Blogger Recognition Award

A couple of days back, Akshay Kumar Das nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. Thank you, Akshay for thinking about me and honouring my blog.

Akshay lives in Bangalore and wears many hats. He is a Physics enthusiast, a music geek, a painter, a poet, a writer, and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He sees science in everything be it spirituality, playing the guitar, or writing poetry. His blog is aptly named ‘Melodies Physics’.

You must visit Akshay’s blog and check out his versatility for yourself.

How My Blog Started

There are two instances that resulted in starting my blog.

  1. Last year I had the opportunity to spend some time in the remote Osla Village. It was a fascinating experience, which changed my perspective in many ways. After coming back, I had posted pictures on Facebook along with a brief description of each, kind of a photo story. Someone I know, got in touch requesting me to write a story on the village for their online magazine – Blank Slates Chronicles. I happily obliged. Till then I had no clue that I could write and that I would enjoy it too. [Click HERE, if you want to read the story on Osla]
  2. When I first trekked the Himalayas in 2016, it was just a random thing I did quite spontaneously without putting much thought to it. However, I was back with a new found love and passion and I just could not stop talking about it. People would say that I exuded energy and my face lit up when I described the Himalayas and my experience of it. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Himalayas has changed me and in ways more than one. A friend once remarked, “You should write these down, as with time you will forget a lot.” It dawned upon me how right she was! I started writing in word docs and sharing with friends, colleagues, and family. [Click HERE, if you want to read my first trek to the Himalayas].

A few months later, I created a WordPress blog for a very talented friend, who writes fantastic stories and poems but in pen and paper. However, my friend didn’t go digital and never used the blog, she continues writing manually. Instead, I landed up creating a blog for myself.

The purpose was just to store my experiences as a journal, which I could read and relive during later years of life, when I may no longer be able to travel. Ignorant to the world of blogging, I never thought anybody would read what I write. Neither did I know that I would enjoy reading and interacting with other bloggers so much.

That’s the long and short of how I started blogging.

My Advice 

I am no veteran blogger to provide any kind of advice. However, here’s two based on my limited experience in the past one year:

  • Interact with other bloggers. If you are just writing, you are missing out a lot. There’s so much to learn and feel inspired by from many passionate and genuine people out there.
  • Blogging is also about self-discovery. So, explore and go out of your writing comfort zone. You never what hidden talents you may find for yourself. For example, if you blog only poetry have you thought of expressing your thoughts through photographs? You never know what you might discover about yourself.

My Nominations

There are a number of blogs that I enjoy reading and bloggers that I love interacting with. So that I don’t break the chain, I am putting down just two of them.

Hariom Prabhakar Singh: I enjoy reading Hariom’s posts mainly because I share his passion for travel. Do check his blog ‘Travel – My Best Teacher’. Traveling has made Hariom not just a writer but a poet too. The particular story on how he started travelling is a very interesting read. You can find that story HERE.

Kalyan Parimi: I have started following and reading Kalyan’s blogs quite recently. Do check his blog ‘My Part of Life’. Kalyan writes meaningful posts on general topics about life. He writes fiction too. He has a series on letters that I have particularly enjoyed. One of those he has written to his Dad and you will find it HERE.

Hariom and Kalyan, please don’t feel any kind of compulsion to participate. It’s entirely your choice.

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 2-3 other bloggers that you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog to let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

A Liebster Award!

It’s been a few weeks that syncwithdeep has nominated me for a Liebster Award. I had been caught up with travelling and other things and couldn’t get to it.

Liebster Award is a recognition of a blog by a fellow blogger. ‘Liebster’ is a German word that translates to beloved or dear.

Deepa (syncwithdeep), first of all, a big thank you for considering me worthy of this award. Don’t know if I deserve this, but it sure is Dopamine inducing and makes me happy.

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THE OFFICIAL RULES OF THE LIEBSTER AWARD 2018 (as seen on The Global Aussie)

  1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award logo.
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger sets you.
  3. Nominate blogs that you think are deserving of the award.
  4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Let your nominees know about their nomination!

I am bending the rules a bit and not nominating anybody. However, I am excited to answer all the questions put forth by Deepa (syncwithdeep). And, if you happen to read and pick up any question to answer, I’ll be more than delighted.

