Word of the Week #68:

Petrichor

Even as I write this, I can hear the clouds rumbling in the background, as the storm comes rolling over from, presumably, the Bay of Bengal.

In stark contrast to Western Literature, which has largely portrayed storms and rains as being dreary and foreboding at best, folk culture closer home has had more favourable response. And, of course, one need not look too far to understand the reasons behind the same.

You see, living in a tropical peninsula almost entirely reliant on the monsoons for survival pretty much guarantees a positive reaction upon the arrival of the rains.

Sure, a couple of weeks in, as we now are, we might sit indoors grumbling about the muddy roads and the stinky shirts and the recurrent network troubles, and the possibilities of going outdoors that might have existed, but for the weather, and yet you will have to admit: You did smile when the scent of the moist earth first wafted into your homes.

It is only fair, I would say. The love for the rain, it is a part of our heritage.

And now that the storm is breaking, what more can we do, but sit indoors with an Agatha Christie in one hand and a warm snack in the other… Really, what more do you need?

 

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Book of the Week #26:

Murder on the Orient Express,

by Agatha Christie

So, this is the third time we are featuring Agatha Christie in this list.

Only third? That is quite surprising… When I began, I intended to feature at least 20-25 of her books. So many wonderful books, so little time…

What is even more surprising is the fact that this is the only book I read after I watched the movie. Continue reading Book of the Week #26:

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.

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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 #2:

The Clocks,

by Agatha Christie

I looked at her. Sheila was my girl—the girl I wanted—and wanted for keeps. But it wasn’t any use having illusions about her.

Of all the Agatha Christie books I have owned, and there have been many, this was the very first one. And after much consideration and deliberation, I decided that this would be the first one of her books that I speak about. And I can say with quite some certainty that this will not be the last.

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