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A Day of Creative Muse

 

 

The relentless rain showers in Hyderabad, which fell heavily and easily without any intention to pause last few days wreaked discord in daily humdrum of city life, dampening the very mood and spirit of many of us. Quite unexpectedly after days of downpour, the Saturday morning of 22nd July was radiantly beaming with a crisp sunshine, perhaps promising the day had plenty to offer.

The wait was over. The Hyderabad Huddle 2017 with the maxim of ‘creativity with fun’ was hosted in GP Birla Centre on 22nd July in collaboration with Nivasini Publishers, Write Club Hyderabad and Twin City Poetry Club(TCPC). A day long extravaganza showcased two book launches, open mic sessions by bards and story-tellers, stand up comedy, street play and more. The city’s literati comprising of medley of people from varied walks of life as engineers and corporate managers to academicians, bloggers and media professionals, sharing common passion bonded over plots, metaphors and repartees.

With much earnestness and anticipation in the air, the first book released was ‘Lakdi Ka Pul – II, the poetry bridge’ by Nivasini Publishers in association with Twin City Poetry Club. The book is an international multilingual anthology of poems, where both celebrated and aspiring poets find their voice. The verses in this book are mostly in free forms having no boundaries of theme, surpassing or encompassing all that is about life and it’s elements in truest spirit. The poems in this anthology springing from one’s heart are nerved and blooded with emotions and insights. My much appreciated poem from the blog titled ‘Love’s Labours Lost’ is a part of this collection. This soul searching poem based upon modern-day broken marriages/unions drills on relationship and it’s pathos and the listlessness, the breakdown inflicts. The seemingly casual tone brings forth the pain of broken hearts. The link to this poem is hettp://www.chaitalibhattacharjee7.com/loves-labours-lost/

The second book ‘Encounters’ is a collection of short stories by vibrant, blossoming writers offering a stirring snapshot on vagaries of life with vivid sensation and persuasive plots. Each book release was followed by open mic session. The contributing poets and scribblers recited and narrated their exquisite pieces fervidly making the surrounding feel alive and pulsating. All was not over yet. In the spirit of pre-dusk, the day ended on a contemplative note with a simple heartening street play titled ‘Recycling Ki Maya’. It was themed on compelling issue of environmental concern and our much heeded role in it leaving some room for thought and to mull over.

 

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For the love of Writing…

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Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”
– Unknown

It’s been a while. Excuses can be many but intentions have to be pure and plausible. So my heartfelt apologies for not been able to minister time to the blog. Believe it or not, it was always there in my mind, conscious and subconscious playing a remorse card amidst all the pressing engagements, being intensely tied up and living. In simple words, I missed being here. I write because I love writing; from my heart and of course to be read too.

Hope springs eternal. I do hope that I would be keeping a hold oftentimes from now on. Few days back I was delighted to be published in the much acclaimed Huffingtonpost India. The feeling of wonder, delight is of no essence if I don’t acknowledge and value my readers, for whom I stand contended today.
To pore over, check the link below:
http://www.huffingtonpost.in/chaitali-bhattacharjee/why-i-dont-want-praise-fo_b_7760284.html?utm_hp_ref=india

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Thank You Note

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The first time it was a feeling of exhilaration. On second one, it was contentment and then when it was third and fourth or fifth may be….it was happiness but sans excitement. Even if without the exuberance or rush, it do offered me a sense of repose and gladness. For the reason being it was presented by someone whom I hardly know but who somehow follows some of my writing expressions and indeed like them. Thank you Abbie as there’s no better word than this if you tell it from your heart and that’s what I am doing right now. Only semblance at cursory level is we are women but totally from different worlds. Abbie belongs to New Zealand and most of you as are aware of, I am an Indian. Her words touched me. She is a genuine and sensitive person and never shies away from even expressing her vulnerable side out. Her blog @abbiesbabble.wordpress.com encompasses her warm and affable spirit.

Going by the rule of the game,

Answer the questions the award-giver asked you and make 11 more for your nominees.

1. Read on screen or old school book?

Ans: Given anyday, old school books. But quite recently the ease or the practicality of it makes me stick to my digital pad more.

2. You have a night in, what’s the best way to spend it?

Ans: No two words on this, absolutely with my husband and son having good time.

3. Favourite book (sorry, two book questions already, can’t help myself!)?

Ans: There are many. But on recentness I enjoyed Hurley’s Eat, love and Pray. Every word reverberates of how I feel too and filled with thoughtfulness and wisdom.

