Welcome to a great summer morning!

Good morning, guys!

It’s a beautiful morning out here in Bangalore today. I am not sure if it rained last night – If it did, I slept through it. When I woke up in the morning, there was a chill in the air. There’s warm sunshine outside my window, and I can see the tree moving softly with a light breeze.

I have not been sleeping well for several weeks. Fortunately for me, I slept for two hours in the evening yesterday (post which I got up, made dinner, ate and cleaned the dishes) and then straight seven hours till this morning. Right now, I am well rested and very calm.

The weather outside just feels like an extension of what I feel inside – this happens only sometimes.

I love Bangalore on these days, even though I feel greatly nostalgic about Bengal in summer. Summers in Bengal have a unique flavor. Most days the sky will fill up with dirty grey clouds. They would bring, in their wake, gusty winds that would raise dust storms and bend the great trees over, sometimes even uprooting them. Then there would be the rains. The big drops lashing on the buildings, the trees, the grounds – creating puddles. The raindrops falling on tin ceilings and creating a great noise. The ambient music goes a notch higher as lightning adds its own beats.

Post the storm, there are the fallen leaves on the ground and mangoes that couldn’t survive the storm. We lived in the first floor throughout and don’t have the luxury of  owning mango trees in the courtyard. So, the mangoes that I am talking about belonged to those lucky neighbors who had the trees, and occasionally we had the chance of finding one lying on the ground after the storm. Sometimes, some of these kind-hearted neighbors would also come with a basket of the mangoes themselves, as gifts.

Summers in Bengal are beautiful! Even this morning, as I was speaking to my mother on the phone, I could hear a cuckoo singing. That one sound has the capacity to take me home, make me imagine how the trees are looking right now, how the roads are, the kids playing cricket on the ground, the soft colors of the afternoons after the sun has just taken leave for the day.

To be in sync with nature is perhaps the most beautiful thing in the world. I can imagine only one thing that can beat it. A good night’s sleep after you have had a tiring day and have not been able to sleep well in several weeks.

How’s the summer shaping up in your part of the world? Do let me know in the Comments section!

Love and peace,

Arpita

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All these free moving feet, yet, freedom is a rare luxury!

Guys, for this week’s video on my YouTube channel, I read out today’s blog post. This is the first time I am doing something like this, so I am really excited. Let me know what you guys think of the video. Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqrEcAmGE28

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As I write this, I am listening to In the End by Linkin Park. “I tried so hard… in the end, it doesn’t even matter.”

I think it nicely summarizes how I feel right now. Sometimes, when are you in a truly calm state, when you are having a conversation with yourself, you think about the deeper issues which you do not discuss with anyone else. For example, why is there so much pain in the world? Is there God?

Sometimes, I wonder, is life a forward moving journey? As your cells age, as your cheeks wrinkle and greys appear in your hair, do you always move in a linear progression, moving on from one experience to the other, learning things? Or is it rather a game of snake and ladder? You are constantly trying to move ahead, but circumstances, situations, keep pulling you backward. You feel you are moving…

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All these free moving feet, yet, freedom is a rare luxury!

As I write this, I am listening to In the End by Linkin Park. “I tried so hard… in the end, it doesn’t even matter.”

I think it nicely summarizes how I feel right now. Sometimes, when are you in a truly calm state, when you are having a conversation with yourself, you think about the deeper issues which you do not discuss with anyone else. For example, why is there so much pain in the world? Is there God?

Sometimes, I wonder, is life a forward moving journey? As your cells age, as your cheeks wrinkle and greys appear in your hair, do you always move in a linear progression, moving on from one experience to the other, learning things? Or is it rather a game of snake and ladder? You are constantly trying to move ahead, but circumstances, situations, keep pulling you backward. You feel you are moving ahead, but all the while, you are probably regressing. You might reach that final square too, but only if you are too lucky.

The answer is both. There are simple mistakes that we make, things that we learn from and make the correction part of our lives. But there are other issues which are deep-rooted. Sometimes, we don’t even realize these are issues. We jump from one mistake to the other, like a deer caught in a flashlight, confused, scared.

But today’s post is really about freedom. Everyday, each one of us, move from point A to point B, our free feet taking us wherever we want to go physically. Yet, how many of us are truly free? How many of us left last night behind ourselves, as hopeless as it was, and decided to live today like it was truly a new day, without the accumulated baggage of our lingering past?

Everyday when I go to bed and cannot fall asleep, I crave for a freedom from the thoughts swarming in my mind. Thoughts which are like buzzing bees without a hive to go back to. Thoughts which just swirl up, digging up the past in a new light, giving new meanings to things that have happened, giving new intonations to conversations that are long lost in the silent chambers of the past.

Meanwhile, the LP guys scream, “I will break away, and find myself today…”

I really want to find myself, that free me, who does things as she likes. She who does not require validation from anyone. She who is not a slave of the past. She moves like the wind through the present without the worry of the future being another version of the past.

Someday. Someday!

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Towards A New Start

Almost three years later, I’m still here on WordPress. Been through a lot of ups and downs in the past three years. Fortunately, I have stuck to the world of blogging. Thanks to everyone who has been a part of my journey thus far. Loads of love for you all! 🙂

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Recently I came across the Bath Novel Award, and from there came to know about Joanna Barnard, whose novel ‘Precocious’  won the 2014 Bath award. I was checking out her blog: https://joannaibarnard.wordpress.com

Then I decided  I should have a wordpress blog as well. So, here’s to new beginnings!

