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Early December 31st post

2017 is about to say bye bye giving way to the new year. Like every predecessor, this year too had been the roller coaster in many sense. But it's still not over. One more day is left. The last day. The final call. The Judgement Day. Sounds scary. Only it isn't. After the last drop comes another empty bucket of 365 1/4 days to fill with memories mixed with emotions, faces and what not. Let's not indulge into finding examples here.
Let's talk what i did this evening. We had nice dinner outside at a good restaurant. The weather here is chilly so a reasonably good jacket is required. You'd also like to cover your head to save those precious silky locks from receiving harsh repercussions afterwards. i also travel with gloves. My hands get too cold too soon. What else? You can also carry a good scarf, thick socks, good quality lip balm to avoid chapped lips, rich moisturizer, shoes/boots...i guess this much is enough. 
Post dinner, we walked to the sea beach which was …

You are stronger than yesterday.

In a way, Sejal was the common link between two worlds that stood poles apart in every sense.  (Page 25)
The above quote is from my recent book - The Shadow of Darkness (It ends where it was started)
What came into your mind when you read it? Why do you think i posted it here? For my book promotion? No. i posted it here because it's the reality told bravely through a fiction story where Sejal leads and loses, wins and performs. People affected by a traumatic episode in their childhood years not only struggle to live a life but they constantly thrive to bring meaning to it. They look for a stronger purpose than the mere survival everyday. In my words, they are fighters with brave souls.
Some might say Sejal is my lead character and that is why i talk her as a fighter. Nope, once again. She is a fighter and that's why she is my protagonist. She is beautiful and intelligent, sensitive and brave, caring and friendly. She has the colors of a good human being with downsides of bei…

Love 'not' at the first sight.

"You don't know me, Sejal. But I hope you do. Very soon!" Kartik to Sejal

The book cover and two characters placed side by side do not make much of a mystery, do they? You can easily figure out that Kartik and Sejal are the lead protagonists of my next book: The Shadow of Darkness. 
K and S are very special to me, not because they are my creations but because they have developed themselves along with the story. If i wanted K to do this, he refused and did the opposite. If i asked S to go there, no! She would go nowhere near 'there'. At the end, i gave up and let them carry on to grow, to become what they wanted to be. And i guess they have done a nice job. A recent review says the same.
But unlike every other love story, K and S tick off each other at every chance they get. Neither of them is willing to settle down. There is always a dagger drawn out, ready for the battle. There is always this desperation to chase each other in conversations to prove who's s…

The limitless boundaries of a writer.

Writing is cathartic.
Writing is beautiful.
Writing is ethereal.
Writing touches you deeply, wraps you in a sheath of comfort.
Writing lets you be when you wish to scream but are unable to do so.
Aren't above the things people usually say about writing? That it is magical? that the pen is mightier than the sword? That the writers turn thoughts into action?
True it is, whatever you pick. Writing is about making the words prance around sloppily with happiness. It is allowing the words to ache instead of you. It can magnify the slightest of pains and dwarf the biggest of achievements. Writing is like building the monument of events, firing the plot with crackers of interesting set of characters who amaze you with the sight ever so blinding, with the feelings ever so heavenly. Writing indeed is magical!
Writing is not only beautiful but it also makes the pen holder feel beautiful too. Words let you express. Words allow you to expand when you feel shrinking into a dot. Characters speak on …

अविरत चलता ब्रम्हांड

हवा में  बिखरे पत्तों से दिन  आसमां के तारों सी फैली रातें  आँखें इनके बीच कुछ ढूंढती सी  तय कर रही कितनी राहें ;
एक पल और सब कुछ है  उम्मीद, चाहत, ज़िन्दगी के रंग  अगले पल जैसे कुछ भी नहीं  है तो बस जलता शून्य अनंत;
कहाँ जाऊं किसे बताऊँ  कैसे कहूँ किसे समझाऊं  प्राणों की आहुति भी दे दूँ  तो भी शायद कह ना पाऊं;
खुली आँखों से सपने देखते
जाने कब बंद आँखों की नींद चली गयी
जो सपने कभी मरहम थे
आज काँटों से चुभते हैं दिल पर;

कहाँ ढूँढूँ खोये उन टुकड़ों को
जो कभी मेरा एक हिस्सा थे
कुछ यादों में ग़ुम हो गए
कुछ ऱक्त के साथ बह गए ;

So my latest book is Out!

i was downstairs at one of my neighborhood friends' house discussing things when i received the mail stating that my latest book - The Shadow of Darkness - is out! Just a few weeks ago, an earthquake had shaken my building quite lovingly. After reading the mail, another earthquake shook me within. i stopped talking and checked the links, and yes! It is true. My new book is now available for you to buy, read and share. Funny how and where life gives surprises.

