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To the immensely awesome and hugely popular writers like me *hiccups*, fan mails are not a very common thing. But I do get a few of them. Few are just a feedback of how one liked/disliked my book or some particular article. But this one is quite different. It came from a reader who I added on facebook sometime back. “Harshda Mangal”. She is a blogger herself and has made sure I tell her everything about wordpress since the day she started it 😛

When she told me she wanted to write a post like this, I didn’t understand the idea. But once I read it, I found it quite different. So here it is, a post by a reader, for me, on how my non-readers would take me. Yes, it seems weird, but trust me, it is weird! 😛
This post is dedicated to Shubham Choudhary, one because I am not a famous writer yet and second, I don’t know any other writer (Well! I know many but no one else would give a damn to this).

So, Shubham, You think you are a writer? Huh?? Well! There would be many people around you who would not believe the same, but there would be many more in number who would know that you are a writer, but they don’t read you. So, this post is for your non- readers (And it’s an effort to tell you that you may have crossed 47000 pageviews and got more than 1000 likes on Facebook, but to many you are still just “Shubham”)

To The Non- Readers

You had dedicated your debut novel “My EX fell in Love” to your readers. Well! This post is dedicated to your non- readers. You  should  not be much concerned about the success of this post, because the people to whom it is directed are not going to read it anyway and the person who is writing all this is also not famous!

I will not here, criticize or abuse them but thank them, to be in your life that they always prove and make you realize that, ‘whatever you have achieved, we don’t give a damn to you’.

Now, what follows is a work of imagination of how people would have nagged you by their behaviour. I know that you would surely have passed through some of the incidents and if you haven’t, hope that you do, in near future.

So, here are some of the encounters which you have or would witness:

1.       A friend, met in college and asked, “What happened man? You have not posted anything on your blog since a very long time?” This question came up when you had updated the blog just one day ago. You told him about the same and he replied, “REALLY??”
You know what, if you would have said that “I have not updated it since 3 months”, he would have broadened his eyes with the same astonishment and asked, “REALLY??”

(This one has actually happened to me, a lot of times 😛 )

2.       You meet a girl on FB and she bombarded you with the fact that she is your greatest fan. You thanked her, but she went on to prove the fact. She told that she had loved the article where you talked about “Boys are dogs” and the post in which you showed your concern over “Alien War” and also where you reviewed the movie ‘Players’. At first, you were like, when did I write that? But when she talked about Players, you thought, “This is it… I had no courage to even watch that movie for one time and she says I reviewed it…”
You interrupt her at that, but she said that “You are a busy person, must have forgotten that you wrote that…” Now what can you say after such a statement. Well! You just accepted all the appreciation with a thank you and three smileys in a row ( and also because the girl was hot… You Barney Stinson Fan…)

(That has never happened before, but if the girl is hot, I am waiting for something like this 😛 )

See, i just made this and wanted to show this. So bear with it :P

See, i just made this and wanted to show this. So bear with it 😛

3.       You meet a school friend, accidentally at the CCD. He asked you, “How is your blog- shlog going on?” You started telling him about that and was just reaching towards telling about the book, that he had to interrupt, “Ya, I have also read many posts… I can even recall that something based on tharki and all.”
You were taken to surprise and told him that it’s a very old post to which he replied, “Ya… but you know, I don’t get time to read all that stuff.
And hence a guy who actually has read you, rejects all your hard work and proves he is busier than you!
(What can I say, happens daily!)

4.   I want to witness this incident, (so, make sure that there is any wedding in your house, you invite me!!)
Imagine, your parents are bragging something about your novel, when one of the grandmothers, comes into the scene and says in a loud voice… Arre Shubham… ye kahan ka writer hai?? Ye to bachpan me nachta accha tha.. isse to dance karwao (Shubham? He is not a writer… He used to dance well, make him dance! )

Before you finish reading and ask yourself what the hell was that, I’ll say, go through point three again. Once you have a readership (or following or whatever you call it), it becomes a point of how you take some moments that won’t happen if you didn’t have that following.
I find myself the same old person but people don’t. So thanks Harshda for giving me a glimpse of what might happen.

Till I get something else to post on the blog, please like this post! 😛

PS: You can visit her blog here: http://creatigentt.wordpress.com/

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This post was pending from a long time. Needed to create a vibe since I wanted this to reach as many people as it could.

Devansh, a friend, a reader and an honest follower is my co-author in this one.

