Zombie Zack

Zombie Zack had eaten his girlfriend’s brain, again. Of course, if you look at it, it really wasn’t Zack’s fault. It was almost like Jenna was asking for it. You don’t date a Zombie if you’re the kind that scares easily. Or even worse, gets disgusted. Now that’s just cruel, and impolite. So what if you burp…

How to be a Conversation Bore …for dummies

You are supremely entertaining. Well-read. Funny. A regular laugh riot. But the problem is nobody appreciates it or even worse, knows about it! What to do? Simple. Follow this 10 step guide to hijacking a conversation and establishing yourself as the Alpha-bore. Nobody can out-talk you ever after this! Office is great place to practice…

A Desi One Night Stand

After ten months of self-imposed chastity, I was to go on a date.  And my date was late. My rucksack stood in the corner of the room. Its contents bulged from all sides, prostrate like a flaccid dick, awakened only to sit in the corner of my living room, watching sitcom reruns and PG-advised advertisements…

I, Homophobe

The first time was entirely Divya’s fault. And Goutam blamed her for it. He would never have been on that trip if not for Divya. And now, he was paying for it, running out of the bus like a school-kid, holding onto the railings in one hand, his stomach in the other, and on the…

Dear Diary: The Brave New World

Warning: Too personal to be of any value to anyone. As I write this, I am on a sleepless bed, my mind ravaged and subjected to the vagaries of corporate rat-racedom, if there was ever such a word that can better signify stress. But this time, I like to believe that I had a choice,…

Editing your Writing and Making it Stand-out (Non-fiction)

Editing an article has four parts.  I have described them in the order followed. Structure Edit, Find the article’s angle. What is the central theme the author wants to communicate.  For instance, in an analysis article of the story Yellow Wallpaper, the writer chose to illustrate how the story was not about mental illness as is…

Wuthering Heights: The Learning Writer’s perspective:

This one is a dark read, its memories haunting me all the way from my teenage years. Modern teachings of writings discourage the use of extensive flashbacks, which have a tendency to lose reader interest. Hence, it was surprising for me that Wuthering Heights is primarily in flashback and still works admirably. I would say…

The Learning Writer’s Perspective: Dawn

I have taken to listening to Sci-Fi novels through audible, specially when I am jogging. It started with Dune and the complete sereis, but now I have proceeded to Dawn. Today’s jog took me through chapters one to five, and I am gripped, first by the complete isolation and captivity of the POV, which immediately…

Show Time

Vinu’s mother walked into the room just as he had tried her new lipstick. She was startled. He was startled. She said, “What are you doing with my lipstick? It’s new…I haven’t used it so far. Couldn’t you have waited?” He smiled and handed it back to her. “I forgot to tell you…I am playing…