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Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her next literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and was published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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  • Water moves, sculptures, redefines. Like my writing, my life.

    Thanks for the image, Damyanti. P.S. Thanks for stepping by and reading my booksigning post.

  • I love water and moving water especially. I see the photo as running over, moving on. Like my writing, my life. Thank you, Damyanti. Also, thanks for stopping over at and checking out my book signing post.

  • Blogwati Gee says:

    Such a strong message. Needs no additional words. Well done.

  • chandra81 says:


  • Be friendly like water, befriend all. Be humble like water, welcome all.Be true like water, reflect honesty.

  • ankit shah says:

    nice thoughts

  • OMG what a pic ?


    Travel India

  • stefani says:

    Be like water…smooth and calm and sometimes intense.

    Stefani @ Dreams of Nyssa

  • Trisha F says:

    I don't really have thoughts on what it means, except that I love water and can sit by a river or ocean and be mesmerised for a long time πŸ™‚ I think I'm more mesmerised by skies though!

  • G Angela says:

    I love waters, and have always enjoyed playing in the water and later on I learnt to swim, water to be resembles, freshness, life, cleansing and refreshing and ofcourse flowing. Lovely post! enjoyed reading and thanks for sharing

  • Namrota says:

    To me, "Be like water" is to be transparent, serene, life giver… it means to flow, with no fear of rocky paths or any twist and turns.

    Btw, A-Z theme is interesting.

  • KRITI says:

    Loved the serenity!

    [Stopping by from AtoZ blogging]

  • Don't stand still, and go with the flow.

    Great prompt!

    First-timer doing A2Z, and I'm finding lots of inspiration.

    C is for: Chocolate (and other things)

  • Jackie says:

    Be Like Water…transparent.

  • Nandana says:

    Flow freely..always find a way to trickle out of tight situations, be a Roman in Rome.

    Nice idea Damayanti

  • L. Hedgecock says:

    My writing alternately flows freely, jams up, offers a refreshing swim, or jumps off a cliff.

    Nice prompt.

    Laura Hedgecock

  • Ida Chiavaro says:

    Goes with the flow – shapes mountains πŸ™‚

  • Priyanka Dey says:

    The picture plus the title wrap up the essence beautifully.!:)
    And I being a bengali have a special fascination for the name of your blog…Amloki!

  • Love the photo. The red brick house just catches the eye. To me, being like water means resting resting if I have to, but if I move, nothing stands in my way.

  • Sharon says:

    Great lateral thinking.

    To me, this picture says a lot – calming,reflective,tranquil,rushing and disturbed to mention a few words that come to mind.

  • Beautiful reflections.

  • I like your posts and titles, very thought provoking.

  • Cynthia says:

    Lovely image. I think the saying is encouraging us to stay true to our core properties even if we have to undergo changes. What makes water unique from many substances is that it can come in solid, liquid, or gas form, and yet it's still water.

  • Thanks for visiting my blog! But we don't sell real estate. We point and laugh at it.

    I like what you're doing with the inspirational images for your A-Z here.

  • AmitAag says:

    Fluid and flexible..downward and moving!
    Marvelous idea, Damyanty, wordless is always more powerful!
    Hearty congrats…a terrific post!

  • Ruchira says:

    Looking forward to all the picure posts from you ! Water – specially the pic you have posted teaches me to be calm andf peaceful as well as flexible – After all it adopts to any container we put it in !

  • This is beautiful and the Title is just so apt and intelligent.

  • reeyah says:

    wow, really cool idea! πŸ˜€

  • karn anupam says:

    Being like water is inspired with liquid frame of mind. One can always find a way despite all the hurdles ahead keeping the energy level up!

  • Being like water… for me it is being calm, refreshing and helpful. Water is life!

  • Sirisha says:

    Aah! The picture itself calms the mind down! love the water.

    Sirisha @
    Twitter: @vevisia

  • Jessica says:

    Love the concept!

    Be like water: as a writer, it means to be refreshing, energetic, and constantly moving.

    Jessica @ Visions of Other Worlds
    Twitter: @jmarcarelli, #atozchallenge

  • We just walked down a river trail by a small dam today. But it was much colder than what this pic looks like. Still a very calming effect.

  • Afshan says:

    Be like water – water just keeps flowing , adapts to all the conditions and flows through narrow crevices or falls free from up above the hill !!
    This pic serenity , peace , adaptability
    Loved it πŸ™‚

  • sulekkha says:

    A picture speaks a thousand words, lovely.

  • Being a seaside dweller, I cannot do without water. Preferably the ocean, but I also love lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, even swimming pools and fountains. The energy that emanates from water is almost mesmerizing for me. Definitely renewing on a primal level. 'Be Like Water' for me evokes activating a power that can take out a town in a flood, or wear a hole in stone one drop at a time.

  • Jeff Hargett says:

    Nice. Even stone, over the course of time, cannot withstand water.

  • Lexie C. says:

    Beautiful! What a great idea for the A-Z.

  • Suzy says:

    So many things come to mind with this:
    Go with the flow – my favourite mantra
    Be adaptable
    And this quote – β€œIn the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins; not through strength, but through persistence.”

  • JANU says:

    The most versatile of all.

  • This makes me think about the meanings behind the element of water. Water flows and constantly changes. It's associated with people willing to change without question, laid back and friendly.

    But, water can be dangerous. It engulfs you and takes away the air that we breathe. It becomes solid when frozen, making people who associate with this element hard to anger, but when they do, it can be something to be wary of.

    Many consider water to be the element of healers. Healers constantly change, taking a sick person to health, or raise your consciousness higher with the proper materials. But, it would be insane to make a healer angry with the knowledge they possess. Just as it would be dangerous to tread on ice when you don't know if it's thin or thick.

