3 ways to build a writing process that works for you

The writing process has some very distinct phases, though they aren’t always sequential. Every writer has a process that is unique to them. In this post, I am attempting to walk the reader through the different ways of building a writing process. Maybe you already use a mixture of them, and maybe you use only…

Three Entrepreneurial Stories fit for all times

Entrepreneurship is often fuelled by passion, sometimes by hardships and other times by a marked desire to leave your dent in the world. Pawan is in charge of delivering newspapers to homes in the society that I live in. It has been 17 years now. Everyday you see him tossing newspapers at your doorstep. Once…

I am still unprepared for the world

I was unprepared for the elephant pineapple incident. It didn’t factor in, even in my wildest imagination. Just did not. I moved into a new place this week. I was unprepared for the kindness of strangers. Random shop keepers going out of their way to make tea for me. Society guards being helpful, in spite…

Does grief make you a better writer?

I know that the title is insensitive. Ordinarily it would be insensitive for me to tell you that the parts of you that are hurting the most could be turned into something beautiful. But if you think about it, it could also be the best way to pay homage to your loss.  In the space…

How can you elevate your craft?

From times immemorial, ever since the formal schooling system has been in place, we have always been pegged at how great or not we are in a classroom. So if you were like me, you probably had a rank in class. A rank in the subjects that you studied and then overall. Throughout your school…

This story comes back to haunt me all the time.

I was in a get together of close office friends a few years ago. We were a close bunch, had each other’s back at work, and in life. Some of us were more experienced than the rest. We were there with our families. We got talking about some office colleague. To start with, the conversation…

What’s your definition of a perfect world?

In a perfect world, things would happen to my liking, to my tastes and to my sensibilities. And I call it perfect because I understand that they are not likely to happen that way. So here’s what I will settle for. Books to read. Concepts and abstractions to wonder about. Notebooks to jot down my…

Can someone really change?

When I look back, say 10 years, I don’t think I was a nice person. I was zero on empathy, didn’t believe in feeling too much or anything at all. I was in a relationship of convenience, or maybe in multiple relationships of convenience. A lot of what I let myself feel was “transactional”. I…