Tuesday, 19 November 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

Whenever you are asked to be CHANGED.. THINK if the CHANGE is actually REQUIRED...

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Change is the only constant, they ask us to believe it, right? I also appreciate this but only when we are changing ourselves for the better. What happens is that we change ourselves more for alternatives and not for something that is for betterment of our personality or the kind of person we are. Suppose if I am an alcoholic, I, rather than boycotting it would become a smoker and say that I have changed myself. Similarly, if I am wasting money on useless shopping, I would stop doing that and begin spending money on useless possessions such as collection of 50 odd shoes. Now, in our head, we are like- I am changed now. I don’t do that anymore. I should feel appreciated. But is this the kind of change we should look forward in ourselves? I don’t think so.

The first question that arises here is we are changing for what. Is the change even required? Is what we originally are- is incorrect? Will the change take me miles ahead in whatsoever big or small goals I have? There should always be analysis on the same. This needs self-introspection, self-realization and self-improvement. But what happens is that we end up changing ourselves just because someone said us that we need it because of some of their perspective towards us. Now it is upon you to decide if you are here to impress him/her/everyone or to stay with the person God created in you on this planet. If you shall keep changing yourself for everyone who tries to project themselves as your well-wisher, in the end, you are going to be part of each of them but nothing of yours shall remain in you. Is that what you want to become?

People tell me to be more social and involved with the people around me. I say, why? Why do we need to socialize when it is actually not benefitting me? I just can’t waste an evening of my life fake laughing with people with none of my heart just for proving that I am one of the people to look forward to whenever there’s a plan. I am better the way I am. Reading books. Watching movies. Writing posts such as this one. Meditating. Watching spiritual Youtube channels. Living in the beautiful flashbacks of my life. I feel myself evolved after this process. But after socializing with people who are no substance in my life, I feel like I have lost a part of my life when I go to sleep because the important hours of my life have got wasted JUST LIKE THAT.

Your parents, family, relatives, siblings, partners, spouse, colleagues, neighbours etc. shall always blame you for something or the else which you weren’t able to suffice as per their expectation from you. There are 100 kinds of expectations that a single person itself can have from you. Are you here to fulfil all of them or to live your life as a protagonist of your own story? I don’t think that anybody would want to be a Supporting actor in the movie of their own life. At least, there we are the Hero and all others are playing characters around us. Why do we make someone else Lead and stay a pillion? Not needed if the change doesn’t have potential.

Just because someone wants you to be inactive on Social media accounts doesn’t mean you should stop uploading those Stories on which even if there are No Views, it gives you motivation to lead your day. Just because someone wants you to be grumpy towards people they hate doesn’t mean you need to change your body language whenever you talk with those people. You stay your way and build your relationships your way. Analyse the people your way and understand if they need to be in the 1st or 2nd or 3rd circle of your life. This is what I call changing for alternatives and not for betterment. 

You are just not doing this but doing that. It’s better you do This only but in a better way. This THIS is your own personality- your own texture- your own painting- your own calling. This THIS is YOU! Don’t change THIS completely until you know that it’s really something bad which is doing no good to you and your life. For e.g. smoking, excess drinking, wastage of time on Social media on chatting and liking others’ pictures, watching useless vlogs on Youtube which teaches you nothing, playing PUBG for hours, being short-tempered and causing harm to others with your attitude etc. These are the few things which pull you and your morale down without making you realize it. This makes you realize only after you have lost a lot in life. And then we blame him/her for changing us. No one should ever be blamed for changing us. We are the decision-makers if we deserve change or not.

Change yourself as per your requirement! You are the owner of your life. You are the rider of your vehicle. You are your source of energy. In the moments of loneliness, only your real self stays with you. Let’s not corrupt ourselves for petty requirements of people. Let’s keep ourselves the way we are assured that we shall lead the best possible life. That’s the only request.

Thanks.

WRITING BUDDHA 


Wednesday, 13 November 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

Love on the Everest: Love Conquers Everything by Deepthi Ayyagiri (Book Review: 2.5*/5) !!!

