Good things happen when you’re M.I.A

For the past week or so, I have been blissfully detached from the internet/online devices while on vacation (exploring new countries and familiar haunts at home). During this time, I was fortunate enough to be nominated by two lovely bloggers – Torn Pages and Coffee Stains and Wandering Soul – for the Real Neat Blog Award. Thank you so much to both of you for nominating me and I’m sorry if this post was a long time coming.

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Twenty Questions

Writing 101 recently asked us to collaborate with another blogger as an assignment. Since I’m still figuring out my blog’s brand; hosting interviews or guest posts wasn’t something I thought I wanted to try just yet. Instead, I thought I’d do a fun, lighter take on the assignment by playing twenty questions with some blogger friends (This way, I can introduce you to two more amazing bloggers while learning something new for myself.)

Twenty Qs

Introducing Bee & The Fat Boho

I have been very fortunate to be part of these two blogger’s lives, right from their very first post and I can’t wait for you to meet them. Two charming blogs, two radically different points of view, two amazing people.

So, here we go…

Q. What makes you smile?

Bee: Watching an airplane take off

The Fat Boho: Kitties!

Q. What would you like to be doing one year from now?

Bee: Teaching less privileged children to dance and running DIY workshops

The Fat Boho: Adam Levine

Q. In your opinion, what is the one thing the world needs? (Don’t say world peace)

Bee: Unicorns

The Fat Boho: A benign dictator

Q. If you were to star in a Hollywood movie, who would you cast as your leading man?

Bee: Ryan Gosling or Robert Downey Jr.

The Fat Boho: George Clooney from Ocean’s Eleven

Q. Name a fictional character that inspired you. (They could be from a book/ movie/ TV series/ cartoon)

Bee: None. Fiction doesn’t inspire me!

The Fat Boho: Natsu Dragneel from Fairy Tail

Q. What’s your dream superpower?

Bee: To read another person’s mind.

The Fat Boho: To flyyyyyy.

Q. If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you’d buy?

Bee: A car for my mom.

The Fat Boho: A new phone 😛

Q. Who do you envy, and why?

Bee: I envy you, for running such a cool Q&A.

The Fat Boho:  I don’t think I envy anyone in an overall sense but I guess I could say Nigella Lawson (the woman eats chocolate for a living).

Q. What is the one misconception you’d like to correct about yourself?

Bee: I am not always sad. I do not always have a bank of excuses.

The Fat Boho: That I don’t get shy. I’m very very shy with new people if I know have to interact with them in the future. If they are strangers, then I’m social as fuck.

Q. When all your dreams come true, who’s standing next to you?

Bee: My dad.

The Fat Boho: My sister.

And now for the Rapid Fire round:

Q. Team Edward or Team Jacob?

Bee: Team Superwoman :S – I no fancy Edward or Jacob.

The Fat Boho: Team Jasper

Q. Staying up at night or waking up at dawn?

Bee: I’m an owl.

The Fat Boho: Night night night!

Q. Liam or Chris Hemsworth?

Bee: Liam.

The Fat Boho: CHRIS

Q. Comfort food, comfort music or comfort movie?

Bee: Comfort food (while listening to comfort music).

The Fat Boho: All three.

Q. Tom & Jerry or Scooby Doo?

Bee: Tom & Jerry.

The Fat Boho: Tom & Jerry.

Q. Heels or sneakers?

Bee: Tough. Sneakers!

The Fat Boho: Wedges?

Q. Lucas Scott or Nathan Scott?

Bee: What about them?

The Fat Boho: Peyton, I’d do Peyton.

Q. Batman or Superman (Clearly by this I mean: Ben Affleck or Henry Cavill)?

Bee: Ben Affleck.

The Fat Boho: Erm, I’m gonna go with Clooney.

Q. Scream or Scary Movie?

Bee: Um.

The Fat Boho: Scary Movie.

Q. Favorite 90’s movie.

Bee: Pulp Fiction. (Close seconds: Titanic, Jurassic Park, Pretty Woman.)

The Fat Boho: Camp Nowhere (No one has heard of this movie but it was my favouritest thing growing up.)

Well, that’s was quite an education. Hope you had a blast 🙂

Got a question you’d like to ask them? Feel free to hit them up on their respective blogs. 

Put on your Sunday Best

There’s something compelling about this photograph that makes you want to stop and take a second look.

Just thought I’d share this with you all. As someone who has almost zilch knowledge of photography, I tend to be drawn to photographs that make me smile or invoke memories. For example, this one reminds me of the churches in Montessarchio (small village in Italy). I love the play of light, the smile on the Mom’s face and the mischievous innocence of the little guy. There’s a sense of content in this photograph that makes you want to be there, in that moment.

To me, this is what a church is supposed to be – soaring ceilings, stained glass, wooden pews, a sense of quiet reverence mingled with God’s light. Most may not agree with me but that’s okay. For me, the beauty of the church has always added to my experience.

P.S. – In case you’d like to read the story behind this photograph, head here.

Wow, I’d like to thank…

… um everyone I guess, my friends, family, all the amazing people I’ve met here on the blogosphere and the incredible Megan over at Invisible World.

