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“Whispers Of A Careless Mind” by Alisha Das

“Whispers Of A Careless Mind”, fresh of the press poetry for the soul, join us in taking a glimpse at the newest poetry collection.'



Through her poetry, Alisha Das paints a canvas of words for us to let our eyes feast on and imagination run wild. “Whispers Of A Careless Mind” is her debut publication, a short collection of poetry, for which we have had the pleasure to be the first to review. So let us dive right into the book, fresh off the press. 

About the Author 

Alisha Das holds a degree in Literature, Psychology and Journalism, and is currently pursuing her Masters. She has had a flair for writing ever since she was young and indulged in it as a form of self-expression. The debut author has never been afraid to pour her feelings out on paper, her keen eye and imaginative mind have created masterpieces such as “The Fault Was All Mine” and “Winter Sunshine”. 

A Sneak-Peak At The Gems Within 

“Whispers Of A Careless Mind” by Alisha Das is her debut collection of poetry and muse. The collection consists of poetry that is a testament to the title, unapologetically beautiful and raw. Upon reading the poems, the readers cannot help but feel a deep connection with them. The book urges readers to take the time out and sit with their feelings, and hear the whispers of their heart and mind, be it their most profound intrusive thought or the happiest memory. 

The pen is mightier than a sword, Alisha Das proves so with her work. Her poems resonate with the sense of individuality and acknowledgement of one’s own emotions. Where most writings are about missing other people, Alisha Das’s poetry screams out loud about missing aspects of oneself. 

In a world where expressing oneself is still a topic we are getting accustomed to, through poetry, we begin to at least acknowledge our feelings. Life moves fast and sometimes it is hard to catch up with it let alone acknowledge how we feel, through her poetry, Alisha Das takes it upon herself to have her every emotion heard and validated. 

There is a unique touch to her writing, not only does it make you feel seen and heard, but it also has open endings which leaves so much room for us readers’ interpretation. When reading her poetry one might interpret the same poem differently from another but that’s the beauty of it, her poetry is open to everyones imagination as many times they read it. She crafts her poems with such elegant rawness that will leave readers holding their hearts and snapping their fingers in agreement. 

Final Thoughts

“Whispers Of A Careless Mind” by Alisha Das is a debut poetry book with poems that range from beautiful infatuations to painful realities. Each poem is unique from the others, open to interpretation and a source of validation for all your deepest desires and profound thoughts. The author has won our hearts with her very first publication, an ode to the title, true to her aim, the book is truly a whisper of a careless mind, carefully crafted with perfection and raw emotion. The poems are a testament to her aim, to be unapologetically herself and she urges readers through her poetry to do the same, for, in her words, “If I get busy trying to be someone else then, who’ll be me?”.


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Remembering Keshav Vaman Bhole

Keshav Vaman Bhole: A Maestro of Indian Cinema’s Musical Era- Celebrating the life and musical legacy of a pioneering composer and critic'



Keshav Vaman Bhole, Bhole, Indian , Cinema, India, Music

Keshav Vaman Bhole, or Keshavrao Bhole as he was fondly known, was a luminary in the realm of Indian cinema. Born on May 23, 1896, in Amravati, Maharashtra, his journey began with the establishment of Natya-Manvantara, a theatrical company that laid the groundwork for his future exploits in film. His career, spanning several decades, has left an indelible imprint on Indian cinema, a legacy that continues to reverberate with audiences today.

Bhole’s foray into the world of cinema took a significant turn with his association with the esteemed Prabhat Film Company in 1933. Joining as a music composer, he would go on to create some of the studio’s most iconic hits, a testament to his musical genius and his ability to connect with the audience.

One of Bhole’s most celebrated works is the timeless classic ‘Amrit Manthan’, a masterpiece directed by V. Shantaram. This film, based on Narayan Hari Apte’s novel ‘Bhagyashree ‘, not only garnered widespread acclaim for its captivating narrative but also introduced a new era of music in Indian cinema. Bhole’s innovative orchestral compositions, incorporating piano, Hawaiian guitar, and violin, marked a significant departure from traditional Indian film music, setting a new standard for the industry.

Following “Amrit Manthan’s” success, Bhole continued to captivate audiences with his musical prowess in films like “Sant Tukaram”, a cinematic portrayal of the revered Varkari saint and poet. Directed by Vishnupant Govid Damle and Sheikh Fattelal, this groundbreaking film earned international recognition, cementing Bhole’s reputation as a musical virtuoso.

