To consciously stay away from writing and blogging tested me on many fronts.
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The future is already here.
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An appeal for better sense.
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Notes on the difficulty of writing.
It's that time of the year when we are (pleasantly) reminded of the fact that there are people among us who still read books. It's the season of literature festivals. The most glamorous of them all, t...
It was a Monday morning; the winter sun had risen two hours ago. I hadn't slept all night apart from a few momentary winks. My eyes, heavy from the continuous typing and countless cups of coffee, were...
‘I would love to have been a bar-room singer.’
Can you teach someone to be a writer? Can you, indeed? Or to become a better writer? I guess that depends on how you define "teach." You can ask this question about any of the arts. Can you teach some...
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'Goat Days', his earlier novel in translation, won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 2009.
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A new idea... grab it before it is taken! You've obviously heard of engineers opting to spend a couple of years in an IIM or some lesser institute for an MBA and then settling down to sell soaps or th...
The O, P, W of Indian culture.
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Backed by a glowing Madras High Court judgment on a petition that sought to forfeit all copies of his controversial novel 'Madhorubagan', Tamil writer Perumal Murugan on Wednesday said in a statement...
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Over the last few years, I have lost my mother to cancer, my father to liver cirrhosis, my grandmother to Parkinson's disease and my grandfather to dementia. Some were ill for months, others for years...
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Seems like, the only time we use a pen nowadays is when we have to sign a document. Receiving a handwritten note fills us with warm feelings of nostalgia. For a longtime now, writing has meant tapping...
If motivation comes really hard to you (like it does to me), start thinking of ways you can spill success from one activity to another. I used this concept to become a dedicated runner, which in turn, has helped me become a more consistent writer.
Writing is magical. I've been a writer for 10 years now. I started out late, which some say is a good thing. I was in my early thirties stranded on the Howrah railway station, my train ten hours late,...
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Writing is by its very nature an optimistic and isolated act -- sitting with your pen and paper or typewriter or laptop in a world of your own and hoping that what you are creating will resonate with readers. By the looks of a festival like the JLF, the largest free literary festival in the world, that continues to grow and share this evident love for words year after year, it is safe to say that stories and storytellers are safe...
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The subaltern who are erased from the mainstream discourse are often erased due to their inability to communicate in the language of power. Writers, although guilty of the "politics of representation" in text, lend a voice to the silenced and this is the essence of activism -- speaking up when all others are muted.
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My Twitter timeline has been abuzz. Syria, you think. Rahul Gandhi's latest speech. The lingering after-shocks of Cameron's Piggate. Maybe even some Trump-related jokes. Think again. Ever since it announced its presence circa 6pm on 22 September, the brand new publishing house Juggernaut has not looked like stopping. And like the proverbial juggernaut, it is both formidable and paradigm altering.
In this article I'll be making two assumptions. One -- You are a newbie writer who has just started blogging after reading about the importance of blogs. Two -- You already know about the basics of blog writing. So now let me show you some slightly advanced-level mistakes that a lot of bloggers make and how to avoid them.
With millions of blogs already on the web, and new ones getting in on the act, blogging is an activity that sees a mind-boggling investment of cumulative time and effort. But while all blogs are started with a degree of passion, only some succeed. To be a booming blogger, it is significant you understand that why other bloggers fail.
Dealing with writer's block I cannot believe I am writing this blog. Just the thought of it gave me writer's block. As a business journalist, I wrote several news stories over six years but never once...
Recently, an author with a book fresh from the press sent me review request. Came down straight to the point in a two-line mail - "Where should I send you a copy". No, he did not ask me what the proce...
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Come to think of it, hieroglyphic writing was the Egyptians' emoticon-like language and the Rosetta Stone, their tablet. There was a message there that we totally misread. Thankfully, however, we seem to have redeemed ourselves. Unwittingly or otherwise, we have finally realised the immense importance of the symbolic over verbose gobbledygook.
Early morning, you open your email and out pops yet another rejection from a publisher you had your heart on. You fume, you wither, you get depressed and angry and want to hit someone. Everyone is aga...
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Determination and persistence pays off. I believe that with the right attitude, and with a reasonable understanding of my talents - I know I'm never going to become a singing superstar - I can succeed. This belief is what kept me going when I left my lucrative career in investment banking and turned to writing.
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Apparently, it isn't enough for Kangana Ranaut to be Hindi cinema's top actress at this time. The two-time National-Award-winning actress, currently basking in the glow of 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns', ha...
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In my writing career I've come across the works of thousands of writers. I've seen a lot of them making some common grammatical mistakes. So I thought I'll put down a list on some of those errors and their rectification.
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Every small idea can be developed in to a full-length novel or a short story. All you need is engrossing narration.
I clearly remember the day it arrived. Covered in bubble wrap and enclosed in a corrugated sheet, it was home delivered by Flipkart. It was love at first sight. Its soft black leatherette cover and smooth chrome yellow pages had me swooning.
If you happen to come into contact with the right person to pitch to on social media, you might try introducing your idea to see what response you get. This will mean putting a lot of thought into crafting a short pitch or hook, and remaining considerate of how the recipient would like to learn more.