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Better than All Happy Ever Afters

In Anu Lal, Books on January 24, 2016 at 11:47 am

Better than All Happy Ever Afters

This season is emotional. I heard a young man commit suicide at a university. They say he was murdered by the authorities. Some say murder was a figure of speech. I think both are right. I have only one solution-Love. To love the victim and the victimiser. How can I love the victimiser? I think I can. We all love ourselves, don’t we? Have we not victimised another individual, at least once in a lifetime?

A few of my friends and I were in a very important work these days. We have come out with a wonderful message. This message is that of love. Today, we would like to inaugurate the Facebook page for this great message:

BETTER THAN ALL HAPPY EVER AFTERS

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Stay in Love,

Anu Lal

Bestselling author of You Should Know How I Feel

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You Should Know His Journey: Anu Lal Reveals

In Anu Lal, You Should Know How I Feel... on June 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Gamble everything for love,

if you’re a true human being

–Rumi3D-Love-Heart

Writing, for me, is an act of love. When I say this, I cringe at the weight of similarities in how many of my fellow writers have approached their courses of writing. Many of us are in love. Some of us fell in it, as an act of total accident, while some others chose to learn it, acquire it, and master its nuances, the wise ones.

Two weeks from Valentine’s Day, I still consider the possibility of dedicating a whole day for love. Questions such as- Why is just one day for love? Shouldn’t we dedicate all our days to love?- always arise talking with students. But the fortunate thing about asking such a question in the classroom is that they always have answers. And some of them daringly share their ideas. Some of my students suggest that when life is busier and no one has time to spend with their beloved one, and when work means survival, we need at least a day to convey what we feel for the other person, at least through a small gesture.

 It’s sort of a Victorian modesty, to say the least, the avenues of love and the ways we communicate it these days. We love the form and texture of our message, like a Victorian, who would love the same about long letters written in Victorian English. A card, a text message, an e-mail, or an e-card could define our feelings, these days. It is easy, if you look at it that way. Through a pre-programmed e-card your teeming desires and passions are poured out. This, for a Victorian poet, might have taken hundreds of pages of inspired poetry. What about the ordinary folks in the Victorian England, those who could not compose lengthy poetry or weave a genuine piece of prose on their deepest romantic urges?

The love we find in Thomas Hardy’s fiction, for example Under the Greenwood Tree, in which Dick Dewy, a young member of the Mellstock Choir, who is wading in his love with Fancy Day, the beautiful teacher at the parish school, closely portrays insecurities in love. Dick Dewy spends a considerable time in finding out whether Fancy Day is actually in love with him. His convictions often misguide him or so he feels. His passion is visible, but the response he gathers from his sweet heart is not straightforward. This raises tension in the novel. One may feel at the end that it is a sweet story of less sophisticated people, country folks, so to speak.

Had there been an e-card or text message facility, the two characters—Dick and Fancy—might have sorted their initial problems out quite smoothly. Or could they?

It is true that a passion poorly communicated is a smoking gun. But if love is all too easy to communicate, so many of our gifted writers would not have left it mostly unsaid in their writings. The beauty of Knut Hamsun’s novel Victoria is in the agony endured by the tender young hearts due to their unspoken feelings.

I am in Love with Love

and Love is in love with me.

My body is in Love with the soul

and the soul is in Love with my body.

I opened my arms to Love

and Love embraced me like a lover.

–Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

The great poet of the Sufi tradition is clear about the course of love. In being so clear, he is unclear too. The suggestive power of these lines is what mystifies us, prompts us to investigate into the section of our mind where poetry is translated into feelings.

krWords converged into feelings are capable of transcending the human realm and reaching the mystical. What transpires between the writer and the pages become a part of the reader’s reality too. Writing a second book was the result of this realization.

My first book Wall of Colours and Other Stories is the first in a trilogy titled Hope, vengeance and History. Although I currently work on the series, a few new stories showed themselves and I decided to write them down. I wrote one down, first. Then I showed this to Ms. Dhanya Krishna, my editor for Wall of Colours. I received an exciting suggestion that I must upload this story in Amazon Kindle, for my readers. We both considered this option for a while. Then I told her that I have a second story. This is when she suggested we should go print with the two stories, if they are long enough. I knew her skills not just as an editor, but as a writer too. It did not take me long to ask her why doesn’t she contribute a few stories herself, so that we could co-author this new book.

