When Janaki Nagaraj, fellow author, blogger and head of the poetry section of The Book Club, told me they wanted to host a blog tour of my début poetry book ‘Collection of Chaos’ I was delighted. The tour which began on 6th of October continued for a week and included author interviews, spotlights, guest posts and book reviews.
A heartfelt thank you to all the writers / bloggers of The Book Club Reviewing Group who were part of The Blog Tour.
Namrata, Pooja, Sfurti, Janaki, Sharmila, Rubina, Parichita, Sridevi, Ruchira, Sulekha, Inderpreet, Karan, Rohan and Dola Thank You for hosting me on your blogs.
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First of all Eid Mubarak to all my readers and thank you for the tremendous love and support you always give me.
Can’t believe I have blogged for almost eight years now. A pretty anniversary message greeted me as I logged in today. Simple little things that make life what it is.
(Pic copyright The Book Club)
This year’s highlight has been my book and you can read all about it Here . Another good thing was the reading of Italian translations of my poems by Rachel Slade at the Cena Poetica di Samuele Editore and another poem translated and displayed as part of the VerdArti festival in Italy. New poems have been submitted to some cool online and print magazines and I am waiting. Meanwhile there is a lot of reading and writing to be done. Both poetry and Fiction. I have not been too well and getting back my health is a priority right now. Reasons for less of blogging these days. Better days will come :)
This year also saw a change in my elder son’s life. He began working as a reporter with Hindustan Times (HT City) Aditya Dogra . A complete change from the Animation work he was doing. I am glad that he is following his passion and enjoying the new venture. Same with the younger one too who starts his winter training at the ITC Maurya, Delhi very soon. Nothing makes a mother proud than to see her children living their lives as independent adults. The boys are my strength and best friends. I wish them all the very best in life. We may not be living together but we are never too far away from each other.
It’s been four years now since I left my husband’s home in search of myself as a woman and as an individual. It has been an uphill ride but worth every obstacle, every heartbreak. These were just the tests, the build ups, so that I can go through to the next level of independence and self – control. I have realized that most of the times we are our own support system and the key is to never lose Focus. I still have a long way to go to accomplish what I wish, to have my place, to travel to the places I always longed to visit, to learn and write more, to completely shed all that is not me. I believe the universe provides for us what we ask for. That our thoughts create our future. I am working on shedding the negative and visualizing all the good and abundance now in the present. I feel more centered. I have ‘reoriented’ myself and this has led to a more calmer me than before though I still panic at certain things. I also stopped mulling the old wine. I am not writing stuff full of angst and sorrow. At least I am making a conscious effort not to do it. I think it was acting as a block in my inner progress. Silencing the voices in my head was much-needed to feel the sense of well-being that is required to think right. I have begun to appreciate ‘little things’ that feed and nourish my soul and it has made a lot of difference in my life at many levels. I have achieved a lot in last few years and I feel proud of it. There will come a time for me to talk about it more openly but for now one must just follow the heart and move on in the chosen direction. Keeping all the options open. Because I could not change the situation I was challenged to change myself. It was a life saving technique and it worked.
The universe has it all and I shall get my share. Thank you friends for standing by me in all the good times and bad.
I leave you with the serenity prayer that helped me chart my path,
“Dear universe, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.”
आज बड़े दिनों बाद ज़िन्दगी तुम मिली हो मुझसे
आओ करें कुछ गुफ्तगू
दोपहर की नरम धुप में बैठकर
बुने कुछ गलीचे रंगों से सराबोर
आओ परोसें कुछ लम्हे इस ख्वाबों की तश्तरी में
आओ आईने से झांकते अपने ही अक्स में
ढूंढें खुदको या फिर युहीं ख्वाहिशों की
सिलवटों में एक दूसरे को करें महसूस
या फिर याद करें उन भीगी रातों में
जुगनुओं का झिलमिलाना
आओ खोलें खिड़कियां मंन की
हों रूबरू खुदसे
पिरोएँ ख्वाहिशें गजरों में
भरें पींग, छूएं अम्बर को
आओ पूरे करें कुछ अधूरे गीत
छेड़ें कुछ नए तराने
आओ बिताएं कुछ पल साथ
देखें सूरज को पिघलते हुए
इस सुरमयी शाम के साये तले
आओ चुने स्याही में लिपटे सितारे
बनायें इस रात को एक नज़्म
आओ परोसें कुछ लम्हे इस ख्वाबों की तश्तरी में
‘Birth of a Poem’ as part of VerdArti festival at Villa Dolfin, Porcia, Italy.
Alessandro Canzian reading the Italian Translation of my poem ‘Birth of a Poem’ at Villa Corrier Dolfin, Porcia ,Italy as part of the VerArti Festival.
A few more photographs from the lovely festival where artists and poets gathered to celebrate their work and of others. Copyright VerdArti.
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