Wabi-sabi: accepting imperfection

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

It was a long time back, in my sophomore year in college, Continue reading “Wabi-sabi: accepting imperfection”


A chance encounter…

Do you remember the initial encounters you had with her/him? Did it give you goosebumps? Was there a “friend”? There’s always a friend.

This is a small part of my slightly bigger repertoire.


I locked my room and hurried out of the block. I had just woken up. It was 9.15 by my watch and I was 15 minutes late for the class of Prof. A.K. Jain. Already short of attendance and bordering on the precipice of attendance retention, I knew I had to make it to the class. Continue reading “A chance encounter…”

Neuschwanstein Castle: A Mad man’s fantasy?

Find the association: Scrooge McDuck and Opera

Any luck?

Let me help you. All of you must have watched Walt Disney cartoons in your childhood (and some like me, even till now). Everyone must have noticed the beautiful castle which appears at the starting of the production against the bluish-purple background, right? Or perhaps the once-little-princesses might remember the beautiful castle of Sleeping Beauty? The inspiration for that castle is the famed Neuschwanstein Castle actually built by Ludwig II of Bavaria (Germany). Continue reading “Neuschwanstein Castle: A Mad man’s fantasy?”

Blogging 201, Branding & Growth

Day Four: Give ‘Em What They Want

Namaste 🙂

As per today’s assignment, I did a basic stat analysis of my blog.

Here are my revelations:

  1. I have been a slow starter in blogging with best views ever at 87. I don’t mind that. I started walking and talking much later than normal children. Heck my parents were worried to the core about me till then. 😀 And I turned out fine. 🙂
  2. Most viewed post is https://pranjalsrivastavawordpresscom.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/trip-to-dhauladhars-kasol-and-beyond/. Because I used Facebook & Quora to promote it.
  3. The like/view ratio is best (almost 100%) for https://pranjalsrivastavawordpresscom.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/427/. Because the viewers themselves were bloggers. So you know, blogging etiquette.
  4. My favorite, and oldest post https://pranjalsrivastavawordpresscom.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/valentine-week-phobia/ wasn’t viewed much as earlier my blog wasn’t easily navigable.

Continue reading “Blogging 201, Branding & Growth”

And then this happens

A short story for Miniature Writing Challenge #20

Hello folks!

This is my first attempt at a blogging challenge. This challenge entails writing a short story with the prompt “She ran hastily down the rainy street…”. So here it goes.

She ran hastily down the rainy street, trying to call him. It had been an hour since she had turned down his proposal. All kinds of horrible outcomes flashed before her eyes. Continue reading “And then this happens”

Vienna at a glance

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.

                                                                                                 -Robert Louis Stevenson

                 Travel maketh a man. When Miguel de Cevantes’ Don Quixote left La Mancha to travel far and wide in Spain, in search of chivalry, honour, valour and, eventually, Dulcinea, he was, in all sense of the word, a fool. His knowledge of political & social affairs limited to the books of history, he didn’t know that the age of chivalry was long gone. It took him an arduous and treacherous journey, countless humiliations akin to a court jester, and finally, in Barcelona, a stunning defeat at the hands of the Knight of the White Moon, to realise the truth. Keep Reading

Trip to Dhauladhars-Kasol and beyond…

Day 0

               We rushed to the Majnu ka Teela to catch our bus to Kasol. It was an impromptu plan and I could only get one of my friends to accompany me. No matter how engrossing or how rewarding one’s job is; frustration is only round the corner, waiting to pounce upon you, when you least expect it. It was such frustration only which enabled me to hatch an eleventh hour plan on my own. Keep Reading

The diary of a Valentinophobic

Have you ever seen a group of new born puppies? You would’ve, definitely. Those cute little creatures are apples of the eyes of all those around them and draw many an ‘Awws’ from the feminine counterparts of simple hard working beings like me. But amidst all the mind numbing and breath taking coyness and playfulness of these wonderful creations, those with a discernible eye wouldn’t fail to notice one or two of the kind who would be distant geographically and emotionally from the rest. They would be alone, toying with a piece of cloth, or digging with an eagerness fit for goldmine workers, or just lying down basking in the sun, snapping at any incoming flies. An empathic heart would definitely go out for them and wonder what all went wrong up there. Keep Reading for more laughs