Change is a bitch. But it’s necessary.

Almost a year and a half since I wrote my last post on The Idler Channel, I finally made the reappearance on the blog space, not just as a reader. While I would have loved to continue writing on this page, I desperately needed a change of scene, a fresh start with some fresh thoughts to pour out. Hope to see you all on my new page Live Love Learn.

I made a lot of friends through The Idler Channel and I hope that you will all love the new page just as much 🙂

Happy blogging



A laughable rejection

So I’ve now reached this point where unemployment is beginning to kick right into my consciousness. I think, for the worst part, it’s been rather overwhelming to hop from company to company, talk to different people asking for recommendations and facing the inevitable ‘no-responses’. 

Hey but don’t feel too bad. There’s one thing an idler can always be good at. Enjoying the phase of being idle. Yeah well there is that point that pocket money from your parents can never come to you forever. There’s that inglorious feeling of not wanting to spend their money (although they say it’s all yours as well) on all things you wish to do. 

Although there’s one person who’s ridding me off my misery. Elizabeth Gilbert. Such a coincidence that I chance on her book Big Magic right when I need a little magic to do the trick for me as well. It’s not exactly a guide to feel better in the face of unemployment. But it does put a smile on my face with every turning page. Creative living- well a little fearless creativity can help everyone. If you haven’t read it yet, well give it a shot. The woman might really be a magician. 

So here I am, smiling away right after reading my very first rejection letter. Doesn’t seem any different from the ‘no responses’ actually. But what the hell, they’re not running away from me for too long! *wink wink*

Over 2 months

Can’t imagine the last I’d posted was over 2 months ago! But you know what they say about best friends… you can just catch up from where you left, even if it’s been a ten year gap! Thankfully, I made up my sleepy mind to write this post and only then hit the rock!

However, these 2 months haven’t really been merciless on me, taking me on a guilt trip for having not blogged. Instead, the past two months have gone by, swiftly capturing some of the life changing moments for a lot of people.

Well, I turned a year older and saw a lot of mixing – of relationships, cultures, emotions, anticipations. It’s funny how things change and with each transforming moment, we hold onto something or the other that’s more than dear to us – freedom, a daughter, a family, a career or something else.

Well, I’d love to elaborate on that thought but it’s going to take a lot of ‘reflecting-on-myself’ which I’m turning down from for a bit. But as long as the past two months stay fresh in my mind, I’m not really going to run out of topics.

Until next time 🙂

Our little coffee conversation

Imagine we’re sitting at a coffee shop, catching up after a really long time. I haven’t exactly made the effort to keep in touch with you. I’m really not the sort who does. But you should know it’s not that I forgot about you. It’s just that I’d rather brief you up on my life since we met last while I sit facing you than over a phone call or through texts.

Anyway, distance always brings hearts closer and that’s why I have no problem catching up with you from where we left it last. It’s been a couple weeks I suppose. Nothing much has changed except for the fact that I’m currently on the brink of a self revelation. I’ve realized I get way too blown away by mesmerizing words and enchanting conversations, which is actually not the real problem. The real problem is when I get the time to ponder over those conversations and realize that I’ve just been obsessing about the person because I’ve really never met someone like that before. Someone who takes life so literally and tries to interpret every word, punctuation, tone and the emotion of whatever I say!

In the beginning it all seems wonderful! He let me know that I can understand whatever he says and that very few people can actually do that! Me being me, gets what? That’s right… BLOWN AWAY! He explained to me how well we’ve bonded in a short time and I, for some good reason seemed to agree! Well, yes there was definitely a bond! That bond made sure I knew what to say to him, how to say it and when exactly to say it. Brilliance of the adaptability character that I actually love showing off!

Yeah, I know, you’ve stopped sipping your coffee… it’s become really cold and mine has to! You’re waiting for me to get to the worst part, so I’ll do that, right after I’ve asked the waiter for a refill.

So, where was I? Right. The bond. Now, this ‘bond’ wasn’t the same for him. I never got understood when I said anything. Most of the time there was something or the other being misinterpreted and then began the saga of countless interrogations and explanations. “What did you mean when you said that?” or “You know, I don’t quite like what you said!” At first, I thought it’s me. Maybe I can’t communicate. But now I don’t think that’s the problem. When I felt that this person was so different that he would take life so literally and I could get blown away by whatever he said, I thought (and that was probably a little naïve of me) that I could do it too. I’d say whatever came to mind and I finally have someone sitting in front of me who’d take it in and would not judge me for saying it. But as always, I get blown away too far and finally hit a wall… BAMM!!

Yeah, well, laugh all you want. I hope you choke on your hot coffee!

Bottom line, I started talking to a guy, an acquaintance actually. I thought this guy’s different. He’s random and funny and that’s awesome! Above all, he’s a clear glass (at least that’s what he says). And when I tried to be the clear glass for him to see through, he just decided to make me a mirror instead and look at his own ‘clear’ reflection through it! Not exactly a bond there, is it?

