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Thursday, January 21, 2010

The FictioNistas

Rather than going for an explosive content before people have the chance to appreciate our audacity, we thought of "let's praise 'em before we can bury 'em" instead. This way lured into the quagmire, people will have the fleeting chance to like this blog before they publicly forsake, and then secretly visit this place! 

I think of myself like a budding story-writer (of course, subject to a story line that for some reason strikes others' minds before it does mine). Though very honestly, I am a better editor (shining examples of which you haven't really seen), I'm passable when it comes to narrating. But I believe I'm a very good critic, in the positive sense of the word, who can apreciate an effort behind a piece. I'm a dumbo when it comes to controversial topics, my first impulse is always finding loopholes (even though I'm not the lawyer here) and refuting. But fiction I appreciate in its true form.

By true form I mean the power of the writer to make his reader feel the protagonist's feelings, and see with ultimate clarity in everything that unfolds. A writer who can make the reader savour every word, wanting to move slowly through the lines, yet fast, and go back to the beginning once you finish it. 

A story I believe should not be judged by "Wow, I didn't guess the ending!! Whatta twist! Clap! Clap! Clap!" but by how beautifully one can tell a story however old, however clich├ęd, however 'predictable', that will ensnare the reader completely into living the story.

Of course all said and done, one needs to have a reader who also will possess  or even understand these attributes to ultimately appreciate a piece, not for its storyline (which can be any damn thing, copied, emulated or not) but the ability to spin and create. And such readers are sadly few and far between. People read too much and appreciate less. My opinion.

Did I make sense? Well, even if I didn't I can tell you some of these amazing blogger-writers who are amateurs, by the definition of the word, but could successfully do a career-swap if they really have the drive. These are the writers whom I am calling the Ultimate FictioNistas!

Harsha and his Voices in my Head
Harsha as I know him is one writer who transforms the ordinary to the the brilliantly extraordinary, though he says, "...there's the extraordinary in every ordinary..." but it does take a brilliant writer to really be able to see that, find that and make the readers see it as well. The best part about his writing is that he uses simple yet profound words which has more impact, more weightage than all with all the big, fashionable I-know-English words put together. His simplicity and his gift of description that recreates the mundane, changes the outlook not only of the casual reader, but a writer who happens to read too. That fiction can be wrote with such a soft yet realistic touch with an astounding fluency can be understood only from reading Harsha. Not one scared to try out new and various forms of fiction, he rediscovers new styles and ways of writing, also different experiences in reading. I read Harsha's with an awe, that how beautifully the simple can be made majestic and engrossing. He teaches to look at the surroundings in a whole new light, a master at narration, Harsha is a writer unsurpassed and much of a favourite.

Madhu and his contribution over at INDImag
This one person is an ideal among the writers all of us know. (I'd like to be like him, when I grow up) He's got an unparalleled magnetism in what he writes that compels you to leisure over the lines, roll them over in your mind, savour the earthy feeling it elicits while it urges you to move forward faster to experience the unfurling of the mystique created by his words. He is one writer I believe who has never been told, "I guessed the ending", because reading Madhu is never about the destination alone, the journey that he lays out is itself so mesmerizing that every word from the first to last creates an impact, drowning the reader in each and every emotion that he wants the reader to feel. Often, I can say for myself, I've felt at the end of one of his stories, for the magic to go on, ruing the fact that I went through faster than I would have wanted, and am compelled to read a few more times, just to live the story once again before I can leave a coherent, but not eloquent enough, word or two to Madhu. He is one writer who can actually put a pause in your stride and make you reflect. He's my most favourite writer in all of Blogosphere. 

Karthik and his Eloquence Redefined
When I read a blog, just like most (not all) of us, I obviously read the latest posts. This was one blog whose one post led me to read the next and then the next and so on. If one had this much power to fascinate and captivate, that I felt I needed to read more, still more. Karthik has a way of engaging the reader not only with the execution of the plot but with a narration that keeps you hooked and rooted. He makes you think, makes you wonder. Human emotions, unveiled yet hidden between the words, human reactions that crop up from those very emotions make Karthik a realistic yet fantastic writer. He writes fiction coloured with the real, and sprinkled with veiled but imminent idealism. His fiction also holds a magic of a kind, a magic of re-creating the known as the new, and each new piece brings more and better narration and presentation from a learning writer for the reader, who could also learn as much. Karthik is my latest addition to the "I-Am-Obsessed" reading list.

Stephen as the The Solitary Writer
Stephen as the Solitary Writer is a misnomer, for no one 'solitary' can depict human thoughts and human passions so well without being amidst them. But maybe 'solitary' is the right adjective to describe him, the flow and the fluency that he writes with, in the phases when he submerges into his story, when he's just The Writer and nothing else. Another one of the well-loved and appreciated Fictionistas, Stephen converts lives and their true stories into his masterpieces of fiction that can entwine the reader into feeling and thinking every single word that every character experienced in the piece. More than narration, description or presentation, Stephen's pens churns out a down-to-earth portrayal of human fallacies and honesty, along with an underlying trove of feelings, expressing outrage or faith accordingly. Stephen's is a fun read but often, it is a read that expresses another facet of the myriad colours of the world. Another one of my favourites, inspite of the black background! 