With some reluctance in the beginning, she accepted my suggestion and we started working on You Should Know How I Feel. Our initial plan was to release it on Valentine’s Day, because the stories in this book celebrate love. Both of us contributed two long stories each and the process of putting the book together took some more time than expected.

Mr. Saneesh Raj, a friend and classmate of mine designed a beautiful cover for You Should Know How I Feel. A preview to the book cover will be released tomorrow, here at TIC. So set a reminder, please, and make this occasion a memorable one with your presence, as always.

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You Should Know How I Feel is about love and the many places one can find it. In the journey of writing this book, I learnt that the season of love is undying. In other words, love gives us a glimpse of eternity. Tomorrow will be another day for me, you and all your beloved ones to cherish and celebrate love, much like Valentine’s Day. Each day, whenever you open the pages of You Should Know How I Feel, love will resurrect from the ashes of mundane routines and will assert its supremacy over our lives.

May in your life, love be abundant.

I will leave you with a quote by Ray Bradbury on love: “Love is the answer to everything. It’s the only reason to do anything. If you don’t write stories you love, you’ll never make it. If you don’t write stories that other people love, you’ll never make it.”

With love,

Anu Lal

In Anu Lal, Books, Dhanya Krishna, Wall of Colours, You Should Know How I Feel... on March 23, 2014 at 7:23 am

Dear Bountiful Friends,

You are a special group of celestial beings, destined to come across and share love among each other. Bountiful Word Publishing realizes this fact. Therefore, we started a new endeavor in this direction. This endeavor we call YOU SHOULD KNOW HOW I FEEL…, a bunch of love stories by our author Anu Lal.

With extremely high quality of performance, we have created, yet again, a book that can stand the test of time and generations to be a true classic. The stories in You Should Know How I Feel… will no doubt be your favorite ones forever.

Anu Lal, the first Indian author to write a trilogy in short story collects is all set to conquer the world with his fresh and lyrical story telling style. His language conquers and charms the readers’ minds. Through You Should Know How I Feel… he is introducing Dhanya Krishna, a very talented writer, as his co-author.

The book contains a bonus story for all the loyal readers of Bountiful Word. A surprise awaits you at the end of the book, after the bonus story!

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We wish you all, a very happy reading. It’s time to rekindle your passion and love, one more time.

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What Type Are You?

In Writing Solutions on October 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm
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Courtesy: Google Images

The first part of the book is titled ‘The Extrovert Ideal’. As I plodded through Part One, I felt more drawn towards the tactics and means employed in order to equip people to be better public speakers and team leaders.

The idea that if you can talk unhesitant and on a short notice, your presence would claim a considerable authority. People like fast talkers and enthusiastic go-getters. The down side, of course, is that those who feel uncomfortable about talking aloud in classrooms or in public gathering would be marginalized.

Susan Cain’s bestselling nonfiction, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking hooked me with its subheading.The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” is the central discourse of the book. That explains why I found Quiet interesting.

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Courtesy: Google Images

Ever since, I started attending school, no one ever found me in the school sports or arts festivals. Once, when I was forced to participate in an oratory, I stopped the speech in the middle and realized if I stayed on the stage a moment more, I would faint. Those were great lessons of human psyche to me, first hand of course, that people faint when faced with extreme stress.

In sports, thankfully, I never qualified the initial qualifying levels. Although I was athletic enough, a certain lack of inertia held my limbs tighter than how the tar holds the roads in Kerala.

I knew what my problem was. Someone had informed me. Perhaps, one of my parents, that I am an introvert. It sounded like ‘caveman’, for the ten year old that I was. Someone told me, when I was reluctant to go out to play with other kids that I should not behave like an introvert. That is bad, they said. ‘Bad’ meant dirty, unacceptable, secretive, and this might lead me to delinquency, they warned me.

I had thought that introversion was something like a habit, then. I did not know where I picked it up, though. Anyway, the next best thing was to ‘improve’ my personality. That’s when an individual begins the incessant struggles to fit in. Everyone who lives in such a social set up must have realized where I am driving at.

