Fond Memories of a friend


I started seeing a therapist because I want to know how to handle my grief and guilt of Yuri's passing. Most days, I doing good and then someday I feel the grief wash over me again. One of the few suggestions from the therapist was instead of writing about my guilt, maybe spend some time … Continue reading Fond Memories of a friend

Interviews again


I am looking for new job. I have been working with the same people for more than four years & similar products. Up until last year (when I got my residency), my job was crucial to get visas so I didn't bother looking for a new job. I didn't think about where do I see … Continue reading Interviews again

To Yuri, my best friend: I am sorry & I miss you


Trigger Warning: Suicide My best friend of 4+ years Yuri Reid took his own life on 17th August 2021. He was 25 years old. I wrote this letter to him as I grieved. Yuri, Marlowe & IUmang, Yuri, Marlowe & I: 2019Yuri & I : 2017Yuri & Marlowe Yuri, I am sorry buddy. I lost … Continue reading To Yuri, my best friend: I am sorry & I miss you

Post Play-writing workshop


Last Thursday was my final Play-writing workshop session. The session was held in-person at the Silo Theater head office in the city & was a welcome change to the regular Zoom sessions. The goal was to have a 10 page script table read by actors. There was no writing exercises or talk about writing concepts; … Continue reading Post Play-writing workshop

Play-writing workshop update


It has been a couple of weeks since I started attending play-writing workshop. Next Thursday will be the fifth & last session. The next session requires me to submit a 5 page script of my work. I am not looking forward to submitting it. My submission is going to be visible to everyone, not just … Continue reading Play-writing workshop update

TV Show: Ted Lasso (2020)


Ted Lasso is an Immigrant Story. I found myself remembering my first couple of days in NZ as I watched the first two-three episode of Ted Lasso. There are a lot of differences of course: Ted moved to a country with the same native language, a country whose people predominantly share his skin colour & he moved after he took a job.

(Reblog) The Right Side


Words from my older brother Navin about what his week looked like. : I suffered a stroke. The right side of my body lost all its movement. This includes not being to move my mouth, my face falling off with me trying to talk in front of my onlooking family. What should sound like ‘I … Continue reading (Reblog) The Right Side

Play-writing Classes


A month ago, I attended a screening of a play in a local theater & I loved it. Afterwards, I told my friend I would love to write a play one day. The next day I saw post from the theater about play-writing workshop & I immediately applied. I am ecstatic to say that I … Continue reading Play-writing Classes

My Writing Plans


At the end of last year, I made a resolution to produce more writing & improve my skills. I haven't followed through on my resolution because I don't feel motivated enough. I am plagued by doubts: what if my writing is not good enough? What if this blog is the best I could ever do … Continue reading My Writing Plans

Ben Howard makes me feel


Ben Howard is my favourite singer-songwriter. One whose songs leave me introspective & nostalgic. They start with a mesmerising guitar intro; enveloping his vocals as the lyrics are sung. His old albums Every Kingdom & I Forget What We Were featured songs I associate with morose & lonely places; and yet there is an ember … Continue reading Ben Howard makes me feel

Anniversaries III


For last year's post, check here Keeping up this tradition, this week : I have been living in New Zealand for 5 years.I have been blogging for 7 years.I have kept a biweekly post schedule on this blog for two years.I have been a NZ Resident for 6 months! (New) Aside from these milestones, I … Continue reading Anniversaries III

My First Surgery


Last Thursday afternoon, I had a surgery to remove a sinus in my lower back. I have been waiting for the surgery for a long time and, while the surgery was on a short notice, I had to get it done. My General Practitioner diagnosed the wound in my back as a pilonidal sinus back … Continue reading My First Surgery

Movies: The Cat Returns (2002)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp-H_YOcYTM Cat Returns (Japanese Trailer) Studio Ghibli has made multiple movies in which a young adult matures after being transported into a 'another' world. The young adult overcomes obstacles and finds answer to the question: who do I want to be/where do I belong?. 'Spirited Away' is one such movie. The Cat Returns (2002) is … Continue reading Movies: The Cat Returns (2002)

How I should write now


I have been running this blog for 6 years & change. At the onset of this blog, I published posts in rapid succession; followed by long periods of inactivity. In the last 2 years, I have adhered to a rhythm of posting biweekly on Thursday mornings. I have a list of ideas I write in … Continue reading How I should write now

