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Monday, November 21, 2016

Neil Gaiman- An Idol to Writing


Since the last few days I have been obsessively reading about writer Neil Gaiman and his writings. I have known about him from some time now but, it has never been at a deeper level. I just knew there was this writer named Neil Gaiman. The reason being, I was too obsessed in reading about the writings and works of my other idols to writing - Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath, Charles Bukowski and Haruki Murakami. So even if wanting to, I could not actually discover more about the writer and the man - Neil Gaiman.


Of late, there has been a magnetic pull happening from this writer and his works. I have been drawn towards Neil Gaiman as if in a trance. And it has been an amazing journey for me. You will be equally drawn to him if you delve into his writings. I am now in a frenzy to read more of his thoughts and his words. In this blog post I would like to share a few of my favorite quotes and writings of Neil Gaiman.
Happy reading!


On art Neil Gaiman says the following amazing thought.



This is so sensitively penned by him.


About finding your own voice.


 We all feel this some times.


The following two quotes are so true and we all need to be sensitive to each others tender hearts.



 



On baring your soul and coming outside your comfort zone.. The poets and writers will identify themselves with these two amazingly penned lines.


                   On writing

 


Books and libraries are our greatest treasure.





                     The dreamers especially the ones who do day-dreaming will change the world one day. 


On love. What Neil Gaiman says is unlike any other quote you would have read before.



Neil pens this so wonderfully well. 

 



His words on fairy tales will leave goose-bumps on your skin.


                                                
           On different genres to writing.



On making mistakes and learning from them. 



Amazingly penned by him about the world as he saw it.



On our potential to achieve greatness and to change our world for the better.



On finding our creativity and keeping the spark alive.




On being brave and daring to chase your dreams.



On falling in love.




To writers. 




On childhood memories




Finally his words to each one of us : keep the faith.

 

Thank you for reading my blog-post and do share your comments or your favorite quotes of Neil Gaiman.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Creativity and Creative Personality Types - In Conversation with Miss Nepal Earth, Rojisha Shahi.

We cannot zero in on those particular qualities that make one 'a creative personality type.' The habits and interests that we find in one creative person may be totally different from those of another. One creative individual may like his solitude the most while another may like meeting new people and having newer experiences in life.

This is what evolved in our discussion the other day - between the Miss Nepal Earth, Rojisha Shahi and me! Last weekend we met in - Coffee Pasal - an amazing place nestled in between the several swanky and chic shops at Durbar Marg in Kathmandu. Apart from having similar interests in writing and self-expression, we both are addicted to reading! 'Haruki Murakami and his amazing books' is another topic that we are totally passionate about!  And so over cups of coffee, we found out that 'Creativity and Creative Personality Types' is one helluva topic to discuss!


 

Well we know the traditional theory that left brain = rational and analytical, whereas right brain = creative and emotional. But the reality is that creativity involves a myriad of cognitive processes, neural pathways and emotions!

 Creative people and their unique personality types are difficult to label or pin down, largely because they are complex, at times paradoxical and tend to avoid habit or routine. Researchers contend that creativity involves the merging of a plethora of traits, behaviors and social influences in a single person. We found, the following five things most common in creative people:

1. They observe everything. They look at the world as their own oyster where they see possibilities everywhere and are constantly taking in information to turn into their creative expression.

2. They follow their true passions. They are motivated by internal factors rather than external ones.

3. They may lose track of time - especially when they are 'in the zone' while they are painting, dancing, writing, acting or expressing themselves.

4. They make time for mindfulness. Many writers, musicians, actors, entrepreneurs, painters and other creative people have turned to meditation as a tool to get into that creative state of expression.

5. They day-dream. Despite what their fourth grade or fifth grade teacher might have said to them, the creative people know that 'day-dreaming' is anything but a waste of time!

