Sunday, 20 October 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

1800* BLOGS in 3734 Days with Lakhs of You!!!

It takes time! It takes time to introduce the concept of Time Management in your timeline of the day! It takes time to give yourself time for doing the things you love doing! It takes time to reinvent your routine to make yourself someone at least you would look forward to! After buying time from my life for doing what I felt would give my life a dimension that shall keep me strong, now, after Blogging and writing and reading and thinking and creating and capturing details from the day regularly for last 10 years now, I am very satisfied with the regularity that has been maintained. Today, we are meeting on this 1800th BLOG POST which I only thought in the beginning but seeing such centuries being executed, it gives me the world’s best pleasure.

You give me option to watch movies or play games or go travel, I would choose none but to stay with myself, think, introspect, come with my own version of things and share through this sweet medium all of you gave wings to. I know one day I shall get separated from the amount of financial success I shall have. I know I shall be away from the people I believe are my best friends. I know I shall also lose my parents someday though this is the only thing that scares me. I know I shall also keep losing jobs that I would have dreamt once to be in. But one thing I am very certain about- everything shall keep coming and going in life but this BLOG shall stay with me until and unless my mind and finger works in the way they are needed to keep this going.

Last year, on my 1700th Blog Post, I had discussed with all of you regarding how the domain was changed keeping some things in mind and it has just worked wonderfully this year. I got many contracts and this small little tiny brand called WRITING BUDDHA is growing. The amount of pain that I take to be active on all the social media accounts continuing my full-time job that takes at least 14-16 hours every day including traveling, many people who come for contracts don’t even believe that there’s only one person behind this space- WB. I am not saying this out of arrogance but with peace in my heart that is in its zenith state finding the space grow up with years. Who knew in the beginning that even after a decade, this space shall be relevant and people would like to read and share it with their friends and we shall reach 18th Century of Blog Posts.

I hope you remember that I had discussed in my 1700th Blog Post that I shall be venturing into the space of Vlogging before it phases out. And today I am glad to tell all of you on this event of 1800th Blog Post that we already have a Youtube Channel with the same Channel Name- Writing Buddha already streaming four videos on Book Reviews. Now many of you must have cursed in your minds- Udhar bhi Book Review yaaaar. So, guys, let me tell you that it takes time for someone like me who is half-introvert and half-extrovert to come and speak something in front of people or camera. I am bloody conscious person and I just keep thinking if I am enough interesting for people to listen or watch me. This blog was also started with the same apprehensions initially though now I don’t feel any fear in scribbling whatsoever is in my heart. By next 1900th Blog Post, I shall assure that the Youtube Channel has many videos which doesn’t talk about reviews but the way we discuss life and things here on Blog. But let me build some confidence with the videos on reviews which I am currently trying to get comfortable with in front of camera.

This is 3734th Day of this blog and with 1800 Blog Posts which tells us that one post has come in around every two days, you can understand that I have almost lived with this Blog. If last 10 years shall be asked to be summarized, I would completely dedicate it to my Blogging and Reading habits. Reading gives me perspective, vision, ideas which I then meditate upon and think what I feel about it and then scribble it out here with purest of my heart without manipulating anything with the content. I have never believed in showcasing two different personalities- the one in real life and the one in my Blog. What you feel me as a person on Blog is what I am in my real life if you meet me in isolation in my bedroom when I am alone with myself. The moment people come around me, as I say, I get little conscious and don’t speak my mind because people judge, isolate, withdraw, ridicule, argue like anything. At this age when I have just turned 30 this month, I find myself in much more silent space than a space where I want to rub someone’s ego except when it’s a client at office who talks silly. Haha!

People often ask me how you are able to read 50+ books, write 100+ blogs, be socially active on Instagram, Facebook Page and Twitter along with a full-time IT job which in itself is so exhaustive. I believe that we are always working for someone else all our life. If in Professional environment, we work for our entrepreneur and client – If in Personal life, we work and live as per our family – If in Loneliness, we are on Mobile/Social Media just so that our friends find us interacting with them and don’t call us someone who ignore them.

When are we working and doing something that we really like ourselves? Never! And that is why when a stage comes when all of these starts reacting in a non-co-operative manner i.e. when job is not going great, family is not supportive of some of our decisions, friends forget us due to their own busy lives, we find ourselves directly in deep depression and don’t understand where to go to. Hence, everyone should always have something that drives them because it is being done for ourselves. Today, one can take away everything from me but not my thoughts, blogs, knowledge and maturity I have gained from books. If I had not done this and had concentrated on my job and friends only, I don’t know in which rehabilitation center I would have been because job is so energy-consuming and stressful whereas friends no more exist the way they were – even a phone call doesn’t touch me on my Birthday – when more can you expect them to remember you if not Birthdays. But the Blog is what keeps me motivated, inspired, happy, blissful, content, satisfied, loved, interactive, energetic and what not. Hence, please start doing something that no one can ever take away from you.

