why writing is similar to cooking? – A recipe on writing a delectable story

Writing and cooking are two different chores. While writing, all you need is pen, paper or laptop and an imaginative mind, cooking is more detailed work that requires a fine study of taste and aroma to make a delicious dish. Writing just need a little space – a writing desk and a lamp while cooking needs an enormous space – the whole kitchen that is scattered with onions, spices, flour, salt, black pepper, cooking essentials – chopping board, chopper, knives, mixer etc. To cook an interesting story, you need to be a creative foodie. A writer can’t bring flavor to a story if he hasn’t explored the outside world. More a writer travels more delicacy he can bring to a story. Imagine smelling the hot, spicy smoke emerging from a road-side Pav-Bhaji stall. It not only visually enticing, but the aroma too tantalizes the stomach.

From Dhoklas, Dosas, Tandoori Chicken to Hyderabadi Biryani, each food has its own flavor and bonds people over it. Love blossoms over a cup of coffee to progress over a candle light dinner and finally ties up in a relationship on a marriage reception. Even the writing process begins over a cup of coffee 🙂

A creative foodie is the one who not only has a taste for aromatic delicacies, but also a sense for refreshing ideas. What happens when a creative person gulps down a cup of coffee? Ideas start brewing in his mind. A writer needs to organize his thoughts like a homemaker. A homemaker gathers all the ingredients that are needed before cooking. She peels down the onion layers, chops the tomatoes, crushes the spices, adds salt and the essential elements needed to cook the food.

Right from thinking about the theme of the plot to creating characters, backdrops, situations, turning points to the grand climax, a writer has to make sure that his cooked up story is delicious enough to serve his reader. It is not necessary that a writer’s story become a best-seller. Sometimes it may turn tasteless. In case of homemaker, her food is appreciated by her family members even if there is less salt.

Additional salt can be placed in the food to balance the taste. Too much salt can ruin the taste. If you have added too many irrelevant sub-plots in your story, your reader may find the story boring. Writing and cooking both require patience. As a writer, if you have the right ingredients of ideas, you can serve a good, delectable story to your readers. What entices a reader is a good story with sensible sub-plots, memorable characters, engaging situations and a happy climax.

A story is like a dish – sweet like a dessert (ice-cream, gulab-jamun) lip-smacking like……It is up to the writer to prepare his story by keeping his favorite dish in his mind. Are you a creative foodie? What tantalizes your creative senses? Please share your ideas and tips on writing a perfect best-selling story.

(Disclaimer – The author of this article is not a celebrated Chef or possesses any skills in cooking. All the thoughts written in this article are product of author’s creative imagination. The cups of tea gulped during the pre-writing process helped him write this article. The visual imagination of the delicious ‘Pav-Bhaji’ helped him complete this article on Cooking and writing)

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The unsung story of Batman’s real creator

Do you know who gave the title ‘The dark knight’ to Batman? It was Bill Finger the un-credited co-creator who breathed life into Batman comics through his engaging storylines and engrossing artwork. Majority of DC comics readers know that it was Bob Kane who is credited for creating Batman. Even in the Batman movies, Bob Kane is acknowledged. The fact is that Bob Kane never gave credit to Bill Finger for the creation and massive success of Batman comics. He stole the limelight and recognition that Bill really deserved for. Sadly Bill Finger died anonymous and penniless in 1974.

It was Bill who wrote the first Batman story and the next Batman adventures for 25 years. Right from designing the Bat costume to creating Gotham city, bat vehicle & other characters like Robin and the iconic villain – Joker, Bill was the sole creator of Batman series. Despite putting so much effort, Bill Finger was just reduced to remain a ghost-writer of Batman comics. Bob Kane cunningly sidelined Bill Finger and labeled himself as the sole creator of Batman comics. After the death of Bill Finger, all the monetary privileges were given to a far off partner of Bill Finger’s son.

It was Marc Tyler Nobleman, a writer who brought the tragic story of Bill Finger in light and gave him the deserved fame he truly owed. Marc even traced the granddaughter of Bill Finger and helped her get the monetary rights of her grandfather’s work.

