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100th Post & 7 Best Reasons to Celebrate!!

Yes dear readers, followers and friends, this is my hundredth post on this blog. I just kept on writing and suddenly realized that today my post is going to be the 100th! Its in deed a time to celebrate and to thank you all for the love and support. There are actually a hundred reasons to celebrate, but I limit myself to listing the 7 best reasons and revel in being a part of the great Blogging Community. These are the reasons that contributed in my personal growth as a writer and also as a human being. Here they go-

  1. A Lesson in Being Persistent: In my first few posts when I had just started blogging I had expressed my joy and excitement for becoming a part of the blogging community. Someone commented that it was very easy for the initial excitement to wear off and he hoped that this did not happen to me. I agreed with him as blogging is actually a labour of love and back breaking (and neck breaking) at times. I took that comment really seriously, tried to remain as persistent as possible to continue to follow my blogging dream. So here I am with my hundredth ( 100th) post! img_5612
  2. A Global Platform: There have been times when due to travelling, problematic internet connectivity or other reasons I neglected my blog for certain periods of time. My ranking may have gone down a bit during those times but the imprint of my thoughts through my articles and posts was now a permanent part of the internet and blogging firmament. My blog ‘riturang’ continued to get views from far off places and as many as at least 76 different countries. To be able to get a global platform for sharing your thoughts is indeed laudable.
  3. Outlet for self Expression: Ever since I started my blog, there just has been no looking back. I have become a happier and more contented person. My lap top is my best companion and my fingers itch to type. There is never a dull moment, as my mind is always working and observing. Earlier I used to scribble my thoughts down on paper ( do that even now sometimes), but now I straight away type on the keyboard with confidence. The best thing about my blog is that all my work is saved and organised at one place,offering me easy access to it as and when I need. I no longer need to save pieces of fading paper and its goodbye to bulky diaries. ca31dffe51fadb735ff85dedc2e92f60
  4. Closer to Becoming a Better Writer: One of the first advice pieces one gives to becoming a better writer is to write more. To get into the writing habit, as this eventually improves the writing style , vocabulary and grammar. The more you write the more you wish to learn. The universe then listens and helps you to imbibe all that you wish for and takes you closer to your goals. The various writing prompts and participation in writing challenges like NaBloPoMo polish one’s writing further.
  5. Becoming More Knowledgeable: This is one great perk of good  writing! In order to write an article or story on your travels or any other topic, one needs a certain amount of research for the piece to be authentic and true. I always research and clarify any doubts I may have before posting my article. As I mentioned earlier, I have also consciously become more observant of the happenings around me. I have also become a better listener, because as they say, everyone has a great story inside them. My fellow bloggers too have also contributed immensely to my knowledge. I remain engrossed and hooked to the writings posted by them for hours learning about various cultures, cuisines and getting an insight into opinions from all over the world.
  6. Developing the Reading Habit: I must thank my desire to write and to blog for developing the reading habit. Actually read I always did, but what blogging did was to push me toward quality reading. Now I read the best books across various genre and really enjoy being surrounded by books. Never a dull day or moment for me as books are my best friends.img_5611
  7. The Colours of the Rainbow: My 7th best reason to celebrate! Over the past 2 years I have written blog posts on various topics akin to the lively colours of the rainbow. I have written on travel, food, blogging, nature and book reviews. I was grateful for my family and talked about relationships and found a suitable audience for some heartfelt poetry. I became interested in photography and used my own pictures as far as possible. Feeling grateful for all these rewards! Cheers!
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what does home mean to you?

Almost invariably, the word ‘home’ reminds me of the three little pigs story read in nursery school. Home is indeed a sanctuary where you live your dreams and happy children play. East or west home is the best.

Home for me is also a cozy corner, where one can curl up with a book and a piping hot cup of chai ! Do you agree?

Of Blogging Dreams

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Today’s Blogher prompt asks the question ‘Where do you see your blog in one year? Five years?’

Well, the answer to this question is actually quite simple but requires some imagination. Obviously being an optimistic person and a dreamer to some extent I would like to imagine that my blog would have reached the pinnacles of success in the next five years!

At present my blog is young and energetic and raring to go. Within one year I visualize having an established presence in blogosphere, with perhaps (wishfully) some blogging awards under my belt and writing offers from wordpress and blogher!! No, please, I don’t wish to sound pompous at all ,but the prompt, prompts me to think the best possible. so why shouldn’t I?

In one year I also anticipate having a published novel credited to my name.In five years time, God willing things should continue to be moving well not just in terms of blogging but also related to family, health and of course wealth! (It rhymes well you see) Last but not the least , I’m sure I’ll have become an expert blogger-so writing a book on blogging tips for beginners is on the cards. Any Takers?

Begin to be now what you want to be

Everyone wishes for success,and it is observed that the most successful people in life are those who had foresight and an ambition in life.They believed in the saying ,’Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.’

