Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Right it Write!!

Okay! Not convincing number of votes but the result of the previous poll was clear! 95% of the people preferred books to ebooks.
Till date over 140 million books have been written. And in present times an estimate of 50000 books are written each year! And the sad part is that even if you plan to read even 1% of them you just can't read them.in your entire lifetime.
50000 a year? Now that's a number that might inspire the budding writers. But not every person hoping to write a book gets the desired results. There can be many reasons; stuck in a plot, delaying long enough to forget the the story, rejections everywhere, no proper planning, etc. As I've just entered into writing I can't comment much on it, but here are a few basic steps which every writer turned author might suggest

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Practice:-
Not writing book, but just writing. By writing it doesn't mean just referring anything and copying it down mindlessly, but writing on your own. Participate in every essay competition you come across, write poems at leisure, post articles online, give feedbacks in writing, tweet something of sense regularly and the best way, Blogging. Practicing will create a flow and it won't be alien when you eventually start your book. And writing in the same language as your book will reduce the mistake count to a large extent.

Prepare:-
Just the thing you do before your exams. You gather all important and related information regarding the particular subject so that you get a general idea of what you'll be writing. It's the same in this case. Read, read and read. If writing creates a flow in writing then reading will act as a fuel here.Read as many books of the genre you're intrested in. Small or large, important or unimportant, get every possible information regarding the topic, theme or situation in your book. Prepare a base in your mind, set it well and get ready for an adventure!

Do your Homework:-
After you've prepared your mind to finally write a book, do the homework. Decide everything regarding the book which will act as a foundation. First thing is the genre. Then decide and write down (in about 2-3 lines) the basic storyline of your book. It will help you to start and end the book smoothly. Decide the protagonist and other main characters around whom your story revolves. Finally decide whether the story is author narrative or narrated by a character. Don't just decide it, write it down at one place. Writing cretes longer memories.

Approach everyone and everywhere:-
Though labelled as 'fiction' majority of the content of a book is inspired by author's personal life. The author selects his chracters, plot, events, places and many other things experienced by himself in his personal life. So the best way to find content is approach everyone and everywhere. If stuck on a character, approach someone with a great attitude or intetesting character and observe them and take interviews. You never know if your next character might be sitting next to.you sneaking your pizza. And if stuck on where should your story revolve then, well It's a big world, find a suitable site, visit it and explain it as it is in your book. Many other things such as behaviour, events, names, etc can be taken from everything around you.

Add the right Ingredients:-
After having all your starters at the ready all you have to do is add the right ingredients and write your heart out! The ingredients, for example, are few romantic lines in a love story, a few wars in fantasy, a few curious stops in a crime thriller, a few deaths in tragedies, a few blasts in sci-fi etc! Think something different from usual starting line, "Once there lived.." and ending with, "And they lived happily ever after". And if needed you can always add your special secret ingredient, that something different which you think can prove great and very few have tried. And then just write, write and write.
Have a Date!
Not that distraction! But more of a schedule. Fix dates and deadlines for finishing a few chapters and try doing before it. Write during holidays or free time when you have nothing to study if you're a busy student and every night if you're working (writing is a great stress reliever). If planning to write the whole day fixing time might help too. But as suggested by many authors, write when you are alone and without any distraction. Never go off your schedule! Another very common factor which lags the book completion is that we forget. An idea or a plot might have popped up in your mind now which would be very much helpful after a few chapters. But you forget when the situation demands. And writing is the solution again. Write down in the diary, sticky note or even in the mobile when an idea or quote pops up. This will make the reference easier.
Pro Tip: Never Procrastinate!!

Shout out!
You've finaly completed the book! The easy part is over and the tough one starts. But before you announce the world the arrival of your book few things need to be taken care of. Firstly read and re-read your book a few times. It'll help you find loopholes or typos or any fault in the storyline. Then select a few people interested in particular genre and send copies to them for a feedback. This helps in getting a basic picture of the public's response on your book. And before you publish the book, select an attractive cover related to your book and add feedback recieved from the reviewers. Try out a few famous publishing houses and if rejected self publishing is always a good choice.You're part is done. Now the only thing to be done is sit back and take 'thank you' messages from people who are grateful for reading such an awesome book.