Here they go:

Tell me about yourself in 6 Words

Rule follower, nature lover, fanatically tidy

What are the 2 qualities that connect you to someone new?

Straightforwardness and respectfulness

What is your blog all about?

Mostly travel, hiking, and trekking but sometimes a little about life in general too

Technology – Is it a boon or a curse? What excites you most about the current advancement of technology and what makes you most wary? Why?

It’s both boon and curse depending on how we use it. Technology excites me with the fact that every information and knowledge is at my fingertip. It also enables me to remain connected with family and friends. Again, it’s the same technology that is slowly eroding human to human contact and making us isolated. Also, we are forgetting to be humans, and losing our capabilities, such as counting and calculating, writing on paper, etc. All of this makes me wary. I guess my scale tilts towards bane. But again, if I think of technology in things like saving lives, it sure is a boon. So, it’s difficult to label technology as a boon or a curse.

Do you have a memory that follows you still?

Yes, several! To mention one, my maternal grandparents lived in a Tea Garden in Assam. During our childhood, schools would shut down for 3 months in winter. Every year, it would be an exciting 3-month long vacation at the Tea Garden. Feels like a dream now!

How did your blogging journey begin?

I just love to answer this question. I was just writing for myself, sort of keeping an account of the interesting experiences of my life. So that, in case memory happens to fail me later in life, I can smile and spend my days reliving all the interesting experiences I have had. But it has been heartening to see that many people have read my stories and liked them. I have also been able to connect with so many wonderful and talented people, whom I would not have otherwise known.

What is your favourite food?

It’s whatever my mom and aunts cook – cannot be replicated!

What do you like about WordPress bloggers?

I have found people to be passionate and sincere. They just love what they do and that brings out the best in them.

Share something that you like. You can share an experience, a quote or poem or anything that appeals you. The space is all yours!

A quote that I love to use – “The best days of our lives haven’t happened yet!”

Do you prefer hard cover books or ebooks? Why?

Absolutely hard cover books, the feel of the pages, the smell of the paper, holding it with my hands is no match for ebooks.

If you want to convey your Thanks or Sorry to someone, you can do it now.

Yes, but they wouldn’t see it. Hence, for now thanks to everyone who have read and liked my posts and sorry if I haven’t visited your blog for a while.

Sunshine Blogger Award

I was out traveling for a few days and came back to this wonderful surprise – A Sunshine Blogger Award. This is the first award for my blog and I am truly delighted, though I really don’t know if I deserve one.

A big Thank You to HappymessHappiness for considering me worthy of this award. I feel really honoured.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring.

The Rules

Once nominated, a blogger is required to:

  1. Thank the blogger for the nomination and provide a link back to their blog
  2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you
  3. Nominate eleven other blogs
  4. Give them eleven questions to answer
  5. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog
  6. Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts
Questions to Me

HappymessHappiness, here goes the answers to your questions:

Who is your favorite person and why?

My favourite person in my bro-in-law. His persistent positivism and energy brings happiness to everyone around.

One thing you can’t live without.

People, I always need them around me.

Best thing about your hometown.

It’s a small hill station in North Eastern India where everybody knows almost everyone else unlike big cities where even neighbours don’t know each other.

Your favorite book.

There are many. One of those is Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Recommend a TV show/series.

Homeland

The last thing that made you cry.

A newspaper article about this man who was crippled after an accident and how his determination and perseverance made him a marathon runner.

Your number one goal this year.

To be a better version of myself and let go of my ego.

Your favorite food.

Traditional Bengali fish curry cooked in mustard oil and mustard paste.

What one place in your country do you recommend I visit?

Spiti Valley

Black or white?

Black

What kind of person do you think I am?

Authentic, genuine, and happy-go-lucky 🙂

My Nominations

I am bending the rules here a bit as I am nominating 8 blogs instead of 11

Questions for Nominees
  1. How did you start blogging?
  2. What inspires you to continue blogging?
  3. Would you consider making a living out of your blog or is it more of a hobby?
  4. What’s your pet peeve?
  5. A favorite place you have travelled to.
  6. Would you rather travel solo than with others?
  7. Two random facts about yourself.
  8. Someone who has been a great influence in your life and why?
  9. What three adjectives best describe you?
  10. One thing that you would like to change in your life.
  11. If you had a time machine, would you go visit the past or the future?