Pawan with his The Other Perspective
This young guy loves to shock, but he sure does it in style. A guy more matured than his years (and mine too), he literally shows the other view of the world, sometimes disparaging, sometimes vibrant and heartening. He is a strong, courageous character-writer who lets his pen do the talking, ripping and shredding and illuminate. But views apart (since that is an individual choice) his fictions are marked with an illustration with words. Narration and presentation rolled into one giant snowball it can crush you under its weight or take you with it on its exciting and provoking journey. A thinker-writer, his work persuades one to introspect into realms that one rarely traverses into by himself. A blog with the most apt name, Pawan shifts from more the well-travelled road down to the broken dirt road to view from that other perspective what this life and this world actually is. He comes across as one of the most intense writers and one of my major favoutites because of his dedication and involvement in his creations, that makes him unforgettable.

Annyesha over at The West Wind
This lady can write! Fiction is one of her many talents that she excels at. Every fiction is different, crammed with unique and profound thoughts. A vibrant writer, I experience a sense of mystery when I read her, a mysterious magic that she creates and solves making you think, but in the most off-hand manner. Even if one is not a thinker, reading her soothes one's senses with the wonderful description and transports into a world of beauty created by her pen alone. She is deeply insightful when she wants to be, and just a fictionist at other times, but always carries you forward through the ups and downs of her story in the most fascinating ride. Her use of words, her depiction spread out a new experience altogether that I never can't resist delving in. Add to that her ideology which is simple but assured and clear cut. Her fictions make an impact, her descriptions lure one in, and her plots engross. She is another fictionist I read, whom I can't resist. 

Neha over at Neha's Blog
I am just allowed to write two lines about my co-author and this is one. She is a terrible fictionist, who cannot write worth anything, everyone is better than her, and I must have been out of mind to write about her among The Fictionistas or so she says; I say, Neha is one of the best around, she knows how to cast a spell over her readers with her charm, her wit and her strong grip over her story, she is not one who cares about where she wants to end up but knows what she wants to achieve; and what she achieves is an addiction to her style of writing, presentation and portrayal of incidents and characters and of course, a pretty fast growing readership. This third sentence is not in the deal, but I can always tell out loud that I love the fiction she writes!

These are the FictioNistas I read regularly, and keep wanting them to write more! (It's  a privilege being able to read them for free) This list is in no way complete but right now, it is a way to showcase my favourites. And asking you, the Reader to read them and experience for yourself. The Ultimate FictioNistas!

We decided on a poll (that will come up when my illustrious co-author and I agree on the final list) with some of our favourite posts from these writers and allow the Reader to choose the best. But till then, since we all are the Crazy Fans of Fiction (another page/group in Facebook coming up for sure!) do suggest other fiction-writers who just command to be read! Do share your favourite! :)

with lurve, 

N.B. Seems more like KissAss than KickAss!! G.:)


pawan said...

I thought that I would get a very normal intro, but this by far the most terrific comment I have ever received. Thank you Guria, this sort of encouragement keeps me going!

And my favorite bloggers?
They are many, ill include them later.

Neti said...

hmmm...I am completely out of place here..I rarely write fiction..anyways; this para is not valid as you exceeded your limit..

Neha said...

Harsha - I read his stories; though not comment very regularly..but he surely is amazing when it comes to fiction..I love his style..

Madhu - One of my favourite bloggers..love his narration..

Karthik - another excellent writer..his long posts also you can finish in one go..I call him king of good narration :)

Ste - my best buddy when it comes to waat lagana and writing wicked stories :D he rocks

Pawan - Love his posts..and whatever Guria said - I second her..

Annyesha - next on my list..have read only one post by her so far :)

Mr. Pramathesh™ Borkotoky said...

Guria, you have a career ahead.

Guria said...


Buddy, this is not my favourite bloggers but fiction-writers. And this is as normal as I could write with my limited resources. Plus I needed to be honest and true to the writer... All in all, I'm happy you liked it, because this is my perception about you! Keep writing! :)

Guria said...


I did not exceed the limit as the third sentence is my blogger-right, call it tax if you want for the two lines I was allowed! So the Whole Para is perfectly valid! :P :D
And should say, you liked the para, only if it was written for somebody else who had plagarised you!! :D

Guria said...


I think so too, just not as an ass-kisser! ;) :D

pra said...

I am a great fiction fan and I read all the posts possible .(as I am a very irregular blogger) of all the writers you have included, except Annyesha. I will definitely read her fictions now.I think you also write nice fictions.Some of your stories were wonderful!Good luck to you both.

Neti said...

welcome aboard Pra :D

MADHU RAO | (INDImag.COM) said...

I'm humbled and happy. I do feel my dear friend has been too kind to me here ; but what's new ? She is always that sweet.

To hear a reader roamed with the characters you conceived, literally shared a scene, an emotion even, is the utmost compliment one could get. I'm happy if I came close on a few occasions. If that reader was Guria, I'm on cloud nine..

