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Hi,
Hope you have been well and got yourself vaccinated.  

Rain has been playing truant and instead of the wet June, we Keralites mostly got a dry one. It's only for the past few days that it's been raining. And looking at the rain set off a wave of nostalgia which resulted in this piece. 
From My Blog
I didn't know how to categorize it but I didn't let that worry me. Here is my piece on my fluid relationship with rain. Do read and let me know what you think. If you have any rain memories, do drop a line to me. 
Selections from My Reading
I'd like to share these fantastic articles that have won the Pulitzer Prize for 2021. 
When can we really rest? by Canadian journalist Nadja Drost is a gripping piece about desperate people crossing a dangerous strip of rainforest in Panama in an effort to emigrate to the USA. It is long, so make time to read it. But please do because it is worthwhile. 
Twelve Minutes and a LIfe by Mitchell S. Jackson is a personal essay about the killing of an African American boy, who went jogging. His only offence was that - that he went jogging. 
Also, here's a short story I liked: Zikora by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It's available on Kindle Unlimited.  
Just So You Know ...
I've started work on my second novel. It's about a feisty, single woman of indeterminate age and her many misadventures.
What happened to my first novel, you ask me? I've finished it and I'm sending it out. The process is long and the wait agonizing. I'm not even sure it will see the light of day. If there's some positive news, I'll definitely let you know.  
That's all for now. Until next time then. Here's a quote for you to ponder: We don't own success, we only rent it out. 
Stay safe. Wear your masks and wash your hands. 

Warmly,
Veena
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