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What It Is To Be A Writer

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August 13, 2018

A writer writes. Obviously.

But not everyone who writes is a “writer.” To be a writer is to be many things at the same time.

A writer builds special muscles, brain cells, creative “spaces” and a heightened sense of screening & absorbing information all the time, which allow him/her to marinade…

The monday syndrome


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Just Saying

The Monday Syndrome

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August 6, 2018

It’s Monday. One more Monday. One more time. Can’t you just delete Mondays from your calendar? Along with everything scheduled on a Monday, ofcourse. That’s the point, right?

It’s got a name, that thing I just did in the last few lines. I gave that name. I call it the…

A seasoned warrior


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A Seasoned Warrior

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July 25, 2018

A seasoned warrior tries to avoid battles many times. That is not his weakness. It’s his compassion. Because he knows how much damage he can do if he gets down to it.

For every battle he fights, he avoids a hundred others, & gives it his 100x. So think before…

keyboarding around the web arti agarwal


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Keyboarding Around the Web

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July 25, 2018

She wondered why she was sad. It is not like her being sad would make someone happy. Or would it? Was someone wishing her to be unhappy? It was a creepy thought. Maybe someone was. But that was all the more reason for her to not be unhappy.

She kept…

how cats are different when it come to love


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How Cats are Different When it Comes to Love

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June 30, 2018

Cats are some of the most misunderstood creatures. They are not really mean. They just express themselves differently. In a world that is fast becoming insensitive to all things fine and subtle, the language of love of cats is one that not everyone speaks.

Cats are moody. You can keep…

Doing something creative


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What Happens When You Start Doing Something Creative

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June 30, 2018

When you start making art, or doing something else that requires you to squeeze all your creativity out of you, you literally face the best and worst parts of you. Best because being creative is one of the most divine qualities a human being can have. Worst because, at…

making art - splash, my first oil painting


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The Ups & Downs of Making Art

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June 30, 2018

Making art is a funny business. Beautiful, but funny.

To make art you need inspiration. When you make art, you share that inspiration with scores of people. Yet, what happens if you run out of fuel? What if your life depends on making art, and you run out of fuel?

What…


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Autobiography of a Yoganandini

He Walked by With a Smile

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November 14, 2016

He walked  by with a smile. Inside me, a part of me knew that His every smile, every gesture carries importance. In that moment I was just soaked in His smile and didn’t want to think about what is the big picture significance of it. I was just happy…

Discoverer 534


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The One With the Earbuds

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September 22, 2016

It’s one of those embarrassing things you don’t like to talk about. I had an ear pain. And I had run out of ear buds. I saw one time-worn earbud floating in a dusty remote corner of my dressing table drawer and after a few doubts about its cleaning…


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Autobiography of a Yoganandini

Many Lives, One Answer

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September 15, 2016

She was standing outside her class X classroom, waiting. She peeped in to see if the class was over. He was sitting there, in the teacher’s chair, with his bright orange robe like the Sun in the solar system, and his streaming long hair. He turned his head around…

misplaced letter size


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The Case of the Misplaced Letter Paper Size

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April 20, 2016

Amongst the many vices of that great country called the US of A, the one that is perhaps the most ignored is the startling dearth of the multiplicity of paper sizes. While we endure the american dreams sold to the world by the makers of the United States of America, there…

Evening of the boat


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Photo Stories

The Evening of the Boat

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April 16, 2016

The sun was setting and it was that time of the evening when you don’t see the Sun’s glow, it’s just about to blend into space, out of sight. I hated evenings. There was something very unsettling about light disappearing which never went well with me.

 

This boat looked like…


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Photo Stories

I Will Just Have to Travel Back in Time

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April 13, 2016

I looked at the passages and wondered who had walked here, for what purpose? What was this passage like a few hundred years ago? Was it cleaner? Did it have oil lamps? Was any battle ever fought here? Did anyone ever die here? It was a very uncanny passage,…

with the oceans between us


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With the Oceans Between Us

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April 12, 2016

He stood there & I stood here
With the oceans between us
And yet, that is not the distance which bothered me


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Photo Stories

Want to Fly… But Where?

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April 10, 2016

There are certain oxymorons that I’m particularly fond of. Some of them I made up myself.

One of them is – lazy traveller. Yeah, I can be that. NO, not always, but I have those days. Like, there are days when I take all the trouble to get to a…

if music be the food of love


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If Music Be the Food of Love, Shut Up

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March 12, 2016

Ugh, that strain again! It has now become an ear-worm and you are beating me on the head with it. The appetite got sickened and died ten years ago.

