Going Alone – Unchained Unrestrained

I quit my job in the year 2010, seven months after the birth of my son. I still remember it was the month of September, and I had to join office after my 6 months extended maternity leave. Being in the medical transcription industry, I had the luxury of working from the comfort of my home where I didn’t have to travel long distances nor I had to leave my baby alone either in a crèche or on a babysitter, but even then I couldn’t continue after spending 6 months long leave or more aptly said a 6- month long freedom from the daily grind of meeting my daily projections, finishing the stat jobs on time, and focusing on low TAT jobs.

I never regretted quitting my job as I had the financial support of my husband. I worked for 5 years in the MT industry just to utilize my time but during those years of working in the office environment, I got to know how someone becomes a grownup larva, cocooned inside a shell, never willing to come out.

Though I worked from home but it was no different from being cooped up in a glass walled office floor feeling the chills of continuously blowing cold air of the AC vent directly hitting on my spine. I just couldn’t continue and relied solely on the money that my husband earned from his day job at a multinational.

He changed jobs. We relocated to other cities and finally settled down in Bangalore. Now we both work from our home office. We are making new strides everyday and have have our hands in at-least 10 micro businesses…Writing and Publishing is just one of them.  We love our freedom – freedom of spending time with each other, playing with our son, cooking dinners and watching our favorite shows and movies whenever we feel like, no more postponing the pleasures of life for the weekends.

How many of you fancy the idea of working for yourself. I am sure you must’ve thought about it at some point. If yes, now it’s the time. Life is too short to ponder over taking challenges. If you have a hidden passion or an untold dream, live it up, don’t think twice just push the button and see what happens. Take a step back from your present life and see how it feels. Reboot your life. Drift out of your comfort zone and do what makes you scared that you would never do just because you don’t want to look freak or mad in front of others.

If you feel connected to this article and ponder over the subject hot to reboot your life, my next novel Camouflage is all about establishing a connection with the existence. Not in entirety, but a tiny bit of the book is based on my real life experiences, my feelings, and my naked emotions on paper.

I am done with the first edit of the book, but it has to go through my beta readers. I am hoping to launch it in the somewhere in the mid of year 2016 or may be earlier if everything goes the right way.

Till then, keep reading my blog posts, and help me reach the other readers.

At the end, if I ask a favor, I hope you won’t mind. If you like this post, please leave a reply in the comment section below to help me improvise and to let me know what would you like to read next.

What is Amazon’s Kindle Reading App?

Are you a book lover? Do you regularly pay visits to check what’s new on the bookshelves?

If yes…don’t you think going to the bookstores and navigating through various books and then finally selecting a book that you would spend your money on is a tedious task? Well…I don’t try to make a point that physical books are out of trend, as I am sure that a true book lover would never mind carrying those huge piles of heavy books on his head.

What I want to say is that, now you don’t have to carry heavy books with you. As books have gone digital, you can travel with hundreds of e-books downloaded in your hand-held device or laptop.

Reader or writer no matter who you are, if you want to try some of the bestselling books by world’s renowned international writers, there is nothing better than reading their e-books that are easily available on the internet. All you need it to just navigate through the vast range of multiple free and paid e-books available on several online book retailer websites, for instance, Kobo, Barnes and Nobles, Smashwords, Amazon, and so on, click your favorite book and download it either on your desktop, laptop, or any of your handheld device including your smart phone, iphone, or ipad and read wherever, whenever, and whatever you want.

Being an avid reader, it’s my personal experience that Amazon is the best online retailer offering a huge range of fiction and nonfiction e-books. You can find hundreds of free or paid cookbooks, self-help, motivational, or mythological e-books on Amazon. If you play with fiction, you can surf through romance, thriller, horror, erotica and various other genres of fiction writing.

The best thing about online book retailers and distributors is that they offer you a wide variety of free e-books that run on promotional discounts to download freely without paying even a single penny, the advantage that you won’t get in case of physical books. And, for that, you don’t have to visit the book store, just be online.

Now coming to Amazon, there is something cool that I think many of us didn’t know up until the self publishing revolution and that is Amazon’s free Kindle reading app. The Kindle app is available for most major smartphones, tablets and computers. That means with your free Kindle reading apps, you can buy a Kindle book once, and read it on any device with the Kindle app installed. You can also read that same Kindle book on a Kindle device if you own one.

A Peace Which Crowned Her Life

“She had looked for his coming as warriors come,
With the clash of arms and the bugle’s call;
But he came instead with a stealthy tread,
Which she did not hear at all.

She had thought how his armor would blaze in the sun,
As he rode like a prince to claim his bride:
In the sweet dim light of the falling night
She found him at her side.

She had dreamed how the gaze of his strange, bold eye
Would wake her heart to a sudden glow:
She found in his face the familiar grace
Of a friend she used to know.

She had dreamed how his coming would stir her soul,
As the ocean is stirred by the wild storm’s strife:
He brought her the balm of a heavenly calm,
And a peace which crowned her life.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Love has been the most favorite topic of poets and artists for centuries. A lot has been written and depicted about love in the form of romantic poems, novels, and various art forms from paintings to sculptures and from buildings to monuments.

Even today, when technology has changed the world and spread its feet in all spheres of life, love is intangible and innocent. Love is a feeling, an action, a connection that is free of social and cultural boundaries.

People love to read about love and romance. This reason is just enough to explain the popularity and demand of some of the great classic love stories from Wuthering heights to Casablanca.

Though a lot has been written about love time to time, I personally feel that there is very less reading available for those who want to explore the intricacies of modern-age romance.

Modern-age love stories set in the background of different cities, internationally, are rare to find. Book “Still the Love Blooms” allows the readers to slowly unfold the petals of blooming love in different parts of the world, from the most developed and enriched nations to the most poor and war-stricken developing countries of the world.

Chennai Floods 2015 – The Resilience

I still remember the crazy summer afternoons of Chennai when I used to gaze the city standing in the front balcony of my 3rd floor apartment flat located in the posh residential commune of Pallikarnai. Scorching fire spewing sun, parched and deserted streets, sun-bathed low and high rises of the hot and humid city of Chennai would often make me regret on my decision of moving along with my husband from Bangalore to Chennai when he switched his job in the year 2012.

But, now I am really thankful to God for what I have experienced and learned during my stay in the southern metro of India. It was during my 2 years of stay in the city when I got to know the undying spirit of Chennai which is unique in its own way.

The southernmost part of India where all the 4 seasons of the year are dominated by hot and humid summers, a city that has witnessed the tumultuous Tsunami in the year 2004 and where floods and cyclones have swathed the dwellings multiple times in the past, Chennai has always displayed its innate ability of resilience.

I didn’t feel surprise when on T.V. I saw an old woman floating over the waters to reach a safer patch of earth in the submerged city. I could notice that brief smile on her frazzled face overshadowing the effects of severe devastation caused by recent floods. It didn’t appear that the severity of rains and inundation in any way has knocked down the old lady’s capability of bouncing back. It’s just not the case of that old woman, one can notice several men, women, and children bravely coping up with the adversities caused by the rains that lashed the town to almost ruins a few days before.

It is this undying spirit of the citizens that keeps the city going. Though floods have shattered the lives of many of this ever smiling peculiarly distinct port city, it’s hard to find a single person belonging to the city complaining about anything. And, it’s the vibrancy, liveliness, and courage of the citizens that help the city shine again. Chennaites have proudly overcome the shadows of despair and hopelessness and are courageously fighting back. Chennai is live again. Salute to all Chennaites!