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Writer, book lover, civil engineer, YouTuber, aspiring talk show host — not always all of them. Not always in order.

Hi there!

I’m Ana. I’m 28 years old and was born in a small town called Jorhat in Assam — a hilly Indian state nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. English is my fourth language, but somehow the love for the language is rooted deep in my heart.

When I was young, my friends had dreams of becoming astronauts, movie stars, or pilots. I always wanted to be a writer.

There wasn’t even a single doubt in my head. It was my one true love.

I wrote my first poem when I was only four-years-old. When I was ten…

Habits for Smart Writers

This is how I got on a writing streak of 2,000+ words daily for seven straight months (but the word count is not the point).

Since March, I’ve been on a writing streak. I spent the first two months of self-isolation working on my novel and finished the first draft (87,000+ words). I was also writing a few articles here and there, but then, once my novel was complete, I started writing one article daily.

Aside from the blog posts, I was also writing regular newsletters and working on my upcoming collection of short stories.

People from the Northeast are as much Indians as the people from the rest of the country

I was born in Assam — a state in the northeastern part of India. Aside from Assam, there are six other states in this region — Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya, and Tripura — that are collectively known as “the Seven Sisters.”

Ethnically, the people from the northeastern part of the country have different features from the people in the mainland. We have fairer skin, straight hair, more slender build, and epicanthic folds in our eyes. As the book North-East India: Land, People and Economy makes clear:

“While the original settlers were the Mongoloids, the Indo-Aryan and other groups…

Lessons I picked up on the journey of building a daily exercise habit.

As someone who struggled to make exercise a part of my routine, I know the word “simple” in the title must have made you scoff.

True, there’s nothing simple about working out every day, especially if you’re stuck in a lockdown because of the pandemic and have to muster up the motivation to roll out your Yoga mat and put on your workout clothes every morning. It requires insane amounts of dedication and an unshakeable belief in yourself and your abilities.

It’s not simple, but these eight steps might work. …

After Medium and Substack, this could be a total game-changer

Are you tired of hearing everyone saying you need a newsletter, but unable to see its true worth?

Have you created a newsletter but don’t feel good about asking your subscribers to pay for it?

Do you want to find meaningful sponsorships for your newsletter, but unsure how to approach brands for the same?

Well, my dear writer friends, let me introduce you to an amazing platform that’s all set to change the game for writers and brands alike.

Introducing Swapstack

Swapstack is a platform that connects writers with brands they could collaborate and form potential long-lasting relationships with. The onboarding process…

Celebrate the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by delving into these four authentic stories.

This month is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Why not celebrate it by reading some books written by Asian authors?

I’m from India — one of the largest countries in Asia. Needless to say, I was tempted to include only Indian books in this article. But I picked four books from four different countries with stories that explore some aspect of the unique culture of that country.

Because unlike what popular media might portray, there is no such thing as “Asian culture.” There are 48 countries in Asia and each country has its own unique culture and traditions. …

Lessons I picked up on the journey of building a meditation habit.

When I first thought of incorporating a meditation habit into my life, I worried maybe I was aiming too high.

The word “meditation” brought to mind images of a bald monk clothed in crimson robes sitting atop a lonely mountain, lost in another dimension, cut off from the rest of the world.

While I wanted the peace of mind meditation promised, I was skeptical if I’d ever be able to muster up such insane levels of determination.

But now, one year into this journey of meditating every single day, I can safely say it wasn’t as hard as I’d imagined…

3 surprising ways 10 minutes of daily Yoga transformed my life

I started Yoga at the lowest point in my life. I had just moved to a small town after living in a big city for several months. I started a new job and had no friends. My workout and sleep schedule were severely messed up. In short, I was lost.

One morning, I woke up with a slight pain in my lower back for sleeping in so long. I’d heard that Yoga helps in relieving pain, but I had zero prior experience. So, I searched for “morning Yoga” on YouTube and found a channel called Yoga with Kassandra that had…

The sunrise times in central and northeast India vary by more than one hour. But are separate time zones a good idea in a country already scarred by internal racism?

“Okay bye, I’ll call you later,” I gush to my friend, as I place the phone between my ear and shoulder, locking the door and stepping out. “It’s going to get dark soon and I want to make the most of the last daylight hours.”

“But yaar, I thought you’d go for a walk before sunset,” my friend complained.

“Yes, and it’s going to be dark in an hour,” I tell her, rushing down the stairs.

“But it’s only 5 PM.”

And then it hit me why my friend was finding it so hard to believe. She lives in New…

All the amazing stories this week at Books Are Our Superpower

Dear readers and writers,

Books Are Our Superpower was started with the aim of building a thriving community of readers and book lovers. With that in mind, we started our own Discord server, always buzzing with activity and conversations about favorite books and current reads.

And today, we bring to you something new.

Every Sunday, I’m going to send out a newsletter to all our readers with the following intentions in mind:

  • Highlight some of the stories I enjoyed reading this week on the publication.
  • Share my feelings about the books being talked about the most on the publication (note…

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