Writer’s Diary

The Wealth Of Stories – #TodaysTale
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The Wealth Of Stories – #TodaysTale

Daily stories for wisdom & grace in the form of #TodaysTale

Sweet Tooth
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Sweet Tooth

This was written for the prompt Sweet | given by Girish Krishnakumar for Alphabet Sambar’s weekly themed mic room. ~O~O~O~O~O~O~ Sweet Tooth. I didn’t have one. There was no room for sweetness in my world that demanded the efficiency of kitchen logistics & transactions of nutrition. Or the speed of…

In Memorium
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In Memorium

She opens her eyes always into a world of order, just thrown off by the sound of clanging cutlery or a shout from the road outside. Even the disruptions are familiar. She stretches, pushes away her blanket with the kind of precision she knows will lend itself to easy folding,…

I Don’t Belong Here
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I Don’t Belong Here

These carefree whistlersgirls throwing hearts & bodies outto men who will let them falland men who will pick them uponly to throw them backI have been thrown away,thrown over, thrown backI don’t belong here The screaming thundersdripping rage & accusationsto fertile minds that will turn theminto gangrene & cancerThe storms…

A Peach For Breakfast
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A Peach For Breakfast

My Clubhouse room prompt for this week via fellow host Tareque Laskar was SPELLBOUND. For this I cheated (slightly) and blended two of my old posts together. It was an interesting exercise, personally than for my writing since one of the posts was written 15 years ago. I remember feeling…

Better Days
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Better Days

For some months now, Clubhouse has been my new social media toy. It has also been my solace, my refuge during the soul-shattering COVID-19 second wave. I’ve made friendships of a very different kind from any I’ve had before (even counting the pioneering days of chatrooms, blogs & Twitter). Hearing…

Love Gardener
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Love Gardener

We have to separate the feeling from the person who inspires them. We are so literal, we use the words “my love” to describe a sentiment as well as a person. But our feelings are entirely our own, to process, to draw from for poetry, to express in our ways,…

The Unbearable Kitsch Of A Kundera Life
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The Unbearable Kitsch Of A Kundera Life

This is the book that set me on the cultural stereotype path that I would live out for the next 16 years (and still going?). The people I hungered to be around in the 2000s (MNC-employed, literature spouting, pretension-grooming) spoke eloquently about Milan Kundera and Haruki Murakami. Of course many…

๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ข ๐Ÿ‘‘
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๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ข ๐Ÿ‘‘

The month was full of learning. 2020 was hard, getting hit by a pandemic no one had seen the likes of. But 2021 was the slow, grueling grind back into a world that will never be the same. The soul-crushing realisation that all things break – stability, connections & worst…

The Public Personal
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The Public Personal

I lost a friendship sometime ago because the person took something I said on one of my Instagram Lives, personally. I don’t know what was said or which Live it was but I know I didn’t say anything aimed at them or about them. I know this because I’ve been…

Paper Lovers
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Paper Lovers

We didn’t speak at our first meeting. He wore orange trousers & skulked in a corner.  I was the life of the party in pinstripes. Irony clinked glasses all around. I discovered he had a blog & I visited from my anonymous account. It was much better than the one…

9 Lessons In Colour
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9 Lessons In Colour

Passport, check. Malls, skyscrapers remind me of my own island. I see grey pavements, white curbstones. LESSON 1: Every city is Mumbai minus paan stains.At lunch, I’m invisible to blonde waiters. A Fillipina barmaid brings me breakfast. Her skin is closer to butter than milk but her smile is the…

Statute Of Limitations
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Statute Of Limitations

A book I’m reading features a couple. The man supports the woman’s independence, teaching her vital skills that help her break gender shackles. He also cheats, a trauma that dogs the woman for years even as she finds success. Much later, they work together in a war against a brutal…

Bad Advice
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Bad Advice

25 years ago Mary Schmidt wrote โ€˜Tips from a speech never givenโ€™. It was read by many people including a teen me. I thought some day I’d be able to tell people how to life right. I’m at mid-life crisis because how else to describe someone who refuses to act…

The Space I Occupy
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The Space I Occupy

This picture was shot in January 2020. Last year was a difficult one for me, coping with illness in the family. I shut down my life in that period, telling myself it was also a sabbatical of a sort. I hadn’t felt happy writing in a few years & that’s…

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Does Sorry Have To Be Followed By Forgiveness?

Why is forgiveness so hard? Because it involves going back to face deeply unpleasant feelings. Rejection. Betrayal. Fear. Shame. To feel these is to hurt. That’s why we choose anger instead. It makes us feel distanced from our source of pain. It makes us feel powerful. How do we give…

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Leave No Scars, Only Stories

In 2019 I wanted to create content about US race relations & its parallels in caste/religion politics in India. I knew many Indians consumed only whitewashed/uppercaste content. Reading non WhiteMale writers opened my mind to how history is shaped by the powerful, how it impacts public attitudes, personal relations &…

Vulnerability Bait
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Vulnerability Bait

Art that is honest & vulnerable makes you want to be honest & vulnerable too. Well, honesty is infectious, or so I want to believe though I keep learning time and again, that that’s not true. But art showcases vulnerability, makes honesty accessible, believable, livable. It makes vulnerability look appealing…

Postcards To StorySeekers
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Postcards To StorySeekers

Postcards to #StorySeekers with love from @AlphabetSambar

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When A Writer Chooses Boundaries

I have been quiet, of late. Conversations felt overwhelming, hurtful and most of all – dangerous. This is the fallout of engaging with people who are angry. Angry people are destructive people. Even self-destruction has a massive fallout radius. And anger, yes, is the most common emotion that people express,…