Posts by Aadhira

I strictly believe that when you describe a thing, you confine that thing into a few words.. Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.. So I don't want to restrict my bio from your imagination.. And who knows you might think far better of me, than I think about myself.. And why should I not claim it.. ;-) Note: Don't ever try to restrict me into a small circle.. I've got ripples that reach out far and beyond anyone's imagination..

A walk “Through the Mist”

This is a walk down a memory lane, a beautiful lane for me!

Life keeps surprising us when we least expect it!

And becoming associated with “Through the Mist” was one such accident!

The history of the accident goes like this:

Not long ago, yet, almost 3 years back, out of the blue, I was asked by Jithin, the Trablogger, and without knowing the impact, I accepted to be the co-ordinator / book designer / editor of a new project.

My journey into his book’s Acknowledgements page was even more accidental and that’s what has led to this. He was having the idea of taking the Flash Fiction Chain, an feature he had in his blog to the next level. The working of Flash Fiction is, A part of story triggered by an image, and that story is evolved by a chain of authors.

So the idea mixed up with a book evolved into this: A book of five stories, written by five authors. So the Flash Fiction Chain grew up to Dream Chasing Chain, the initial name of this project.

A team of Five authors were hunted in blogosphere and the team finalised was:

Abirami
Adhithya
Nimitha
Rupali
Sona

So the idea behind the book was to: One of them starts each story, with the same image as their base, another builds it, another tighten the plots, another explain the knots and yet another ties off the knots! Not necessarily in that order or exclusively. Each of them takes part of each such process! And brings together one single story! Alas, the book is made of five such stories!

What made it more interesting?!

The team.. They range from different age groups, cultural backgrounds, different native-languages, many more differences, united by the single idea of “Writing”. And the difference continues therein too. Though all of them are very good fiction writers, as it turned out to be, they weren’t writing fiction forever. Their preferred mode of writing too varied from poetry, prose, short notes, ramblings, listicles and what not!

A complete set of strangers, set out to work together. A picture clicked by Jithin was finalised as the core theme that stings together all the stories. The team of five authors, set out to create symphony out of chaos. This was the rhythm the music notes spun out to..

The Team of Authors:

Story

Theme

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

A Middle-Class Story

Humor

Nimitha

Abirami

Sona

Adhithya

Rupali

A Strange Life

Fantasy

Abirami

Rupali

Adhithya

Nimitha

Sona

Languish in Love

Romance

Adhithya

Sona

Rupali

Abirami

Nimitha

The Lone Man

Horror

Rupali

Nimitha

Abirami

Sona

Adhithya

Turn of the Tides

Experimental

Sona

Adhithya

Nimitha

Rupali

Abirami

(Of course, the names were decided after writing the story.)

There was a very scarce communication between them and I was the one, privileged to keep track of the progress of the story and be the common point of contact for all of them, till the point of the stories first draft is completed!

None of them knew what happened to the characters they have created, nor did they take it up in the way the previous author has had in mind. Yes, I asked them and I can assure you that, none of them had expected what was coming up next.

Yet, the basic rule of sticking to the theme for each story was strictly adhered to and each story’s voice is different and yet every one picked up the tu(o)ne and built upon those lines.

It seems to be a fairly simple process, from this end. But the journey through was a wonderful experience and watching the story grow part by part was an amazing experience, to be experienced.

Amazingly, the whole process of writing was completed within around a month. The writers did keep up to their timelines and for the maximum part, their initial story itself made it to the book. [This might also be attributed to the admiration of the writings as such or lack of skills or the knowledge of the lazy-bone editor of the book. Oh, wait, That’s ME! Hmm.. Maybe, I totally accept those facts 😉 But I still believe that the initial form is better than what “I” could have done. Maybe, a better editor knows what to do.]

And yes, I did move around my lazy-ass once in awhile to make sure the stories hasn’t wandered from the broad path and I proudly accept that I loved the formatting part of the book. I take full credit for it and am so happy for having such a complete freedom and trust [or is it for lack of getting a better designer?! I don’t think that would be the case and I don’t want to know, if it is 😉 ]

Then came the process of tying the loose ends of drafts into a book. That’s when the team of strangers evolved into friends. The discussions on the name for the stories (suggested by the finisher of the story and approved by the rest) and the name for the book, which took long hours of considering various factors and we ended up with “Through the Mist.”

Later, the wait for ISBN took very long with the previous system of approval by post. And luckily for us, they updated it to online system and fast approvals, by the time we have lost our patience for waiting for it and went ahead with printing.

At last, everything fell into place and the shout-out to public was made last year!

There are many souls in each of our lives to be thankful for and the lessons learnt are itched deeper into my soul than most other lessons learnt in life. The transition from a draft to book, takes along with it, a little soul of each of the members.