She recently nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award which is this super nice award devised to spread some love around the blogosphere and inspire people to keep blogging (Can you believe I got awarded? I’m still grinning like a loon in shock). Since today is Love Note Day, I couldn’t think of a more perfect day to show some appreciation to my fellow bloggers 🙂

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First things first, you should definitely check out Megan’s blog. She’s one of the funniest writers I’ve come across in a while. Here’s proof!

Second, I got nominated *dances around the room*!!!

My Story: This blog started out as a medium for me vent out my frustrations, flex my writing muscles and carve a small place for myself. The only thing that’s changed is now people talk back 🙂 It’s an incredible, heartening feeling to know that you’re writing for an audience that’s actually listening.

With only two months of concentrated blogging (after a long hiatus) under my belt, here’s what I’ve learnt:

A. Plan, plan, plan

While most of my posts are spin-offs of daily conversations, I find that having a flexible editorial calendar helps me juggle multiple blog post ideas in my head. Some will be at a formative stage, some are reminders for topical days and some are free writing prompts. Added bonus, keeping a calendar has actually helped me post more frequently.

B. Pay It Forward

I think most of us forget that at its core, blogging is a social platform. We get so excited to share our ideas and opinions with this vast universe that we forget to form those bonds and invest in them. I try to carve out days or even 30 minutes every alternate day to just browse through blogs and leave comments on those that strike a chord with me. It’s sorta like leaving a trail of conversation bread crumbs that you can pick up at a later point. After all, you never know where a conversation or a random comment might take you.

So, that’s my story folks! Now for The Rules, if you’re nominated:

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
    • Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing! (It happens LOL).
  • Please note this challenge is not mandatory.

And now the part you’ve all been waiting for: The Nominees *drumroll please*

  1. The Swedish Kiwi
  2. Miss Sophia Blog
  3. Parul at HappinessandFood
  4. Amelia at Keep Your Feet
  5. Bee
  6. The Fat Boho
  7. Juliette
  8. Meg Sorick
  9. Because I’m Cheap
  10. Vinitha
  11. Michelle at Teacups & Typewriters
  12. Mel at Stirrup Queens
  13. The Moving Quill
  14. The Summer Diaries
  15. Alex

Just as a fun addition, Bonus Points for those that answer this in their award post:

Where or Who

The baton has now been passed. Hope you all have fun with this award and I can’t wait to read your posts 🙂

Let’s grab a cup of coffee

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you how ecstatic I am to be writing again. Don’t laugh. I know I grumble all the time but I love the fact that I can write. Most people never experience the joy of having those words come out of them and flow into something that people might actually want to read. Which is why it’s so amazing for me to have people interact with my fledging blog or to read my articles on Redbull.in. To know that they think I have something worth saying means the world to me. What do you think?

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you how much I long to be on a plane again, taking off to a new destination. (That delicious swoop in your stomach as your plane takes off is one of the best feelings in the world). Well, what do you know? Here we sit, arguing over our beverages what the best holiday destinations are? Points to keep in mind are my measly budget as well as possible countries that may be glad to have me on a stipendary basis Would love to do another AIESEC internship. Any suggestions?

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Soaring above the clouds

If we were having coffee, I’d mention as a passing comment about how I’m trying to devise a new exercise routine for me that’s not too strenuous but quite beneficial. (Toned arms is still the dream). I’d suggest taking up dancing and would politely ask if you’d be willing to sign up for a class with me. Would you consider it? No, well it was worth a shot.

If we were having coffee, I’d boast about how I’ve already started scouting for my Christmas gifts even though Christmas is still three months away. I think we both know how particular families can be about those gifts. Not to mention who wants to deal with those endless lines during the festival season (think Diwali madness) only to not acquire the perfect gift. Wow, you really are laughing at me. I can totally tell that you’re laughing. Well, we’ll see who’s laughing come December 24th.

Alright, I feel like I’ve prattled on enough for now. What’s new with you? Tell me all the gossip I’ve missed out upon. Come on now.

Look, that’s mine!

Writing has always been cathartic for me, a kind of love affair that has stayed true down the ages. From penning alternate realities to venting out into a journal at crucial moments, writing was something that came to me instinctively. To those reading this, I’ll admit I’m not the most eloquent or poetically correct of writers, but I do pride myself on being slightly to the right of the bell curve. (Hopefully that is not a prophetic statement.)

When I first started blogging, I just wanted to create a small, digital archive of my work. A small piece of me that is out there where I can say: ‘Look, I created that. That is me.

Just create something new – P.S. I Love You

Eventually, as with all creative projects that are shoved aside for daily routine tasks, my first blog floundered and died slowly in anonymity, mourned by barely a handful of friends and family.

With #Blogging101, I’m trying to change that cycle. Hopefully with a little bit of regular posting, I’ll find my voice. I’ll find a way to connect with and build my audience (the kind that aren’t here for a follow-back) and perhaps over time, create a blog that won’t perish anonymously because I got bored.

Keeping my fingers crossed.