A 'Thank you' note

Z to A- Connecting the Dots
April 29, 2018
मेरे हाथ
May 3, 2018

What a journey! Fun, thrilling exciting journey. I had my ups and downs, moments of exhilarations and moments of self doubts. Writing the stories, pushing my limits, writing a good post and thinking ‘wow, I won’t be able to recreate the magic. Writing a not so good post and thinking I’m doomed.  The most wonderful month of this year so far.

In March, Aesha germinated  the idea in my mind to participate in A2Z. In her words I ‘deserve a bigger audience’.  I wasn’t sure whether to take up the challenge or not, as I was busy with my son’s exams. But just at the last moment decided to go for it, prepared myself for the ‘worst-case scenario’. The challenge started, the first post garnered a great response from fellow bloggers.  I knew I have to finish it, no matter what. There was no looking back.

I’m grateful to Blogchatter for providing the platform. Without their constant support, completion of the challenge wasn’t possible. I got the opportunity to showcase my stories and got to know some mind-blowing blogger friends. Sorted alphabetically , one thing I learnt from #BlogchatterA2Z is to ALWAYS sort alphabetically.

 alice in wonderland thank you GIF

  • Aesha – Decoded the midlife like a pro in her blog . A great friend, my reason, inspiration and motivation.
  • Akshata– A slice of life through Myra’s eyes. I have to read the entire journey of Myra. It was hard not to fall in love with this strong character.
  • Anshu– I miss Tara, she had become a part of our lives. I often forgot that Tara was a character.  Thank you Anshu for your support throughout the challenge.
  • Ashwini – I love her views and opinions on feminism which are done with a lot of research. She showered so much love.
  • Balaka– Told the stories of different people she met, she narrated the stories beautifully. Some very interesting character with their stories.
  • Iain– Wrote some beautiful stories from different European countries. Made me wish to visit all the places. I often imagined myself sitting in European countryside and enjoying the beauty. Thank you Iain for your wonderful stories and encouraging comments.
  • Kanika– The queen of puns. I lost an awesome title to her. Presented each post after hell lot of research. Again a constant support, my day was incomplete till she commented.
  • Lavanya – I don’t need to tell her how much I enjoyed her stories, I often hopped over at midnight to see what MataHari were up to. Out and out entertainer.
  • Namy– Beautifully written the poetry for a cause. She wrote some thought-provoking poems.
  • Nayantara – Posts are bible for young parents. Her posts make me rethink about having a second baby. It would have been a breeze with her parenting articles. She is always there showering love with her words.
  • Neha– Wrote about Physical and Emotional Well Being. If we all follow the tips we will be healthy. Always supported me in my A2Z journey.
  • Shilpa–  Loved her artworks. Mixing sketching and writing is like two extraordinary worlds coming together.
  • Sonia– – Her theme was dollop of bengal. A delight to see Calcutta through her eyes. Ever encouraging, waited patiently for my murder mystery everyday. I was often tempted to send her before anybody could read, but I always finished at the last-minute so could never give in to the temptation.
  • Tina– Her stories about ‘An ode to Indian women’ were beautifully narrated. Whenever I was down, her words encouraged me.
  • Varad– Kept me hooked with his stories with twists. Many a times shivers ran down through my spine, reading his chilling stories. His stories I always looked forward to read. he used to be amongst the first ones to comment and the only one to guess the murderer [or so he claims. I dunno 😉 ]

*I’m sorry if I forgot to mention anyone.

