Spinning the yarn

What makes a good storyteller, in your opinion? Are your favorite storytellers people you know or writers you admire

I love watching people…I am a people watcher. When I am short of inspiration, I need a pen and paper my iPad and head towards the nearest park, mall or street.

Standing in a corner and observing men, women and kids around me is highly intriguing. Their faces speak volumes to me. Two friends who meet each other after decades have a thousand naughty stories to tell. A newly wed couple walking hand in hand happily dreaming about their future together have a story too. A homeless lady in her late 70 ‘s with grey hair and a wrinkled face has a lifetime of experiences to share.
So next time you need a story head towards the nearest public place . They are the best story – tellers.

Spinning Yarns

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Grateful and Guilty

Whether it’s a trashy TV show, extra-pulpy fiction, or nutrient-free candy, write a thank-you note to your guiltiest guilty pleasure

A weekend is the perfect opportunity for a guilt free trip down the culinary path. Specially if it consists of a lazy afternoon indulging in some of the best home-made food. As an Indian, I confess there is no dearth of choice of cuisines, with each state offering a unique taste to the dish.

I must also confess here that I am not a foodie but I simply cannot resist home made food prepared with love and the indulgence becomes mandatory.

I can gorge on a light nutritional Rasam( a soup prepared with a mix of lentils and tamarind juice) one day and Biryani( a rich Mughlai dish prepared with rice flavored with saffron and lamb/chicken prepared with rich spices and dry fruits) the next. I do not belong to the South of India but love Idlis. And I equally love Kebabs.And gulab jamuns too :)…..

I can go on and on about the Indian dishes I love to gorge, but I will limit myself here and leave you with the pictures of my most loved ones.( no recipes now, but promise to share them soon)

biryani

jamun

rasam

Feast your eyes!!

Grateful and Guilty

Stay Hungry Stay Foolish!!

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This book is a compilation of the stories of 25 IIM- Ahmedabad graduates who opted to tread on the rough paths of entrepreneurship and successfully built new businesses and organizations. The author Rashmi Bansal, an IIM-A alumnus herself, writes that this book is for those people who seize their moments; for those who do not believe in selling soaps just because you are paid well to do so. It is about those who had the easy option of being a corporate slave, but felt that they had something bigger and better they could do with their talents. About people who did things which others thought were foolish and who decided to stay hungry in search of that something better.

The book is divided in 3 sections viz: – Stories of those people who knew that entrepreneurship was their ‘Chosen Path’ and thus took the plunge straight after their MBA or after working for barely a couple of years. Stories of those who did not
plan to become entrepreneurs but seized an opportunity when it knocked and capitalized on it. – Stories of those individuals who have used entrepreneurship to create social impact and/or as a platform for creative expression. All those featured in the book are diverse in age, in outlook and in industries they have made a mark in. But the one thing they had in common was that they believed in the power of their dream. The book reveals the making of iconic brands like Sintex, makemytrip.com, India Infoline, Mphasis, Renuka Sugars, naukri.com, GiveIndia and many more!
Stay Hungry Stay Foolish is written in a conversational format. The end of each story is punctuated with a page of advice for young entrepreneurs. The book elucidates how these individuals with fire in their bellies and stars in their eyes, overcame the odds to realize their dreams of being their own masters as they ventured into uncharted territories.

Cousin it!!

Weirdest member of the family!!

Will it be the Uncle who held his pants up with a rope
Or the Aunt who bathed without a soap!

Shall I name the native who slept in a stable
or the cousin who drooled on the table!

The granny who seemed to love to stitch
Or the grandpa with a certain itch!

The sis who thought she was funny
or the bro who sold his books for money!

The nephew who owns a pet frog
or the niece who loves smelling the fog!

The cat who prefers my hand for a bite
or the dog who takes me for a ride!

Oh! now that you know the family tree
It is certain that the weirdest of them all is none other than ME!!
Cousin it!

Good Tidings

Gorgeous little lady, you know me

Wiser , Calmer, Poised

You will always be

Your innocent eyes will shone bright

Your feet will have a new stride

Traveled far and wide in your heart

You will have empathy for the poor

Seven seas across you will have your strife

You will be stronger, overcome your fear

You will be happier, let others be

Stop trusting people who do not deserve

Your memories are yours to preserve

Gorgeous little lady, you are me

Good Tidings

A pen is mightier than the sword

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The quill rests on the paper

The ink is blue but not real

I dream of warriors and swords

But battle with a pen

Because as they say

A pen is mightier than the sword

Triumphantly I walk towards the door

At having written for NaNoWriMo

Eclectic to have a protagonist that reflects my inner soul

And wait for the next inspiration to  adore

the beauty of the pages on my new diary

But as I pen down my words I get weary

Eyelids battle to shut and coffee gives no respite

But write I must despite

For my story is my soul

And getting published is a writer’s ultimate goal

NaNoWriMo is an annual (November) novel writing project that brings together professional and amateur writers from all over the world.