Thursday, 16 February 2017

When Two Writers Date

Writers are some of the rowdiest, oddest, charming, whimsical, and brilliant people you will ever meet!

What happens when two writers date?

We curl up on the bed, reading each other’s work. We recommend good books to each other. We talk about the hopefully-attainable dream of writing full-time, as we please, being Authors, Novelists, professional Storytellers with published stories. We talk about collaborating. We give each other feedback, knowing full well that we’re as honest as we can be with the bias of being in a relationship. We help each other through tricky plot-holes and confusions, even just by acting as a sounding board.

Writers are weird because they are equal parts artist and philosopher; this makes them a nightmare to date, at times.

But the pros ~

Writers love coffee shops. They like drinking coffee because it keeps them awake, which gives them more time to write. Also, lots of famous literary scenes take place in coffee shops, and writers love pretending that their lives are like famous literary scenes.

The thing about writers is that they are alive and they write, and they draw on the experience of the former to work on the latter. If you become part of a writer’s life, you may very well end up in their work. This means they like you and they think about you a lot. Be — or at least act — flattered when this happens.

If in doubt, remember: “Everything you say in bed is going to show up in a poem.” said Saeed Jones!

Writers love harder and deeper than most people. They will love you like they love their favorite book, which honestly should terrify you. Writers are disorganized, spacey, and forgetful — but if you inspire them they will devote themselves to you as if you hold their life in your hands.

When two writers date, they mean what they say and say what they mean. There is no fluff, no sparing of feelings, no stretched truths. We are honest and to the point. There is guaranteed honesty and trust.

There are very few times when you will find a writer at a loss for words. We will find away to articulate those indescribable feelings and confusing times and let you know exactly how we are feeling. There will be no guessing with us. They know how detrimental ambiguity can be to their writing, so they won’t use it in their lives.

Whether it’s going out to dinner, seeing a concert, or traveling the world, they will treat every experience like a story.

Fall in love with a writer because they will not only add you to their story, but also pull your story out of you. They will challenge you in ways you could not possibly imagine and while dating a writer may prove difficult at times, the reward is worth the risk.

They will have to deal with their frustration when they are experiencing writer’s block. Fall in love with a writer because the story inside them is more beautiful than anything an ordinary relationship could conjure.

And when they co-write? That is like giving each other half their lifetime, already! And that is capable to get them orgasm – even without touching each other. That is the kind of satisfaction, they give and get.

They have the best social media captions and will help bump up your likes. (winks) Aside from brushing up your grammar and vocabulary mishaps, and enlightening you with F. Scott Fitzgerald, they somehow happen to have the best twitter bios, the best Instagram, Facebook, and they can pull a quote out of thin air.

They have empathy. They know how you feel because they can only imagine it, and not only can they imagine it, but they can vividly picture your backstory, and will always be the first to offer their insight and advice. Writers are very devoted to their work, and are also very devoted to those around them, because their life is their story and everything matters.

Dating a writer means that you will receive love letters. All your long letters and emails are replied to. Quirky notes will turn up in your pockets. Flowery descriptions of everything great about you will be shared on special occasions.

Ever wanted to date a writer? Are you prepared to wade through the coffee addiction, the serious depressions whenever another rejection letter comes in the mail and the possible instability, all so you can enjoy the company of a word-fluent partner who can take you to book launch parties? Wonderful, it is! But when you both kind of sail in the same ship, you have each other to deal with all of this – which is super fun!

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Nano Fiction 48 : Things Men Secretly Love About Their Wives

I cherish her company, her companionship, our conversation, the way she smiles and looks at me. It brings joy to my heart when she cuddles up close to me and puts her head on my shoulder. But she doesn’t stop there, she is always comforting me with a loving caress of her hand on my chest, my back, or my arms.

I love the way she giggles at my silliness and how we laugh together. I enjoy the togetherness we share no matter what we are doing. She always maintains a demeanour that is caring and thoughtful. My wife checks up on me when she is aware that I am sad or feeling ill. She goes out of her way to make dinner even after she has had a difficult day, and she sacrifices for others even when she is lacking. She often takes me out to the movies or to dinner and then pays the bill by her own choice.

My beloved compliments me in the presence of family and friends. I greatly appreciate the fashion in which she inquires me for advice or opinions, how she credits me in my successes, but most of all how she is supportive, putting her trust in me and standing beside me with respect and admiration. However, I also appreciate it when she shares with me her insights, ideas and considerations.

My darling takes time out to send me loving long text messages / emails during the course of her workday, I do treasure her thoughtfulness. I delight in the way she decorates our home and how she likes to share her joys and happiness with me. But also how she expresses the desire to look good for me in the public. My love is beautiful inside and out!

It’s a real joy to see the little girl in her come out to play with me, we often dance together around the house to the sound of our own heartbeats. I enjoy how we can have fun, as a couple, doing the simplest things.

I adore the way she snuggles up to me at the movies and holds on to my arm as if we were on a roller coaster ride, and how she falls asleep with her head on my chest. She also brings me joy by the sounds she makes when I massage her feet.

My wife loves me in so many ways I would have to make notes of them as they are happening, just to put them all down on paper. But my heart feels each loving stroke of her wonderful love.

Things Men Secretly Love about Their Wives

There are certain things about you that your husband finds irresistible. 

He probably won’t brag about them to his friends. And he’s not about to make a gushy post about it on Facebook. In fact, most husbands would prefer to keep this list a secret.