Now ending this Blog Post on the 3734th Day, I would like to thank all of you who made it possible for this space to retain itself and actually go beyond its decisive frame of work. From just a Blog page, we got into Book Reviews, then Event coverages, then professional Instagram contracts, now we are also into Product Reviews and finally also ventured into Youtubing. I am still not enough successful to do all of this full-time and take risks in life but I am being supported enough which makes it easy for me to just sleep for 3-4 hours and still work all day with more energy than anyone else. There is a passion that has been created in whatsoever I do. Hence, I would like to thank everyone who have stayed by, read my stuffs, promoted and shared it, messaged me about my content about what they feel about the latest update etc. Please be the way all of you are. Let’s meet in 2020 with 1900th BLOG POST!

Your Support is my Success!



Friday, 18 October 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

Lights! Scalpel! Romance! by Jas Kohli (Book Review: 4.5*/5) !!!

1799th BLOG POST -->>

Well, it’s not every day when you pick up a book and feel that you took the best decision of your life. This week I have been lucky by picking up this amazing book called “Lights! Scalpel! Romance!” written by Jas Kohli. If I am not wrong, this is his 2nd book after his 1st book called “Anything to look hot”. I wasn’t very much impressed with that book and felt that it could have been better and I feel after the gap of 4 years, author has really made many improvements as he again wrote a book based on the life of surgeons but this time, the book is several light years ahead from his previous book in terms of quality, story, treatment, surprising elements etc.

Jas Kohli’s writing style is very dynamic and the way this book is narrated made me imagine how in several more ways it could have been written such as - either in first voice of the character Nipun or in the first voice of each and every character chapter-wise or like personal diary entries of each of the characters etc. The book gives you more ideas that means every reader shall take story in their way and better it in their minds. Even though the book is not a thriller, the narration makes you read the book as fast as possible because of the entertainment and excitement quotients it has.

There are few books you can call as “Positive Book” undoubtedly, and this book is definitely one of them. Even when author talks about something which doesn’t go in the way of the characters, even then you feel good reading about it as author opens other dimensions to the story with it. The back page of the book says it’s a fictional romance but I must say more than romance, this book has humour. Yes, this book should be marketed as a Humorous book. The life of surgeons and what goes into the hospital- in front of us and backdoors is described so beautifully that you wish to read more and more about each of the characters.

The best part of this book which can be called its USP is the way characters are treated. I have rarely come across such books where all the characters are defined so perfectly that you can understand what they are like and how they would react to situations. Jas Kohli does it perfectly and makes all the characters your friends as you feel you know each of them personally. Along with telling a great story, author also makes us aware about many things without getting preachy such as the Hospital or Healthcare industry where there is lot of dirty competitions between doctors, doctors intently doing wrong with patients, negligence of few doctors, aggressive patients, affairs among doctors, doctor’s eye on beautiful patients etc. Along with it doctor also talks about other social issues but does it so beautifully that only if you shall read between lines will you understand how deeply it has been treated.

The conversational parts in this book are too good. In the previous book of author, I had talked about it as a drawback and this time, I am talking about it as the best part about the book. Wherever author wants to make you laugh or make you nervous, he is able to do the same successfully. Also, the one-liners, taunts, sarcasm etc. are so very good that it makes this book a repeat-read. It shall entertain you every time. The romance part of the book is not intense like Bollywood stories but a very realistic note on how people dream and then fail when you actually go into the live situation of impressing the person you want to get settled with.

The book is amazing, I must say. If you want a light-read plus a great laughter session. Go for it. I don’t have any such drawbacks to discuss except that cover page could have been more appealing. Book should have been focused and marketed more as Humour/Satire than Romance.

The 1st book of the author received 3.5 stars rating from me whereas this time it directly jumps to 4.5* out of 5. Yes, it is that good. Recommended!


Wednesday, 16 October 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

Mayank Manohar:- "I was not confident about my writing and I was afraid of being judged by everyone." (Interview)

1798th BLOG POST -->>

I recently read the book named "Shadow of the Past" written by Mayank Manohar. I was very happy reading the book as it belongs to the Romance genre but it's writing is very matured unlike other cliche novels these days. This made me think about interviewing the author and for all you, please go through the small Question and Answer session that both of us did for this interview to happen:-

Hi Mayank, please let us know something about your background. 

