Aloha.. after a long time!

It is easy to say the “I’m busy; I have a baby” line. Having a baby gives you a convenient excuse to not write; it almost justifies your laziness. Every free moment is spent scrolling through whatsapp and Facebook, and I’ve newly joined the Instagram bandwagon to boot.

So taking the effort to blog or read a book seems like a really tough job! Nowadays, I am so “busy” (read aimless time-wasting, apart from the baby of course), that I have to mark my passions like reading and writing as to-do activities in my To-do list.

But then I came across a new mom who had blogged barely 15 days after the little one’s arrival. It was then that I realised just how much I had missed – I had missed writing through some of the most precious moments of my life; pregnancy and the little one’s birth. I have photographs of course. But for me, they will never invoke beautiful memories the way writing does.

So now that I’ve written enough about not writing, and iterated the importance of writing in my life, I am going to start blogging regularly without further ado. You’re going to be hearing a lot about the bub (henceforth referred to as Baby V), and a lot of other seemingly pointless things that fill my head.

Toodles, and see you very soon! 🙂

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It is that time again…

That time when  I am suddenly seized with a bout of reflection on how pathetically I am living my life. Bouts that come when I suddenly get enough time to actually reflect on my life. Bouts that come when I suddenly come across shared quotes on Facebook that talk about how you should live life to the fullest, and do what makes you happy.

Bouts that make me realise that I am not doing exactly that!

Yes, I am lazy like that.I somehow miraculously have time to check the Facebook newsfeed every day (and nowadays, I even manage to scroll through, and endlessly “heart” posts on Twitter), but I whine and whine inanely about not having time to blog, or pursue my passion for writing, like this mundane post.

Ah! I feel much better already; venting out in a public space is sometimes all you need. Okay, so I am going to stop now, and start doing something worthwhile, like revamping my life!

Toodles,

Writer on the rocks

 

My 3 all-time favourite songs!

Writing 101, Exercise 3! Yes, after a bit of a break, I decided that the time is ripe for getting back to Writing 101 seriously. Maybe we’ll stick to it this time around.. but of course, the exercise demands that I spend 15 minutes EVERYDAY writing, and we all know how we conveniently have “Life” as an excuse. I’m rambling; I’ll spend the 15 minutes today. We’ll think about tomorrow, well.. tomorrow!

For those who don’t know, writing exercises typically use prompts to get your thoughts flowing in one direction. Today’s prompt is: to write about my 3 most favourite songs, which mean a lot to me. So here we go..

1. Uyirum Neeye, from the movie Pavithra:

This is a beautiful melodious song composed in the raaga Kamaas, one of my absolute favourites. This song is from a movie in the early 1990s, and won the singer a national award. However, I don’t remember if it became particularly popular, since I was just a toddler at that time.The song is about an extremely moving topic: Motherhood.

You can listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NovCNFS1O1M

There is this beautiful line in the lyrics which goes:

Un Kannil Vazhiyum oru thuli podhum

Kadalum urugum thaaye

Translated, it means: Oh Mother, a single teardrop from your eyes is enough to make the ocean melt.

This line unerringly brings tears to my eyes every single time I listen to this song!  I randomly discovered it a few years back, and fell absolutely and completely in love with it! It has never left my playlist since.

2. London Thumakda, from the movie Queen:

It is the mother of all wedding songs, and never fails to spark a festive mood even on a dull and dreary day. The song doesn’t have particularly special lyrics (well, most of the lyrics are in Punjabi, so I wouldn’t know if they were special :P), but it works simply with a fantastic beat that uplifts my mood instantly.

You can find this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udra3Mfw2oo

It has been on my “Most played” folder ever since the movie released, and I can listen to it umpteen times, without ever getting bored! 😀

3. Get on the Floor by J Lo:

And this is the mother of all party songs! The one and only top song to make you get your groove on! It makes me start tapping my foot automatically, and makes me want to dance even when I’m down in the dumps! 3 years since this song was released, and I am yet to find another song that beats this when it comes to changing my mood from tired/sad/dull/depressed to happy and energetic within a second.

You can listen to this one here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4H_Zoh7G5A

I hope you liked my list of all-time favs! Please do share yours with me; I’m always looking for new stuff! The comments section is open to one and all. 🙂

Toodles! 🙂

A room with a view…

I enter my workplace at a strut, going through a narrow single door that leads to a narrow corridor. The corridor then opens into a large hall; I can’t wait to get to my place. 

As I walk to my cubicle that first day, I notice that the hall is white – but not overbearingly so. White walls, white desks, white lights running through the high ceiling that is covered with white plastic boards. But these are also mercifully interspersed with orange partitions between the employees’ workstations, various-colored felt boards (one for each department) that contain announcements and appreciations, personalised workstations that contain colorful idols, soft toys and memoirs, and lastly, the brilliantly colorful clothes of approximately 200 people who are at various stages of “opening their workshop” in the morning.

