Sunday, March 22, 2015

10 Motivational Quotes for Success


Sometimes we need motivational quotes to fuel our energy to continue our work. Otherwise we may feel lazy and hesitate to go forward. Check out these 10 motivational quotes which will recharge us again.

1. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison.

2. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ― Neale Donald Walsch.

3. “Sometimes the only way to ever find yourself is to get completely lost.” ― Kellie Elmore.

4. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou.

5. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar.

6. “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” – Beverly Sills.

7. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”- Winston Churchill.

8. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius.

9. “People throw stones at you and you convert them into milestones.” ― Sachin Tendulkar.

10. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” ― Charles Darwin.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A quote about Writing


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Five Quotes on Writing


If you are looking for some interesting quotes to inspire your writing please read this list.

1. A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people - Thomas Mann

2.There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. - Somerset Maughan

3. Here is a lesson in creative writing. First Rule - Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite Hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to College. - Kurt Vonnegut

4. Just write everyday of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers. - Ray Bradbury.

5. No Tears in the Writer, No tears in the Reader. No surprise for the Writer, No surprise for the Reader. - Robert Frost

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tips for Third person narrative


Many of us write our novels in third person narratives. Have you ever experienced difficulty in writing third person perspective, especially when have to manage multiple perspectives?

If you are one of them, check out some of the excellent tips given by the famous writer Nathan Bransford on his blog, to solve this problem. It is worth checking out these tips, to handle such problems.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

5 Quotes on Inspiration


1. "We are all faced with a series of great opportunities - brilliantly disguised as insoluable problems."
- John Gardner

2. "Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action."
- Benjamin Disraeli

3. "We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough."
- Helen Keller

4. "We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

5. "Believe with all of your heart that you will do what you were made to do."
- Orison Swett Marden

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Ten interesting quotes about Happiness.


1. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. ~Mother Teresa

2. A happy thought is like a seed that sows positivity for all to reap. ~Miriam Muhammad

3. Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is. ~Maxim Gorky

4. Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens. ~Douglas Jerrold

5. A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness. ~Bernard de Fontenelle

6. My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy. ~William Shakespeare

7. We are seldom happy with what we now have, but would go to pieces if we lost any part of it. ~Mignon McLaughlin

8. When you’re really happy, the birds chirp and the sun shines even on cold dark winter nights — and flowers will bloom on a barren land. ~Terri Guillemets

9.Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~Marcel Proust

10. You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. ~Albert Camus

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Revisiting Shoranur in Palakkad, Kerala


Recently, I had attended our annual "Kudumba Sangamam" (family reunion) in my native place in Kerala. The place was Mundakkottukurissi at Shoranur. The function was attended by more than 100 family members, who had come from different parts. This time I had spent a little more time in this village and I was able to attend some important functions and visit many relatives and places. Visiting some of the temples was a great experience which brought me some nostalgic memories of my childhood and adolescent days.

Kunnathu kavu, Mundakkottukurissi


We used to visit this temple regularly as a part of our family rituals and light deepas for chuttuvilakku (lighting deepams around the temple). As kids, we used to wait eagerly for Uchar Vela, the pooram festival of the temple, to see the colorful chariots of our own village and the chariots coming from other nearby villages, for this event. We used to dress in our best attires, to compete to take the thalapoli, (arathi) to welcome them. This festival is celebrated on a particular day of the year, which usually falls between 15th January-15th February, as per the star.

Paddy field


In the earlier days, harvesting of the field, was performed by the womenfolk of the village, cutting the paddy yield and bringing them on their heads, which used to last for a week or more. Now this job is taken over by the machines and would be finished within an hour or so. The paths for walking through the fields were very narrow, not more than two feet in width. As kids, it was fun for us chatting while walking on the narrow paths without dancing and falling down to the fields, holding the school bag and an umbrella. Without expertise, one wouldn't have been able to walk on these paths, especially during rainy season.

Kayiliad Kavu, Kayiliyad

This was another temple where we used to visit only once or twice a year. The womenfolk in groups, used to go there with the required ingredients and vessel and cook payasam there, using firewood. I used to accompany my mother. The Payasam, (a rice pudding cooked with jaggery and added coconuts scrappings) was the nivedhyam to offer the deity, following a pooja there. After the pooja, the devotees can take the payasam home. This was usually performed once a year, during the month of the main festival of the temple.

The main festival was called Pooram. Then on the main Pooram festival day people from the same village and the nearby villages, come to see and enjoy it. During that festival night, Pava Koothu (Puppet show), a traditional art form of Kerala, was also played in the Koothu Madam in front of the deity, Bhagavathy. The performance starts at about 10 p.m. and goes on till day-break. Those days it used to be a popular entertainment for the public.

Other attractions include the colorful chariots and well decorated kalas (oxen) made out of hay and clothes, called kalavela (( check a sample here ) -

Also watch this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVwO-tPK_0M