For me, personally, the transition of the process is lot more! And I thank you all, my teammates, blogger friends and every reader of my words.. Thank you!


We started selling the paperback here and Kindle edition is available in Amazon.

The books are still selling and are the results worth this effort?
Reviews will be updated soon!

Before that, Would you like to judge it for yourself?

Reactions and resolutions!

Life reacts to our actions in mysterious ways, as ever!

Not so long ago, I was looking at life as at cross roads, which would never ever intersect with other ways. So, by taking up one, I’ve to lose the other. Since most of the choices are close to heart, I’m deeply confused on which to pick and what to lose.

And I took a leap of faith, on one choice. Only to soon discover that, this road bends and intersects and merges with every other road I wanted to travel through.. I might have not be able to have connected the other dots from those other choices..

And it left me thinking of these quotes..

What you seek, seeks you – Rumi

And my favorite and the words that push me around..

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paulo Coelho

Anyway, why am I saying this all here, not just because it’s my blog and I blabber, it’s also because, one of those road is leading to get me back in blogging world..

So, get prepared to meet me more often with much better posts than blabbering..

Keep smiling..

Cheers,

Aadhira

Thoughts on thoughts!

Torrent of thoughts gush through..
Picking up a thread seems Herculean task..
And not one thread is available to hold on..

Importance of those, at all levels..
Urgency of those, at all levels..
Dreaminess of those, at all levels..
Level of implementing, indeed at all levels..

They range from atom to galaxy..
From picking up laundry
To launching a new product..

Unless I know who and where I’m,
I could not move forward..
But if I keep on untangling
And to no avail, how could I go on?

Setting a target and move towards,
The most often suggested idea..
But what if there are so many targets..

Prioritise, they whisper..
With mind or heart?

Mind says,
Plant your feet and then,
Only then reach for the stars..

Heart shouts,
Just reach for the stars,
everything else will fall into place..

Will everything else falls
Or will I myself fall?
Some distant thought asks,
What if you fly rather than fall?

Mind shrouds,
You’re not a bird with wings,
Nor a human with flight..

And there creeps in another thought..
When I can’t even get
my mind and heart together,
How could I put into action,
For those plans to reach the stars?

And there’s that screeching silence..
When all thoughts come to a still,
And not a single thought on the front..
It’s a pleasure I seek when I meditate,
Nonetheless, not easily achieved when I do..
But not when I’m trying to find a way through…

And amidst all the chaos,
The chaos of daily life, calls out..
And in it the dreams drain out..

Now comes another thought,
All above are just your excuses..
Just put them into action
And everything will sort itself out..

Will they? Do they ever sort out at all?
Or is this what life is all about?

On Planning, not to plan

Some people call it
Growing up..
While others call it
Shifting of time..

At some point of life,
We try to rein in everything we can
And let things happen in one way,
Our way, the only right way..

Some do it earlier in life,
Realise that life doesn’t let it be so,
And learn to go with it
And stop making plans..

But there are few,
Who doesn’t want to learn it,
Even after they’ve felt the burn..
For their way is the only right way..

Me, I plan to not plan..
And that plan doesn’t workout..
So I still keep planning
And still feel the burn often..

Once I planned,
To let things flow
And so things flew by,
In every direction I know..

The constant dilemma…
So how to be happy
When things keep flowing
In some way, other than yours..

Life is a form of water,
Born from the vast oceans,
That ultimately reaches
It’s destiny, the ocean..

You have no control over
The evaporation from ocean
Or where you start your journey
As to where the rain falls..

At some point of time,
It eventually gets to some form..
Right then, you choose..
The path of future..

You could either flow through
Barren lands, nourishing it..
Or through the watery lands,
Flooding it and wreaking havoc..

You could fall from great heights,
And be a magnificent falls..
Or you could stay still, stagnate
and eventually stink as unused pond..

You could flourish yourself
Perpetually with fountains,
Stay right where you are as lake,
And let others seek you with love..

You could just lose all control,
Choose the path of least resistance,
Let every rock, pit and bump
Decide your course of future..

Yet every means lead to a destination..
But all the struggle and resistance,
In between the source and destiny,
Is simply to make,
A destination into the destination!

Be the best of what you’re,
And your flow flourishes within
As well as nourishes around..
It’s ALWAYS your choice!

And of course, I chose to be,
Ripples, the unending variety..
That splatters little more of
Life, laughter and love…

The harder the restraint,
You put through my path,
The fierce the will and hence
Bigger the splash and wider the reach!

Hit me with all you can,
I’ll still hit you back,
Incessantly and invariably
With all goodness and love..

And also, I realised that
It’s impossible to restrain
The flow at all times..
But it’s always possible,
To correct the course..
So it’s ALWAYS the choice,
To be dragged or drag the self,
Towards in your direction!

