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Saturday, February 17, 2018

On Happiness

It is unfair to expect someone else to make us ‘happy’. It has to come from within. We have to find the path that leads us to it. We may love to spend time with someone, but our happiness, our purpose in life has to be defined by us. The achievement of our goals should make us feel more fulfilled, whether someone else validates it or not. If you find someone who travels well with you on your journey, it is great.

But I want you to know that you are enough.

Friday, February 16, 2018

A breakup song

You want to know what is wrong?
Every snide remark you thought did not register with me, accumulated into this huge cascade of disappointment that washed away all the good memories we had together.

I am tired of placing your happiness before mine and finding that everything I did was never enough.
I am tired of you thinking that I held you an emotional hostage when I tried to tell you what was going wrong. You shut me out when the conversation changed from what you wanted to hear to what I had to say.

You want to know what is wrong?
You had your chance, but you blew it.

I hope you find happiness with someone else. Because I can't bring myself to love you the way I used to. And that breaks my heart.

I am not very complicated. I ache to give love. And I love those who are kind to me.

You and yours have disrespected me, hurled words at me when it was completely unnecessary.

And now that I draw back into my shell, you feel surprised. My behavior is not impulsive. It is a rebellion against the years of emotional abuse that you have subjected me to, even though you knew I was vulnerable. This is me not caring for a change.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Bits and Pieces : Ebook release

I am excited to share that Bits and Pieces is available now on Amazon Kindle at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079S481K4 in the US
and at
https://www.amazon.in/dp/B079S481K4 in India.
#BitsAndPiecesByAparna


Wednesday, February 07, 2018

It felt love


How
Did the rose
Ever open its heart

And give this world
All its
Beauty?

It felt the encouragement of light
Against its
Being,

Otherwise,
We all remain
Too
Frightened.

~Hafiz, Persian Sufi poet


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

How to read more?

I have been working on my Goodreads challenge this year (a pledge of 24 books). I have to average two books a month to complete my goal, and I have been wondering how to accomplish it. Tania di is my school senior from Holy Cross who has already completed 7 books for her 55 books challenge and I often see her progress on my Goodreads newsfeed. I found it very inspiring and I had to ask her how she does it.

She advised the following:
'I got rid of my TV, cut out my Netflix subscription and spent all my free time reading in some form. Audiobooks is probably another reason I can get through more. Audible/library audiobooks etc. I listened to these for hours during my long drives which I had to do daily for a few years. I also play them while playing games or doing chores. '
To be honest, I never really enjoyed audiobooks much, but those seem to be something to take into account if I want to complete my reading challenge this year. I used to listen to NPR when I cooked meals. I can switch to audiobooks once in a while.

I usually read before going to bed, and I fall asleep by the time I have read about twenty pages. I am working on cutting down TV time. Honestly, it is not much of a challenge because after a while, TV feels boring and I feel like going back to reading.

carry a book everywhere I go. I travel quite frequently, and long flights are ideal for some light reading. I even take my iPad to my manicurist. There is a good 45-mins reading time available when she is working on my feet. You can carry a book if you are expecting a long wait for a doctor's visit. Basically, encourage yourself to use all the hidden minutes in a day.

Also, using the progress tracker in Goodreads make it like a game where I try a little harder to complete one more page before I give up.

She also opined that I could skim non-fiction. A lot of non-fiction is fluff writing to fill a book when the message is rather short. She mentioned speed reading, and though I am someone who likes to take time to devour good writing, it might work for books where comprehension is not the main objective. Whatever your goal is, I hope you take time to enjoy reading some good books this year. Good luck!

You may like some classic audiobooks here

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Headliner at Caffe Frascati


You are invited to join me at Caffe Frascati at 315 S First Street, Downtown San José around 8 pm on Jan 4, 2018, Thursday. Open mic begins at 7:30 pm. Bring your rants and raves, poetry and stories. 

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For those who missed the event, here is a video: