Skin Problems


Diaper rashes are a nightmare – both for mommies and babies. Babies till the age of 2 years are particularly prone to diaper rashes and can succumb to it in spite of utmost preventive care. Nothing upsets a mother more than a wailing baby.

Being a working mother, I had to rely on domestic help to take care of my baby. I had taken special care to teach her about hygiene and diaper routine. Since I stay in a region that is known for extreme weather conditions, it was critical that there is absolutely no negligence.

Not knowing what to do can render a new mother completely helpless – and I was no exception to this situation. This is what I did to overcome the nightmare.

Continue reading......on World of Moms.

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Women In Books I wish were real- Guest post on Novemberschild


Women are wonderful creatures. Enigmatic and alluring. When they become an artist's muse, the charisma is multiplied manifold. Women, as characters in books, have been fantasized, admired and even envied. Some of them have come out of the bounds of books and become almost real. I bring to you 5 such women who are creation of an author's imagination but they seem to narrate their story in a voice of their own.

Romilaa from novemberschild.com, a veteran blogger and a voracious reader, hosts this post on her wonderful blog. Read more about Women in Books I Wish Were Real on her blog.

Monday, 20 March 2017

The Hopeless Bibliophile



Hopelss Bibliphile…that’s me. Totally incurable, almost on the verge of addiction. In spite of having faced a lot of ridicule, ire and downright disregard, I don’t seem to learn a lesson. I have given up on myself. I LOVE BOOKS. Period. From chacha choudhary comics to Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Secret Seven. From Byomkesh Bakshi to Sherlock Holmes. From Jim Korbett to Kenneth Anderson. From Rabridranath Tagore’s Gora to Shivaji Savant’s Jaanata Raja. Arthur Hailey, Sidney Sheldon, Munshi Premchand , Karan Bajaj, Nadia Hashimi, Ravi Subramanium, Khaled Hosseini….and the list goes on. Written in Hindi, English, Marathi. I just can’t seem to get enough of it. And hence, my maiden AtoZ Blogging challenge has to be around books.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Search engines: The world at your fingertips

by Romilaa aka Novemberschild

Search engines are software that assemble lists of documents, generally those on World Wide Web and the contents of those documents. Search engines respond to the user entry or query by immediately searching the World Wide Web to the users query and display a list of documents called websites when on the World Wide Web. With the click of a key one is instantly able to gain access to information on almost any topic under the sun. Google, Yahoo, MSN have been first of the search engines.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Thursday, 9 March 2017

10 Ancient Destinations That Take You Back in Time

by Rohit Agarwal

India is country of variety of traditions and rich cultural heritage. There are many modern as well as historical structures here. Each and every historical structure tells about the rich past of the country. Many methods and techniques used to create these ancient structure remains mysterious and impressive. These structures attract travelers from around the world and leave them awe stuck with their beauty and perfectly carved designs. Check out these 10 awesome ancient destinations in India & fall in love with the country all over again and make your trip a memorable one.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

The Sanskaari Feminist


Some of the weirdest myths about feminism I have come across are:

· Feminists hate men.
· They are wannabe men.
· They think they are better than men.
· Feminists should not work in the kitchen.
· Wear un-feminine clothes and shun make-up if you are a feminist
· Feminism means having sex outside of a marriage or a relationship.
· Hate everything traditional if you think you are a feminist.

And the biggest of all: We don’t need feminism.

I have been a feminist all my life….even when I was too young to spell out the word. There have been phases where I wanted to abandon the theory and surrender. But I guess being a feminist isn’t a choice. It is an attitude.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Alien Encounter #ColgateMagicalStories


#ColgateMagicalStories is an interesting way to engage your kids this summer. Colgate Toothpaste pack can have characters from any one of these space adventure sets  - Alien Planet, Space Launch and Space Walk which could be cut out to play and learn. A fun way to stimulate the creativity of those little minds……you can’t imagine what comes out.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Life Beyond Grades- For Parentous.com

Our kids are growing up in a highly stressful times. Academic pressure is omnipresent. Grades have become the axis on which their lives rotate. And this pressure is damaging the young minds in more than one ways. And sometimes the damage is irreversible. So before we forget that there is a life which is not governed by grades, lets take charge and make repairs before it too late. And look for the life beyond grades....

Click to read more......on parentous.com.

It is always nice to be a part of a community that stimulates your thought process and gives you a chance to learn and evolve. Parentous.com, which is one of the largest growing parenting community of India is one such place.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Demand and Supply Equilibrium in Parenting


Law of demand and supply is one of the most basic principles in economics. An ideal state of market equilibrium is reached when the supply in the market exactly matches the demand of the market. However, this equilibrium in market is difficult to achieve and sustain due to a lot of related elements that govern demands and supplies. In fact, it is strongly suggested that for an economy to grow, it is important that demand is always slightly higher than the supply. Interestingly, this theory of economics is also applicable to parenting. 

Monday, 20 February 2017

Down the Memory Lane- That’s Where We Belong


Writing this for #BlogChatter Prompt #DownTheMemoryLane 

Down the memory lane is a great place to be in. Mainly because you know the outcome. There is no fear of uncertainty. And you can always exit if you don’t like what you see. Well, almost always.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

#I Love My Blog And It Loves Me Back



I take on the baton of #BlogLove from Vikram http://www.thesportsmirror.com/

“I don’t care if you are busy. I didn’t ask you to get involved with me. It was your decision. So don’t blame me if I demand time now.” My Blog said to me a few days back.