The soft, but not plush carpet muffles the clicking of my heels as I reach my own workstation. I say a bright ‘Hi!’ to my team, and get my computer started. This is my favourite part of the day! To have your mind organised, already mentally running through a list of things that need to get done that day, having a specific routine to get said things done.. the whole process surprisingly makes me calm and energized!

Because the best part of a workplace is that everything follows logic. There will be bad days, sure.. but even your problems can only be logical, and have a corresponding logical solution. Unlike home, where you have deal with a high range of emotions, all you have to do at work is think and act logically – manage time, and get things done! Sometimes, you may lose your way a little, but regrouping and getting back on track is never difficult. 

For a Type A personality like me, this is a bit of a catharsis; and that is why, I look forward to coming to office every day! 🙂 Also, it helps to have a fun team around who always make you laugh! 😀

Writing 101 – Part 2: To describe a place or a setting, and/or explain how that place makes you feel. This is what the post was about, in case you were wondering. I’m having a lot of fun with Writing 101, but at the same time, I’ve also realised that it is practically impossible to write every day, and so, I will be taking Writing 101 at my own pace!

So please hang around for more 🙂

Writer on the rocks.

Unlock the Mind!

Sometimes… just sometimes, this is sheer brilliance! One more episode of streak writing – the very first activity that we undertake as part of Writing 101. All we have to do is, write non-stop for 20 minutes. I don’t know what to write, there is no specific idea that is beautifully taking shape in my mind.. I can just let my fingers glide on the keyboard.

Except… except.

This is also one of the most difficult forms of writing, as I am figuring out right now. Because, as much as it is nice to not have to really think deeply about your sentences, once you start typing, you’re also going to most definitely run out of words at some point, out of sheer exhaustion if nothing else. Coherence obviously is a huge question. I think, for convenience’ sake, we can forget altogether about interesting and captivating.

But… But.

The fingers do flow smoothly over the keyboard, and I have a strange feeling that at the end of these 20 minutes, I might just find a few paragraphs that I can hit “Publish” after all. I’m also simultaneously scared that as soon as I pause, even for a tiny second, I will end up stopping altogether. It may just turn out to be one of the most difficult things to get my fingers back on the keyboard. Which is why, I have to keep going without even stopping to glance at the bottom-right corner of the screen every few seconds, no matter what.

Which is why, as the organisers of Writing 101 so brilliantly deduced, streak writing is most definitely one of the best forms of writing. Because.. since you have no time to think, you have no time to be inhibited, or to care about the audience. This is indeed an exercise in unlocking the mind, to just write from the heart, so that you can take a good look at what comes from you, in the most pressing of circumstances.

However, I should also say that 20 minutes is practically the perfect timeframe, because anything less isn’t really effective, and anything more would most certainly make me start blabbering! On that enlightened note, I now take note that this is the last minute of my allotted time, and so I am going to take this moment to thank one and all, and exit gracefully! 🙂

Toodles,

Writer on the rocks.

One year, and Writing 101!

It has been a fantastic year for me on this WordPress blog! That’s right, and I can’t believe it – it has been a whole year since I started this blog, and now I am at:

50 posts…

1750 views…

88 followers… and

93 comments!

Feels fantastic! When I started this blog, I swore I’d blog at least one post every week; although I didn’t stick to that promise religiously, I did take things forward by participating in Blogging 101, and somehow managed to reach 50 posts (which, if you think about it, is 1 post a week for the 52 weeks in a year, give or take a couple 😛 ).

Nevertheless, as I always say, never stop ploughing forward! To mark the grand completion of this blog’s first year, and initiate it into its slightly-grown-up second year, I have now registered in Writing 101. I can’t wait for it to start on Monday; I’m really excited! 🙂 Writing 101 requires me to well.. write.. every single day! So we can thankfully look forward to a lot more on this space! 🙂

Toodles,

Writer on the rocks.

Streaking!

Jhaanavi was not beautiful. She was attractive, yes; but not beautiful. At first sight, she is practically a perfect caricature of how a woman should be – slim figure, slender waist, pleasant face, fair skin.. you know the works. But she is also strong. How can a slim and slender person be strong, you ask? I meant, emotionally strong! Few people on earth have ever seen her fazed by something, fewer than those have seen her eyes moist. On deeper inspection, she is still practically a perfect caricature of how a woman should be – independent, intelligent, kind and compassionate, and last but never the least, has a streak of fierce pride!

Streak writing, this is apparently called. You place fingers on the keyboard, time your stopwatch, and start writing non-stop for 5 minutes (or 15, or 20 if you like)! Just a concept I came across today, thought I’d try it out. 🙂

With love,

Writer on the rocks.