Napier – Taupo DriveLapse


About a month ago, I went on a week long trip to Napier/Hastings - Taupo & back to Auckland. I decided to take a timelapse of my drives as I always loved looking at the roads when I drive. Here is the drivelapse from Napier to Taupo on the Thermal Explorer highway. https://youtu.be/ckYC9Y02veE Drivelapse Napier … Continue reading Napier – Taupo DriveLapse

Photography: Kinloch


Kinloch is my favourite place which is twenty minute drive from the heart of Taupo. I discovered this place 4 years ago & since then every time I pass Taupo I wanna come here. Taupo, on its own is majestic, but this beach town is secluded from the highway & the tourists. Kinloch beach & … Continue reading Photography: Kinloch

Programming: Blog Post Re-share Bot – part 2


For more information, look at my previous post. Again, this post will be heavily technical. In my last post, I had started work on my bot but I had issues. I wasn't sure if I wanted to use the bot to publish posts via Twitter or Reddit. I did not have a stable database or … Continue reading Programming: Blog Post Re-share Bot – part 2

Journey to Residency


FOR 20 months, my residency application was stuck in Immigration New Zealand's application queue. The system's glacial progress finally caught up with my application one month ago and a case officer started looking over my residency application. A week ago, I have been granted residency visa in New Zealand. I can't begin to tell you … Continue reading Journey to Residency

Fiction: Dragon & Princess


"SSHH.. It is not your fault." Sound of scales grating against the floor is heard in the empty hall. "They made you do this." The moonlight illuminated the hall just enough to see the body lying near the dais where an empty throne gathered dust. Tears sparkled against the moonlight on the boy's face as … Continue reading Fiction: Dragon & Princess

My Brother is engaged


ON 29th August, my older brother got engaged. Despite the Covid-19 restrictions in India, my family managed to make an occasion that they are rightfully joyous. Writing this post from the comfort of my home in New Zealand, I am conflicted between feelings of bliss for my brother, regret about not being there & apprehension … Continue reading My Brother is engaged

Guilt


It was February when a couple took over a vacant room in my previous 2 bedroom house. Immediately after moving in, they told me that they can't live with the cats I was cat-sitting: Odin & Osiris. I had a two week trip to India at the time so the cats were gonna be put … Continue reading Guilt

Game: Stardew Valley


I have written about pretty much aspect of my life and its passions: fictions, photography, programming & movies but I haven't written about how I spend most of my free time: playing games. To be honest, I never considered playing games an important part of my character. I would rage at losing while playing Rocket … Continue reading Game: Stardew Valley

Movies: Little Women (2019)


I have never read Louisa May Alcott's 1869 novel Little Women. The first time I heard of Little Women was on This American Life's episode #680. I did not know there had been 6 adaptations of the book but I knew of Greta Gerwig through her movie 'LadyBird'. It took a wonderful recommendation from FilmJoy … Continue reading Movies: Little Women (2019)

Programming: Blog post Re-Share Bot


Note: This post is a little bit technical and if I write any follow-ups to this, they will get more technical. I will try to make this as simple as I possibly. Also note: The Bot is not yet complete Paid version of WordPress offers the ability to install plugins. I am a free version … Continue reading Programming: Blog post Re-Share Bot

Fiction: #4 Eureka! (Reblog)


Something I wrote all the way back in 2014

It's Mayur Remember?

He had given up. Defeated, he leaned his head back in his bathtub.

His last completed screenplay was two years old. Two years. He had dry spells before but this was his driest yet. It was not as if he didn’t have ideas, they just weren’t good enough.

The ideas were nowhere close to his previous screenplays. His three previous screenplays were successful blockbusters, the last one earning him a national award. Fame came on the heels of the award as he became highly sought after.

As he laid in the tub, he realized he had peaked in his career. He would never make anything as good as what he did two years ago. Nothing was every going to good enough.

He tried things to get his brain working again. He got drunk, a little in the beginning and then a lot. He was almost hooked onto drugs until a…

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TV: Good Place Series Finale


It is difficult to sum up a multi season TV series. NBC’s The Good Place has the following (cheesy) synopsis on IMDB: Four people and their otherworldly frienemy struggle in the afterlife to define what it means to be good. - IMDB Here is my take: The Good Place was a brilliantly made show which tried … Continue reading TV: Good Place Series Finale

Lockdown Update


When this post would be published, NZ would have been under lockdown for a month. I have been working from home from my bed for the last 3 weeks. It is surprising to think that we are still in the 4th month of the year as this year feels so long. I went to India … Continue reading Lockdown Update

Movies: Parasite (2019)


