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.

Nivedita –  Twitter Blog |

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Sunday Featured Blogger #13

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 Bhavish Shah 

 

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

My name’s Bhavish aka The Gud1. I just completed my Diploma in Engineering and have been writing for the last 3 years i.e. since I started my diploma. I won’t call myself a blogger; I’m just a teenager who loves sharing his experiences with the awesome people out on the internet. I’m a freelance photographer, graphic designer and writer by passion. I write about Technology, Travel and sometimes share my personal ideas through The Gud1.

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

I’m lucky enough to meet so many people who share the same passion as I do. Best part of me blogging has been meeting people who actually read my blogs. Meeting these people feels awesome, the way they share their experiences is just heartwarming!

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

When I’m not writing you’ll mainly find me completing the assignments I get in college. Reading books has always been something I look forward to at the end of the day. I usually have a book by my bedside. As I said before I’m also a photographer and a graphic designer and that’s what you’ll find me doing in my free time.

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

My best post? Actually I’m never satisfied by what I write. I always feel there’s something missing. But if I were to choose my favourite post has to be “A Letter to Myself”. 2017 has been a tough year for me, had to deal with depression and this was that one post that I wrote that made me realise my worth! My worst post was something I had written for a brand (which of course can’t be mentioned) because it was something full of praise for the worst brand I had worked with. I had it live for like about 48 hours and later deleted it because I just could stand it. Though the views were great actually one of the best, but it didn’t satisfy me much.

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

I love reading to these 3 bloggers a lot – Ajay Jain, Harsh Agarwal and Malini Agarwal aka MissMalini. Ajay Jain through Kunzum offers an amazing travel guide with compelling pictures and videos. Kunzum Travel Cafe is an initiative which gives readers an opportunity to share their travel stories. Harsh Agarwal is the guy behind ShoutMeLoud. He runs various niche specific blogs, I would suggest you to check out his personal blog DenHarsh.com for more details on him. Okay so now don’t judge me I’m a self-confessed Bollywood buff and who could cover Bollywood better than MissMalini.

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

My proudest achievement has to be the love I get from the readers. I’d like to share this achievement though it isn’t that great it is one of the most amazing thing anyone could do for me. One reader actually anonymously sent me a gift which contained of a pair of headphones I still use. The package was not labelled and shipped directly to me through flipkart. I still haven’t been successful to find that reader but the search is on!

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

The driving force to make a blog successful is “Passion”. There are like millions of steps mentioned all over the internet on how to become a successful blogger. I’d say don’t follow them. Follow Your Heart. Your heart has the right way to become a successful blogger. Do what you love, Be Original!

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.

I may not know much about you but through your writings and tweets you are the smartest and boldest person I may know. You’re also the most straightforward person I got connected to and honestly love your tweets. I ain’t that active on twitter but whenever I check out twitter I make sure to check out your twitter page.

Bhavish Shah– Twitter Blog | Facebook | Instagram

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Sunday Featured Blogger #12

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 Shamik

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

Hi, I’m Shamik from Bangalore working as a full time Project Management Professional in an MNC. Good food has always been my weak point and cooking is my passion. It also act as a stress buster for me. I love travelling as well and it is mandatory for me to travel at least twice a year. Talking about my blog my first post was post way back in 2010 as I wanted to share primarily the recipes that I prepare. However, I stopped after posting a few posts. Now from this year I’ve taken blogging serious and made up my mind to blog regularly. As the name suggests The Mixed Flavors (www.mixedflavorsblog.com) is a mixed bag blog about food, travel, reviews, tech, lifestyle etc.

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

To be honest Romilaa from www.novemberschild.com is the only blogger with whom I have an extensive connect as far as blogging is concerned. Even though there are others as well whom I follow and being followed by on the social media as well as on bloggers community sites I have not had that much connect with them.

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

As I have mentioned I’m a full-time Project Management Professional my weekdays are spent at office managing various projects, meeting people, answering their questions etc. And on weekends I spend my time with my wife – since my other family members stay in a different city – cooking, watching movies, reading blogs and yes shooting videos for my YouTube channel.

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

I would say there is nothing best or a worst post that I can categorize for my blog. I like all my posts and will keep curating better and better ones as the days past.

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

The first name that I would take is Romilaa of NovembersChild blog. I just love reading her posts. I feel they come straight from her heart, which she does not hesitate to pen it down and share.

The second one is Kajal of https://missbhukkad.wordpress.com/ blog. Her blog is more of food stuffs and also her travel experiences. I enjoy reading her posts.

The third one would be Ishieta of http://isheeriashealingcircles.com/ blog. I read the posts in her blog and I felt the posts are calm and more towards life.

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

When I got some comments to my posts from the readers. When I started blogging I was in the mind-set who would read my blog. But when I received the comments, even though it’s few, I felt happy within.

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

Be organized, be honest and don’t give up. Once you have started blogging carry on with it. It’s fun!!

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.

Firstly, I would like to say that I’m so glad that I got connected with you through social media. I cherish it. I just love reading your blog. The open and boldness in expressing your thoughts through your blog is just great. And as a person, even though I know you not for a very long time, I can say that you are a friendly and a charming person who is always ready to help.

Shamik – Twitter Blog 

 

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