Some of the stories and videos I consumed recently

  1. Lizzo’s episode of carpool Karaoke – You can view it here.
  2. About 30 minutes of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – movie
  3. The image of the lost soul- a short story by Saki
  4. I also read several articles online.
  5. I watched the first short story ‘Forget me not’ from the Ray anthology on Netflix

Pic from Unsplash

What did you consume today? Have you read/ viewed any of the above? Do leave and comment and let me know.

Bookish Indulgences

Bought two books yesterday.

I read ‘Second Time Around’ by Ranjani Rao from ‘Desi Modern Love’ – An anthology of true stories, which I had bought a while back.

Got back to reading ‘Andaleeb Wajid’s’ The Murder at Lemon Tree Grove. I’m 43% done with the book and it’s available on Kindle Unlimited. Liking what I’ve read so far.

Will be dipping into ‘The Penguin Book of Indian Poets’ now. Glad I own it. I treasure the copy.

What are you reading?

On Micro-aggressions

Usually, when a person keeps exploding, it is because they have kept quiet for far too long and it has resulted in a pressure-cooker-like situation. One of the reasons could be micro-aggressions caused to the person.

Here are some examples:

  1. “Okay, grandma”
  2. “I thought you would be a meat-eater.”
  3. “He could be your son.”
  4. “You are a baby”
  5. “He was babysitting you”
  6. “Mundam” – a Tamil word – That’s an outright insult and not a “micro-aggression”. The list is long. According to https://www.themicropedia.org/, we are all guilty of microaggressions at some point. Some people may not even know they are committing a micro-aggression. Some may not think what they said was hurtful or insulting. That is why it is so important to put oneself in the other person’s shoes and understand what that person might be going through. The term”empathy” refers to just that.

I would appreciate it if readers just thought about this. Please do not respond with comments or with further examples. Thank you.

Don’t put yourself in a box

When I first started this blog, it was in 2007 or so and I wanted to keep posting only copy-editing-related content. In 2014, my friend suggested I start a book blog, and rather than start a new blog, I decided to post content on this blog itself. In 2017, I decided I wanted a separate space to talk about books, so I started one on Blogspot. Then I wanted a separate domain, so I started a Wix blog. However, I found WordPress was more user-friendly. So I decided to scrap my Wix blog and came back to this WordPress blog. Meanwhile, I had started a bookstagram called ashtalksbooks, so I changed my mymewse blog to ashtalksbooks.blogspot.in. I hadn’t posted for about two months on this blog coz I had called it ‘Aishwariya’s LittLog. So I felt it had to be a place for only literary content and not my own stories. Finally, I decided I will just do whatever I want and so here I am posting away. Phew! All this points to the need for a good content strategy. Also, it is okay to change your mind and do what you want. It’s your life and your blog (for whoever needed to hear this today).

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, you’re supposed to let your readers know what you’re currently reading, what you recently finished, and what you think you’ll read next.  

I’m currently reading – The Murder at Lemon Tree Grove: Iqra Investigates( Aunty Millennial Book 1) by Andaleeb Wajid

What I recently finished – Paati Vs. Uncle by Meera Ganapathy and the audiobook of ‘The Werewolf’s 15 Minutes’ by Jonathan Maberry.

What I think I’ll read next – Atonement by Ian Mc Ewan

#IWSG Wednesday Post

Poster Image from the group

This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join.) On the first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears, or words of encouragement for fellow writers.

This month’s question — When you set out to write a story, do you try to be more original or do you try to give readers what they want?

When I set out to write a story, it is usually to a prompt. I just let the words flow out. A lot of it depends on what I’m thinking of at that moment and what’s running through my mind in relation to the prompt.

I’m not sure who my readers are …leave alone know what they want. I mean who are those people who are actually reading my stories other than the handful that click like on my post ( in case it’s a blog) or those who reach out? Sometimes, I feel things go into a black hole, even though I relentlessly share my work.

Book Blogger Hop

So just a couple of days ago, I shared a Bookish Blog Tag that I saw posted by @booksare42 on Twitter. Today, she posted a great question for a book blogger hop that I’m answering.

Photo by Joyce Busola on Unsplash

If you are listening to an audiobook, do you follow along with the print version?

I haven’t had much success with audiobooks. My mind drifts when I listen to an audiobook. But your idea of following along with the print version is pretty good and maybe I should try it.

Drawing on my instructional design knowledge, I can give some gyan that we are all different types of learners. Some of us need to see words on a page, while others do better when they listen. ( auditory learners). I belong to the former category, but my eyes are being overstrained.

So maybe I will try it out a bit later:)

What about you, dear reader?

The Bookish Blog Tag

The Bookish Blog Tag

I follow @BooksAre42(on Twitter) and subscribe to her blog. Today she tagged her readers, so since I’m one of them, I’m taking up the tag.

What are 1-3 of your favourite books of all time?

Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell

The Harry Potter series

Rosy is my Relative by Gerald Durrell

What are 1-3 of your favourite authors of all time?

Enid Blyton

Jeffrey Archer

Sue Townsend

Who is your favourite female character of all time?

It has to be Scarlett O’ Hara. She was brave, bold and beautiful but was also coquettish and not without her flaws. She was a human being.

Who is your favourite male character in a book?

Call me crazy, but it’s Rhett Butler.

What is your favourite mythical world?

Potterverse

What book has your favourite cover?

Any of Sharanya Manivannan’s books.

What is your favourite book-to-movie adaptation?

The Great Gatsby

If you could make any book into a movie, what would it be?

More cosy mysteries should be made into movies. Preferably with cats in them.

What was your favourite childhood book?

The Magic Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton

Fantasy or sci-fi? (Or neither?)

A little bit of fantasy and a little bit of sci-fi.

Now, tag you’re it! Do tag me on social media if you decide to take up these questions. I’d love to read your answers:)

#BlogchatterBlogHop – Would you rather visit the moon or Mars?

The moon has always called out to me. I recall camping on my terrace with friends as a child and gazing upon the moon from inside my makeshift tent. I recall writing an essay on the cosmos and drawing upon my knowledge of Colin A. Ronan’s ‘The Skywatcher’s handbook’ and including a few lines about the moon. I remember Moonface from Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree. And how can I forget the Tintin comics ‘Destination Moon’ and ‘Explorers on the moon’ that I read as a child and re-read in my adolescence? Or staying up and watching the sky for the comet Hyakutake when I was in college and gazing upon the moon from my friend’s terrace.

A creative commons licensed picture of the moon from Wikipedia.

The moon reminds me of Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books. The moon also reminds me of some anthologies that are being sent there as time capsules. It brings to mind Sharanya Manivannan’s book ‘Mermaids in the Moonlight,’ which is filled with fabulous fables, myths and legends by the author who creates powerful imagery through her words and verse.

I associate the moon with quirkiness, coolness and calmness. Interestingly, it’s a place that man has landed on earlier. As far back as 1969. That’s enough to give it an aura of familiarity when compared with aggressive red planet Mars- the planet that is supposedly where men are from if one is to go by ‘Men are from Mars and women are from Venus’ by John Gray, which I read as while doing my Masters’ degree.  

With so many things going for the moon at least in my head, how does Mars stand a chance? If I were to draw up a list of pros and cons for the moon vs. mars, the moon would win hands down. Mars couldn’t hold a candle to the moon!

So, go ahead, present me with the voting button and let me press the one for the moon…who knows? Maybe it will propel me to the moon one day. If not, I will have to get there on the wings of my imagination😊

This post is a part of Blogchatter Blog Hop.

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