Monday, June 11, 2012
I hate making announcements for the simple reason that I hardly stick to anything. I also hate scheduling things though I prefer others to do things in a disciplined manner. So, the point is that I have decided to start a series of interviews with people I admire - women, men, children, couples, bloggers.. anyone whom I admire. I can't tell you the frequency of these interviews, stories etc but I can promise that I would try my best to do it religiously.
When I thought of starting this series, I did not take a second to decide who to begin it with. I at once knew it would be Serendipity alias Ayushi Bhatia of the blog Little Moments of Bliss where she writes as Serendipity. You take a look at her blog and you would know why she is my first choice. The free, running way with which she pens down her feelings and her brutally honest opinions won me over in the first glimpse of her blog. She is a young 22 years old software engineer who writes delicately but with a firm sense of discretion.
I really enjoy reading her writings and I hope you would love it as well. After reading her for a while, I decided to know her a little more (she doesnt reveal much on her blog) and sent her a few questions. Read her answers in the short interview below.
1. Hi Serendipity, greetings from Womanatics and a warm welcome. Tell us something about yourself and your blog.
Thank You Surabhi for having me here. It’s an honor.
Have you ever seen a little girl of ten, correcting spelling mistakes in her classmate’s notebook? If you have, that girl was probably me. A software engineer by degree, I am a complete grammar Nazi and I adore and believe in the little things that life offers.
My blog is basically a personal blog, but overtime it has changed paths and I have written about various subjects. I believe, the written word is a wonderful gift if you use it wisely. I have been inclined to short stories and poems for quite some time now. For me, 'Writing liberates'.
2. When did you start blogging? When and how did it begin? Who is your inspiration in the world of blogging?
I have been writing little somethings in a secretly kept diary since I was little but I started blogging only in the May of 2011. In 2009, I had written some lines for my mother on the eve of Mother's Day. She kissed my forehead and told me 'You should at least start blogging!'. If you may have noticed, those few lines form the very first post on my blog.
Sameera Kesiraju at Life in a Jiffy and Meghna Chaudhary at The Blog of Small Things have always been a source of constant inspiration for me. The contradictory presence of simplicity in Sameera's words and complexity in Meghna's words completely amaze me.
3. You seem to be an avid reader. What are your favorite books and who are your all time favorite authors?
I have always preferred books over people. They create a new world where you're just an audience, sitting to be entertained, with no worries of your own. The characters, the plot, it all seems so surreal after a time, but only if the author’s words succeed in crafting that magic. I haven't been reading much since the commencement of this year but I sure plan to catch up.
Sidney Sheldon is my all time favorite author. His work has kept me awake through several nights. What intrigues me the most is that his protagonists are mostly women with limitless power. At times, when I can't find a good read to keep my mind occupied, I almost wish him back to life. Vladimir Nabokov's 'Lolita' also never fails to impress. I may not say he's my favorite author, but 'Lolita' definitely deserves a mention. Arthur Hailey, Dan Brown, Ayn Rand, Nicholas Sparks, Danielle Steel might fall into the list of my regulars.
4. You have also won couple of blogging contests. Tell us about them.
Ah! I have the funniest story to share here. Late last year, during my usual routine of browsing through people's blogs, I saw a pretty post on hair care. At the bottom, it had a link that said 'Share your hair story here'. As stupid as it may seem, I had no idea that it was an entry to a contest sponsored by Dove. I wrote down my hair story and shared it. When the results came out, I did not have the tiniest clue that I had won that contest until I started receiving congratulatory mails from my friends on blogger. I was stupefied. But these contests surely are an amazing morale booster.
5. Where do you see your blog in the near future? I mean what are you aspirations for your blog?
I will not say I have big plans, but I definitely will be much more regular with it than I am right now. I would focus more on short fiction stories and I might possibly start a parallel blog featuring a novella.
6. If I ask you one issue you hold strong opinion about, what would it be?
Eve Teasing, without any second thoughts. A man once waved a 500Rs note at me and signaled me to get into his car when I was sixteen. It might not seem as too much of an incident but it shook me to my very core. I even did a post on it here.
I Am She!
7. What do you think about Womanatics? How would you describe this blog?
Being a woman is the greatest gift God could ever give to a woman and celebrating womanhood on a powerful platform like blogger is an applaud in itself. Your blog was a hit with me as soon as I read ‘Why are we so obsessed with beauty standards?’. Even when we are called the fairer sex, the most unfair circumstances are thrown upon us at times. I’m glad your blog talks about it.
Keep up the good work. My best wishes.
Thank you Ayushi. It is indeed a pleasure to know you! I wish you all the luck in your future endeavors and I hope to read many more beautiful poems by you. (I am ready to be thrashed for grammatical errors..)
Here is a poem written by Ayushi. Hope you all enjoy it.
They say "Life is short"
Aye fools, Don't you know ?
what really counts,
is all the happiness beyond those years.
Leave no desire untouched,
Let no passion stay unconcerned,
for it is only you, that matters.
If life offers a chance, Take it,
Let it explore 'You'.
Exchange a shy glance,
Leave your fate, for once, to chance.
Let the summer breeze wash away the guilt and the fears,
for, what really counts,
is all the happiness beyond those years.
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