All of you rock, I learnt a lot from you guys. For an introvert like me, this was the best way to engage with likeminded people. Thank you for being there for me. It was great knowing you people. My heart is full of gratitude for each one of you. I would like to end the post with my favorite quote from the movie casablanca- I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

i think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship casablanca GIF


  1. Varad says:

    Heyyyyyy!!!! (With all the mock indignation I can muster) I did guess correctly. 😛 all joking aside, this a2z was instrumental in connecting with fellow fiction writers like you. I think I’ll be saying it on everyone’s behalf, that it was an absolute pleasure reading your posts. Keep up the good work and hope to see you often across the blogosphere.
    Ps: As ever, I think I’m the first one to comment here as well 🤣

  2. geekanika says:

    It was really close fought and I still think it was a tie. I am so glad this challenge brought me to your blog and nothing makes a punster happier than meeting one of her tribe. You can count on me checking out your reflections 😉 (I hope that wasn’t in terribly poor taste, it was hard to resist)
    The very first series I read was the Enid Blyton mystery series so Fatty and then some years later Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple were my favorite fictional characters. But then I discovered sci fi and fantasy and neglected mysteries. Reading about Anna has rekindled an urge to read mysteries. Any particular series you recommend?

    • Lavanya says:

      This is spooky. I am a crazy crazy agatha Christie fan and have all of Hercules poirot and miss marple stories. (I suspect poirot wins extra points for his mustache and his “little grey cells” which are quirky enough to be one up over Miss Marple’s sweet old lady!) I really think you are a doppelgänger!

      • geekanika says:

        Me too, just love the egg headed Poirot with a prominent mustache and his eccentric tastes for tisane and his precision with making card houses. Miss Marple isn’t quite as quirky, but did you know that Christie hated Poirot and loved Marple. That is why the two series ended the way they did.

        • Lavanya says:

          I remember reading that somewhere and I think she also regretted starting him out so old. Coz that made him look kooky when he buys flowers for that Russian countess when he is in his 90’s.

    • Lol.. I love the puns. I haven’t read mysteries of late either. Not a series, but next on my reading list is ‘gone girl by Gillian Flynn. Read a great review abt it. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks so much Kanika

  3. Neha says:

    I absolutely loved hopping over every day to check what you had in store this time. Have loved getting to know you Priya and though I’m not the best at staying in touch, I’m going to try my hardest !! Good luck with your writing 🤗

  4. Lavanya says:

    Priya, your stories rock. You are a rock star all by your self without extra helpings from others. But what I enjoyed most of all was your quirky humour and awesome puns. Keep writing and delighting us all, girl!

  5. Aesha says:

    You are a pro, Priya!! I have done nothing, I just made a suggestion. Thanks for all the kind words. You are a true friend and an inspiration for me as well. We learn a lot from each other and this challenge helped connect with the community to build strong relationships. Keep writing!!

  6. mammaspeaks says:

    Priya your stories are fabulous. And I want to read more of them. Do keep on writing Priya, we need more entertaining writers like you.

  7. You did great! We all need a little #AtoZ to push us out of our comfort zones.

  8. Priya, it´s been such a pleasure meeting and knowing you via the #AtoZChallenge. But, the larger credit goes to Aesha Shah. I take her recommendations very seriously and I´m so glad to know both of you through blogging. I could go on singing praises about your writing and so I must stop now..hehehehe! Thank you so much for the mention! Love and Hugs 🙂

  9. Congratulations and very well done. You know how much I loved reading your story. I waited up till 12 every night to read what happens next. Thank you for the mention.

  10. I am now convinced that all the best people in the world…at least those tha matter to me are introverts. I cant thank you enough for being you. Big hug! Was super connecting with you. And I honestly hope your writing receives a much deserving wide audience. 🙂 Best of luck. Do tag me in whatever you write in the future. And do read my Reflections post with a special mention for you!

    • Thanks Ashwini 😘 you are so full of love. Words come to my mind when I think about u “Tera mujhse hai pehle ka nata koi.. Yun hi nahi Dil lubhata koi”.😍😘

  11. CRD says:

    Congratulations on successfully completing the Challenge Priya. It’s been a rollercoaster ride. It’s also been a wonderful opportunity to delve into the universe of fellow-bloggers.
    Keep writing. And please keep in touch.

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