A bite size thought

 

“If you think you have to buy the number-one bestseller, don’t.
Go back in time, find a book that was written in 1940 that is great. 
Easier than that is that Jane Austen is in the public domain, anybody can make Emma.                      We made it but maybe you can make it again, make it better.                                                              Chekhov short stories, Tolstoy novels, they are there waiting for you. 
Get great material, the writing is so important.”

   – Harvey Weinstein at a Zurich Film Festival 

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Concept-Question Cards

Amazing thought of creating concept cards which is a great resource for questioning your students.

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Last year, I wrote a post about Questioning Conceptually.  The basic premise of this post was a look at how teachers and students could use the PYP concepts to deepen their inquiries through the generation of a wider range of questions. The post goes on to help narrow the focus of the inquiry into an area of interest that one is really passionate about, that you care about, and that is worthwhile spending time on.

I followed this up with another post about the same topic: More Conceptual Questions.

Both of these posts make reference to a set of Concept-Question Cards.  These cards have one side with a PYP concept, guiding question, and explanation and another side with sample questions from different subject areas.

I have had sets of these cards in my ‘toolbox’ for some time now.  They are great.

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To download a PDF set of cards, click here.

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KNITTED TALES – A collection of Emotions

RELEASING ON THE 10TH OF OCTOBER 
Knitted Tales: A Collection of Emotions 

By 

Rubina Ramesh

 
Every tale has a path to follow to reach its destination.. but it may not exactly be the one we should follow.
 
WHAT IS THE ANTHOLOGY ALL ABOUT?
What forces an innocent girl to become a sex symbol? Her desires? Or cruel fate?
Is a lifetime enough—for avenging a betrayal? How do you hide secrets that never stopped haunting you?
Can vengeance and secrets of your past devastate your present? How can long-buried crimes of yours suddenly raise their head? Can sinning be saving?
Is your spouse your soulmate? What if they never understood your feelings? Can you still live with them?
Lastly, does life give only two options? Live or die? What if there is a third?
In her debut anthology, Rubina Ramesh tries to find answers to these questions that are often from the heart and yet makes the mind ponder over the solution. Or is it the other way round? Either way, Knitted Tales is a bouquet of emotions that is bound to touch both your head and your heart.
 
WHAT INSPIRED ME TO WRITE THIS ANTHOLOGY…
 
Dear Friends and Aspiring Writers,My journey as a writer started after I joined Wrimo India. It’s a group of aspiring authors where all members are challenged to write, by the NaNoWriMo ML for India region and the Founder/Admin of  Wrimo India, Sonia Rao.  Along with the other admins, Neel Ina and Dola Basu Singh, she made our lives pretty tough if we did not submit on time.

Our work was critiqued, broken to pieces and then mended again by all the Wrimo members. I laugh now, whenever I reminisce about those days. We writers are so passionate about our work that even a little bit of criticism makes us want to hide our baby. But in this group, we trained ourselves to accept all types of honest criticism. We sculpted our stories and life continued. This happened around 2 years ago.

Then, one fine day I found that I had gathered around 17 stories and forgotten all about them. As I dusted away the layers of neglect, I fell in love with my own stories. I am a narcissist. 🙂  But then, all writers are, aren’t they? I do hope what I have written from my heart, touches you. Here are the stories of a writer who aspires to always write from her heart. With NaNoWriMo just around the corner, here’s raising a toast to inspiration!

 

Releasing on 10th of October 2016
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Cover Designed by Sachin Venkatesh
About Rubina Ramesh
 Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time.  She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona.  Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.
Her other published works include
‘Home is where Love is’ a short story in the anthology Writings from the Heart. Ed. by Beth Ann Masarik.
‘You Stole My Heart’ and ‘Let me Go’. Short stories as a part of the anthology ‘Long and Short of It’ by Indireads.
‘Wake Me Up’ as a part of the anthology ‘Marijuana Diaries’ by Fablery Publishers.
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Making of the cover design : VENGEANCE

Having found out a creative side of myself pretty late, I keep exploring a few mediums like pencil, pen, watercolour, acrylic and fabric.

One fine morning I saw a personal message from Dola Basu Singh( an excellent writer as well as an active member of the group) asking that they were looking for someone who can design the book cover of the anthology – VENGEANCE (Please check the details of the book as you scroll down). The name was not decided yet by then, I guess. It was an instant yes from my end. Being a member and having known the group leader Sonia Rao and the writers of NaNoWriMo for more than two years it was a great pleasure working on the project.

We as a team began with a virtual meeting which asked for many more to follow.

Our leader Sonia Rao was definite about the background right from the beginning.  After 3 – 4 discussions and a few rough sketches of the design ‘Eureka’ this scorpion flashed. Everyone involved in the project gave a thumbs up and a Hi five to it.

And that is when I came up with the question who is going to do the computerized version of it? Aww – Not you??? Raised eyebrows (I guess) and a puzzled silence for a while…………..silence…….that is when Dola and Rubina came up to offer help but suggested to begin the sketch work.

Yeah, the scorpions came crawling from many places into my sketchbook, some came handicapped, some facing their back but we all ended up loving this particular one. In the mean time, I kept hopping and jumping over videos for using photoshop. All thanks to Googleshwar which fetched a wonderful help. In the meantime, Dola (a computer educator by profession) and Rubina (a master of many things) kept sending me correlated links. Not to forget they are all writers of a remarkably high eminence.

