"We Are Like This Only"- Seven Indianisms Every Writer Should Avoid

  Why do most of us go for Dan brown or Karin Slaughter when we have Chetan Bhagat or Preeti Shenoy to opt for?   We Indians are more adept in spinning fiction, penning down our views on any journal be it, mythology, philosophy, sci-fi or biographies.  Yet, there are certain stumbling blocks that bring down the standard of Indian authors in the world of readers.  Here is a list that every Indian writer looking forward for an international wide recognition should avoid, in the perspective of an avid reader.

    Face the reality:  Being brought up in a conserved society, when we look for a world full of strong minded and pragmatic people through the books we read, the extremely romantic and luvy-duvy stuff is not going to make us feel any better.  Romance when subtly expressed feels the best.

   Beware of the blurb: A blurb may look something trivial compared to the whole effort that you have put on writing the book.  But, it is something that hooks the reader to the book and provokes reading.  Make sure you keep it intimidating.

  Never quit reading:  Reveling in the light of fame forever on one’s best-selling book alone is not going to help.  Look forward for different ideas that would make your next book completely different from the previous one.  Else, you would end up repeating the same.

    Do some research: Once you get an idea for a book, get down on the field and do some research so that you get the facts right. Or else, your mystery thriller may turn out to be a superhero comic!

      Never plaigerize: Once the reader gets the notion that the storyline of the book is the same as some movie or book that he/she has read before, the person is going to lose interest in reading the book further.

     Brevity is the soul of wit: Knowing where exactly to be descriptive and where one should be brief and precise makes your book more likely to be read.  Also make sure the ends of your story ties up to avoid dissatisfied readers.

      Language matters:  Using regional languages at inappropriate places causes chaos as there are so many dialects within the same language in our country.

Making sure of these expectations from a reader will put you at ease while you write.   Best of luck to all young minds who wanna choose writing as their career.

Foodies...gonna try chicken?? BEWARE..

Foodies..gonna try chicken??  BEWARE…

Broiler chicken has become one of the most favorite recipes of non-vegetarian foodies. I too will be one among you all topping the list. But have we ever wondered how are these chicken reared? Is it really hygienic?  What are they fed with?  How do they gain weight so rapidly?

Of course..it is relatively cheap, easy to cook and readily available…. yet, there are some most depressing and dreadful facts that are still unknown to the masses.

Basically, broilers are less resistant to diseases unless they are vaccinated and fed with antibiotics regularly.  However, to increase the yield and promote rapid weight gain the chicks are fed with various antibiotics and growth promoters.  These chemicals are found to have adverse effects on human body when the meat is consumed.  It is also found that poultry that are grown using antibiotics and growth promoters can be contaminated with the antimicrobial and anti-parasitic drugs or pesticides used on farms.  The ingestion of these antimicrobials through broiler meat can cause antimicrobial-resistant bacteria to develop in humans.  As a result, so many antibiotic medicines have become ineffective in our human system. Prolonged consumption of the meat filled with antibiotics is found to damage liver, kidney and bone marrow.  There is also 50% chances for diseases such as bird flu being transmitted to humans.

  Women are more prone to the growth of a cyst in the womb.  The chances of early puberty in little girls has also become very high.  There has been an increased risk of breast cancer in women as well.

So..dear foodies..Think twice before grabbing a bite of chicken next time.

Sub conscious mind

              Mind is something that is virtual. Psychologists divide mind into three systems.
·        The consciousness mind
·         The subconscious mind or the preconscious mind
·         The unconscious mind 
 consciousness mind:
                  The consciousness mind  is your awareness at the present moment. You are aware of something on the outside as well as some specific mental functions happening on the inside. For example, you are aware of your environment, your breathing, or the chair that you are sitting on.

CBM project – Cold Blooded Monster project..Oops..sorry…Coal Bed Methane Project.

This write-up is about something that I came across and made me realize once more that a nation’s welfare is in the hands of every individual in it.
                   Let me first jot down what this CBM project is all about.  Methane is a by product of coal that is released during and after the process of mining.  This gas when extracted effectively can be used for vehicle refueling, electric power generation and in various industries such as fertilizers and in steel production.  There is a demo project currently being implemented in Sudamdih and Moonidih mines of BCCL, at Jharia coal field, Jarkhand.  Cool…isn’t it?!
                   One more great news…A company called Great Eastern Energy Corporation Ltd., based in Gurgaon, Haryana had got license to implement this project in Tamilnadu.  But where?? That is the tragic part..
                    License was provided to this company for extracting CBM through hydraulic fracturing method in Nagapattinam, Thanjavur and Thiruvarur, the regions constituting Kaveri River basin. 

A Journey of sorts

 Away from the noise, away from the heat,
Towards a place for which my heart doth beat,
Wherein the priceless unfound treasure lies,
I go, traversing under starry skies.

On a quest for answers not unraveled
To anyone but to those who have traveled,
Thirsting for that sense of awe and wonder,
I go past many a wall and border.

Seeking some peace and quiet, joy and sunshine,
Amongst flora and fauna, hills and brine,
For miracles and mysteries yet unseen,
I go places where rarely men have been.

And I’m sure this journey of mine, so dear,
Shall remove many a vain hope and fear,
Shall hitherto cleanse my soul, mend my heart,
Bring all that can’t be brought by science or art.

The Edison of India - G. D. Naidu

 Wikipedia has this to say about him:
G. D. Naidu (Gopalaswamy Doraiswamy Naidu (23 March 1893 – 4 January 1974) was an Indian inventor and engineer who is also referred to as the Edison of India.He is credited with the manufacture of the first electric motor in India. His contributions were primarily industrial but also span the fields of electrical, mechanical, agricultural (Hybrid cultivation) and automobile engineering. He had only primary education but excelled as a versatile genius.
 You can read the whole wikipedia article if you wanna know about this man... It says there he started philanthropic work after some years of his life and built colleges for engineering. But there is much more to the story said [which I heard from my parents]... You can call it "the word on the street".

India - The Most Extraordinary Country

This is a video we made a while back on India. It was for the exhibition actually. We put them in CDs and sold them. Now that's over, I uploaded it in youtube :)