"The most blissful time is when you're sitting alone on rooftop in the night, enjoying the cool air, with a hot coffee mug by side and leisurely writing your first book"
-Anonymous

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

A Book that lived!

   Tell a kid these days about a new book and he'll get you the author's name, book reviews, genre, and how many 'stars' the book is of worth. How? Beause of the "E" thing in his hand? In short the big question I'm trying to ask is, Has ebook service taken over physical books?

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   Though many stats say that the book readers are more but the popularity of ebooks are steadily increasing every year. It has been the hottest topic for discussion ever since the advent of ebooks. Books are thr oldest source of reading. Or it can be said, as old as language itself (obviously excluding those cave carvings). One has to admit that ebooks covers all the disadvantages of a physical book. It saves trees, It's cheap, it's durable, It's compatible, it can be personalized, etc. But there are some reasons by which we can proudly say that it's not going to be that easy to replace books with gadgets! And even though you may not find the reasons logical compared to ebooks, they are strong enough to give a snappy reply to ebook supporters. Every book lover can understand and relate these..

  Hearing of a book release of your favorite author. You save and collect the money. And on the big day you wait for hours in the crowded book shop to snap a copy on the very first day. And finally coming home and opening the book which becomes interesting already because of the efforts taken. Ahh! That aroma. You just love the smell of a new book.
That joy an ebook can never provide.

  It's beyond midnight but you still want to read just 'one more chapter'. And before closing you fold the page or insert a bookmark personalised by you on the theme of the book. You write character names and every other thing related to book on your bookmark.
That happiness an ebook can never provide.

  You wake up late lazily on a rainy Sunday morning. You take your coffee, throw yourself on your armchair in the balcony and continue your book. Even though It's a tough job to keep a hot cup in one hand and book in another, you finish the chapter!
That amazing feeling an ebook can never provide.


  You're sitting alone in the room and reading. Oh no! You're favorite character is dying. The most touchy part is ahead. You cry and your tears fall on the book and leaves blotchy marks. And in future whenever you see the marks you're reminded of your favorite character.
That bonding between fiction and reality an ebook can never provide.

  Happy Ending! The book is over. You don't know if you are sad or happy about it. You keep recalling the incidents in the book. You recall the day you first read it and wish you can read it again with same eagerness. You just can't take the characters out of your mind. You keep your book close to you wherever you go and keep reading your favourite chapter (or the whole book) even if you have exams the next day.
That attachment with a story an ebook can never provide.

  The author of the book is in town! And again you wait in the long queue just to get an autograph on the book. He writes wishes and signs it for you. Now the book is your top attraction on your shelf and you have a trophy to show off! All of a sudden the book is ten times interesting and you start reading it again just because you feel in touch with writers by seeing his writing on the book.
That feeling of achievement an ebook can never provide

  Your friends are at your place for party. Some brag about their expensive phone and some about their latest accessories. You quietly take them to your bedroom. And then all are awed after seeing your big bookshelf stuffed with books. All envy you and you just smile knowing that the battle is won.
That feeling of pride an ebook can never provide.

  Well! That's that. Aren't these reason good enough. One must have a logical mind without imagination if he still supports ebooks. But in between this banter we can take a big plus point. As Mr.Ravi Shastri might say, "At the end of the day, reading is the real winner". Ebooks or books, but somewhere between them the habit of reading is thriving and always will.
"Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be." - Anonymous.

That was my say, have your say by voting in the poll in the web version of my homepage and reason out your views by leaving comments.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

The Language in Trend

   Did you know, nearly 30 million people make their first accounts in social sites like Facebook, Renren, Linkdin, Twitter, etc in one single day. So internet can make an impact on anyone's life by starting a 'trend'.
   Trend is something which can make a less known personality popular overnight, it can make a celebrity a subject of joke for nothing and It's also capable of creating 'waves'. Prevailing in internet these days are some new words which are invented by the trends.
If you're an active user and use mouthfulls of internet you surely must have come across the words used. Some might be irritating like ThIs StYle iN tReNd tHeSe dAyS or some may come out as boons. So these are a few trending words in the internet lingo.