In “Kunku/Duniya Na Mane”, Bhole tackled social issues using his music to denounce the dowry system and advocate for women’s empowerment. The film’s memorable songs, including “Ek tha Raja Ek thi Rani” and “Jai Ambe Gauri Maiyya”, showcased Bhole’s ability to blend traditional melodies with contemporary themes, resonating deeply with audiences across generations.

Throughout his career, Bhole’s commitment to artistic innovation remained unwavering, evidenced by his groundbreaking work in films like “Sant Dnyaneshwar” and “Das Baje.” His compositions enriched the cinematic experience and reflected his deep understanding of Indian classical music and its cultural significance.

Bhole was also a revered critic, writing under the pseudonyms “Ekalavya” and “Suddha Saranga.” His insightful critiques and scholarly analysis played a crucial role in shaping the discourse surrounding Indian cinema, earning him widespread respect and admiration from peers and audiences alike.

Keshav Vaman Bhole passed in 1967, leaving behind his timeless melodies and pioneering spirit as a source of inspiration for generations of filmmakers and music enthusiasts, ensuring his contributions will be celebrated for years.

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Interpreter of Maladies: Sorrows That Are Hard to Notice & Forget

Interpreter of Maladies, the first book by Jhumpa Lahiri which won her a Pulitzer award and cemented her standing as a writer. Let’s dive in!



Sorrow, Lahiri, Indian, Interpreter of Maladies, reader

Joy and sadness always come hand in hand. Many writers tend to highlight the greatest joys or the most devastating sadness. But what about the everyday small sorrows that build up each day until the sorrowful dam breaks? It’s the big dam break that is always highlighted. Nobody or very few pay attention to the tension or the small excruciating moments that lead to those big catastrophes. Jhumpa Lahiri is one such author. And she does it not once but multiple times. Each time with a different tale in her very first book, Interpreter of Maladies which won her a Pulitzer award. 

Interpreter of Maladies: A Closer Look

It is easier to dismiss shadows than to accept their existence which only brings more sorrow into one’s life. But sadly most of the characters in the book, Interpreter of Maladies don’t have the option to live in ignorance. Their sorrow and maladies are conveyed by the author, making the book title very apt.

A reader will find that each story is different yet similar in many ways. The similarity lies in the fact that it always carries a hint of diaspora with it. In most of the stories, the nostalgic link to the mother nation is not that profound but its presence is felt in many ways. The most prominent of these ways is through food in most stories. Lahiri’s focus on this one distinguishing factor that makes Indians Indian is what sets her apart from others. What is more intriguing in Interpreter of Maladies is how subtly the food is presented in the context. One might think they are cooking and eating Indian food right at home in Calcutta (given that most of the characters’ background is in West Bengal). And not somewhere in the United States more than 10,000 km away.  

Interpreter of Maladies brings out Indians in a way wherein they don’t stand out because they look different or engage in stereotypical behaviours and practices. But rather Interpreter of Maladies showcases how Indians like people from every other ethnicity try their best to blend in. But there are certain habits and traditions that they do latch on to that make one pick them out as Indian by an Indian. The simplicity and raw emotions and sufferings of the stories are what sets the stories in Interpreter of Maladies apart from other books in this genre.


Mostly set at the time of the formation of Bangladesh and its separation from Pakistan, Interpreter of Maladies charts a very troubled time in Indian history. But its focus on individual suffering at a time of mass suffering etches that time into the mind of the reader. Because it becomes more personal and more vulnerable. Interpreter of Maladies is a must-read to give readers a fair introduction to Lahiri’s works. And also to understand the troubled time of India’s past through the lens of those worrying overseas. 

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Fear and Anxiety- Similar or Different

Understand if fear and anxiety are similar or different. Understand their features and also effectively manage them.



Fear, anxiety, thoughts, feelings, response

Imagine an instance where you encounter a bear in a forest where you’re walking. What are the immediate thoughts that occur in your head? What’s the name of the feeling you experience? Is it fear or anxiety? Is it solely fear or solely anxiety? Or is it both? Let’s answer this question in the end. 

Fear and Anxiety seem very similar but are different at the same time. When asked about the distinct features between the two, you wouldn’t be able to answer immediately. To assess the differences between them we need to know what they exactly are. Fear is a response to stimuli, both real and perceived, where it activates the flight, fight or freeze response of the body. Anxiety is general apprehensions or preoccupations with situations that are subjective in nature. It may occur at any point with no immediate danger and is related to previous experiences and events.

