About Me

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope your journey through my writings will give you something to cherish. Do feel free to leave your heartprint. They help me to become a better person, a better writer.

Born in Nainital, I was brought up in Delhi in a family of liberal educationists. My first poetry book, Collection of Chaos, was published by Leaky Boot Press in 2014 and you can buy it from almost all online book sellers. My second book Wayfaring- Poems by Tikuli, that was released in Jan 2018, is now available with all online booksellers.

Much of my other writing is available online because it enables me to reach a diverse audience in the Indian Subcontinent, the US, Europe, Australia and around the world.

There are times when most of us feel that somewhere in our lives we have lost the real “us” under layers of responsibility, family expectations, social mores, relationships and other outside influences that try to shape us into something we might not want to be. We feel that our true identities are concealed behind the masks we feel compelled to wear in order to fit in. I was a victim of these things and needed to free myself, to have my own space, to tame the raging torrent inside me and help it flow gently. I wanted to fill the empty spaces in my life and find a place where I could express myself with the freedom I desired. I wanted to express myself without the restrictions imposed by religion, rituals, customs, dogmas, caste, colour and gender. That’s when I found my voice as a writer and started this blog. The inner critic constantly pulled me away, but I persisted. It’s been a journey defined by hard work and today I feel I am finally walking a path which will take me to my destination.

My blog is blend of memories, dreams, promises, passions, desires and the vibrant colours of nature. I love to travel, to cook, to discover new things and love to share these experiences. I also write about things that trouble me, that need to be changed and blogging has given me the platform to raise issues, such as marital rape, which are usually ignored.

My book publications include contributions to Guntur National Poetry Festival Anthology, the acclaimed Chicken Soup For the Indian Romantic Soul (Westland), Silence is White, Ripples, Milange, Kaafiyana and some more and I have contributed short stories and poems to numerous print, online journals and literary magazines including Le Zaparougue, MiCROW 8, Troubadour 21, The Smoking Book (Poets Wear Prada Press, US), The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, Mnemosyne Literary Journal and Women’s Web, The Bombay Review, Cafe Disenssus, Peakcock Journal and a few others.

You can know all about my debut poetry collection HERE  

And about Wayfaring HERE.


I am a member of indiblogger , blogadda

You can add me on  Linkedin , Instagram and  Twitter too.

It’s been a wonderful journey as a blogger for me. Thank you very much for being a part of my world.


Every day ,

I try to expand my horizons,


In silence.

                                      My Facebook fan page for this blog Spinning a yarn of life



104 thoughts on “About Me

  1. You’re indeed a poet in making, keep up the good work.

    thanks a ton monty-reloaded ,your comments are appreciated


  2. so happy subir introduced us! exploring your blog and you are quite a writer and a person…and damn right about the child woman and to be honest i get bored and weary of people who are ALL GROWN UP….they make me want to scream…just too polite and repressed to do it lolz



  3. Hi, just landed on your blog by chance & loved your poems. Very nice, will read more often now.

    It will be a pleasure Kanupriya. Do read and post your views.


  4. This is such a great blog, Tikuli! I’ve meant to comment on it for a long time!

    Take care,


    Thanks buddy ..glad you came by.. please do keep reading


  5. Dear Tikuli,

    I went to your LinkedIn page today. You have there you are hoping to be published someday. I would say you are already published both as an author (on Helium and Associated Content) and a Poet (here and elsewhere probably). Seriously – you can say you are published now.

    I am happy to have you as a contact there now – I will also add you to my blog so others can come to visit. Keep up the great poetry, photography, and writing!

    Thank you very much Elizabeth. I am so touched by your appreciation. I will too add your blog to mine and connect with you. I try to learn from each day and just pour my soul on these pages. I am glad you could find something worth it here .Be in touch. Best wishes.


  6. Hi Tikuli,

    just came across ur blog, sitting in office.
    The divesity and the depth of the postings r enormous
    hats off M’am.
    वो कहते है,
    अपने साथ जीने को बहाना चाहिए,
    ऐसे बहाने को देख कर जीने को जी चाहता है

    Thanks & regards


  7. Hi Tikuli
    Just glanced through some of your writings which are impressive. We have similar interests re nature and birds.
    Happy to make your acquaintance.
    I am a part-time writer too on hubpages.com. Heard of them?
    Sabu Singh


  8. love your poetry..and ust discovered today that i had you in my indiblogger network!!what a waste of facilities…i had such a nice blog right in front of me..and i dint even bother to visit…
    love this line(please italicize it..lol) ‘I am the change I want to see..’

