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Here's what I learned in 7 years of blogging

7 years ago I started my blog. And I entered the magical world of writing. I was living in the Boston suburbs. After finishing my work and household chores, I still had some spare time. I remember the exact moment I clicked the 'B' icon on Google and I created a Blogger account. I knew only two Bloggers that time - Amitabh Bachchan and Lisa Ray. I had no idea what it takes to be an accomplished blogger, but I was excited to be a part of a community which is independent and expresses its views without any inhibition. I must say, it has been an amazing journey only because I have learned so much.

I started by writing poetry, then I started writing articles and now I can write anything. Professionally, I am a content writer for a couple of websites. I ghostwrite for two more agencies based out of North America. I write sponsored articles on my blog. I tweet, post Facebook statutes, answer Quora questions, and mention brands on Instagram for money. Brands even consult me for social…

Rewind - September 2020

2020 is a year like no other. It has changed the way we lived. I read an article in the morning. It said we will not get the life we had in January back. I think the article was published on CNN. It was difficult to accept. The point is - this agony doesn't come with a timeline. We don't know when will we come out of it? Isolation and lack of freedom are taking a toll on people's emotional health. It's very surprising that I have reclaimed myself this year. Even though my life is far from normal. I have understood and accepted - life is not a race. Happiness and peace of mind are the most valued things in the universe. I think I have matured 10 years in one year. Good, bad or worse - 2020 has made me a better person. I hope, one day when I will read this blog entry, I will feel proud of the journey I had this year.On the writing front, I have written the following:DateContent09/01/2020जाते हुए इक माचिस की डिबिया दे जाते आग लगानी थी बचे हुए अरमानों को 09/04/2020खुद को प…

Rewind - August 2020

August was a very good month. There was a lot I learned from personal experience which I will imbibe in the journey to be a better human being. I also realized the importance of a healthy enviornment. Cutting ties with toxic people and places has been the greatest learning of August. On the writing front, or, writing-for-pleasure front, I wrote the following:DateContent08/01/2020जिस दिन से तुम मिले हो कमबख़्त रातें कटती ही नहीं 
Jis din se tum mile hoKambakhat raatein katti hi nahi08/06/2020कुछ किस्से नए से हुए पुरानी यादों को ताज़ा करके 
Ishq kahan samajh aayega un logo koJo sirf jism dekhte hai
इश्क़ कहाँ समझ आएगा उन लोगों को जो सिर्फ जिस्म देखते है 08/12/2020इंटरनेट पे बोलने वाले भी कमाल करते हैं बिना कुछ जाने चरित्र पे सवाल करते है
Internet pe bolne wale bhi kamaal karte hainBina kuch jaane charitr pe sawaal karte hai08/14/2020हे रबकुछ उल्टा हो जाएलोगों के मुँह बंद होपर दिल खुल जाए
He rabKuch ulta ho jaaye

Lambi Judai by Vandana Srinivasan - A Song For Your Parched Soul

Pick your smartphone. Open YouTube. Search Vandana Srinivasan. Tap 'Lambi Judai' from the search result. Keep your phone on a flat surface and be prepared to dive into an ocean of melody. The song starts and the soul-stirring voice of the singer sends shivers down the spine. If art is meant to touch your soul, her rendition will leave for soul hungry for more.
I, for one, wept.
I wept for almost an hour. The song played on a loop in the background. My body and soul felt light as I was shedding one more tear. I never knew I had those many suppressed and pent-up emotions inside me. Vandana was singing - I was unburdening my soul at her feet. It was cathartic. It was meditative. It was something I never experienced in my life before. Though I listen to at least 50 songs in a day.
The song is about memories, separation and love. We have thousands, if not millions, songs on these themes. In fact, this song is a cover. Call me biased, this cover is better than original. The credit goes…

Rewind - July 2020

I can't believe July is gone. 7 months and 2020 is proving nothing but the longest year in the history of the world. I remember we were all so excited about it. 2020 crushed our enthusiam. Yet, I'm very hopeful things will improve soon and we will come out of it with a learning or 2.
And here's what I wrote in July - 

DateContent07/12/2020लोग आते-जाते रहते हैं लहरों की तरह पर मैं साहिल सी आज भी खाली हूँ 07/13/2020इस शहर में मकान नहीं मिलते पर तुम्हें मिलने के बाद अब घर की कमी खलती नहीं 
Is shehar mein makaan nahi miltePar tumhe milne ka baad ab ghar ki kami khalti nahin07/14/2020Courage is looking at her rose-tinted lips and not diving into her mouth.07/16/2020कमजोर थी चाहतें उसकी पहली मुश्किल पे ही इश्क़ ने दम तोड़ दिया 07/17/2020काग़ज़ के फूल पे इत्र जैसाइश्क़ आज-कल बनावटी07/17/2020I hide youBetween the linesOf my unfinished novel07/17/2020

Rewind - June 2020

Poof! Half of the year is gone. The world has changed. We all are learning to live with the new normal. And I am not writing as much as I should. I hope I write more in July purely because writing gives me sanity.

DateContent06/03/2020नशा कितना भी कर लूँग़म उतरता ही नहीं 
Nasha kitna bhi kar loonGum utarata hi nahi06/04/2020बिन बोले सब कह जाती हैंआँखें लफ़्ज़ों की मोहताज नहीं होती06/06/2020होपलेस है सजन हरजाईमैं लाखों सा सवरी पर टिकटॉक पे नासपीटी कार की वीडियो लगाई
Hopeless hai sajan harjaiMain lakhon sa savriPar TikTok peNaspiti car ki video lagai 06/07/2020कुछ ऐसे बदल गए है तेरे जाने के बादग़ैरों से पूछते है खुद का पता
Kuch aise badal gaye hai tere jaane ke baadGairon se poochte hai khud ka pata

Rewind - May 2020

I learnt a very beautiful yet ordinary thing about writing this month - take a break from it to detox your creative juices.  I wrote very little this month. The last couplet I wrote while waiting for my bank appointment. COVID-19 has changed the world. I hope we emerge better than before and imbibe the lessons to improve our lifestyle.

Date Content 05/01/2020 कुछ ऐसे मेहफ़ूज़ रखा है आपकी यादों को  आप होते तो आपको भी नाज़ होता 05/03/2020 जो दिखायी नहीं देते  बस वैसे घाव दे के गया है वो  05/03/2020 पश्मिने सी स्याही  मिश्री से अल्फ़ाज़ रोम-रोम करता है तेरा आग़ाज़ तू कभी उतरे किसी नज़्म में ऐसे  लोग देखे तुझे एक टूक और हूँ मैं नाराज़ इश्क़ नहीं मैंने गुशताखी की है be completed 05/03/2020 फर्श पे गिरी हुई चीनी भी मिल बाँट के खाती हैं ज़मीन में रहने वाली चींटियों के भी उसूल होते हैं