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Are you on IndiBlogger?

Hi Guys,

I joined IndiBlogger couple of days ago and my account was verified today. Excited to be part of this new community. Right now, I have added my YouTube channel as the primary blog, but the idea is also to add this blog there.

I think I have seen some of you being associated with IndiBlogger , but cannot quite remember who all. If you are on IndiBlogger, please comment below. I am still trying to figure out how to use the website and it would be great to have some familiar companions there.

Though I am a millennial, social media overwhelms me. I have mentioned before how I was off Facebook for sometime. I joined it back recently, primarily to let my circle know about the YouTube channel. However, I am only there on and off. I do not have the app on my phone (which I feel is the best away to stay away from addiction).

Right now, probably the most abused app on my phone is the YouTube Studio, which is a tool to track the performance of my channel. I keep refreshing it to see if there are new views and engagements on my videos.

I recently joined back Instagram (@arpitapramanick). I used to be on Instagram earlier in 2017, but my phone of that time wasn’t able to take up so many apps, so I had to get rid of it. I enjoy Instagram, I like to look at pictures. I think I am going to stick to it for a while.

Something else that I enjoy is Reddit. There’s a wonderful community for new YouTubers there, where we can discuss the issues that are facing, discuss milestones and generally, spread some positivism. It’s an amazing community. There are awesome subreddits for other things as well (for example the subreddit /aww where people keep posting cute animal pictures – it will make your heart melt).

Twitter, on the other hand, is not quite my thing. I remember using it quite a lot back in 2016 (I think), but I was not able to build a community there, so I guess, that’s that. I don’t even have it on my phone anymore

I have noticed that these days I am able to control my addiction of social media platforms a bit better than before. I am able to resist the urge of using it every moment of my life. However, I still have to a bit conscious and remind myself to resist the urge. For example, I’ll tell myself, “Do not touch the phone until you have finished this blogpost”. It is a constant war. I am trying to reach this balance where I am the one who controls my social media outlets and not vice versa.

What are the social media apps that you use? What do you find the most enjoyable? What are your social media struggles? Are you trying to get off this drug or have you mastered the art of dog-walking social media platforms? Let me know in the Comments!

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Making the blog more navigable…

Hi everyone!

I have been on the blogging scene for close to three years now. I have said this before: I started this blog as an author’s platform. Back in 2015, in my final semester of college, the bug to become an author bit me, and hence, without much planning, I started this blog.

Since then, the primary motivation behind the blog has changed. These days, I am far removed from writing a book. However, since I have always loved writing, I come back to the blog to share bits and pieces of my life.

The layout of the blog, however, have largely remained same. I kept on creating content without much thinking how people would be accessing them, especially the new users who visit the Home page.

With this in mind, and largely due to a phone call with my ex-professor and travel blogger, Mr. Rangan Datta this evening, I decided to change some things about the blog and make it more reader-friendly. Thank you sir, for the motivation. It actually meant a lot.

This primarily means that I have redesigned the menu bar and creating and organizing the categories. Earlier today, my menu bar primarily consisted of writing-related menus, while I kept dumping all other posts in the General category. Keeping in mind that these days most of my post are more lifestyle and travel-centric, I have created separate categories for these. Under travel, I have created sub-categories for all the places that I have visited and created posts about.

All my writing related stuff are still there: poetry, essays, short stories, but now they are under the label Writing on the menu bar. The struggles of a newbie author, as I experienced while publishing my books, are also now under writing. So are the tips and suggestions on writing that I have shared over the years.

I have renamed Reviews to Book Reviews (I might end up reviewing movies some day, so do not want it to be ambiguous).

I have also edited individual posts and added them to the right categories.

Do have a look at the revamped Home page and let me know what you guys think. I would be happy to accommodate any changes that you guys suggest.

Love, ❤

Arpita

 

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Because humor is the best remedy…

Hey guys,

Been a while since I posted a nice conversational post. I was travelling during the first half of February, to home, so wasn’t using WordPress as much. But it was a great trip, I am back totally recharged and feeling fresh.

Anyways, getting back to the point: I have started watching a lot of comedy videos on YouTube recently. I have my favorites: Zakir, Kanan, Biswa. Watching these videos make my solitary life worthwhile. Seriously. I know you might think it’s sad that I have to watch YouTube videos to make my life happening, but there are some beautiful lessons in these comedies.

I have been fortunate enough to know some people who use humor to get over difficult situations in life. And these comedians reinstate the same values. It’s amazing how easily things can be solved if you can put a smile on other people’s faces.

Growing up, I feel I have been way more mature for my age. I have, if I may so say, I have always been more philosophical than anything. I was always over-analyzing and trying to use logic in every scenario. My arguments were always well thought out and planned. But what I have learned with experience is, a laughter goes a longer way in winning hearts compared to sound logic. Because, people are more emotional than logical. In fact, try it in your own lives: in case you are in a fight, pause for a while, find a meme on your phone and read it out for both of you. Even better, enact it! I know it may sound ludicrous, but it really works.

So, now, my aim in life is to spread a smile, some laughter. I tried the same with my last post and also today’s video on my YouTube channel. So if comedy is your thing, I invite you to check out both the content and share your thoughts. Also, it’s a little tough genre to crack, so critical feedback is very much appreciated, especially in case of the video. Will be waiting to hear from you guys!

Love,

Arpita

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