In the last year, Bung Joon-ho's Parasite is a movie that I keep coming back to. Parasite might be the best economic class disparity movie I have ever seen. It is so tightly packed because of its absolute perfect direction and story that it is an absolute joy watching it and when the movie is … Continue reading Movies: Parasite (2019)

I wish someone had told me


People age. Everything grows old. I can see myself aging. I wish someone had told me how quickly everyone around me would age. I wish someone had told me before I moved to Auckland when I come back, I would notice the wrinkles more. Everyone who I looked up to while growing up has aged … Continue reading I wish someone had told me

Anniversaries II


See last year's post here. It has been four years since I moved to Auckland. I have been blogging for six years now. I have been posting on my blog on my blog over the last year in a pattern of one post every two weeks. I am really proud of myself. After six years … Continue reading Anniversaries II

House Chronicles


The following are a sequence of events which may or may not conclude by the time this post is published ( 30th January 2020 ). August or September 2019: My flatmate E tells me she wants to move September - November 2019: I stress myself thinking about having to move. Later E suggests that we … Continue reading House Chronicles

Lack of Motivation


I have written about the new things I am learning. Now, as time goes on I am finding myself struggling to keep myself motivated with those things. I am easy to distract, most things don't hold my attention. My slump has impacted me the most at work. For about 2 to 3 months, I have … Continue reading Lack of Motivation

Movies: Toy Story 4 (2019)


Credits: flickeringmyth Each Toy Story movies is unique as each presents a metaphor for different age milestone. First Toy Story dealt with teens/early twenties or college years. Toy Story 2 dealt with Woody undergoing a midlife crisis and questioning his life's purpose. Toy Story 3 dealt with the idea of retirement and the prospect of … Continue reading Movies: Toy Story 4 (2019)

Thoughts on a book: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (2018)


Grief is a hard thing to describe and write about. It is, I think, comparatively easy to write about when grief is thick like morning fog or when it leaves a strong taste in the mouth. It, when coupled with depression, gets harder to describe as most often when there is no feeling. It is … Continue reading Thoughts on a book: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (2018)

Fiction: Against the Caped Crusader


(A man and a woman are sitting in front of each other on a stage as the audience looks on and a couple of cameras pan across the stage. A massive sign behind the two people on stage says: 30Mins. The show goes on air and the audience starts applauding, the camera zooms in on … Continue reading Fiction: Against the Caped Crusader

Not Welcome


I have lived in Auckland for the last three and a half years. I love this city, and by extension this country. I have explored the city: found new places, food cuisines and occasionally new people. However, in the last year, Immigration New Zealand announced a flurry of changes which on paper looks like an … Continue reading Not Welcome

First Blog/Ephemeral Feelings


I needed to post something this week, but I didn’t have anything ready. So I decided to Reblog something that I wrote years ago.

It's Mayur Remember?

My first blog.

Mind any who is reading i have never wrote any thing like a blog before.
I just read a blog by a blogger Ephemeral Optimism before I wrote mine. Though his blog was very interesting about opinions, I couldn’t help but relate to his username.

A few days ago I was just ecstatic. I was practically dancing anywhere, hugging random people. All because I scored great grades in my exams(yes I am a nerd).

Now I am back to being normal. And mind you I am not saying normal is bad, but by comparison it is really sad. So much hard work, so much time and sweat and I become elated for a few hours only?

That is the thing which intrigues me. And I could probably imagine things further down the line in my life. Why are good or great things so ephemeral?

And being normal…

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The Waiting Game


When I applied for New Zealand residency visa in December, I had a plan. Apply : December 2018Wait the estimated time of processing: 6 months, i.e until June-July 2019. It will possibly get delayed, let's say by half the estimated time so 3 months of buffer time, i.e September 2019. Usually, for visas I am … Continue reading The Waiting Game

Dogs v Cats: Who pets it better?


Eight months ago, I moved houses to rent with a friend. My flatmate, E, happens to be cat sitting two sibling cats: Osiris and Odin. Come November, the two cats will move back in with their owner. I consider myself lucky: I have lived with cats in Auckland and a dog in Mumbai. This made … Continue reading Dogs v Cats: Who pets it better?

