After the highs of dancing in the streets of Delhi in January and getting my first published articles (plural!) in Huffington Post in February, the last couple of months have had a lot to live up to if it wanted to match the start of the year.

So did it? Here are the moments that I am grateful for... moments made me smile in April & May

Winning the #WRITEINDIA contest

When the Write India contest was announced by Times of India, I found myself intrigued.
Every month for 11 consecutive ones, one of India's most popular authors would give a story prompt and the people of India had to come up with a great short story based on the guidelines the author set. The final winners would get their stories published in an anthology.

And I won

Durjoy Datta's extremely creative prompt featured a unique girl with superhuman features and the guidelines he set were even more unique. And I knew exactly what I wanted to do with that story the very first time I read his paragraph. I am so glad to do a decent enough job (I always feel I can do more every time I read my old stories) that got me the win. As huge as it is to win this when competing against the entire country's immense talent, it was more personal for me.

After the highs of the past two years where I have had over a dozen stories published across almost all genres (from romance to horror and even action), I seemed to have hit a slump. My heart just was not into it... I could not focus long enough to even care to write stories. Dozens of short stories lie all over my Evernote, abandoned and incomplete. This win helped me prove to myself that I was worthy. And right now, for me, that is the big victory I need.     

A Wedding in the Family

A celebration of two hearts uniting is a win in my book. Always.

Two souls but a single thought.
Two hearts that beat as one.
- John Keats

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"The more things change, the more they stay the same."
- Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

When we first enter the dimly lit room, we see the magician.
Intrigued by what we know he is about to do, we gather around him.
In observing the hands at work, we understand. 
In understanding the power behind magic, we are inspired to do it ourselves.
In doing, we realize the true struggle behind the faux effortlessness. 
We fail yet we persevere. 
We evolve yet we strive further. 
We better ourselves every time we fail. 
We stay focused every time we succeed.
And without even knowing it, one fine day we look up and suddenly realize that we are no longer the watcher any more. 
We are now the watched. 
We are now the hands that inspire. 
We are now the magicians.

"The more things change, the more they stay the same." - Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

The medical world may have evolved in so many ways over the last 1 and a half centuries but still the building blocks remain the same - Observe, Understand, Do, Persevere, Evolve... Succeed.

Authors note:
Watching young medical students today in my operation theater, I was just reminded of the images from over a century ago when scores of enthusiasts in the field of medicine would watch as surgeries were performed in huge amphitheaters.
Placing both images side by side really did bring home the reality of Alphonse Karr's prophetic words.


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Gulab Jamun with Dark Chocolate Filling

One of India's most popular sweets, the Gulab Jamun needs no real introduction. The milk-solids based sweet is actually not just limited to Indian cuisine or even South Asian but is also a part of Caribbean cuisine! 

Gulab Jamun with Dark Chocolate Filling

They are delightful melt-in-your-mouth little globes of heaven and can test the character of even the truest of calorie watchers as they sit there in their golden hues, bathed in a glistening sugary syrup.

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This post is part of my #AtoZChallenge for April 2016 where my theme is TV Sitcoms.
For the letter Z, I choose Zach Braff & his show that still changes lives today, Scrubs.


Simultaneously humorous and heartfelt, the show by Bill Lawrence follows the lives of the new doctors at Sacred Hearts Hospital as they deal with their patients and their own lives, viewed from the eyes of a quirky young intern.

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Becoming an icon on a television show is no easy feat with ratings wars and finicky fan followings for each show. Over the years, many have starred in various shows with very few breaking the code. But there are the rare few who are lucky enough to taste success not once but twice, known across generations for two iconic roles. This post focuses on those talented stars who cracked the code twice in different shows and had us going 'You again! I know you!'.  

Hugh Laurie - House MD / Jeeves & Wooster

As Jeeves, he is the hilariously silly rich British kid from the 1900's with no brains who is dependent on his butler to get him out of trouble.
Decades later, House MD would turn it all upside down, leaving him an genius, drug addled, scowl-faced American doctor who solves medical mysteries that nobody else can.

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