Physiological Response To Fear & Anxiety

The physiological responses of anxiety and fear are similar but they do not overlap when they occur. The physiological response of fear is characterised by increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, fight, flight or freeze, sweating, muscle tension, pupil dilation, dry mouth and many more. The physiological responses to anxiety include fatigue, sleep disturbances, shallow breathing, headaches, gastrointestinal difficulties and many more. The differences in the physiological responses include the intensity of the responses where the reaction to fear is higher than to anxiety, while the highest rate of anxiety can also lead to a panic attack, we are talking about general anxiety in this context. Another difference in the response is the duration. The physiological response may be short-lived while the anxiousness is prolonged. 

A few instances where Fear and Anxiety can be differentiated are — You end up performing a major role at your school’s annual day. The fear can be explained as the feelings experienced when the actual situation of being on stage happens commonly known as “stage fright”. In contrast, anxiety is the days of sleeplessness leading up to the day when you perform on the stage. Another example can be when you think a robber has broken into your house. The reaction of fear is when you take action by holding a weapon in your hand and the reaction of anxiety is you double-checking the locks and being vigilant to noises around you at night. While thinking about these situations, fear and anxiety can be managed and controlled effectively.

Managing Fear 

To manage Fear we need to understand the triggers and take steps to avoid the intensity that may be harmful

  • Identify triggers effectively: If you understand that going to a heightened building might cause breathlessness because of your fear of heights, it might be best to acknowledge the trigger and avoid the situation entirely. This can help in understanding the triggers, and identifying them is the most productive way to avoid a large amount of emotional distress
  • Slowly work around these triggers: Systematic Desensitization is the most efficient method to deal with fear. It’s a process involving exposure to different degrees of fear starting from small to big. For example, if you have an extreme fear of Spiders, in Systematic desensitization you will be exposed to the smallest spider and once you’re over the fear of the smallest one, you will be exposed to a slightly bigger one and so forth until you are completely desensitized to the existence of spiders of any size around you. This hence proves to be an effective technique for fears and phobias and is mostly used by mental health professionals when people with phobias approach them. 
  • Breathing techniques: These techniques are characterised by controlling the flow of your breathing and relaxing your body which eventually leads to relaxing your mind as well. A few breathing techniques include deep breathing, breathing on rhythm and slow and steady inhalation and exhalation. While encountering a trigger that invokes fear, we might feel helpless and overwhelmed. When practising these techniques, the reaction can be optimised and controlled further leading to a lessening of the distress.

    Anxiety Management

    Anxiety can be prolonged in nature but it’s important to understand the emotional difficulties that can occur over time. Here are some of the ways anxiety can be managed:

    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: CBT is the go-to method many mental health professionals use to help people with anxiety. Its main goal is to change the negative thinking patterns and sets to achieve how you think. It believes that if you change the way you think, it can change the way you feel. Anxiety is rooted in negative thoughts and feelings and to tackle these, a viable change is required which CBT provides. For example, when a person with extreme social anxiety is helped with CBT as prescribed by the therapist, the person is required to understand the negative thoughts that are attributed to the social anxiety, and probe themselves with questions that are evidence-based like what’s the evidence that everyone hates me? and with several other methods, it changes their negative thinking patterns eventually. Here is a small video to help you understand Cognitive Behavioural Therapy better: 
      Credits: YouTube (Psych Hub)
      • Mindfulness: Mindfulness refers to the method that emphasises the importance of being in the present moment rather than being preoccupied by thoughts of the past or future. It’s composed of several techniques like meditation, yoga, walking, being in sync with all the senses, and many more. This is an extremely useful technique to deal with anxiety as the core of anxiety is being preoccupied with the past or the future. By being in the present moment through these techniques, you can cope with the ruminations which leads to healthy anxiety management.
      • Journaling: The importance of Journaling leads you to understand and process your thoughts, and emotions. It also helps you gain clarity on your anxious thoughts. Sometimes, a simple thing like writing down what you’re feeling can be the most effective method to deal with your anxiety. Journaling needs to also be consistent in nature as it also provides insights into the previous ways you’ve dealt with anxiety and shows your progress in dealing with it. Further, this method also leads you to calm yourself down and give perspectives from a rational point of view.


      Therefore, we understand that the above problem of the bear is when you experience a fight, flight or freeze reaction which are the characteristics of fear and anxiety experienced when you are preoccupied with the thoughts of encountering a bear while you have your stroll in the forest. Since we understand the distinct differences between the two, we may be able to effectively label them for further experiences and use techniques accordingly to manage them. Fear and Anxiety correlate with each other and are normal feelings to occur. However, they are to be taken seriously if they somehow disrupt your daily functioning. There are several methods to overcome both Fear and Anxiety but it is enhanced when taken the help of a mental health professional.