Harry Potter books and the mirror they hold


Image Credits: Scholastic Art is political. Ergo, books are also political. I have seen a lot of argument online about how authors shouldn't try to shove in their own political opinions into books. I don't think that is possible, as writing bares one's soul onto paper. An author is bound to throw in their political … Continue reading Harry Potter books and the mirror they hold

Photos: Karangahake Gorge


A couple of weeks ago I went to Karangahake Gorge, two hours west of Auckland. These are some of my favorite images from the day. The Gorge at midway point It was a beautiful day, bright sunny skies and lush green mountains. However, after editing, I liked the photos best when they were monochrome. My … Continue reading Photos: Karangahake Gorge

Fiction: I am going to Hell


First time I woke up after the surgery, my vision was blurry. I could still hear raging fire around me, but I didn’t feel any heat. I didn’t think too much about it.  The second time I woke up, I felt better. I looked around my bed to look for burned objects, but everything was … Continue reading Fiction: I am going to Hell

Macro Photography


Recently, I brought a bunch of mobile camera lenses. One of those lens was a macro lens, which allowed me to take photographs of objects 1-2 cm away from my phone. Here are some of the good ones results. A RoseAnts for sizeWhite roseSize view I also created an account on EyeEm, an social media/marketplace … Continue reading Macro Photography

Bring Down Heaven trilogy by Sam Sykes


This is not a book review. Sam Sykes's Bring Down Heaven deals heavily with the questions about faith, Gods who never answer and humanity’s need to have a being up in the sky. It also features heaps of exciting battles sequences and the city which despite being destroyed to the fullest always seem to have someone selling curry

Hamilton: Zuru Glow


Two months ago, I had my first solo driving trip. I had just acquired a new license and I wanted to celebrate. I drove to Hamilton for Balloons over Waikato’s Zuru Glow night . In hindsight, it is amusing that I drove to the same city I went three years ago when I had just … Continue reading Hamilton: Zuru Glow

Locked out


I was standing outside my room, a pizza box in my hand as I tried to call my AirBnB host after midnight. No answer. I was locked out. I was in Hamilton, it was my first solo trip after getting my license. ( I will post about my trip soon. ) The drive was great, … Continue reading Locked out

Short Story: New Career


‘This worked at home’ I looked inside the hat puzzled, ignoring my audience of impatient 8 year olds. There was supposed to be a deck full of Queen of Hearts in there. But, it was empty. I cocked my head sideways, frowning. How did this not work? I had enchanted the hat with all of … Continue reading Short Story: New Career

Blade Runner 2049 ( 2018 )


Also, after watching the original Blade Runner and then consequently watching this one, I am only going to talk about Blade Runner 2049. Also, this is not a review. I watched this movie partially when I was India but I couldn't immerse myself in it. The second time I watched it, I was able to. … Continue reading Blade Runner 2049 ( 2018 )

Shades of Loneliness


The library is a magical place. From time to time, I find truly remarkable books. Recently, I read Jessie Greengrass's An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It. I picked it as it was the only short stories collection I could find. I am glad I did. This … Continue reading Shades of Loneliness

Anniversaries


Three years. Five years. I have been living in Auckland for the last three years. I am not a guy to celebrate anniversaries but somehow this feels momentous to me My blog is five years old now. Five. If my blog was a kid they would probably be in school now. I am proud of … Continue reading Anniversaries

Photo Post: Foggy Morning


Last weekend, I was walking through Ponsonby, Auckland to meet a group of hikers. This morning was special, it was particularly foggy. I could hardly see more than a few meters in front of me even though the sun had risen half hour ago. I took this photo after sunrise around 8:30 am. Sunlight imbued … Continue reading Photo Post: Foggy Morning

I am learning to drive… finally


People are always shocked when I tell them that I don't know how to drive. It is almost unimaginable for people to live in Auckland and not drive everywhere. There are a lot of cars in this city. I have to explain it to them that I don't need it right now as I work … Continue reading I am learning to drive… finally

Conversation Starters: ‘How’s it going?’


I don't like that question. I hate asking or being asked the question, "How's it going?" It is a terrible conversation starter. I get it, meeting and talking to new people is pretty hard. Talking with acquaintances is even harder. So, it wouldn't be a surprise that it is pretty common conversation starter.  Almost everyone … Continue reading Conversation Starters: ‘How’s it going?’

What is my blog about now?


I completely overlooked the fact that my blog is 4 years old. I should have made a big deal of it considering how quickly my passions oscillate. I am astonished that I haven't let my blog die. For the past 4 years, I kept writing without any theme in mind. I wrote about my life, … Continue reading What is my blog about now?

