25 Feb 2016

What’s the Guarantee?

Some people are one of a kind to an extent that even their family members and friends are scared to approach them. You never know what they will come up with at any moment of the day. Hancy, yes the same Hancy who owned the jewellery shop on the 5th Street, was one such person. Guarantee was his repelling word, he would ask for the guarantee of anything and everything you cannot imagine.

I know you won’t believe what Hancy did that night, but everyone was proud of him since that incident.

It was closing time and as usual Hancy was busy tallying accounts from the cashier. In a spur of the moment someone broke into the shop and shut off the lights. Hancy and the cashier went straight down on the floor to save their lives. Here’s the conversation between Hancy and the robber.

“Lie still on the floor... Don’t try play smart... And you there, fill in this bag with all the jewellery and cash. I give you 5 minutes.” The robber was extremely swift. The cashier followed the robber’s instruction.

“There’s no use of all this Mr... ,” Hancy said trying to look up at the robber.

“You shut up and lie there.”

“You are simply wasting your time. This is of no use,” said Hancy trying to be little louder and confident.

“Get up on your knees! What do you mean?” Hancy’s thought seemed to have trickled down in the robber’s mind leaving him a little uncertain.

“Do you know that nowadays we have to sell jewellery with a secret nano chip embedded? This means it can be tracked anywhere on the globe.”


“Yes. But what’s the guarantee that the chip won’t fail? So in case the chip stops working, there’s a backup in the chip which alerts the police whenever someone tries to break the jewellery or melt it.”

“Don’t try to fool me! And you there... be quick,” the robber said pointing out to the cashier.

“Ok. Don’t believe me. But what’s the guarantee that you will be able to escape from here? What if someone has seen you breaking in? And what’s the guarantee that the security camera installed outside on the pavement hasn’t watched you. These days the cams are monitored closely. What’s the guarantee that the police won’t be arriving here any moment?”

“Ah!!! You stop your guarantee thing or I’ll shoot you.”

“Don’t be foolish. I have shooting sensors installed in my shop which immediately inform the police in case someone fires in the shop.” Seeing the robber little distracted Hancy quickly pressed the emergency dial key on his mobile which was linked to the local police station.

“What’s taking so much time? Just dump in all the cash quickly.” the robber snarled at the cashier and he fired a shot at the floor. The cashier started putting anything he could lay his hands upon including the stationary and bills. Meanwhile the police were listening on the other end.

“Why did you shoot? The police will be here any moment now.” As Hancy finished saying this a police jeep went past the shop, but luckily didn’t stop. The robber started cursing himself.

“And in case you manage to get out of the shop, what’s the guarantee the police won’t tag you using the GPS chip in the jewellery? What if you are shot in a chase? Even if you manage to sell this and make money somehow, what’s the guarantee that you won’t die before you can even enjoy the loot money? Maybe someone can loot you. There’s no guarantee that you will be able to enjoy this theft. Listen to me and quickly leave the shop.”

No matter how determined the robber was when entering the shop, Hancy had managed to shake his confidence. He swiftly fled from the shop without waiting for a moment. But the poor trembling robber wasn’t so lucky. The only guarantee Hancy had today was that the police would be waiting outside for his guest and indeed they were.

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14 Feb 2016

Untold Stories of Love | My 2nd Self-Published Book

Happy Valentine's Day!

These are not-so-pink love stories, not the happily-lived-ever-after ones. Here are stories that talk about love as is, no cosmetics.

Happy to share with you my second self-published short stories book, Untold Stories of Love.

Get Your Copy(Free):http://bit.ly/1Lok7NM

Don't forget to share your review/rate the book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29094072-untold-stories-of-love

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11 Feb 2016

Break the Writing Myth: Planned Writing vs. Inspired Writing?

This can really be a topic of endless debate: "Can writing be studied or are writers born?" Both are true in their own contexts.

"I don't think I can write better. No matter what I do, that moment of inspiration never comes to me. Maybe writing is not for me."

Many writers have given up on writing after encountering such thoughts and succumbing to them.
Inspiration in writing is not 24/7, otherwise no one will be ever able to complete what he/she has been inspired to write.

Inspiration is like a seed which must be sown, watered and manured with planned efforts.

And what are these planned efforts?
All elements that constitute the structure of writing: reading (classics & contemporary), listening, grammar (which itself is a vast topic), learning and practising different styles of writing, creative writing, participating in workshops/seminars etc.

So if you are planning to discontinue writing just because inspiration is not coming your way, think again. She will come when you are ready for her. Maybe this Valentine's Day she may ring your bell! Gear up.

Here are few good resources for you.

On Writing
by Stephen King
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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is a memoir by Stephen King, published in 2000, which documents his experiences as a writer and also serves as a guide book for those who choose to enter the craft...

Zen in the Art of Writing
by Ray Bradbury
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Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity is a collection of essays by Ray Bradbury and published in 1990. The unifying theme is Bradbury's love for writing...

Teaching Creative Writing
by Graeme Harper
Teaching Creative Writing is a collection of twelve essays written by international experts in the field, with a critical introduction by Graeme Harper to the teaching and learning of the subject...

The Creative Process
by Brewster Ghiselin
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This unique anthology brings together material from 38 well-known writers, artists, and scientists who attempt to describe the process by which original ideas come to them...

Plotting and writing suspense fiction 
by Patricia Highsmith
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Named by The Times as the all-time number one crime writer, Patricia Highsmith was an author who broke new ground and defied genre clichs with novels such as The Talented Mr Ripley and Strangers on a Train...

Explore English Grammar Online on Edufind:

And don't forget to read Blogger's Crisis | I can't think of the next blog post
Happy Writing!

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1 Feb 2016

Blogger's Crisis | I can't think of the next blog post

What to do when you can't think about the next blog post?

Here's a small trick which works.

Follow these steps (as is):

1) Keep the writing pad/laptop/tablet/iPad/mobile phone aside. Turn off the internet on all these devices.

2) Take any blank paper(ruled/unruled).

3) Now open that favourite pen of yours or a nicely sharpened pencil. Keep the eraser aside, we don't need it.

4) Make a mark (dot, line, circle, square, amaoeba shape, anything).

5) Try to copy the previous one again beside it anywhere on the paper.

6) Make 6 such marks. Now connect all these 6 marks with a single line touching these.

7) Repeat the activity until you feel completely focussed, not disturbed by what's going around.

8) Keeping our activity papers aside take a fresh sheet of paper.

9) Write down the first word that comes to your mind, for e.g. cars, gadgets, books, mobiles etc.

10) Write down the second word you think of immediately. For e.g. Mobile -> Office

11) Write down 2 more such words. Mobile -> Office -> Productivity -> Apps

12) Your are ready to work on your next blog post: "5 Mobile Apps for boosting productivity at office."

Would love to hear your thoughts. Keeping blogging!

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