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Kindle Unlimited is a great opportunity to explore the short stories written by the Indian authors which are famous in its own digital space. This lead me to the short e-book of around 50 pages titled “Love on the Everest” written by Deepthi Ayyagiri, the authoress who has many other short e-books on Amazon platform. The book also highlights its tagline on its cover page- “Love Conquers Anything” which tells us two parts- 1. The book is about love and 2. The book is about protagonist who is passionate about conquering the Mt. Everest.

Being a girl, writing a book on climbing mountain and that too from a boy’s perspective is surely a difficult job which Deepthi has done very beautifully as nowhere did I feel that the emotions of the boy was missing in the narration of the story. Keeping the size of the book in the mind, the narration is very fast-paced and I must say, authoress tried very well by still assuring that protagonist’s background is described briefly to ensure readers are able to connect with him. The story is not only about its romance genre but it also talks about the life at such mountains for the people who are wanting to explore it and the ones who help these explorers to achieve their life goals.

There are few knowledge points in the book which helps you to understand the environs and modus operandi of the climbers. The way story is treated makes you imagine it like the Music Singles which comes out on Youtube with a short story involving just two characters in the main story with an ending which makes you smile even after having tears in your eyes. The climax is treated beautifully rather than giving it the unrealistic ending even though there are parts in the book which sounds quite filmy and not very realistic.

Talking about the drawbacks now- I felt that author, having short story in her mind, didn’t extend few sections which weakened the emotional quotient of the book due to which you don’t feel the characters’ pain or delight most of the times even after you are aware what they are going through. Similarly, I feel that author completely skipped the training part of the climbers which could have made this book sound more researched and exploratory. Through the story, somewhere there should have been a thought triggered in the mind regarding going for mountaineering which I didn’t feel.

Overall, the book is a light read which you can go through in order if you are looking for a short story in the form of an e-book. I am sure authoress can do well with the long format stories as she shall get the opportunity of adding the segments descriptively along with taking care of the emotional quotient. I must end this review by saying that even after being a self-published e-book, it is very well-edited which is rare case these days. I give this book 2.5 stars out of 5.


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WRITING BUDDHA 


Tuesday, 12 November 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

The Insider by Bharat Choudary (Book Review: 3.5*/5) !!!

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If you must have gone through the post regarding the last book I completed reading, you must be aware that it was in Hindi language which took around 18 days for me to finish. Hence, the next book that I wanted to read after that had to be a great motivator to ensure I carry on the last phase of my reading marathon this year with great energy. Hence, I decided to pick up a short thriller book written by a new Indian author named Bharat Choudary. The book that I am talking about is of around 150 odd pages and titled “The Insider”. The title of the book is very attractive along with its cover page with does its job perfectly for you to pick it up and read its synopsis; after that there is no chance that you would not give this book a try.

Bharat’s writing is very simple which makes it easy for any beginner to go through the book with very ease. The book is written in a thriller genre hence the expectations from the pre-climax or climax of the book is always very high due to several popular Indian authors. I must say that author tried very well and the way the whole story is executed says a lot about his skills as a story-teller. I liked the characterizations made by the author which makes it easy for us to understand the mindset of each and every character involved in the story. I liked the plot of the story of how a writer’s life is projected with so many layers to it that after a point of time, it becomes difficult to figure out what would happen next with protagonist and other characters involved in the story.

The first half of the book is more about the development of the story and most parts of it is about the story that author has written influenced by a real-life half-solved mystery. Post this, author wishes to give it his own ending but then in the real life, some developments take place which ends up ruining the plan of the writer’s thought behind what to do with the climax of his story. And from here meets this aspiration of the author with a wanted criminal.

The 2nd half of the book consists of lot of actions and written with ultimate passion. You can actually visualize the whole thing with big action Bollywood actors. The pre-climax and climax is how the Race series in Bollywood is written where you find someone dead in this moment and then alive in the next and again dead and then again alive which keeps on going which keeps you on your toes. I had not assumed such twists in the story hence I had to re-read few parts in the end twice after making the notes in my journal hence I recommend everyone to keep on noting down the character’s relationship with each other in order to enjoy the climax.

