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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:

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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 How I Feel by Anu Lal and Dhanya Krishna: A Review

In Anu Lal, Books, Dhanya Krishna, You Should Know How I Feel... on February 2, 2015 at 2:25 pm

couple-beach-flower-romance-love copyYou Should Know How I Feel, is a collaborative collection of four short stories by Anu Lal and Dhanya Krishna that tackles the theme of love and it’s attendant trials and tribulations.

 
“My World Is Called You” by D. Krishna explores the concepts of miscommunication between couples and the erroneous conclusions that often result when suspicion and hastiness take hold over sober thought and dialogue. Through a chain of unfortunate events, the situation spirals out of control until both parties are made to realize the truth about their feelings for each other.

 
“Rukhsana’s Husband” by Anu Lal deals with the relationship of two people of different faiths; He is of Christian faith and she, of Muslim faith. Although their love is strong, the difficulty of revealing his faith to her parents weighs heavily on them until he resolves, at her urging, to convert to Islam in order to promote familial peace. Roles become reversed, however, as she wavers in her suggestion and his resolve to convert strengthens.

 
The last two tales, “I Am You”, by D. Krishna and “Like An Arabian Tale”, by Anu Lal, deal with the theme of family influence and tradition weighing on romantic liaisons. The first story deals with a woman’s apprehension of what may come to pass when a love relationship is revealed to her parents. The second tale delves into the fallout when one’s worst apprehensions, and more, are realized.

 
The unifying theme of these stories is one of existential crisis experienced when lovers are forced to grapple with the constraints of cultural expectations and with the weight of their families’ wishes and indeed, their own uncertainties of what is right. The characters are further challenged as they deal with their own self-images, desires, and the pull of modernity as they clash with the stereotypes of love marriages versus arranged unions. The struggles to live an authentic life, true to themselves is a universal theme as we all seek to live in accordance with our own values and dreams. I was somewhat surprised to realize the extent to which lovers must struggle to negotiate the treacherous shoals of romance against the backdrop of cultural and family pressure.

 
I enjoyed this book. The stories are well written and held my attention. Sprinkled throughout with humor, tension, mystery, and yes, romance, You Should Know How I Feel is worth a look.

A review by

Stephen Boka

This review is originally published in Amazon.com, Goodreads.com and Flipkart. Read the original here.

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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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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.

Bin to Bestsellers: the Importance of Other People in your Writing Life

In Freelance Tips on June 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm

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Making money writing is the hardest job on planet earth, however, there are people who do it effectively and make a living out of it. Being not one of them is not your problem, but aspiring not to be one is.

Is finding a publisher the best option for you as a writer? Richard Bach once mentioned in an interview; it’s not a publisher a writer searches for, but an editor. This relationship is one that should last for a lifetime. An editor understands where the music of words has to be slowed down or where it must run faster. But to get one worthy enough, you must do a lifetime’s waiting.

As a beginner in freelancing and in professional writing, how do you get an editor whose service can be worthwhile? Beginners are always stuck with the same problem, lack of funds. This in turn hampers your look out for an editor. Good editors are sale items with relatively high price money. There are many writers’ communities that offer editing services. Even some literary agencies offer you with editing services. However, if you are a first timer and one without enough weight in you bank account, hiring an editor for your book or manuscript will not be, normally, easy.

The best way to tackle this situation is to find reliable and easy options for editors. One need not go much farther for this end. Just look around and you will find yourself to be blessed with many minds, gifted with the one serum of eternal life—love—around you, ready to help reading your manuscript.

Showing your manuscript to your friends and family or girl friend would be a better option. In such a case, the money spent would be much close to null on editing services. The best editors are those who actually care for our work. You must be open to their criticisms; however, in harsh criticisms you can always rely on their lack of professional experience as the hideout from humiliation.

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Stephen King, when he wrote his first novel, Carrie, did not think it would make up to the publishing standards and threw it into the bin. But his wife Tabitha King accidentally discovered the manuscript and read it. Thinking that it would be something worth of a quality, she put it back on the table and later helped King to rework on it. The novel went to become a best seller of its times and was made into a successful Hollywood movie.

This is one real life example from the life of America’s most celebrated and enthusiastic writer, Stephen King. This could be yours too. A relationship not just helps an individual to maintain one’s emotional health but the creative out put as well. Now wait your sweet heart to tell you where to put the period.

Procrastination and a whole lot of Drama

In Thinking Freelance on November 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm
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Procrastination is one of the dramatic catalysts that work its way through to the development of plot in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The postponement of action drew Hamlet from normal struggles to madness. Of course, it adds to the drama. However, procrastination is no good a prop in a writer’s arsenal. His characters, of course can exhibit this as a favourable character flaw. But he himself should be kept away from this character trait.

  Procrastination, evidently, is not a character trait at all; however, for the use of a better word, we can use the phrase–‘character trait’. Whatever the reason is, when someone decides today’s job to be done tomorrow, he or she is procrastinating the work. It mainly results from the blind confidence of a tomorrow that is at the same time favourable and secured, as imagined by the writer. Here, it is good to remember John 9:4, “One must work the works of him that sent me while it is day; the night is coming when no man can work.” This passage directly floods the concept of a secured and assured tomorrow with uncertainty and a certain sense of unpredictability.

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Although, in every writing programme, this trait (procrastination) is the most degraded of all, the writer in practice of his craft, at least, occasionally finds procrastination resulting in favourable and creative results.  For example, certain stories or poems, when kept for some time without being penned down, yields new ideas that can make the piece of work better than how it was initially conceived.

But if you are a writer, looking forward to a professional career and still you keep pushing your assignments and stories for a farther date then you are doing real harm to yourself. Here, procrastination can bring doom. The only major difference between a professionally successful writer and an amateur is that the professionally successful writer finds ways to meet his deadlines and an amateur finds ways to postpone a deadline. Talent doesn’t make you everything. So read the rest later, finish the day’s work, now.

{Reprint: The Indian Commentator}

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.

Say Open Sesame!

In Working Freelance on October 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

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Whatever the work of words you completed, with relentless labour of words and fuming brainwork, the first draft always sucks. Your work might at sometimes fails to meet the height of expectations you kept for yourself.  It is a universal truth and little less true in any writer’s case —experienced or not.

Practice appreciation, once you finished your write up, short story, poem, lyric, novel, non-fiction, creative non-fiction or literary fan-fiction or parody.

Only if you are ready to accept yourself, someone else will accept you. Self-admiration is the key to mould your artist’s personality and to glue it up tight.

Look back and appreciate what you did in your first draft. The major issue most of the beginners come up with is the diffidence that infests them when they go back and read the article or story they have just finished. Reason—what if the first draft read vulgar?

The inspiration to write a piece would have given you a certain pleasure, feeling good about what you did with those words in the word processor is an act of extending that pleasure.

You must read the above paragraph one more time if the word ‘feeling’ did not sit well with your understanding. It could just be the wellness that you might feel after banging out those 2000 plus words a day, or less, often. The ‘feel’ could just be the contentment in what you did. This feeling drives away the darkness of hard times and restrictions in the writer’s life, in his journey of becoming.

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You are in a journey to see the day, when your words go around the world and bring you daily bread. This journey requires the fuel of self appreciation. It should not of course verge extreme self-centeredness. That will be less short of blindness. On the other hand, taking the balanced act of appreciating one’s own work helps a writer work her way through hard times.

Self appreciation can make a considerable difference in a writer’s life. This is the door towards a successful writing career that we all often forget to keep open. Say it: “Open sesame!”