Now I am back to planning..
Not on how to reach..
But on how to re route my flow
Back on to my destination..

Fitting into a square!

My entry for this week’s Mundane Monday Challenge hosted by Trablogger. Have you uploaded your take on ‘Bottles‘?

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Here below are some edited versions which I liked..

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Which one do you like better?

Just another post!

Long Long ago,
Not so long ago,
The Earth visited the same spot,
As it is today,
In its orbit around the Sun,
And on that fine day,
A pebble was dropped
To create Ripples
In the exploding world of bits and bytes,
As aadhira.wordpress.com
And while earth
was busy riding on
its merry-go-round
And has completed four rounds,
Somewhere along the lines
Many many posts were published,
Many strangers have become dear friends,
And few of them become closer as a team
To bring out a book..

And Here I am,
Looking back with pride,
Looking merrily at the upgrade,
Quenching the thirst of my narcissism
As aadhira.me,
Looking hopefully at the future,
For much more experiences
That would help me learn, grow, nurture and
Make me a better person,
So I could throw away my two cents
And make it worthy for
Those who happen to stumble upon,
And also good enough for them to
Let the ripple carry on and on
Into the endless expanse
Of this universe..

As Ripples step into its fifth year,
Let me try to bring in
Little more Happiness, Smile and Cheer
To everyone in the vast expanse..

Keep smiling!

Cheers,
Aadhira

Publishing Jimpify’s Second book : Through the Mist

Through the Mist

We at Jimpify Publishing, are very happy and proud to announce the publishing of our second book, ‘Through the Mist’.

1st of September 2017, we are publishing our first collaborative fiction and our second book, Through the Mist.

It has been a wonderful and exciting journey working with all the talented writers, right from the writing of the book till its publication.

About the Collaboration

‘Through the Mist’ is a collaborative book and an innovative venture to break a common belief and to validate an old saying.

It is a common belief that a story can be spun from only one pen. But ‘Through the Mist’ is a bouquet of stories from a bunch of authors.

The book validates that ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ because a single photograph is the only common link to all the stories of this book.

Yes, a picture is worth a book!

‘Through the Mist’ is a collaborative fiction book that has brought together five writers from diverse backgrounds. The starting point of the stories is a picture, that has been interpreted by each of the writers differently so that the stories touch many genres and have varied characters.

What is the book About?

A reader commonly believes that an author always has control over her story. That holds true if a story has only one author. Here in this book, each of the five stories has five authors and each story is set to a different theme.

Every author has proved that they can start a story, lay twists and turns, strengthen the plot, tie up the loose ends as well as wrap up a story.

‘Through the Mist’ is a collaboration of pens, voices and experiences that brings forth seamless stories. With an exquisite cadence and rhythm, the different characters and the settings come alive.

 

A Middle Class‘ story brings us Pari, the independent, headstrong girl whose parents want her to marry and settle down. Love has other views and comes unexpectedly through Rehan. In this comedy of errors, blunders pile on and the protagonists head a laugh riot.

In ‘A strange Life‘, Aarya, bored with her profession and disappointed with her personal life, finds an unexpected adventure that is a little too much for her to comprehend. Can she manifest the life she has wanted to have, by reclaiming her power?

Aakash cannot forget Anavya, the love of his life. His longing turns him into a poet and he hopes and waits for her, years later. ‘Languish in Love‘ is a delicate story that explores love, longing, pain.

The Lone Man‘ is hard hitting. All John wants is to forget his wife Sarah’s death and get on with his life. But his nightmares and visions would not let go of him.

Turn of the Tides‘ is set at sea and the men who have lived with the sea and loved her are the ones who fear her now. Can they conquer their dread and have the sea lose her power over them?

These stories are a surprising collection of different genres. The language is intense but the stories are crafted with incredible elegance. There are subtle twists and delightful conclusions.

The team behind this collaborative creation is :

Jithin, who provided the inspiration for the book. He blogs at www.trablogger.com

Abirami, the teenager who’s obsessed with writing and blogs at www.theobsessivewriter.com

Adhithya, the youngest teenager of the team who blogs at www.wordstuggedatheartstrings.WordPress.com

Nimitha, the writer who finds time to write between her busy work schedule. She blogs at www.nimzrevealed.WordPress.com

Rupali, the teenager studying maths and writing poems at www.literatureismyporn.WordPress.com

Sona, an avid reader and our resource person to lend any help. She blogs at www.sonaonline.WordPress.com

Aadhira, our in house editor who pushed everyone to write this book, blogs at www.aadhira.me

The authors became readers of their own stories and certified each of them to be a good read.

Here is your chance to grab the paperback of ‘Through the Mist’.

Follow this link to buy Jimpify’s second published book : Through the Mist 

For those who love Kindle readingthe book is available on Amazon Kindle as well.

 

PS : Please share this and support this talented team.

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