Talking about the drawbacks of the book, I must say that author could have easily played with the story right from the first page if there would have been little twists done with the timelines of the story which could have given more opportunity to explore. Also, I feel that the conversational part between characters aren’t very appealing which sounds artificial on which author should work in his upcoming books. Similarly, the way climax is written is very confusing which could have been written in a bit easier manner. I feel that more genuine characters should have been added in the story to make it based in a larger world as currently, it involves only few characters and only moves around them.

Overall, this book is a light thriller which you can complete within 3 hours of time. I give this attempt 3.5 stars out of 5.


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WRITING BUDDHA 


Saturday, 9 November 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

Movie Review: Bala: Ayushmann delivers another entertainer! ****

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Just as everyone waits for Sallu Bhai’s movies, Ayushmann Khurrana has become someone like him in his own world of genre where people are now waiting for his movies in every three months. His choice of movies is actually very bang-on since last 3-4 years and I am glad he survived in the industry even after initial 3-4 flops. I am just out after watching his latest flick named “Bala”. Since the first teaser of Bala with the revelation of AK’s look in the movie, I was very keen to watch it as I had already imagined what the movie would be like in my mind. Now that I have already seen it, I can say it was completely how I expected it to be.

All of us sometimes go through some physical issue which is generally solvable but when there is no solution to it, we become very conscious of our looks and personality every second. This has happened with me as I have bucktooth which always made me behave like an introvert where I didn’t smile and laugh much always thinking of how I shall look. Because I gave it any consideration after my teenage years, I didn’t think of putting braces as I felt the time is gone to do these repairing jobs in public. With time, my paunch has grown tremendously and even now, I suffer with nervousness whenever I have to attend a big client meeting or someone who has great personality.

Bala is the movie on the same topic. It is about the character who has lost most of his hair in his mid-20s itself and is very conscious about treating it. He tries everything right from applying oils to doing yoga to even applying gobar and semen of animals on his hair. In his vegetarian family, he brings eggs in home to apply on his head. Even after all of this when he realizes there is no option than wearing wig, he goes for the same and finally is able to impress a Tiktok star played by Yami Gautam. And from here starts the other segment of the story from where realization starts pouring into the character of Bala and most of it is because of the I-don-t-give-a-damn attitude of his childhood friend, Latika, played by Bhumi Pednekar, who is dark-skinned. She believes in being confident in whichever way you are rather than trying to change yourself because of what society thinks about you. This is basically the message also behind the story that this movie drives.

The movie is very entertaining with funny dialogues, humorous sequences and all the characters complementing each other. Even when the story of the movie doesn’t move fast at times, the comic quotient keeps it alive. Talking about the performances, Ayushmann has once again proved why he deserves something like National award. He does mimicry of actors and the way he expresses his pain on his face whenever he thinks about his condition is paisa-vasool. Bhumi’s character is one of the important but is not very well treated in the script; also her dark-skinned avatar is not acceptable as it looks artificial throughout the movie- yet she tried her best to keep her performance relevant in the movie. Yami Gautam has done a wonderful job here where even she is able to provide the entertainment quotient in the movie. She plays this small-town girl with Internet fame very perfectly. All the other important performances of Saurabh Shukla, Javed Jaffery, Dheerendra and Abhishek Banerjee are also spot-on.

Overall, this movie is what the Indian audiences would love watching as it has everything that we wait for. I give this movie 4 stars out of 5 for being such a loving and non-preachy thing and yet ending up spreading the message it intended to.


Go watch it.

Thanks.

WRITING BUDDHA 


Friday, 8 November 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

Vaidik Sanatan Hindutva by Manoj Singh (Book Review: 4.25*/5) !!!

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It has been my wish to read Hindi books regularly but never got an opportunity for the same. Finally, because of this new will and wish within me to understand my religion as much as I can as I have started believing that religions though sounding very traditional and old-school speaks of dimensions that we don’t even think about while listening about them. And I believe how well a Hindi author can write about our religions such as Hinduism, Sanatan Dharma etc., no other language and their authors can do justice to it. This made me pick up the book named “Vaidik Sanatan Hindutva” written by Manoj Singh in Hindi language. Picking this book made it more relevant because author’s education profile is B.E and MBA which means he is probably not a blind-believer but has gone through the intricacies before believing in the same and writing about it.

