There are plenty of common factors between them

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I have been writing on Medium since April 2020. In my seven months journey up to November, I had only published a total of 21 articles. That is an average of a meagre three articles per month. Too low for a beginner, I know, but I wouldn’t blame myself as I was kept busy by other assignments knocking at my door.

Somewhere at the beginning of December 2020, galvanized by the screenshots of impressive Medium earnings, I took a firm decision to crack the code to write a successful Medium article. I wanted a piece of big success.

Since I…


The ultimate checklist to replace Grammarly

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If you are venturing into the domain of writing, Grammarly is your must-have arrow in the quiver.

Or is it not?

What if I tell you that Grammarly is like an unskilled detective going through the motions, following a mundane-robotic approach in each case? I have been using this tool for the past two months, and I found that its algorithm has eyes for only a particular set of errors. If you can spot them by yourself, you might as well save yourself a few bucks.

What are those common mistakes Grammarly is keen to pick up on? …


I bet it does

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Before we get any further, I want to clarify something: I am a perpetual optimist. My snide memes shouldn’t trick you into believing that I am a pessimist waiting for this universe to explode. I would fail 100 times to try 101 times and would recommend you all to continue your valiant, relentless efforts to achieve success on Medium.

However, it is also true that most of us are struggling to get a move on, questioning our choices, and always wondering how to create a fascinating article.

Statistics show that only about 8 percent of users on Medium manage to…


Bazzinga!

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On a bright sunny day in Pasadena.

Leonard: You seem to be in a bright mood. What you doing there?

Sheldon: (Without taking his eyes off the computer) Oh, I have been working on this blogging platform called Medium. I am exfoliating its algorithmic brain.

Leonard: Blogging? You already have more than one medium to torture people. What happened to your Fun with Flags?

Sheldon: Well, for starters, this one has a credible method to make money. Unlike Google Adsense, which couldn’t see the genius behind FWF. It’s a shame for a company that claims to be farsighted.

Leonard: The proverbial sour grape, huh?

Sheldon: Sour grape…


Yes, we are on the same planet.

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I held my breath as I watched the astrologer’s hands fiddle through the magic beads. My parents, drunk by the enormous gravity of the situation, looked at each other. I tried to remember the ‘deep breathe techniques’ to keep my raging heartbeat rate under check.

A few seconds from now, his hands would separate a certain number of beads, and that would pretty much decide if I can marry the girl I love!

You think I’m joking? Relationships are the last thing I kid about.

Welcome to India. And Welcome to the consulting room of an astrologer from a local…


Let’s crunch some numbers

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Nazism was a fascist ideology that used biological racism as a justification to kill people. For a devout Nazi, the Aryan race was the superior race. Therefore, every other race on the planet were trifles meant to be crushed.

Exactly how many people were killed in the name of this madness?

I will get to that in a minute.

But before that, here is a thought: Do you ever put Communism and Nazism in the same bracket?

Well, there are obvious ideological differences between the two. …


This will leave you scratching your head

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How far are you willing to go for love?

Whatever be your answer, it would be difficult to surpass what Sajitha had done for her love.

To live a life with her romantic partner-Rahman, Sajitha literally caged herself for a decade. She spent ten years of her life in a miserable dingy room with her boyfriend. The saddest part is that the room had no attached toilet!

Yes, you heard that right.

All of this happened while Rahman’s father, mother, and siblings lived under the same roof. And yet, they were clueless about what Rahman was conjuring. …


Do you want the red pill or the blue pill?

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“The Matrix is a world that has pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”

The first time I heard this, I felt a shudder of cold running through my spine. I knew Morpheus was about to unveil a secret world. My simpleton mind couldn’t fancy a guess regarding what was coming.

Of course, I was 11, naive and ignorant to radical concepts like a machine-generated dream world.

Almost two decades later, I cannot help but notice that most of us are trapped in the Matrix. …


The details are eerily similar

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“Out of the darkness, out of the night,

loomed a ghostly form of ominous white.”

Those lines are from the poem The Wreck of the Titanic written by Benjamin Peck Keith. And that’s just one gem among the plethora of artistic expressions the tragedy of the Titanic had inspired.

But there is a novel, which might seem like another spin-off from the shipwreck. It is called The Wreck of the Titan; or Futility. The author is Morgan Robertson.

However, this isn’t another book galvanized by the famous ship accident. The fiction is indeed a predecessor to the tragedy, as Mr…


They do take awfully long, don’t they?

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Before we get any further, it is important to define success, so that we can all agree upon what exactly our matter of contention is.

What is success, then?

A fat purse? Accumulation of gadgets? Fame? Spiritual upliftment?

Well, it could be any of that, all of that, or none of that.

Success is when you set an important goal for yourself and then overcome all the impediments and hurdles along the way to meet your goals.

So yes, your goals could well be a fat purse or fame; that’s up to you.

The takeaway is, success is personal. …

Aravind Balakrishnan

Introvert or Shy? Not sure. Bibliophile or Cine-buff? Both. Nethead or Story-writer? Still dunno. All I know is I want to write to live and I live to write.

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