The Purple Butterfly

The Purple Butterfly

Some pictures can bring about a change in you….this one certainly does 🙂

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Poetry: The Art Of Pouring Words.

Poetry is something extremely beautiful. It’s the spontaneous overflow of human emotions, as Wordsworth would have put it.

It takes you to another world while you stay put in one place. It’s a lot like imagination. In fact, a lot of it is imagination. Poets strive to share what they feel with you, but most often you end up perceiving the poem in your own way. What I see as a poet is different from what you see as a reader. It’s an art – some are born with an innate ability to compose poetry, others acquire it as they grow. But it needn’t be only those ‘poets’ who can write – it can be you too. The wonderful thing about poetry is that there’s nothing right and nothing wrong. Each piece of work is different and unique and that’s what makes it special. 

To be a poet, you need to look at everything differently. There’s a poem in every single thing you see. You just need to find it. I know when there’s a poem ready to burst out of me – that feeling you get when words just randomly pop up in your mind and put themselves into order. That’s why I call poetry the ‘Art Of Pouring Words’ – that’s all it really is. There’s no better time to write a poem than when your heart is welling up with emotions and you don’t find any outlet to let it all out. Writing down what you feel can cure you of anything – believe me, I know. Anger, frustration  sadness, excitement – they’ll all fade away once you put them on paper. Plus, you’ll end up with a very beautiful work of art to proudly display to your friends and family. You can go and tell them, “I’m a poet!”

Oh yeah! I did it!

You don’t have to be published to be a poet. Why, a lot of poets out there aren’t even sure they want to be published. 

A poem doesn’t have to be rhyming either. Some of the best works of art have been freestyle poetry. Sometimes they carry more meaning than a structured poem. In a structured poem, the rhyme and rhythm makes up for any lost meaning. In a freestyle poem, the depth of reason and meaning makes up for the lost rhyme and rhythm. They are each beautiful in their own wonderful way.

I leave you with this poem about diamonds in the sky.

Diamonds
 
A thousand stars lit up the sky,
Twinkling on their cloud nine,
A vast black sheet with silver stones,
Radiating beauty as they glowed,
They shine their brightest on a moonless night,
And shine even better in soft moonlight,
They seem so small, so out of reach,
If only we knew, they have much to teach,
It’s ethereal, a moment of bliss,
Go on and see a star what it is,
Impartial; from an unbiased point of view,
You’ll feel the beauty of its silver hues,
The beauty of the mystical sparkles at night,
That reflect as the diamonds in my eye.
 
As always, read, enjoy and let me know what you think – comment! Are you going to go write a poem after reading this? Or are you going to read one? 
 
Catch you later!
Niru<3

How To: Read A Book. Properly.

I wasn’t going to post this.

I seriously wasn’t. But then I realised that there are ever so many people out there who have no idea that the book they hold in their hand is magic. Something that can take to places far and away, over the seven seas, into different worlds and when they don’t make use of it properly…honestly, I don’t know quite what to do. You can act as surprised as you want – in fact, here’s one of my friends expression when I showed her this post.

What? Huh – excuse me. I do know how to read a book! Humph.

You see, it’s something I’ve encountered lately – half the people I meet have read a book. Yet they haven’t properly read it. There no tried and true ‘formula’ to reading a book, but there are certain unspoken guidelines that make the whole story a lot more enjoyable. What with the internet and eBook revolution taking over the entire universe :D, I realize that not everyone reaches out for a book these days. Goodness me, I publish my books as eBooks since it gives me a wider readership base! Yet – there’s something about holding a nice, warm book in your hands; turning the crinkly, yellowed pages and breathing in the musty smell as you journey through another world that seems all too real. When I read a book, I am absolutely oblivious to the surroundings. I remember when my friends would pull my book away from me when they’d gotten tired of calling my name for the umpteenth time.

That’s how you should be when you’re actually reading a book. You don’t just flip through the pages and announce proudly that you’ve finished a book. No – you don’t. You’ve got to travel through the pages, immerse yourself within the book, let the book take over your mind. You’ve got to watch it all happen right before your very eyes. You’ve got to be able to tell someone else exactly what happens in the book without a single hesitation. That’s reading a book.

Don’t be intimidated though. I’ve got just the thing that’ll help you read it properly.

Niru’s 6 Steps To Reading A Book. Properly.
 
1. Pick an interesting book. One that makes you want to read.
2. Open the book when you know you’ll have enough time. Don’t start reading only to close the book five minutes later. It breaks the continuity of the whole process. I know how busy life can seem sometimes, but try and read at least a chapter every time you open the book.
3. Allow yourself to be unprejudiced when you begin to read. Let the story do the talking. Once you start reading, you will form thoughts. That’s absolutely fine. But never open a book with pre-formed ideas of what will happen.
4. When you read, you don’t talk. In fact, you don’t exist in this world. You exist in the book. You are oblivious to the outside world, as is the outside world to you. You are a quiet person reading in tranquil surroundings.
5. Allow your brain to process the story. I’ve no doubt that if you were immersed in the book, you’ll find yourself thinking about it. This is absolutely perfect. It’s amazing. Just don’t daydream about it at school or work. 😀 What if she was an ordinary girl instead of a witch? What if he was born a superhero? What if? You must think.
6. Don’t skip pages or to the back of the book. It spoils the entire, lovely plot’s continuity. You’ll have to learn to handle suspense and a few chapters that drag in every story. You might find a new character introduced in the part you skipped and you will think, “Who on earth is that?”
Reading a book is a lot like the rolling waves that splash on the shore. You go with the flow and the plot may drag at times, but the finale will be so epic – it will make up for everything. Trust me on this. 🙂
As always, read, enjoy and don’t forget to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you, but a like would do too! 😀
Catch you later!
Niru ❤

The Hobby: People Watching

I think everyone has some sort of hobby, one or the other. It can be knitting and crocheting for some; reading, writing and a passion for music for others; and some of us, I have no doubt, like to relax in that comfortable, soft couch while watching our favourite TV show with a bowl of popcorn by our side. Not that that is a real hobby 🙂 , but moving on. There are things, that we, as humans, enjoy doing. 

