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A girl in the neighborhood

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"Shall we not visit the classroom?" Shruthi asked Maria, the school counsellor. 
Commerce 3.  Out of the three girls missing from the school, two --Gauthami and Clara --came from that class.  
"Of course, that's a priority of the hour," Sara didn't have to think twice. 
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A writer follows human myseries

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This post is inspired by two talks I listened to recently.  The first one is in my mother tongue, Malayalam, by Sunil.P. Ilayidam. My post is not entirely about what he presents about Ramayana, which of course is enjoyable to listen, according to me, but only a small part of it.  (My apologies to those who cannot grasp my mother tongue


 He explores the questions, who is a writer/poet or what is it that motivates a writer to write a story.  Quoting Kalidasa, the ancient Indian poet, he defines a writer is the one who continues his creative journey after human sorrows.  Valmiki was a hunter -turned poet.  Ratnakaran was his original name. He turned to be Valmiki, the most significant Indian poet of all time at the instance he witnessed the sorrow of a female bird suffering the departure of her beloved male friend.  A hunter just shot an arrow through his heart and killed him.  That is the opening scene of Ramayana. 

Ilayidam carries on, in the onset of Ramayana, Valmiki was in search of …

Showing versus Telling

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In creative writing, we always hear showing versus telling.  What does that mean? It means you create a scene in a story, showing all details rather than explaining it. Or do not make it expositional, or describe, only show.  For, e.g. instead of telling your character was angry, show how his eyes went red-shot, his mouth quirked in disgust, he stamped on the floor etc.