Wednesday, 29 May 2013

If only

This is free verse in all it's unedited glory-without a rhyme scheme and without beautiful big words. Now that I think of it, it sounds more like a Jabberwocky
Time
Credit

If only I could,
Rewind the clock
And pull back moments
From weathered pages
Of history.

Then maybe I could
Erase some incidences
Or create ones
With better consequences
Maybe I could
Cherish those days
Which flew by
Unnoticed.
Or go after those dreams
Which were scattered
By daylight.

And then maybe
I might just enjoy
The dusks and dawns
And starry skies
And leave as quietly
As I had entered
For by altering my past
I might inadvertently
Alter my future.


What would you do if you had the power to change your past? Would you? Or would you keep it as it is since it defines your present?

Sunday, 26 May 2013

And the nominees are...

Note: Flash fiction would resume shortly. ;p

I was in for quite a surprise a few days back when I got nominated for three different awards by two different people.
First of all, thank you Nancy for the Very Inspiring Blog Award and the Best Moment Award.
Also many many thanks to Crystal for the Liebster award.
So get ready folks for a very very long post today. :)


Very Inspiring Blogger Award Rules


1. Display logo in your blog to show you've been nominated!
2. Link back to your nominator.
3. Share 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.
5. Notify your nominees.

I'm going to skip the random facts for lack of time. The nominees are the at the bottom of the post. :)



Best Moment Award rules:
Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video recorded. Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award with notification sent to them of the great news. Display the award’s badge on your blog/website.
Resources:
What makes a good acceptance speech?
*Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way.
*Humor. Keep us entertained and smiling.
*Inspiration. Make your story touch our lives.

Thank you Nancy for considering me worthy and awarding me this...er...award. (Gratitude, check). I also *insert something funny* (humor, check). I hope my poems and short stories continue to inspire all my readers. (Inspiration, check).


The Liebster Rules: 1. The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by bloggers.
2. Post 11 facts about youself.
3. Answer the 11 questions that are asked by the nominating blogger.
4. Choose 11 new bloggers to nominate for the Award and link to them in the post.
5. Create 11 new questions for your nominees.
6. Go back to their pages and tell them they've been nominated.
7. No tag backs.



Here are Crystal's questions:
1. What is the best book you've ever read?
The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton got me hooked on novels when I was in third or fourth grade.

2. What is your sport of choice? To play or watch?
Badminton.

3. What's the coolest place you've ever visited?
Shimla- it's a hill station btw. ;p

4. Favorite song or artists?
Keeps on changing.

5. What's your biggest pet peeve?
Whenever I'm focused, I turn into one of the most absent minded people on the planet. You wouldn't want to bestow upon me a responsibility because most likely I'd nod without even listening. ;p

6. What is your brand of geek? (Or obsession?)
Physics. The harder the problem, the better it gets; even if I can't solve it.

7. What movie do you have memorized, word for word?
There are a couple of dialogs from Bollywood comedies that me and my siblings juggle back and forth back and forth until we burst out laughing.

8. If you could choose one myth to be true, which would it be: Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy?
As long as I'm in on the secret, I don't mind. :)

9. What food is your nemesis?
Too much cheese (sorry Crystal. ;p)

10. Which army would you choose to defend your home? Ninjas, or Cowboys?
Ninjas, no arguments.

11. What is your favorite or most embarrassing nick name?
It's...


The nominees for the awards are:
Anjana
Jaq
Zainab
Crystal
Kristen
Ghadeer

And now for the questions:
1. If you were to pick a pen name, what would it be?
2. What's your worst fear?
3. If you had one wish, what would it be?
4. Think fast. Forest or waterfall?
5. Can you explain the concept of concepts?
6. How good are you at keeping a secret? (don't worry, I ain't telling you any)
7. Who is your favourite author?
8. Black or white?
9. Do you believe in déjà vu?
10. What's your favourite number?
11. Are you tired of all these questions?

Now it's your turn. Fingers on your keyboard/touch screens and type! :D

Friday, 24 May 2013

What makes a good book?

Books

There are a gazillion rules for writing and then there are no rules. Things that are a definite no-no turn out to be the foundations of a best-seller. And then the same things written with a different voice might just be the downfall. So what does make a great book?
This is kind of like the question about the chicken crossing the road. A hundred different people would give a hundred different answers and then the 101th person would turn up and ask, "So why did the chicken cross the road?"