Here’s a little preview:

“Be the change you want to see”, if everyone started following this simple line, most of the problems would be solved. While I have always said this, I’ve never seen this happening around me. Blaming the government is something we consider our birthright.
‘India is a store house of problems’- I’ve lost count of how often I’ve heard these words. No solutions though, just bare criticism, as to how poor we are, how corrupt our system is & how many years will it take for us to be able to compete with the rest of the world. But ironically, none of these is incorrect. So I also started blaming the government for not only not being able to solve problems, but becoming a hindrance in the way of others who wanted to.

Just when I was having one such discussion with a friend, he told me about some initiatives his state government has taken up. Before I tell you, I’ll say that this is in no way any kind of promotion or a news making stunt. But just something I really liked and would love it if others follow it too. 

This post is different in many aspects.  As the full post is not on my blog but on my YouthDiaries website.

Read the full post here: www.youthdiaries.in/ready-for-the-change 

For the first time the whole blogpost can be found on Facebook too: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=505098869526683&set=a.304267172943188.61617.303200656383173&type=1&relevant_count=1

Many thanks to Devansh for being my co-author in this. Would love to create more such posts with you. You can read more of Devansh’s posts here : www.devanshtrivedi.wordpress.com 🙂

If you were to ask my friends, I’d probably be the last guy to give any kind of advice on hair and hairstyles according to them. And hence, when I saw this post on Indiblogger to post something about ‘perfect straight hair’ I thought I shouldn’t do it. Since 1) I am a guy and this one seems to be a girls’ topic. 2) The aforementioned reason, were there, I closed the browser and started typing random stuff that came to my mind. And apparently, this post happened.

And now that I see, they actually wanted Crazy, Whacky and Weird Ideas only. So here we go.

Today is 12-12-12. A date which won’t appear for the next 100 years and we won’t be seeing such a repetition again for that much time (till the next 01-01-01 comes). So let’s add one more 12 to the count and roll with it.

  1. Remember those ‘center shock’ ads around 10 years back? They claimed they could get your hair straight. Although that chewing gum is hard to find now, you can still manage to make one at home. Mix some concentrated lemon juice with tamarind and dissolve around 2 Tablespoon salt in it. Drink it in one go, if you survive, it will be with straight hair!
  2. Ever had a grill sandwich? Yummy isn’t it. Now don’t switch off the grill after taking out the sandwich. Wrap silver foil around your hair and put them in it. Press the hood hard till you’re sure they’re straight (I’d recommend having someone around to keep a check on your breath… umm… in case it’s gone!)
  3. You won’t iron your hair, right? Coz that would be weird! How about using a steam iron though? At least make it trendy!
  4. This 12-12-12 thing reminds me that we won’t have such a repetition again. Or will we? Those who want a 13-13-13 can totally listen to Himesh’s song “Tera-Tera-Tera Surooooorrrrrr”. No matter what happens, I am pretty sure his voice will get you enough shocks to give an erection to your hair!
  5. Getting straight here isn’t tough, if you see that like this. Listen to “Dabangg 2” songs. ALL of them. Yes… ALL!!! I can bet that you’ll be pulling your hair so much in the meanwhile that they’ll become straight. Rock lovers, replace Dabangg with Justin Beiber.

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6. Let’s get a little sciency now. Take some iron nails and some feviquick. Empty the tube in a plate filled of the nails and before the nails stick to the plate, stick them to your hair. Now stick a magnet to your shoes and wear them. The nails  ttract to the magnet and the curls just vanish. See, who could tell what you learned in class 5 would help so much.

7. So we’ve tried Eatables, Instruments, Music and Science. What’s left? I’ll tell you. Kids. We all have that bunch of little weirdoes around who will do anything to make your time like hell. Every under-3-feet kid has this habit of pulling your hair when they’re irritated.

So lift one off the ground and in case he/she doesn’t pull your hair, there’s no harm in tickling a bit to get them to do it (Unless their parents are around.)
8. Are you rich? What? Yes? Will you marr… err… nothing. You must be having a garage and a car then. Go lie in your garage and roll over a car or a motor vehicle over your hair. They’ll get straight, stylish and the treads of the tyres might as well give them a new shape!

9. This one is actually a serious one. Suggested by my sister. Use a comb regularly and read this http://www.sunsilk.com.au/expertise/best-hairstyle-is-as-straight-as-can-be.html. I hear it works! (Since I have a lot of female readers, I’d prefer a feedback on this one 😉 )

10. While I am suggesting everything to get you straight hair in every not-so-possible way, people would say why have straight hair at all!? When you can have superb curvy… err… curly looks.

I’ll tell you why. Coz then you’d look like this.

devaang style

My fellow MNITians will know the reason of my death in the next few days now! 😛

11. Listen to 12 Rajinikanth jokes and tell yourself that Rajinikanth can’t get your hair straight. Since it’s his birthday, he won’t kill you, but he’ll surely straighten up your hair by thinking about it.

