Thursday, August 27, 2015

Happy Onam 2015


On this colorful Occasion of Onam, I wish my readers abundant Happiness, Peace and Prosperity.

Onam, the most important Festival of Kerala State, is celebrated by all Malayalis. It is the welcome celebration of their mythological king Mahabali who returns from netherworld to see his people living happily every year on Thiruvonam day in Malayalam month Chingam (August-Sept), and this year it falls on 28th August 2015. It is an ancient festival and is celebrated for ten days. The most important day is the 10th day, Thiruvonam day.

The important features of this festival are Pookkalam (floral carpet), Thrikkakkara Appan (made with mud), Swing, Onasadhya, Onakkodi, Onappattu folk dances, boat race, Kathakali etc.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ten Best First Lines of Novels


It is interesting to check through the first lines of some of the most successful books. Ten such best first lines are given below.

1. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
(Jane Austin, Pride and Prejudice)

2. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
(George Orwell, 1984)

3. A screaming comes across the sky.
(Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow)

4. I am an invisible man.
(Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man)

5. Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
(Charles Dickens, David Copperfield)

6. Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting.
(William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury)

7. Every summer Lin Kong returned to Goose Village to divorce his wife, Shuyu.
(Ha Jin, Waiting)

8. Dr. Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature.
(Anita Brookner, The Debut )

9. He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.
(Ernest Hemingway,The Old Man and the Sea)

10. Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.
(George Eliot, Middlemarch)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

My new novel - Vanished Girl


Vanished Girl - is my upcoming novel. It is about a girl who boarded the train to reach her home to see her dying father, but unfortunately she never reaches there. What happens to her?

You can read the first few chapters here.

Vanished Girl

Your comments will be highly appreciated.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

10 Quotes on writing


1. “I want to do something splendid… Something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead… I think I shall write books.” ― Louisa May Alcott

2.“Books are like rivers, meandering this way and that, but taking us on a steady, flowing course to somewhere different.” ― Carla H. Krueger

3. “There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.” ― Ernest Hemingway

4. “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” ― Aldous Huxley

5. “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” ― Anne Frank

6. “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” ― Albert Camus

7. “My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.” ― Ernest Hemingway

8. “So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say. ” ― Virginia Woolf

9. “The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.” ― Ernest Hemingway

10. “Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.” ― Stephen King

Monday, August 3, 2015

Five Quotes on Happiness


1. “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” Robert A. Heinlein

2. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Herman Cain

3. “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama

4. “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Buddha

5.“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Top Ten Quotes of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam



(Photo courtesy: Wikipedia )

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, India's 11th President (2002-2007), was fondly called as People's President of India. He was a renowned Scientist and fondly called as Missile Man of India. He was one of the noblest human beings, and had reached the common man’s heart through his thoughts, actions and deeds.

He was also a great writer. Some of his books are Inspiring Thoughts, Indomitable Spirit,Guiding Souls, Children Ask Kalam, Mission India, The Life Tree, The Luminous Sparks, My Journey, Ignited Minds, Envisioning an Empowered Nation, Wings of Fire, and India 2020- A Vision for the New Millennium.

Top Ten Quotes of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

1. "Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough."

2. "If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun."

3. “Don’t take rest after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck.”

4. "All birds find shelter during a rain. But eagle avoids rain by flying above the clouds."

5. "All of us do not have equal talent. But all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents."

6. "Man needs difficulties in life because they are necessary to enjoy the success."

7. "It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone."

8. "Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness."

9. "Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life."

10. " Without your involvement you can't succeed. With your involvement you can't fail. "

Dr. Kalam was born in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu on 15th October 1931 and died at the age of 83, while delivering a lecture to the students of Indian Institute of Management at Shillong on 27th July 2015.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Diary Writing - Five Benefits of Diary writing


Is diary writing a good habit? Many of you may have the habit of writing a diary to keep track of what is happening in your life. A diary is completely personal. It is particularly helpful for the travel writers in maintaining a diary to jot down their day to day events, so that when they sit down to write their travel journal they can't forget the main things happened during the travel.

I remember of keeping a diary since the time I entered high school. It was my brother who encouraged me to write down my thoughts and feelings, including the lessons I learned each day, by gifting me a book-size diary. I soon realized that writing is fun and easy to remember the things I wrote.

Even for fiction and non-fiction writers, diary writing is a good habit. Anne Frank and Samuel Pepys are great examples and because of them we know what had happened during their time. Many famous writers had the habit of writing a diary.

Five Benefits of Diary Writing

1. You can improve your writing skills by writing regularly.

2. You can easily record your thoughts and feelings of any topic. What made you think, what made you cry, what made you laugh at, etc are some of the feelings which may be useful at a later date, or at least you can muse it over

3. Whenever anything special happens in your life it can be noted in your diary. What was the special occasion, how did you celebrate it, did you meet anyone special that day, and what did you learn that day etc are great things to know later, especially if you are a writer.

4. Do you know writing is also a therapy? Sometimes you may feel low or hurt, and you don't want to share it with anyone. You can write down your hurt feelings in your diary so that you will feel relaxed. If the feelings are such that you never want anyone to know it even by mistake, that is someone happens to flip through your diary without your permission, you can tear off those pages and still you may feel relaxed. Those hurt feelings will come out of your chest.

5. Diary writing can also help you to understand your own mistakes, so that you can avoid them in future.

Do you have a habit of writing a diary? If so, how did you find it useful?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A short visit to Kerala Kalamandalam


Recently I had a chance to visit Kerala Kalamandalam, the cradle of Kathakali training in India. It is also one of the most revered places for the traditional art forms of Kerala, and is located at Cheruthuruthy, 32 km north of Thrissur, on the banks of River Nila.

Established in 1930 by Vallathol Narayana Menon, the renowned Malayalam poet, this institution is the training centre for Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Bharathanatyam, Kootiyattam, Panchavadyam, Thullal etc, still following the ancient gurukula system of education. This is the only place where the rich culture of Kerala's traditional art forms are preserved.

During our visit, there were international and domestic tourists, who had come to tour the place. Many school children accompanied by their teachers were also there.

If you require more information about this place please visit their website. kalamandalam.org