4. Favourite place in the world – that you’ve been to?

Ans: it was a remote hill station and the place we stayed was a hut beside a river bank. Idyllic, scenic and tranquil – what more one can ask for!

5. The place you would most like to go?

Ans: My hometown, my birthplace. It’s been quite a time, I miss it’s smell, touch, the air and the faces which I hardly interact with but somewhere I connect to.

6. Bungee jump or skydive (I haven’t done either but would probably skydive)?

Ans: Probably none of them as I have tremendous height phobia even though I am adventurous for other pursuits.

7. What’s the best part of blogging for you?

Ans: Connection, of course. When I could touch someone’s heart through my writing, there’s no feeling better than that in this world of blogging. Secondly if I can make some positive impact or influence in any form or kind for betterment to an individual or society at large. I am sorry but that’s how I feel. Didn’t want to bore you guys though.

8. Most played song over the last month?

Ans: Can you believe this…it’s Black Eyed Peas with ‘Tonight’s gonna be a good night’ as my son loves to dance to it’s tune.

9. Favourite smell (for me, fresh cut grass, home baking, the beach)?

Ans: There’s something about coffee and the drizzle…it smells heavenly together.

10. Best holiday memory?

Ans: It’s the same idyllic serene I mentioned above and the memorable part from it was my son’s journey towards first steps…he was trying to walk on his own and we could capture those indelible moments with free spirit while holidaying.

11. Best tip for other new bloggers?

Ans: Just be in your skin. You are unique and share that uniqueness through your creativity.

I will be skipping on the ‘facts about me’ part as I don’t want to nag you guys more. Moreover it’s already there in my other awards posts.

Questions from me to you:

  1. What made you start blogging?
    2. What makes you laugh out loud?
    3. Which book made an impression in your life?
    4. Who is your favourite author?
    5. Who inspired you most?
    6. Which song defines you?
    7. What’s your favourite mantra or quote?
    8. Three things you cannot live without.
    9. What is love for you?
    10. What is writing as per you?
    11. Do you have any idiosyncrasies? What are they?

I have varied taste. My nominees as per my taste, choice and affinity are:

http://incandescentmoonpoetry.wordpress.com/ – Some of the best poetry I have read while my blogging journey. It surpasses good and tends to be great.

http://pamkirstblog.wordpress.com/ – Amazing Writer.

http://katienaum.com/ – Reflective and natural flow of words.

Permacooking.com – Healthy and Holistic lifestyle tips.

Cookingwithawallflower.com – food and cooking with variety and one step ahead.

http://epiphanyinthecacophony.wordpress.com/ – Creativity personified.

http://kmihran.wordpress.com/ – A person who with his blog spreads and shares positive energy.

http://uthamz.wordpress.com – exquisite, vibrant photographs.

http://loveinshallah.com/ – her blog reflects her grit and admirable spirit.

Propelsteps.wordpress.com – a blog with a humanitarian cause.

http://avian101.wordpress.com/ – My love for birds of any flock brings me here.

1.Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their page.
2. Proudly display the award banner on your page.
3. List eleven facts about yourself.
4. Answer the questions the award-giver asked you and make 11 more for your nominees.
5. List your nominees.

 

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To Inspire and be Inspired….

 

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To keep it real simple..yes I am glad rather delighted….the purpose of creating this blog Love, Life and whatever was to share or bare my thoughts and then to inform, inspire or amuse in some way. If I could enkindle a few, as there are many who have inspired me to be what I am today, I guess that will lend a whole hearted smile to my face. The honour conferred to me this time is by two fellow bloggers. One with the blog name Ashmita. She is a lady with a voice and a woman of substance. Her blog@http://asmithaaa.wordpress.com reflects her resolute spirit and social consciousness. You will admire her spirit. The other person is Paul with blog name Miscellaneous Inanities@http://paulwhitberg.wordpress.com. His poems will uplift your mood. He is a gifted poet as he maintains classic poetic form but with a twist towards modern life themes.

Now, what it is to be me! :

1. I truly, truly believe that life is the most alluring and amazing gift by God amidst all the twists and turns….

2. Love – is what keeps me going. It’s the most powerful force and it’s like an elixir to many woes and wounds in one’s life.

3. My family; that’s what is my oxygen source. Far or near, I breathe in and out, only them.

4. Yes I believe in God and the divine justice. I am not a religious person per se, but spiritual. The idea and belief in God helps me and guides me in my day to day existence in this just amiss, not so impeccable world.

