Writing Tropes

I just finished reading Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game and yes, I know, I’m really late to this party but what a truly lovely book it is! Fun, warm and real. It had some bits that didn’t quite work for me but I’m not here to do a book review. I’m here to talk about…

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Back to Home Ground

I have never been as relieved to land back in Hyderabad as I was that day. The minute that Kingfisher Airlines flight touched down, I heaved a sigh of relief. Or as much of one as I could with my congestion filled chest. It was over a week later, when my phone rang. I rarely…

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Top 5 Favourite Children’s Books

I was sorting through Z’s books today and realized she probably owned over a hundred books. But even in that extensive collection, she has some perennial favourites. This list is a combination of both of our favourite books. Some I love more than she does and by that token, I just had to include them….

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Date Night

I spent a fairly large chunk of last Sunday trying to buy a new pair of jeans. To my everlasting fury, the only pair that seemed like a comfortable fit was something that was actually tagged ‘mom jeans.’ Just like my low waisted, skinny jeans have morphed into mom jeans, my date nights have morphed…

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The Scary World of Fairy Tales

Being a voracious reader, I’ve worked my way through pretty much every book I could beg, borrow and buy. When Z was born, I started reading to her almost from the start. It didn’t matter if she could understand the words or not, but I like to believe the sound of my voice droning on…

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Books I wish I’d written

Books are both my solace and my stress buster. There is nothing more relaxing than a good book. But the great books, the ones that grab you by the throat and make you wish you could meet the protagonists, get embroiled in their stories and yes, also, fantasies about running away with some of them…

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The Wedding Guest from Hell

If you’ve read my last three posts, you know by now that I was very sick at this point. I reached the cocktail party that night wheezing and coughing, not to mention feeling like a block of ice thanks to my inappropriate clothes. By the next morning, I’d completely taken to my bed. We had…

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Women can have it all – Myth or Fiction

Can women truly have it all? Family, marriage, motherhood, work, hobbies, me time… I’m sure I missed a few points on that list. Last Saturday, I took the day off from work. Why? Because I wanted to spend time with my daughter and give her my undivided attention. I knew household chores, my other relationships…

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The most disciplined author around…

Every day, I read interviews and posts by authors who talk about how they maintain a strict, disciplined schedule and write a fixed number of hours a day or a certain number of words per day. I’m in awe. Literally. Mostly because I write about a hundred words per day and consider myself productive. So,…

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When You’re Not Enough

Two days ago, a freak thunderstorm felled two trees outside our house, literally blew my dog off our verandah and knocked out our power supply for over thirty hours. Close to three days of no electricity, no water since our motor didn’t work and no wifi (horror of horrors), leads to a lot of introspection…

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