With English Language


This post has been long overdue. I first thought about writing it when I was sitting in a bar with some of my friends. Half of us are non-native English speakers. I asked them, 'which language do you think in?' I wish the answers they gave me were revealing. They weren't, all of them thought … Continue reading With English Language

Taking photos is fun now


I have always enjoyed taking photos and a while back seriously considered buying a DSLR or a mirrorless camera. The only problem with such a purchase is the camera isn't as compact as I wanted it to be. I ended up buying the new OnePlus 5T. I am not going to review the phone, it … Continue reading Taking photos is fun now

Photo Challenge: Smile


I had to point my camera at something or someone that puts a smile on our face. Well, Zoey does that. She usually finds me when I am coming, she runs towards me: her feet clapping on the sidewalk and stops a meter away so that I have to get close to her to pet … Continue reading Photo Challenge: Smile

Musical Farewell


* Note: This post is more than a week late * Also, all people in this post are mentioned by their initials This was my fourth farewell in the last couple of weeks. I joked with P the other day, I am losing my friends. Some friends are leaving because they don't have a visa … Continue reading Musical Farewell

Parting


I met Rohit two years ago after I started my Masters. Today, he leaves New Zealand as I wait for my visa to come through. Through the past week, I have been thinking about how today might play out. What will we say to each other? Will I feel guilty about things working out for … Continue reading Parting

Tongariro Alpine Crossing


A year ago, when I had just met a new hiking group, I heard about Tongariro Alpine Crossing. I met people who were going to attempt the crossing with the group and I wanted to join her. I love hiking/walking and it would have been a great opportunity. But I didn't. For the last year, … Continue reading Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Midsummer Night’s Dream by Pop-Up Globe


Last week ( another long overdue post ), I had the pleasure of watching Pop-Up Globe's iteration of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. Having never watched any Shakespeare's plays, I was in for a treat. Featuring an all male cast, the play revolves around the events of a marriage, couple of fairies and two couples. Because … Continue reading Midsummer Night’s Dream by Pop-Up Globe

Photo Challenge: Silence, Duder Regional Park


I was out on a hike at Duder Regional Park, East Auckland. The place was great for oceanic/peninsular pictures. Here is one of them.   I walked with 60 people who were behind me. This peninsula is one of the Pā (a fortified site) in the region. As we sat for lunch, most people sat … Continue reading Photo Challenge: Silence, Duder Regional Park

Birthday Blues


My birthday was in November. Yes, this post is extremely late. When I was a child, I had the habit of counting the number of days to my birthday. I would literally start the day following my birthday and count the number of days till my next. I loved it. I received presents. Mom would … Continue reading Birthday Blues

2017 in Review


I expect things to always get worse. I have always greeted new year's with trepidation because I expect life to get harder. 2017 was a year where I always expected the other foot to fall. But now as I look back on the year, surprisingly it was relaxing. Sure, now that I recall, first quarter … Continue reading 2017 in Review

I host a meetup now


Well I co-host  the meetup but that's perfectly fine. I was just an attendee of the meetup till about 3 weeks ago. One time, the regular hosts couldn't make it and they asked everyone if someone would like to host it, I said sure why not? I mean how hard can it be? Next thing … Continue reading I host a meetup now

NaNoWriMo: Halfway Update


This is not my first NaNoWriMo. It is my third attempt, and the only time I succeeded in finishing my story was the very first year. I liked the story at the time, but if I read my words now I realize little in terms of a story. Last year I had no idea what … Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Halfway Update

I don’t wanna travel the world


Living in New Zealand, I have had the privilege of meeting a lot of people from different countries. The biggest advantage of meeting people is that most of them are/were traveling the world. The disadvantage of meeting people is that most of them are/were travelers. I remember a Belgian guy from the first group of … Continue reading I don’t wanna travel the world

Ramble On Book Launch


This last Sunday was Z.R.Southcombe’s “Ramble On” book launch and I was a part of it. I read an excerpt of my piece. I loved the entire event, it was simple and full of lovely people. Before arriving at the venue, I had to decide what part of my piece I was going to read. … Continue reading Ramble On Book Launch

About Glowworms


This last weekend I was in Raglan, a small cute little town along the west coast of New Zealand. I did a lot of things that I have never done before. I jumped off waterfalls, walked in a forest in the dark ( and made new friends? ). It was a great weekend. I had … Continue reading About Glowworms

MY NAME IS IN A BOOK!


Yes! My essay on hiking is published in a book. I can see my name in a list of contributors, can see my bio at the end of the book. My essay takes 4 pages among the last chapters. Nothing could have been better. How Did I get here? I follow Zee Southcombe on Twitter. … Continue reading MY NAME IS IN A BOOK!