After trying a few backgrounds and different sizes of the squares this one in ‘white and red’ appealed the entire team’s eyes.

The toughest phase was when the scorpion made its way to my laptop. Digitalizing it was quite a task with my little knowledge of digital work. But with numerous mistakes in the process the final outcome of the conceived design was quite decent to the eyes of many.

It was the great pleasure making this serious cover design, with such a committed group. I thank each one of the team for considering me for the project and cooperating me. I can never forget the amount of encouragement they all kept giving me whenever I felt stuck.

Best wishes to all of you.

I post a few of my work in my blog and the FB as well.

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https://www.facebook.com/SujataPatnaikRegalia/?fref=ts

 

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Vengeance –A Sting in Every Tale

A WRIMO INDIA anthology 

Edited by

Sonia Rao 

Disclaimer : Every Cent from this novel goes to NaNoWriMo India to encourage all future aspiring writers.

Designed by Sujata Patnaik

Blurb 

A reply to a perceived injustice can take many forms one of which is vengeance. An eye for an eye can only end up making the whole world blind, is what Mahatma Gandhi once said. And it seems to be coming quite true, if latest events world-wide are an indication.

Is there any hope or are we hurtling towards extinction?

Hopefully, the stories will explore some of these questions. But that is on the macro level. It might be easy to look at things objectively, in black and white, when it is other nations involved. Or even other people. We are able to be more forgiving of transgressions when they don’t involve us personally.

But how would one react if they found themselves in the maelstrom of situations that do fall somewhere in the grey area of life? With no definite black and white answers?

How would a jilted lover react in face of infidelity? Or how would a friend avenge the murder of her best friend? Or, is it fair to be punished for a crime that you were not brave enough to prevent?

These and many more questions connected to vengeance have been grappled with in this

anthology.


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EXCERPT OF FIRST CHAPTER

Bus number 131 whirred away, pulling its own weight unwillingly. It was one of the many buses to pass through the Relief road, a busy road in the old part of Ahmedabad. Shazia had an option, the crowed 88 or the overcrowded 131. She preferred to be 30 minutes before time to board 131. Her choice was motivated by her love for the palindromic 1-3-1. Her undying infatuation with prime numbers was inexplicable.

Nineteen year old Shazia loved numbers, and to be more precise, she adored Mathematics in all its form. She also loved the rules, the principles, the working theorems, the equations which tried to ke sense of the majestic menagerie of numbers. She was fascinated even by the mere shape of numbers. She did not remember when or even how her romance with Maths began. But in her earliest memories, she preferred practicing her numbers over the alphabet, she remembered that she recited tables better than her nursery rhymes. She was short and a bit stocky. Also, a couple of shades darker than was acceptable in the marriage market. However, her looks never bothered her, nor did she ever yearn for fairer skin, or thinner body. What she craved was a disheveled mass of hair, for some uncanny resemblance to Einstein, the only pop icon modern science managed to have produced. But her mother plaited her hair, dashing her hopes to ground. She also longed for a pair of spectacles with glasses so thick that it blurred her eyeballs, indicating the wearer’s brilliance. But she, despite getting checked for vision from her mother’s ophthalmologist, was denied the hallowed implement. Thrice. Shazia valued her bus ride a lot. She had to convince Papa to allow her to commute to her college on her own. She had concealed her indignation about needing her father’s permission for every little trifle, even after being categorised as an adult by the Government of India. Papa consented only after he was told that Noor too would start using the bus if Shazia were to give her company.

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ABOUT THE EDITOR SONIA RAO

 

 

The editor of the Anthology, Sonia Rao (writer-editor-awardwinningblogger) is the NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison for All-India region. The stories which are part of the anthology are written by Wrimos homed in to Asia::India region. Most of them are also published writers of short fiction and novels.She

blogs @ https://soniaraowrites.wordpress.com/ 

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Wrimo India on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/wrimosindia 

NaNoWriMo:  http://nanowrimo.org/

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Madhuri Maitra : Equinox

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Equinox

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Madhuri

Maitra

The Blurb

 

When Indus Publishers announces a short story competition, it affects the lives of the ensemble cast in unexpected ways. A jaded journalist, a bored housewife, a starry-eyed ambitious girl, an army colonel, an impoverished divorcee-all enter the competition for pressing reasons of their own. They emerge with only slightly deeper pockets than they had but far richer in experience. Social issues are explored in an engaging manner, entwined in the lives of the characters-this is indeed the way of life. The novel also promises an enchanting look at the diversity in India; the characters belong to different Indian states and embody the peculiarities of the people of that region. Equinox and its checkered characters step to music of their own; many readers will find that it resonates with their own inner music.

 

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Always an avid reader, dreaming of delighting her own readers someday, Madhuri published her first two books in 2014. Haiku and other Micropoetry is a collection of short verse on nature and on life; while Equinox is a novel dealing with urban realities. While the former is pithy and thought-provoking, the latter is a simple reflection of modern lives. Madhuri lives and teaches in Pune. Films are as close to her heart as books are; she teaches Film Appreciation in addition to Creative Writing. She enjoys bringing her favourite authors and films to young minds. She also conducts workshops for children and adults. She has also written and published papers on films and on writing. Visit her website http://of-prose-and-poetry.com/#/otherpublications for details.

She is currently enjoying the monsoon, immersing herself in her personal library and nurturing ideas for her third book.

 

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