Well, good timing! Coffee’s done. But I’m definitely up for another round! So, what’s new with you? 🙂

Eat Sleep Write

The other day, while in conversation with my sister and her hubby, the unavoidable topic of what I do on a regular basis came up. Yeah, sometimes it does intrigue people how much someone would love being an idler. However, the reason I call myself that is still not quite understood by everyone, hence the question – What do you do all day as an idler?

So I came up with this three worded answer that not only they found hilarious but has to an extent put an end to the recurrence of that question as well! Incidentally, today’s Writing 101 assignment required me to write about what I do when I don’t write. So I decided to write a little about what I do all day – Eat Sleep Write.

I mean it. That’s practically my daily routine in a nutshell. Does it get tiring? Well, there’s plenty entertainment a lazy one could ask for so there’s nothing that tires me or bores me as such. So what do I do when don’t write? I eat and sleep. There are occasions when between the eating and sleeping, I’d decide to probably go out for a ride, while running some outdoor errands, or I’d catch up with a few friends reminiscing the good ol’ school or college days. Since I write content for a few companies, I decide to pay an impromptu visit to their offices and do what I’m best at – get the place dancing! 😛

But most of the time, being lazy charges me up! 🙂


So how do I reset and refresh back to my dashboard? Well, taking a break from writing is hard enough as it is. So each time I decide to cut short the break, I find myself refreshed enough to write again. It’s like an addiction – the longer you stay away from it, the more enchanting it gets when you go back to it (I hope I’ve made the right analogy).

Coming back to Eat Sleep Write, I’m no wannabe Elizabeth Gilbert! I don’t think I’m even a quarter of what she is. But yes, the title of this post has definitely been inspired by the one of her memoir!

Many a time, I’ve been criticized for being extremely and annoyingly involved with my writing and by extension, glued to my laptop. I wouldn’t deny it. But I wouldn’t say I feel sorry about it either. This is all the time I have, perhaps! Writing 101 also asked me what gives me balance in life – the answer would again be Eat Sleep Write. I know this situation is probably temporary. But isn’t every situation so?

As of today, I get all the sleep I want, I eat all the food I can and I write whatever comes into my mind and that’s the best balance my life’s ever had!

PS: it’s been quite an up and down week since I decided to give into the incessant requests of my loved ones to “just put the laptop aside and stop being anti-social”. Turns out, I fell in love with blogging even more – so Booyah! 😀

The Infinity Dreams Award

This morning, as I started off with my regular routine beginning with coffee and moving onto WordPress, I happened to receive a notification from Arpita, an amazing blogger and a beautiful person who writes for Scribbles@Arpita and has also published a novel titled Bound by Life.

She nominated me for the Infinity Dreams Award and I accept it with heartfelt gratitude and honor! Thank you so much for this nomination Arpita and I urge all my fellow bloggers to head right away to her blog and enjoy her brilliant reads!Award

The rules go like this: 

1.Thank and follow the blog that nominated you.

2.Tell us 11 facts about yourself.

3.Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.

4.Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them.

11 facts about me:

  1. I started off with public speaking and everyone around me knew I was going to end up being a reporter right in front of the camera. But I’ve just found out that that’s not what I want and I feel writing is the best thing that has ever happened to me!
  1. I’ve been told on one hand, that I’m way too mature for my age (which I guess is said in a good way) but on the other hand they say I must “act” my age more often. I don’t know what they really mean by “act” my age ‘coz that’s practically impossible!
  1. People call me a Grammar Nazi but I realized off late that I make at least ten grammatical and many more punctuation mistakes in a paragraph I write!
  1. When I’m frustrated about something and I let it out while talking, people would often mistake my tears to be a sign of my weakness… but whenever I pour out the same frustration into a post, no matter how hard I cry, readers still consider me a strong person! 🙂
  1. I had a plan for after graduation – apply for a reporter’s job at a local newspaper, work for a year or two and then apply for higher studies. But as of now, none of it seems to be working out! Thank God! 😛
  1. I’m the second child in my family, which means I’m subject to stressful situations by default… If I speak in favour of my logical mother and get praised in return, I am the pampered one. And if I support my older sibling, it means I’m being influenced. Well, basically, after 22 years of my life, I would completely agree if a 2 year old told me I didn’t have a mind of my own! 😛
  1. I didn’t know I’d ever fall in love with writing! I never saw that coming. But now, my days are beautiful and nights are warm. I hope I never leave it!
  2. I can drink coffee, tea, redbull, water, soda, and anything else you’d give me if you said I won’t be sleeping after having it. I’m a heavy sleeper but I don’t enjoy sleeping! I always feel the need to be in unvarying consciousness and experience every single thing big and small! I know… I don’t get it either!
  1. I love reading… but not romantic novels. Anything else can be savored with a lot of enjoyment!
  1. I love watching movies of Robbin Williams! Always had a way of story-telling… his expressions were so catchy! Of all, my favorites are Patch Adams, Good Will Hunting and Jumanji!
  1. I hope that someday I’d be able to write a book. Don’t know what I’d write about or who I’d write about. But there’s just that one sincere wish in the tiny corner of my mind! Hope it does work out! 🙂

In response to Arpita’s 11 questions, these are my answers:

  1. Tell me, in one sentence, what is your blog about?

The Idler Channel is an escape route into a world where it’s not important to have a specialty to yourself and you can be everything and nothing at the same time!