SWAG -


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   This is one term seen a lot these days. People use it without knowing the meaning or without knowing the proper meaning. Believed to be originating from hollywood, It's an acronym with objectionable full form. It may also have been originated from those hippies with pencil cut jeans which starts way below the hip, sided caps, black glasses, and a big S hung around the neck. The usage in the internet is a word substitution for the word 'cool'. So when you have swag, you are cool who don't give a damn about anyone, wear every big brand use every short form, flirt like a pro and what not! So Yo guys! Swag!

Selfie -


   This is the word listed in 'worst words of 2012' by dictionary.com. Selfies are photos taken by oneself using any camera held in hand. Well no need to explain this because you yourselves must have taken a few by now. Though trending now it was first taken in 1839! By a box camera ofcourse. Currently selfies are ruling the internet with its various forms like group, shirtless, self, crowded, dark, etc. Be it any contests, promotions, advertisements, prestige, selfies assists everyone. So go ahead take a phone with decent camera clarity, wear a shirt with a.funky quote, put up a funny expression and click! Youve just successfully clicked a selfie like billions others.

Acronyms -


       It all started with k, ni8, sup, ttyl and reached the next level with lol, lmao, rofl, afaik. These are internet slangs without which any conversation is incomplete. Every one must be familiar with laug out load and here are a few more:-
Rofl- Rolling on the floor laughing (Suggested in winter, may keep you warm)
BRB- Be right back (Never take it seriously, conversation has ended. Gd ni8)
AFK- Away from keyboard (Best excuse to ignore).
Yolo- You only live once (Cats and Voldemort is the exception)
   It does not end here after reaching the next level they have gone through few modifications by adding new letter each time. Lofl, Lmfao, omfg. Seriously Omfg!

Meme -
       Possibly the funniest things on internet. These are something which make internet a place for humour. They are a modern new version of comic strips. If witty, anyone can create their memes. Memes come and go out of fashion. They are generally made according to current affairs in trend. A simple joke or incident can be 10 times more funny in this way. Some popular memes trending these days are troll smileys, dolan characters( tehy aer osum! Lel), pick up jokes, movie puns, etc.

    So bye guise, brb. *Swag*

Friday, 2 May 2014

FantasyTic!!

   Beautiful caring girl loves handsome, hardworking boy, society opposes then too they fight against all odds. That's a love story.
  A murder, many suspects, a hardworking officer ,and the culprit is someone who was thought to be innocent. This is a crime fiction
  Sweet family books a farm house away from city for vacation. A woman killed herself many years ago in the same house. That's horror fiction.
  Planning to read a fiction? Pick any Genre. Almost every genre have a basic storyline with ingredients which can be found around you easily.
But there's one fiction which isn't that easy to write but readers have a penchant for this. The ingredients in this are something which can never be found around you. But if added correctly you just might end up creating a masterpiece!
It's Fantasy!!
  Only people with great creative mind or thinking can be successful in this because in literally means "something from Imagination" . Ever came across something like that? No? I'll remind you..
4 kids play and hide in a wardrobe and it turns out to be an entrance to amagical land! "The Chronicles Of Narnia".
A boy orphaned and left with a lightning scar destined to defeat the murderer all by himself! "Harry Potter".
A reluctant fellow goes for a quest, to defeat a dragon, unwillingly and finds himself useful. "The Hobbit"!
A man gets shipwrecked and finds himself strangled between miniature humans, giants, and pirates. Gulliver's Travels.
Fantasy comes in many forms urban, children, high, low, dark, modern,etc. The most interesting part in this genre are it's plot and characters and creatures! Every fantasy has a different plot(everyone imagines differently). And creatures are something made out of imagination. Any one can "Invent" their own creatures. Some of the popular creatures making fantasy such a hit are..

