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 . . .
I have written before about the old practice of journaling and why people (including myself) maintain them. I have also shared how journaling helps sustain both a reading habit and a writing habit. And I have described how the diaries/journals of writers can be like writing instruction manuals if read properly. [. . .] So here is a new monthly series on journal prompts for those who like or want to start this practice. Of course, it helps if you create your own but, sometimes, we all need that little nudge to think outside the box. If these do not appeal, there are plenty out there in google-land.
"The beginning is the word and the end is silence; and, in between, are all the stories." ~ Kate Atkinson, Human Croquet. This quote, for me, sums up a human life. Each year begins with so many possible stories for each of us, some imagined and some unimagined. By the end of the year, what we have to show for it is a collection of all the stories we experienced/read/wrote/shared. Stories, after all, are what we are made of. When we reach that silent end, we leave, in our wake, our stories to be shared on — whether through our own writing or through the memories of others. So, for a few years now, as part of setting my usual personal goals, I have also set specific goals for reading and writing. And my 2018 word/theme for the year is "focus" [. . .] With that, I wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you positive beginnings, fresh experiences, and unimagined joys. And may many magical stories enrich your life and nourish your soul.