  1. Who is your best friend?

I do have a constant friend – she’s been with me through middle school and contuse to be the only friend without whom I can’t get through a week! I don’t know if she’s the best friend I have, ‘coz I don’t know how to describe what best is… but she’s my constant and I love her way too much! 🙂

  1. Do you have pets?

No! Although I do want to, at some point in my entire lifetime, have a dog – a Golden Retriever – who’ll be called Fudge! 😀

  1. If you could meet one person from any period in history (it may even be fictional), who would it be?

Charlie Chaplin

  1. What is the sweetest thing someone ever did for you?

Well, my Mom took the trouble of giving birth to me while she almost died… that’s pretty sweet! 🙂

  1. Which were the best years of your life – childhood, youth or whichever age you’re now?

Can’t choose… but I guess each phase of my life had some pretty beautiful memories that I’d want to keep forever!

  1. Do you suffer from any kind of phobia?

I guess not!

  1. Can you spend the day without looking at the clock?

It did take me a long time to get to a no-watch phase which I’m successfully continuing but I think I do need to know the time at least at one point in a day!

  1. Which is the cutest animal that you’ve ever seen for real?


  1. Do wishes come true?

Depends… that’s where your head bangs a wall that stands in between being realistic and unrealistic!

  1. The last but not the least, the classic one: Love is ……………

A feeling that begins from me and ends at me 🙂

I further nominate 11 wonderful bloggers: 

  1. Only 100 Words
  2. A Lady & Gaming
  3. A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales
  4. Sarah’s Attic of Treasures
  5. Zen and Π
  6. Poetic Travel Guy
  7. My Enduring Bones
  8. Edwina’s Episodes
  9. Homesteading on 4D Acres
  10. harksie
  11. Musings on Whatever

My 11 questions for the chosen ones are:

1.If you get a chance to take out one word from the Oxford (or any other) dictionary, what would that word be?

2. Do wishes come true?

3. Has trusting another ever taken a toll on you or has it been awarding? (you can answer with just “taken a toll” or “awarding”)

4. If you could meet one person from any period in history, who would it be?

5. Out of a scrapbook of personal memories, a handwritten book of stories and the last ever published copy of your favourite novel, what’s that one thing you’d save, had your house or any space you keep these stuff in, was burning down?

6. What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when I say the word ‘Candle’?

7. How would you spend a typical weekday?

8. If there’s one ‘Why?’ you’d want to ask the universe, what’s it about?

9. “Writing can help revive life” – what or who would you want to revive with your writing?

10. Would you want to or have you ever published a novel. What’s that about?

11. Words are ……….?

This is probably the longest post I have and am ever going to publish! But I would definitely love to see all the nominated ones participate!

Thank you once again to the one who nominated me!

Happy blogging! 🙂

Anytime, Anywhere…

Writing, I believe, is as delicate an attribute to life as are emotions and at the same time, they’re both necessary to each other. When I’m emotional, I like to write. It’s better than verbal outbursts! Honestly, ever since I started writing for The Idler Channel, I’ve become a quieter person. Well, at least for some, that’s good news (Y)!

So, coming to ‘where’ I like to write – just about anywhere, as long as I’m in the accompaniment of my laptop or perhaps any digital device. I’m not that good with ‘hand- writing’ so I’d rather prefer typing it out – I know, I’m quite traditionally challenged 😛

Coming to my writing habits – I’m pretty much a night owl but there are times when I need to force myself to write through the night. Those days I just put myself to sleep and wake up to a refreshing cup of morning coffee while sitting across my laptop with a view of the rising sun. It’s beautiful!

typewriter-beachBut there’s one thing that remains constant to my writing – good music! If I don’t have music, I can’t write. It may be a writer’s limitation but hey, we all have weaknesses – soothing instrumental music, preferably played on is my weakness! And I love it!

There are unavoidable distractions every now and then. Like when mom comes in asking for help with laundry just when I’m ready to dispense the words out into my post. Or when my sister, who as of now is an enthusiastic-cutlet ‘coz her wedding’s around the corner, starts cribbing about the fact that I’m not as excited as she is! She knows it isn’t true but she’s always been at the threshold that divides adulthood and childhood, so it’s a normal thing to allege! Awww… the poor hubby 😛

But at times, I fear not having these little irritations around… I  believe that if I choose just one particular space as the only place I can write in, writing would become a monotonous, to-be-done job and I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I do now!

This post is in response to Writing 101’s Day 6 assignment. I’d like to add that Writing is wonderful and anything wonderful can happen anywhere and at anytime! 😀

I often wonder if I’ve become a little too dependent on Writing 101 for my daily inspirations and posts. I fear what it’s going to be like once the course is over! So, help me out guys! There’s a poll at the end of this post with some options of the stuff I’d like to write about someday. Now that most of you have scavenged through my blog, what’s more you’d like to read from the Idler?