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The writing life of Damyanti Biswas
The writing life of Damyanti Biswas

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How much time do you spend online, doing what? How has that changed your life from that of your parents, for example? How much of your reading is online, and does that affect your offline reading? Does it matter? What would you wish online reading were like?

https://www.damyantiwrites.com/2018/10/30/reading-online
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https://www.damyantiwrites.com/2018/10/27/read-humans-new-york-watwb/

+Humans of New York, or HONY has become a force for good: its creator Brandon Stanton has travelled the world, brought us stories from various countries all the way from Pakistan to Sudan and Philippines. He’s raised funds for schools in the United states and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

I’ve been a follower of this page for years, but the recent series on the genocide in Rwanda has shaken me up. The stories are horrific to read, but in the spirit of WATWB, in darkness be the light, I think they need to be read–the stories of barabaric cruelty of one group of humans towards another. It is not easy reading, but it is necessary reading. Here’s one. Read all 9 parts–it is a harrowing, but good use of your time. Trigger warning: Don’t read it if you’re having a bad day.

These are stories of violence, its inception and its progress, of heroes and villains that far outstrip any in fiction, and forgiveness of a scale scarcely imaginable.


Have you ever read the posts at humans of New York on Facebook or the genocide in Rwanda? What stories of violence and forgiveness have you read before?

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Flash fiction is not for fainthearted writers, and I’m writing this pretty much last minute. Posting this slapdashfic because I need to do something to make sure my wakeful hours tonight are pleasant, or at the very least, bearable. Not taking my writing seriously, engaging in play, is often the best relaxation.

In the last few weeks, I lost a dear one, traveled between a few towns and cities, took traumatic flights, but more about that in another post.

For now, here’s my stab at the WEP flash fiction challenge hosted by Write…Edit…Publish, written in a few minutes, with a kitchen timer on the counter.

https://www.damyantiwrites.com/2018/10/17/flash-fiction-wep/
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I’m heartened that Manoranjan Byapari‘s voice will be heard widely in India and abroad–his stories and the stories from his community are needed in order to bring an awareness of the injustices that still happen in many parts of India due to the heinous practice of casteism.

He’s a writer with no formal education, and his journey is all the more remarkable for that.

He’s done all sorts of jobs from a cattle grazer, to a night guard, sweeper, cook, attendant at a cremation ground, a goon, writer, editor — and I hope he is able to do what he has worked towards: write, and speak about his life.

Have you heard of Manoranjan Byapari? Do you know a writer without a formal education? What jobs have you held down in life?

More at: https://www.damyantiwrites.com/2018/09/28/blogfest-watwb-manoranjan-byapari
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As a writer, have you worked with a #literaryagent or would you like to work with one? As a reader, have you wondered about the role of a literary agent?

Do you have questions for Abby Saul? Abby is open to queries! Check out her website for her query guidelines.

#writing #publishing

More here: https://www.damyantiwrites.com/2018/09/24/literary-agent-abby-saul/
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I haven't yet hopped onto the chai train but I look at this recipe and wonder why not.
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What novels are you reading? Do you read or write crime?

Would you recommend a crime novel you read this year?

Drop me the title in the comments, and I’ll look it up!

For those of you who read books you loved but they weren’t crime novels–please add them, too. Who knows, they might just help me find my ‘reading-focus’ again!


https://www.damyantiwrites.com/2018/09/21/crime-novels-recommendations/
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What do you believe in? Have you heard of Lord Ganesha before, or happen to worship him? To my Indian friends who celebrate the Ganesha Chaturthi, what did you do this year?

What is the importance of faith, and religion? What have you been blogging about lately? Does your blogging involve any religion or politics?

Got any interesting stories to tell?

https://www.damyantiwrites.com/2018/09/18/blogging-damyanti-biswas/
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So today's post contains a Linky list, open till Saturday, 22nd Sep: https://www.damyantiwrites.com/2018/09/15/linky-list-writing-publication/

I invite you to add links in the above post to one of your posts/ books/ articles from the past few months. I may have read them, but sharing them here will let others the chance to do so as well.

If you have a wish for this item you’re linking to, please post that as well–I’ll do my best to fulfill it. I can, and will do the following where possible: share blog post/ article on social media, comment, and in the cases of books, buy them.
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I’ve been dipping into this book: The Poetry of Zen , translated and edited by Sam Hamill and J.P. Seaton, and want to share the poem I loved best.

So much wisdom here--duality is what leads to all our troubles, and all our blessings, too. Impossible to have one without the other, really.

I love the line: "Recognizing virtue recognizes evil."

What do you think of this poem by Lao Tzu-–do any of the lines stick with you?

https://t.co/WjYCBtx094
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