March 4, 2014

Success Story: French TV Channel, France 5 's Travel Magazine, Echappées Belles

From the role of a freelance writer to the role of introducing my hometown, Kochi  in Kerala, India to Raphael de Casabianca, the anchor of the well-known Travel Magazine, Echappées Belles  (Beautiful Escapes), France 5 (French TV channel), my career is probably taking a new twist.  (First telecast was on Feb 15, 2014 and re-telecast on Feb 23, 2014)

Watch the Kerala show - Travel magazine Echappées Belles" (Beautiful Escapes) on France 5 - or

(I appear in the 1:33 hour long show at 56 minutes, disappear at 1:02 minutes and reappear 1:17 minutes and remain till the end of the show.)
What's more interesting is the fact, the shoot for the France 5 Travel show began on January 13, the same day I had started my freelance writing career. The shoot lasted for 2.5 days, capturing the beauty of Cochin, The Queen of the Arabian Sea.

I hope you enjoy the show and my role in introducing Kochi to the anchor. 

October 4, 2013

Freelance Writing Workshop in Kochi

Pitch, Sell and Write for Publications, in India and Abroad

Do you dream of a writing career, working from the comfort of your home and seeing your name in publications across the world? Do you dream of working only for a few hours and still earning three-four dollar figures a month? Are you a student or a full-time professional who wants to work part-time, out of passion or because you would like to earn extra income? Are you a mom or a retired person, who wants to work from home, balancing your home and family life or perhaps, because of health reasons?  Above all, do you like to be independent and be on your own boss and enjoy the freedom in professional life?

Introducing, ‘Pitch, Sell and Write for Publications, in India and Abroad,’ a one-day workshop for aspiring freelance writers or for the experienced writers, who want to expand their freelance opportunity. The workshop will cover finding ideas, writing effective queries, researching and finding markets, existing opportunities for a freelance writer and marketing your work. These tips will you teach you to pitch to magazines, newspapers, websites, portals and anthologies.

The one-day workshop will also include idea generation and query writing sessions.

(Note: The writing workshop doesn’t teach you ‘writing skills,’ but how to pitch, find markets, and sell your work.)

Eligibility: Anyone, who has the ability to write. (Housewives, Students, Professionals, Bloggers, Retired Personnel and others)

Date: November 2, 2013
Venue: Petro House, Kundanoor , Kochi

For further information including fees and queries, email

About Resmi Jaimon

Resmi Jaimon has over 10 years of experience writing for Indian and foreign publications. Her works have appeared in over 100 publications, including The Hindu, Discover India, Jetwings, Composite Manufacturing, RealtyPlus, Food & Beverages, Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul series, i.t, Rediff, and others. 

November 14, 2012

Book Review: The Bankster by Ravi Subrahmanian

Title: The Bankster
Author: Ravi Subrahmanian
Publisher: Rupa
Interesting Storyline. Not very thrilling, but made me curious ‘what next?’ Or else how would I have managed to read over 320 pages in one-go, in around 5 hours? This was the second time I was reading a novel related to finance. Ravi has used simple terminology, which any lay man can understand. After all, the focus was on something that was happening behind the scenes and hence, the storyline was on attempting to solve the mystery.
Now, let us talk of the story.  The novel begins with the trading of diamonds in Angola, moves to of the involvement of a man in Kerala and his stand on the Trikakulam nuclear reactor built in his area and finally, moves to a Mumbai based Great Boston Global Bank. The larger part of the story involves the Great Boston Global Bank and its employees. The trouble starts when some of the bank employees are found dead. Everyone looks at the cases as accidents, until clues begin emerging it could be otherwise.
Enter Karan Panjabi, a press reporter and an ex-GB2 banker, who puts the pieces together using his investigative mind to find the truth behind the killings and the scam.
Intially, I enjoyed reading the story related to the bank and what was happening there. The nuclear power plant seemed to be playing an out-of-the-role till I reached almost the end of the novel. The author could connect the parallel instances well into the story, and it is this part that forms the most surprising part of the story. If you have a detective mind and if you read carefully, you may be able to judge some of the people behind the scam. But, there were characters that surprised me, and kudos to the author to have kept the suspense. I couldn’t spot them until I read the entire story.
Although there is a good part of banking in the story, the author has taken care to carefully craft the story, to keep the reader hooked till the very end. This further makes sure every reader, irrespective of he is from financial or non-financial background enjoys the story. There are several sub plots. You may find them out of the storyline. However, on reading the entire story, you will understand the importance of these sub-plots.
The story will tell us how today many people take advantage of their career and go out of the way to make extra money. They don’t have feelings for family, friends or colleagues or towards their own country.
Being an ex-banker must have helped the author to a great extent to write this book and his other novels, that I believe too have stories relating to the banking sector. I can’t compare this novel with other stories from the same author as this is the first time I’m reading Ravi Subrahmanian’s book.
Finance, basically doesn’t fall in my interest, but a thriller does and it was an interesting experience to read a finance related thriller.  A definite read, if you like thrillers.

