Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal

‘Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal’ is a Tamil ‘Sahitya Akademi’ award-winning novel, writen by Jeyakanthan in 1970. The title of the book literally translates to ‘Some people at some times’. ‘Of Men and Moments’ is an English translation of this book by K.S Subramanian.

To start with, the novel is not any extraordinary story. It captures the chequered life of Ganga, the protagonist. Stumbling into sex with a millionaire playboy as an innocent teenager, she is disowned by her family. A benevolent maternal uncle shelters and educates her in a different city. He’s erudite but lecherous. She becomes a higher official in a respectable job when the man of her life (Prabhu) re-enters, now with added dignity.

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Date – Six Word Story #6

This is in response to ‘The Saturday Six Word Story Prompt’ by Shweta of ‘My Random Ramblings’.

The prompt for this week is ‘Date’, and here is my take on it. I’ve interpreted date as a day of the month. Some dates, we can never forget! Some dates, we fail to remember! 

——– DATE ——–

Maintain a countdown,
and finally forget!

This is a post dedicated to students who forget deadlines, friends who forget birthdays, spouses who forget anniversaries, and parents who forget important schedules with children!

Sunshine Blogger Award #3

‘Crazy Nerds’ is nominated by Phoenix for the Sunshine Blogger Award, for the third time now. Thank you, Phoenix, for the nomination. This is an interesting nomination, as it followed the round-robin pattern to return back to me from one of my previous nominees for the same award.

Phoenix has a fantastic blog, featuring posts on daily wisdom and poetry. She also hosts poetry competitions, providing a platform to inspire writing in many authors. Do check it out and show some love!

Sunshine Blogger Award Rules

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The Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers to bloggers who inspire positiveness and creativity in the blogging community.

The rules are :

  1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  4. Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award, write them 11 new questions and notify them about the nomination.
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Logo of Sunshine Blogger Award

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Disparity in Downpour

Zara’s parents were forced to forfeit their house to a mortgagee within months of her birth, after facing huge loss in agriculture. This unprecedented confiscation earned her ‘the unlucky’ tag.

Even a slight drizzle was rare in that town. What could the new-born do to stop an unforeseen deluge?

As a child, all she prayed for was only rain, mild rain, to help her farming family. Little Zara was showered with the gift she prayed for, and a baby brother. Family flourished and so did Zara’s happiness. But, the label still remained. Now, it’s her brother who is ‘the lucky charm’.

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Forever – Six Word Story #5

This is in response to ‘The Saturday Six Word Story Prompt’ by Shweta of ‘My Random Ramblings’.

The prompt for this week is ‘Forever’, and here is my take on it. There are few kinds of ‘forever’ that end. This is one such story, in which, I’ve pictured the feelings of one of the most loyal creatures of God – the dog – on demise of its master.

——– FOREVER ——–

Fasting forever,
Fang found his master.

Confrontation

Having seen so many distressing experiences of many, also here in the blogging world, I felt compelled to write this post. The timing seems right too – the lock-down and the month of May, which is observed as the Mental Health Awareness Month in the US.

Disclaimer:
The post is lengthy, around 1000 words, and is not a substitute for any kind of medical advice.

What is confrontation?

Confrontation implies hostility. Considering it only on the personal front, it is, in general, disagreement expressed in words between two groups of people.

It need not always be angry or aggressive conflicts. It is something that needs to be addressed urgently in a direct and proactive manner.

When can such situations arise?

The need for confrontation on interpersonal relationships arises mostly as an outcome of intense depression. A major depressive episode may occur once, very rarely with long intervals, or may return repeatedly when any simple incident triggers your worst memories.

The troubles could be based on a relationship issue – mutual misunderstanding, infidelity, disagreements – or even childhood fears.

Is it okay to confront someone who’s close to you?

Many of us fear confrontations, or go to an extreme extent to avoid them completely. This stage could even be an upshot of your own insecurities with the person concerned or the fear of losing them.

The person to be confronted could be to parents, siblings, better-half, friends or even colleagues.

By confronting, you’re not going to kill each other. You know that the people concerned are important ones in your journey. So, consider it as an opportunity to mend broken ties and strengthen your linkages.

“When we speak, we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So, it’s better to speak”.
– Audre Lorde

Often a simple exchange of words mends hearts than prolonged silence. Don’t ever hesitate to be the one to break the silence.

