A Day in the Life of Author – Alan McDermott

Read this to get a perfect idea of how we all can do things in between doing things. Most of us wait to do certain things ” when we shall have time ” or a Sunday etc . Writer Alan MacDermott writes 600 words or so everyday in tit bits between various tasks.

Get motivated. Enjoy reading !

I am delighted to welcome author Alan McDermott to the blog today. Alan is one of those authors that I am in awe of – he writes great books while holding down a full time job, and has twin girls at home too. This is how a normal day for him goes. Amazing!

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Being an author is fantastic!  The money, the fame, being able to get up whenever you want, write a couple of thousand words and then play a round of golf or go for a spin in the Lamborghini…

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A Matter of Faith

A good example of how nature brings positivity to the seeker. Sharing this post with some quotes on faith.

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”
― J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

I remember a great Hindi poem which resonates with the feeling of this post. http://kavitakosh.org/kk/है_अँधेरी_रात_पर_दीवा_जलाना_कब_मना_है%3F_/_हरिवंशराय_बच्चन#.UxPbQpIayK0

Enjoy reading!

The Things I See Up Here

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I don’t believe in a lot of things.

I don’t believe that the electric car isn’t a viable option but the big oil companies keep it suppressed.

I don’t believe that most people know how to properly use the word “awesome” because most of the things they use it to describe hardly inspire awe. “Awesome” describes seeing your first child born not the new sandwich at Wendy’s.

I don’t believe being older makes you any smarter. I know far too many older people who are still just as dumb as they were when they were younger but are now just more ignorant about it.

I don’t believe that Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are training our kids for anything other than data entry jobs.

I don’t believe your friends should always tell you the truth because if you have to ask their opinion of what you are wearing you already know…

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africa, where the colors don’t fade

Sharing this just for the beautiful pictures of Africa captured by the writer.

Happy reading!

In a Search of Balance

You know how they say you leave your heart in Africa? How this wildly contrasting place gets to you and you keep revisiting your steps, toying with the idea of going back? How you find yourself looking around your home afterwards and wondering how people take so many things for granted, forgetting to enjoy the little things that make their day? Well, they were right.

It’s very hard to put in words what this place does to you (and I’m not the best of writers anyway), but you can’t just ease back effortlessly into your old life and habits. It changes you a bit, as cliche as it may sound, especially if you give into the experience and life instead of gliding on the surface. It’s enough to see the genuine smiles on the little kids’ faces who are eager to talk to you or the richness of colors and…

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Poverty !

Well written article on poverty. Covers a lot of points. Yes, for us average readers there is hardly any way to ascertain the numbers used and figures given. The author does not provide any references or sources of the numbers quoted.

For me, it’s clear that the author does not understand the idea that many people may earn less than dollar two per day still might live very comfortably. A farmer having a family of five with average income of 2 USD per day has total income of 10 USD per day. Given the fact that most farmers manage to have food grains , vegetables and milk by themselves, do not require gym to exercise, live in close community not requiring mobiles and internets or cars, this income is better than some low income industrial workers. This fact becomes even more clear when you factor in cheap electricity ( if there is any), no reliance on taxi’s , no use of maids, dislike for over priced pizzas and nearly free water.

I am sure , most westerners, who spend 60-120 USD per month only on mobile phone bills are not aware of simple living. I am not forming any opinion nor judging the post written. I am just not sure how wise it is to define poverty only on the basis of money.

Happy reading!

21 things they never tell you about poor countries
http://emergenteconomics.com/2014/02/24/21-things-they-never-tell-you-about-poor-countries/

Three Red Chairs

Wow. Nice post.

This was written on the theme of “object” as a part of weekly theme. Reminds me of an old folding bed which I reconstructed/painted in 2011. This folding bed was first occupied by my parents in 1975. It’s iron frame is 14 kg which is far high in contrast to the 4 kg frame of the folding beds of current times.

To me this is a perfect example of how to write an essay on some objects which we use in day to day life.

Happy reading.

The Silver Leaf Journal

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Glossy and red, the three chairs stand out in our white, white kitchen. They were the first coloured accent to grace our famously white house. Now, there are red accents all over our home. But the chairs started it all.

Their square and sturdy frames contrast with the natural sable-green of their woven rush seat pads. When you sit on them, they make the squishing, crackling sound you hear when you settle down on a patch of dry grass by the sea, or when you walk across a farmer’s field at harvest time. When you pull them out from the table, they make a dense scraping sound, a sound that echoes from the tile floors of my childhood.

They are among the few items in our house that have followed me through my life. When we bought this house, I insisted we had to keep them, find a place for them…

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Why The Oscars Do Not Matter, or: A Look Back at 1975

Waiting for oscar winners ? Just don’t argue with friends and family on who would win. Have a read and understand why. Happy reading !

Hollywood in Retrospect

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Voting has closed.  Price-Waterhouse is counting the ballots.  On Sunday night, we will find out who won the 86th annual Academy Awards.  On Monday, most people will forget who won, except for the people who make it their business to never forget (Harvey Weinstein, I’m looking at you.)  And given the hurt feelings, rivalries, and “How-the-fuck-could-they-ignore-XYZ-but-award-ABC” reactions that will become inevitable over time, I need to remind you guys of something really important:

THE OSCARS DO NOT MATTER.

That’s right.  You heard me.  I, the person who in fifth grade memorized every winner in just about all the major categories, am here to remind you all that these awards do not matter.  Sure, they matter in that it’s fun, and that getting them means you’ll be king/queen for a day, and you have a beautifully designed trophy to put on your mantle.  But seriously, whether or not the person…

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