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      Raja Ravi Varma and his Speaking Canvases

      Raja Ravi Varma and his paintings carry the essence of European technicalities and Indian sensibilities. Dive into the world of his work.



      Raja Ravi Varma, Paintings, Indian, Works, artist

      The one whose paintings’ lithographs adorn the homes of most Indians (especially South Indians), the prints of whose paintings formed a major part of the puja room decor, the one whose works influenced the largest-selling comic series book of India – Amar Chitra Katha; the legendary iconic artist Raja Ravi Varma. Born in the mid-nineteenth century (02 April 1848) in Kilimanoor, Travancore (present-day Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala), Raja Ravi Varma was a royal descendant of an aristocratic family in Travancore. The title ‘Raja’ was conferred upon him by Lord Curzon – the Viceroy and Governor-General of India. 

      Credits: BBC

      He was one of the pioneers of fusion paintings. His style was to blend the technicalities and aesthetics of European paintings with the emotional sensibility, iconography and storytelling of Indian art. He made consistent and considerable efforts to revolutionise the vision Indian folk carried of the Gods and Goddesses. Earlier the picturisation of mythological characters and deities was more inclined towards their supernatural form. Raja Ravi Varma gave them a touch of human style. He focussed on the detailing of intricate designs of everything from fabrics and jewellery to furniture and artefacts. His paintings narrated stories, characters spoke of the social order and general social practices and backdrops radiated moods. 

      The next Maharaja of Travancore, Ayilyam Thirunal patronised Varma and he began his formal training thereafter. He was skilled in oil and water painting. He received his first commission painting in the year 1870 and the task was to paint a family portrait of the sub-judge of the Calicut Court – Kizakke Palat Krishnan Menon. Popularity and fame knocked at his door after an exhibition of his paintings in Vienna in 1873 fetched him an award. 

      Most of Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings revolved around the stories of Shakuntala and Dushyanta and Nala and Damayanti from the great Indian epic The Mahabharata. His paintings were also depictions of India’s folklore, ballads and stories from The Puranas. It is noteworthy that he received one of his most serious commissions from the Gaekwad of Baroda in the year 1888. The commission involved making fourteen Puranic paintings for the Durbar Hall of the new Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Baroda. This required immense authenticity and a spectacular Indian touch in his representation of the mythological deities and characters. With assistance from his sister Mangalabai Thampuratty and younger artist brother C Raja Raja Varma, he successfully crafted fourteen illustrations; all of them masterpieces depicting either Lord Krishna’s adventures from The Bhagavata Purana or stories from The Mahabharata or The Ramayana. 

      Credits: BBC

      Raja Ravi Varma was an artist who would consciously select themes, genres and mediums for his paintings. He would let the Western influence prevail but at the same time take care that it did not dominate his canvas; always keeping alive the spirit of Indian-ness in his work. Women, their ordeals, their beauty and their ornaments always held a special charm in Varma’s paintings. Women in traditional attire, women reclining in bed or women lost in thought formed a major part of his subjects. His brush strokes would paint costumes and pieces of jewellery with so much precision that they would look just like the original ones. 

      Credits: BBC

      He was the first Indian artist to popularise calendar art. In 1894, he also set up a press called the Ravi Varma Fine Arts Lithographic Press in Lonavala. This came as a revolutionary move in the historical and social sphere of India as the press put to use imported German machines and techniques. Lithographs started trending among the Indian people. Art could now be ‘owned’ by anyone; people started fetching more and more reproductions of paintings from the Indian markets.

      Raja Ravi Varma also brought to India certain significant international relations and accolades. He was honoured with an invitation to the World’s Columbian Exhibition at Chicago in 1893 where he showcased ten of his paintings. He was also in close relation with the German painter Fritz Schleicher who was the technical lead of the Raja Ravi Varma Fine Arts Press. Even when he became the owner of the press in 1903, he continued to spread the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma to the world. 

      Postcards also had imprints of Varma’s imageries. They were incorporated in advertisements, matchbox labels, textile prints and a whole lot of general everyday items found in Indian households. His work introduced fine arts to the general public of India. It made art accessible to everyone. Even after Raja Ravi Varma’s sad demise in 1906, his paintings went on to challenge perceptions and emerge as changemakers in the early twentieth-century society of India. 

      Many of his paintings form a part of the preserved collections of his works in the Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Baroda. His legacy continues to inspire generations of young artists and thinkers. His paintings transcend far beyond time and age. 