I just finished reading the Kite Runner. At the beginning I was detached. Who would like a MC who can't stand up for himself? Who is envious of a loyal friend? By the last page I was marvelling at myself for actually rooting for Amir-the protagonist. He was flawed. He made all the wrong choices. He was a coward. BUT. He was frustratingly real. And that is what I think made the book rock. If I would have attempted a similar story, I'm pretty sure I would have messed up withing the first two lines itself. (Side note: The opening lines are surreal!)

The thing about great books is that they don't throw you in a different dimension, completely ripping the fabric of your own existence; they lull you into an alternate reality. The best ones make you forget about time and space. One minute you flick to chapter one, the next you're gazing at the last page contemplating how hours flew by unnoticed. And then there is disorientation. You walk out of the room/library/coffee shop and realise that life is going on as usual; that people are scampering here and there completely oblivious to the gem in your bag. It's a strange feeling, that numbness... As if you have just bid adieu to a best friend. You stare at the cover for minutes and then shake your head in disbelief, or maybe smile to yourself. And then days or even weeks after this escapade you pick up the book from your shelf and lose yourself all over again.
Those are the books I love to read.
Those are the books I dream to write someday.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

VisDare: The tree of imagination.




"...samantha questioned unicorns yesterday." She added almost as a side thought.
He stiffened but otherwise remained emotionless.
She sighed. "She's not even ten yet. You know what that means."
"They grow up fast these days."
"Tell me about it. We need to get someone else soon."
"What about that girl you were talking about the other day? She still dreams about fairies, right?" he asked.
"Maira? I think we should bring her in." 
He nodded in approval. 
**********
Maira took hesitant little steps towards the humongous oak. There were other kids on the tree too. Some her age, some older. But there were only so much years you could dwell there; only as long as you believed. The pretty lady with the beautiful voice had told her that much. 
"Climb up, honey." She now said, gently guiding her to the foot of the tree.
Maira grabbed the bark with her chubby little fingers and pulled herself up on the first branch. 

After a long break from VisDare, and one month of poetry, I am back. I am putting 'Ryan's story' on hold for a while. I realised I couldn't continue without giving away the plot. Hope you enjoyed this little tale. :)
Update: The lovely ladies at Falling for fiction critiqued the first 250 of Ryan's story. Absolutely loved it. :)

Monday, 13 May 2013

Awards! :)

I was nominated for the sunshine award by Fida (thanks Fida!) and I was also nominated (again) for the Liebster by Deanie (thanks a ton!). Below is the post for the Sunshine award (since I have already done a post for the Liebster.) Bloggers nominated can pick their award of choice. 





The rules for accepting the award are:
Post the Sunshine Award logo.
Nominate ten fellow bloggers worthy of this award. 
Announce their nomination on their blog. 
Link a pingback to the nominator’s blog.

1. Favourite colour?
    Dark shades and yes that includes black. ;p 
2. Favourite animal? 
     Dogs all the way
3. Favorite number?    
     2. (because that's what my first name means.)
4. Favorite nonalcoholic drink?
    Coffee. Hot when it's colds and cold when it's hot. 
5. Favorite alcoholic drink? 
    -
6. Facebook or Twitter? 
    Blogger. ;p       
7. My passions?
    Reading, writing, science. 
8. Giving or Receiving Gifts?
    Both! :)

Here are the five (sorry, not ten) lucky people whom I'm passing on this award(s) to:
Julia
Kristen
Ghadeer
Jaq
Melanie





Friday, 3 May 2013

A-Z reflection post



Survivor. That is the perfect word to describe anyone who has seen this challenge through. You see, it's not about posting every day for an entire month, it's about posting alphabetically every day for an entire month. And top it off with having a theme. It was stressful, hectic and at times overwhelming but boy, was it a blast!


Here is a list of things that I loved about this challenge:
1) At the beginning of the month,I had about fifty-ish followers. Now I have ninety three!
2) I had on an average ten comments per blog post. Great for encouragement and honest feedback.
3) I met amazing people- Fida, Zainab, Ghadeer, Kristen, Julia and of course all the readers and commenters who encouraged me throughout! Hop over to their blogs and give them a follow!
4) I witnessed how poetry can be interpreted in different ways. Specially with my Z-post, my readers thought that I was going with the literal definition of zombie.
And lastly,
5) Two years of running a website and I finally learnt how to blog.

So thank you Arlee Bird and the entire A-Z team for birthing this challenge and pushing us on with your constant encouraging posts at the A-Z blog.
Now I bid your leave dear readers. Here are some of my personal favourite poems for you to enjoy or re-enjoy while I sit back and revel in the satisfaction of completing a truly epic challenge.

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