habits, writing

How to Write Every Day – My Journey As a Writer

How to write every day

How to write every day? Many of us — aspiring writers, bloggers, freelancers, product marketeers on social media — ask this question every day.

I am going to share with you my journey as a writer so far, how I developed a daily writing habit, and a few tips that have worked for me to minimize distraction. That is all. I cannot — no one can — tell you what to do exactly to write every day as everyone’s system is different. 

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life choices, psychology

How to Make a Bad Day Better

How to Make a Bad Day Better

 

Some days are harder than others. Everything seems to fall apart on these days.

I could not sleep last night. At 2:50 am, the hour of deepest sleep, I woke up when an intruding mosquito buzzed in my ear. I went to the bathroom, came back, drank some water, and lied down. I was drowsy and it hurt to keep my eyes open. But the first step to sleep was killing the mosquito. After many desperate attempts, I took its life away.

Meanwhile, the brain kept at its activity. The ideas of my mother about me encroached me from all directions. If I think about me the way she does, I start believing that my life is doomed. Then I judged the nooks and corners of my romantic relationship.

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travel

The Lush Green Vietnam and Its Temples – Vietnam Photo Album

vietnam photo album

 

As promised in the photo diary of the bustling street life and delicious food of Vietnam, I am back with a photo album of lush green Vietnam and its temples.

Certain days at work, when I sit in a room and work from my desk for hours at a stretch, these photos make me feel that I am out in the green, running with the water stream, or bathing in the sunshine, or singing with the rain, or listening to the tall waterfall falling over the stones, or fine-tuning with the birds that flew above my head under the vast blue sky of those foreign lands.

Do you also long for a place that you visited in the past when you look at your travel photos? Do you still feel connected to that place?

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travel

Bustling Street Life and Delicious Food of Vietnam – In a Photo Diary

photo diary

Vietnam was alive.

With blue skies and bustling streets.

With bowls full of colorful noodle soup in which greens and mushrooms dived in.

With ladies serving soup on the street side and road junctions while sitting on the smallest stools you could ever imagine.

With the Bánh Mì sandwiches that erupted into my taste buds and the beautiful blend of the Vietnamese coffee served with condensed milk.

With the death that lingered in the war museums that crushed me to the core and I took days to recover.

With the long-curvy rides in the toiletless buses to reach one city from another.

With the streets crowded with millions of red, blue, green scooters that must have looked like crawling painted ants when seen from the top.

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emotional intelligence, philosophy

Friedrich Nietzsche: How to Choose Between Ambition and Happiness?

Ambition and Happiness

After an hour or two of the daily evening walk, I tell myself that I should go back home and read. But sometimes, I want to keep walking with my friend. I want to sleep at 4 am after Netflixing zombie movies back to back. I want to wake up late and then write and let the day design its own schedule.

But during those zombie movies, I keep looking at the watch. The MacBook throws the battery low warning but I don’t plug in the charger as I want the computer to sleep its natural course. And then we can sleep too. But then we stay awake some more and talk about our lives.

As every hour passes by, I realize that my waking up time is getting shifted by one hour and that I had to sleep early and start the next day with a fresh run in the morning. But I continue the conversation as that was what I wanted to do in that moment.

And the next day, when I start writing at 11, I brood over the valuable time that I lost by getting up late.

Why can’t we do what we want to do when we want to do?

Why do we think about the future — the most uncertain and unpredictable   and not about now?

What do we want out of life?

Why do we wait for Sundays to lunch with our family? 

Why do we make a house and live in it and go to the office and come back to do the same all over again?

 How do we choose between ambition and happiness?

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culture

25 Tips for Learning a Foreign Language

Tips for Learning a Foreign Language

 

Learning a language is a popular bucket list item.

Do you know why?

I would start by telling you that if you know a foreign language, you can travel to that foreign land and even work there and construct your life there. Like if you learn French, you can go to South America, Mexico, Spain, France, and even parts of Switzerland.

You would say that even if I don’t know a language, I can visit any country. So, taking you to the larger picture.

Language is the brain of its culture. It integrates us with its people, their thoughts and beliefs, their religion and festivals, their literature and movies, their jokes, and routine lives.

It makes us understand who they are.

After landing in Chile — the land of notoriously bad Spanish — I had started conversing in Spanish in a couple of weeks. I continued feeling like a foreigner but as I started understanding more Spanish, I got integrated into the lives of the people around me.

Once you know more than one language, your ability to learn another language is even higher; you are aware of more sounds, twists, and turns of the tongue, alphabets, words, and ideas. But most importantly, you develop the ability to switch your thoughts into a different language as soon as someone starts speaking it. You become smarter.

Hell, Homo Sapiens could coordinate and overpower the entire world of animal species, in their own habitat, with the power of language and myths and stories.

Got enough reasons to learn a foreign language?

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culture

Our Sedated Attention: Is Social Media the Drug?

social media the drug

The intent of social media was faster communication, information and opinion sharing, and to connect with people.

Soon, social media took over, adding its own nuisances to the ones it had to fix, generating more need for social media — the worst vicious cycle.

Soon is basically 1997 to 2006 — from the world of Six Degrees, a social networking site to Facebook, which needs no description.

Facebook and Twitter bombed the internet in 2006.

We have stayed on a data plan, since then.

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life choices, philosophy, self help

15 Things We Care Too Much About

we care too much

In today’s noisy world, choosing what to care about is important.

Our brain neurons still keep sending messages even when we want to stop thinking. Sometimes, it is impossible to control our thoughts.

We hang out with our friends on a Wednesday evening or a Saturday night. We listen to music or Netflix or drink — to take our mind off things we do not want to think about, anymore.

Imagine — if we could be in that chill phase all the time. If we could block the redundant noise.

We think about two kinds of things:

  1. The ones that are important
  2. And the ones that are not

Unimportant things cloud our mind like the winter fog. Except that they never clear out even when the sun shines out our window.

Here is some of the fog that we can lift.

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life choices, philosophy

20 Life Lessons We Can Learn From Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin needs no introduction.

We all have heard about him but I am not sure how much we really know about his life and activities.

A thinker, inventor, scientist, publisher, writer, diplomat, advisory, soldier, founder of hospitals and libraries, designer of bills, member of the assembly, and more.

You might have skimmed through these words without actually reading them.

I do the same when I read about someone great on Wikipedia — they always seem to have accomplished so much in different areas.

But when you read about their personal life, sometimes their autobiography, you understand that they were also humans like us. You start relating to them.

Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography was one such read.

His disciplines and manners — if practiced — can really shake up the current world and our restless generations.

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life choices, philosophy, self help

Why Starting Over is the Answer Sometimes and How to Do it?

starting over

I went to Chile in July 2016.

Going to South America was the best decision of my life. That vibrant continent added an additional layer in my personality. It was like discovering rosemary suddenly.

I learned so much in those nine months that I would not have in many years in my home country — India.

I started speaking a new language — Spanish, made friends from all over the world, taught English, lived with complete strangers from different continents, ended up loving them, experienced the Latin American culture closely, traveled to places that I had no idea existed, and met people who continue to love me.

The Spanish accent in Orange is the New Black was the initial pull but there is a difference between the fictional world and the real one. In fiction, everything looks glamorous. In reality, it is not.

Except that it was.

South America gave me a new energy and a new outlook.

I did not know all of this when I left. Then why did I leave?

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