House Concert


There is a bar near my house, Flight 605. I go there occassionally because they have host music gigs on Sunday. I have watched ( & heard? ) great Folk music there. Every single artisit had something unique in their gigs, Barrow Brass Band had songs 20min long, Sophie Mashlan played great guitar, Phil Edwards … Continue reading House Concert

Maybe I shouldn’t have complained


I lodged my first (minor) complain yesterday evening & I feel conflicted about it. I was on my bike as I was heading down Sandringham road. As far as I know, I didn't do anything illegal or stupid. I had a bag high-visibility cover on, I was riding in the bus lane (I am allowed … Continue reading Maybe I shouldn’t have complained

GovHack 2017: My First Hackathon


We had approximately 48 hours to use open data and create a hack (web app/ mobile app). This was never going to be easy considering: I don't know data science I didn't have a team when I registered Luckily, I knew the language I was going to work on: Javascript. In addition, I sporadically dabble … Continue reading GovHack 2017: My First Hackathon

How hard can it be? (New Plymouth-Paritutu Rock Edition)


(My weekend was not hard except this bit. Considering how much fun I had writing last week's post, I wanted to continue this. I might write an entire post about my New Plymouth trip later) 'Is it hard?' someone in the van asked. A guy, let's call him C had done it before with his … Continue reading How hard can it be? (New Plymouth-Paritutu Rock Edition)

How Hard can it be? (Ice Skating Edition)


If you are going to try something you have never tried before, a person is bound to tell you 'How hard can it be?'. That person might think that they are encouraging. It is either that or they want to watch you fail so bad that they can send your fail video to FailArmy.  My … Continue reading How Hard can it be? (Ice Skating Edition)

Religions in education?


'If I don't pray before the cross I get punished' my friend explained how his school in Delhi worked. He was in an Catholic school about 10 years ago. The last time I stepped inside a school was when my mom was working in a school and I had to pick up the house keys. … Continue reading Religions in education?

I Probably Shouldn’t Complain


Life has been tough recently. I am stressed (  because of my visa delay) and really fed up with my incessant problems. I said to my mom the other day on the phone: 'I never get anything done smoothly in my life!' Yesterday I met a friend who is almost my elder sister by now. … Continue reading I Probably Shouldn’t Complain

Weekend Coffee Share: Abrupt Changes


We haven't had coffee in a while. Mostly because I wouldn't have much to talk about. Sorry about that. I have not had the chance to talk to you about your life either. If we have met before, you would know that in my life things have a tendency to going wrong in a second. … Continue reading Weekend Coffee Share: Abrupt Changes

You never know you are doing, you just do it


I was talking to my friend past Friday. I was trying to start a PS3 console and it wouldn't start so I called him. While talking I mentioned that I am trying out 'Batman: Arkham City' game even though I have no clue what to do in it. It is at that moment he pretty … Continue reading You never know you are doing, you just do it

Daily Post: Slur (Fantasy Fiction)


(My plan was not to write stream of continued stories  but now with the help of daily prompt, I am going to try writing them. First story in the series: Glitter) 'Firde!!!' the Slurred Cat screamed. 'Wait what did he scream? Did he say fire?' Maddy asked. Before One Eyed Solomon could reply, they heard … Continue reading Daily Post: Slur (Fantasy Fiction)

Daily Post: Hideout (Fantasy Fiction)


(Unintentional continuation of Glitter fiction piece I wrote yesterday) 'What are we doing sir?' 'We are waiting Maddy.' One Eyed Solomon grumbled. No one knows why his name is One Eyed as he has both of his eyes. 'We are hiding aren't we sir?' Maddy said. 'No, we are waiting. We are looking for an … Continue reading Daily Post: Hideout (Fantasy Fiction)

Daily Post: Glittter (Fantasy Fiction)


'I wanna go out Dad!' 'Out? Did you say OUT?' Dad screamed back at his son. 'Yes dad. I am bored here, there is nothing to do. We are living on heaps of gold which is really uncomfortable to sleep over. I have not seen the sun or the moon in over 3 years.' 'What … Continue reading Daily Post: Glittter (Fantasy Fiction)

Gone Too Soon


Friday night was not just a party for some of my friends. It was a night to honor a good friend of theirs who sadly passed away. Early this week, I saw a friend's post on facebook remembering his friend, Jérémy, a young university student. Jérémy had passed away tragically with cardiac arrest. I was … Continue reading Gone Too Soon

