With the start of this month May, I am starting a new, weekly series, on my blog. In it I am featuring 20 bloggers for 20 Sundays starting from today till September 2017.
The Blogger to be featured today is Arpit Chhikara
Can you tell me a little about yourself and your blog – mentioning something known and unknown to the readers?
I am Arpit and I think of doing different things and many of those revolve around fantasising about beginning my Hero’s Journey. I am 21 and while people in my age group have ambitions to get into MBA, I write and protect my soul from spiritual depression. The world surrounding us revolves around chasing novelty and more and more accomplishments. I work on being present in my life and focussing only on what brings me joy.
Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while working on your blog or through blogging communities?
For last two years I have been attending various events where people who are into writing, drama, stage performances and storytelling meet and share their experiences. One such group is Delhi Storytellers Network where once every month people from different fields get together and share stories. Another group is Stories That Matter and there too stories are shared. Other than that I have met a number of off-beat and interesting people via my blog. A group that I once went to is a group of people who stammer and get together every week to practice their speech skills.
What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog? You can tell me about your usual day routine.
I wake up and before I step out of bed, I fantasise and build castles in air. When I am finally tired of doing that, I get up and begin my day. I read books and take a nap during the day. In evening I go out to cycle or exercise or caress dogs. At night I continue my reading or write something. That’s pretty much it. Since my college is over, I have plenty of time to develop myself into a better writer. If there is any freelance work to do, I finish it as fast as possible and get back to my lazy life routine. When I find any interesting event happening in the city, I make plans to go there and also invite people who share interests similar to mine.
Everyone has a favourite/least favourite post. Tell me about your best and worst post and why?
My worst post is the first one. I can’t even picture myself writing it. I was so amateur at that time. But I am glad that I wrote it. It began my journey into writing. There are two posts I love the most. One was published on The Uncommon Box and the other on Feministaa. They revolved around gender neutrality and sexual desire. One of my best written posts hasn’t been published yet. I plan to get it published somewhere other than my blog.
Name some of the bloggers – at least 3 of your favourites, whom you look up to and why?
Vasu Primlani writes really well. Her voice that is raw and sensitive at the same time. Being the superb comic she is, her blog posts are very much relatable and delightful to my heart. I love what James Altucher writes. Whether I listen to his podcasts or read his work, his voice remains the same! That’s what makes him more appealing. The things he talks about instantaneously strike a chord with me. Other than that I love what Maddox writes. He is funny, vulgar, offensive and genuine in his writing. His work is better than most people out there who live in a world of sunshine and puppies without realising the reality that surrounds us.
Tell me about your proudest achievement(s)? (Related to Blogging)
Many times when people ask me to tell what I do, I ask them to Google my name. That takes them to my blog and other stuff that has been written by me. This is one of my proudest achievements. I have a Gravatar profile that showcases my past work and there is no need for me to build a resume. My work is out there in the world to be seen! Travelling, food tasting, writing, photography, singing or whatever it may be, there should be a way the world can see what you do. My way is through writing.
If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?
Make a profile somewhere and begin to write. Medium is a good option. So is WordPress. Blogger is also fine. Write what you want with an outlook that is new and original and worth reading. Why will somebody read what you have written? Think about it and make your work worth reading to the audience it pertains to. Then to expand your thinking, write something for other bloggers’ audience and show them your interest for a guest post. That will get you credibility and more blogging platforms shall open for future. If you want to be a guest blogger, ask Romilaa or me regarding that!
I am sure you know me as a blogger or your friend on social media or may be even as a person in real so how would you rate my writings and tell me your honest opinion on me – this would serve as a testimonial.
You write good initial lines. That makes one intrigued about the stuff that shall be coming later on in the article. Also, you have a compelling style that doesn’t allow me to leave any of your writings unread once I begin to read them. The poems in your three flowers ebook were good and A-Z idea was great!
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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