Ballad of the Boy


There was once a little boy

All of one and seven

He picked a tattered tome

Read it and went to heaven


Days and nights he sat

With books around him spread

Faraway lands and castles

Knights and Musketeers in his head


He laughed and cried and sang

Worried and worshipped with them

Twist and D’Artagnan and Fogg

Every adventure a gem


All he ever wanted

Was to imagine and write

A book, a story, a tale

Of valor, chivalry, and might


He filled pages and lines

With stories of yore

Neglected his studies and exams

His life immersed in lore


His results disappointed his family

The boy felt too much shame

shelved his love for books

Focused on making a name


Half and a full decade rolled past

The boy was now a man

Had a job and a family

He took the ball and ran


Seven years ago he felt

The beginning of an itch

The urge to write came roaring

As if he’d flipped the switch


He enrolled for a course

And started a blog

Learnt a lot about techniques

but writing? T’was definitely a slog


Few more years rolled by

The boy was now a father

Nowhere close he was

To becoming an author


Everything changed this April

He wrote a story every day

About family, love, and killers

He had a book come May


Seven long years it took

With his destiny a tryst

Go read his book, it’s called

Tales With A Twist.




  1. A poetic reflection of your writing journey! Marvelous! Congratulations on the book and on completing the challenge successfully, Varad.


  2. Best ever way to cross the finish way in style, Varad! Now we know “makingin of Varad, an Author”. More power to your thinking brain and pen…


  3. Wow, Varad. Congratulations on your book and living your dream. As I have said before also, Tales with a Twist is going to be a huge success. All the very best to you. And what a novel way of sharing your life story. Loved it. You have a new fan of your work in me.


  4. That is a great autobiographical poem Varad. Please do chase your passion. Don’t let go. I found my passion at the age of 50. You are much younger than I am. You are immensely talented. I look forward to seeing you flourish as an author.

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  5. Take a bow Varad. You are a writer par excellence and I have continuously been inspired by you. I am glad to have met you through A2Z challenge and feel privileged to have read every single post of your during WTFOW and Bar-A-Thon.


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