CANDID CONVERSATIONS: Mona Soorma talks to Ismael Mansoor

Hello and welcome back to Candid Conversations! Today, I have an interview with a wonderful writer and poet, Ismael Mansoor. He is a fan of online writing and likes to make sure he has written something every day so he can go to bed happy. His pet peeve- people who want to correct his writing!... Continue Reading →

25 All-Time Great Books That You Must Read: Free Download

During one of my many voyages around the internet, I have compiled a list of free-to-download 25 all-time great books that you must read. Download once and read them at your leisure. 

Happy Mother’s Day

To all the women out there who are moms by blood or by love, I send my gratitude as they care for and nurture the beautiful little ones who are the future of the world. 

Word For Dummies: Easy Editing Tips For Writers And Students

Every writer knows the agony of editing, especially when you are one of those who just know enough about MS Word to write and save your manuscripts and documents. I am not too tech-savvy either, just a self-taught writer from a generation who had never seen a computer for half their life. So, for everyone who is a computer dummy like me, here are some easy writing and editing tips that I often use to save time and headaches.

Free e-books for the whole family: A gift by writers to help you through lockdowns

Stay at home restrictions are tough for everyone. Today, I have collected some free e-books for children and adults that are a gift by writers to help you through lockdown, easy your journey and also to help take your mind away from your troubles for a while.

Free Audiobooks For Kids And Adults

Free Audiobooks for Kids And Adults During The Coronavirus Pandemic Lockdowns

Words: Little differences that could make you sound very wrong!

Languages can be cunning things! They hide words that could make you sound ignorant with very little effort, especially when it comes to the nuances for a non-native speaker.  Let us look a little deeper into some words that are actually quite similar and often used interchangeably, but might mean something quite different.

10 ways you didn’t think of to prevent CORONVIRUS infection

Did you take up the #HealthyAtHome challenge by the WHO? I did. If you haven't heard about it, you can see here what the Healthy At Home challenge is all about. I did this video on 10 ways you didn't think of to prevent CORONAVIRUS infection. We are all being very careful, and that is... Continue Reading →

Day 15: 5th April 2020

Happy Sunday!

I know a lot of us are under a lockdown or stay at home advisory. However, lockdown or not, a Sunday needs to be celebrated. I am sure you will enjoy this Sunday post on my Lockdown Journal.

The Lockdown Journal

It’s Sunday!!

Yes, Lockdown or not, a Sunday is a Sunday and must be spent with joy.

Here I am with a list of happy things amid the darkness.

The Italian Air Force has reshared a video of their team painting their national flag in the air set to music to boost the morale of their COVID-19 torn nation. The video has since been shared all across the world.

Talking of morale-boosting, India is poised to switch off all lights at 9PM today for nine minutes and people will light candles and diyas instead to signify light amid the darkness of disease. I am looking forward to that beautiful moment!

A hand holding a lighted earthen lamp Light amid darkness…

Plenty of good things are also happening as a result of the lockdown. The air in my very polluted city is clean. Squeaky clean!  So much so that my children have commented that it smells different and…

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You Cannot Shoot Or Electrocute It, by Ivor Steven

Hola my dear friends

Just look at this beautiful poem that Ivor wrote for my journal! I am so grateful for to him for gracing my journal with his words. Do have a look at it, and follow the journal for my pots and more guest posts to come.
If you would like to share a post with me here, just let me know.
Meanwhile, read and enjoy this poem.

The Lockdown Journal

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You Cannot Shoot Or Electrocute It

I see grey clouds drifting across the sky

And I hear the great white bear continue to lie

You cannot shoot it

Nor can you electrocute it

I cannot hear your bullets blazing

Nor can your bombs do the erasing

Your insincere words cannot stop it

Nor can your falsehoods hide it

I cannot see your pain and fears

Nor can I see your sympathetic tears

Your money keeps you safe in the ivory tower

But will your money send the people flowers

Ivor Steven (c)  March 2020

Bob Dylan, wrote these profound lyrics 50 years ago…

“All Along The Watchtower”

“There must be some way out of here,” said the joker to the thief,
“There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth
None of them along the line know what any of it…

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