Daily Post: Tremble (Science Fiction)


'How is my baby?' I ask the doctor. He looks like he is going to say something but then he stops. He looks away from me for a second while I wait for his face to show any sign of trouble. He is old, definitely more than 150 years old as his silicon skin has … Continue reading Daily Post: Tremble (Science Fiction)

Internship Monologues


PS: I got an internship recently, and this is how I feel everyday. Credits: The Mighty What are you doing? I am trying to understand this code. You have to admit it is way beyond your comprehension. No I got this. You will screw up. They will know you are a fraud. Shut up! You … Continue reading Internship Monologues

Daily Prompt: Craftmanship (War Fiction)


'Metal forging is a craft, a skill that one in every 100 men have. Sure, anyone can heat up metal but how to mold it into a sword or an armor: that is a skill. When to cool a metal and how much to beat it, these things can be only done by instincts. You … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Craftmanship (War Fiction)

Daily Prompt: Recognize (Fiction)


"Do you know who this man is?" Counselor Michaels asked the witness. It was a very important question as it will either make or break the case. However, the witness couldn't have been more unreliable. Joe Monley was a two time convicted felon, one for B&E and the other for manslaughter. He has been clean … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Recognize (Fiction)

Daily Prompt: Scent (Poetry attempt)


What is smell but a trap? Scented flower buds attract Killing bees and insects Unscented buds die hungry.     I have no idea why I tried this, but if you want to give feedback please feel free to do so. I would like to know what you think: even if you say this is … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Scent (Poetry attempt)

Daily Prompt: Replacement (Science Fiction)


'You are pregnant!' the monitor displayed with tiny GIFs of babies crawling sprawled across the screen like confetti. The screen thought it was a celebration. Tessa did not want to celebrate though. A baby meant work, lots of hard work and who does that these days. Amongst her sisters, only one had a baby and … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Replacement (Science Fiction)

Daily Prompt: Oversight (Fiction)


Nothing bad can ever come here. Last night's events were not oversight, but they were a result of complacency. How else can three vampires just waltz into Wolf town? Wolf town is the holy land for all kinds of wolfs all over the world. Werewolves, direwolves, siberian wolves and so on. Sometimes even Huskies are … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Oversight (Fiction)

#100DaysofCode challenge: These guys made my week!


I have enjoyed coding a lot since coming to Auckland. I had a lot of time in my hands, ample resources to learn and now I am always keen on coding. I just don't know what to code: I don't have any project in mind. One day, reading an article on Design.blog I stumbled on … Continue reading #100DaysofCode challenge: These guys made my week!

Identity Crisis


A couple of months ago, I was debating in my university team on minimum wage. The opposite side debated that minimum wage should stay as it helps establish identity. I remember the moment clearly when the opposite side argued 'a person's identity is associated with what they do for a living'. I rebutted against their … Continue reading Identity Crisis

Manan Pandya’s Guest Post: How Lonely are we?


Thank you so much Manan for agreeing to guest post on my blog. He wrote an awesome and insightful post about human conditioning and loneliness and here it is: There comes a time in everyone’s life when we sit down, far away from the world and its people, lost in the thoughts of how truly … Continue reading Manan Pandya’s Guest Post: How Lonely are we?

Guest Blogger: Manan Pandya Interview


A while ago, I posted a Call for Guest Bloggers, Megan from ‘Invisible World‘ responded. She found me on Community Pool from Daily Post.  Currently she is one of the contestants for the upcoming #NaNoWriMo and obviously she wrote fiction. Her long form fiction is amazing, particularly because she wrote about immortals and I love […]

Daily Prompt: Exquisite Art (Fiction)


'What is stolen?' the curator exclaimed. Security guard swallowed, remembering that it was her job to keep The Pandora safe in the museum. After all, it was the only painting in the world which can be spread 360 degree. Now, someone had stolen it.   'Hey bro!' the street beggar called out to the passing … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Exquisite Art (Fiction)

Daily Prompt: Unseen Hero (Fiction)


'How could no one seen a thing?!' Lieutenant Copper exploded. The two sergeants in front of Copper had never heard their lieutenant speak like this. Copper was a nimble man, full of courtesy and diplomacy. No other man had stayed in charge for as long as Copper has and that is because of how he … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Unseen Hero (Fiction)

Daily Prompt: Cling (Fiction)


