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12/24/15
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It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world!!!

When I first took to writing short stories, which was about 6yrs ago, I thought it would be an easy task. I have always been an insecure pencil pusher, cautious of my grammar and spellings, and I had surmised that the only challenge in my way of writing decent short stories would be the correct usages of tenses and participles. After six yrs and only God knows how many days, I realize how wrong I was. Utterly wrong. Thoroughly wrong. You do not Write short stories, you Live them. Every character is your own- as lively as you, with certain parts of your own personality and bearing a striking resemblance to somebody you know, or had known at some juncture in your life. You give birth to them, and then introduce them to each other. It feels special, as if you are creating a world of your own, with people who behave and act in ways you want them to. You decide the smallest of intricacies of the world they live in, and you get to choose what clothes they wear and what food they eat. You have to weave a thread- a delicate, minute thread, and you have to make sure that your characters sound and read the part they are playing.
I did not realize any of it first- I thought it would be as simple as writing an analysis of a latest political happening, or penning down a personal experience in the first person. And very soon my short stories, or rather, the characters that I had in mind, made me realize that it wasn't going to be this simple. I had decided not to work too much on the setting or the description of the places involved, and I wanted to focus on the behavioral aspect of the characters instead. But this is not possible. Even if you read the most uncomplicated short story writers of our times, Pearl S. Buck or Ruskin Bond for instance, you would realize that even though they do no focus much on the detailing of the places in their stories, they use very subtle expressions and observations, which allow the reader to have quite a vivid image of the characters and the setting in their minds. Their delineation is so fine-drawn, it does not even care to bother you. It reads very easy, and it sounds quite simple, but over the course of time, I have realized that it is one of the most difficult ambitions that an aspiring story teller can try to achieve.

There are times when you realize that you're trapped. All your "escapes" are mere distractions or detours from where you're actually going. You see a light at the end and keep walking towards it. But the closer you think you are, the father it gets away from you. And you feel trapped. All the roads to the end are blocked or a dead end. Your legs start to tire. You don't feel like you can walk anymore. And that's when you see "it". The "it" you thought you had left behind. The "it" that has now caught up and is coming at you in fulll speed. Its like the rabbit woke up just in time to catch up to the turtle and won the race. And your body feels numb. You try to move but you feel immovable. And you let it devour you. Tear you apart limb to limb. And you somehow don't feel the pain of having your limbs torn apart from your body. You just wait for it to end. And when the "it" finally spits you out, you dare to look at it. And you're shocked by what you see. It has your face, your eyes. But its uglier. More dangerous. Its like this monster inside you which finally escaped and is now wreaking havoc for you. 
And once again, you start to run. With whatever's left of you, you run. You cry for help and you feel a hand reaching out for you. A voice calling out to you. But the hand is out of reach and the voice is too distant. But you keep running towards it, not daring to look back at the "you" that's chasing you. You run.

You drink away the sadness
You smoke away the pain
You try to feel better
With substances in your veins
There's a rush that you get
You feel so high
You float above the clouds
You fly up in the sky
You try to feel better
By taking another pill
You try to feel better
When deep inside all you are is ill.

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Must watch awesome video.

Why does one write? What is the purpose? You can very well get away with an illogical story, calling it a figment of your imagination or complete fiction but when you apply yourself, and come up with something convincing and graphic, it not only satisfies you from within, but also gives you a strange hope that someday, somwhere, your story might actually happen.The challenge is not to write, but to write sense. Stories are meant to appeal to the heart of the reader but that does not mean it has to be without any rationale, or reason. A story, with relatable environs , and with characters that you have met and known in the past, holds a special place in the library of your heart. An amalgamation of little logic,with emotions that do not seem imposed or forced, is always welcome. It is sad that I have not been able to write a single short story till date but now, I at least know what it takes. I have to be my characters. I have to visit places where they live, and destinations where they want to go.

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Why does one write? What is the purpose? You can very well get away with an illogical story, calling it a figment of your imagination or complete fiction but when you apply yourself, and come up with something convincing and graphic, it not only satisfies you from within, but also gives you a strange hope that someday, somwhere, your story might actually happen.The challenge is not to write, but to write sense. Stories are meant to appeal to the heart of the reader but that does not mean it has to be without any rationale, or reason. A story, with relatable environs , and with characters that you have met and known in the past, holds a special place in the library of your heart. An amalgamation of little logic,with emotions that do not seem imposed or forced, is always welcome. It is sad that I have not been able to write a single short story till date but now, I at least know what it takes. I have to be my characters. I have to visit places where they live, and destinations where they want to go.
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