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Bullying is still Rampant

At some point or another, we've all come across an incident of bullying. Whether we've experienced it first hand, seen it happen to someone else or read the numerous reports in newspapers. Over the years, Bullying has become a cause of concern and several campaigns have been launched against it.                                                               SAY NO TO BULLYING! Schools and colleges have often taken a rigorous stand against bullying and punished offenders severely. Unfortunately cases of bullying still exist with many victims resorting to taking their own lives.
This is saddening. But what is shocking is that despite all these reports, bullying is still a stigma in society that refuses to go away. Since bullies now know that they could be punished, they have taken to the Internet where they can hide behind the anonymity of usernames.
Discussion boards were once a medium to exchange ideas, have a healthy debate and voice our (otherwise sometimes suppressed in…

R.I.P. Brian Griffin :'(

In a horrific twist, the creators of family guy, killed off a beloved character in the latest episode. Brian Griffin is just a cartoon dog, I know, but his death left me aghast and deeply upset. The episode itself was so heartbreaking and had me in tears.
In the beginning of the episode, Stewie destroys his time machine after he's almost killed during one of his travels and decides that enough is enough.
Along with his best friend Brian, they decide to get a new lease on life by doing something "normal" like playing hockey outside. Huge mistake!
While Stewie goes inside to get something, Brian is run over by a car. The poor dog didn't stand a chance.
I have to say here that the car did see awfully familiar. I don't know why, but the whole thing seemed suspicious. Maybe it will be revisited in a future episode, I guess.
Anyway, just when I thought that there would be a miracle, a deus ex machina on bringing Brian back, he dies! The monitor flat-lines, there's…

Need Directions to my Future

My hopes, my dreams and my feelings are all mine. But my troubles are not only mine.It was easy for me to feel like I was the only one going though a bad phase and that no one could ever understand what I'm going through. I still feel like no one can understand me without actually being in my shoes, but for me to feel that I was the only one going through problems and obstacles was wrong.Interacting with people recently has made me realize that I was in the same boat as them. I would like to wallow in despair and claim that my boat has a huge hole in it and slowly sinking, but there are people like me out there going through something familiar.In a way it makes me feel better that I'm not alone in this  but I also get slightly envious if their problems are resolved before mine are.I would like nothing better than to have everything straighten out and even get noticed for my writing. Or at least my efforts.I have a long way to go- I know that- but I can't wait for the day w…

100th Post!!

I was going to post something else today, when I realized that this was going to be my 100th post! The reason I'm excited about it is because this is going to be my first blog where I was committed enough to make a hundred posts.

Books vs. eBooks

Having this debate is the same as comparing Traditional things versus Modern ones. The only thing constant is change and with change comes progress. As years pass, modern technology takes its firm foothold in our households and makes every other appliance and device obsolete. Gramophones are replaced by media players, old telephones are replaced my mobile phones, big heavy TV sets  probably no longer exist as flat screen TVs now adorn every household. There are so many gadgets and electronics that have taken the place of old devices. I'm writing this on a laptop, for example. Not on a typewriter. When I say that progress is good an inevitable, I do not mean that the "old" things are forgotten. Many would still swear that music sounds a lot sweeter on gramophones. People may have mobile phones to tell them the time, but they still wear watches. Some chefs still prefer chopping up vegetables rather than using food processors. The "old" is still here to stay. …

Vivid Dreams

Had another vivid dream last night. It was one of those dreams that seem so real and that life that I am leading in it, also feels true. I was someone else but going through the same upheaval of emotions going through in real life, though it isn't mentioned in the dream itself.

Dreams are material for the writer, so I always try to remember the images I had seen and then see if I can use it later on. This one didn't require me to put in much effort to recall.
I was nowhere in particular- just a large earthy plain with nothingness all around. It was night time and there were thousands of stars overhead- something that is never seen in the bright city lights.
All I remember is that I was gazing up and wondering why the moon appeared to be moving further and further away from the Earth until it was just a tiny crescent shape in the sky.

That's when the Earth started to move faster and I could see the rotations of the globe.

Bizarre was the first thing that came to my mind wh…

Love Triangles

I am finally going to attempt to work on my very first love triangle story. I have tried it before, but haven't treated this as much detail as I am going to. In my previous stories, the focus was always on the characters who were endgame. The third wheel was never a prominent figure in my stories. In Awakened One Night, I did touch on the protagonist being in love with a guy with whom her sister too was interested in. But Kara (the protagonist) and Alex were never given any detailed scenes, since the focus was more on the mystery rather than the romantic angle. Now I am trying to study what makes love triangles in popular stories, so…well popular. First of all, I think the three characters need a backstory before they come into contact with each other. The readers should be able to relate with them even when their backstory is revealed later on in the story. Also, like in any character building task, they should seem human to the reader. The second part is vital. The characte…

My take on my Favorite poem

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.  
His house is in the village though;  
He will not see me stopping here  
To watch his woods fill up with snow.  
My little horse must think it queer  
To stop without a farmhouse near  
Between the woods and frozen lake  
The darkest evening of the year.  
He gives his harness bells a shake  
To ask if there is some mistake.  
The only other sound’s the sweep  
Of easy wind and downy flake.  
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.  
But I have promises to keep,  
And miles to go before I sleep,  
And miles to go before I sleep.