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      Creative Block: Tips & Strategies To Overcome It 

      Creative blocks are annoying and can be the cause of various mental health disorders. Let’s look at some tips and strategies to overcome it.



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      Being creative is not easy work. Sure it may seem easier but that doesn’t mean it is easier. Most of the time the answers are so ambiguous that it is hard to determine what is right for that particular piece of work. As ambiguity brings with it various risks some of which involve the relevance of the answer. The answer which could be a tune or a concept or a word that seems perfect right now may not be so perfect when you look at it from a different angle. It’s hard to be objective or choose one route when there are plenty available. But it is equally hard to come up with at least one route. When it becomes hard, we normally tend to give up but let’s find out how we don’t necessarily need to do so by following certain tips and strategies.

      Creative Block

      Creative block refers to a stage that one experiences when one feels like giving up after failing to find a certain answer to a creative piece even after trying multiple times. It is known as a creative block as it highlights the blockage of creativity due to various issues related to one’s mental health. It can be a really dark place to be in, but there is always a way out.

      This creative block affects every creative person many times in their lives. But the feeling is always unpleasant. And it affects them even more if they were right in a phase of creative peak just before they hit a block. Creative peak refers to a time when the person is at a point in time where they can utilise their creativity to their maximum potential. In short, it is that phase that every creative person dreams of. For example, it was during this creative peak phase that Vincent Van Gogh created most of his phenomenal works that are revered to this day such as the Starry Night. Creative burnout on the other hand is a similar yet different phenomenon, to know more about creative burnout you can check out our article here!

      Tips & Strategies to Get Over Creative Block

      Creative block is something very normal and everyone goes through it. And many creative people have overcome this phase with certain tips and strategies. Some of these tips and strategies include:

      1. Give yourself a break:

      It sounds really dumb and we get it, we are always told to remain focused and think about the problem as much as we can in order to arrive at a solution. But the reality is no matter how much we think about it we can’t seem to arrive at a solution then won’t it be better to leave it be for a while and just don’t think about it at all? The reason this tip or strategy works is because it allows our brain to relax and take its own time to come up with a solution. The more we think about that one problem the more we stress ourselves out as we can’t seem to find the solution. So, stop, take a breath, go out and do something that you love and get back to it.

      1. Change of environment:

      Ever wondered if staring at the same boring ceiling or wall is what hinders your brain from thinking beyond its capacities? Sometimes the things around us become so familiar that it becomes hard to think of a solution in the same environment where you encountered the problem. A change of scenery or environment may not always be the solution but it could be the first step to the solution as when you are in a new environment you will perceive and experience things differently and this difference will add more perceptions in your brain, helping you in your creative process in the long run. Why do you think authors and artists take inspiration from different places they have visited in their lives?

      1. Experiment with different forms:

      Sometimes the reason we feel stuck at something is because we are afraid of going beyond what we already know. It’s scary to try a different form or style or approach especially if you have mastered the one you are currently using. But sometimes the answer lies in trying out different approaches than holding yourself back. It can be really really horrifying at first which is why we suggest instead of drastically switching to a new approach we hope you first acquaint yourself with it by mixing elements of it with your current approach. And then who knows you might end up innovating an entirely new approach that is tailored just for you.

      1. Practice freely but in a routine:

      It’s ironic that something that is free will also be happening in a routine. As if it’s free it should occur whenever and wherever it feels like, right? In reality, it’s not as easy as it may seem. Freedom is liberating and a great feeling at first but soon it becomes overwhelming if there are no rules or laws protecting, promoting and inculcating it in your environment. Hence routine acts like that boundary or law that does the job when you’re facing a creative block. A routine will ensure that you practice your freedom to think creatively as much as you can, but it ensures that you think about the issue in a creative manner at least once every day so that you don’t take your freedom for granted. Routine ensures that you don’t completely run away from the creative work while you’re trying to relax.

      1. Seek help:

      It’s not easy to do all the brainstorming and executing by yourself hence it is highly advisable to take as much help as you can get. It’s not easy to trust someone else when it comes to your creative work but sometimes working with others not only helps you learn many things from them but also helps you understand yourself, your environment and your style better. And you shall never forget the masterpieces that you had created in the past for many times they hold the answer to your current creative problem. So, revisit them, and collaborate with others but don’t give up.

      Going through a creative block is not easy. But it’s not the end of the world (although it may seem like it). Creative block is normal and everyone goes through it. It may seem dark and lonely but if you’re patient enough and put in enough work to get out of it, you will get out of it.  These tips and strategies are not a guarantee that you will solve your problem, but you will at least take the first few steps in the right direction which will help you get out of your creative block.

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