 Find The shadow of Darkness on:




The story is promising. No? You don't trust me? Okay. Watch the fresh trailer for crying out loud.

At the end, if you like, buy and read. Share your feedback with me. Also, share with your friends and family as much as you can.

With love - Priyanka

Final teaser of 'The Shadow of Darkness'

So here is the second and final teaser of my upcoming book - The Shadow of Darkness. Hope you enjoy watching it. A lot of effort has been gone into making it. 
Yeah, like it's a wonder. It happens with everyone. Get over yourself, Priyanka!

Watch the first one here:

Buy Book links will be shared soon. Don't forget to buy and then share them with your friends and family. It's the best way you can give me your wishes and blessings. And yes, through your comments too.
P.S. Read my pre-release interview done for my new book - The Shadow of Darkness:
Get to know more about the author:
See the first teaser on https://www.yo…

Pre-release interview for 'The Shadow of Darkness'

First and the foremost, read the pre-release interview done for my upcoming book here on IndiaCafe24:

Priyanka Baranwal is back with a new book on IndiaCafe24

The interview has new things for you to learn about my book. and i sincerely hope you enjoy reading it. Don't forget to leave a comment there (or here). The owner of IndiaCafe24 is my friend. She'll love your comments there.

Sharing the link, i can totally recall the first day, the first word of TSD (let's call my book in a short name. Writing its full name every time is finger-cracking). The title was decided and the story line was decided earlier than the title. It was somewhere along the journey of writing my first book - It's Never Too Late (again a finger-cracking effort writing it. Let's call it INTL as i usually prefer). If you have read INTL, you know Maya already and if you haven't then go, buy and read. The build up is nice, as someone had complimented me once.

INTL dealt with a grown up woman a…

Scars are a lot like love.

i have been meaning to write a blog post since days but couldn't do it. i know my book is coming out and that i am supposed to be frantically writing posts here more than ever to get people hooked up about what to expect in my new creation. But you know...responsibilities scare you away some times. Or that's what has been happening with me; wanted to pay but sub-consciously avoiding it. But what the heck! Life is long anyway.
So i have been receiving messages and mails regarding the cover of my new book. People are liking it. i am glad! So much effort, time and black-hair-turned-grey are invested in it. It has to be appealing. Credit goes to my publishing team who made it possible or else i am terrible when it comes to draw/sketch. It's because of my team that my story has gotten such a suitable intriguing face. Can't say thank you enough.
The book is on Childhood Trauma, a taboo for you and me and the rest of the society. Trauma, of any type, is a scar, screech marke…

Cover Reveal - The Shadow of Darkness

So i did the Cover Reveal all across my pages yesterday. The Shadow of Darkness is my upcoming novel and i am very excited about it.

Isn't it an intriguing book cover? i can talk about it endlessly but later. For now, enjoy the sight.

You can connect with me on:
See the first teaser on
or here: 

Check out my previous book - It's Never Too Late - on Amazon that has amazing 4* ratings:

From the author’s diary - Childhood Trauma: A taboo no more

Now that you have already seen the first teaser of my upcoming book, you already know it is based on Childhood Trauma (click to read an interesting article). But what exactly is Childhood Trauma (let’s call it CT)? Why it is so important to talk about it? And how does it affect the child? or an adult? Natural but wise queries. So let the author herself clear some of your doubts off the table. What is Childhood Trauma? Simply say, CT is basically a painful but overwhelming incident happened in the childhood. Such as accidents, natural disasters, loss of a loved one, abuse, physical or sexual assault etc. They say memories fade but some unfortunate incidents can be so powerful that they choose to stay with the child and does not go away for years! As happy childhood memories linger around, traumatic ones do too. Why it is so important to talk about Childhood Trauma? Before i answer this, we first need to know the factors causing it to grow. Factors causing Childhood Trauma to grow:

On World Children's Day Nov. 20th 2017

So today is World Children's Day. The day is dedicated to kids. On this day, the whole world is trying to make itself a better place. be it better education, better nutrition, growth, hygiene, life style, books, freedom from labor and other child relevant issues...whole world has taken the day to show how much we need to prove ourselves to our children. The day is also about giving freedom to children's dreams. Isn't it wonderful? 
So being a mother myself, i asked my kid what kind of message he'd like to send out. After all, the day is for the kids, by the kids. i framed his message it as below:

A lovely message. i shared it all across my pages: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
i am not only a mother but also a child to my parents and late grandmother. So i too have a few things to say. i’d like to dedicate this day to three of the strongest and most inspirational people of my life – My father & mother and my late Grandmother.
i’ll tell you why.

