#AtoZChallenge Create your Zendo by @kaushiva

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In our daily busy-ness of lives, consciously or subconsciously, we create our own little pockets of ‘me’ time. A place where we go to when we are feeling a little stressed, tired, angry or upset. For some it may a hot cup of chai in the company of the early morning rays, for some their fitness regime, for others a meaningless hour of TV surfing or that devoted bedtime reading to fall asleep with wonderful fantasies in their heads. For me it was always dancing; I called dancing my meditation. But a few years back, when on a very upsetting day dance couldn’t bring me out of my sulk, I turned to something else. Pen met paper, word flowed, my feelings outpoured and just like that I could disconnect with the unhappy event and move on. Thus started my tryst with writing and blogging.

At first I was a passive blog reader, content to know that there people out there who feel and think in the same way. Strangely, I felt more connected to these strangers than the people around me in real life. Inspired, I decided to shed away the shyness, clicked on blogger and created my blog. My blogspace has since then come to be an almost spiritual space. Blogging has helped me not only to rediscover myself, but also reflect on my life and make few changes for good. It has also, on the way, taught me a very important life lesson, one that people call ‘Zen’ism – to learn to be present at all times, to live in the moment.
I am still a learner but as they say if you know your goal, half your work is done. And my aim is for my blog space to be my ‘zendo’.

Zen-dō (Chinese: Chántáng) or senbutsu-jō is a Japanese “meditation hall”. In Zen Buddhism, the zen-dō is a spiritual dōjō where zazen (sitting meditation) is practiced. However, any place where people go to practice Zen can be referred to as a zen-dō.

So how, you may ask, I plan on creating my Zendo? Well, by following few very basic practices, which at some point have crossed each of our minds. It is just that at times the implementation of it lags behind our very good intentions.

1. Don’t stress – Write for the love of writing. You’ve perhaps heard this a million times, but this truly is the commandment to stay happy. Blogging is a huge community and when you first enter it can become quite overwhelming. You see bloggers entering contests, getting freebies and you jump right after them…some may swim, some may sink. Well, as for me, late night one day when hubby came from office and pointed out my frantic behaviour as I was tapping away to finish a post in the nick of time for a contest, I decided that was it. I was cranky and not happy, no point in writing when you don’t feel the love.

2. Be yourself, know yourself – So personally I haven’t entered many contests since then and I am not a fan of freebies. Having said that there are a few bloggers who write sponsored posts so so well, without loosing their individual essence, that I can’t help but admire them! Creating your Zendo, will help you rediscover yourself.

3. Be in the moment – One of the essentials towards creating your Zendo, being in the moment, can be practiced by being aware of what you are doing and avoiding distractions. If you are writing a post, try not to think of what will come after you hit publish. Thinking about increasing your readership, number of likes and shares, and comments may not be productive. Try not to let your mind wander. Easier said than done, right? I struggle with this too, with so many distractions (read scrolling down your Fb page) it gets difficult to put a leash on those urges. But those who have successfully managed to disconnect, concentrate and perform their tasks being ‘in the moment’ will tell you how satisfying it is. Ask Zen Mommy Shailaja!

4. Live – Being in the moment, also means that you know when to switch off from blogging and go live. Go out, travel, be with your family. Enjoy idleness too, refresh your minds and come back renewed. And during this time, remove the words ‘guilt’ (of not writing or visiting blogs) and ‘fear’ (of losing)  from your dictionary.

5. Spread Love – Last but not the least, give some love and share fellow bloggers posts. Sharing helps you grow as a person, teaching compassion & empathy along the way. It expands your zendo to create a community of like minded people who will make the journey a lot more enjoyable.

Now, not so difficult to create your Zendo, is it?

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Blogger Bio:  Aditi Kausiva

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A dreamer. A believer. An enthusiast. I’m in love with Life and I strongly pursue ‘Life is what YOU make of it‘. A banker by profession and a blogger by chance, I’m here to share my world with you. It may not always be perfect but I certainly strive to make it beautiful. If you happen to visit my space do leave a comment…share your life’s snippets…I’d love to strike up a beautiful conversation with you!!

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#AtoZChallenge Y is for Youth by Beloo Mehra

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Written by Beloo Mehra

Blogger at: Beauty Interprets, Expresses, Manifests the Eternal

 It seems one of the key reasons why many bloggers write is to express and share their thoughts, opinions, ideas and also some insights gained from their life experiences. Sounds very reasonable. Generally, the focus is on blogger’s personal expression, rather than the target audience. This too is fair, given the way blogging has evolved.

In this post however, I want to offer the possibility of blogging with a specific audience in mind. I am speaking of the youth, the future of our societies, nations and the world. Most of the younger population today, particularly from the reasonably educated and socially-aware sections of our society, is highly tech-savvy and globally connected via technology. Given the younger generation’s proclivity to get most of their information from the online world, why can’t we bloggers target some of our writings particularly to educate and inspire these young minds and hearts?

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Having youth as one target audience for our blogs, or at least for some component of our blogs, can not only give a specific focus to the topics we want to write about, it can also help us become more reflective of the larger purpose of why we write. In today’s world where online world is full of all kinds of material that may often negatively influence the vulnerable youth, we bloggers can do our little bit by flooding the internet with some positive, inspirational material specifically geared toward the youth. This doesn’t have to be didactic, moralistic, preachy type of material. Surely, we bloggers can create some well-thought and creatively-presented content touching upon some specific topics relevant to the youth. The content, of course, will be as diverse and varied as the world of bloggers itself.

In my own context as a blogger from India, and given the specific focus of my blog, I believe many of my posts have had some educative focus. I am particularly thinking of sections “Current Events” and “Satyam Shivam Sundaram”, and also several posts tagged under “Indian Culture.” Without specifically writing for the younger generation, I have often hoped that some young Indian readers will find some of this content thought-provoking.

Perhaps I should be more explicit and start a specific focus-area on my blog directed at youth. This will also mean paying attention to the voice and style that I use for youth-specific writing. That’s a work I hope to take up on my blog in the months to come.

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Blogger Bio:  Beloo Mehra

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Many years of experience in the field of education and social science research led me to the discovery that the central thing is to constantly un-school oneself and become a freer and truer learner.

My life generally revolves around some reading, some writing, some teaching, some gardening and a whole lot of reflecting on life, living, society, politics, religion, art, literature, India, the World, and everything else under the Sun and the Moon. My blog is inspired by a certain view of life and living, art and beauty, individual and society, nation and the world, and I try to stay true to that inspiration as much as I can. Having published several research papers, scholarly articles and chapters in various journals, books, magazines etc. in the past, I now enjoy expressing my thoughts and also thoughts that inspire me in varied forms on my blog.

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#AtoZChallenge An ‘X’perience by @MDWeekendBaker

 

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I have been blogging sporadically since 2010 / 2011.

 

I blog about baking and about the cuisine of my community, the Pathare Prabhus.

 

You may be wondering what the title of this post has to do with any of these seemingly unconnected facts. I’ll cut a long story short by saying that this post is about my journey as a blogger and my gratitude list of the many and unexpected benefits, discoveries and experiences along the way.

In addition to counting the bonuses, this list is also a reminder to myself to keep at it even on the days/weeks when I suffer from brain fog, writers’ cramp and the ‘I have no time for my blog’ syndrome.

 

So here goes –

 

  1. Blogging was what kept me sane-ish through my post partum haze 3 year ago, giving me something other than nappies and feeds to think about. In short, it was eXactly what I needed at the time.

 

  1. I am working on turning my blog into a community cookbook, of sorts. However, currently, I’m thrilled that my mum and my grandma take such a keen interest, sharing their top tips and adding their eXperience and eXpertise to the pot.

 

 

  1. I’m reviving links with the Pathare Prabhu community, now spread across the world and making some new friends in the process, eXchanging notes and handy tips for adapting our cuisine to modern times and with global ingredients.

 

  1. At a more practical level, my blogs give me a platform for eXpressing my creativity : very valuable, especially after a busy day at work

 

  1. Having a foodie family means that sometimes I have to manage ambitious eXpectations but planning for the blog helps me be more organised for at least some of the meals in the week.

 

  1. I’m thrilled to be eXpanding my blogging knowledge via the 101 sessions, tips and tricks that are so generously shared at the B-A-R and through the A-Z challenge. (You know who you are and you rock!)

 

  1. I’m loving the eXcitement of making new blogger friends and discovering fabulous blogs. (Thank you A-Z 2014 and my fellow B-A-R goers!)

 

  1. In sum, I would describe my blogging journey so far as eXtremely satisfying and enriching!

Thanks for staying with me till the end of my list.

I wish you all an eXhilarating ride on the blogging rollercoaster. It’s so worth it!

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Blogger Bio: Monica Deshpande

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 I’m a working mum, a weekend baker, yoga enthusiast, avid reader, curious cook, collector of cookbooks, traditional recipes and articles on baking and cooking.

My perfect weekend includes time with family and friends, a good book, great food and a bar of dark chocolate (or two).

I blog at The Weekend Baker and Varan-Bhaat.

Stop by and say Hello!

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#AtoZChallenge W for Writing by @indywrites

Writing for our blogs is an outlet for us and many of us are with no formal skills in writing or degrees in creative writing, journalism or English Honors neither have we done a crash course in blogging! Yes there are plenty of blogging coaches out there who will groom you for money – just Google it and see.

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.

Robin Williams

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Writing for many of us ‘bloggers’ is about relaxation, unwinding and putting our thoughts across. It is a deeply personal and judgmental work. Your blog is not just a bunch of pages and words but a representation of you. Who you are, what you want to say, what moves you, motivates you and gets your knickers in a twist! Yes, our blog showcases our good, bad & ugly many times without us even realizing it.

Have you not heard and read this a million times?   Not all of us have the intent, time and resources to take our blog to the next level , monetize it, have a flock of passionate followers & steady commenter’s but that should not stop us from doing the right thing by our blog.

So,

Feel – Always deeply feel about what you want to express.

Think– Always offer a lot of thought to what you want to say and why you want to say it.

Hope – whatever you say, do it with the hope and positive thought for a better future.

Passion – be passionate, bothered and concerned about your words and the impact they create.

Skill – utilize the best of your skills

So where does the W of Writing come here? Yes, all of you is reflected not by the buttons, icons, style or templates you use but by the words you use. Herein lies our ‘W’ All that style and jazz will be useless if your words don’t have conviction, honesty and emotion.

How important those words are can be emphasized by this acronym WRITE stands for…………………..

WONDER – about all things, looking at the same old with new eyes,

REASON – with thoughts and ideas, search and question all views,

INITIATE – action about things that matter; be proactive,

TREASURE – all your thoughts, all things about you and the blog,

EMOTION – is the most powerful part of you, channelize it and always be passionate.

 Writing is not just putting across the fact but it is telling the audience how you feel about what you are writing.

I leave you with these words by Maya Angelou , Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
Keep writing,

Inderpreet Kaur

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Blogger Bio:  Inderpreet Kaur Uppal

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Inderpreet Kaur is a Freelance Writer, Blogger and Lecturer. She has a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management and loves to read, travel, discuss and write. Writing comes to her naturally as a gift from her parents whose love of the English language and correct expression has become a way of life for her. She writes about what moves the heart and awakens the mind and celebrates beauty in everyday life. She can be contacted for writing and editing, beta reader projects, assignments, book reviewsblog posts and articles.   What you have in mind will be on the paper. She likes demystifying the dynamics of excellent expressions with simple sentences for all your writing wrangles at Eloquent Articulation

 

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#AtoZChallenge V for Vacant by @sulekkha

 

Vacant by Sulekha Rawat

Some days I think of a million things I could write about in my blog, but when I sit in front of my computer screen, I have nothing to say. My mind goes blank, vacant. I feel like a fraud, an imposter in a writer’s body. Aren’t writers supposed to be full of new and interesting ideas, ready to write up a storm at the drop of an ink drop from their eloquent pens?

Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead. ~Gene Fowler

People say, ‘An empty mind is a devil’s workshop’ but I disagree. I think it is a recharging station and after the de-cluttering and dusting off of the cobwebs from here, the mind gets flooded with fresh ideas. It is then ready to generously share them with the world. You have to safeguard your mind against the opinions of others and not let their thoughts get into your recharging workstation. The song from the movie, Amar Prem, starring Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila tagore, comes to mind, “Kuchh toh log kahenge, logon ka kaam hai kehna.”

You cannot please all the people, all the time so stop trying to do the impossible. Aim to walk on your path, keep your emotional balance and continue walking by putting one foot in front of the other. You will get there, eventually, so don’t lose hope. While you are on this scenic tour, look around and take in the sights. Don’t expect to see only the waterfalls, fairies, rainbows and lovely blossoms along the way, be prepared to witness a gory killing of a prey by the hunter, oil spills and also droughts. We are a sum of all our experiences, both good and bad, and with joy and sorrow chasing each other, perpetually; it is a mixed bag.

I know of writers who consciously empty their minds and let them be vacant briefly to allow new thoughts and ideas to fill them up. This influx keeps their writing fresh, lively and interesting not to mention a delight for the readers too. I take heart from these stalwarts and don’t panic when I wake up some mornings and have nothing to say to the world, I savor the moment and bless the Universe for giving me this opportunity to recharge my batteries.

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Blogger Bio:  Sulekha Rawat

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 Sulekha is a writer having an artistic mind with a scientific bent and is also the Co-Founder of Social Potpourri. A double Graduate, Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLISc), with a Post Graduate diploma in Marketing and Sales, yet still not satisfied with all the learning, she went ahead and laid the foundations for her dream of becoming a creative writer by enrolling in the Advanced Diploma in Creative Writing in English. She has a side-kick named Sparky; her 11 year old Dalmatian who listens to her read out the rough drafts and gives her suggestions for improving them with a shake of her adorable head.

– Sulekha has co-authored a book of poems with her daughter and their book, A Patchwork Quilt, was launched in Mumbai on 8 January 2015. She blogs at www.sulekharawat.com

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#AtoZChallenge Unique ‘U’ by @vinodini

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Through my journey as a blogger, one helpful lesson that I’ve learnt is to have a ‘unique’ voice of my own that came across strongly as my individuality. So, how does one make sure that they have that ‘unique’ flavor in their posts? Would it make sense to read up a lot and observe various writing styles that writers adapt to put their thoughts across through their words? Yes, that’s one way to do it.

I’ve seen a lot of people writing blog-posts and write-ups, like they would write their school essays. Although, these posts are rich in content, they fail to interest me as a reader, when I’m unable to gauge a bit of the writer’s attitudes or thoughts that these write-ups seem to be devoid of. Please forgive the critic in me creeping up here, but honestly, if I needed to read information rich content I have the Wikipedia at my disposal just a click away. Why should I visit a blog or read a book that seems to state facts in the same cold manner that an informative website or manual should be able to do for me?  And then, I’ve wondered what has stopped the writer from infusing his ‘uniqueness’ in it? Is it the fear or self-consciousness of putting oneself out there to be read and judged for the thoughts that are expressed in the writing?  Agreed, one needs to shed a lot of inhibitions, especially when one gets candid through their writings. It surely is a big deal, but then isn’t that candidness about what makes each of us unique? By masking this candidness, we are merely stating or recording facts – and to me that is quite a mechanical chore. What’s the fun in writing something that doesn’t have a bit of ‘U’ in it?! As writers our passion for writing is further enriched when our true self is revealed through what we write and share which in turn, sparks into a healthy debate or discussion with our readers.

When I start writing, I write as though I’m having a one- on-one conversation with my readers, and that really helps. There’s no better way to make your write-ups ‘unique’  and original than by lending your distinct voice of expression to them that defines ‘U’ for what you are, what you think, how you see things and further translate it your own unique voice through your words.

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Blogger Bio: Vinodini Iyer

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Design and aesthetics rule my life. I’m a painter by academics, and a fashion and retail professional by experience. I thrive on meeting new people, exploring new places, cuisines and cultures. A gypsy at heart, I just can’t be pinned down by routine. I believe, a thought, an experience, or an idea is incomplete unless it is shared. I write to be read.

I am an aspiring writer who dreams of writing a book someday. Two of my short stories have been selected to be published as a part of anthologies. I write on myriad topics that influence my life….Art, Design, Aesthetics, Fashion, Retail, Travel, Nature, Music, Movies, Relationships, Parenting, Philosophy, Interesting experiences, Random thoughts, Photography, Short Stories. Poems, at my blog: http://vinodinii.blogspot.in/

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#AtoZChallenge T’s of Blogging by @swathishenoy26

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Though I have been an ardent reader, writing is something that I picked up recently. But being on the blog-o-sphere for a year can teach you a lot of things.

One of the important things that I learned is ‘Selecting a Theme’. We are at the end of the A-Z Challenge. Many of us have used a ‘Theme’ for this challenge and already have experienced the benefits of it. Having a theme always helps us to focus. It narrows down the countless options we have and it’s easier to select a topic this way. When we know what to write, our thoughts are clearer and the posts come out more beautifully. Needless to say, it always attracts the readers.

‘Tweeting’ is another important aspect. With more than half of the world addicted to social media, it is the best way to promote your posts. It helps you gain a wide range of audience for your posts. Using the relevant tags also plays an important role. And when you use your theme as a ‘Tag’ to tweet your posts, it helps like minded people to find your posts easily, thus the post reaching its intended readers. It is a win-win situation for both readers and writers.

And another equally important ‘T’ of blogging is to ‘Truncate’ the posts. When writing the post initially, we tend to give away a lot of details, most of which is not needed. It unnecessarily lengthens the post and usually repels the readers during challenges like A-Z, when everyone is busy blog hopping. So, re-read your posts and truncate it, editing out the unnecessary details. Give a ‘Title’ which suits the post best and hints the readers what to expect while still keeping their curiosity alive.

Finally, never deviate from your theme. It’s not just about the theme of the challenge but also the theme of your blog(s). Every blogger has his/her set of followers, who read and connect with their posts. So it is important to stick to this theme even while writing for contests. Instead of promoting anything generally, try and blend it to according your theme. Don’t give up your original style. It helps retaining the existing readers and gain new ones. After all, we all love it when our posts receive some love.

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Blogger Bio: Swathi Shenoy

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 Swathi is a 21 year old student, who is currently pursuing her degree in Computer Science and Engineering. She is a self proclaimed bibliophile and forgets the world around her when she dives into the world of novels! Writer, dreamer, singer, artist, travel enthusiast and nature lover – that pretty much sums up her for beginners. To find out more about her, visit her blog Flightless Bird thoughtful Wings (http://swathishenoy.blogspot.in/) where she likes to spend all her free time.

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#AtoZChallenge Sharing on social media by @shilpaagarg

“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” ― Brian Tracy

We all love sharing something exciting or funny or something that resonates with us, with our circle of friends and acquaintances. Right from a joke on the Whatsapp to a call for signing petition for a change in our society on Facebook to an interesting tweet, we like to share it all on the various social media platforms.

Our blogs which we mother like babies need all the love too and no one’s more happier than us when our posts get some encouragement. Comments on our blogs is one form of encouragement, the other form of it is when our content is shared on the different social media platforms viz Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn Google+ etc.

When I am reading blogs and I find something interesting or worth sharing, I do not hesitate to click the share button. And Twitter is my favourite medium to share content of bloggers in my network.

Usually, this is what I see when I hit the share button.

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And this really makes me groan!

As you can see, this tweet is not optimized with custom information. The tweet is missing my Twitter handle. In other words, this tweet would go in the Twitter la-la land and nobody would ever know about it. If I had customized it with my twitter handle @shilpaagarg and/or hashtag #BAR, this tweet would help this post have a better reach and engagement.

Since, I love sharing good content, so, I try to go the extra mile and make an effort to remember the twitter handles of friends who have not customized the share buttons on their blogs and add it myself in the tweet. For example, I know Elly’s twitter handle is @ellytreehugger or Tulika is @obsessivemom06. But sometimes, my grey cells go on a holiday without informing me. I remember sharing Inderpreet’s blog posts @indiwrites instead of @indywrites. @indiwrites must be really wondering about my sanity of sharing tweets with him/her. That’s another story that this twitter handle is hardly used.

To make long story short, it is important for us to customize our share buttons on our blogs.

The default share buttons at the end of the post on Blogger are simply redundant and one must simply do away with them.

Today we have a lot of plugins for social sharing buttons like Shareholic, AddThis  ShareThis etc which work on both Blogger and WordPress Blogs, while Digg Digg, Get Social etc are exclusive WordPress plugins.

You can select any of these plugins, I would recommend Shareholic though for its simplicity and ease of installation and convenience.

So, go ahead and customize the share buttons on your blogs. Believe me, it is a great way to increase traffic, reach and engagement. Did I tell you that  research shows that including a tweet button increases Twitter mentions sevenfold!! Now, isn’t that awesome?

What are you waiting for! Get going and start sharing!

Drop in a comment, in case you get stuck while configuring your share buttons. We’d be happy to help!

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Blogger Bio: Shilpa Garg

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Shilpa Garg is a blogger from the Pink City of India who is passionate about the written words, sweets and beautiful conversations that happen over a mug of tea. She loves writing micro fiction, book reviews and general observations of life, things and circumstances on  her blog,  A rose is a rose is a rose! Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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#AtoZChallenge Four ‘R’s of Writing by @nibhz14

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Writing has always been therapeutic. I’m not the one declaring it but it’s a proven fact that writing helps us to free ourselves of the stress and disturbing emotions. The feeling one gets when the words pour out on the paper is one of the most relaxing in the world. It’s feels like along with those words, our worries are also flowing away. It frees us from the shackles of our emotions and increases our concentration.

It isn’t easy for everyone to write but for those who possess this gift of words, this is the best thing that could have happen to them. Words are their best friends.

From the personal experience I can tell that even for the writers, it’s often difficult to part with their thoughts. May be sometimes it’s just hard to let go of the thoughts or may be the thoughts just don’t want to leave us. But no matter how tough it gets, the outcome is always beautiful. The experience is comforting and Rejuvenating. More than being read, writing is about being free. It’s refreshing and revives us, filling our heart and soul with renewed energy.

As a painter’s feelings are reflected in the colours of his painting, a writer’s words reflects his soul. Some might disagree, but I strongly feel that our work reflects some part of us. It reveals a glimpse of our soul. Through the characters we create, we often reveal, either what we are deep inside hiding from the world or what our aspiration are! Although we might call a piece of our work as fiction but we only know it for better. It often Reveals a side of us unknown to everyone else or even to us at times. It reveals our raw emotions, wrapped with words. These words have the power to reveal us to the very core.

Often during life, coping with challenges or simply dealing with the crests and troughs of roller-coaster ride of life, we lose our real self. We forget who we truly are and what’s our worth. It’s the this writing helps us meet a version of ourselves that was lost in the crowd. It helps us Rediscover our lost words, our desires, our lost dreams and most importantly our lost self.

So, hop on the wagon of words and take a Rejuvenating Ride for Revelation and Rediscovery of yourself.

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Blogger Bio: Nibha Gupta

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 I am deeply in love with the words! They are life to me. No words can describe the feeling of penning down the emotions. Words fail me to describe the joy that comes with sharing the world of my imagination through my words. Expressions is a place where , Feelings are let go and words are unleashed; a place where I Express myself and all my imagination come alive!Come fly with me with wings of words in my world of imagination.

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#AtoZChallenge Quilling Thoughts into Verses by @sunjhini

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I am fascinated by the whole process of beautifying thoughts into words that clasp your heart and tug ever so slightly, forming images which would shuffle between the blinks of your eyelid. And when you have finished reading, a strange cloud of emptiness would fill your heart, as if life suddenly lost all it’s meaning.

I know many bookworms go into depths of desperation after finishing a book, trying to find a replacement that would fill the void in their heart . Besides, there exist poems that make  readers put their hands on their chest and take a deep sigh!!

“I was born to catch dragons in their dens
And pick flowers,
To tell tales and laugh away the morning
To drift and dream like a lazy stream,
And walk barefoot across sunshine days.”

― James Kavanaugh, Sunshine Days and Foggy Nights

I went moony-eyed while reading  Sunshine Days and Foggy Nights. This is my second favorite poem after As I walked out one evening by W H Auden.

‘I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you
Till China and Africa meet,
And the river jumps over the mountain
And the salmon sing in the street

– W H Auden, As I walked out one evening

What I admire most is the creativity behind each imagery painted by the poet. The way words roll smoothly like a song, compelling the reader to think about the meaning behind each word. Visually rich and insightful, these are the poems that I can never get tired of reading.

I have always felt that vocabulary and abstract metaphors are not always important to make a verse or a sentence powerful. The art lies in presenting beauty in simplicity, alas, there’s nothing simple about that.

What impresses me more is the art of expressing without actually saying it. It’s challenging, yet so creatively enticing. But the most important point to note is, the quill needs to be dipped in the heart. If you are not happy with your work, there’s a probability no one else is going to be.

Robert Frost sums it up brilliantly.

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” 

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Blogger Bio: Rajlakshmi Boruah

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Software Engineer who suffers from a serious condition of Wanderlust. Apart from coding bugs for livelihood, she is a wannabe Travel/Lifestyle blogger, creative writer, papercrafter, collects more books than she can read and is somehow ‘unknowingly’ involved in Kitchen ‘Katastrophes’.

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Blogging Bytes

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