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Vatsarah Stavyah

Vatsarah Stavyah is the nom de plume of an Indian poet, storyteller, and former journalist. He is the founding editor-in-chief of The Literary Juggernaut and dwells as a full-time writer in Delhi, India.

An Ode to My Aunt on Her Birthday

Your stories of courage might I compile?
For they need to be brought forth to the world,
Your presence on this planet is more than worthwhile.

See that ‘C’?

Your coming would surely cease, and ceasing would conveniently end.
You can’t do your household chores, nor could corruption be condemned!
If ‘c’ ceased, could Christian Bale climb, clouds collect, crowded clubs contend?
Forget China, countries might have to agree on a different name, can’t pretend.

Seagulls, Ships, and the Sun

Passed away minutes ten,
Things went high and dry.
Water was all around though;
Sheer emptiness came by.

In Memory of C M Turner

With a smile contagious and words much thoughtful;
My spirits you lifted, shared stories soulful.

Now you lie sadly dead, your soul though is high;
In heaven rejoicing, but on Earth I cry.

Ten Interesting Phrasal Verbs With ‘Play’

Do you know that a good dictionary will give you close to forty meanings of the word ‘play’? Yes, you read that right! You might also find it interesting to note that this cool word is actually derived from the Dutch word ‘plien’, which means ‘to leap for joy’ or ‘to rejoice’. Nevertheless, I don’t think I’d be wrong in saying you will have used this word in more than one way while indulging in generic conversations.

‘Rejection Doesn’t Define You, the Way You React to It Does’

In an exclusive interaction with B Sudharsan, the author of the book ‘Let Sleeping Pharmacists Lie’ talks about everything under the sun – from her routine to her blog to the country she has lived in all her life. But most importantly, Ms Soong, who has a First Class Honours degree in Pharmacy (MPharm) from King’s College London, gives me an insight about her debut book, which was written during the lockdown, and says why budding authors should not be cowed down if they face rejection or if their works get broadsided.

How to Write a Villanelle?

Villanelles are not easy to compose; for while on the one hand, they have strict rules pertaining to the repetition of verses, on the other hand, they are required to follow a rhyme scheme. There are only two repeating rhymes throughout, which means that each of the tercets uses the rhyme scheme ABA while the quatrain uses the rhyme scheme ABAA.

‘I Think Writing a Novel Is a Little Like Archery’

‘I think writing doesn’t work that way. At least for me. I write when inspiration strikes though I wake up by eight in the morning and go to bed by midnight. It’s just that I don’t feel obliged to follow a schedule,’ says Robbin whose favourite author happens to be Kurt Vonnegut.

A Heartfelt Ode to My Parents

The only thing that would upset you both was my scoring a low mark;
But since you were individuals highly heartening,
You knew that your son would one fine day make a really good mark.

‘If We Don’t Fail, We Won’t Learn How to Be More Successful Than Those Who Have Faced No Failure’

‘If we don’t fail, we will never learn how to be more successful than those who haven’t faced any failure. You got to make mistakes, but whether you learn from them or not, that’s under your control. So, write and write more. Don’t rush, and take your time. The first draft is never a final draft. Take feedback from fellow readers and writers. And most importantly, work on that feedback.’

Ten Idioms You Might Want to Use While Conversing

Using idioms while confabulating is the hallmark of a proficient speaker. If you’re looking forward to enhancing your level of vocabulary, then the list of idioms given in this post can surely be of great help to you. I have chosen ten commonly used idioms that you might want to use in day-to-day conversations.

‘If You Believe in Your Work, Then It’s Your Job to Make Others Believe in It Too’

‘There are so many more ways to get your work out in the world today than ever before. Don’t wait around to be that very small percentage who gets lucky enough to land an agent or miraculously has their work seen just at the right time by the right person in a big publishing house.’

Remember Thy Guru

Like the Sun that shines, radiating bright light,
a guru disseminates thoughts lofty and wise.
Using his power, directness, and mystical might,
pulls you out of every single and dangerous vice.