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You know you have been bitten by the writing bug, if:                                                                                                    

10.  You cannot seem to switch the muse off, and it hits you at the worst possible moments.

9. You have a better idea about the likes and dislikes of your (target) literary agent than those of your better half.

8. You keep wishing that coffee is a food group on which humans could sustain solely.

7. You keep checking on the net to see if the prices on Dictaphone-Transcribers have come down yet.

6. Much to the agony of the members of your family, you insist on acting out every new twist/conversation in your manuscript.

5. You do not think having conversations with characters in your book out loud is odd.

4. People at your table have to resort to wiping their mouths on their clothes, because you keep snagging the napkins to jot down your ideas.

3. You keep eavesdropping on private conversations blatantly and maintain that it’s all part of your job.

2. It doesn’t embarrass you to accidentally show up wearing mismatched socks to a business meeting, but you’d feel naked if you didn’t lug around your laptop wherever you went.

1. You tend to blubber, “Oh, that’s ’s favorite dish. Wish she could join us today!” when you see certain entrées served at restaurants.


My blog has been recently awarded “One Lovely Blog” by kind souls: Rosemary at Miss Rosemary’s Novel Ideas and Lisa at Milk Fever Blog, and Barb at CreativeBarbwire. Thank you all so much!

Rosemary continues to write posts, filled with her quirky sense of humor, related to writing and life in general.

Lisa has just had her first novel, Milk Fever, published recently. Her blogs seem deceptively simple at first sight. However, read on and you’ll soon catch on to the fact that each of those posts packs a down-to-earth truth about the subject at hand.

Barb, by her own confession, is a writer, an artist, a world creator, and a story-teller. She actively pursues ‘happiness’ in various ways in her blog, and also generously shares information she has gathered, about writing and the publishing industry, via her extensive research.

Do check out their blogs, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

I’m supposed to reveal seven things about myself. I’ve already done quite a few posts in that vein over the past few months (and phew, that was hard). So, with your permission, I’ll just skip over to the more interesting step of passing on the awards.

I’d like to pass this award on to these blogs:

“You’re Going Places, Baby” award to:


“The Versatile Blogger” award to:

All of these blogs give me something to mull over whenever I visit them and hence add a touch of authenticity to my day!

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Happy Independence Day, everyone!

Hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend, and enjoyed some spectacular fireworks shows. No Independence Day celebration is complete without a fireworks show for a finale, is it?

When the firecrackers go off against the black of the night, usually accompanied by patriotic music, it is hard for a heart not to burst with pride, gratitude, and contentment.

Having watched several shows over the years (some in India, which are a different kettle of fish altogether, though quite as entertaining), I thought I saw everything there was to see about fireworks.

Little did I know that there was one aspect of them that I’d been ignorant about all these years. It tickled me pink when I stumbled across it. What is it, you ask?

Each firework type has a specific name attached to it, based on the effect it produces when it goes off in the sky. Now, isn’t that fascinating?

Ever heard of peony, dahlia, and chrysanthemum? Yes, they are all names of flowers, but have you ever associated them with fireworks?

How are the words ‘poppers, snaps, parachutes, spinners, fountains, Roman candles, bottle rockets, snakes, and strobes’ related? You got it! They are all names given to the different kinds of, aerial and ground, fireworks.

I was not able to go watch a fireworks show last night. If I did, I’m sure being able to name and make out the shape of a firework when it went off (or even waiting for one to be set off to see if I’d be able to recognize it by its effect) would have enhanced my enjoyment of the show.

How would you like to be armed with this facet of the firecrackers yourself, come next year’s Independence Day celebrations?

Here’s where I came across this rather interesting information: the hot word.

On a slightly different note, though the happenings in the section below leave me no less excited than a terrific fireworks display…

Recently, Sharon K. Mayhew at Random Thoughts has awarded me the “Versatile Blogger” award, along with some very kind words about my blog.

Now, don’t be fooled by the name of Sharon’s blog; there’s nothing random about her posts. They all center firmly around writing: reading with writing in mind, honing the craft of writing, and networking with and bringing together the community of writers. There’s always something happening on her blog that fully involves the reader. Stop by her blog, if you haven’t done so already, and you’ll see what I mean.

I was also given the same award by Rosemary at Miss Rosemary’s Novel Ideas. Rosemary is still in college (from what I gather from her blogs), but she’s able to make time to actively pursue her writing. She constantly churns out thought-provoking posts with great insights into the journey of writing.

Whenever I visit her blog – and a few other blogs by those who have not only recognized their penchant for words early in life, but have decided to do something about it – I always end up wishing that I’d woken up to this, my dream of penning words, just a little bit earlier. Do tune in to this aspiring novelist’s ramblings about writing, life, and other things.

