I Found My Love – Writing 

Life is full of surprises and we often surprise ourselves when faced with challenging situations. I was put in one such situation and my decision surprised and terrified me. It was the excitement  filled terror that took over me! 

I’m planning to leave to full time job as an Engineer to do something that I love the most – to write! 

Yes! I’m leaving my high paid job in a global multi million dollar group to pursue my passion. 

When I think about it, writing has always been a part of life. Time and again, I go back to writing. But, due to the ‘mainstream’ path that the Indian society considers, my dreams of becoming a writer was buried. 

I kept it just as hobby, something to go back to at the end of the day. 

But what happens when those nights of writing excites you more? 

What if you catch yourself dreaming about sentences and content during your day job? 

What do you do when all you want to badly do is write an article on that fresh thought you got, immediately, like right now in middle of the day job? 

It’s when you realize that enough is enough. I am going to take this decision. 

I have found my love. 

Though it scares me and sometimes pains me physically to think about all the obstacles I have to face, I’m ready to give it a try because that’s how badly I want it. I really believe that my passion will win at the end and I’m ready to do all it takes. 

P.S: I’m now seeking any freelance or full-time assignments or jobs as a content writer or editor. To see my samples, check out the link – my writings. If you need any freelance articles or come to know of any opportunities please do contact me at lakshmipadmanaban05@gmail.com 

Thank you all for your support! ☺ 

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Titbit Thought #31

It is a common opinion that situations brings out the true nature of the person, and sometimes those true revelations can be for the good too. 

If we look with a positive note over a painful situation, dire conditions can unravel the side of a person which is shocking yet pleasing – the good side. 

We have seen many people in our life and deemed them as bad by just scraping through the surface of their character. 

 What if it’s all a facade for some reason and when you peel that rough surface of the pineapple, you could enjoy the sweet, juicy portion inside? 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if worse is for good? 

Not So Anonymous Anymore

‘Anonymous’ – the word that holds a world of secrets than a cryptic dome.

Like some of you, I felt comfortable being anonymous. Don’t take me wrong. I am not someone who hides in a cocoon inside her own room. I am part of many social media accounts and I don’t shy from being active in them.I chose to be anonymous – in Instagram. Not my personal account where I am quite active, but the other account I opened as a sort of blog to pen my feelings and thoughts that randomly crop up in my mind in the most unexpected times.

I have an another blog in WordPress where I write reviews of stories on Wattpad, in my own identity.

So why did I choose to be anonymous in this?

Because it made me feel safe. 

It was the first time I am opening up my feelings and having it out on display for the world to see. I did not want to own my feelings and thoughts – to give a credible source to it.

For many such reasons that seems silly to me now, I decided to ‘not’ identify myself, or more like, I did not want to connect the feelings and thoughts on the blog to myself.

And that Instagram handle is what you see in the right hand side of my blog!

What made me switch from ‘being anonymous’ to ‘connecting my identity to my feelings’?

Courage.

I got fed up of hiding under a pseudonym and angry on myself to be such a coward in social media, while I’m just the opposite of that in my real life.

I wanted to come out of my comfortable zone, and own up to what I deserve, good or bad.

And that moment changed something within me. Though I was brave in my real life, when it comes to my writings, I became the most shy person! I didn’t want the people closest to me to read my writings. But this small step made me to be move forward in that direction.

I am still not 100% comfortable. but I am certainly working towards it and have come a long way to be here till now.

P.S: That Instagram handle’s name is ‘The Thoughtful Rants‘, same like this blog. This blog was started when I revealed my identity in my Instagram handle.

And now that all my readers and followers know who I am, what is need to keep the name ‘The Thoughtful Rants’, which was created for the sole reason of anonymity?

So what do you think? Should I forfeit the blog name and instead take another step forward and use my own identity? 

Please comment your opinions.

An advance thank you to all!

 

Much-needed Change 

People are generally on the look out for change; for something different which keeps them engaged and on their toes. 

Though at the beginning, changes will be welcomed, as time goes on, once the very interesting work would become a boring one if it is steady and stagnant. 

Even when sometimes change is not welcomed, in the bigger picture, change is what is needed to sustain in life and keep it interesting.  

Change doesn’t necessarily mean the growth in life although that is what people generally hope for. Change can even be in reverse direction. Any kind of change makes people work towards something; drives and motivates people to set a goal or a target and strive to achieve it. 

A constant life might be what people say they need. But only when being in a constant life will one realize that change is what they actually need and starts to secretly and desperately yearn for a change – in any direction. 

