Saturday, April 30, 2016

8 Interesting Quotes on Writing


1. “A novel is an impression, not an argument; and there the matter must rest.” —Thomas Hardy

2.“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” —Oscar Wilde

3.“Begin with an individual, and before you know it you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find you have created—nothing.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald

4.“Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise.” —Philip Roth

5.“If I waited for perfection… I would never write a word.” —Margaret Atwood

6.“It is by sitting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer.” —Gerald Brenan

7. “Sit down to write what you have thought, and not to think about what you shall write.” —William Cobbett

8.“Love is the only energy I’ve ever used as a writer. I’ve never written out of anger, although anger has informed love.” —Athol Fugard

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Happy Vishu 2016


Happy Vishu to all my friends. Vishu is an important festival of Kerala State (India) and it is celebrated as the New Year of the State, and even considered as an auspicious day. This regional New Year is celebrated in many other states of India too, but with different names.

The year 2016 Vishu is a bit different to me. I am celebrating my Vishu with my daughter and family at London. My little grandson (6 plus) is highly enthralled to see the Vishukkani, early in the morning. He unusually was up from his bed earlier than his usual time and began to call me out. He wanted me to bring him with his eyes closed, to see the Vishukkani. After seeing the Vishukkani, I gave him vishukkaineetam and he was even more thrilled. He was eager to go and talk about it with his friends in the school. Though his mother used to keep Vishukkani every year, this year it was altogether a different experience to him.

More about Vishu can be read here and here.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Six Great Sayings of Swami Vivekananda



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Swami Vivekananda (12/01/1863 - 04/07/1902) was one of the most influential spiritual leaders of Vedanta Philosophy. He played a major role in spiritual enlightenment of Indian masses and spread Vedanta philosophy in the West. He was the chief discipline of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, and established Ramakrishna Mission and Ramakrishna Math.

Take a few moments to read some great sayings of Swami Vivekananda.

1. Take up one idea. Make that one idea of your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.

2. Man is like an infinite spring, coiled up in a small box, and that spring is trying to unfold itself; and all the social phenomena that we see are the result of this trying to unfold.

3. Our duty is to encourage everyone in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the truth.

4. Women must be put in a position to solve their own problems in their own way. No one can or ought to do this for them. And our Indian women are as capable of doing it as any in the world.

5. No one was ever really taught by another; each of us has to teach himself. The external teacher offers only the suggestion which rouses the internal teacher to work to understand things.

6. Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested, all your life. We must have life-building, man-making character-making, assimilation of ideas.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Six Inspirational Quotes


1. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - Mahatma Gandhi

2. "Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance." - Samuel Johnson

3. "If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think." - Oprah Winfrey

4. "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure." - Colin L. Powell

5. "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." - Robert Louis Stevenson

6. "If you'll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives." - Vince Lombardi

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

20 Twitter Hashtags for Writers


By using Hashtags (#) people can find all tweets belonging to that particular category. These are some of the common hashtags used by writers - 1) #author 2) #authors 3) #editing 4) #fictionfriday 5) #novels 6) #novelists 7) #poem 8) #poet 9) #poets 10) #poetry 11) #pubtip 12) #publishing 13) #scifi 14) #selfpublishing 15) #writer 16) #writers 17) #writetip 18) #writing 19) #writingtips 20) #wrotetoday 
 There are more twitter hashtags, and people can create new hashtags depends upon their interest.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Latest review for my book Cherished


This is the latest review for my book Cherished by Rakhi Jayashankar.

The book mirrors a grave reality that persists in the society these days. Both girls and boys end up their marital relations for silly misunderstanding, without thinking about the children who are sandwiched between. Read more about it in the following links -

http://rakhijayashankar.blogspot.in/2015/12/review-cherished.html

https://plus.google.com/+JayashankarRakhi/posts/BNVKsNPZJvF

https://www.facebook.com/

Amazon and Flipkart

Another review in the Deccan Herald appeared in Jan 2014.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Anoter Five Quotes on Reading


1. A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. –William Styron

In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody. –Oscar Wilde

Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself. –George Bernard Shaw

Some books leave us free and some books make us free. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out. –J.K. Rowling

A good book has no ending. –R.D. Cumming