The book “Vaidik Sanatan Hindutva”, I must say, as many of the people are mentioning on the Internet is not out-and-out spiritual book but talks vividly about how we, as a human being, live and thrive on the planet Earth and even after knowing that without it’s well-being, we can’t survive a second, we don’t think twice before polluting it and depleting our natural resources. Author is basically frustrated with the way scientists have started searching for another planet realizing that planet Earth shall not be healthy enough because of us- human beings due to which we shall need to look for an alternative to keep our species alive. Author is angry about how rather than talking about how we can save our planet, we are searching for another planet to make it another hell like Earth.

The book starts with criticizing one of these scientists, a very popular, Stephen Hawking. And then author talks about how our very own religion which is originated in our country, India, itself speaks about the importance of the Planet and its well-being. How in all our religions such as Sanatan, rituals such as Vaidik rituals and religious holy books such as Rigveda, there is mention about worshiping of Mother Earth not because of some blind faith but because the Sages of those era understood the importance of our planet which serves us with everything selfless like a mother.

Author discusses about all such rituals in the Sanatan dharma which speaks of things like Gayatri Mantra, Mahamrutyunjay jaap, yagya, Yoga etc. which might sound regressive to this modern generation but how they are also scientifically important for us, our survival and planet is also discussed. Similarly, author also talks about the seasons in India and how each of them are beneficial to us in its very own way. The importance of Sun is mentioned vividly in the book which discusses its importance for all the living and non-living beings on this planet as it is the single source of energy for us.

And finally comes the most interesting part of the book where all the festivals are discussed which are widely celebrated in India. All of us have just blindly celebrated the festivals without realizing the real meaning behind their celebration or why they even exist on particular day and time. The importance of each festival, the rituals that are performed during those festivals are mentioned which makes us realize what kind of geniuses our sages were that even if we blindly followed everything they said, we would have been in a better place today. I was literally surprised to learn so much through these chapters. How all the rituals have been planned keeping all the segments of people, all the societies inclusive is thought-provoking and astonishing whereas we have always considered them as regressive thinking.

Author’s language throughout the book is in the kind of Hindi we love listening to whenever someone like Kumar Vishwas or Amitabh Bachchan speaks in a very good command. The way all the chapters and topics are classified with their appropriate sectioning in the index too makes it easy to grasp the book. I would recommend everyone to read this book topic by topic every day rather than rushing on to it. As this is the first Hindi book I have completed, it took me 18 days to finish the 238 pages of this but I am happy to have invested around 3 weeks in grasping this powerful book which taught me so much about me, my country, my religion, my society and the way I should be changing my lifestyle with small changes.

Talking about the drawbacks, I must say that the way author starts this book is very negative and disappointing as the way author pounds on the scientists is very bad. Also, mentioning the name of Stephen Hawking specifically was not required and looked very bad on author’s part. If author, rather than mentioning the same, had talked only about what he did later in the book, this book would have been a very positive book spreading only positivism rather than blame game.

Overall, this book shall provide you many insights as mentioned above along with improving your Hindi language. I give this book 4.25 stars out of 5. Recommended!


Thanks.

WRITING BUDDHA 


Wednesday, 23 October 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

Mithilesh Kumar: "Unlike Shri Ram’s life, we do not know many aspects of Shri Krishna’s life" (Interview)

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I had recently read a book named Supercop of Aryavrat written by Mithilesh Kumarji. I loved the book and when I came to know that author is more than 65 years of age, I became more interested to know about him and hence, I took the opportunity of interviewing him which is here for all of you to read and understand him as much as me.

Hi Mithileshji, tell us something about your book- Supercop of Aryavrat. — My book SuperCop of ARYAVRAT is Shri Krishna’s story from Shri Krishna’s perspective.