Most people in general,tend to procrastinate from time to time and tend to postpone important tasks to the next day or a holiday.Take writers for instance. They have this story idea in mind but need that just a little bit of push to bring their thoughts on print. Students make new year resolutions to start studying daily, and people wishing to loose weight resolve to start exercising. Needless to say these resolutions are broken sooner than they are made. What is actually required is a strong will power and a desire to be what you want to be hereafter.The best time is to start now!

We are living in a highly competitive world, where the general belief is that only the best can survive.Due to this fear many people don’t even try to make an effort to begin working towards their goal. Why not start doing what you desire and have the talent and skill for? Do your work with full intent and passion ,and as they say ‘The whole universe will conspire to make your dreams and desires to become true.’

According to the holy Geeta, Lord Krishna advices ‘Do your work truthfully and wholeheartedly with out seeking rewards.’ The fruits of labour are never denied, though may sometimes elude a person for a while.For example ,if an athlete wants to excel in games such as the olympics,must start preparations much before the actual event.A dancer or classical singer cannot simply afford to postpone practice sessions.

And last but not the least, if one wants their kids to grow into good ,law abiding citizens, they should teach them to be kind and considerate, as well as teach them the difference between good and bad.

“Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth,that shall he also reap.”

——-    Holy Bible

Has this bug bitten you yet?

When it bites, it bites you really hard. There are many types of bugs – bed bugs, stink bugs and even software computer bugs. But that’s not what I am talking about. What I am actually referring to is the writer’s bug! This is one bug bite which is very difficult to cure. Apparently, I am one of the victims and surprisingly, rather enjoying the whole process of reading and writing. Writing can lead to completely opposite effects on different individuals. Some writers become more social, as they now like to listen more and speak less. They wish to catch the subtle nuances in what people are talking about. They also become keen observers and look at their surroundings in a new light. Food bloggers are intrigued as much by how a dish looks as it tastes, and travel writers wish to capture every moment in ink and pictures. But there are others who become more of a recluse, confined to their own four walls, digging deep into journals and looking for some peace and quiet so that they can write. One such example is the fictitious writer Peter Van Houten,  in John Green’s best-selling novel,’ The Fault in Our Stars’.

I suppose I belong to the former category, as I have started enjoying social gatherings and meeting people ever since I started writing. Perhaps it is also due to the fact that I am a much happier person, doing what I like. But at the same time,though I may not exactly be a recluse, there are times when I savour my own company  , whenever the opportunity arises. It gives me time to reflect and contemplate, read more, reflect again, and read some more.For any person who reads,books are the best and most trusted companions, and for me they are my pillars of support! Reading educates, entertains, improves language skills and most importantly, widens your outlook.

To quote Stephen King, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” photo (2) book pillar

Once bitten by the writer’s bug there is actually no looking back. Ideas start pouring into the brain at the oddest times during the day. It could be while driving, teaching your kids or while doing household chores. All this is perfect. What really annoys me is when all these super ideas (and complete sentences) come rushing into my brain when I wish to catch some sleep at night. I keep tossing and turning but they refuse to leave me. Often I get up in exasperation and start scribbling on paper – lest I forget everything in the morning. How wonderful it would be if I could sleep peacefully and dream of something interesting to write about, just like the chemist Kekulé, who discovered the structure of benzene molecule. In his dream he saw a snake eating its own tail. This gave him the idea for the ring

 

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structure of benzene. So let the ideas keep pouring in and let all writers continue the good work of reading and writing. Who knows your million dollar idea may be just round the corner!

Infinite Opportunities. Start Now.

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In life there is so much that we wish for and so much that we wish to achieve.But, sometimes that little voice somewhere in the mind, that urges you to follow your passion and pursue a dream can get lost in the humdrum and mundane duties and activities of day to day life. I am not talking of studies during student days or your work.That is a routine part of your life (unless you are one of the lucky ones whose work itself is their passion).What I am presently focussing on is a passion like learning to dance or wanting to scale a mountain peak,that might have taken a back seat.
A tip is to finally make a start.Find time to pursue your dream.Be inspired.Let me take my own example.I used to write when in college, highly influenced by greats such as William Wordsworth and Jane Austin.Then I took a long sabbatical and resumed writing a bit seriously in 2012.Since then there has been no looking back, with several articles published.In fact I also wished to have my own blog but somehow never really took the initiative.The idea generally got postponed on account of more urgent work.Finally it seems the time is now right.So here I am today with inspiration given by my son, with my very first post!

‘Lock-up your libraries if you like ; but there is no gate ,no lock,no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.’ —- Virginia Woolf

I am a die hard optimist,absolutely in love with all the colours of life. After all we live only once so why not make the most of it? Life is in deed a roller coaster ride with high as well as low points.The optimism comes in handy to tide over the low phases keeping the zest for living it to the fullest, alive.
Riturang has been visualised as a magazine with content ranging from articles to recipes and reviews. I hope you enjoy reading.