Heather at The Sunset Won’t awarded me with “You’re going places, Baby!” award. Isn’t that a cute award?

Heather is a teacher – a profession that I respect and look up to. She constantly surprises me with her wisdom and humility, which belie her age. Take a peek at her aspirations and goals for the next ten years (along with her other posts), and you’ll understand just what I mean.

Thank you so much, all of you, for your vote of confidence in my writing. I’m honored and humbled at the same time!

Where would I like to see myself in ten years from now? Hmm… that’s a tough one. I have, over the past five or so years, constantly reminded myself not to be too forward-looking or to keep glancing back at the past. In the spirit of that goal, I would say:

In ten years from now, I pray that I’d find myself in a place where I’m content to be who and where I am.

I won’t keep these awards just to myself. I promise to pass them along soon. :-)

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Yes, it’s another award day at my blog. And I love these days, obviously!  :-)

I have been lucky enough to keep company with some amazing friends in blogosphere, these last three plus months, since I have begun blogging.

Every day I learn so much, be it from reading others’ blogs or carrying on conversations, via comments, in my own blog.

Every day brings a new experience. For instance:

  • An ‘aha’ moment when I read about how feminism might mean something entirely different for another woman
  • Wonderment when I read that others have déjà vu moments similar to mine
  • A warm feeling of camaraderie when someone whom you have never met comes to your blog and says that she’s happy to have happened upon your blog
  • Comprehension when someone disagrees with your comment/blog and explains why and you get it
  • A sense of belonging when a fellow blogger gives your blog an award

Recently my blog has been granted the following awards:

Jai Joshi from Jai Joshi’s Tulsi Tree passed on the “You are My Sunshine — Supportive Commenter award”. I’m so happy that Jai deems me one of the true supporters of her blog. It’s not hard for me to do that, believe me. If you haven’t had a chance to visit her blog yet, do so now. She packs a mean pace into her stories, and every Friday she posts a snippet from Indian mythology. A sure treat!

My blog has also been deemed bright and sunny by both Susan Fields at: An Insomniac’s Guide to the Writing Life and Heather at: The Sunset Won’t. It meant a lot to me to be told that the issues/topics I discuss manage to brighten a corner, albeit a very small one, of blogosphere.

Susan blogs about topics that you can’t help but like both as a writer and a reader. If you’re looking to network with other writers, get on board Susan’s happening blog.

Heather’s site is sunny and warm. Her blog’s name, whose tagline reads: “Many things can wait… but the sunset won’t”, says it all. Her blog is constantly on the lookout for what makes humans happy, among many other things.

If you haven’t checked out their blogs, better late than never!

And then a new writer-friend Dawn Simon at Plotting and Scheming bestowed the “Prolific Blogger Award” on mine. Gosh! For once, I was rendered speechless. It’s a wonderful feeling to be thus recognized by a fellow blogger.

Dawn’s posts include topics that both writers and readers can dig into: the conferences she has attended, the authors she has networked with, and insights into writing and revising. Do tune in to her blog!

Now, time to pass these awards on. I love this part as much as receiving the awards.

I would like to pass the:

 You are my sunshine – Supportive commenter award to some of my friends who consistently have my back with their insightful and timely advice and comments.

Lua Fowles at: Like a Bowl of Oranges.

Dawn Simon at: Plotting and Scheming.

Suma Subramaniam.

The Sunshine award to those blogs that get me thinking and keep me smiling.

Josie at: Highheels and Slippers.

Barb at: Creative Barbwire.

June Hur at: June H – Follow Her Journey to Publication.

The Prolific Blogger award to those bloggers who consistently churn out post upon post of funny, thought-provoking topics. One of the to-dos for this award is to link to the Advance Booking post, where this award has originated. (Also, please find the other rules for passing on this award in that post.)

Jai Joshi at: Jai Joshi’s Tulsi Tree.

Aspiring Novelist at: Mightier Than the Sword.

Sharon Mayhew at: Random Thoughts.

Susan Fields at: An Insomniac’s Guide to the Writing Life.

Kelly Polark.

Now, all those friends who visit my blog on a regular basis, but do not have a blog of their own, make one! And those of you who do blog, but do not accept awards, please begin to do so… If only so I can pass on these fabulous awards to you! :-)

Seriously though, I really appreciate the love and support you all have been showering on my blog ever since I started jotting down my thoughts here. In this world of crazy, busy schedules, the fact that you continually make time to tune in to my world means a lot to me.

Thank you, each one of you, from the bottom of my heart!!

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