I will treasure your words for a long time Guria. I would have gladly settled for 'I liked a post or two of yours..' ; this, is a bounty I will treasure for a long time..

Thank you.

Guria said...


Great to see you! (Neti already welcomed you aboard! :D)
You should read The west Wind, she is really very creative and talented.
And Thank You for liking my fictions, though I do not compare with the writers I showcased! :P
Thanks a lot! :)

Guria said...


All I wanted to be is true, and I think I tried to show my appreciation in the correct manner, both to people who already read you and those who are yet too. So, the major focus had to be not going overboard or exaggerating but being honest.
You are everything and more than what I could write, or decided I should write! You are the best, according to me and many others! :)
(I don't make such comments just like that you know)
But I'm very confused though... why you keep thinking I'm good, that's a mystery I'm yet to crack! :P :)

Guria said...


I'm actually replying to comments!! :O
That too without your prodding!! :D

Neha said...

G, kitna modest banegi? you are amazingly and awesomely fantabulous...and everyone here will agree with me..

Guria said...

Neha, Not everyone darling! 'Cause that's a big lie to even type! :P
But YOU, everyone will! ;)
Just watch! :) :)

Karthik said...

"...or even understands these attributes to ultimately appreciate a piece. And such readers are sadly few and far between." - so very true. I'm only fortunate to have my stories read by Guria.

This was totally unexpected. I was expecting some real kickass session this time too, but boy, was I surprised?!
I'm really humbled by this wonderful gesture. This shall only keep me going on and on.

Such a great deal of appreciation coming from a fabulous writer such as yourself, it means a lot to me.
With all of my heart, thank you so much, Guria. :-)

Shruti said...

Hey girls!
I read this post yesterday... Commenting now :)
All the fiction writers are my favorites! I have just started readin WW, so yet 2 know abt her... Guria, u are true abt neha,. She has the capability of making everything sound nice by the way she writes!

U missed ur name there! Wish Neti could write about u!

Cheers :)

Guria said...


I don't say i'm the ideal reader but I do try to be areader I think I'd appreciate if I were the writer. :P
Why was it unexpected? You should know that you are a writer of immense caliber, and I have tried to say that and nothing more, or less.
So, I won't say 'welcome' to what is rightfully yours! :)
Me and fabulous?? Nowhere near!! :D

Guria said...


Long time after, we are commentating on each others' posts! Thanks...:)
And thanks about the part about Neha, I need people to hammer it into her head!
And Shruti, you are completely biased about your Misfit girl! I'm not that good to feature in this list! :)

Harsha Chittar said...

Hi Guria
First sorry I am a bit late, I was not in town for a week. I am humbled and also pleasantly surprised to read your post. It is an honour and a beautiful gesture that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
I enjoy writing and enjoy it more when people say they enjoy my stories. There is nothing better to a writer than being praised by a fellow writer.
Thank you for bringing a smile on my face that is sure to stay for a long time :)

Shruti said...

I am completely indulged in some studies and FB! Just posting few posts in my blog! Missed urs, neti's, everyone's! I think its high time I stop writing! But know what? Am not biased! My dear misfit girl is always the best! No doubt... Will Neti write about u or shud I write a post in my blog!?

Avada Kedavra said...

True girl. Agree with most of the writers you have written. Havent read some of them though :) And do add your name to the list (you deserve to be at the top of this list). Sorry for commenting late. Had read this post on my phone few days back.

Guria said...


We also enjoy reading you and you enjoying writing, after all, that shows up in every piece of yours! Keep writing more! And keep that smile! :) :)

Guria said...


See, you say you are not biased, and in the next breath you say, misfit girl is the best!! I think everyone has become 'buttery' these days! And no, no one has to write about me! Thank you very much!
[Why are people scaring me this way?!! :O] :D :D
Thanks re, girl, all the same! ;) :)

Guria said...

Avada Kedavra

See, even you are buttery.
Plus I know, you are biased!! :D
still I'll say 'Thank You'! :P
And my name is at the top, see in the labels!! :D
Do read the ones you haven't... all of them are really good! :)

Indian Pundit said...

"N.B. Seems more like KissAss than KickAss"

My dear Sreya, so u are kissing their asses before kicking them????

Anyways, use a mouth-wash!!


The West Wind said...

Wow.. I was totally astounded when I read this the first time. Had to go through it again and again to believe it. It is such an honour to be a part of such a list, especially when the selector is such a fabulous writer herself. I totally second u about each one on the list. Karthik, Pawan, Harsha, Madhu, Neha and Ste are some of the best story tellers I have ever read. I m totally overwhelmed by finding myself even on the same list as them, for I am just a beginner :D Nevermind thank u tons your appreciation means so much that words fall short to describe it.
PS: Sorry for the ate response to this awesome and kisckass present :D

Let the ass-kicking go on!!

Guria said...


That was a PJ! :P :P

Guria said...

The West Wind

You're welcome, my dear! And you know you desrve to be in thelist! Love what you spin, really! :)
That's a nice term- Kickass Present!! :D
And we are getting back to kicking ass, this was too mushy (in the comments section) for the blog's liking! :D :P! :)