Book of the Week #8:

The Prince of Patliputra,

by Shreyas Bhave

“What if you had hit me fatally, Buddhist?” Sushem asked him. “What then?”

Kanakdatta had laughed and said, “Then you would not have bought my bows?”

Now, as we approach the end of the second month of this blog, it is only fitting to feature a book that is more significant to me as a writer than as a reader.

And when an old junior from your college publishes a book based on your favourite historical figure which is then published by your very publishers, it is a big deal… Yeah, we even had the same project manager!

But having met the writer before reading the book, that is what makes this really special… Continue reading Book of the Week #8:

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Word of the Week #8:

Invincible

Have you ever felt like you are in seventh heaven, and the puny problems of the mortal world just do not seem to faze you?

It is kind of how Thor would feel, roaming around the realm of Midgard, commonly known to humans as “Earth”. Continue reading Word of the Week #8:

Writer Guy’s Analysis #1:

As discussed in last week’s post, we have now covered enough ground with the earlier tips, and for now, analysis of other, popular works would help us cement our understanding of the basic components of writing fiction.

So for now, the tips and analyses would come every alternate Thursday… Savvy?


Gone Girl

“What are you thinking?
How are you feeling?
What have we done to each other?
What will we do?”

Yes, we are working off the movie, and not the book, and the reasons for that are very simple.

  1. Generally, movies are quite easier, and sparser.
  2. More importantly, I have not read the book.

The first time I watched my movie, it really freaked me out… I mean, honestly, as a guy, it just resonates with a very specific part of my soul…

In some ways, the perfect time to watch this movie is at a bachelor party… But not yours, of course…

Anyway, my job, tonight, is not to praise this movie, but to dissect it and analyse the pieces, in a very cerebral, heartless way… And hey, that’s what I do…

OBVIOUS WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD

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Book of the Week #7:

Julius Caesar,

by William Shakespeare

“Now let it work. Mischief, thou art afoot. Take thou what course thou wilt.”
-Mark Antony

Now, as some of you might point out, this is an exceptional case, and for obvious reasons… But, you know, it is a “book”, right… And I have dabbled with drama as well, when I was younger, and not to brag, but I was always pretty good with the words… Continue reading Book of the Week #7:

Writer Guy’s Tip #3: The Narrative

Okay, a quick recap, before we begin…

So far, you should-

  1. Have a rough idea of the plot, and the primary characters of your story.
  2. Have a fair idea of the setting of your world.
  3. Have not written too much, already, or are willing to rewrite.
  4. Have, most certainly and without fail, read the previous post.

Now, this is the first time I am really urging you to read the previous post, but that is just the nature of the topics. The Plot and the Narrative have to go hand-in-hand… Continue reading Writer Guy’s Tip #3: The Narrative

Book of the Week #6:

The Horse and His Boy,

by C. S. Lewis

Shasta was dreadfully frightened. But it suddenly came into his head, “If you funk this, you’ll funk every battle all your life. Now or never.”

This was pretty much the same thought I had had, on one fine day during the Spring of ’14. Now or never.

Onward and Upward! To Narnia, and the North!

And thereafter, as I galloped along this beautiful but lonesome path, I never gave myself a chance to look back and wonder. But now, having slowed down into a comfortable trot, I can allow myself to reminisce… Continue reading Book of the Week #6: