33 Unusual Tips To Being A Better Writer

I found this really quite good, and i wanted to share it with you guys. 🙂

Thought Catalog

Back in college, my friend Sanket and I would hang out in bars and try to talk to women but I was horrible at it. Nobody would talk to me for more than thirty seconds, and every woman would laugh at all his jokes for what seemed like hours. Even decades later I think they are still laughing at his jokes. One time he turned to me and said, “The girls are getting bored when you talk. Your stories go on too long. From now on, you need to leave out every other sentence when you tell a story.” We were both undergrads in Computer Science. I haven’t seen him since, but that’s the most important writing (and communicating) advice I ever got.

33 other tips for being a better writer

Write whatever you want. Then take out the first paragraph and last paragraph. Here’s the funny thing about this rule…

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Certified Plane-Read #2! 11th May

This is a highly belated and overdue award that goes to Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami!!! 

Those of you who haven’t tried Murakami, this is a good book to start with because it will definitely reel you in.

Those of you who already like Murakami, OhMyGOD buyit readit trustme. Ahhhhhhh! This was one of those books where I was left feverishly turning pages and  and was constantly tempted to turn to the last page to know what happens. A couple of times, I put the book down and panted like I had been running because I was overwhelmed.

It’s fast-paced and fascinating. As always, the story is a little outlandish and as always, it left me wondering: How does he THINK of these things? It’s perfect for them longish plane rides.

Congratulations, Mr Murakami, for this high honour. 😀


Maybe… Just maybe. :)

Maybe... Just maybe. :)

Here’s a tiny bit of hope for all of you going through tough times. I hope all of you have somebody to talk to who will just listen. 🙂 I love you all.

I am going through some crap right now and I feel absolutely numb. I’m still looking for my piece of corn. Read the post to know what I mean.
This is from one of my favourite blogs. 🙂 Hyperbole and a half, it’s called. Here’s a link: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.in/

An Impossible Task?

I am attempting something that has been considered by many to be futile, tiresome, unrewarding and even impossible. And no, I am not referring to law school!

I am going to read, over this summer, from cover to cover, the Russian epic Anna Karenina. i have read 80 pages of it already and there’s something fascinating about it. I’m not kidding. Of course, I’ve hardly gotten through a tenth of the book so far but i did do that in less than an hour. Fingers crossed! If i do end up finishing this book, the way I couldn’t finish Lord of the Rings, that will be one item off of my book bucket list.(Boocket list?) And yes, of course i have a book bucket list! I’ll show it to you sometime. Promise.

Anyway, I put up this post because i need all the encouragement and support I can get in the completion of this endeavour of mine.

So tell me. Have any of you managed to finish Anna Karenina? Have any of you attempted to finish it? What were your impressions? (And yes, I am aware that this is going to be an epic fail because nobody will comment with replies but I still want to fish a little. 🙂 I am still young and hope is not yet dead.

I must tell you one thing though: There is one thing Anna Karenina is not, and that is a Sindhu-Certified Plane-read! Do not be alone with this book for a long time in a confined space. This is the kind of book that you must take little breaks from, and that you must mull upon. You must try to understand the characters and the significance of all the little statements in it. At least this has been my initial impression. Let’s see how I feel later on.

Speaking of little breaks, my Temple Run 2 score is 805664! And I only started playing on Tuesday! (Okay, I’m pathetic and bored. I admit it. But I’m also proud!)

In other news, I finished Looking for Alaska. There will be a review up later this week. I cannot bear to make this book an “In other news” part of the post.

Cheers everyone. 🙂


Taking Stock of the new Anti Rape law: Madhu Mehra

Mixed feelings…


This is a guest post by MADHU MEHRA: The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013, more popularly called the Anti-rape Bill, is now law. The outrage following the homicidal gang rape in Delhi unleashed events that lent force to the longstanding demand by the women’s movement for comprehensive reform of laws relating to sexual assault. These demands were bolstered by the recommendations of the high level committee, headed by retired Justice Verma, that called for reform of criminal laws, police reforms, prevention and education interventions to effectively tackle impunity for sexual violence. With the new bill passed by the parliament, the law stands substantially changed. This article takes stock of the ways in which the new amendments re-framed sexual offences in the law, their significance and the challenges that remain. While being far from comprehensive, these changes substantially transform the way legal redress for sexual offences have been framed in the…

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Certified Plane-Read #1 4th May

Disclaimer: Some of the books that win this award will not have been read by me on planes; they are just books that I believe would be good company on a plane. Just sayin’. 

To be honest, today’s Plane-Read was going to be Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami, but I changed my mind last minute. Dance Dance Dance was the last book that blew my mind. But there’s a new book now and the new book is just… something else. I don’t know if any of you have guessed this already, but my John Green novels came yesterday and I finished reading An Abundance of Katherines today! It’s 2.41 in the morning and I just had to get this review out while it was fresh in my mind.

This is an ordinarily-themed book about a child prodigy who is afraid of turning out ordinary as an adult and he’s desperate to do something, anything, unique so that he can matter. Run of the mill, coming of age stuff, you know? Oh yeah, except  the said prodigy has dated 19 girls by the age of 17 and all of them are named Katherine. Intrigued?

I actually could not put it down and I cut short my night-time talking-on-the-phone ritual to finish it. Yeah, I’m a big talker. I’m an only child and I hate being alone so I make the best of technology and talk to people on the phone. Very frequently. For hours. I’ve had people fall asleep while talking to me on the phone far too often.

But you know what they say: there’s no better company than the company of books! (I don’t know if they actually say this, whoever they are, but I firmly believe they ought to.) Anyway, books are the best company, especially if you’re stuck on a plane. And especially this one. I don’t want to reveal much about the story because every page in this book is an adventure. It’s amazing because it isn’t extraordinary. Well, at least the story isn’t. I truly believe that the novel is brilliant because of its very simplicity. Of course I’m perfectly aware that this is a book for young adults and at almost-21, I’m officially a full-blown adult (Boo. 😦 ) but John Green has succeeded in making me enjoy this by not talking down, by being honest and by being intelligent. It’s such a sweet and very real book. Please read it.

So, congratulations, An Abundance of Katherines! You have gone down down in history as the very first book to receive this prestigious award! Just as I intended it! Woot!

I’m reading Looking for Alaska next. ^_^