(Book Review) Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie: The Novel That Asks

I must have been 16 or 17 when I had this conversation. I had gotten my first mobile phone some months before. A friend sent a text, and after we were done with the pleasantries, he asked, ‘Are you secular?’ The question hung in the air for a while. He knew I hated politics, never … Continue reading (Book Review) Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie: The Novel That Asks

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Kamila Shamsie and her ‘Luminous Prose’

“There are moments, Hasan, when I like to think that the stars are bullet-holes. For every bullet shot by an oppressor there springs to life a star, with so great a radiance that it can never be put out, it can never be imprisoned. But if that really were true, the last three months in … Continue reading Kamila Shamsie and her ‘Luminous Prose’

Letter To Chester: Now That You’re Gone

Dear Chester, I wanted to begin this letter by quoting some lines from one of the songs by Linkin Park, but I can’t seem to find the strength to do it. I could also write this letter in a way that I subtly include the titles of Linkin Park’s songs to make them part of … Continue reading Letter To Chester: Now That You’re Gone

Normalising Touchy Subjects

Hello again, everybody. First of all, I apologise for missing out on the past two Sundays. A lot has been happening over at my end and I was more than slightly busy. I had my exams, then one weekend I was out of town, and then I changed jobs, so slowly settling in the new … Continue reading Normalising Touchy Subjects

On Writing Imperfect Characters

Hello again! Welcome back. This week I want to talk about writing imperfect characters. When I was fresh with the idea of my book, writing characters was difficult yet fun. Bringing Antarman to life was filled with so many emotions and prospects that it did not seem hard. As a result, when I had to … Continue reading On Writing Imperfect Characters

Update for Missing the Last Two Sundays

First of all, I would like to apologise for missing out this Sunday and the one before it. I was busy because of the exams; the next one is on 21st. Moreover, things have been sort of down and I haven’t been able to write, primarily because I have completed the first draft and I … Continue reading Update for Missing the Last Two Sundays

About the Story and its Origin

If you have been reading my blog since the beginning, you have my thanks. This week I will finally talk a little about the book I’m writing and how the idea was conceived. But first things first. I started this blog with the hope of making it a professional blog someday, and maybe even my … Continue reading About the Story and its Origin

Remembering Chris Cornell

One of things that really keep me hooked to music is that when you have something on your mind, perhaps some sort of struggle, a burden that is yours to bear, and you are a bit exhausted, but you know you have to go on. You may not have the strength for it, but you … Continue reading Remembering Chris Cornell

FIRST HURDLE IN WRITING THE SECOND DRAFT

I’m working on a dream Though sometimes it feels so far away I’m working on a dream And I know it will be mine someday These are the lyrics to the title track of the 2009 album ‘Working on a Dream’ by Bruce Springsteen. This is the song I fall back on when I find … Continue reading FIRST HURDLE IN WRITING THE SECOND DRAFT

Introduction to That Writer From Delhi and Other Random Thoughts

Hello. I guess if  you’re reading this you know who I am, even if just by my name. In case you have stumbled here by chance, my name is Shivam Kalra and I am an aspiring writer from Delhi. Any word you will read on this blog from now on will be personal. I am … Continue reading Introduction to That Writer From Delhi and Other Random Thoughts