Literary Lemonades

musings of a wanderer

Prochnost: a tribute

“.. during all the years until 1961, not only was I convinced I should never see a single line of mine in print in my lifetime, but, also, I scarcely dared allow any of my close acquaintances to read anything I had written because I feared this would become known.” – Solzhenitsyn Continue reading “Prochnost: a tribute”

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How to write good fiction?

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All the good stories are out there waiting to be told in a fresh, wild way.

I didn’t say that; it was Ray Bradbury, but I could not have agreed more.

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Project Prochnost: Week 5

As much as I planned to pursue grammar this week, I couldn’t study it much due to my pending vocabulary practice. I am attending a friend’s wedding this weekend, so more of Duolingo next week and less of writing is in order. However, I have found an app for Basic Russian vocabulary, so that sounds pretty convenient on the go. Continue reading “Project Prochnost: Week 5”


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She began to crawl and she began to cruise
and she learned to utter ‘yes’ and ‘no’,
But no one remembers just when that baby girl
actually began to tiptoe.

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Walk Through Walls: A Memoir

“When it came to art, I only cared about content: what a work meant… I had come to believe that art must be disturbing, art must ask questions, art must predict the future. If art is just political, it becomes like newspaper. It can be used once, and the next day it’s yesterday’s news. Only layers of meaning can give long life to art — that way, society takes what it needs from the work over time.” Continue reading “Walk Through Walls: A Memoir”


कलम is the Hindi word for a pen. This poem is about my state of mind as I constantly look around for stories and yet when I write something, I don’t know how it came about. It’s almost as if the pen and paper had a mind of their own 🙂 Continue reading “कलम”

Project Prochnost: Week 4

When I began with Russian, I tailored my approach rather unconventionally, with learning the script before reading even the first thing about its grammar. It worked out pretty well for me as within three days of week 1, I was able to write and pronounce Russian correctly. So that was that! Continue reading “Project Prochnost: Week 4”

Project Prochnost: Week 3

If I have to choose one word to describe my Russian practice over the past week, it would be ‘Maths’. I practiced writing names of Russian numbers AND struggled way too much getting singular-plural exercises right. Phew! Continue reading “Project Prochnost: Week 3”

Project Prochnost: Week 2

Another week has come to an end and it’s been pretty great. Like I mentioned last week, it took me some time to get comfortable with Cyrillic alphabets and it’s indeed better after a fortnight. Continue reading “Project Prochnost: Week 2”

Project Prochnost: Week 1

It’s been a week since my last post and I promised of weekly updates, so here I am. I spent 45 minutes every single day, right with a timer, trying to get the hang of Cyrillic alphabets. Continue reading “Project Prochnost: Week 1”

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