5 Strategies to Survive a Life Storm

By: Deeba Salim Irfan Everyone faces a life storm at some point in time! You may have survived one or heard a friend share with you. Some are serious storms like losing a job, losing someone close and others are trivial yet may weigh you down. Whatever the case may be, be patient and keep […]

My Book Launch – A mom’s perspective

The frenzy started a week before the launch when the Chief Guest confirmed availability. The realisation struck me that my book launch was just a week away. And there was still a lot to do.   My son came to me, “Mom, can we please have a match of chess?” I said, “please, can it […]

MY PARADISE

A step at a time I tread. Dive deep  then arise to absorb my paradise! My soul alive, enriched… but am I pleasantly disguised, as I live my paradise? I imbibe the nuzzle akin a kiss a brush against my skin of this warm summer wind! A deep breath of praise as serenity exhaled! For […]

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Building Characters

For a while, I have been wondering how to bring my characters to life. I want them to react the way each one of us does. Make them more believable, livable. Tonight is strange. I woke up about an hour back, when it was still 3 am and kept thinking of certain issues at hand. Just can’t […]

Such is Life…(a few moments with my mom!)

I returned day before from my monthly visit to my home town, New Delhi. I have been going for a week every month since September, 2013, when my mom had that fateful Meningitis attack. It has been an uphill task ever since. With setbacks and achievements, the road has been exhausting for her! However, this […]

SHADES

Bright shades of sunshine and the dull endings of the day, a toll on my own mood. I wondered what the hues meant. Bright and sunny or dull and rainy? Was my life impacted with this? Of course it was, it is! The reason of my smile is the sun and the dark clouds bring […]

Learning From Every Day Life

Few months back, I sent my manuscript to an editor and I got it back with lot of encouraging words and some areas where I need to ‘Show Vs Tell’. As a first time author with no literature background, I am hell bent on ‘learning as I write’. This is taking me longer to complete […]

Conflict – Essence of Fiction writing

Write a good mushy novel, where everyone is perfect, everything is immaculate and there is no conflict… I am sure, the reader would hardy make it to page 25, if they don’t already throw the book off before that. Without conflict, a work of fiction is what it shouldn’t be, extremely boring. Conflicts like creeps need […]

Baby Steps – My Journey To Publication

Fiction is to the grown man what play is to the child; it is there that he changes the atmosphere and tenor of his life –  Robert Louis Stevenson I think the tenor of my life changed with the advent of the Iranian revolution, when as a ten year old I lost the exuberance of […]

Hello Yesterday

A day at a time I soak and feel. A moment shared what a steal. I see you there with a tear in your hand. I look at you and across I turn away to pass yet you hold you  –  my yesterday. So I say, hello yesterday. Once my tomorrow, and then my today […]

Insipid stroll of my capricious heart

Basking in the memory I stroll for a mile eyes heavy head bent low yet a faded smile at the corner of my lips and an arch on my brow Leaves changed, green to yellow yellow to orange and back to green mono to dialogue to conversations black to red my hair, though nothing lack […]

Waves of Life

Life is handed to us in waves, alternating high and low. After plummeting my heart soared and now back at equilibrium. A tender calm. No more screams within. A moment, when heartbeat is in sync with the mind. The breath is deep and slow and I can feel it complementing my heartbeat. A tender yet […]

Opulence

Opulence of inner peace is a state of perfection set by our own mind I want to evolve today evolve tomorrow and forever… I hold myself embrace and caress my own mind Life feels too short Today maybe forever Forever may never be So I ignite a thought soak self with hues within and all […]

Memory – (un)LOCK

Till I completed my novel URMA, I was sure of having spent my entire childhood in Iran, a country I have extreme adulation for. This is a given I grew up with. And then, came questions for interviews and I had to answer questions about my childhood never raised before. Never had to be answered […]

Elusive

A voice in my ears… a thump in my heart an aura around yet all hazy right from the start. Yet was mendable I thought. I saw its gleam and felt salvo in my veins. But was anything ever there? or was it only in my tears? Did anything ever exist ? or only in my […]

Euphoria

Floating in the sky From ground zero straight up high Palms facing up, head held high Smog all around Till I entered the clouds And then As I stretched my empty hands Felt nothing. As all was lost Finger tips ached to hold Yet were left empty to fold I opened my eyes and felt […]

Raw Heat of June

Words form in my mind yet elude me they take a stroll besides me before they interlock to form feelings giving a meaning to the forbidden storm. Words form as I tap blankly on my keyboard to bring a smile or a tear as they strum chords that I have snatched and stowed away all […]

Trapped in a moment

Time elapsed left its trace what once was just a lavender field now mapped with a deep ravine and just an empty time since we drew a line. Memory’s stuck of mist, fragrance and you of those moments few I turn around and glance on those days of prance. Moments rolled on yet has still […]

And so the night sleeps

Today again I feel restless and know that though there is no clear thought, yet, there are a lot of words that need a vent. Not mere words, disjointed, but deep thoughts. Might not mean anything to many, but may make some sense to a few. Some wanders out there, who connect through words and […]

Just another hazy day

There are days when I walk around in daze. Things get done. But my heart is not in it. There is a haze in my eyes. The alphabets glide and trickle down my brows and into my eyes and roll down my cheeks. What is it that drives me into that state? Well, I think, when […]

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THAT DIFFERENT CORNER

A moment I devoured     when you had appeared      from the corner of that chest-wood tree     so vivacious and free.       I hit a wall     and woke up with the fall     reached out      and just felt that cold wall.       I […]

Simple Words

Words spoken, words heard, words shared, words that sealed… and words also healed, those scars that had been! Well between those words, between those glances, all the words unsaid, that gathered and were left unheard… voices that never found the words – were those moments ever there? The smile turns to sigh – new scars, new […]

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Conflict – Essence of Fiction writing

Write a good mushy novel, where everyone is perfect, everything is immaculate and there is no conflict… I am sure, the reader would hardy make it to page 25, if they don’t already throw the book off before that. Without conflict, a work of fiction is what it shouldn’t be, extremely boring.   Conflicts like creeps […]

Building Characters

For a while, I have been wondering how to bring my characters to life. I want them to react the way each one of us does. Make them more believable, livable. Tonight is strange. I woke up about an hour back, when it was still 3 am and kept thinking of certain issues at hand. Just can’t […]