My first kitty

Orange, black, and white
Were the colors on her fur
She was tiny and mischievous
Playing with a puppy on the road
When I found her
I brought her home and
My parents let me keep her
She was precious
And we all loved her
For an only child
A pet makes all the difference
And she soon became my playmate
And confidante
Yes, I would talk to her
And I was sure she understood
Every word I said

Pic of a kitty from pexels.com

#BlogchatterBlogHop – A genre that I don’t usually read and why

First, I’d like to preface this with “Never say never” to anything. A genre I don’t usually read though is dystopian fiction. I don’t usually read it ‘coz the ones I have read so far in this genre have been bleak, depressing, and have messed with my mind. I remember proclaiming a few years back that I would never read ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood. I’d said that due to the reasons I mentioned here. But just a week ago, I was *considering* peeking at it. Which is why I say, ‘Never say never’. 😀

This post is a part of Blogchatter Blog Hop.

Tribute to Olivia-Newton John

“Stranded at the drive-in
Branded a fool
What will they say
Monday at school?

Sandy, can’t you see
I’m in misery?
We made a start, now we’re apart
There’s nothing left for me

Love has flown
All alone, I sit and wonder why
Oh, why you left me?
Oh, Sandy…”

crooned John Travolta in Grease.

It brings back memories of a different time, a simpler time…A time when we listened to ‘Sandy’ from Grease and sang along with Olivia Newton-John when she sang ‘Hopelessly devoted to you.” A time when the Pink Ladies ruled the roost and it was summer.

Image of Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in ‘Grease’

Rest in peace, Olivia! You will live on in our hearts<3

Book Blogger Hop

Hello Everyone!

The Book Blogger Hop is now being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for bloggers to answer during the week. The purpose of the Book Blogger Hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and maybe even receive some new blog followers.

This week’s question is:

Have you ever switched reading genres? If so, why?

(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)


This is Aishwariya Laxmi’s answer to the question: (That’s me, y’all)

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

I switch up my reading genres every now and then ‘coz else I get bored, LOL. It gets monotonous to read in the same genre. I need a palate cleanser after each book, just as one needs to smell coffee beans after spritzing on some perfume. Since I read more than one book at a time most days, this switching happens automatically. What about you? Do answer the question, too.

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).

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