Hi Abhilash. I am from Patna, Bihar. I was born in Bangalore and brought up in Patna. I finished my schooling from Patna Central School before moving to Hyderabad, where I completed my high school from Narayana Junior College. I am an engineer-turned-journalist and I have worked with The Times of India as a senior correspondent. This is a bit about my background. I am a dreamer and a keen observer. I spend most of my time travelling, reading and observing people when I am not working. 

How did you get into writing and since when you have been writing?

Like every other kid, the first ambition of my life was to join the Army. But as you grow up, you realize your potential. I was in 12th grade when the idea of becoming a writer struck me for the first time. It took me five years to finally decide what I wanted to do and take up writing as my profession.

I started writing in 2010 when I had dropped one year after my 12th grade to prepare for engineering entrance exams. I started as a blogger but didn't tell anyone in my circle about it. I was not confident about my writing and I was afraid of being judged by everyone. Only after a few random people started appreciating my blog, it gave me the confidence to showcase my writings to friends and family.

What motivated you to write your first book- Shadow of the Past?

I was going through a similar phase while growing up and I know how messed up it is to deal with your past. Especially, when your past has a habit of surprising you every now and then. I know how important it is to accept certain things and move ahead with life. Even if people don't tell you, everyone is raging a battle within their head. Some choose to ignore it, some fight it and some get consumed by it. This was my attempt to connect with people, who are going through similar situations and tell them that it is okay if you have messed up as long as you know that you want to get better and move ahead with life. Life is too short to regret about things we have no control over.

Is it somewhere inspired from your life?

It is a work of fiction but every story is inspired by some or the other life events. It is wrong to say it is entirely based on my experiences but it has some aspects of my life too.

Were you confident about the story you had chosen for your first book?

To be honest, I was suggested by a few people to write a story with a happy ending. But I wanted to write something which is dreamy yet close to reality. 

Shadow of the Past is technically my second book and officially my first. I wrote my first book "Life's Unpredictable" in 2012 but it never got published. It received 19 rejections and now when I look back, I feel I was not ready to become a writer back then. 

I didn't write for the next one and a half years as the rejections shattered me from within. It felt maybe people who told me I was wasting my time chasing the impossible were right. Nobody believed me initially when I told them I wanted to become a writer. But when I was in the final year of engineering and during the placement drive, I realized that I am not meant to be an engineer. It took me 20 back-to-back rejections to finally muster up the courage to tell my parents that I want to pursue journalism and not end up as an engineer.

I started this book (Shadow of the Past) in 2015 and completed it in 2017. It took me two years to plot and complete this book and there is a major difference in the first and final draft. And now when I look back, I know why everything happened. It happened for a reason.

Did you feel any doubt while writing a Love story that people won’t accept it or it would woo only a certain age-group?

While writing this book the only thing that kept me going was the idea behind it. If you look around, many people are struggling with their past. Some are even afraid to talk about it or they choose to ignore it. I wanted people to find solace in this book and maybe find some strength to deal with their past if they are going through a similar phase. I was nervous initially but after I finished writing, I knew I have managed to do a decent job. 

How did the idea of including letters in the book come to you? How difficult was to write each one of them differently than others?

I am a fan of old school romance. I wish I lived in an era, where love letters were still a thing. The idea of writing letters to your loved ones is something that always fascinated me and that's why I wanted to include those letters. These days the idea of romance has changed and I thought it will bring back some old memories. 

It was difficult to write each one of them as I had to put myself in their shoes and react emotionally. Writing a book is similar to method acting. You have to feel the emotions your characters are going through and only then you will be able to do justice with them. I used to watch movies and read books, which would trigger those emotions within in order to write. 

The book has an open-ending. Are we going to see its sequel in the near future? If yes, by when? And will it be the last book in the series?

I always wanted to write a book, which leaves the reader wondering and allow them to think. I wanted them to take something back and reflect at the same time. Yes, I am working on the next one and hopefully, we will see "A Glimpse of Future" soon. Yes, it is a two-part series. 

How has been your association with Fingerprint publications?

It has been wonderful. I cannot thank them enough for the effort the entire team of Fingerprint has put in and helped me to understand the entire process of getting published. I was told by many people many things based on their experiences but it has been a pleasure to be associated with Fingerprint Publishing. 

What would you like to say to your readers about your further plans. 

First of all, I want to thank each one of them for reading Shadow of the Past and posting their unbiased reviews. It feels great to see when people say they could connect with the book or it was their story. That's what matters to me more. A writer is incomplete without its readers. I am working on a sequel to Shadow of the Past and all I want to tell them is this is just a beginning of something new and hopefully, they are going to see me often.