First teaser of my upcoming book

Be thankful for this life.

Moving to a new country has its charms. Some good, some challenging, depends upon how do you take it. For an adult, adjustments are easier. But for a kid, pheww! It can be truly hard.
Since the time we are in Kuwait, each one of us is trying to adjust to a new life. For me and husband, it came down easier but for our kid, expectations were already set based by India's daily life. There he had friends, a big compound to play on, cricket coaching, several games, night walks...the kid had so many things to do that even we had to ask him to spend time with us, his parents and he'd be like, eh! Okay i'll try! That was the attitude of our little champ.
And now? The situation is flipped. Kid has to stay at home tossing with fewer options to consider. Turns out, cricket is not a big thing here. Football, swimming, T.T., yes but no cricket. So one day, he was complaining profusely. You can call it a whining but let give the kid a little more respect since they can't calculate …

You might not be at fault.

Have you seen the movie Twilight the first part? There is a scene in it where Bella and Edward are in his car. When Edward tells her about his ability to do mind reading but he can't read hers, Bella becomes self-conscious. She hesitates and utters, "Is something wrong with me?" To which Edward chuckles and replies, "No, Bella! i can't read your mind and you think there is something wrong with you. It's more like...i catch FM and you night be AM . That's all." (Dialogues are not verbatim here)
i don't know why but the scene kinda stayed with me. The way Bella perceives herself, it reflects a human tendency. How many times have you blamed yourself when things did not turn out in your favor? How many times did you think the world is all fine and there is something wrong with you?
Sounds familiar?
Breaking the myth, that's not the case every time. Our responsibility is to be sensitive and give out the best but the results cannot be tamed. We a…

How My Son Taught Me to Be A ‘Man’ He Had Become - Guest Post by Ramendra Kumar

Today we have Mr. Ramendra Kumar, a widely read author as well as a much sought after inspirational speaker. In this article, he has talked about one of the incidents of his life. It's a motivational read that shows how kids can teach us the best lessons of life. It's a bit long but well worth your time, i promise. Know more about him at the end of this post. i, once again, thank you Ramendra sir for taking out time to write for my blog.
 How My Son Taught Me to Be A ‘Man’ He Had Become 
Ever since I can remember, anger has been my constant companion. I am supposed to be quite a fun loving person with a great sense of humour. I write wacky satires, conduct story telling sessions with kids in which the USP is  masti and at parties I am the joker in the pack. However, when I lose my temper Dr. Jekyll morphs into Mr. Hyde and the transformation is apparently scary.
“It is like he becomes a completely different person – his eyes  start bulging, his hands begin  shaking and he scream…

Radio4Child awards Second Edition 2017 by UNICEF India in partnership with AIR and AROI

If you think India has the largest immunization base programmes in the world, you are right!

If you think radio has much more capability than to play songs, prank calls and talk shows, you are again right!

Mix both and we have an outstanding combination working towards the betterment of the society.
Mumbai, November 10, 2017: UNICEF in partnership with All India Radio (AIR) and Association of Radio Operators of India (AROI) hosted the second edition of Radio4Child awards in a fruitful endeavor to recognize and honor creative as well as effective strategies on Routine Immunization (RI). This year, a big focus was also tended to End Violence (against women and children). AROI is the industry group that brings 200 FM channels together.
Or simply said, to increase the awareness about RI through Radio. Its first edition came out in 2015: Radio4Child awards by UNICEF in association with AIR and AROI Edition One.
UNICEF is constantly working hard to save around 26 million babies through RI every …

On why core values are important

Fighting with and working through extreme sickness, what doctors can't mention on prescription and what family members fail to understand is that for writers, writing comes as a medicine. Make one write something and it can work more effectively than a number of tablets.
So finally when i am here, trying to reflect my thoughts on Core Values, the day is already warm and nice to talk about it. So core values, how do you define them? Core values are a set of traits and principles that build you into a unique personality. For example, thoughtfulness, kindness, being helpful, passion, loving, caring, dedication, commitment...these are all different faces of core values. On the basis of one or more of these gets you recognition. In other words, core values define you.
The trigger behind writing this post is actually an article i read a couple of days back, on a celebrity who refused to 'adjust' to the demands of the profession in the beginning of career and thus, had to lose o…