Embrace the change in life; it is what makes you look forward to tomorrow. It is what brings all the unknown emotions to the surface. It is what reveals the true colors and real intentions of individuals. 

Change has the capability to bring out the hidden qualities, good and bad thoughts, real feelings and heartfelt emotions. 

The mother of all reasons – change – does more than you realize. Constant change must be the only constant in your life to move forward, to relinquish stagnancy, to push aside the boring life. 

Killing Floor, The Start of Jack Reacher 

Lee Child’s first Jack Reacher novel, Killing Floor, is the start of the list of many sequels followed. Killing Floor introduces the character Jack Reacher, in the first series and gives a background about him and the type of person he is. 

Killing Floor feels like, it has been written for it to become a movie! And some of Jack Reacher’s series has really been made into a movie starring Tom Cruise and manky of you would have seen it. So coming to the 1st one in Jack Reacher’s series, Killing Floor was the first book I read of Lee Child’s works and I could say that I’m ready to read more of his writings! 

Killing Floor starts of with Reacher, who is an ex-military and was wandering off to random places, gets caught as a suspect in a murder investigation in the town of Margrave. Margrave is a sleepy town which hasn’t seen a murder in the last thirty years. 

Reacher, as a suspect in murder case, turns out to be the person who has a monumental role is solving it. When the number of bodies gets suddenly increased in the otherwise safe town, Reacher discovers that the murders are just the tip of the iceberg in a biggest nationwide crisis, which could shake the entire foundation on which United States economy.  The story progresses into how Reacher along with the help of some locals in the town unravels the scam going on behind it. 

The one thing that I liked about the book, and which is different from the others is the simplicity of the language. In the beginning, I felt like the sentences are too short, but it then turned out to be the real factor to hook me on. There are no unnecessay details and descriptions – just the one which is of utmost importance. And hence, it made the reading more interesting. A hard concept behind the story was made to feel like it is one of the simplest ones, because of the minimalistic and precise writing of Lee Child. 

All together, it was a perfect read on a lazy Sunday, munching on chips and chocolates! 

Titbit Thought #25

How do we define Freedom? 

Well, you may come up with multiple perspectives and explanations to define freedom, but, according to me, there is no particular universal form of Freedom, just like Freedom itself. 

But when freedom is bounded by various criteria, then it is actually not freedom. 

The boundary of the society, or family, or oneself must not influence our freedom. There is no term such as Restriction which is associated with Freedom. If it is, then we are probably fooling ourselves into thinking that we have the Freedom. 

For example, if you think you have or want to have Freedom to eat whatever you want, then nothing should stop you! Not the place, not the people around you, not even the food itself! 

If you think you enjoy Freedom, then nothing should influence it. That’s when you enjoy total Freedom and that feeling of having Freedom is incomparable to anything else. 

SIDNEY SHELDON’S HERO – TRACY WHITNEY

If you are someone who is a fan of Sidney Sheldon’s books, then the name Tracy Whitney would have immediately brought a spark of recognition in your mind. Tracy Whitney is one of the strongest female characters ever written. Though Tracy Whitney is not someone who is all good, the negative element is what sets her apart and attracts the readers.

Tracy Whitney was first introduced in the book, ‘If Tomorrow Comes’ as the main lead of the book and Tilly Bagshawe went on to write two more books with Tracy in the book titled, ‘Chasing Tomorrow’ and ‘Reckless’.

Though Tracy was a negative character, what made her the hero and not the bad guy was because of her background, that she was just an ordinary soft, young girl. Her experiences with the wrong crowd made her to land her in jail and that days in jail made her develop into a strong, firm girl who is ready to face any hardships. Tracy goes on to become an arts and jewels thief who steals from the rich.

The brilliance she exhibits when she cheats the police, rich people and government all around the world, the risks she takes, the presence of mind she exhibits and escapes tough situation is mind-blowing.

Though she is a ‘thief’, I cannot stop myself from admiring her skills and brain! Sometimes I go like, ‘What am I even thinking?’, but in the end I can’t just refrain from applauding her mentally every time she deceives everybody out there waiting to catch her! She is a big time crook, yes, but there are a few times her good heart peeps out.

The courage she exhibits in front of even the highest ranked government officials is an inspiration to me to not be afraid of anyone in life. The beautiful way in which she falls in love and mends her broken heart is touching. She sets an example of the independent way a woman should carry herself even with their partner.

Tracy Whitney has become one of the phenomenal characters that I have read and one of the few characters that has stayed with me long after I have completed reading the book.