Book Review – Whisper in the Wind by Venita Coelho

I received this book in my mail and the author bio along with the hauntingly beautiful cover art by Nandini Verma immediately drew me in. It is a novel set in pre-independence Goa and has a gothic/ horror theme. Venita, the author, has ten published books to her credit and runs an alternative school The…

पुस्तक समीक्षा : औघड़ – नीलोत्पल मृणाल

मैंने अभी-अभी यह हिंदी उपन्यास पढ़ कर ख़त्म किया है. कई दिनों से किसी ‘नई हिंदी’ वाले लेखक की रचना पढ़ने की इच्छा थी. सोचा कि नीलोत्पल जी से शुरू करते हैं और धीरे धीरे सत्य व्यास और दिव्या प्रकाश दुबे की तरफ बढ़ेंगे. उपन्यास में भाषा अधिकांश आंचलिक है. भोजपुरिया हिंदी से उपन्यास का…

Mood Piece:There is a man on the road

There is a man roaming the streets here in Chhatarpur. He shouts and wags his fingers violently at the traffic. He curses no one in particular but when you pass by his side, you feel the curses and the reprimand. He shakes his head at you and grunts. It feels like a threat. I once…

कविता – तुम्हारा शहर

तुमको तू कहूँ या आप? चलो, तुम कह देता हूँ. ये असमंजस तो नकली थी, तुमको तुम ही कहना था. तुम्हारे शहर से दूर, बहुत दूर पैदा हुआ. पर तुम्हारी गली मेरी सी है, जानती हो क्यों? वो जिस दर्जी ने तुम्हारी बाँह गलत सिल दी थी, वो जो गणित के सर ने तुम्हारा कान…

Broken People – Part 2

World Suicide Prevention Day – 10 September 2019 So, till now, I have talked about my theory that people who have it rough make the world a better place. But, let us also not ignore the other side of the spectrum. The people described in my earlier post are those who want to do something…

Broken People – Part 1

Continued from previous post – The Prelude So, in my yesterday’s post, I talked about the Unbroken people – the pampered kids. But that was just the point I needed to make to come to the actual point. My actual point is that this world has broken people. People who have faced scarcity, people who…

The Broken People Theory – Prelude

Alright, so I have this theory which may sound a bit misanthropic mostly because, well, it is. The theory is that there are two kinds of people in this world. One is the type that, for the purposes of this blogpost, I would like to call the unbroken people. Let me cite an example of…

Writing Tip: Of Praise and Applause

A writer wants a pat on the back. A writer wants to know that what he is saying is resonating with the audience. But what if the praise is the biggest obstacle in your course? In my case, it was. Not that I let it get to my head or anything. I know my limits….

Writer’s Block – 23/08/2019

There is no such thing as a writer’s block. You do not suddenly lose words. You do not suddenly fall short of opinions on things that matter to you. Well, you do but that is clinical depression. It doesn’t really matter if you have a writer’s block when you have depression. Because mental health tops…