Getting it “Write”!

February 8, 2009

It has always been my heart’s desire to write a book. In fact, if someone asked me my one, all-encompassing wish it would be to be an author. I never thought writing was a walk in the park but only when I attempt to do something as easy as blogging (come on, half the world does it!) do I begin to appreciate the imagination, skill and eloquence of my role models.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of my favourite authors in no particular order:
1) Jane Austen for her ability to keep me rivetted though I know how the story’s going to end – there’s no twist in the tale to expect, no nail-biting climax to anticipate; for her inimitable wit and simple stories that make her books un-put-downable; for her stories set in my favourite Victorian England; for her ability to make even the heart of someone rather long in the tooth (viz. me) go pitter-patter while not resorting to the slightest bit of sensuality…
2) Somerset Maugham that master of human behaviour whose understanding of human psyche and way with words could make you understand the motives of (and forgive!) even the devil…
3) Robert Jordan whose weaving of a wildly imaginative fantasy tale with very real characters moved me and my husband enough to name our daughter after one of his characters…
4) Thomas Hardy for his melancholic tales that make me rethink my opinions of people I know…
5) Agatha Christie whose plot twists make my head spin while all the time drilling into my head her inviolable value for human life…
6) PG Wodehouse who has never ever failed to make me laugh no matter how dark my mood…

It is lamentable that I can never be like them – I need 4 weeks between two miserable, pathetic, ill-conceived, worse-executed, uninspiring blogs. But I promise you this – if I can’t write like them, I will atleast die trying.

And just in case fortune favours me – maybe my friends and relatives will be well-advised to get my autograph before publishers start queing up at my door….


I, me, myself

January 22, 2009

Never one to be left behind, I have decided to jump onto the blogging bandwagon. I am clueless as to how it is done, haven’t figured out its purpose and don’t know where it will take me but here I go!
I was born Gayatri Chandrasekharan, married my batchmate at IIM Lucknow, Neelesh Asati and am mother to the most infuriating, adorable and inimitable prankster, Aviendha who is just 3 and a half years but you wouldn’t know it when you hear her speak. I retain my maiden name, not out of any feminist ideals, but merely because “Gayatri Chandrasekharan” is my identity (for whatever it’s worth) and I choose to keep it. Just a very brief introduction on my career since my career is not central to my blog – I quit my full-time job and took up a part-time one when my little devil/angel conundrum was born – a decision I don’t regret because with all its frustration, motherhood is the most unbelievable experience. So much for an intro. I’ll have to think about what I want to rite next… so till such time…au revoir!

Hello world!

January 22, 2009

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