5. I adore intellectuals.

6. Where are the professionals? I salute them. Loyalty and integrity is THE virtue for me.

7. Reading and Writing is my passion and they go hand in hand. Literature was my first love. So I did my honours in English literature and plunged myself into the ethereal world of ‘books & words’. Those three precious college years, I spent learning something which was captivating and engaging to me and perhaps were the best days of my growing up, but not something which would make me financially viable though. So I landed up having a PG in Management(Marketing and Advertisement) and worked with a media conglomerate for a while for mundane sustenance.

 Amazing sure they are, I put the list down of six deserving bloggers on my mind right now:

http://mrsgoresdiary.com/ …….anything and everything about parenting in an interesting and convincing manner.

http://evokingthedeep.wordpress.com/ …..Scott Mitchell – if you are a lover of poem more so a hopeless romantic, dig into it and you will not be complaining.

http://joycepoggihager.com/ ……. simple writing with profound messages

http://bloomingspiders.com/ ……. Dani – At one end, she writes intense, heartfelt emotions which touches your heart and at the other, things scholarly.

http://cellulitelooksbettertan.wordpress.com/ …..honest writer in true sense…gives meaning to whatever she writes.

http://thinkdowrite.wordpress.com/….. HariVeena – something about her blog…beautiful and creative.

 

Here are the guidelines :
1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
2. List the rules and display the award.
3. Share seven facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

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It feels good : Sunshine and Versatile

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Who doesn’t like recognition?

Who doesn’t like an applause?

Who doesn’t like a pat on the back in that not-so-perfect-day?

After all, Who does not like to be liked?…..

Seriously, most of us do as beneath this facade of flesh and blood, race and gender, nationality and nomads, we all have a quirky little apparatus called ‘heart’ and somewhere it craves for validation being human. So thank you for this honour and having trust on my ability. At least it makes me feel that I am pulling it off.

I am not going to say, this is my first one and I never got an award or so. But just that I am one regular girl who won some and lost some. But what makes this one special is the fact, that I have been blogging for a short span of three and a half month only and this is a real boost to my spirit. Thank you Anoop Pillai from http://anooppillaiz.wordpress.com as you felt I am deserving enough to be on the list. And I really admire your honest reading and penchant for writing and sharing, which reflects in your blog…wishing you good days ahead. I thank Ruchi Chopra too for conferring me with the same. Ruchi’s blog @ http://ruchi2312.wordpress.com/ reflects her warm and affable disposition filled with vibrancy of nature captured through her eyes.

Let me not waste one more minute for thanking all my readers, the commentators, the followers and for the likings, who in this small passage of time have given me tremendous acknowledgement. It feels good.

Questions Please:

  • Favorite Food : I am a food lover; a gourmet..so any food cooked and served that matches my palate.
  • Favorite Actor : Quite a few and it keeps changing according to movie and genre….but if you insist Russell Crowe, Gerard Butler and currently Lupita Nyong.
  • Favorite TV show : I am a girl’s girl on this…Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives.
  • Favorite Tear Jerker : Roberto Benigni’s Life is Beautiful.
  • Favorite Sport : Tennis, all time favourite.
  • Lucky number : Any number which brings me luck….do let me know if you find one.
  • Tea or Coffee : There’s nothing like a hot cuppa burnt, mutty choclatey coffee on my mug and the aroma while it’s drizzling out.
  • Holidays : How much I love holidays but that reminds me we need a holiday….JB(my dear husband)….where are you? .. Can you not pick up the call?
  • Twitter or FB : FB all the way that has some of my close friends on the list and I love to be in touch with them.
  • Favorite Christmas movie : PS I love you.

Like any other exam sheet…lastly attempting the difficult one… Choosing ten out of many blogs I love, is intense and elaborate. But this is my personal choice and taste. I will not elaborate on each as they are too good for that. Happy Reading. So it goes like this:

  1. http://littlewritelies.com/ – Taylor Eaton

  2. http://risingtogo.wordpress.com/ – Meredith

  3. http://insidethelifeofmoi.wordpress.com/ – Amanda

  4. http://ashadeofpen.wordpress.com/ – Shruti

  5. http://themanifeststation.net/ – Jen Pastiloff

  6. http://thefriendsof.wordpress.com/ – Roos Oosterbroek

  7. http://paulwhitberg.wordpress.com/ – Paul Whitberg

  8. http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/ – Ese

  9. http://iambeggingmymothernottoreadthisblog.com/ – Katherine

  10. http://researchingbetweenthelines.wordpress.com/ – Terese Jonsson

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Rules of the blog:

  1. Answer 10 questions given.

  2. Thank the person who nominated.

  3. Nominate 10 deserving bloggers.

  4. Place the award on the blog.