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September 29, 2012

Book Review: The Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi

Title: The Krishna Key
Author: Ashwin Sanghi
Publisher: Westland
Pages: 485
Price: Rs. 250

Summary: Thriller to reveal the hidden Krishna secret – The Krishna Key and a murder mystery
Dr. Anil Varshney, an archaeologist working in Kailbangan hands over one seal each to his research and academic friends for safe keeping. The four seals together should fit in to a base plate that contains the final clue to a hidden secret, referred to as ‘The Krishna Key.’ The base plate, he tells his friend, Dr Ravi Mohan Saini, a professor at St Stephen’s College in New Delhi, is locked away in a locker. Dr. Ravi Mohan Saini is the main signatory and will be contacted if anything happens to Dr.Anil Varshney.
Soon, Saini is held responsible for Dr. Varshney’s murder, as Saini was the last person to see Dr.Varshney alive. The cops have enough proof to convict Saini for Dr.Varshney’s murder. Saini’s doctoral student, Priya Ratnani with her leading criminal lawyer father’s help, creates opportunity to escape. Each time Saini is close to finding someone to vouch for his innocence, the person is killed and he becomes the prime suspect. A young man, Taraak Vakil believes he is the tenth avataar of Vishnu – Kalki. What or who makes him believe so? What is his mission? Will Saini be able to find the real killer and discover the secret of The Krishna Key? Will Priya and her father be able to give required assistance to Saini to find the killer?
The novel is fast paced, written in simple language and the author has put in great effort to link facts with fiction. He has researched well, though there are certain historical facts, I couldn’t personally agree with. The story, though very interesting, at times were overloaded with historical facts and mathematical calculations, as I felt it diverts attention from the centre theme of the story.   The times I felt unreal was when Saini took good amount of time to explain the science and history to the people he met, while on the run and trying to prove his innocence. I was wondering if a real person would ever spent time on sharing his knowledge to peer or colleagues instead of trying to clear his name from the mess.
In certain chapters, I could relate to the Krishna storyline, given at the start of each chapter with the fiction. But, as I progressed and moved towards the end of the book, I felt I read enough of Mahabharata. It could be because I amn’t an enthusiastic history loving person although a reasonable amount of history is interesting.
To sum up, The Krishna Key is a good read, thrilling to find the real killer, the unexpected turns particularly in the mid-of the story and the surprising historic revelation – the secret to the Krishna Key. I managed to read 485 pages in three days because I couldn’t wait to know what’s happening next!

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September 18, 2012

Update: May-September 2012

The past several weeks has kept me busy. In July 2012, my daughter crossed her major milestone - the one-year mark. Till she was around tenth months old, it was easy to work. Now, she believes she can work - interview people and write features!
My writing slowed down for nearly two months, around April-May. I worked only for selected publications. I faced more of disappointments during the May-June period. A privately circulated magazine from a leading corporate group in India, took me for a ride and didn't pay me for the in-depth research based story I wrote on a short deadline. It took several weeks to get the editor to respond. Since I asked for a kill-fee, she has refused to respond again. Similar things happened with a couple of other magazines as well. 
Beginning July, I am writing for two new publications and also for three other publications, I have been working earlier as well.
I  wrote 4000+ words for my non-fiction book, I'm almost through the chapter titles, half-way through the chapter's slow, but happening. The book proposal is in progress. Earlier, I dreamt to write, and I did write around 500 words, but not more. Now, it is tough to find time between motherhood and household chores, apart from writing assignments etc; yet I am finding time to write what I feel close to my heart. I also wrote another 4000+ words for three different titles. Let us hope those projects too will see the light of the day, sometime in future.
It's time to get back to work. See you, friends, very soon.  

August 28, 2012

Review: A guide to start a new business for $100 Startup

I have switched to posting book reviews in my book review blog : The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau is however, a book related to my work. Hence, I am posting a brief of the book here. Rest in the link provided after the brief.
Book Review Brief:
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau (Pan Macmillan)
Price: Rs. 499
Summary: Tells you can change your job to change your life
The $100 Startup is largely for the people who already own a job and prefers to walk of the regular 9 to 5 job to work on something on your own. The book will help you brainstorm your ideas and learn how people come up with ideas expectedly or unexpectedly (due to circumstances) to venture out with a new mirco business. Chris Guillebeau focuses on two themes, 'Freedom' and 'Value' throughout the book. He shows you how you can turn your passion to profit, but not all hobbies can be converted to business or profit.