The mistrustful man and a wise woman

Slowly sipping tea this morning, i was looking out of the window. It still didn't hit me. i can still see the usual work rush by observing cars lined up on one side and a free way on its parallel. Spots in my mind are buzzing with so many things at this point and then suddenly it hit me; the memory of last evening of a mistrustful man and a wise woman
i was busy in cooking dinner and preparing for the next morning rush simultaneously. It was around seven of the evening. i shouted to my husband asking whether he'd like a cup of tea. i was craving. He said it was time for dinner and that he did not want. Okay! i filled a small pot with tea ingredients and brewed a cup for myself, hurriedly finished chopping and cleaning of the kitchen mess and by the time i was done, tea was ready too. My reward of the drudgery, you can say
i put a rusk and a couple of biscuits and tea cup on a plate and came out to sit on sofa. i looked at my husband and found him grinning with a mischievous l…

The Magic of Language

When i write, it feels the best way of expression. When i play my guitar, i feel this is the best way to express. Either way, i have the benefit of both. In fact, i am trying to put together a video playing a couple of songs and upload it on my YouTube channel. It has been long since i have posted anything there. If you haven't subscribed yet, please do. i'll be happy
Just this morning, i shared a simple but powerful anecdote on my Facebook page. It is about The Magic of Language
It happened like this: Being in Kuwait, you have to get your Civil id done and for that, you have to go through medical process. So my son and i were going with a guy from my husband's office. There was another lady with us, for the same purpose of course. Now all four of us were in the car, with that arabic guy driving. Son was busy on mobile. Needless to say, two of us women started talking. Soon i found out she is basically a South Indian but have spent much time in Malaysia. Her mother tongue…

The self-invented cocktail

Sitting by my favorite corner of the house, you know what makes it the most loved spot? When i look outside in evenings and especially at nights, i can see how lights dare, enough to mark their presence in the plethora of darkness. Shops' names, cars' lights, the sound of the high-end types whooshing occasionally, few lit balconies or windows...everything looks like a well set puzzle. Nothing looks wrong, nothing looks out place. Feels as if each one of them belongs here. Life can be so peaceful when you have the sense of belonging wherever you go. i am glad i am privileged enough to find it here. Little more time and my puzzle will be set right as well
These little things are helpful. You don't need to go elsewhere to find inspiration, do you? Look around and you will be motivated. i get inspired and motivated. Even though i sit by the same spot day and night and i don't have time to look elsewhere, it's still alright. The solace comes in knowing the sight is the…

The meaning of life lies in connecting with people and experiencing things

Often we are tempted to ask questions; questions that raid our minds in deep corners, doubts that ruffle the innermost sanctuary of our naivety. And that's only justified. We are humans and we have the right to be curious and doubtful for unless you be so, how will you sleep at peace
Some questions, regardless of age and expression, are obstinate; they don't wish to get answered just by anyone or any way. They remain as a mystery but if you keep looking, they break their inhibitions and finally show the face. One of those questions is - What's the meaning of life
You must have thought about it too, haven't you? So i thought. i kept looking for the answer like a dog, smelling and sniffing in every possible way. The question can make you so unrest. Today i found it, or i think i do. While reading Aleph from Coelho, he says 
The meaning of life occurs in connecting with people and experiencing things. In his words, to live is to experience things, and not sit around pond…

Jewels of the day

- i don't have much to say tonight but wanted to share the below picture. It's actually two pictures

Above is the evening view through my window. It looks simple yet it has the ability to gauze your attention. Sitting up and high, you can place two of your fingers in air and pretend to hold any car between them. Just as you do while visiting Taj Mahal or relishing evening sun. You stand at a great distance but choose to capture them between fingers. It's fascinating to observe how the world never stops and likes to be in a constant motion. It appears as if being in a motion stabilizes it, holds the crowd together and let every one of us breathe. With traffic, you are fine but imagine if there is nothing alongside. Would it not be scary? You'd bet anything just to be in crowd once again. See! How chaos brings order to us, how it allows us to breathe in peace despite of us constantly getting irritated at the big line at the signal
Now here we have is the below picture.…

All you need is a big window

You know when there is day's rush, when nights are a nuisance, dogs won't stop barking and humans won't stop complaining. You need a pause during such times. A little something that's precious enough to keep you going, keep you motivated and soul uplifted. For some, it may be a big cup of hot coffee and for some, it might be a lovely phone call to someone beloved. For me, it's a big window in my dining space
If one thing i can bet you by sitting in my favorite corner, it'd be to show you a peaceful sight of the world outside. In my new house, you will find a window that starts from floor and goes all the way up to the ceiling. It comes into the view the moment you enter the house. Sitting by it, in a corner and watch the outside world go about its regular days and nights is soothing. The sight is alike to that hot cup of coffee or the phone call. i can easily get lost into watching the sliver of the city whereas it helps me to connect with my self too. You can…

Happy Diwali!

