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I am an independent writer and multi-award winning blogger who writes on parenting, humour, fiction and general lifestyle topics. - Sid Balachandran

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But first, coffee…

But first, coffee…

My better half (yes, in all possible ways) makes a surprise appearance on my blog again – this time talking about something that she can’t live without. No, it’s not me. So, today I turn over my blog to my lovely wife, Janaki, for a light-hearted post about something that near and dear to her. Make sure you make yourself a cuppa before reading 🙂

The Orb

The Orb

Standing at the entrance to the girls’ bedroom, Samantha watched her two little angels sleep. A smile formed on her face as five-year old Anna inadvertently put her leg over her elder sister Kelly, who had recently celebrated her thirteenth birthday.  She watched in silence as Kelly absent mindedly pushed Anna’s feet away, and turned to …

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A spoonful of Mango Chutney – A review

A spoonful of Mango Chutney – A review

Of late, there has been a surge of anthologies by Indian authors. And if I’m honest, it scares me. Simply because I am yet to read one that has made me go “oomph! – That was exceptional stuff!” Another thing that I find slightly worrisome is writing reviews for anthologies. I mean, how does one actually review an eclectic …

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The Prophecy

The Prophecy

Pavan Rao seems to have it all. But this flight to Hyderabad could be a turning point. Read “The Prophecy” – a collaborative effort by Hema Anavatti and myself.

Pandora’s Box – Ver 2.0

Pandora’s Box – Ver 2.0

Ancient Greece Prometheus (Pro) smirked as he read Zeus’s status update on Facebook, on his stone tablet. Epimetheus (Epi) looked up from his Macbook Air and asked “What’s happening Pro?” .“Here, check out what Zeus has just updated on Facebook” he said passing the tablet to his brother. Epi frowned as he read the update. “But, …

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Private India : A critique

Private India : A critique

If you are a fiction freak like me, a “collaborative “ project by two well-known authors is always bound to pique your interest. And that’s exactly what happened when I first saw the newspaper article about PRIVATE India, “an Indian extension” to James Patterson’s ever popular PRIVATE series of books. And then I saw who he …

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