 So find your mojos and stay creative folks! And before I sign off for the evening, here is an   awesome quote that I want to share with all of you:

 "You see things, and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream 
   things that never were, and I say, ‘Why not?'" 
    -- George Bernard Shaw



Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen would you kindly put your hands together and welcome 'No Shave November' once more! :)






So here it is that time of the year when the boys and men can have fun and all for a good cause too!
Almost the whole year round, our social networking accounts are filled with photos of pretty girls and women posing and taking selfies. The places can range from their current holiday destinations to any parking lot or even a restroom! Ladies - the sensitive and tender beings - certainly have fun and definitely do it all in great taste! Thank you girls and ladies! We enjoy looking at the pics too!

Though at times we feel some of you may have overdone it a bit! :D  There I see you taking out your long nails and scalpels!! Chill Girls! We believe and embrace 'Peace' for this whole month of November! :D

And now, it is time for the boys and the men to take over! So all you girls and ladies,  will now look at us!!

Why? Because it is the time to Disco!

We men (not Women), will now be posting our selfies and photos on our internet profiles - Facebook, Instagram et al and all you girls and women will be left staring at us! :D

In a nutshell, it is the 'time to disco.' The Rocking 'No Shave November' time is here folks! 

We men would now be posting our beautiful photos in all the unkempt glory - to be precise in our wild mustachioed and bearded glory! :D





And you dear girls and ladies will see it all  - Moustaches and beards of all styles, shapes and sizes!!  

Have fun folks - girls and ladies! :D





  The girls and women are requested to read this complete piece till the end. Because we need your all important support in spreading awareness for this movement. Mo-Sista play the most important role in this movement of 'No Shave November.' :)




And I reckon the boys and young men reading this and who would be venturing into this fabulous 'No Shave November' movement for the first time would be knowing the all important reason for ‘No Shave November.’ In case some folks do not know the reason behind this movement, here it is!

So Why ‘No Shave November’? 

Well, the 'No Shave November' is a yearly event that initiates participation from all around the globe. The reason behind this movement of 'No Shave November' is to grow awareness among people from all over and to educate them about cancer. We men are encouraged to embrace our hair and to let it grow freely in its all wild glory. As most readers would know that ‘hair’ is what many cancer patients tend to lose.

Thus the idea is, to save the money that one would typically spend on shaving and grooming, to further create awareness and to educate people about cancer and its prevention. The final goal is to save lives and support those fighting the battle with the pernicious cancer!


Are No Shave November and Movember the same?

Technically no but the ultimate goal of these non-profit organizations is to create awareness about men’s health. While No Shave November wants you to grow your beard,  Movember specifically wants you to grow your Mo – moustache!

Can the Women be a part of  it?

Well, technically they cannot directly participate but most importantly they spread awareness about this movement by their continuing support. Women are the most important members of this movement! 



The ‘MoSista’ – that’s how Movember addresses the women – play a vital role in supporting and creating awareness about men’s health. A woman can be a part of the various community activities like marathons, events etc to raise awareness for the issue.





How to be a part of No Shave November or Movember?

These are international NGOs working towards men’s health and you can officially start by signing up on their respective websites which are no-shave.org and movember.com.









Once registered, share your association on your social networking profiles and let the world know that you are doing your bit to create awareness about men’s health.



So have fun and create awareness among your friends and families! And before I sign off enjoy this song from the boys of  Starlite Radio. 

Happy No Shave November! :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Sylvia Plath

If I said that I admire Sylvia Plath then it would be a humongous understatement. She is my reason to reading and writing poetry. I have been obsessively reading her poetry right from my college. Her poetry has been bewitching me right from then. Every single night I have been reading her words and lines. Most times I talk to her. Our conversations are about myriad topics but mostly about life, love, obsession and passion!












Deeply anguished that she took away her own life at such a tender age, I have been grieving ever since.










Melancholic and deeply morose I would read her poems.

And in my quest to know more about the man in her life ( feminist writers claim Ted Hughes caused her to take away her own life), I have been reading extensively about the man they called Ted Hughes.








But I have to admit it here, I write poetry because of Sylvia Plath.I am obsessively and passionately in love with Sylvia Plath. I will always love Sylvia Plath.