Front cover of the graphic novel based on Bill Finger

To know more about Bill Finger, do read the graphic novel – Bill the boy wonder: the secret co-creator of Batman. This graphic novel has been penned by Marc Tyler Nobleman. I applaud the efforts of Marc Tyler Nobleman to bring the story of Bill Finger in light. It was Bill Finger who gave wings to Batman but sadly he remained an anonymous creator. Though Bob Kane had recognized Bill Finger as a major contributor behind Batman comics in his official autobiography – Batman and me, it is surprising that why Bill Finger was never given the recognition as the co-creator in Batman movies.

I had read this story about Bill Finger in Chicken Soup series on writers. This short article by Marc Tyler Nobleman on Bill Finger inspired me to write this blog post on the brainchild behind the Batman. I empathized with this story because I know what a writer feels when his work is featured without giving him any written acknowledgement. I too have written articles for which I never got any credit I truly deserved for. Bill Finger’s story is not only heart-breaking, tragic but also eye-opening for those thousands of creative people who remain anonymous behind the greatest works.

Till the clouds roll by – A delightful memoir by Ruskin Bond

Book Title: Till the clouds roll by – Beginning again
Author – Ruskin Bond
Publishers – Puffin Books (Penguin Publications)

‘Most of us grow in our teens or twenties. I think I grew up when I was ten’ – Ruskin Bond

The visual of a puffing train running in the midst of mountains is such a delightful treat to the eyes. Memoirs with scenic descriptions of mountain trains, lichee trees, birds, tigers and hill side life can be found only in Ruskin Bond’s books. In his new memoir – ‘Till the clouds roll by’ Ruskin takes readers backwards in yester years Dehradun. In this latest memoir, Ruskin recounts the holidays he spent with his mother, stepfather, siblings and new friends in Dehra.

The opening scene of this memoir begins with a puffing train heading to Dehra. Seated in this train is little Ruskin reminiscing his departed father, the stamp collection and the joyful days spent in Delhi. After reaching Dehra, Ruskin has to adjust with his estranged mother, a new Punjabi father and step siblings. Here little Ruskin discovers books of P.G. Wodehouse, Louisa May Alcott and many new authors who would inspire him to become a celebrated writer in later years. In this short holiday to Dehra, little Ruskin goes on hunting expeditions, encounters a leopard, makes new acquaintances, watches cinema and explores the sleepy town of Dehra which would be described later in several of his memoirs, novels and short stories.

This short illustrated memoir by Ruskin Bond is a must read book for those who cherish nostalgia. Illustrator Mihir Joglekar has breathed life in storytelling with the lively pictures which makes the book an engrossing read for kids. ‘Till the clouds roll by’ is the sequel to Ruskin Bond’s book – Looking for the rainbow which was a tribute to his late father – Aubrey Bond.

If you love memoirs, ‘Till the clouds roll by’ by Ruskin Bond is definitely a treat.

New theme on my WordPress Blog!!

How truly said – variety is the spice of life. Nothing stays constant in nature. After summer, there is monsoon, autumn and winter. Each season brings with it a new ambience. So when I was reworking on a new story, somewhere I was feeling that my imagination is not taking the flight as I had expected. Something was missing in my efforts. What was it? After brainstorming I realized that it was the look and feel of my blog that was old and needed some new colors, layouts, visuals and texture. It took me a few minutes to decide on my theme. I zeroed on the theme: 2017. It appealed my creative aesthetics.

After a long span of 3 years, my wordpress blog is ready to tell you a story in a new avatar. I had been facing a slack in my story-telling for a while. Hopefully, my friends and readers will like this new look on Prashant’s Blogworld. Along with the theme, I have also changed the tagline of my blog which says ‘And when the war is over, a butterfly will still be beautiful’. I picked this quote from Ruskin Bond’s book.

Along with writing an engrossing article, it is equally challenging to hold your audience and keep them treating with new, refreshing stories backed by a capturing blog theme. What captures the reader first is the look and feel of the blog. So, the storytelling will be more interesting, unique on my newly decorated blog.

Welcome again to my blog!! World’s best stories are here!!