Friday, June 10, 2016
Monday, June 6, 2016
In 2010, when my mother forced me to “do something with my brain” and I stumbled across some creative writing workshops while looking at online college lit classes.
2. What books have most influenced your life?
I wouldn’t say influenced my life, but these books have definitely influenced my brain: Pride and Prejudice, The God Delusion, The Mahabharata, The Great Transformation, Julius Caesar and many more.
3. How do you develop your plots and characters?
I develop my characters first, as they come to me first. Then, the plot organically emerges around them.
4. How did you come up with the title of this book?
My working title for this story was Love Undeniable. Heart Unreliable. For about 60% of my first draft, this title was stuck in my head. I thought it held a nice ring of truth to it. But then I wrote a scene between Simeen and Nirvaan in which she tells him that he was her last love story. It was like an epiphany.
5. Is there a message in your novel that you hope readers will grasp?
There are plenty of messages in MLLS—about letting love into your life; about letting go of prejudices; about relationships; and about forgiveness.
6. How much of the book is realistic?
I hope the whole book is realistic. But if you mean what parts are taken from real experiences, I’d say about 40% of the book. I have known cancer patients. I know women going through IVF. I know about disease and death and what a family goes through to take care of a terminal patient. I’ve seen and/ or experienced many of the events that happen in the book.
7. What was the hardest part of writing this book?
The progression of Nirvaan’s cancer.
8. What do you love the most about writing process?
The writing itself. The creating of new characters, different personalities, unusual settings and worlds.
9. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That I loved writing. I used to hate it in school and college. I thought writing was the most tedious and painful thing ever. I was good at writing, mind you. It’s just that I found it restrictive back then.
10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Saturday, May 28, 2016
O.Henry, the popular American short story writer, says the following about the secret of Short Story writing. O.Henry was the pseudonym of William Sydney Porter (1862-1910).
"I'll give you the sole secret of short-story writing, and here it is:
Rule 1. Write stories that please yourself. There is no rule
Rule 2. The technical points you can get from Bliss Perry. If you can't write a story that pleases yourself, you will never please the public. But in writing the story forget the public."
Some of his popular short stories -
An Afternoon Miracle
A Car Loan
The Detective Detector
Hearts and Hands
The Indian Summer of Dry Valley Johnson
The Last Leaf
Saturday, April 30, 2016
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 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.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Image courtesy: Wikipedia
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
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