Lately, one of those things appear to be people-watching. I guess the whole thing sounds weird at first. (The name gave me a creepy impression of stalking. I don’t know why.) But it looks like some of us spend the time you wait for a bus, or a couple of minutes at lunch to observe people and try to infer things about them and their personalities. After a bit of pondering (not to mention my ever-increasing hesitation and awkwardness), I found it quite fascinating. To know a little (however little) about someone just by reading the way they move their hands, or the way they walk – well, it’s remarkable. And if any of you all out there want to be an author (like me :D), people watching can give you tons of inspiration. You’d be surprised on how many plots come up in your head once you do a bit of people watching. I’ve even based characters on random people I’ve watched cross the street. 

The idea is that you observe people and their interactions within a crowd.  It’s best if it’s crowded simply because the main aspect of people watching is that they don’t know you’re watching them. If they did, they wouldn’t act natural. I don’t know about you, but if someone tried to ‘people-watch’ me in a place with only a couple of others there, I’d notice pretty fast. And I’d get very uncomfortable. 🙂 That’s pretty much why the key is to not let them know you’re observing them. It all has to be very inconspicuous.

Yeah. Don’t people-watch me after I know you’re watching me. Awkward.

There’s nothing I like to do better than take up a quiet place in an unnoticed corner and simply gaze around the room. Watch the people talk. Watch them walk. Watch them laugh. Watch them smile. And you know what’s completely unnerving about the whole experience? I feel like I know them all already. That inspires the way my characters act in my stories.

You don’t have to be a writer to people-watch. You can do it just to pass time or for a bit of fun when you’ve got a few spare minutes. You can do it to get a first impression of someone you’re going to meet for the first time. It’s really just something some of us do.

So the next time you’re waiting for your bus, or you’re at the mall and you have nothing to do, try a little bit of people watching and see how it is! Cast your eyes around and maybe you’ll find another people-watcher! 🙂 

As always, read, enjoy, and put down your thoughts in the comments section below – are you a people watcher? If not, will you try it? I’d love to hear from you!

P.S. I know that this is one of my shorter posts, but I had to actually make  time to write this post. Yet, I can never seem to make enough! I’ll write a longer one next time – and that’s a promise!

Catch you later!

Niru ❤

How To: Beat The Monday Blues Every Week

Sigh. Another Monday. The start of the ‘work week’ for all of us, and all we can do is wait for that glorious Friday (sometimes Saturday :D) to welcome us with open arms. (Cue another sigh.) Do you feel tired or energy-less when you wake up and realise it’s a Monday? Does the whole world suddenly seem dreary? Do you feel so dull you just don’t want to get out of bed? Sounds like a bad case of the Monday Blues.  Speaking of which, my Monday Blues can get pretty horrible on well, every Monday. Really, really horrible. To be honest, here’s what I look like most Mondays.

Five more minutes. Please.

I’m one of those people who believe that the beginning of the week decides the tone of the rest of the days. On Monday mornings, I feel sluggish and tired and everything that makes you not want to leave your bed. I am never in the right mood, and I  see everything predicted during the week in a negative light. Describe me in four words when I have a bad case of the Blues? Cranky, Cynical, Moody and Lethargic.Trust me, I know exactly what it’s like, and it’s worse for me because I’m not a coffee-drinker.(For most, coffee is an effective remedy for the Blues :D) I have never tasted coffee in my entire life. (Sounds unbelievable?) But it’s true. Therefore, I had to find other ways to make my Monday Blues disappear.

Hey, when I get like this during the day….

Zzz….what? Zzz….No. No, I can’t sleep. Not now. Zzz….

…I know I’ve got to do something about it. 😀 And lo, behold!

Niru’s 7 Ways To Beat The Monday Blues

1.  Never ever ever sleep late on a Sunday night. Never. Ever.

2. Wake up early and give yourself a bit of time to get used to the fast-paced life during your weekdays. Maybe even take a nice walk in the fresh air. It helps.

3. If you still feel sluggish, have a nice, hot cup of coffee or milk and relax yourself. Think of a happy place (somewhere you feel you can be yourself with no pressure. My happy place, for example, is a beach-side rose garden with colourful butterflies.) 😀 A nice, warm shower helps too.

4. Face the fact that Monday is here…but that Friday will be back in the blink of an eye. Often, thinking about happy things can have a lasting effect on your mood. Plan something great for a Friday night. (Preferably with friends or family.)

5. Eat an awesome breakfast. I mean – awesome. Do not skip it unless you want to feel right down in the dumps all day.

6. Think about meeting your friends at the workplace or school and talk cheerfully to your family at home. Trust me, this definitely works. They can cheer you up like nobody’s business.

7. Treat yourself to some comfort food. It should make you feel warm and cuddly inside; the food depends upon you and where you’re from. It should make you feel all comfy – that’s all that matters. Sometimes I nibble on a bit of dark chocolate to help wash away that moodiness.

So, there you have it! The ways I beat the Monday Blues every week. To be honest, the Blues can take away the joy of a whole week. The joy of doing a whole lot of things that should make you feel ecstatic! So, what about you? Do you have any special or unique ways you use to beat your Monday Blues? 
As always, read, enjoy, like and please leave a comment below! I look forward to hearing from you!
Catch you later!
Niru ❤