    Of course, I just went on a ramble here. >.< Interesting post to be sure.

  • Rena says:

    I go back and forth about this one. Partly because water gets no shape of its own and may only fill. It does not remember that it has carved mountains, but that doesn't diminish the power of the waves as they break the shore. In short, I'm not sure I could ever be patient like a pool of water, and certainly never on demand like the water in my tap, but a river? I could be a river.

  • DarcNina says:

    Spectacular photo, wonderful caption!

  • Water takes the shape of its container, it is transparent, it goes with the flow, it is a cycle. It adapts.

    I love your posts! It gives me time to contemplate. And these are beautiful pictures too! πŸ™‚

  • klahanie says:

    Two energy forces flowing as one. Your photo reminds me of a place I recently visited in Wales πŸ™‚ I love your theme, my friend.


  • Your picture bring the contrasts of life alive. I get a sense of tranquility from the water above and then turbulence from the waters below.

  • Sarah Seeley says:

    Be like water.

    Calm, cleansing, pure are all thoughts that come to mind when I think of water.

    I love how you've made your posts interactive and thoughtful. Thanks for sharing, and good luck with the rest of the A-to-Z challenge.

    Slithers of Thought (WR)

  • Beautiful photo! Water is life. I can't wait to see what C will bring.
    Checkin' in from the A to Z Challenge
    Peanut Butter and Whine

  • Forward motion, adaptability, go with the flow… all lessons I could stand to learn! Thanks for an introspective post – amazing how probing this phrase and accompanying image are, considering the size of the post! (And that's a compliment, BTW!) Great entry, D.! πŸ™‚

  • Kirsty says:

    I love this theme and both your water images so far. To me Be Like Water means flexibility, ebb and flow, building up power and trickling through, keeping going. In Occupational Therapy there has been developed a conceptual model of practice called the Kawa River model that uses the metaphor of a river to describe your life – you might like it

  • This is wonderful. I love this.
    So simple yet so inspiring.
    I'm looking forward to more πŸ™‚

  • Be like water – I like it! I suppose it means to keep on moving. The moment you stop, everything clogs up and becomes disgusting and stagnant.

  • I would love to sit beside that and listen to the water. Very inspirational.

  • Water is a powerful source. Applied to my life? I hope to be a powerful writer. Thanks for the post!

  • ermurray says:

    I love this approach – great idea. Be Like water… something I wholeheartedly agree with. The sea automatically springs to mid – it's so powerful, beautiful, changeable, fluid, calming, dangerous, unexplored, surprising. Doesn't that embody life? It certainly embodies how I'd like to approach my writing.

  • Vidya Sury says:

    Excellent idea of going wordless, Damyanti. Be like water is a powerful phrase! Thank you. I am looking forward to a visual treat all April!

  • Nick Wilford says:

    Go with the flow – but also work to get around obstacles.

  • Roshni AaMom says:

    Be like water, which can go with the flow, mold itself to any situation, be cool, be vibrant!

  • michelle says:

    Be like water… soothing and therapeutic…

  • DayDreamer says:

    Cool, calm with time to reflect, yet with a busy active beat to it.

  • Dorothee says:

    beautiful. and so many associations to it: calm and deep, stepping into the unknown, getting into a flow. Happy A to Z blogging! (i am here: )

  • Tranquility.

  • Willa Blair says:

    Water permeates. It's in everything and fills every space. Even air contains water.

    Lovely picture. I love your theme!

  • J Hanna says:

    Water is very pure, and makes me feel relaxed. This is Julia from, by the way. I am glad to see you are participating in the A to Z challenge.

  • Maria Dunn says:

    Hi Damyanti, I love this idea for A to Z and this photo. This photo of water displays both the peace of water and the power of water so it gives one a good deal to contemplate. "Be like water" gives one a great deal to think about as well. Water can give life or death. It can be refreshing or dangerous. It can renew, restore, relax, or something quite different. I prefer to consider being like water in all the positive ways, to cleanse, to empower, to hydrate, oh one can find so much in water. Thanks for getting me thinking. God bless, Maria from Delight Directed Living

  • Tina says:

    Water flows over edges, around obstacles, sinks in deep. These are positive qualities I'd like to see applied in my search for patience…

    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

  • Jen Forbes says:

    Beautiful picture. cool reflection

  • Shilpa Garg says:

    Well said, be like water… fluid and adaptive, flowing and moving ahead!

  • Tracy Moore says:

    Lovely post. I think that this image is perfect for the phrase. Just beneath the placid surface flows bubbling energy.

  • Fida Islaih says:

    Like water it continues to flow no matter what is in the way. We should be like that or at least try. Thanks for another inspiring phrase!

  • sharmila k says:

    A tasteless,colourless elixir,adapts to the surroundings,stays contained in any shape it is in..Yet it never loses its identity,its flow.
    If it wasn't so difficult,I would love to be as unique as water and yet blend in..

  • Dino says:

    I was a little surprised to that as a co-host your still using approval on comments.
    tut tut πŸ˜‰

  • Dino says:

    What a great way to do the challenge.

    I love the thought of being like water which has so many different characteristics depending upon the environment it find itself.

  • Jo says:

    Lovely picture, water is always enjoyable wherever you come across it.


  • What a great image and thing to contemplate. To me, water is so simple and yet complex. It can be a strong force or a gentle stream. It is life and yet it can take it away too. To be like water means we need to find our inner strength and know when to be strong, when to be gentle, when to give and when to take. It's the whole circle of life idea really.

  • Al Diaz says:

    Go with the flow, accept change and adapt yourself to it. πŸ˜€

  • Very peaceful.

  • Sania Heba says:

    Pure, fresh, an elixir..

  • Lynn Proctor says:

    this inspired me also–i love your a-z theme!

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