Sunday Featured Blogger #14

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 May till September 2017. 

The Blogger to be featured today is Nivedita

Can you tell me a little about yourself and your blog – mentioning something known and unknown to the readers?

I am Nivedita – work in progress as a poet, publisher, freelance editor, writer, seeker, researcher, and a student of love and life.

I archive my fiction pieces, personalities who are an inspiration to me, movies, books, art work, collectives that inspire me at nnivedita.com, a gift from my cousin, Srikanth, on Raksha Bandhan.

Something known – I write about Hyderabad, Poetry, Writing Groups

Something unknown – I also write about mythology, translation, nestled among various posts, they are opaque in my blog

Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while working on your blog or through blogging communities?

I have meet some of my closest working partners and mentors through blogs, virtually and in-person. I don’t think naming any of them would be appropriate as the list is endless.

But I would like to mention that in my pursuit of organizing blogger meets and connecting with bloggers through organized meetings, I enjoyed organizing and brain-storming with Anuradha ma’am, Subhorupji; liked the company of Venky; learnt from Padmaja; admired Tejaswini and am inspired by the enthusiasm of Magy Kars, Asra, and Sunaina (yet to meet her).

What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog? You can tell me about your usual day routine.

Write. Edit. Organise activities at my publishing house and related initiatives.

I had a lazy schedule till late last year but since February this year, I wake up to the calls of red jays and the robins  (I live in a suburban, serene place and the race of the squirrels, the hares hopping entice me to open my eyes)

Though I have my own periods of slumber, otherwise, i wake up early, work with people in India on my poems, fiction pieces, initiatives of Nivasini, and then I walk, chores on return home and then break time at noon and course work, read, followed by tea in the evening, cooking, and then back to editing, reading, writing and end of the day

Everyone has a favourite/least favourite post. Tell me about your best and worst post and why?

http://nnivedita.com/reviews/nov-9-to-nov-9/

http://nnivedita.com/reviews/nampally-road-hyderabad-blues-and-bobby-jasoos/

I had written the above posts at a time when i had no inclination to blog and I believed that if I get through these posts, I can get through any phase of my life because the first post was written when i learnt i was leaving Hyderabad. I was nostalgic and i felt recounting those memories might be hurting. But i felt better and realised it would be a great way to reminisce the events that i was a part of and that shaped me. Even today i look back at them for reference

This was my first post in US. I was missing Hyderabad and i read a book on it, watched movies and yearned for my city and began writing a new genre of poetry. That has aided me in pursuing the idea of ‘Aeseich’ that my very good friend, Chandrasekhar Singh had initiated in 2012-13.

I think my posts labelled Book Reviews are worst. Because i felt i was objectifying each book. Every book is like a person – goes through a lot in the making by the creator called the author or the poet. It is demeaning to review it within 500 or 1000 words unless you are a proficient critic and it will help the author. I felt my reviews were shallow. The ones with my views only were loved by the author too. But the ones that were author-requested, unbiased and liked by the author. I felt i was performing a disservice to the entire writing and publishing system that i consider so sacred.

Name some of the bloggers – at least 3 of your favourites, whom you look up to and why?

I follow these poets on blogger sites who fortunately archive their work.

Pavitra Mehta – Poetry of – Her poetry and her thoughts though seem simple are layered with metaphors – they are works of meticulous work. The simplest pieces are the toughest to write. I admire and look up to her blog.

Rajesh Kumar – his poetry – works of RK – it is an underrated Creative Commons of Thoughts

Sridhar Sattiraju – his movie and book reviews are thorough and well-researched – I admire his research, his experience, his intellect and more importantly, how he rationally dissects. He treats books and movies as people with black, white and grey shades. His reviews made me feel ashamed of my approach towards book reviews.

Raj Shekhar Sen’s blog – active on Facebook

Other poets I admire are:

Scribbler – Amit Charles – for the subjects and the creativity in presentation of poetry

The above mentioned are poets and they write irrespective of the following and the other social media currency. They write because they cannot help it and share because they treat blogs like open journals. I have learnt a lot from their poetry.

Richa – for bringing blog chatter into our lives

Tell me about your proudest achievement(s)? (Related to Blogging)

Firming the roots of my marriage. Though our marriage was arranged, my husband referred to my blog to understand more about me. It is a good plot bunny now but back then, it seemed like a sensible thing to do. Else, how will you know a person, deeply? Thoughts only. Isn’t it?

If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?

Blog or Write as if no one is judging.

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 interact well with fellow bloggers – you don’t go overboard (love that!), feed us with thoughts to munch upon, interact with our intellectual faculties and have a positive persona. You speak your mind and that is an admirable quality. Your presence on social media brightens up the screen.

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