1. You affirm him. 
One of the top things your husband finds most attractive and lovable about you is that you were at one time attracted to him. A man wants to be around a woman who makes him feel like he’s winning. When a wife tells her husband how proud she is of him, how much his hard work has paid off, how much he’s appreciated by his family, and that there’s no one else like him, it says to him that he is cutting it not only as a man, but as a husband. Let him know he’s still hot, he can still get your heart racing, he’s a great provider, he is great at what he does – whatever it is that you can compliment him on. And mean it.

2. You’re a mystery. 
When you become a mystery to your husband, there are things about you that he still wants to know, things you’re thinking that he’d like for you to divulge, secrets in your soul that he’ll be challenged to draw out. Be to him a treasure chest full of secrets he’s dying to unlock! 

3. Your confident glow. 
A confident woman who knows who she is and where she’s going. When you express confidence in your speech, your walk, your body, your mannerisms, and your relationship with him, he finds that attractive.

4. Your initiative. 
A wife’s initiation well after marriage makes a husband feel loved, pursued, and confident. Initiate a hug. Initiate a back rub. Initiate lovemaking. Chances are, he recognizes that he still needs that extra push.  

5. Your positive attitude. 
Your husband loves a positive attitude. When a man can count on a smile or kind word when he walks through the front door, he’ll anticipate his homecoming a lot more.

6. Your dependability. 
In a world where one in two marriages end in divorce , your dependability, steadfastness, and commitment to your husband is something he values more than you know. 

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Nano Fiction 47 : Security & Independence

Being a strong, independent woman means that you are able to find happiness on your own. You have self-confidence without having to rely on another person or society for validation. It means emotional independence and learning to express who you are at your core.

Nevertheless, strong, confident women also, at some point wish for a man who is all giving; they want the door held open for them, a shared umbrella, an invitation to a date planned and paid for by the man in their lives.

A woman’s four basic needs are security, affection, open communication, and leadership. Every woman has a need to feel secure. This need derives from a basic human need for safety, security, and stability. To some, it’s financial security, to others it’s emotional security, and to others it’s physical security.

Women want to feel understood.  Women's thought lives are like computers, with multiple windows open and processing all at once.  Unlike men who can only process one thing at a time, women are constantly juggling multiple thoughts and emotions all at the same time.

Women want to feel emotionally secure.  Women want security.   Yes, financial security is important, but it comes second to emotional security.  Women do think about the house, bills, laundry, but feeling emotionally connected and close to the man in their lives; and knowing he is there for her, no matter what, is what really matters.

Women want to feel listened to.  Men, she doesn’t want you to fix it, she just wants you to listen.  Women want to feel beautiful.  She needs to know, deep within, that you find her beautiful and that you only have eyes only for her.  There may be many mirrors in your home, but the mirror that means most to your wife is you.

To build an ideal home is difficult. It's never easy. It must be challenging and many obstacles along the journey.

But, a perfect mixture of independence with security helps a long way. 

Monday, 23 January 2017

The Morning Tea

Uninterrupted talks with the husband,
The first cup of tea,
Has to be with Him!

Moments of tranquillity,
That begin the day on a positive note.

Not just intertwined fates,
We are entangled at the core like soul mates.

The best part about my life is -
I get to wake up to the sight of the man of my dreams.
Other people wake up to sunshine,
But I wake up to YOU!

All matters of discord, and petty quarrels,
Get dunked in the hot cup of morning tea!

The silence that cocoons us in the mornings,
Is the warmth which glows in our hearts!

Tuesday, 20 December 2016


This book is about Ramya and her daughter Aparajita. Ramya lost her husband in an accident. She was sold by her husband’s friend, Anjum, into flesh trade. She was too young to understand the world and gets carried away. She believed few who in turn exploited her for their own good.

Trapped in the merciless milieu of one of the largest red-light districts in India, Aparajita faces the repercussions of something she has least control of. A restrained society snubs Aparajita for her social class, under the influence of a centuries-old enigma that still persists in the fifth largest economy of the world. The fiasco rips her hope and crushes her childhood dream to study as she grows up in the street of ill repute.

As they say, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, Raj Kaul comes to the rescue of her and Aparajita. So when an opportunity to ditch being a sex worker is offered who would deny?That’s why Ramya marries Raj, an artist who works for an NGO. Ramya has only one goal that drove her to marry Raj which is to make her talented daughter study in a proper school. She will do anything to protect her daughter from the evil eyes of the pimps.

I loved the way how the characters were portrayed and the events which were used to spin a perfect story. Though it wasn't a bulky novel, (I love fat novels) within 98 pages, the author was successful enough in bringing out the best of the character Aparajita from being a small girl to a grown one, realising her dreams.

I accept the fact that the author has done a fantastic job in writing the intriguing story. While the first half is narrated by Ramya, Aparajita's mother, the second half was narrated by Aparajita. To be truthful, I loved everything in the second half. It is full of positivity. The letter Aparajita wrote to her step father was beautiful. It is very rare to find a person like her stepfather these days.

A short and crisp story that very well brings out the emotions of the central character. The author has superbly expressed the feelings of a woman. The plot is likely to touch the heart of every woman. I also felt that though the author has made a good attempt to highlight the issue of sex workers coming back to the society and trying to lead a normal life, but I felt that there are other element that could have been looked into. 

In all, a good read and I am sure women are going to like it a lot. Author has done a great job in addressing these issues which women of the current Indian society are facing. This problem is not just in the rural areas but also in urban India.

Rating – 5/5

P.S: I won a review copy from The Tales Pensieve as part of Reviewers Programme. Register on #TTP for lots of #book fun and activities.