Sorry Shakespeare (and fans of Shakespeare), you had it coming.

Whenever I see anyone “smitten” with the Duke Orsino-ish “love bug”, I…

Fili Kili - I looked when he wasnt looking


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Flash Fiction

I Looked When He Wasn’t Looking

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March 12, 2016

I looked at him when he wasn’t looking. There is something about looking at someone when they are not looking at you, just being. Whenever someone looks back at you, it’s like they have their personality on – the one they want to show you. But when they are…

creative commons photos


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Why I’m Making My Photos Available Under Creative Commons

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February 25, 2016

I have a database of 15,000+ photos. That should explain it. Creative commons are an outlet.

On one fine evening, when watching the Sun set, and sipping my extra strong filter coffee, I got to thinking of how many heartening photos I have clicked, similar to the one I was just about…


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Photo Stories

A Pink Flamingo Sunrise

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February 20, 2016

I stood there, with my feet soaked in mud. I was afraid to move even an inch; didn’t want to scare them away. I slowly waded forward, pulled by my desire to get just a little bit closer, lest they fly off in the next few minutes. It is…


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Autobiography of a Yoganandini

Time is Not Linear, It is an Ocean

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February 18, 2016

I stood there, gazing at the sea waves crashing and receding, crashing and receding, with so much force yet so much softness. The ferocious water quickly turned to surf and turned back into a swift wave. I don’t know for how long I stood there. The Sun was up…


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Non non-fiction

Creativity Requires Courage!

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September 6, 2013

Creativity requires exploration, experimentation and reason-less play. All of these require courage, because they require you to step outside of the perimeter of your daily activities and fixed beliefs. Experimentation can also prove that your ideas about something were wrong! And that can also evoke fear in many people,…


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Five TED Talks to Boost Your Creativity!

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September 5, 2013

Here I have compiled five most pertinent TED talks on the subject of creativity, which have the capacity to inspire anyone to pursue their own creative niche in life:

#1 David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence

#2 Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity

#3 Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive…

creative niche


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What is Your Creative Niche?

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September 3, 2013

Not sure how you can be creative? Have serious doubts if at all you can be creative?

Most people are. Sadly, that is how life is.

The good news is, that that is not how it needs to be from today onwards. Because, it is very very easy for anyone to…


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Creativity and Innovation: The World Has Got it Wrong!

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September 2, 2013

Creativity is NOT coming up with new ideas. Ideation and creativity are NOT the same things.

Read the above two statement atleast three times until it sinks in enough for you to raise the question, “So what IS creativity and how is it different from generating ideas?”

Scenario #1: I am…

Ocean & the Drop


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Fiction

Haiku of the Day: Drop In the Ocean

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September 2, 2013

This is my next haiku, based on the teachings from the Isha Upanishad, a sacred scripture from the Hindu tradition:

Water droplet

Sees the ocean

Daunting infinity…

Reference:

Isha Upanishad: http://www.hindu-blog.com/2010/06/download-isha-upanishad-pdf-in-english.html


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Why Do I Need to Be Creative?

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September 1, 2013

Why breathe? Why live? Why laugh? Why do the things you do?

Creativity is the natural expression of the flow of your life. You don’t have to do anything to become  creative. Whether you think about it or not, whether you agree with it or not, whether you express it…

Jack Kerouac


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Creative Genius: Jack Kerouac

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August 25, 2013

JACK KEROUAC

Jack Kerouac: writer, novelist, poet, traveler, the father of the “Beat Generation” and one of the very few people I know of, who bent around the rules of grammar to write emotive prose, and yet, wrote perfect Haiku! The first book by Jack Kerouac that I read (and…

Creativity loves Company!


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Creativity Loves Company: The Tuning Fork Example

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August 22, 2013

It is not just misery that loves company. In fact, misery does not love company. Beyond a certain point, you can’t make too many people miserable with your misery! Someone or the other is bound to cheer you up! No one loves misery.

But creativity definitely loves company. It is…


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The Routine

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July 2, 2013

We think that the mind is wild, and likes to do different things everyday, and is meant to protest against any routine we impose on it. The most innate human nature is to be free, revel in freedom of every kind. That is what we think. ( Atleast I…

creativity laptop screen


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Why Staring at a Laptop Screen Won’t Spur Your Creativity

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June 12, 2013

When you stare at a laptop screen for long hours, perhaps at your job, the mind begins to go numb. The nature of the mind is erratic, but if it is forced to repeat the same or similar thing over long hours, it begins to lose its ability to…