Recently, I was involved in a discussion in a writer’s group about Chetan Bhagat. Unlike most similar discussions, this one did not degenerate into the vitriol that usually happens when Chetan Bhagat is mentioned. In part, because the discussion was not limited to Bhagat himself, but included Amish Tripathi, Durjoy Datta, Ravi Subramanian, and other bestsellers. … Continue reading I am a Chetan Bhagat fan, and I am not an idiot: A 2001-word editorial odyssey
When the #DeadAdityaKapoor hashtag goes viral, Maya Kapoor races toward Lilavati Hospital--and her husband. But, a monsoon downpour threatens to stop her. Will she reach in time to say goodbye to Aditya? Inspired by Ravi Subramanian's Write India passage, The Hashtag wrestles with the real emotional toll of virtual rumors.
I love India, but I hate the traffic. Like any expat, I have my tales of traffic congestion that few back home can comprehend. Going from Powai to BKC takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on time of day, route, and any unforeseen events, like wedding processions. So, when someone in Mumbai … Continue reading Texts, tolls, traffic, and tweets
I should have been an early adopter of Twitter. To an editor, Twitter’s 140-character limit presents an intriguing challenge: say as much as possible in the fewest possible characters. But, I did not jump on the Twitter bandwagon until recently. http://youtu.be/PcmvwFcfWmY Why wait? Simple. I thought Twitter was like Facebook except with fewer spaces: all status updates … Continue reading Tweet, tweet: What 140 characters can teach you about great content