12. When none of the above ways work and you’ve reached till here, look in the mirror, you already have straight hair! After all you read a full post on my blog. Not a cake walk I tell you!

So this is it. I have tried not making sense as long as I could, if by mistake I made sense somewhere, that was purely coincidental and unintentional. Kindly bear with it.

Also wish me luck, maybe the super awesome sunsilk people will give me a goodie for writing this! 😛

And you do know my book is published, write… err… right?
Buy it here: www.bit.ly/booklinks, www.bit.ly/booklandmark, www.bit.ly/bookflipkart 🙂

 

PS: Thank you Shubham Khandelwal, my co-author in the most liked post till date of this blog “The Resume of a girl” for his inputs in the post. 🙂

Writing a book isn’t easy. Well so isn’t eating a whole pack of caramel popcorn but yeah, people do that. So did I (umm… wrote a book, popcorn is still out of my scope).

I remember how a few years back I used to be that careless undisciplined and freaky guy who would always put personal interests and family over any other thing. Years have gone by, things have changed… and now I am… well… the same careless and freaky guy, just a little more undisciplined now.

If you assume that I am going to tell you a story of how “My EX Fell In Love” came into existence after one magical conversation I had with some genius who made me realize my inner writer, then sorry to disappoint you, this didn’t happen. I have always been a guy who loved to write. When the torture of write ups became too much for my school and college teachers to handle, I decided to convert that to a blog and irritate the rest of the world.

It wasn’t even a month since I had created “ABugInMyMind” when I started receiving some superb comments from my friends. And one day when one of my articles got published on some other website, similar response was seen from people I didn’t even know. I won’t say I wasn’t used to such responses since I had been writing one liners and small articles for some popular websites even before that, but to become a blogger and then being praised by people who are good at it was something different.

So the journey went on, and one day someone (yes, I am not going to say the name) randomly said to me “You should write a book!”. I am pretty sure that guy wasn’t in his senses when he said that, but even I wasn’t, so I took that seriously.

Unlike other engineers or many known Indian writers, I unfortunately didn’t have any story of my desperate attempt at a failed love or a heart wrenching breakup. So I made up one freakish tale of my own, took some inspiration from my friends and as they say, I could make them laugh with my poor jokes, so I mixed some of that in it. And when they told me you need a funny title, came “My EX Fell In Love”, the name, in my mind.

I used to ask my sisters about what kind of names would suit a guy who has this and that characteristics and she always used to give me some names along with a weird expression of what I was up to! So yes, Yatharth and Vikalp are my thoughts while Sanchita and Pratishtha is something I got from them. After writing a synopsis and 4 chapters, I told my family that I was writing a novel. And believe me, my mother didn’t faint! She actually praised me.

I kept on writing and a funny tale of Yatharth and Sanchita took shape.

After the basic story was done, I started taking help from one of the, well, only writers in my vicinity, Harsh. He told me how to approach a publisher and everything about it. I did the same, even before my manuscript was done. One day, when I was just doing the usual stuff, i.e., bunking college and sending out some letters my mom wrote to relatives, I got this email. “Congratulations, we have approved your story for final consideration; you can mail us the full manuscript.”

I didn’t jump out of ecstasy, but I did rush home to complete the rest of the novel which took me another month. But yes, I did get a publisher, I got a superb story and a few characters that I actually lived while I was writing them. I still remember how every chapter and scene I wrote used to make me laugh and how I used to speak those dialogues sometimes. Crying is something I never did, and I believe the readers who like the book won’t shed a tear as well, since there is no such instance in it (My bad!)

I wrote not because I wanted fame or money (Writers these days hardly get any). I wrote because I had realized writing was my passion. I could leave everything to write at peace. I wrote because I wanted to see how far I can go.  Will the world, which has always praised my articles when they read it online, like to pay to read what I wrote?

Apparently they did! And till now the reviews have been unbelievably good. So I’d say, though Indian writers have that stereotype image and so does campus love stories, but do not judge a book by its cover, unless it’s mine as my book’s cover is awesome! 😛

The Cover

The Cover

As one of the reviews said, “If you have a few hours and want a good laugh without exercising your brains much, do give “My EX Fell In Love” a try”

You can buy the book online here: www.bit.ly/myexfellinlove , www.bit.ly/booklinks

Like it on Facebook: www.facebook.com/myexfellinlove

And for more reviews: www.bit.ly/bookgoodreads

And me, well I am always here: www.facebook.com/awesomeshubham

Enough marketing 😛 Do tell me if you have any thing else you wanted to know (except for the question “is it your story?” 😛 )