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Post Pandemic Eating Out

Eating out, the biggest social activity of modern times was one of the things worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March this 2020, most of the world has been in various states of lockdown  With businesses, schools and public gatherings all prohibited, we have been in a state of isolation for several months.   Now that bans are being lifted to various degrees,  eating … Continue reading Post Pandemic Eating Out

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Blogging Insights # 26 — Celebrating Our Half Year Birthday

This is the 26th Blogging Insights post which makes today the series’ half year birthday or anniversary. I am finding it difficult to get over the fact that this first series that I have ever    run has lasted six months.     The Blogging Insights posts number twenty six in all, but the series has actually run for longer than that. In December I … Continue reading Blogging Insights # 26 — Celebrating Our Half Year Birthday

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8 Ways to deal with coronavirus/COVID-19 related anxiety & stress

The corona virus pandemic has the world in its grip. Lockdown, isolation  and curfew are words  you hear all the time. Routines are disrupted and lives are changing rapidly. Along with all the actual inconvenience, there is a feeling of panic. While recognising the gravity of the situation, we need to make sure that we don’t succumb to anxiety. Here are just a few suggestions … Continue reading 8 Ways to deal with coronavirus/COVID-19 related anxiety & stress

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Blogging Insights – New Format # 14

” A non writing writer is a monster courting insanity.” — Franz Kafka At first this quote seemed a bit of an exaggeration. Upon reflection, and particularly on reading that almost every blogger says some time or the other that blogging is a saver of their sanity, I became convinced. All bloggers, except maybe those who just post images, are writers. Kafka’s quote therefore applies … Continue reading Blogging Insights – New Format # 14

5 Things Tuesday – Beating the Pandemic Blues

Last Tuesday we did a post on your five most common emotions during the pandemic. Going through all your responses, the balance was predominantly negative – sadness, anger, frustration, loneliness and many similar ones. Yet we have come through the last 14 to 18 months somehow. This week I ask you to list the ways you kept those pandemic blues at bay. Here is my … Continue reading 5 Things Tuesday – Beating the Pandemic Blues

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Blogging Insights – New Format # 13

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” — E.L. Doctorow I think this is what it means to “show and not tell”. What do you think? You can tell me what you think by leaving a reply in my comments section. Better still why not write a … Continue reading Blogging Insights – New Format # 13

5 ThingsTuesday: Feelings / Emotions you felt most often during the Pandemic

The Covid 19 Pandemic is far from over. It has been around for 14 to 18 months (depending on when it hit your region). This is long enough for you to recognise the feelings/emotions you have experienced most often. Desolation When the first lockdown was imposed in my city in March 2020, it came at the end of a very busy time. Winter is the … Continue reading 5 ThingsTuesday: Feelings / Emotions you felt most often during the Pandemic

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Blogging Insights – New Format # 11

Today’s quote is from celebrated author Margaret Atwood. ” Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names in the snow.” — Margaret Atwood Who do you write for? Yourself, your readers, or posterity? I would love to know. You can tell me what you think by leaving a reply in my comments section. Better … Continue reading Blogging Insights – New Format # 11

5 Things Tuesday: Favourite Rainy Day Activities

It has been pouring cats and dogs in Lahore last week. We are experiencing late monsoon rains. They usually occur in July and August. Torrential rain means we don’t go out unless absolutely necessary, since there is a lot of water on the roads. This week I thought it would be fun to list my favourite rainy day activities. 5 Favourite Rainy Day Activities Frying … Continue reading 5 Things Tuesday: Favourite Rainy Day Activities

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Blogging Insights – New Format # 10

I saw this on Instagram the other day and thought it would be interesting to discuss it on Blogging Insights: ” What I mind in modern society very much is the awful lack of grammar. ” — Ruth Rendell One sees deplorable grammar in many places on the Internet. Sometimes it is passed off as abbreviations and contractions. Most of the time people just don’t … Continue reading Blogging Insights – New Format # 10

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Blogging Insights — New Format # 9

I am not a fan of Stephen King because the horror genre does not interest me. Writing tips and advice from him can be found abundantly on the Internet. This has made me keen to read his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. The following quote really speaks to me : “Writing did not save my life, but it has continued to do … Continue reading Blogging Insights — New Format # 9