The smell clung to his self. He could never wash it out, no matter how many times he tried to wash his clothes. He tried to eradicate it out of his self by trying different techniques, by using the ways of his victims. He traded perfumes from some of the best manufacturers of the world. … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Cling (Fiction)

Daily Prompt: Shine


The light that shines brightest burns fastest Chanakya kept thinking of the line in his mind since morning. He was scared. He had played his hand and now his gamble might backfire on him. Definitely result in some firing. He had no choice but to put one foot after another. He had to pretend that … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Shine

Daily Prompt: Infinite (Fiction)


'Do you know that the hummingbird's wings make the infinite sign while flapping? No? It is one of the lines from that movie where the guy aged in reverse. Wonderful movie, a little slow for my pace though.' Adil nodded. He knew that movie 'Curious Case of Benjamin Button'. He had seen it a couple … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Infinite (Fiction)

I figured out time at the end of 2016

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Or at least I think so. One of the good things in 2016. I reached the realization a while ago but only recently while reading one of the Discover posts, I was able to put my thoughts into words. As soon as I hit 'Post Comment' I knew I had an explanation to my obsession … Continue reading I figured out time at the end of 2016

Weekend Coffee Share: Graduation Week


If we are having coffee, I will talk all about my week. It was full, filled with different people of different background and different perspectives. It also was the week when I graduated with a Masters of Engineering. The past weekend has been one of the best weekends so far. It was filled with great … Continue reading Weekend Coffee Share: Graduation Week

I wish I had a dragon


To Anyone who says Disney movies are for kids, You are wrong. They are not solely for kids. I have always enjoyed them, although I am one of the adults who love to watch great visuals on a screen. Disney or any animated movie for the matter have more than great visuals going for them, … Continue reading I wish I had a dragon

A year in AUT


A year ago, I was in Mumbai working 9 hours a day and secretly trying to get my visa sanctioned. I had kept my Masters' plans secret from my colleagues. I would frequently call my brother whenever I needed some advice about my visa or about my job. No one really tells you how hard … Continue reading A year in AUT

Diwali In Auckland


(PS: that is not my home, it is my neighbors') To me, Diwali is the festival of food, particularly sweets. Families all over would create  culinary masterpieces and the very air would be infused with myriad aromas. When Diwali is passes by my house would be filled with lots of food, boxes of sweets. The … Continue reading Diwali In Auckland

Fiction: At the races


Chris sat at the stall, waiting for Selena to show up. The race was about to start and she was nowhere to be seen, it was her idea to spend the Sunday on a racetrack. They arrived at the scene together but then she said she needed to use the loo. Now, half hour later, … Continue reading Fiction: At the races

End Panic


(PS: I use my blog less frequently than I used to. Now, it is more a therapeutic measure than a sharing platform. I write on the days when I am sad, today I am sad about a small thing that I couldn't do anymore. A post is due about my events in AUT and I will get … Continue reading End Panic

Rejections


Imagine yourself on the penultimate step of the staircase. You are almost at a new level, representing a new world in itself. How you reached that spot is another story, worthy of its tale. However, if you don't reach the final step, something which often happens in my life, it can be because of two … Continue reading Rejections

Why so….happy?


Recently, partly because of my newfound 'Yes' attitude and my friend's insistence, I ended up at a meditation workshop arranged by people from Hare Krishna Temple, Auckland in University of Auckland. The person conducting the workshop did a good job, outlining the various religious reasons as to why a certain meditation is performed. I know … Continue reading Why so….happy?

Who is this guy?


7 months. Without family, with only an hour long conversations with people who I utterly love. And now, this morning I realized I no longer can recognize myself. Mumbai would be a place of comfort. Where I would say 'no' more than I draw breath. No to cooking, no to cleaning, no to socializing, you … Continue reading Who is this guy?

Fiction: Waiting for a Train


'He will be here, his letter said so.' Maduram said. Sindhu, the station master observed Maduram sceptically. Madhuram was old, looked frail, he should not be out on a cold night without any warm clothes. His threadbare kurti and lungi could scarcely provide warmth, his shawl looked older than Madhuram. Regardless Maduram was here waiting for an … Continue reading Fiction: Waiting for a Train

Poem: Trying too Hard (NZ National Poetry Day 2016)


Inspired by a recent Meetup I just went to & today's Daily Prompt challenge: Obvious. I decided to try poetry for the day.   Trying too hard you say, Mockery spurns away. Why is this such a bad thing? Everyone wants to fit in. It is easy for many to find their places, others struggle … Continue reading Poem: Trying too Hard (NZ National Poetry Day 2016)