2016 : The Big Leap #WeeklyPrompt #BlogChatter

2016 is around the corner. Less than 24 hours away. The last time I felt the need to pay tribute to a year going by was 2 years back so you can Imagine how 2014 and most of 2015 went for me. But as I wrap up this year I am all charged up and restless and all that in a good way :)

This post is less of a tribute to 2015  but more of an ‘Ushering in a New year’ wishlist.

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Maggie’s Through a Stranger’s Eyes – #BookReview

I have often wondered how some of the most mediocre writers make it to the  ‘Best Seller’ lists . Perhaps because some really brilliant writers like Maggie are too humble or too nocturnal to hit the day light , chase agents , get their writing published and eventually land up at book readings with thousands of curious eyes staring at them. Instead they choose the quiet life of a reader who writes at odd hours and that too  ‘as an after thought’. Considering the  idea of fans mobbing her for signed copies is a bit much for the pyjama lady , the world doesn’t have a potential best-selling author. True Story.

If you believe in predictions mark this page to come back and read ‘I told you so!’ when she finally [ very reluctantly ] gets pulled into all the limelight she deserves . Till then you can soak in her brilliance via ‘Through a Stranger’s Eyes’ an e-book penned by her & listed here  . I am using this book review as an opportunity to yet again proclaim my love for her writing and the person that she is as a part of the BlogChatter eBook carnival.

 

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Home is where my heart is. #Blogchatter

Home.

The idea of it has been like those fuzzy dreams you remember in parts when you get up the next day. You are filled with a strange anxiety . You try hard to make sense of why you feel a certain way . Yet you do because you have been consumed with an idea. You aren’t even sure how it feels or seems but you obsess over it day in day out.

That’s me for over 3 decades yearning to feel home.

For a lot of people , the idea of home is comfort or a sense of belonging , a person even.

For me its none of those . My vision of home always involved me curled up in a lounge chair sipping on some coffee , reading a book or typing away on my laptop, alone.

 

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Beyond Reasonable Doubt #MicroBlogMondays

Maggie , a brilliant writer that I follow wrote this amazing post that I wanted to print out on pamphlets and distribute at cross roads . It was about how Anger is the new narrative in content creation  & it made so much sense in both the online and offline world. I was nodding my head all along as I read it on my phone when the post landed in my inbox & then the ordeal began.  I couldn’t find its link to share my thoughts on Twitter .

That’s when I realized , she didn’t publicize . She did what most amazing writers do . Create great content and leave it hidden on her blog. While there are hoards of mediocre content creators like Tanmay Bhat [who inspired her post in the first instance] who scream at the top of their lungs to promote their trashy content till people start buying it.

What differentiates the first writer from the second is – apart from talent ofcourse – marketing. The need , the intent and the conviction . All three or either . But beyond reasonable doubt , Good content can only find takers if its taken outside of shadows and held out in broad daylight for  all to see , consume and react to.

Till then people like me would keep searching , ignoring the substandard  [ anger/ negativity inspired ] content along the way searching for the proverbial needle in the haystack as so many worthy writers struggle with self doubt or reasons such as humility or whatever it is that holds them back.

Linking it up with #MicroBlogMondays .

Read more about this amazing idea ‘writing at your home’ here.

 

Ain’t No Sacrifice

We were chatting about stereotypes in the morning today and I thought it was about time this draft post changed its status to publish.

So this is how it goes. A month back , I let go of yet another opportunity to meet up with people and have a good time. Now don’t get me wrong, or do , but I am not anti social .I am married , with a kid , in a mid managerial job , in the middle of setting up my dream home and yes I also blog.

You are right , I am a super woman. That’s why I don’t have any needs. The recreational kinds,  that is  , because there are always other more important things to do.

I think that’s the story of many new age parents today. Interestingly , that has been the story with all parents ever . Generally speaking Its called prioritizing .  But Once upon a time , it used to be called – Sacrifice. A term that makes me bite my tongue and shudder inside.

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