My Take

There is a lot of debate about whether the poem was about Robert Frost himself, walking out after spending the whole night working on one of his other poems or was it about someone else entirely.
And then there's the debate of whether the poem was to be seen as a glimmer of hope or a man contemplating suicide.

 But I have promises to keep,
 And miles to go before I sleep,

More ramblings, or not

I think the reason I can't write coherently today is because I'm writing mechanically rather than from the heart. I should be focusing on writing from the heart and finding-and retaining-my voice rather than trying to write something that isn't me.  Just a thought. Just a ramble.

Just a thought

This is just a thought and maybe I'll elaborate on this further (when I'm over my writer's block) but "they" say proper and open communication is important to maintain any relationship, but is it possible to have one when the person on the other hand is a stubborn mule?

Writer's Block

Gaahhhh! I can't believe I have writer's block. I want to write something, anything really- a decent blog post, a chapter in any of the stories I am working on, but the words....they won't come!
This is horrible.
On the other hand, I'll try to get some reading done. Need a good book that would help me get over  my writer's block quickly. There's so much writing I want to do.

Found another one!

Another poem I found that I had written in...I don't know when I wrote it. 
The Purpose of My Being By Palvi Sharma

The mountains, rain and sunshine
All have a purpose of being
But not I.
The flowers their scentness
The birds their flightness
All have a purpose of being
But not I.
 Why is it that when I step forward
I'm but pushed behind?
And when I'm behind
I'm stood still?
Why is it that when I ask questions,
I'm not answered any?
And when I'm being asked,
Know none of the answers to many?
 If there's a purpose of my being
I'd like to know.
If there's a purpose in me
I'd like to know.

Rain- A poem

I was Googling myself (doesn't everyone?) and found a poem I had put up online long ago. I completely forgot I had ever written anything like this. Poetry may not be my forte in writing, but it was a decent attempt I think.

Here it is:

RAIN The rain so sweet and pure,
Comes down steadily in a healthy pour.
Washes away the dust,
Washes away the pain,
The rain so soothing,
it fills my heart with cheer.

Some embrace it,
Some run away.
The rain so free,
It doesn't matter anyway.

When it stops,
Your heart shall miss it.
But the gushing puddles will help
you remember,
The joy you feel
when it comes down again.


I have opinions about everything and can't wait to write them down, but the words at the moment, elude me.
However, now that I am nearing the end of one of my stories, I can't wait to write more and more of fiction.

If I wasn't feeling so lazy, I would attempt to write both fiction and my opinions, but...I am lazy :)

Call of Duty- My complaints

I've enjoyed playing Call of Duty multiplayer and when the newest one: Call of Duty Ghosts released, I was so excited to get back in the game.
I have to say that I am disappointed with the multiplayer maps. They are far too long and detailed. I mean, literally every map I played today had a fully furnished diner or restaurant or bar. There was a map which had a nicely decorated home and another where there was a sewerage.
And where were the flags to be captured in Domination? Nowhere near the above mentioned details. I guess the maps may work in other game modes but at least in this- Domination- they should have shortened the map. I don't think it would be possible to gain higher points in a map that is so easy to get lost in.

Too much detail reminds me of some of the books I have read that used too much description and didn't have enough plot to make me interested in the proceedings. Sure, readers like to have the scene set for them, but describing everything just made m…

Busy with Writing

Now that I am done putting the final touches to my new novella, formatting it, designing a cover and finally putting it up (phew!), I'm getting back to my writing.

There's so much to do and so many stories to get back into. Currently, I'm working on three stories and have an idea for a fourth short story/novella.

Writing after so long feels so satisfying but I'll have to take a break every now and then to promote my books.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani- My Take

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani confirms that making a movie about friends going on a road trip, or trek in this case, and pandering to the college kids with catchy songs and this contrived plot, can work despite the lack of clarity in script.
The one thing noticeable after watching this movie, was how little I connected to the main characters of the movie, to the point that I kept referring them to Ranbir Kapoor's character and Deepika's character rather than the names they were designated.
I think the movie was quintessentially about living your youth to the fullest and about chasing your dreams. Since it wasn't clear in the script, I can't really say.
Deepika's character is fed up of studying all the time and has never been on a break. She runs into a former school classmate and realizes how different Aditi (yes I remember who Kalki was playing) is from her.
Whether she suffers from low self esteem or whatever, the next thing we know, Deepika's character has planned to …

Happy Diwali !!!!!

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