Why do I torture myself to write 50,000 words in 30 days?

By Purva Grover

Today (November 1), I have planned it well, or at least I think so. As you read this, I am hopefully typing away at the speed of an aircraft propeller. I would have slept earlier the previous night, no Halloween celebrations or late weekend nights for me. At the precise moment, when the newspaper would have reached your doorstep, I would have already had my first (don’t judge me by the numbers) cup of coffee and sitting down with my laptop and typing away. It’s the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and just like the 300,000 other participants (and counting), I would have fooled myself into believing that I have things under control to write 50,000 words until November 30.

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Even if I don’t have space on my bookshelf, I’ll make it!

By Rohma Sadaqat

There comes a time in every bookworm’s life when they have to face some hard facts. They’ve just run out of space on their bookshelves to even fit a weekly magazine, and it’s either time to either clear out some tomes or apply the brakes on any upcoming purchases. Now, if any of you are like me, you’d find it hard to say goodbye to your beloved novels. So, the first option was surely out of the question. The second one sounded more reasonable and lesser of two evils; after all, there are other ways of procuring books without buying them – you can borrow them from fellow bookworms and also swap them.

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I saw a sleeping vampire in him

By Suresh Patalli

It’s close to midnight and raining in Moscow, which added more bite to the 1°C temperature consistent with the October climate. The golden glow from the illuminated GUM shopping mall in the merchant quarter known as Kitay-gorod mated with the rufescent brilliance radiating from the facades of the Kremlin, St Basil’s Cathedral and the State Historical Museum. I stood at the centre of the Red Square, lips and cheeks wind-burned, as a tsunami of emotions devoured me.

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The marriage knot could be tighter than you can imagine

By Delilah Rodrigues

Almost a year and a few months ago, my then-boyfriend, now-husband and I decided to get hitched — and the marriage bug bit us really hard. Our parents, friends and probably even our nemeses (you will know why) were elated to hear about our decision. We had a no-frills civil marriage and an elaborate (traditional) wedding is still in the works. After the ceremony, I decided to move to Dubai. While I was preparing to relocate to the emirate, I was advised on the dos and don’ts of migrating to this new country. But no one told me anything about what I should expect or will encounter after marriage — that too in a new country. Read: Endless bills to look into, exhaustive grocery runs, overflowing laundry baskets and constant bickering (most married people should know with whom).

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