Word of the Week #16:

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Stay tuned in… Arrkaya: Origins, coming soon…


Conformity

“It’s the one who’s different that gets left out in the cold.”

Anybody who has watched How I Met Your Mother would, or at least should, be familiar with this quote.

And anybody who has not watched it probably should. It is pretty good.

Either way, I am sure we have all experienced this in some way or another, often from the day we put on our uniforms and enter the school. Of course, it may begin earlier, but we are too young to notice. Continue reading Word of the Week #16:

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Book of the Week #15:

 

Haunting of Hiram,

by Eva Ibbotson

“I will buy your castle,” declared Hiram C. Hopgood. “But only if there are no ghosts!”

This is the condition the uber-rich American businessman makes.

And our young protagonist, Alex Macbuff, demonstrates the first rule of sales by looking him straight into the eyes and swearing the  castle would be completely ghost-free…

Of course, as you can guess, Castle Carra is not even nearly ghost-free. It is actually home to an assortment of ghosts, and young Alex must make them leave within a week…

No, this is not the beginning of the new Ghostbusters movie, but that of an adorable book by Eva Ibbotson. Continue reading Book of the Week #15:

Word of the Week #15:

A little of the promotional stuff, before we dive into the post… I hope you don’t mind…

Arrkaya: Origins, coming soon…


Stationary

Not to be confused with Stationery, okay… It can happen, and when it does, your dear friends would make your life a living hell…

And no, I do not speak from experience…

You know, this is the kind of word that comes to mind when all your friends are moving away for further studies or some gloomy job. Some are even going out and hunting Pokemon! I mean, that is the dream!

Meanwhile, you just sit in your musty bedroom, and stare into the computer screen… Continue reading Word of the Week #15:

Book of the Week #14:

Sparkling Cyanide,

by Agatha Christie

Six people were thinking of Rosemary Barton who had died nearly a year ago…

With that simple sentence began the first Agatha Christie book I ever read.

Not to be confused with the first Agatha Christie book I ever owned

And considering that I have read and loved half the books by this lady, who wrote almost a hundred books, if you count the collections of short-stories and plays, and the autobiographical works, it should be no surprise that she features twice in this list within three months.

Continue reading Book of the Week #14:

Word of the Week #14:

Publicity

Yes… The one word that makes even the best of us cringe…

And, of course, when I say us, I refer to writers, artists, and other such creative souls…

And we are, in general, not the most extroverted members of the society. We tend to devote all of our time and energy to our craft. Mundane terms like sales and revenue are beneath us. So this aversion does seem quite natural…

And basically, we just tend to be a special kind of crazy. Continue reading Word of the Week #14:

Book of the Week #13: [Guest Post]

Yashas:

Yes, this week, we share the first guest post on our blog. And considering this wonderful, young lady gave me the final push I needed to start this blog, it is only fair that for her to be our first collaborator.

And I believe a short introduction is in order…

She is an old classmate of mine, and one of the few people who are so nice that I cannot even make fun of them… Well, at least not in public…

She is currently studying Astronomy from University of Sussex, and intends to pursue a Doctorate in Astrophysics.

Some observational area, though, she tells me, not theoretical… And I just nod along…

So, yeah, she is a smart one…


Shruti:

Pride and Prejudice,

by Jane Austen

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

Thus begins one of the most acclaimed classics of English literature. Set in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice is probably Jane Austen’s most recognized work.

The first time I came across Pride and Prejudice was when I was 13. My eyes fixated on the dark blue cover of an abridged copy; a part of the stack of our grade 8 books given to us by school. It was neither a part of our curriculum, nor were we ever taught it in school. Continue reading Book of the Week #13: [Guest Post]

Word of the Week #13:

Collaboration

For years, I have dreaded this word… And now I wonder why…

I wonder whether it comes from my natural disposition, or from any past experiences, but I just prefer working alone. And as a writer, I am usually not required to work alongside others, anyway.

There is just a simple, but deep, pleasure in immersing oneself in a solo project, and watching it come to fruition. Continue reading Word of the Week #13: