Take Two Sentences



By Artist Bijal Biswaal, of the Indian railways


When writing, take a couple of sentences to set a scene. Immerse the reader in it. Build expectations, anticipation.

These two caught my eye as I browsed an online article early this morning:

Water pipes gurgle worryingly in the hushed, gloomy room which is home to part of Germany’s national archive. The air is papery and sweet. Uniform, grey paper boxes, each stamped with a black reference number, are stacked floor to ceiling”  – from ‘Auschwitz SS Trial: Will Hanning Case Be Germany’s Last?

An article by

Some may argue that this is overboard – for an article that deals with a subject matter of such seriousness. Nevertheless, note the employment of one’s many senses. Immersive.

I liked it.



About Rian Nejar

Rian Nejar is an Indian-American author. He trained and worked as an engineer in India, lived briefly in the Middle East, and arrived in America in the early 90's. After a Master’s degree in electrical engineering in America, he worked as an academic instructor, engineer, entrepreneur, and technical writer over the two decades since. Humbling and Humility (http://goo.gl/FKUnCM) is his first mainstream nonfiction. He lives and writes in the Southwest United States.
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