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).
n. The most hated electronic device.
n. an excuse to look at yourself in the mirror.
Trigger Warning: sexual assault
Akshay tapped gently on Kaya’s shoulder to get her attention. Before he could say anything, Kaya violently jerked his hand away and shouted angrily, “Hey! Don’t touch me without my permission!”
Akshay was mildly embarrassed at such a reprimand and more so because everyone working around had turned their heads curiously to see what had caused such a reaction from Kaya.
Akshay immediately apologized and said, “Sorry to have caught you by surprise. I just wanted to ask; shall we go for lunch?”
Kaya immediately felt guilty about her outburst and said, “I’m so sorry, Akshay…
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. …
“At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” ― Denzel Washington
My Ratings: 3.3/5
A collection of 5 flash fiction stories: Infidelity, The Chronicles of Raghu Kapoor, What’s in a Name, Letters from a Stranger, The Long-Short Story of Kabir-Sonia, this book offers a variety of reading that be finished in one go over a cup of morning or evening tea.
Blurb (as on Amazon):
A collection of 5 curated short stories which can be categorized as Modern-day romance between characters. Each story is fast-paced, eventful and hidden with metaphors.
The short stories provide a new and different perspective and emphasize on the fact that not all stories should end.
My Ratings: 4/5
Divided into four sections: Cyclic emotions, Denial, Breaking Point, and Acceptance, the poems in this book are written in free verse. They cover a range of emotions and deeply emotional, reflecting sensitivity.
Blurb (as on Amazon):
Love is supposed to set you free from the cage of dualities. If not, then it isn’t loved. “Chasing Sunsets” is a collection of poems that depicts the fact that love cannot reside in duality, no matter what. Good-bad, right-wrong, yours-mine, pleasure-pain are just projections of our mind that create an endless loop of cause-effect relationship. It gives us a sense…
Note: This is a self-promotional post meant to list out the reasons for reading it.
My debut novel Love (Try) Angle is going places and can take you places too. Here’s why and how:
The book was declared a winner under the Best Author: Fiction category by Cherry Book Awards. From among 20+ amazing entries, this book won the hearts of the readers and organizers.
My Ratings: 4/5
Nayantara is a successful, single woman residing in the quaint town of Rickmansworth. While it is difficult for her to let go of her past relationships, will she find it from the elusive Scott who lands up at her doorstep? It doesn’t help that Scott suddenly seems more interested in Nicola, the daughter of Mrs. Patrick, who happens to be Nayantara’s most trustworthy ally. Will these two women, struggling to find love, be able to come to terms with each other?
Blurb (as on Amazon)
..To touch the skies and even beyond
To flip the earth and also…