    I definitely shall find time to vist this place’ itminaan say'(do they say that?,..south indian hindi problem..LOL)
    cos i am taking a ,month off…till then goodbye

    PS:*wastes no time in adding to blogroll…cos after all who visits indiblogger that frequently..*sigh
    god bless

    Thank you Narendra .. I will visit your blog again and read your stuff too. keep visiting mine


  9. I’m happy to have discovered your blog – LOVE your poetry, and I love your personal info and poem you’ve shared here!
    God bless!

    Thank you Wendy .. Do keep visiting and reading my work. Would appreciate comments, critique


  10. find lot of things common with u.am into travel and environment and ecology.ur first line inspires me.even at this age im struggling to find my identity.ur words help.thanks.


  11. Hello,

    This is Antara from California, I just loved reading your blogs..:-) Kudos!

    I publish an E Magazine B’Khush. http://www.bkhush.com
    Please take a look if you get time 🙂 I was wondering that will you be interested in sharing some of your posts with the readers of B’Khush ? it’ll be such a pleasure if you kindly agree 🙂

    Will be really looking forward to hear from you..



    Hi Antara
    thank you so much. I will surely share apost or two with you. It will be a pleasure. will email. Thank you for visiting and appreciating my work. Keep dropping by. Do leave your views.


  12. Bumped into your blog and I must say I am impressed. I love to write too so I can relate a lot with you.
    Though my writing is not even half as good as yours. 🙂

    I read your recent stories and they had quite an effect. Honestly, I am a little depressed. Wish you would also write a bit more about the positive sides of life. Makes it easy to assimilate the dark realities. The poem on child abuse totally ripped my heart apart. The story about Jai, the little brother was very sad too. It is beautiful in the sense that it feels like a journey through the seasons, complete with the textures of sight, sound and smell. But sad it was!

    Keep writing. I sure will keep reading.

    Hi Smita
    Thank you so much. I will surely write on positive note too but what I write is also a major ingredient of life. Do read my other articles from the categories listed. It is a pleasure to recieve feedback like this. Keep reading. thanks again


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  14. I am quite impressed with your writing. You clearly have a passion for poetry, Hindi and English. I am in sort of a small fix. My daughter has to study Jaishankar Prasadji’s poem, ‘Arun, yeh madhumai desh hamar?’ for her ICSE exams and I was wondering if it was possible for you to give me a synopsis of the poem? try as I might, I am not able t understand many lines of the poem.

    Thanks so much.

    Best Wishes,

    Dear Shobha
    Thank you for such appreciation. I will surely try to give you the synopsis, till then why not try google. will get back to you.
    I have a passion for poetry and love to let my feelings flow. thank you so much for visiting . keep commenting
    Best to you and good luck to your daughter


  15. The link which should take us to your NetworkedBlogs page doesn’t seem to be working. It’s on the right sidebar: thttp://networkedblogs.com/blog/spinning_the_yarn_of_life/?ahash=5b8bef3de246752797a5a81c2bfe09bd


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  17. chand ki chandanishayad madhdam pad jayae, phulon ki khoosbhu shayad kam pad jayae………

    hamara yeh ristha hamesha mahektha rahaega,, shayad zindgai ke yeh lamhae kam pad jayae……


  18. Your blog is simply beautiful Tiku. I see so much of me in you. Now, I am talking as if I was very old:))

    I have only just started blogging although I am a ‘compulsive writer’ like you, journalism being my profession.

    Lots to learn everyday, it seems.

    Keep writing.



    Thanks so much Shail. I appreciate your love . Keep visiting .


  19. I just luv the way u hv put simple things down here 🙂

    housewife to me means there is a wife somewhere else too – LOL 😛

    :p LOL I call myself queen of wishful thinking. welcome to my blog Swaram. Thanks a ton


  20. Nice ‘about me’ page here 🙂 And hey nice interpretation of ‘house wife’ 🙂 LOL !!

    thanks for visitng my blog NU . keep coming here often and do leave your views on the posts you like.


