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Imagination is the fire of life…

Tag: Reading

Story Teller Unlike Any Other, R. K. Narayan. Revisiting Malgudi Days.

R. K. Narayan

You become a writer by writing. It is a Yoga.

Born in Madras of British India in 1906 R. K. Narayan short for Rasipuram Krishnaswamilyer Narayanswami, is one of the most celebrated authors in India to date. His simple writing style and descriptions of a hearty Indian town with its mix of townspeople won him hearts all over the world.

His first novel “Swami & Friends” was published in 1935 with help of British author Graham Green followed by “The Bachelor of Arts” made him an instant success in India as well as abroad. Graham Greene considered him one of the greatest novelist in English Language and fondly wrote,

Narayan wakes in me a spring of gratitude. Without him, I could never have known what it is like to be an Indian.

R. K. Narayan shortened his name after Graham Greene advised him to do so. He told him, “In this country, a name which is difficult for the old ladies in the library to remember materially affects sales.” Graham Greene became his mentor and friend for the rest of his life. Both writer’s influenced each other and that can be seen in their works. 

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Characters You WOULDN’T Want to Trade Places With. Top 5 Wednesday.

However easy it sounds, it is quite difficult to find characters you WOULDN’T want to trade places with. I thought how hard could it be? The answer to that question is quick enough, tough as Earth’s crust. I want to thank the Goodreads group – Top 5 Wednesday run by  Samantha of Thoughtsontome and Lainey of Gingerreadslainey which has given me the opportunity to brainstorm about the books I have read till now and come up with a few characters I wouldn’t like to trade places with.

Characters you WOULDN’T like to trade places with


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Reasons Why Writing Is Good For You

When I was a kid I used to take my pen and write in my journals without a care in the world. I loved to write down how my day was, what all I did, what was bad, what was good etc. I used to write down tiny tales and I would make silly doodles to go along with that. I had my pen & journal with me when I had no one with me. It increased my love for writing when my siblings read my diary and laughed about something about my day or a tiny tale. I felt happier when they said to me, “girl, you should write more.” My dad hardly understands the writing bug in me but he pats on my back always and says, “you doing good kiddo, keep it up.” My family has played a vital role in my love for writing. But I haven’t been very lucky about that with the rest of the world. I am advised against writing by many people, most of them don’t understand the basic reason I write, they think I just want to make big bucks by writing. If only they understood that writing does more for me then just earn me money! In fact I hardly make money from my writing. Writing is good for me.

When you tell people you blog or write as a passion mostly you are met with questions like, “Why write?” “Isn’t it time-consuming?” “Isn’t it better to do sports instead?” “Why do you write, it’s such a bore.” The last statement about writing blew my mind and I thought very hard about why someone would find writing as a boring task? I have not found the answer yet! For me, I love writing and I think writing is one of the most important thing one can do for themselves.

                     Let me tell you, why writing is good for you.

Writing is amazing! –  Writing is a fun process.  Many people  I meet ask me, so you have written a novel? I say, “Not yet!” Everyone that write their hearts out don’t need to be an author. It’s a false notion that if you write then you must write like a big-famous author and you must use complicated words. No, No and Nope! Writing is a hobby or a passion and it has got nothing to do with whether you are famous or not! You must have heard the term, “Bathroom singer”. Yep, we writers are a lot like that while we are making our first draft, it’s as if we are singing out aloud on the pages of journals or a blog page like this and thinking that we must keep our voice low or someone might make fun of us and we revise and revise and still we don’t feel that it is enough. It’s frustrating and you feel drained at times but it feels like butterflies in your stomach when you read the finished draft.

Writing is good for you

Writing is for everyone. All art forms are for everyone to be true. Writing helps us get our thoughts in a line. Putting down your thoughts in a journal keeps you focused on the important tasks and also help you become a better person since you will be writing about it at the end of your day. Writing gives exercise to the brain.

Writing gives you clarity of thoughts. The ability to think clearly is a boon in today’s time when things are moving so fast that it is tough to make decision in the blink of an eye. If you have a clear mind maybe it’s easier.

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.  ~ Sylvia Plath

It helps your brains little Einstein. You find new words, idioms, phrases and learn them better by writing and speaking them out loudly. It gives practice to the muscles & neurons, increasing your muscle memory & response time.

In the end I want to put in two quotes by one of the most brightest writers of her time and as it turns out she wasn’t even trying to be a writer, all she wanted to do was write what she wanted in her dear diary gifted by her parents for her birthday. Yes I am talking about the one and only – ANNE FRANK. Here’s her take on writing.

Writing is good for you

Okay I need to write something else now. I will write more on this topic in future. Till then, keep writing and reading. 🙂 Have fun & remember, writings is good for you no matter how little.



My blog- My experimentation with ocean of thoughts

I have read on a lot of websites that one should make a clear image of what they want to publish on their blog. Believe me, it is really very difficult to decide on one blog topic/niche when you have whimsical mind like mine. Specially by the time sleep comes, it goes wild with ideas and lines! Tell me if yours don’t, and don’t you dare lie. There are so many niche blogs I am confused which one do I belong to??

I am a lover of books, food and travel in general. I do not cook as much so this isn’t a food blog. I do not buy clothes every now and then so this isn’t a fashion blog either. I take a lot of pictures but this isn’t a  photo blog either! What I really do is, I imagine!! Also, I listen to different kind of people all day, read a lot of books, eat a lot (temporarily out of service! tell you another day), travel a lot (mostly on foot). I am going to write about the books that I read after careful selection and sometimes on a whim! I may also write about the anime and manga and movies I prefer, but maybe I won’t. Occasionally I might write about my adventures with food and travel. These days it is really difficult for me to do the later two because I am sort of sick since a long time now and still getting better, but I eagerly await those healthy jumpy days when I can get out and feel the wind on my cheeks without worrying about getting more sick. Well I don’t know how do people live with some really rare diseases and how they deal with not being able to do somethings, it makes me cry to think about their sadness or how they deal with that sadness. I pray that no one has to give up their dreams because of some sickness, never give up, always find a way.


Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott

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