Months back , I read something like this – Winning is not everything , wanting to win is! It was just the first month of 2013 ; I had many plans for 2013 ; mostly I am good at making plans and following them too; but result – I wish that was under anyone’s control.
So, when I started blogging , I never thought of going viral ,being famous ; I just wanted to let my thoughts wander in a calm, composed and elegant way in this big world ; I wanted to talk about things in good words , I wanted to share different stories and idea from my own journey ,and believed at times , a picture could express better than 100 words! And that’s how all started. A journey of pens and pixels . A Journey of words and worldly wonders!
Last evening , I was stunned and so happy after finding Trifecta’s result. My post Memory : The Deity with a Notebook is Trifecta Writing Challenge winner this week. It was huge. First time , I won something in the world of blogging.
Two weeks back when my post Organic Heart was a runner up , I called my parents to share the news. I feared if they would love my poem , still , because world changes when we grow up! They loved , while creating the usual vibe : ” Women have to write more ; I see hardly any woman in Man Booker Prize List every year” – That’s how my dad talks ; that’s how I was raised ; pretty soon ,I will tell that special tale.
I saw my name and work printed many years ago ; my poetry lover mom was my inspiration. I was in 7th grade when I started writing articles and poems for state level newspapers .
Then life happened. In the world of Science and Technology, I hardly had time to talk Arts.
One thing about time , I can say – there is never “enough time ” to do things you want to do. Time is like a rubber band , you have to use your strength to stretch it longer! Somehow in my mind , my day never ends within 24 hours ; I make it 25 to do things I love.
When I found fellow bloggers writing for YeahWrite , I did not want to enter into another competitive world [ Already there’s enough competition in a corporate life , in family life , in social circle ]. Some people convert words to diamonds and they let them shine so effortlessly that you get scared of that radiance!
I am not afraid of words ; I love them ; I love words of all four languages that I know , read , listen and speak fluently. Words are stronger than any weapons , more precious than anything . But , I was scared of success and failure – two things that keep me away from my many goals and targets . The first one is fleeting and the last one is life-changing. And to accept any new change in life , one needs more time frame .I had none left!
Also , I never had any formal education of Arts and Literature even though I read two new fictions every month ! I am from the world of computer languages [ the ones that do not follow human emotions ,just follow the logical mind! ], statistics , excel sheets , emails , mathematics, logic ,analysis .
But one good part about human beings – if we try hard , no logic or mathematical calculation can convert us to a robot.
As long as five senses work , we can continue feeling inside while revealing inner feelings to outside world.
So, this is how the imagery I create gets published on my blog. I see the world everyday , feel it when something touches the heart , listen to world’s silent saga , observe things that anyone hardly observes , understand while storing experiences and later extract them on a writing pad.
Inside us , there exist a million of unexpressed thoughts , worries , happiness that want to come out every second. When we write , it’s a challenge to give thoughts a proper shape. My best critic told me once that I should limit my word counts because this is a busy generation. No one has time to read lengthy things anymore.
I never knew limiting word count was so tough until I started trying . And then I found Trifecta. I tried to express my unending thoughts and imaginations in 33 words. And ever since I started , my confidence level raised. Inditing in 33 words – is something I look forward to every week!
During academic years ,I loved playing with words. I stored words in my mind and used them at unusual places ; I, along with my parents, went through so many words in the dictionary just to find rare names for close people’s newborns.
My name was also a result of my parent’s love for good words ; It is very rare and in Sanskrit , it means “the one who is worshiped” ; I am not sure why , but it kept me unique and identifiable [and famous] in schools , college , work place. There was no other Archita within 10 miles [ or within 10 years of history] of where I was ; and I believe that’s the power of a good word – it makes anything stand out!
Good thoughts , idea , imagination , expressed in good words can change any prejudiced perception and that’s how imaginations change into a story , fairy tales look real , we cry while reading character’s sadness , feel inspired by a success story and want to fly like a super hero.
I don’t write for success ; success is momentary – I learned that in last decade ; and I am not sure what success in blogging serves in life ; but trying to win a competition is worth the effort when I see my thoughts twinkling from the words! “It’s just a start!” – they declare.
I believe , any competition is healthy when we try, try harder to compete with our own self . Life is good when present is better than the past , you are better than your former self , and words keep creating magic in a mundane world.