Should you really confront?

Confrontation is the last step to clear your depressed mind.

Confrontation demands courage. You’ve to break all your self-doubts. There’s nothing wrong in Continue reading

Haunting Surprise

Adi planned a surprise for Aditi. It was their first anniversary.

He woke her from sleep in the early morning. Midnight would be the right term to use. He covered her eyes, and started driving to a new place. It was her wish to go to a distant place, with just him.

On the way, Adi played her favourite songs, kept her hooked ranting his childhood tales to distract her thoughts from the surprise.

He explained the beauty of the dawn comparing it with her eyes. Availing the chance, Aditi manipulated him to get her mask removed to witness the beautiful sunrise, still blushing. Her request got rejected. She enjoyed the denial, and mentally prepared herself for a big surprise. Continue reading

Visionary

It was 2007. We were taken to a college from our school to witness the speech of our beloved former President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. It was an international conference on math and science. I don’t remember what he spoke. Please don’t ask!

After the incident, many of us became excited and started fighting for his books in the school library. ‘India 2020’ and ‘Wings of Fire’ remained popular reads for years. I guess it’s present even now in the reading wish-list of many.

Those were the days when the year 2020 was over-hyped. Delivering a speech on “India 2020” was a proud moment for most school-goers. Transforming the nation to a developed country was a goal back then. Continue reading

Sunshine In The Time Of Distress

I understand that I’m flooding the blog by publishing the award posts, all at once. Please bear with me, for that!

‘Crazy Nerds’ has been nominated by Rishabh for the Sunshine Blogger Award. This is the 2nd award of its type. It feels good to get more sunshine during these difficult times. Thank you, Rishabh, for the nomination.

Rishab has a fantastic refreshing blog filled with poetry! Do check it out to experience a poetic journey, inspired from the littlest of things in life.

Sunshine Blogger Award Rules

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Awesome Blogger Award – Again!

This is the 3rd ‘Awesome Blogger Award’ received by ‘Crazy Nerds’ in a row, within a week. It’s a great pleasure! Thank you, Era, for the nomination.

Era runs a multi-niche blog to motivate people through her words. Her poetry establishes her profession as a doctor. She vividly explains the intricacies and emotions in and around hospitals, in many of her posts. Check her out to get some positivity!

About Awesome Blogger Award 

The award was created by Maggie @Dreaming of Guatemala. The hyperlink doesn’t work anymore; I received this information from another blog by Googling.

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CrazyNerds’ First Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award

I’m glad to inform you about CrazyNerd’s 1st nomination for the ‘Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award’. I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Shweta of My Random Ramblings for this nomination. Do check out her blog. Her tiny tales will keep you hooked. They are simply superb!

About the award 

The Vincent Ehindero Award is an award on the name of a guy with the zeal to make people smile. His motive is to inspire the lives of bloggers. To know more about the award, check out this post on his blog. Continue reading

Dreams – Six Word Stories #3

This is in response to ‘The Saturday Six Word Story Prompt’ by Shweta of ‘My Random Ramblings’.

The prompt for this week is ‘Dreams’, and here is my take on it. I’ve interpreted dreams as aspirations. This time, it’s not a single six-word-story. My brain was flooded with six word sentences, and so, I share them all.

——– DREAMS ——–

  1. Dreams don’t let my eyes shut!
  2. Planned to sleep; woken by dreams.
  3. Light has dawned, sleep has not!

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Isolation

This is a response post to the ‘Thursday Poetry Competition‘ by ‘Penable’. The topic assigned is ‘Isolation‘, and what strikes me is about finding calm in the chaos.

——– ISOLATION ——–

The dusk is here,
bidding goodbye to my usual stare.

There’s just a window,
dividing me and the outside world.

Yet, it feels like a prison,
having me as the caged bird.

I find a way, to fly,
breaking all my invisible chains.

I’m lost in deep thoughts,
budging my pen on paper.

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Don’t Be Pure Gold!

Isn’t gold precious? Then, why not be pure gold?

Pure gold, 24K, is lustrous and precious; but, it is soft. It is unsuitable for most applications including coinage and jewelry making.

When pure gold is mixed with traces of zinc, copper and nickel, it becomes stronger. It can still be called ‘Gold’. However, when these are added in greater quantities, gold loses its luster.

Likewise, we may lack grit if Continue reading