Wizards:-
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Call them magicians or sorcerers these are most loved characters as they can do almost anything. The female counterpart is a witch( though old legends say witches are ones with dark habits). According to fairy tales they can be recognized with wizened face, long pointed hat, big cloak, with a magic wand in the hand. Authors portrays them generally as a saviour or a helper
Popular Books featuring Wizards: LOTR series, The Earthsea Saga,
Bartimaeus trilogy, Harry Potter.

Dragons:-

Said to be the most powerful of all creatures. Derived from English and japanese mythology it has tough skin, big wings, giant body, pointed tail, sharp eyes, fire breath which is a perfect mixture of dread. On mistake in front of it and "poof!" you're ash. Tales say It's almost impossible to defeat a live dragon but the only ways are attacking his eyes or soft belly. So if you ever come across one remember old Bilbo's words , "Never laugh at a live dragon".
Popular books featuring Dragons:Jabberwocky in Through the Looking-Glass,  The Reluctant Dragon, The Hobbit.

Giants:-

If anyone is capable of taming a dragon then they're giants. The name itself shows that they are huge. According to folklore they are said to be found either in forests with huge trees or mountain tops. Another popular form of giants are trolls. They are generally regarded as stupid, low witted, very slow and are extremely dangerous. They move only in the night as they are cursed to be turned into stone in daylight. So next time when you go for a camping and sleep by a mountain during daytime, just think, what if it's a troll?
Popular books featuring Giants: Gullivers Travels, Jack and the bean stalk.

Goblins:-

An exact counterpart of giants in size. Originating from Europe these are said to be devilishly mischievous. They are normaly related to hobgoblins, orcs or gnomes. They can be characterised by hooked nose, long ears and in some cases may also possess magical powers. They are said to be excellent in making swords and luxury items. They are very greedy for money though, unlike humans, they don't know what to do with it. So It's better to be careful and punctual while dealing with a goblin in money.
Popular books featuring Goblins: The princess and the goblin, The Hobbit.

Elves:-

Remember Dobby? Yes! That's an elf. Even they are small but unlike goblins they are portrayed to be kind and helpful. They are shown in different avatars in different books. A servant at one place a king at another. They are just and humble. Elves can be classified as pixies, leprecauns or imps. They are believed to possess remarkable magical powers.
Popular books featuring Elves: The King of Elfland's Daughter, The Silmarillion.

Ghosts:-

These are something which adds a tinge of horror in the plot. Ghost can be used in different ways in accordance to the storyline like a comon spirit or a mischevous poltergeist or a wailing banshee. As described by Prof.Severus Snape ghosts are nothing but "Imprint of a departed soul" . Though said to be creepy many books shows them as friendly and helpful. So this doesn't mean that the one sitting near you is harmless.
Books featuring Ghosts: The Harry potter series, Goosebumps.

Animals:-

Not the ones which roam outside your home, fantasy animals are animals which are thrilling to own. Over many fantasy books common animals with uncommon traits are used.(Yes similar to Dr.Doolittle). The most common trait is that they can talk! Giant spider, three headed dogs ,fishes that can fly, snakes with hands stronger than you, birds which are larger than modern airplains and many more. Now this. is a cool idea of a pet,right? But unfortunately you can't have them(
Popular book featuring Animals: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hunger Games.

Legendary Animals:-

If the above animals are cool then these are super cool. They originate from Greek and Roman legends. Be it strong built, half horse, half man, star gazing centaurs; or dangerous half woman, half lion, pouncing sphinx;or immortal phoenix with powers of rising from his ashes; or those magnificant one horned unicorns kept by epic kings for pride; or half human,half fish merpeoples all are legends. Their addition is what makes a book worth reading.
Popular books featuring Legendaries: The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter.

These are just few of many creatures out there but lets just stop here or we might cross the boredom limit. So if you are among those who read only love stories or horror try one of these. Believe me, your thinking will never be the same.

P.S. - The books and description mentioned are written from what I've read or heard of, so sorry if I've missed a famous or common book relating to the topic.