What made you write this book? How did you choose Lord Krishna out of all the Gods for writing your 1st mythological book?First, I want to clarify that this is not a mythological book, this is a historical novel. This is not the story of Lord Krishna; this is the story of one of our most illustrious ancestors, Shri Krishna who was born on July the 19th, 3228 BC and who died on Feb the 18th, 3102 BC. Being our ancestor, he was more than God/Lord for me. So I don’t address him as Lord or God. I feel I am nearer to him when I prefix his name with Shri as we prefix the names of our parents, grandparents, etc. — This is Shri Krishna’s story from Shri Krishna’s perspective.
            Now coming to the question what made me write this book, well, many friends informed me that they knew everything about Shri Krishna through TV serials, films and various books on him. Why another book? I asked them, ‘Okay, you know everything about him. Then tell me the names of all his eight principal queens.’ No one could go beyond four.  We do not know even this basic fact of his life. While researching on his life, I came to know that there are other aspects too we do not know and I decided to give words to his complete life story.

Since when you were inclined towards mythology and why did it take you so long to write this book? — Again I want to clarify first that SuperCop of ARYAVRAT is a historical novel, not a mythological story. The reason is and I repeat that Shri Krishna was a historical figure, and not a mythological one. How the dates of his birth and death were calculated is already available in public domain. But sceptics will still ask what is the proof that he really existed. A few hundred years from today the same question will be asked about Mahatma Gandhi too because people a few generations below the line will not believe that a frail looking man played an extremely important role pushing the mighty British away from India with what weapons — non-cooperation and non-violence. Next, before the Mughals and various dynasties of Muslim rulers, Prithvi Raj Chauhan was the king of Ajmer, Delhi and around. But in Delhi there are very few monuments of a period earlier than the rulers of Delhi Sultanate. In the matter of Shri Krishna and Dwarka, however, some artefacts brought out near Bet Dwarka from sea bed by marine archaeologists testify to the period. — In brief, he has been one of the our most illustrious and greatest ancestors and we must feel proud to be his progeny.
            After attaining sixty when I retired I wanted to start a second inning of my life. Writing was always my hobby even though it is a slightly monotonous job. Well, besides the creativity it gives me immense satisfaction. Since the time I thought of the idea of writing a book on Shri Krishna, it took me three-four years, reading about him from all the sources I could lay my hands on, then understanding various episodes of his life from realistic point of view, then deciphering the modern names of the kingdoms and cities of those days, and lastly drawing out the detailed plot. After that the job was easy. Giving words to all that and the book was ready.

As Amish Tripathi says that he didn’t plan to write about Lord Shiva but the story and book came to him from the Superpower sources. Did something similar happen with you too in this case? — No, I made a proper plan to write this book because I felt that unlike Shri Ram’s life, we do not know many aspects of Shri Krishna’s life. I have said in Preface that Valmiki was a contemporary of Shri Ram. He wrote the Ramayana that is the most authentic biography of Shri Ram. Later, great poets of different languages wrote their books on Shri Ram, keeping mostly Valmiki’s Ramayana as base. We keep Ramayana or another book on Shri Ram by some great poet at our home, and worship the book as well. On the other hand, Vedvyas was a contemporary of Shri Krishna, but he did not choose to write on the life of Shri Krishna that spanned for more than 125 years and 6 months and that remained as the pivot of most of the happenings of the Aryavrat of those days. Had he written it, it’d have been the most authentic biography of him. Instead, he chose to write a book on the 18-day war, the Mahabharata that we do not keep at home; keeping it at home is considered inauspicious.

How hard was it to research on Lord Krishna and how did you do it and since when? — The idea was in my mind since long as I said above. Then, researching on anything, any incident is not easy. That too when the story is more than five thousand years old. Besides when by the passage of time many incidents have been termed as miracles. But when you have determination, no power on the earth can stop you.

Weren’t you doubtful while writing that there could be controversy if you end up writing something about Lord Krishna which might offend someone? — I wrote the life story of Shri Krishna from the perspective of Shri Krishna who was one of our most illustrious ancestors. So there is no question of offending anyone.

What made you so specific that you didn’t share much about Bhagawad Gita in the book and focused on the character of Lord Krishna himself? — Because the story pertains to Shri Krishna. Shri Krishna in totality. Though Shri Mad Bhagwat Gita is an all time great scripture, renowned all over the world, it is only one part of him.

What is the next story you are planning to write? What is it based on? — I am contemplating another quality book, in another genre.

