The World of Malgudi- IWSG, July 2022

Hello! And just like that, it’s the end of another month and half a year is right behind us. I’ve fared very badly as far as my writing is concerned. I’ve been writing, but haven’t been able to publish much. I’m waiting for responses to my submissions, trying to send out more work but nothing …

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Things Fall Apart

(With apologies to Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart) The lamp has lived its life It no longer holds up The flickering, long hours of darkness unplanned fearsome Like the dusty, round-faced clock before it, and the three-legged tandoor much earlier, rusted in places A palette of yellow pages from years of being stifled …

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Dharma Artha Kama Moksha by Seethalakshmi (Blogchatter eBook Carnival)

The Blogchatter eBook Carnival was launched on 13 June this year. My first eBook Unlocked- Historical Tales in Verse was released in 2020 on the same platform and will always remain a memorable part of my writing journey. This year, I am a carnival volunteer and am just through with the first few books from …

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Please Read the Letter- WEP June 2022

It’s the year of Music Challenges at WEP, and for the month of June the prompt is based on Please Read the Letter by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – a break up song and a moving plea for understanding at the termination of a relationship. I haven’t ventured too far, talking about walking away in the form of a poem. …

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Writing to the End-IWSG June 1

Hello Fellow Writers How’s the writing going? I love the first Wednesday of every month when I take an overview of my writing journey, thanks to the wonderful Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) started by the Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. He explains the beginning and purpose of the group in this comprehensive post here. I …

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The Hospital Queue

White isn’t my favourite colour. It’s the colour of hospital walls. It’s in the corridors and the doctor’s coat. I lie on the inspection bed. The assistant asks me to wait. The doctor’s busy with another patient but won’t take long, I’m told. I smile and look up at the ceiling. White again. White= purity, …

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Good Intentions by Kasim Ali

Book: Good Intentions Author: Kasim Ali Publisher: 4THESTATE About the Author: Kasim Ali works in publishing and has previously been shortlisted for Hachette’s Mo Siewcharran Prize, longlisted for the 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize and has contributed to The Good Journal. He lives in London. My reading of Good Intentions Nur and Yasmina are …

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On Poets and Poetry

It’s Day Thirty! Elated at having written every single day of April. Thankful to Maureen Thorson for the spirit of NaPWriMo. The final (but still optional!) prompt is to write a cento. This is a poem that is made up of lines taken from other poems. If you’d like to dig into an in-depth example, …

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