Another post after another long wait… well, I keep surprising the readers, don’t I? Anyway, let me dive straight into the point — naming characters is hard. I am sure those of you who are parents would know what I am talking about.
The name has to be just right because if it isn’t the tides can turn on you and your character will be stuck with a crap name forever. And we all know what happens to people with crap names. They get bullied. Period.
Thankfully, after too many trips down Google’s Baby name’s pages and irritating my roommate as I bounced names off her every two seconds, I have named all my characters and they fit perfectly.
But that is not the hard part. Continue reading
Hey guys! Wassup? Guess what happened this time – my internet pack (courtesy: Manipal University) got over. Yup, all 15GBs of it. I know, I know, careless of me but I learnt my lesson fair and square and have come out of it with abundant sympathy for the addicts who go cold turkey and have to deal with the consequences of their actions.
If you want a funny tale, here’s my cold turkey experience:-
Day 1: No internet???? Why am I being punished???? Why? Why? Why?
Day 3: Ah well, can’t do anything about it. Might as well focus on writing about Fortis (story world in Rage: the book I am writing).
Day 5: Two weeks of no internet? Oh please! It will be gone in a blink and I will be reunited with my dearie.
Day 7: (Scene: In our hostel room)
Me: Please, can I use your internet for a while?
Roommate: Ah, ok, but not right now. I have to complete my presentation. (Genuine reason, don’t worry, she is nice.)
Me: I just need to send in the articles. (I am currently working for a student-run newspaper called What’s Up Manipal.)
Roommate: Just wait a while.
…5 hours later (or maybe it was just half an hour… I dunno, withdrawal screws up your internal clock)…
Me: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You are an angel. (I definitely do not remember saying those words but I do remember feeling them when she turned her laptop my way).
Day 9: (Scene: A Behind-the-doors-alcohol-party)
Me: Shit! You are drunk! Continue reading
Following the wild success of the previous installment, I have decided to update you all lovely readers with some more wild things Indian TV Serials teach us. So let’s not waste time dilly-dallying and get on with the show:-
1. If a guy and a girl hate each other they will always end up getting stranded in the middle of a forest and *BAM* a thunder-storm would turn up and the two will somehow end up finding a barn (no idea how it got there and why so many haystacks are piled up inside). The rain will end up doing something weird to their hormones and most times than not they will feel a heavy sexual tension and by the time people turn up to rescue them they would feel the first stirrings of love.
This entire line of thought stinks of a post-apocalyptic world where you are the only two humans left alive and must now propagate and refill the entire planet with your kind. Ugh!
2. The rich girl will party for the better part of the night and at the end of it will have to walk back home down a lonely highway with wolves and coyotes howling in the background and maybe a sketchy guy stalking her, no idea how she ended up on the road and what happened to her car or cell phone (…and the crowd she was partying with).
Makes me wonder if she was partying in the Bermuda Triangle where there is no network.
3. No one dies. I mean they do but they always mysteriously Continue reading
As the header suggests today’s post is gonna have some fun twists. So hold on tight and let’s hear Allison’s story. Continue Allison…
Dating online can be deceiving. You spend the first moments of this potential relationship searching the profile of your possible suitor, Facebooking and Googling their names. You are pleased with their honest profiles, likes and dislikes as well as their photos.
Then comes the exchange in emails and phone calls. You think to yourself, this guy is really funny and has a great voice! Your heart starts to flutter and you start running date outfits through your head.
A date has been set at your favorite neighborhood restaurant and you pump yourself up in the mirror. You can do this, don’t be nervous-he’s going to be a great guy, he could be the one!
Then you arrive at your destination, get out of the car and see a man that vaguely resembles what you saw online standing in front of the restaurant. As you approach him you try to convince yourself, your date is inside and the grinning man in front of you isn’t actually him because this guys if at least 4 inches shorter than you and your date said he was at least 5’7.
Judging by his antsy dance moves and small waves you realize… nope, this is him. Your dreams of a white picket fence and 2.5 kids are shattered. If he has already fibbed about his actual height there has to be more he is hiding.
You start dinner with a strong glass of red wine and contemplate how to end this dinner date early. There was more chemistry on paper then in person.
Before the main course arrives you realize he is a profuse sweater and won’t stop touching your knee. He tells you about his mother and how family Christmases would be at him home and if you were to join him 9 months down the road.
How does one go from looking perfectly cool online and then coming off as eager and overachieving in person? Easy. Dating online is easy. It’s when it gets offline that it becomes hard.
Online you can create a persona that you think you are and share your best attributes. Dating profiles don’t display your less than favorable traits. I am sure that in my profile what came off witty was delivered flat in person.
• When it comes to online dating it’s important not to hype yourself into something you aren’t. Be yourself; leave the fluff off the table. If someone doesn’t like your profile, then good-you don’t need them anyway.
• Talk on the phone at least 3 times before meeting with them; that first phone call is always nerve-racking and uncomfortable.
• Meet for coffee or one drink. Keep your first date short and sweet, just in case.
• Go into the date with a positive attitude and lower your expectations. First dates are always the hardest.
• If there is clearly no chance that you want to see this person again, be honest. End it nicely.
Just remember that online dating is available to help those who don’t have time to go out and do social things in safe settings to meet someone. They are simply an aid, not a miracle worker. You have to be willing to put in the effort and make it work for yourself.
Keep an open mind and open heart and date happily.
About the Author:-
Allison after graduation allowed herself to combine her two passions: writing and children. She has enjoyed furthering her writing career with www.nannyclassifieds.com. She can be in touch through e-mail allisonDOTnannyclassifiedsATgmail rest you know.