Can you please let us know what motivates you to write at this age of 65+? — Gurudev, after
attaining international fame and becoming the first Asian to win Nobel Prize in literature in 1913, for Gitanjali, and after writing evergreen and wonderful  novels, stories, dramas and getting lot of acclaim for songs as well, started painting at the age 60, and excelled in that too. Hence age is only a number and creativity has no age limit. We must take inspiration from him. Then, as I said earlier writing has been my hobby. Next, you must have seen cars of older generation sometimes needed to be pushed for getting started while the new generation cars are self-start. I am in the second category. So ideas keep on coming and my mind gets on perfecting them.

What would you like to advise to the youth of our nation and the aspiring writers? — To the youth of our nation I want to tell — you are the future of India. Excel in whatever field you are in and make your parents, your community and our country proud of you. At least try to achieve higher than what people of your immediately preceding generation have achieved lest your parents get known by your name. A father/mother feels proud when he/she gets recognised through his/her son/daughter.
            If you are interested in writing, you should be an avid reader first. After that you will realise that you too have a story that will slowly and slowly start bubbling out, to be told. Next, writing is a craft, develop it and perfect it. 6Ps for writing a good novel should be kept in mind. Plot, Prose, Practice, Perseverance, Patience, Perfection — each one with excellence.  


Thanks.

WRITING BUDDHA 


Monday, 21 October 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

Slave Technology by Biju P R (Book Review: 3*/5) !!!

1801st BLOG POST -->>


All of us have definitely become slaves of technology in this world of affordable smartphones, laptops and data packs. It has really become difficult for all of us to stay away from the social media websites and apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, Blogging websites etc. But there is always the possibility about which track to follow when one is surfing through Social Media- the content that gives you positivity or the content that gives you negativity. If in any case, you start enjoying the negative content and also get involved in spreading the same, the technology that should be a boon for us ends up becoming bane and destructive. The 44th book of this year that I just completed reading on this weekend is based on the same named “Slave Technology” written by Biju P R who already has such researched books in the market. This book is published by Rupa Publications in around 144 pages.

The book is divided into 11 different chapters where all of them talks about the negative impact of the technology. As all of us while using Internet never takes it so seriously that it can actually change our mindset as per the contents we view, this book shall definitely act as a very big eye-opener where you shall be surprised with what all takes place because of the same Internet you have been using for uploading your pictures and check-ins on Facebook and Instagram. Author talks about the topics such as bragging on the Internet, rise of digital ghettos, the way gossips, rumours are spread, reputation is harmed, hatred is being campaigned, trolling is discussed in a full chapter, how sexism exists on the Internet, narcissism on Internet, people who scam others on Social media, how people end up falling in false love and then get betrayed and finally ends with censorship on the platform.

All the chapters cover whatsoever could have been covered in the same. As I have already read many articles in newspapers and Internet about the damage that social media does to people, community or country hence there was nothing new for me but I can say that author tried to cover all the points with statistics at few places to make them sound relevant.

The writing style of the author is like a journalist which makes it easy for you to read this book in a single sitting due to its easy language and user-friendly vocabulary. The references for all the articles that author has used in research while drafting/writing this book is mentioned at the end of every chapter. The amount of research that must have gone is incredible and that shows in the content of the book.

Talking about the few drawbacks, I must say that author has just mentioned all the drawbacks and shortcomings of the Internet but didn’t give any kind of solution- solutions even where it could be implemented at the individual level itself. Then, author has not discussed about the benefits of technology at all. So, if you are very positive about Internet and have not taken it that seriously till now, you shall end up getting negative and scared about your mobile and shall even sell it off and take a Black and white handset. Yes, the book is definitely very negative which I felt author could have balanced. I also felt that the author was biased towards a gender and religion which he made it sound as if they are too victimized by the acts of another majority on Internet which I disagree with. At some places, book sounds like an agenda too.

Overall, this is a nice book if you really want to know the negative impact of technology and social media in case you are unaware of what happens in the other world of Internet. I give this book 3 stars out of 5.


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WRITING BUDDHA 


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!

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WRITING BUDDHA 


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!


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WRITING BUDDHA 
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. 



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WRITING BUDDHA