Inside Out


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Its April of 2020 and Day 09 of A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing Metaphors. Be it a movie, song, painting, book, idiom, etc. I plan to give a perspective to it with an explanation and a 8 line poem. 


 

Metaphor: Inside Out

Inside out is a movie released in 2015 by Pixar Animations and Walt Disney (A must watch). The director, Pete Docter, found motivation for the script noticing changes in his daughter’s personality as she grew older. The production team has consulted and revised the script based on the emphasis given by neuropsychological findings (about human emotions) that affect interpersonal relationships.

The movie is a metaphor for human emotions and intellectual feelings, where each is color coded and played by a character. Five personifications of basic emotions of the lead character: Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear, and Anger come to life and influence her ways of doing things via a control console. The movie depicts the importance of every emotion and not just happiness.

Poem:
January’s have got the rain,
Who knows what May will do!
Living has seen a new five,
Inside has let outside thrive,
Happiness is in isolation,
So is it, in every emotion,
Did you take a tour?
Of inside out?

There is something magical beyond the technology and tools. Have you got a chance to experience it? Have you been living it?

Domino Effect


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Its April of 2020 and Day 04 of A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing Metaphors. Be it a movie, song, painting, book, idiom, etc. I plan to give a perspective to it with an explanation and a 8 line poem. 


 

Metaphor: Domino Effect

A domino effect is a chain reaction. It is a cumulative effect of one event setting off a chain of similar several events. I am sure everyone has seen the video of falling row of dominoes. The term domino effect is used both to imply that an event is inevitable or highly likely and conversely to imply that an event is impossible or highly unlikely.

It has inspired several fields and domains. Mathematical Induction works on the same principle. There is also a movie named ‘Domino Effect’ which talks of the chain of consequences on families worldwide if global economy comes to sudden halt. There have been events to set the world records. But, here, in my poem, we talk love!

Poem:
Starts with nothing,
Then through the words,
Dust, shadow and breeze,
Hot-lukewarm,  lukewarm-cold,
Through the wet eyelashes,
Calling to be in the arms.
You, a domino effect.
Please. Come back.

A love calling the loved. Not just during the lockdown. Maybe lockdown is just a metaphor for everything else.

i 4 you – The Journey


It was around 27th of October 2016 and I had seen one of my fellow bloggers writing about taking the NaNoWriMo challenge. I got curious and explored more to know that the challenge was about writing 50,000 words in 30 days of November. That looked challenging, especially with all the professional and personal works. I decided to take up the challenge and hoping time will lead through the path.

At first, the novel was about putting together the disconnected threads. There was no plot. Though I used to blog, I had never imagined writing a story as big as 50,000 words. I was scribbling short stories of the characters that come into my mind, some from experience and some from imagination. Soon, I could see the connection between threads and everything coming together.

For the entire second week of November, I had travels to be made relating to my research work. I lost near to 7 days. When I came back home, I promised myself that I would complete this no matter what. For the entire month, I had a pen and paper with me scribbling short notes and plots. There was nothing else that was in my mind for the entire month. WRIMO India group was supportive and I made the best use of sprints hosted for the entire month. By November 28th, I had reached the target of 50K words. The novel was completed with 53K odd words by the end of the month. That is when the first version of ‘i 4 you’ was ready.

The exhaustion, saturation, personal and professional works kept me away from the first draft at least till March of 2017. Then I got to know about Camp NaNoWriMo which happens every April and July. I started setting targets of 40 hours of editing in each of the camps. As well, started editing whenever time permitted.

I had few friends review it after a few rounds of editing. I must mention and Thank Vishwanath Telsang for reading all the crappy versions and suggesting to me the edit changes. The version which I thought was good to go after around 200 hours of editing apparently was smelly and crappy. I would see even some grammar and spelling issues dancing over the pages. It was frustrating. I could see some unnecessary chapters. After another 100 hours of more editing, the novel had finally come down to 38K words from 53K words.

