This is Part 1 of my Reading 101 series. If you are one of those people who really wished they read more books but could not start and/or maintain a reading habit, then this post is for you. Even if you are a disbeliever and think reading is only a substitute for sleeping pills, do try the tips below and you just might cave in and enter the wonderful world of literature. Continue reading
2017 was a good year for introverts when it comes to books. There were a few cool books published about introversion. I came across three lovely comics and one essential nonfiction. Before I announce these books, let me explain why we need to read them. I find that I often have to convince people to read books or articles on this topic, so here goes. Continue reading
It is said that everyone has a story in them. NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month aims to help people in creating novels. It is a challenge to write 50000 words of a novel’s draft in the 30 days of November. I was one of the many people who were dubious about it and assumed it emphasizes on quantity over quality. This year I decided to give it a try. I did have a few story ideas in mind for years but never managed to write them, so I figured I’d take part and see how it goes. In this post, I will share my experience with my first NaNoWriMo and give you reasons to try it out yourself. Continue reading
Halloween is around the corner, so I decided to make a book list consisting of scary books. Since I am into classics lately, I dug into google and excavated some good old horror books. Who says Halloween has to be about ghosts and creatures of the dark only? In my list, I have books featuring unearthly creatures, portraying characters with twisted minds and depicting dystopian societies. Continue reading
If you have never read a comic past childhood, this list is for you. Now before you brush it off saying that comics are for kids, let me insist that you check out at least a few of the recommendations below. You might change your mind.
Also, this list contains only webcomics which are legal and free to read online, so you’ve got nothing to lose. Without further ado, let me list down some awesome webcomics to suit the tastes of the adult reader: Continue reading
There is more to the Harry Potter series than meets the eye. Sure, we occasionally meet people who claim it to be a children’s book series, but every Potterhead will give you hundreds of reasons as to why HP is awesome. Take a step back from the spectacular world building, brilliant writing and interesting plot and you will observe many moral lessons.
The emphasis on certain topics, such as friendship, loyalty, courage, love, perseverance, righteousness, equality, sacrifice, community, hope, choice, etc., is pretty obvious. However, there are a few other things that grabbed my interest while reading the series again as an adult. In lieu of Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary, I reread the books and found myself more in love with the series than I did as a child. Here’s why: Continue reading
I had a short stint as a Toastmasters Club Secretary. Though I loved the meetings, I soon realized that the secretary’s role took too much of my time and I dropped off Toastmasters after a single term, which is 6 months. Every now and then, I missed speaking in front of the lovely crowd and listening to people’s inspiring speeches.
Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to a mesmerizing speech by my friend. Continue reading
I often come across book lists that feature women writers. This women’s day, instead of giving you yet another list of books by women, I wanted to share books for women and about women. No, this is not a list of “chick-lit”. And no, not a feminism 101 reading list either. I will post one in the future when I’m well-read on the topic.
In this post, I will be sharing books that have meant a lot to me, that are on my must-read list and that are constantly being recommended to me. This list will be across genres but will feature books that centre around women. Continue reading
We spend our life pretending that we will live forever. Death is something that we assume is always years away. We know we are all going to die eventually, but we always ignore this fact. When a loved one dies, it hits us hard and we regret the many things that we wanted to do with them or for them. We regret not having spent quality time with them and not having been in touch with them frequently because we were “busy”. We remember the fight we had eons ago and wished we had apologized or didn’t make a big deal out of the conflict. We regret not expressing our love. Continue reading
Last December, I had written a post on surviving the Chennai floods. This year, it is about the Cyclone. For those of you not in the know, there was a super cyclone that made landfall near Chennai on December 12th, 2016, disrupting life in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
Procrastination is the bane of most inexperienced writers, and some experienced ones as well. Look up writing tips and there is sure to be something on the lines of “stop procrastinating and just start writing”.
I’m not even talking about the infamous writer’s block. We, new writers, don’t even jot down our ideas promptly. We seem to complain that we don’t have time to write, but when we do have time, we while it away and wonder how all the time passed. Continue reading
If you’re not familiar with the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (or H2G2 in short), you’re probably wondering why I’m listing 42 quotes from a series. It is not a multiple of 5 or 10, not a prime number, there is nothing special associated with it, so it’s kind of odd to list 42 quotes right? Well, the answer is at the end of the post. And if you read the Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy, which I strongly recommend, you may also develop a liking for this number.
Struggles are tools that can make you stronger when wielded properly. Whether you are in a difficult situation or tolerating a difficult person, every challenge you face has the potential to transform you into a better version of yourself.
I don’t mean that you shall learn to fight back when you are exposed to problems. I’m not talking about becoming fierce and Continue reading
Writing is a character building activity. I used to think it was merely to express oneself. I reasoned that unlike reading, writing cannot teach me anything. To my surprise, I learnt a lot after I started blogging and that did not just pertain to the topics I was writing about, grammar, punctuation, writing style and blogging etiquette. Here’s how writing will make you a better person: Continue reading
Maya Angelou’s birthday is on 4th April. On account of it, I wanted to share one of her poems that always inspires me. This poem makes me instantaneously bolder and more confident. Every time I read it, I get a feeling that I can overcome any problem and deal with any villain. It also makes me realize that I do not have it as bad as others, and hence I should stop complaining. Continue reading