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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Uff!! Mere Emotions on "Uff Ye Emotions''

It was during my semester exams when I got the news that Mahaveer publishers are conducting a short-story competition. Love was the genre, a genre on which I had never written any story before. But it so happens that when you read a theme, the story it forms by itself in your tiny grey cells. It did for me when I learned that the participants had to write a love story. But who had the time to pen down the story when every alternate day you have those giant exams that gobble you up in your sleep. Days went by and I forgot the story I had in my mind. My exams, they got over too. Only a few days were left for the submission period of the competition to be over when I realized I had to submit something, not because I simply wanted to, but because I had decided to and I actually had a story in my mind. 10th January 2013 was the last date of submission and I submitted my entry just before sunset crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.

5 long days of waiting; and that’s when I thought I may not be selected as entries were pouring in like anything, almost 1000, from published authors and famous bloggers. On 15th Jan’13 a tear trickled down my cheek as I realized I might have been hoping for something which will give me nothing but failure and a disappointment. I shoved away all thoughts of the contest and carried on with my own life- a juggle of playing my guitar, reading a novel, studying for the impending exams, facebooking, going out with friends, et cetera.

It was at around 9:00 pm when the unexpected happened and with it brought new hopes and instilled new confidence in me. I won the competition; Yes, I did. And it’s now all “Uff Ye Emotions” in my mind. Yes, the anthology Mahaveer Publishers is publishing with the winning entries is christened “Uff Ye Emotions”. The editor of the anthology is none other than Vinit K. Bansal, the author of the novel “I am Heartless”, who was also one of the many judges of the competition. He also has contributed a story for our anthology. The other winners of the competition, my fellow authors are Priyanka Dey, Suresh Chandrasekaran, Pankaj Mittal (the author of "Thank God I'm Heartless"), Rachna Seth (the author of "Love The Ecstasy"), Saurabh Arya, Abhilash Ruhela, Stephen Anthony, Anjit Sharma aka Crestless Wave, Papan Basu, Himanshu Chhabra aka Appie and Drishti Dasgupta.

The cover page of the upcoming anthology is flawlessly designed by Ink Studios’ Sunill Kaushik. 

The book is releasing on 10th of February 2012. And since it is a collection of the best love stories it will undoubtedly be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone. If I were not one of the authors, I would have asked for it as a V-day gift too (Now I might have to gift it instead. :-P).

An audio CD of the band ROOUH The Eternal Soul is absolutely free with each pre-ordered copy of our anthology.

The book is now available for pre-order on Homeshop18 featuring us at the most prominent position with a heavy discount of 35%. Link:

 A me-made collage of our Team :)

Looking back at 15th January 2013 now, I think UYE (Uff Ye Emotions) is one of the best things that happened to me. All thanks to the judges who chose my work and my friends who believed in me.

 And now that my friends and readers are pre-ordering for my book it gives me Goosebumps and yes, a wee bit of nervous I am.
 I hope my readers and friends like my story “Happily Ever After” in the anthology. And just because I named it “Happily Ever After” doesn't mean it’s a happy ending, right? Well, I am not that fond of sad endings either. Read it and find it out for yourself, and when you do, don’t forget to drop me a text or a comment about what you think about it.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Published Poem

Just received the December 2012 issue of the Taj Mahal Review - an International Journal devoted to Arts, Literature, Poetry and Culture to see my poem "The War" published  :-)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola - A Review

What seemed to be like a simple story decorated with funny dialogues, turned out to be much more. Political satire and rom-com are one of the many categories the movie can be put under. Nevertheless it’s the first movie of this year worth watching or at least giving a try. It’s a mélange of adorable characters with some serious and some out of the way issues. Vishal Bharadwaj has successfully converted the whimsical story into a 160minutes long light-hearted and watchable movie. Tolerable? Yes. Enjoyable? Yes. Emotion-triggering? Not at all.

When some of the best actors of the country like Pankaj Kapur and Shabana Azmi are involved in the movie, the performance has to be highly commendable and it, without a trace of doubt, is. While Anushka Sharma looks dazzling like never before, Imran Khan’s new look is impressive too.

The storyline? Well, there isn’t any one story line, there are many. Not confusing, but meandering would be the word that would perfectly describe the storyline. From alcohol issues to corruption issues to love dilemma, the story went in what seems like all the possible directions.

Characters? Crazy yet practical, greedy yet adorable.
While the movie hardly had moments of boredom yet the story needed a longer duration or a less amount of wandering to bring out the best of the moments of the movie.

In a nutshell? The alcoholic Mandola (Pankaj Kapur) needed to leave his drinking habits in order to avoid being the better person he becomes when drunk. A debauched minister, Choudhari Devi (Shabana Azmi) conspired with him to seize the farmlands of the village named after him so that an industrial complex can be built. The impending marriage of Bijlee (Anushka Sharma) and Baadal (Arya Babbar), the minister’s son would be a mutually beneficial alliance. Apart from being Mandola’s driver and the poor’s messiah, Matru (Imran Khan) had an additional job to stop him from drinking too much of the local beer, Gulabo, deprivation of which caused Mandola to have frequent hallucinations of the pink buffalo we saw so many times in the trailers.

While the first part showed the many aspects and characters of the movie, the second part dealt with completing the story by giving the farmers their land back, ridding the village of the corrupted minister, ridding Mandola of both his drinking habits and hallucinations, and like all Bollywood movies, throwing Bijlee into the arms of her lover Matru.

Conclusion? If you want to watch a good movie to trigger your emotions of sorrow, patriotism or love, better read a novel. If you want to have a good time, this movie will give you one for sure.

Monday, January 7, 2013

and you're still the one
 I look up to
whenever I'm bruised
by another thorn of reality...

and you're still the one
I look for
whenever I fly
with the wings of my dreams...

and you're still the one
who never looks back
nor cares
while I keep on losing
for you, my sanity...

Friday, January 4, 2013

Chocolate? Or Love?

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Often I have pondered over life’s profound mysteries,
Delving deep into present, future and long-forgotten histories,
The question that never fails to leave me in a quandary,
What is it that makes me different from all and sundry?
Now that I have an answer to it, let me confess plainly,
It is chocolates that I love the most, and most insanely.
Melting in the mouth, it gives me a taste of heaven for sure,
Bars, pastries, ice-creams and shakes, chocolates can so allure!
Love, they say, and I hear, is the most wonderful thing on earth,
Have those poor souls never tried chocolate ~ of much more worth?
No complaints, no demands ~ only chocolates give a pleasure so pure,
Yes, I might sound like a maniac, and this ailment has got no cure!
I’m a blissful choc-fanatic, and love, for me, is no match at all,
I simply fall in love with chocolates, every day, and have a ball!
For all moods and occasions, at any hour of the day,
They are sure to boost my spirits and shoo my woes away.
Ohh! How I love to have them unwrapped! The reasons to my smile,
My guilty indulgences they are-my love, lust and life forever, not just a while!

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

searching for the unknown, 

running after the distant,
while leaving the ones who are near,

you may pretend you're fine,

but girl I sense your fear,

for when you have reached your destiny,

and we all know it's a void,

you will look back and see

no one but your shadow,

for everyone will, by then, flee..