Showing posts from January, 2016

The quest for black and white - the twitter extremes

Shades of gray (I am not referring to the 50 shades variety) are a fact of life. Nothing is black and white. Why, then do we keep, searching for a perfect solution, a definitive yes or no, an extreme stance to take. As I keep trying to decide on my own definitive stand, it is mind-boggling to see the quick changes in the twitter trends. Someone somewhere is spending a lot of money and using a lot of influence to get the twitter trends to shift tone. #NehruBetrayedIndia was trending last night (January 24, 2016) when I last checked my twitter feed. As I check it now, this morning, #NehruBuiltModernIndia is trending. Nehru died 50yrs back. Sanghis criticising him now on twitter were not even born then. This is due to sick mindset. #NehruBuiltModernIndia — Vinod Mehta (@DrunkVinodMehta) January 25, 2016 He built India. Brick by Brick. #NehruBuiltModernIndia — With Congress (@WithCongress) January 25, 2016 Not all praise in it t

The Selfie Impact

Wikipedia defines a Selfie as - A  selfie  is a  self-portrait  photograph, typically taken with a  digital camera  or  camera phone  held in the hand or supported by a  selfie stick . Selfies are often shared on  social networking services  such as  Facebook ,  Instagram  and  Twitter . They are usually flattering and made to appear casual. While reading tweets about Jaipur Lit Fest 2016 this morning, I read that Stephen Fry has made a New Year Resolution of 'No Selfies', which he is sticking to. My new year's resolution causing some consternation here at the @JaipurLitFest but I'm sticking to it … er … resolutely #noselfies — Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 22, 2016 It leads to an interesting conversation on twitter with Neil Gaiman advising that Stephen Fry hand out paper cutouts of his face, JK Rowling going a step further suggesting that a caricaturist tag along, and Alan Baxter gave an idea which, time permitting, I think all the authors woul

Destiny guides... (Book Review - Karey White's Broken Things to Mend)

Broken Things to Mend Author: Karey White *  *  * The dedication of Karey White's 'Broken Things to Mend' is: For the lonely who are tempted to give up. Don't do it. Hang on to hope. That is what this book leaves you with. Hope. And a smile. This book is the first in 'The Power of the Matchmaker' series. And a charming start, it is. 'Broken Things to Mend' starts rather mysteriously, and then moves on to a sad note. Celia is dispirited. She instinctively decides to go to a small town called Sisters. Silas is lonely. He has made a decent life for himself. But is it enough? Destiny does play its hand in ways that are beyond our comprehension. These two beautiful souls have an interfering Chinese lady. The story of Celia and Silas is simple and convincing. As the story unfolds, the truths  of their pasts are revealed. They sadden you, yet leave you anticipating for better. Destiny guides us. We make our own choices. 

An intriguing read... (Book Review - Anupam Srivastava's The Brown Sahebs)

THE BROWN SAHEBS  BY  ANUPAM SRIVASTAVA *  *  * The mysterious Ekant Baba - the Solitude-loving Sage of Varanasi passes away and leaves behind papers. This is the beginning of the intense, gripping and disturbing story of 'The Brown Sahebs'. 'The Brown Sahebs' begins in Varanasi. As the author describes Varanasi through first person narrative of Ekant Baba, my first impression was that the book is written by one who knows the city thoroughly and loves it. As the story continues, to the kingdom of Teekra in pre-independence India, through the freedom struggle in other cities, and beyond, the words seize your imagination. I have loved reading every single word of 'The Brown Sahebs'. I am not exceptionally fond of reading about history or politics. I usually just skim over the write-ups on such subjects. This book is not verbose on these subjects, but still manages to be meticulous and riveting. 'The Brown Sahebs' is a multi-layere

The tea leaves told the story - 100 Word Story

She watched him sleeping soundly, wondering whether to wake him up. She decided to let him sleep till she had her tea.  As she entered the kitchen, the mess made her smile exasperatedly. She had left the kitchen spic and span last night. There was a pile of used tea leaves in a bowl near the sink.  The tea leaves told her the story of her son’s late night . He gets to sleep undisturbed for a few more hours, she decided. Written in response to the prompt 'The tea leaves told the story'

Inherited Enmity

Across the road, we looked at each other My age he was, should have been a friend My father hated his, the feeling reciprocated The two had been friends, my grandma told Seeking the same girl's affection started the war A wrongly parked car, music too loud There were reasons galore to keep the hatred alive Across the road, we stared at each other Grown ups now, enemies since birth Few years passed, the fathers left us Across the road, our sons stared at each other The wives chose to let them be Our sons became friends, the BFF kind Across the road, we exchanged smiles I chose to cross the road And disown the inherited enmity 'A Foe Turned Friend' © Nimi Arora

Moving on... Man and Tree in Sync

Man and Tree... In Sync... © Nimi Arora

Best seats in the house...

© Nimi Arora

cold spring

hovering over snow butterfly anticipates change -cold spring Prompt by and Shared with-

winter rose - haiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem #893 is a classical kigo for winter - Fuyusoubi (winter rose). Winterroses ( Image Source ) coated in white playing hide and seek winter rose ©Nimi Arora Prompt by and Shared with- Carpe Diem #893 Fuyusoubi (winter rose)

Making of a Bestseller (Book Review - Ravi Subramanian's The Bestseller She Wrote)

The Bestseller She Wrote Author: Ravi Subramanian Genre: Fiction Pages: 391 Publisher: Westland Ltd 'The Bestseller She Wrote' is the story of Aditya Kapoor, a famous author, the Paperback King of India, who has it all. A good job, a flourishing writing career, and a great family. Enter, the young, vibrant Shreya Kaushik. Shreya has an ambition of being a bestselling author and she chooses to string along with Aditya. What follows is a meandering tale of Love, Betrayal, and Redemption. From the word go, Aditya Kapoor's character has a glimpse of (or more than a glimpse of) the author, Ravi Subramanian. Aditya Kapoor has managed to keep the masses and critics equally enthused . I have read two books by Ravi Subramanian before this - 'If God Was a Banker' and 'God is a Gamer'. This book is unlike either. From what I have read about Subramanian's other books too, it is unlike any other book he has written before this. Per

shooting stars - haiku

impractical instinct believe in magical miracles star shoots hope remains shooting across the vastness darkness blinks Prompt by and Shared with-

Sweet chill - haiku

Sweet chill that make them shiver lips tingle Prompt by and Shared with-

desire for spring - haiku

leaves whisper anticipating beloved's arrival colourful dreams

the first light - haiku

late night or is it early morning first light toasts

Jennifer Ott's Desperate Moon (Book Review)

Desperate Moon Author: Jennifer Ott Publisher: Independent Pages: 390 Genre: Victorian Era Historical Romance Golden, melting, seductive eyes gaze out from the cover of 'Desperate Moon'. They don't look desperate. In reality, at times, they are. They are the eyes of Katerina, the vampire who has seen 600 years of life. She has experienced a myriad of emotions, not just of her own, but also of the humans whom she feeds on. "With each person's blood you take, they become a part of you - your past and your future. I am not just one life. I am the lives of thousands I have tasted." Desperate Moon is the story of an immortal who has chosen to live amongst humans. And struggles to blend in. "People choose whom to despise and disperse rumors about. They make monsters of people in order to pitch propaganda, yet these monsters are real people with their own loves and loyalties." 'Desperate Moon' switches bet