Roundup | February 2020

February (of a leap year, to be noted) was off to a poor start. My AdSense account stopped showing ads and earned nothing for a few days. The blog stats also reduced to half and I could not post as frequently as I had hoped. Kindle Unlimited royalty is also decreasing by the day. Has…

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Weekly Roundup | The Week That Was | 20w09

This is the busiest week of 2020, work wise. Office was crazy. I don’t get time to get up from my desk, let alone going for a walk. I am also missing on my blog schedule a bit. I don’t wike it. But, I promise to finish everything over the weekend. You will see some…

Weekly Roundup | The Week That Was | 20w08

This week was super-chill. I am becoming calmer by the day. This may be a short-lived feeling, but boy, it feels great. I have read several rom-coms and have scheduled the reviews for Thursday, official day for English Book Reviews. How was your week? Shabana Mukhtar

Favourite YouTube Channels #3: Kenny Sebastian

I first saw him on Rajeev Masand’s interview. He is so cute! And, then, I searched for him on YouTube and binged on all the videos on his channel. The guy is funny and cute and his jokes not only make you laugh, but also make you think. What I like the best is that…

Weekly Roundup | The Week That Was | 20w07

Is it Friday already? Dayam. Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! Time’s flying super-fast these days. I haven’t gotten much done in this week. I was hoping to publish one book for Valentine. It didn’t happen, obviously. Else, I would have gone crazy announcing it. I celebrated the “Romance Week” by reading a lot. Incidentally, this time…

To All the Dresses I Have Loved Before

To All the Dresses I have Loved Before Dear dresses, I have loved you immensely. I have been obsessed with you and have taken care of you above and beyond everything else. Now that you’re hidden underneath my unflattering black abaya, don’t feel shy; don’t be disheartened; don’t fear negligence. You will still be just…

The week that was – 20w06

That’s how I began my work day. I know what you’re thinking. That’s a lot of pickle. That quantity will last me the whole summer. *exaggerating* I just realize now that I have not included the glass of water – the most essential thing on the dining table. The paratha was okay and I devoured…

Roundup | January 2020

This month was crazy. I took a hiatus and haven’t posted much, except for the few pre-scheduled posts and reviews. The stats took a hit, obviously and I hope it recovers soon, now that TOMU is back. Posts published: 81 Words written: 10K In first week of January, I wrote a few more scenes for…

Shut The Beep Up | Being a Minority

This is the second article in “Philosophy Of Life” Series. Sometimes I like being philosophical or just want to ramble everything that comes to mind. I would try to keep such posts to a minimum – once in a month. If people like it, they can request me for more 🙂

The week that was – 20w05

It still feels bizarre. Yesterday was almost dream-like as I survived through the day like a zombie. Sleep-deprived mind isn’t always productive. Thankfully, Friday came soon enough. Can’t wait to sleep for 24 hours straight. How was your week? Did you read / watch anything interesting? Shabana Mukhtar

Fun Facts About Me #14

I don’t love my writing. I like it, but the final product that I publish isn’t perfect. If I try to refine it, I will keep working on the same story forever. P.S. I start at least one new draft with a new idea every day.

TOMU is off hiatus

Yep, that’s right, not that anybody was missing me. I am back to India and even though I have plenty of things to post about, I had decided to take it slow before I go in full TOMU mode. But something came up. What’s that you wonder? Traffic, what else? When I was gone, there…

The week that was – 20w04

Our first and only Friday in Madina. The day of return is looming around. I haven’t started shopping yet. Too much to do in 3 days. Shabana Mukhtar

Best of 2019

There are too many, because I am easily amused and impressed. These 5 events stand out for the happiness and / or amusement that they brought. Alif Yes, Alif is the best thing that happened in 2019. First, it increases traffic for book review. Once HAR PAL GEO announced the airing date for the drama,…

The week that was – 20w01

I have read two books already and drafting the review posts. The reviews will be up sometime in next week, or this weekend, depending upon how much time I get. Office was okay. After the skip level (you can read about it here: Shut The Beep Up | How to Not Lead By Example) and…

2019 As a Writer

I didn’t write much, not fiction at least. I focused my energies more on the blogging side and reading, than actually writing stories. I have written a few but they are not published yet. I published 11 books in 2019. Hopefully 2020 turns out better. Sigh! Shabana Mukhtar

2019 As a Reviewer

I went berserk as a reviewer. There were books that I read and then we’re dramas, telefilms, web series and everything else under the sun. I reviewed, a LOT. Books I read ~180 books and posted reviews on Goodreads. There are some reviews that I posted on TOMU. Others, I didn’t. Alif By Umera Ahmed…