marginalia

Marginalia: Journal Prompts (February)

So how did you get on with the January journal prompts? They were a sort of warmup, particularly for those who are not quite into journaling yet but want to find their way to a regular practice. I've written earlier about some of the reasons people like to maintain a journaling practice. I want to add two more specific reasons of my own. [. . .] Let's not do the obvious thing with making all the prompts related to romantic love this month. Instead, let's look at how we approach/manage relationships in general.

Update: Dhumketu’s Short Stories (Literary Translation)

I am thrilled to share that my second book project has been accepted by Harper Collins India for worldwide publication in 2019. This is a literary translation from Gujarati into English of Dhumketu's short stories. Dhumketu (the word means comet) was the pen name of Gaurishankar Govardhanram Joshi, one of Gujarat’s most prolific writers in the early-20th century. During his lifetime, he wrote some 492 short stories in 24 volumes, 29 historical and 7 social novels, various plays, travelogues, and more. He was also an avid translator of Rabindranath Tagore and Khalil Gibran. To me, Dhumketu is the Gujarati Chekhov or Tagore . . .

Booknotes: Favorite Writing How-to Books Part 7

A short while ago, a writing friend asked for recommendations on how-to books for writing nonfiction. It sent me rummaging through my shelves. As usual, the list below comprises of my top three favorites, not necessarily the most popular ones out there. I have also included a handful of online sources at the end. Let me clarify that my focus here is on how to write in the essay form, or creative nonfiction (CNF), rather than an entire nonfiction book. Of course, many nonfiction books grow out of individual essays.