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Optimistic, Brave, Aspirational, Moving Anecdotes

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In keeping with the literary device challenge, I am choosing Memoir for the alphabet ‘M’. In this post, I list my favorite three points from the bestselling memoir of all times- Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming”. These are also helpful lessons that anyone can learn from the woman who is a beacon of hope and dignity for millions across the world.

Be Your Own Standard

The former First Lady is a graduate of Yale and Princeton. She has worked in corporate settings, for nonprofits and champions various causes even today. She was former President Barack Obama’s senior at work at one point. …

What you should check for too!

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On the last day of the months, as the night progresses- I do this activity that fills me with excitement and anxiety.

I check my stats!

Before you roll your eyes in disbelief, yes, I check my stats only once a month.

But my notifications, ah! That is a whole different thing altogether. (Hee-hee!) That’s why I use my phone- the go/no-go style is so much better on my trusty iPhone.

But I digress.

I like to look at my stats because it shows me the details for the full month. I don’t know what time zone Medium follows, but…

Playing editor and Curator!

In the third week of my reading challenge, I have been reading stories and articles from the publication Moms Don’t Have Time to Write.

Strong, funny, thought provoking, the publication’s writers and articles take you through a roller coaster of emotions, like parenting does.

The first article that I really enjoyed and felt resonated a lot with me was where on inter generational dynamics amid the pandemic. Growing up in India, I relate to this and even started to get nostalgic.

The next one spoke about maintaining an optimistic outlook while Writing:

Another excellent piece of advice came from their…

Turning Failures into Stepping Stones

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We all know the drill of a 404. There we are reading some article or web page. We follow the hyperlinked trail and suddenly, instead of an interesting piece of Internet delight, we reach a blank page.

The annoying words 404 error leap out and an unhelpful “Page not found” message mocks us.

But once in a while, you come across a page that simply blows your mind and makes even a missing page seem like a good idea.

Like Medium did for me recently. When following a link from a trusted newsletter, I landed on a page that did…

Gratitude for Music Lessons

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This is a thank you note for my music lessons.

Growing up in Mumbai, I learned Indian classical music for eight years of the Carnatic vocal style. I am not a great singer but I do have a good ear and a loud happy voice.

And while I hated practicing, the lessons and songs have been more useful than my tween/teenager self ever imagined.

Some of the beautiful ways it’s been a blessing are listed below:

  • The best use case has been my ability to sing. To reiterate, I am not great but I know with some practice; I can…

Medium Lists

Did you hear about the latest addition to the features available on Medium?


I first read about it at Writer’s Blokke in an excellent post by Aria Dailee :

And then today, I saw the full official details, over at the 3 min Read Publication. Link to the actual article is:

I am excited to use lists and can’t wait to try the different ways outlined in both articles. How about you?

Also, isn’t it amazing that Medium writers like Aria Dailee recognize and investigate new features and share their experiences even before the official word is…

Honest side hustles, lessons, and inspiration

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This week I have been delving into the stories over at Freelancer’s Hub as part of my reading challenge.

So, for the second week’s summary, I am listing five excellent posts that I read on this amazing publication that houses articles related to freelancing, entrepreneurship, and writing.

The first article that I want to share is an honest take on finding gigs on Upwork and making decent money on the competitive platform. Upwork is one of the biggest freelancing marketplaces but often gets a bad rep due to the policies and customer service issues they have. …

Reclaiming space and peace

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My hoarded items scream

You might need us someday

Greedily not allowing space

For things I need today.

Marie Kondo, One-in-one-out

They didn’t work for me

I ask instead, Is keeping this

Worth space or invested money!

With less clutter, less organizing

I can reclaim space and time.

Making room for new and necessary

In counters, closets, and my mind!

This poem is a response to the prompt by Lucy Dan 蛋小姐 (she/her/她) — the original challenge is linked below:

I am tagging all: I love seeing different perspectives of the prompts here at The Brain is A Noodle.

Remember, there is no deadline — so feel free to respond with your own take on this thoughtful question.

Features for readers and writers

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Do you read ebooks? Then you probably read on a Kindle device or app.

If not, the following 3 reasons might convince you to. If yes, you do; dive in and see if you are using in these 3 ways too!

Without much ado, here are the three extremely useful features I am talking about:

  1. Highlights
  2. Kindle Quotes
  3. Notes

These are features that readers should use. And here’s the thing, if you are a writer or content creator, you should absolutely use them. Read on to learn just why and how.


Taking Notes is easy with the Highlights section. Kindle…

Book Review and Analysis

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This post delves into the topic of addiction in fiction.

The Queen of Mystery Agatha Christie has used addiction in quite a few stories including the famed The Horses of Diomedes.

Some of the other books that explore the concept of addiction are The Victory Ball Affair, The Capture of Cerberus. These two stories deal with plain drug addiction.

In Curtain, she writes about addiction to power and blood in the character of X.

In some stories like Herb of Death, (spoiler alert!) addiction to the young ward results in murder.

In stories such as After…


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