A Rustic Mind (Manali Desai)

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The statement, “Tell me something about yourself” always freezes me. Like how do I define myself in a few sentences strung together? It especially makes me nervous too, because it takes me back to my job hunting days and the countless interviews I gave.

After three decades of life experience on this planet, I still haven’t mastered the art of talking about myself, but I’ll try.

Hi, I’m Manali Desai.

I’m a 33-year-old, happily married (huh?) woman (still a girl at heart). We do not have any children (at least not any that we’re aware of).


All my online accounts having a conversation about yours truly

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Instagram: Manali loves me the most! Why are we even having this conversation? It’s a clear waste of time.

Facebook: *rolls eyes* oh, please! I came to her solace when she was mourning over her first love Orkut. She would never love anyone more than me. I’m literally the shoulder she cried on after a horrid breakup and I’m also the rebound who stuck around.

Instagram: *scoffs* And are you sure she is not cheating on you with me? Not even a little bit? …


ACROSTIC POETRY

Who are you?

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Making money by following my passion for reading and writing.

Always curious to know more, learn and grow.

Never shying away from helping someone who asks for it.

An admirer of nature and all that it has to offer.

Language and literature lover.

In this world to try and make it better in my own way.

Doer later, planner first.

Energized by people, their stories, and achievements

Silent when in turmoil and even when relaxing.

An advocate of self-love

In a constant quest to explore people and places.

Thank you so much Bhavna Narula for tagging me in this wonderful…


I’m nothing without you all

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In a Creative Writing Symposium, where I was a speaker recently, one of the participant students asked me,

“How do I get over the hesitation of being judged for my writing?”

It’s an age-old question for any creative person and I answered them by saying,

“You never get over it. You just get used to living with it. The only consolation is that with experience and consistency in writing, you develop a certain confidence and a come what may attitude for feedback.”

This question also made me think of the purpose of writing. I write because

  • It's a way…


Because feminism has become so synonymous with man-hating

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Dear men,

Yes, I’m a feminist. And the first thought that probably came to your mind was, “Oh! she must hate all men.”

So, let me begin by saying, no I don’t. And yes, I do. No, because I was raised by a man, grew up with another, and am now happily married to one. So, no I don’t hate all men.

And yes, because, I do have strong opinions and animosity against those who think women are inferior to men. This, however, is irrespective of the gender of that person. …


Book review

A love story that subtly addresses social issues without being preachy

Book cover taken from Amazon

My Ratings: 4.3/5

Seeing the happiness of his brother and sister-in-law after an arranged marriage, Hamza asks his mother to look for a suitable life partner for himself. He meets Mahrukh, a pretty and docile girl, whom he likes. The two soon get engaged but as the day towards their wedding draw close, Hamza realizes that he doesn’t share that ‘special’ connection with Mahrukh. Mahrukh’s aunt, Noorian, though, makes him feel things he isn’t proud to admit even to himself. Does Noorain feel the same too?

Book details:

Blurb (as on Amazon)

Hamza Ali has learnt a valuable lesson from his twin brother’s disastrous first…


Photo by the author| Location: Feuersee, Stuttgart, Germany

Look back and appreciate how far you’ve come


Book Review

A fast-paced, thrilling read

Book cover taken from Amazon

My Ratings: 4.5/5

To celebrate the happy occasion of moving into her own 3BHK apartment in a posh locality of Gurgaon, Myra throws an open-house party. The celebration night leads to a horrific morning when Myra wakes up with severe pain, obscenities scribbled on her body and leading to the discovery that she has been raped. Who could it be? She can’t figure it out and neither can the police, because it was a party full of known people.

Book details:

Blurb (as on Amazon)

You’re seen, tracked, and followed everywhere you go. Every line & picture you post; someone is watching…


I read 200+ books in 18 months. So can you

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Dr. Seuss

For as long as I can remember I’ve been a bookworm and a reader. One thing you can find for sure in my handbag is a book. I never walk out of the house without my best friends, aka, my books. A lot of people ask me how I manage to read so much despite my (seemingly) busy schedule and hectic life.

Side note: It’s a hoax but that’s a topic for another day

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A Rustic Mind (Manali Desai)

Poet, Author, Editor, Blogger, Freelance Writer & Book Reviewer @ arusticmind.com/

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