  21. Loved your page.. shows your zest for life
    I can totally relate to .. “free spirit not chained by religion, rituals, customs, dogmas,caste and color” and your beautiful poem…

    Best wishes,


  22. LOL! Why are you zombified? 😀

    Lol Indy .. I should change it. the mystery contest kept me zombified now I am brain drained .. must post a few things on the blog


  23. It is a pleasure to read your bogs,you’ve got me addicted to the short stories,beautiful pictures.Will surely recommend it.

    Thanks Doc .. do keep visiting and please leave your views on the posts you read .


  24. I’m a house-wife too and people think blogging is something I do just to pass my time. Am so glad I found someone else here who thinks an at-home Mom means much more than that! 🙂

    Nice stuff here 🙂

    Oh yes Varsha .. every woman is special irrespective of what she is doing. At home moms are doing an equally wonderful job remember that . welcome to my blog


  25. this is one of the finest “about me” sections i have ever read!!
    most of us, the lazy ones, just skip this but we never had an iota of idea how much we should know about ourselves and how much should we tell, u did it so wonderfully…
    u are an amazing writer for sure!!!
    keep blogging 🙂

    I really appreciate your comment vivek. yes we do tend to forget to know the person we are reading. I am glad you dropped by. Do share your views on my posts too.


  26. I’m in awe at the way you have written your “know me”…reading this, ppl not just leave “heartprints” as u call it but their hearts! 🙂
    Lovely knowing you Tiks 🙂
    Blog on…I need to motivation! 😉

    :p aww Sree I promise to keep all the hearts in my heart ..
    It is a pleasure to know you too.

    Keep sharing and caring. Bookmarked your blog. 🙂
    March on.


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  28. Dear Ardent Dreamer and believer,

    I must confess it is not seldom for me that I stumble upon women like you. May be even due to the kid that i have in me which i don’t let grow up, i connect with someone like you. Felt this strong urge to leave a comment since I blog too. Was reading trivenis and saw your blog listed.

    My blog is http://www.abhijna.wordpress.com. See if you get time to visit it. It has been a pleasure and will be a regular for sure. 🙂

    P.S.: You make me miss my mom. 🙂



  29. Just chanced upon your blog, and found it so hard to let go. Your poems evoke feelings of autumn sunshine, mist swirling around trees, crunching of the fallen leaves as a couple walks hand in hand , and of love..we don’ just leave our heartprints here, we leave our hearts.
    Thanks and keep writing.Added you to my favourites


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  32. Hi Tikuli,
    I am a first time writer based out of Bangalore. My debut novel- Corporate Atyaachaar…the comical journey of an office doormat is out on stands. (212 pages, Rs.100, Srishti publishers).
    My novel is a funny tale of a boss, a subordinate and their interaction with their HNI clients set against the backdrop of personal finance and wealth management. I have written my novel keeping in mind a young working professional with a view to entertain them.

    Do check it out if you get the time. I would like to know what you thought of the same. Thanks.

    Abhay Nagarajan


  33. Hi Tiku:
    Want to tell you that i’ve enjoy finding your blog. It’s intense but more that that is sharp and perfect balanced with fresh and beautiful details. Thanks for the time you take to give others your thougths!



  34. “housewife to me means there is a wife somewhere else too”

    ha ha!!

    this is the first time I have read this take on house-wife. real funny!

    some of your poems haunt. they remain longer. they go deeper.



  35. @ Hello Ma’am….”Proud to be a born as a woman”…. it is this line which captivated my interested in your passage of emotions on the page… And i couldnt resist scrolling down more n more posts …!!!! And believe me i instantly bookmarked them…. :)… a very nice showcase of expressions… :)…!!
    Keep Blogging :)!!!!!!


  36. I loved your poem on EYES so much that I posted it on my blog
    http://JudithWesterfield.wordpress.com. I put up a link to your blog with it.

    If you have any objections, please let me know and I’ll remove it.

    I thought it was so expressive and powerful. I like to post Creative expression on my blog from other people as an inspiration to those who follow my blog.

