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Day 28: The Song That Soothes The Soul

#SongbirdSaturdays #Day28of100 I often have a weird way of associating songs to people and events, giving some songs I like more depth than they would normally have. So it was only natural that I associated some of my most favourite songs for the fictional characters I have created. My novel’s universe has a very small… Continue reading Day 28: The Song That Soothes The Soul

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Day 27: The Stitched Sack

#FictionFridays #Day27of100 “Stand closer together… That’s it… You on the right, adjust your hair a bit. Now all of you smile for the photograph!” Arni watched the tall lady in white herald the kids around her. There were Kuppu, Aman, Sathi and Anbu. The boys were all grinning widely, their rag sacks lay discarded to… Continue reading Day 27: The Stitched Sack

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Day 26: Our Avian Ancestors

#ThrowOffThursdays #Day26of100 This one is a real pet peeve of mine. In many Indian cultures, (yes, many, because India never does follow a single unified system in anything), especially down South, our dead ancestors pay us frequent visits. They are visible in streets, on roofs and shout out from trees. Our ancestors apparently preferred the… Continue reading Day 26: Our Avian Ancestors

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Day 25: The Knife and The Needle

#WordyWednesdays #Day25of100 Some of my poems are incredibly personal, not because of their content, but because of whence the request came. This one was written for a special friend, and I still remember the reactions I received on private message for this. The best appreciation a writer could get. ~~~~~ Who is worth your pain?… Continue reading Day 25: The Knife and The Needle

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Day 24: Bharathi’s Nandalala

#TamilTuesdays #Day24of100 Song: Kaakai Siraginile Nandalala Poet: Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathi Verse: கேட்கு மொலியிலெல்லாம் நந்தலாலா - நின்றன்  கீத மிசைக்குதடா நந்தலாலா; தீக்குள் விரலைவைத்தால் நந்தலாலா-நின்னைத்  தீண்டுமின்பம்ந் தோன்றுதடா நந்தலாலா. ~~~~~ Thanks:http://mundasukavignar-bharathiar.blogspot.com/2012/07/kakkai-siraginile-nandalaalaa.html for the lyrics! ~~~~~ Transliteration: Ketkum Oliyil Ellam Nandalala – Nindran Geetham Isaikkudhada Nandalala; Theekul Viralai Vaiththaal Nandalala – Ninnai Theendum Inbam Thondrudhada Nandala! ~~~~~ Bharathi is many… Continue reading Day 24: Bharathi’s Nandalala

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Day 23: The Journey Thus Far and What Lies Ahead

#MotivationMondays #Day23of100 Motivation, much like charity, begins at home. This weekend has been hard, like the last, and it has been a quick in the way it dissipated like mist. All the time went awry and with not much work completed, I am, yet again, sitting with my phone on a Monday afternoon. My writing… Continue reading Day 23: The Journey Thus Far and What Lies Ahead

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Day 22: The Sign and The Songs

#SnapItSundays #Day22of100 This one is from my personal collection, a photograph that I took with glee, awe and pride. The printed hand of the poet's pen! (Printed autograph of C. Subramania Bharathi, Poet Extraordinaire, The Mahakavi. Picture from: Who Owns That Song?: The Battle of Subramania Bharathi's Copyright by A R Venkatachalapathy  The Happy Post of… Continue reading Day 22: The Sign and The Songs

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Day 21: The Song of the Vocalist and Her Flautist Muse

#SongbirdSaturdays #Day21of100 Today’s song is something I have a love-hate relationship with. It is so familiar to me that I can hum it, and sing it, even half asleep. It has inspired so many stories in my mind, a collection of a few of those went on to become a full-fledged novel that is under… Continue reading Day 21: The Song of the Vocalist and Her Flautist Muse

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Day 20: The Subdued Pen

#FictionFridays #Day20of100 “A journalist’s pen never bows down. It does not differentiate, nor does it play favourites. The nib of a reporter’s pen is strong enough to crack – and eventually break – the very pillars of society if necessary. It can tear down and rebuild structures. So all of you young journalists out here,… Continue reading Day 20: The Subdued Pen

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Day 19: The Campaign That Shakes Power Structures

#ThrowItOffThursday #Day19of100 Note: I know I began this hashtag series, for Thursdays, to break common superstitions and myths. But sometimes, a woman, a writer, cannot be blind to her surroundings, and not voice out against a fire that is raging around her. I am, of course, talking about the #MeToo movement. Also, this can also… Continue reading Day 19: The Campaign That Shakes Power Structures