From her introduction onwards, Susan Cain drives towards the same direction. In Part One, however, what fascinated me was how a culture has found out the measures for an individual to stand out and lead. This was what I was talking about in the first paragraph.

Yes, indeed, this is the quest for purification of personality, in order to attain some sort of outgoing persona. This desire governed much of my childhood. I also suspect that my increased curiosity about how to be an influential person with spoken word has to do with the profession I handle as my day job—teaching.

I meet students who are on the extrovert side, mostly, and others who are introverts. I also find ambiverts in class, a term I learnt from Susan Cain’s book. Part One of Quiet follows the history of how American culture changed from the “Culture of Character” to the “Culture of Personality”.

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Courtesy: Google Images

It is impossible for me to go back to that memory and think about myself standing in front of those many people at my school, in that public speaking competition. Although I had memorized all my speech thoroughly, the pressure was so much that I could not keep track of it at all. My dad had written that speech. I felt I let him down. I really did.

I still remember, in another speech, which was conducted exclusively in classroom, asking my family if I could pitch an idea all by myself, right on the spot, as if it is a reply or supplementation of the previous speaker’s words. Countering, arguing, and being spontaneous to the moment seemed fun. Remember, the same scared owl dropped the platter in the middle of the speech, the previous time. However, my family told me not to attempt this bravado at this point. Later in my life, I realized that I was a better public speaker, if I were spontaneous. Being an introvert, I had figured out to tackle the issue of forgetting the words I memorized and building confidence in front of the public, though I never really got a real chance as a kid to practice this.

Quiet will let you know about yourself or at least what type of person you live with, in a skillfully nonjudgmental way.

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How to Handle the Fear to Write

In Writing Solutions on September 4, 2013 at 10:04 am
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Oh my God! I desperately wanted to finish that story. Look! I have abandoned it. I had been working on it for the past one month. It’s been six weeks since I haven’t touched it. Would I be able to resume it? How could I do justice to the story, now, after such a long time of discontinuation? I do have some notes made from the times, while I worked on the stuff. I do not think those notes are of any help, anymore, though.

It is clear to me how vague the classification of writers would be if I categorized them based on such feelings as above. A writer, at almost all stages of his or her growth feels this way. Most of those super-successful writers may not experience it the same way, because they have the ability to pursue writing without bothering much about another day-job, but apparently have other issues that affect them the same way.

If writing gives a person immense pleasure or joy, and the person is forced to work in a bakery in order to make a living, the resulting conflict could damage the mental equilibrium of that person. Those person(s) who have no aptitude for working in a bakery, when forced to compromise their psychological ecosystem with the sophistication of an altogether different system of things, creative writing suffers. This is when one feels; “Oh my God! I desperately wanted to finish that story. Look! I have abandoned it.”

The fear for being not able to do justice to one’s work of a lifetime deserves wise handling. If not, it will consume the writer, wholly. The totality of all fears has their common grounding in the unknown. In the case of the above-mentioned writer, (let us call him Paul) the unknown part is the quality of his work. Paul does not know and fears this fact: how would it all turn out to be. How could I do justice to the story, now, after such a long time of discontinuation?

In order to undo the fear of the unknown, the simplest method can be the Jungian concept of assimilation of psychic realities. Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961) was a German psychoanalyst, whose groundbreaking theories on human mind, guided the world into a modern-renaissance. He argues about a specific course of action through which a human being can bring out the contents of his unconscious and experience it in the conscious level in order to alleviate the pressure from the unconscious side.

This same method is useful in undoing the fear for the unknown in Paul’s case. If Paul is uncertain of the results his work could bring him after a considerable gap in the process of writing, he should first, look at the results. There is only one way he can get the result—by completing the work. Paul just needs some gut feeling to cross the initial fear.

If one is stuck with the fear of how the work would turn out to be, the possibility of writing a book or a story is obliterated entirely. It is up to you to take that step courageously. Your work deserves to be born, simply because you have such strong feeling for it. Let your fears not obligate the stopping of your creative work.