    Judith Westerfield

    Thank you Judith . I really apprecite your gesture. I will visit your blog right away and leave my view too. Will also share . No objections at all since you have given credit.
    Please keep visiting my blog and do leave your honest views on my poems, fiction etc. I would be really happy.
    Thanks again for appreciating.


  37. Very Introspective and Yet Care-free… Love the way you express. I feel connected and also travel in the world of words…So interwoven, beyond a point it’s difficult to distinguish

    Much Love and Blessings,


  38. Was a pleasure to read ur blog!! Stumbled upon it through the directory of best blogs… truly well deserved!!

    Thank you so much and welcome to my blog. Keep leaving your comments. 🙂


  39. खुद अपनी आग में जलना और उसकी राख से फिर उठ खड़े होना. अग्नि पक्षी . phoenix. खूबसूरत . बहुत खूबसूरत


  40. Today is my Birtday . n i am CEO of a company, i celebrted in top hotel but not happy s my best old friends are not with me . i missed them after a long time , i left them due to my work , and now i m missing them . i just searching some poems, as one of my friend write for me . and i read lot of from yoor’s too. and want to say something as i resembled my friend in your poems . Thank you .


  41. visited ur blog by chance…. writing is the only thing which keeps me going in my hard times…but cudnot write much now due ti time constraints… felt gud while reading ur poems…. keep writing…


  42. Had been meaning to read your blog for a long time now–we procrastinate so… but today I dipped, just my ankle, but I did dip. These lines of yours above “I am a poetess, a tale weaver and a dreamer. I am the change I want to see..”–how many can dare say that with quiet and infectious pride? Looking forward to knowing more…


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  44. You have an interesting blog running here. Loved some of your writings especially your poetry. Its very subtle . I guess I will be hanging around here a lot. 🙂


  45. Hi

    Would like to invite you for India Non Fiction Festival to be held on Nov 30 – Dec 1 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

    Kindly share your email id on k.deepika83@gmail.com. Would like to share the event details with you.



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  47. Hi! It was a pleasure meeting you at indiblogger meet. Like your thoughts. Looking forward to read more of them. 🙂


  48. Internet is an amazing place for an old man like me. New pages open up as I wade thru it! Saw your blog about your Ranikhet kumaoni cuisine lunch ( yes,I have roots there though never lived there). And then I tried to find out who you are. And here it became confusing – Are you Deena Metzger an american lady or Takuli with an Indian connection ! Would like to know more about this amazing lady but cannot find it,so far, in the net.


  49. Thanks for stopping by Girija. I am Indian and my name is Tikuli. I was born in Nanital. Mom was Principal of Birla School at that time. Have deep connected with Nanital, Almora and Ranikhet. Dena metzger is an American author,poet, playwrite etc. It is her quote {credited to her } which is on my header. Type her name and you get 1,74,000 results. 🙂


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    It is providing a platform to writers as well where they can bring a meaningful change in the lives of youth by discussing their experiences, provide inspiring thoughts and good/bad takes on life. You may visit our website where articles, poems in both Hindi and English are invited. We are working for a great cause to make Youth life ‘Tension Free’, It will be really nice,If you support us in this mission.
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  51. Dear Tikulicious,

    Very nice site and well presented. I read about apricot preserve. I am going to buy apricots today and can’t wait to cook it. Please let me know whether I need to peel off the apricots.

    Waiting urgently,



  52. Thanks Tikuli. By the time I received your reply, Apricots were no more available in chd. However, I could find nectarines. I made the jam the way you explained how to make plum jam, and WOW it turned so delicious and healthy, 100% fruit……Thanks a lot. Would you please share how to make apple, mixed and pineapple jam.


  53. I will post some of these recipies soon Rashmi. There is one more Jam recipe I think which I posted. check out the links. Sorry I replied late. Glad the Nectarine Jam turned out well.


  54. Hi,

    I wish to connect with you regarding one of my client. Request you to share your contact details.



  55. Hi Tikuli, I chanced upon your blog while looking for some baby related stuff.. Really like your style of writing.. Also, I had something else in mind that I wanted to talk to you about. It will be great if you can share your contact number/ email id with me.
    Thanks, Prachi 8860321188 puruarora@gmail.com


  56. Hi. Can I know your email..
    Wanted to discuss a little help on an article pls….
    Raj Sandhu


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