Italy – Pizza

It’s April of 2021 and Day 09 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 09 Country: Italy

Oh, yes. Pizza is a flatbread from Italian origin.  A wheat based dough topped with tomatoes, cheese, onions, anchovies, olives etc. The traditional pizza is baked in a wood-fired oven at a high temperature. A formal setting pizza in Italy is served un-sliced and to be eaten using knife and fork. One has to taste the original Italian pizza which tastes lot different from the ones we regularly have. A small pizza is usually referred as pizzetta and the maker of a pizza as pizzaiolo. Below is a picture of an authentic Neapolitan Pizza Margherita.

Credits: by Valerio Capello at English Wikipedia – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


The dough,
Needs a kneed,
Gentle and hard,
Mixed, layered, baked,
Sauce, cheese, veggies,
And some love.
The recipe travels places,
Finds a life of own.

Every new travel, every new visit, builds and creates a culture. Used and misused.

France – Louvre

It’s April of 2021 and Day 06 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 06 Country: France

Be it the Eiffel Tower, Cheese, Cuisines, etc. it was a tough choice to make, for France is well known for many things. Louvre Museum is the World’s largest art museum and who does not know about the painting Mona Lisa. The museum opened on 10 August 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings and now it is said to house approximately 38000 objects from pre-history to 21st century. As per sources, the museum gets around 10 million visitors every year.

Credits: by Benh LIEU SONG (Flickr) – Louvre Courtyard, Looking West, CC BY-SA 4.0,


I am an artefact,
Passing by antiquities,
The arts of my mind,
The decorative I live with,
The stories I dwell,
My soul paintings,
Me, a museum.
Worthy a ticket?

Look back. Would you pay to visit your own life museum? It is interesting enough to cherish and explore?

A to Z 2020 Reflections


This was my fourth year of A to Z challenge and that very much is the reason why April excites me. April has been the only month since my blogging journey where I post at-least 26 posts. I am happy for what April does to me. It kind of seamlessly fits into my schedule like a must-do routine. I feel the month has that vibe and zeal to keep it going, no matter what.


I have always had 8 lines poems for the challenge with different themes over the years. I continued to do so this year too. Like every year, I must say, I loved doing this year’s challenge. My 2020 theme was Metaphors and a 8 line poem for each. Looking for metaphors was definitely a challenge. I did not restrict my domain to a specific kind of metaphors. I have used them from literature, history, songs, movies, paintings etc. On few days, I had to struggle on which one to pick and other days had to pick the only available. Some days was ease and some days I kept staring at my screen.

I did fill up the end survey and collected my winner batch. Here it goes:


I have compiled all of my challenges into a short ebook and is available for free download. Save a copy for yourself too! Yay!


A to Z: A Metaphor for an Alphabet Ebook Download Link 

I would like to thank all of you for being supportive through April. Every blogger needs a supportive community to sustain, survive and thrive. Thank you all for all the love.  Thanks to A to Z team for making it happen every year with growing enthusiasm.

This year I also did A to Z 6 word lockdown stories on Instagram. My Instagram id: prakash.hegade.

You’ve Got Mail


Its April of 2020 and Day 25 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: You’ve Got Mail

Who hasn’t loved the movie with the casting of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan? The local bookstore owner who hates the large bookstore chain owner in person, are falling in love over internet with masked identity. He later finds out, still likes her and has to fix it all. The movie released in 1998, has beautifully dealt with mall and internet culture.

Though the movie highlight is more about internet, technology etc., it can always stand for a bigger cause over time. The ‘mail’ here is an opportunity. Have you seen, identified and embraced it? For me, ‘You’ve Got Mail’ is a metaphor for there is love and everyone has got one. For, you see, falling in love without knowing each other’s real identities is something which has been our plot with changing modes and methods over time.

There is already enough,
Suffering in the world,
The pain smiles,
The scars draw,
There are enough dying,
For love and hunger.
Opt to be kind,
You’ve got mail.

Did you check the email that asks you to be a little kinder? The email of love? The ‘oops’ moment is when it gets spammed and vanishes after 30 days!  

Night Owl


Its April of 2020 and Day 14 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:  Night Owl

Owl is a nocturnal bird that stays awake at night. Night Owl is a metaphor used to epitomize a person who tends to stay up until late at night or even until early hours of the morning. The reason could also be because of delayed sleep phase syndrome. The phrase was used by Shakespeare in one of his poems in 1500 and probably is the earliest usage documented with respect to writing.

Most of Generation-Z are Night Owls. So has become the habit in modern culture. Especially with employers having night shift and cities that never sleep, Night Owl is a common metaphor now.

Every evening you stand,
To take back my nights,
But you don’t know,
I have fallen in love,
With the moon,
Everything else absent.
Thank you, I am ever a,
Gratified night owl.

When the world sleeps, when the hassles rest, that’s when a man at times finds peace. And then, he falls in love with the moon.

Melting Pot


Its April of 2020 and Day 13 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:  Melting Pot

Melting Pot originates from United States. Around 18th century, the metaphor ‘crucible’ or ‘smelting point’ was used to describe the fusion of different nationalities, ethnicity and cultures. Now the same is referred by the metaphor ‘Melting Pot’. It is metaphor for a heterogeneous society becoming homogeneous with people from different cultural backgrounds becoming part of the society.

I like the sociology definition which says it is a concept referring to a heterogeneous society becoming more homogeneous with the different elements melting together into a harmonious whole with a common culture.

Have you known?
Of me stalking you?
Should I care?
Of you ignoring me?
You and your being,
Partly define me,
Because, you are in,
My melting pot.

The things we do for the people we love. Not just people, could be anything else as well. There is always an eye that we keep on the things we love. Said or not. Specially those, we know are not reachable, cannot be ours. 


Inside Out


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.

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


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!

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.


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.’