I then started sending it out to traditional publishing houses. Then came the rejections one after another, some months later, some weeks later and some no replies (a no response for 6 months is a rejection). I stayed professional throughout the journey. I waited until the rejection mail before sending it to another house. I had nothing to do. Just sit and wait. The journey wasn’t easy. I don’t remember anything I did not try.

AROUND FOUR DAMN YEARS.

This story is close to me. I badly wanted this to be released as a hard copy. I knew I had to wait. I knew the writing had to be improved. I knew I had to improve. In the meantime, I had completed 3 more NaNoWriMo’s with passing 3 more Novembers. Gosh, that was a lot of piling! Will I ever get over my pile of unpublished works? Will I be able to edit them and send them out?

I had to settle. Somewhere. Maybe it’s just me who feels this one is special. Maybe it’s not. Nothing can make a writer happy than the work being read by many. No matter whether they feel good or bad, whether they rate 1 or 5, it’s the number of people it touches and how they feel about it. I gave a final round of edit and reduced the word count to 33K. This had to stop. Somewhere. I had already spent 300+ hours.

I wanted this to be read by as many. I want to be remembered for writing ‘i 4 you’. I want the parts of this novel to stay with as many people as possible. With all the love, I am releasing my novel as a free ebook.  You can download and read it.  I would love to hear from you on how you felt about the book.

i 4 you

 

The Ebook can downloaded here: i 4 you

P.S. I am going to have a bigger and better book, printed and published. I need your wishes for the edits of ‘The Art of Ageing Gracefully.’

I Fell in Love with an Asshole


The beauty of being in academics is that you get to live the changing generations. You get to see the generation dynamics. You get to see and experience how things gradually go obsolete. Though the underlying principles of life and phase are the same, the way they get realized differ.

It was minor exam time for students and we usually get relatively free on those three days. I had decided to work on my on-going final edits of novels ‘i 4 you’ and ‘the art of ageing gracefully’. But then, I had this ‘Eureka’ moment to pen down something. There was this endless restlessness until I complete. It then took two days to complete the work along with all the routine commitments. [I had to cut my sleep and the experience was satisfying.]

Here is a novelette – ‘I Fell in Love with an Asshole’. The ebook can be free downloaded HERE. The book got 360+ downloads in 3 days. If you complete the book, kindly leave a review at: Goodreads.

Uber


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Its April of 2019 and Day 21 of A to Z Challenge. I am doing Foreign word/phrase a day and 8 line poem for it.

Word/Phrase: uber / über
Language: German
Meaning: to a great or extreme degree, denoting an outstanding or supreme example of a particular kind of person or thing, extreme

Poem:
the light stands far.
then,
the dark circles got darker,
the mind got messier,
the soul descended deeper,
the pieces, now more,
nothing near to uber,
yet.

Interpretation:
We always look for a reason to give up on those things which we really aren’t passionate about (there was no love). No pain is extreme to reach the light of love.

Je ne sais quoi


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Its April of 2019 and Day 10 of A to Z Challenge. I am doing Foreign word/phrase a day and 8 line poem for it.

Word/Phrase: je ne sais quoi
Language: French
Meaning: an indefinable quality that makes something distinctive or attractive, a quality that is hard to describe

Poem:
do you have that?
that,
je ne sais quoi,
which turns people on!
the same,
also turns a few off.
and on,
always comes with an off.

Interpretation:
We all got to build that ‘je ne sais quoi’. It’s love! That is what sticks around. That is what keeps a morning bright. Most importantly, not everything attracts everyone.

Moon, The Secret Keeper


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Wishes and desires,
Just or unjust,
Born in the dark,
Crawl with a dance,
Demand the light.

I show my darkness,
Say they are true,
They are, in-fact,
I then,
Demand love.

I wait for answers,
Wait,
And wait,
I guess,
It’s going to be forever!

Like light flies,
Everything’s dying,
Even when dying,
Beautiful,
Still beautiful.

Moon,
My dear secret keeper.