LIFE IS INTENSE
LIFE IS A PUZZLE
LIFE IS THIRST
A RIVER TO SWIM ACROSS
A SWEET WATER STREAM
A TRIP WITH A TWIST TO REMEMBER
A MANUAL OF AN AUTOMATED MACHINE
YES, ROUGH AND SMOOTH DRIVE
YET A MAGICAL CHARMER
LOVE YOU ZINDAGI......
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Shall please the displeased dreams,
Shall clasp the descending paper kites,
Oh the tendril of feeling
Disentangle the Manja of kinship!
Shall awaken the sleeping fortunes,
Shall bow down the heavens,
Oh the tendril of feeling,
Disentangle the Manjas of kinship!
The kinship fans the feathers,
The kinship heals the burns and fever,
Winning and losing appear in turns,
Gloom is a guest appearance!
Kinship shall force to cross the taboo,
Kinship shall demand the vital fluid,
Demand tears and pearls,
The demand of soul shall be merrily sacrificed.
Shall invite the forgotten,
Shall awake the sleeping hopes !
Manja of kinship….
Oh the iced eyes shall see the face of a melted tomorrow,
In the bouldered heart shall see the molten lava,
A fire caught up, a dedication pillared,
Oh may the tendrils] of feeling never cease,
A merriment coated feeling, a dedication pillared,
Tomorrow is hazy, who cares!
Oh Manja of kinship.
-Inspired from a bollywood movie song
A woven poem was waiting to get a Manja to be released to an open sky
“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
Amazing thought of creating concept cards which is a great resource for questioning your students.
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.
To download a PDF set of cards, click here.
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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!
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.
Vengeance –A Sting in Every Tale
A WRIMO INDIA anthology
Disclaimer : Every Cent from this novel goes to NaNoWriMo India to encourage all future aspiring writers.
|Designed by Sujata Patnaik|
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?
created by Archana Sarat
EXCERPT OF FIRST CHAPTER
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
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