Wishing you all a Happy and delightful Diwali!

The Jessica Parker moment

i was about to close my laptop lid when it stuck me. i wanted to write a blog post! So here is a quick post, more of a memoir of a moment this evening.
Life is busy. Sometimes busier. The same has been happening in my share of world. i even skipped my lunch today. Good plans back fire, new plans take a new's all a part of life when you are a writer. You can never say what's going to work and what's not. But that should not demotivate you to keep working hard. Keep working, leave the rest to the time.
So new things have been taking shape these days and i am frantically busy. Today also was no exception. Work is sure a good thing in disguise. Anyway, in the evening i decided to watch TV, something i hardly do. 
i switched it on, got on my swing and started watching in lovely silence. America's Got Talent was airing a good episode. When it was spent, i switched it to The Big Bang Theory. There are some tele shows that you can keep watching knowing you'd ne…

रात की दरख़्त

ज़िन्दगी की हर एक शाम खूबसूरत है

नए चेहरे पुराने दोस्त पहला प्यार आखरी ख़त

रोज़ एक किस्सा नया सा सुनाते हैं ;

ज़रुरत है तो एक नए नज़र की

पुराने चश्मे पर नयी चमक की

जाने कहाँ चले गए हैं वो बीते पल ?

जो आज भी बहुत याद आते हैं ;

रात की दरख़्त पर पैर पर पैर चढ़ाये

आदत सी हो गयी है

वक़्त के समंदर में पैर छपछपाने की,

मोती ना सही एक टुकड़ा शीशा ही हाथ आ जाए

तो शायद खुद से भी मुलाक़ात हो जाए ;

कागज़ों में जाने कितने भी लफ्ज़ लिख जाएँ

कुछ बातें अनकही रह ही जाती हैं

मगर जब कहनी हो दिल की बात

याद हमेशा लफ़्ज़ों की ही आती है ;

Keep walking

Keep walking even when you feel alone.

Every journey has an ending.

The tiny blabbering

at ten at night the heart falls for the bygone; was it a wind that blew away? Or was it a firefly used to be  illuminating the whole day? whatever it was, it is not here anymore, and i sit with sad eyes, curved down lips sinking heart, like a heavy ship; you may as well roll your eyes at some of the things i say; i apologize for this tiny blabbering because that's about it for today!

The naivety of routine happiness

Morning comes turns into mid day, quickly slips into dusk and soon it becomes night time. How each day passes away, it needs some observation. The whole routine is changed and has thrown off-track. Although it is a necessity albeit it brings about a silent stirring that demands to be done something about it.
First there is not much time and when there is some, the absence of concentration gobbles it down. You can't just sit and start focusing on writing. Writing! yes. That's what i have been missing these days so immensely, so deeply. Have a long way to go, have to write so many books and achieve the dream i dream about everyday. The journey has started off on a good note but somehow there are potholes barring ways. i don't mind struggling with them; i don't stop when they try to haunt. i just keep up with the pace, slow or fast, depends upon the state of mind and the circumstances but i prefer to keep going. For some, the journey to their dream destination starts off…

The wailing baby

How long it has been for you to hold a month old crying baby girl and make her asleep by gentle talking, crooning and tiptoed walking?
The experience is really sweet and heart warming.
These days, i am at my native taking care of my sick mother and sleeping with my sister at nights and helping her nurse her one month old baby girl. The little one is cute beyond expressions. Though she has names yet i call her pomegranate. Her little soft cheeks are plump and she literally resembles a round red pomegranate. i enjoy being with my sister and her little baby. 
i am writing this post in very odd hours because i have just made the baby asleep. First, she drank milk like she was never fed earlier and this bottle was her last chance at survival. Yeah, babies make you look like a worst parent. Anyway, she drank the milk with Buddha sort of expressions on face but did not hesitate to spill some out during the process of burping. Another sign of being a bad caretaker. It's their fault they …

Should you change in relationships?

And why would you change? To please the other person? To turn an unfavorable situation in favor? Just because what you think is anti to what the society thinks? What others would say? How would you be treated afterwards for speaking the truth, for being you? Just because ten people are doing this thing and you are the only one following the less trodden path so you should abide by it too?
If you are not causing harm, please do not change. 
You know, being original is the best gift you can give yourself? This has been repeated for millionth of times but let it be for once more. Good thoughts always have an audience. When you don't change and stay who you are, you learn to identify your own personality. You learn a few traits, a few ups and downs of your nature, you focus on how did you overcome the last failure and how not to overwhelm the recent success. When you try to mock others, the process of understanding yourself gets complicated. i guess compromised is the better word…