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A few weeks ago, I opened Twitter to read a shocking tweet from my favorite author TJ Klune. “I’m Angry,” it seethed. I am used to only happy TJ tweets, so this sudden change of tone made me wonder, “What set off such a happy-go-lucky person?” I read the attached blog post and was shocked to learn what had happened.

TJ had come across a reader who had not only pirated his book but also made it available for people to download on the internet. Any creator would be devastated to find their hard work appropriated and distributed for free…

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Picture of two bowls of colorful salads.
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I remember the wintry nights of December 2019 when I used to finish a 300 ml ice-cream tub all by myself in a matter of an hour or two. Yes, the ice-cream melted. But I hardly cared.

That I’d already gobbled up a ten-inch pizza before this didn’t deter me.

I knew something was wrong with me when copious amounts of the tastiest junk foods stopped satiating my hunger. …

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Hey BAOS readers and writers!

I hope you’re doing well, and you and yours are safe amidst this pandemic.

No matter which part of the world we come from, the past few months have been difficult for all of us. These are challenging times. While we cannot do much to alleviate problems outside our sphere of control, we can, if possible, find comfort in books during these trying times.

In the wake of this hope, seeing some great submissions every day when I open the BAOS queue makes me happy. …

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Writing tools like Grammarly are like ketchup on fries. They add flavor to the original dish but overdoing it makes it soggy.

Having used Grammarly free for about five years now, I subscribed to the paid version a few months ago. Catching semantic edits that missed the naked eye and testing their inbuilt plagiarism scanner is all I was looking for.

Fast forward to a few weeks, and for all intents and purposes, I’m opting out of almost all of Grammarly’s Premium features. Don’t get me wrong. The plagiarism checker is amazingly accurate. …

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Written words have the power to influence your personality. The books enlisted in this article prove this.

These books have contributed to forming the best version of myself in 27 years of existence. Mentally, intellectually, emotionally, ideologically, and relationship-wise, I’m in a place I’ve never been before. These changes are the result of how I’ve groomed myself over the years based on some great ideas and pieces of advice. Being a reader, a majority of these have come from books.

Even though I read 80+ books in the last two years, a lot of my major life-changing ideas have come…

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As the chief editor of Books Are Our Superpower, one of Medium’s largest Book related publications, I review close to 30 drafts on an average every day. I’ve also been a writer on Medium for the past year. In short, I’ve been on both sides of the fence.

Putting these two experiences together allows me to answer the one question that almost every writer on Medium asks: what does it take to get published with a Medium publication? Or, to put it differently: why are articles repeatedly rejected from their target publication?

What does it take to get published with…

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I get a lot of popular book recommendations. However, it is the lesser-known books that always blow my mind. This is because popular books come with a lot of expectations and hype attached to them. After reading them, they either live up to these expectations or underdeliver and disappoint. Lesser-known books, on the other hand, always come with little or no expectations. They underpromise and, if good, overdeliver. This is the beauty of books that aren’t overhyped but are brilliant anyway.

In this article, I’ve enlisted four such lesser-known fiction and non-fiction. Having heard not much about them, I picked…

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For all its toxicity, social media can be an eye-opener sometimes. I was scrolling Twitter late last night when I came across a post. It talked about a tired woman describing her life post her C-section. She said she still did all the household chores, slept 2 hours every day, and had lost considerable weight. To this, her husband commented, “Well done babe, I’m proud of you.”

@sher_xo, the user who reposted the tweet, added a gut-punching line to it. Her reply read, “Men want us dead.”

Man wearing Pride flag
Man wearing Pride flag
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Pride month is a great time for brands with a global outreach to help the cause by celebrating diversity and encouraging inclusion. However, over the last decade, it is clear that most commercial pride campaigns walk a tightrope. Come June, tone-deaf campaigns that do more harm than good to these brands and the idea of Pride itself are everywhere.

This being said, certain brands do celebrate the idea of Pride in its true spirit. These are the ones that think above and beyond the commercial footprint and use the power of their reach to do something substantial for the cause.

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Books are all I have in the middle of this pandemic to keep me company. I’ve literally designed my life in 2021 around the books I read and how I read them.

At the start of the year, I pledged to read more non-fiction books (not necessarily self-help) and some iconic fiction books, along with the latest releases and random picks from the archives. Half the year has gone by, and I’ve more than justified these criteria.

I’ve blazed through 30 books so far this year. I’ve handpicked all of them, so most of them were worth my time. …

Ruchi Das

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