Writing and Making Love

In Writing Solutions on October 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm

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If you are a dreamer and if your dreams have a close affinity with anything related to arts, especially the art of writing, and if you are on the other end of the bridge where you often meet a consistency in the lack of money and facilities along with everything else that are forced to take up a job—full time or part-time—you must have felt this too. You wake up in the morning with a blooming inspiration, a strong desire to write and decide to write the full day, the best idea you just had, and you do everything possible to work on your craft even at your work place. The scene shifts quickly, quite often, once you reach your work. Since you are on this side of the bridge and cannot live without a reliable money bringing work, you definitely are supposed to reach at your work place, inspired or not.

The clock on the wall ticks away from 9.30 or 10 am to 11 and 12 and 1pm. You wonder at this point, what would be done next to finish your work early and start at the craft you much longed to work on, from the waking hour in the morning. But, unfortunately, the work never finishes. If you are a teacher, the classroom assignments are much larger in number that they are not taking you anywhere closer to a finishing point. If you are a salesman, the customers are too many on this crucial day of yours that they never leave you with enough time to write away your brimming ideas. Or any other job, this is the same, with different magnitudes and occasions. Your life is eventful, but that is just not right at this time. It would have been perfect to have eventful days, if you were on the look out for a plot or theme for your work. You could have borrowed the ideas of the people you meet, the characters that come across your observant eyes and you can even copy their dialogues and characteristics and personalities in embellishing you work with the charm of real flesh and blood.

But you simply can’t, now. The reason is simple; you are no longer in the plotting segment of the long process of writing, but in the very event of attaching flesh to what you have conceived in skeletons, of the story. By the time you reach at the evening hour when your office lets you off, you are exhausted and tired enough to hope for having a sleep before anything else. If you accidentally came across the script or writing pad of your work in your office bag, you might wonder, before the memory weighs its heavy body down upon your mind, what in the world is this!

I, once, asked one of my friends, who had a lot of erotic experiences in his life about what constituted the best performance in bed with a woman. At first he was a bit taken aback, apparently because he was asked such questions in India, hardly on any occasion. From the point of view of orthodox Indian culture, perhaps, this question can even be considered rude and impolite. Anyway, he was my friend (and still is, of course) and replied, contrary to my expectations, in a matter of fact manner; “Mood. It’s mood that creates the magic.”

I had expected an answer such as, a good harmony with the partner. However, his answer gave me the opportunity to think deeper into this phenomenon, that human beings are capable of experiencing individually—sex. ‘Mood’ was the same answer I reached at, too. A good sinking in between the partners are initiated and assured only when both of them or at least one of them is initiated, or in ‘mood’. In order to find the stimulation or to stay in mood people use different strategies, such as pornography, seeing one’s partner naked and a series of foreplays in sex. These are just the best examples for learning how to keep ourselves in ‘mood’, or motivated towards your artistic goals too. Nature taught us about how to find and maintain initiated erotic mood both in men and women. This same idea can be useful in keeping motivated towards any aspect of life as well—writing or basket ball, you name it.

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If the above mentioned, daunting job conditions threaten to deteriorate your creative activity, keeping your mood ON is your best chance of keeping it up. In order to do it, one can keep a book handy to go through it whenever in need of keeping in touch with the world of words. It could also be possible to keep a picture of you favourite personality with you (whether in your wallet or bag) to keep you motivated. Another method is to repeat in your mind that you are a writer/artist and the best one of their kind.

Charles Dickens, one of the legendary authors of nineteenth century, and in fact one of the best writers the world has yet seen, has said to occupy a desk for writing in the central hall of the house where he stayed in the beginning years as a writer and kept on writing among all the noise and trouble in the house. He continued working on his craft even when the house had visitors. At the end of the process, he came out with a brilliant novel, now a legend in itself, his first success, his first novel, The Pickwick Papers.

Focus or concentration is an art and can be strengthened through experience. This is the reason why while making love, many could not hear what would be happening in the vicinity of their house or the apartment, or even find it difficult to talk. Focus is the same reason that transforms a piece of coal into a diamond. Focus turns an amateur into professional. The example of sex is evidence that one possesses all the focus one needs in life, only that it might require an apt and stimulating occasion. Same is with talent, talent is not produced, it’s kept, always ON.