April Changed My Life

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I take on the baton of Blogchatter Ebook Carnival from Namratha whose ebook  ‘BECAUSE: Someone Had to Say It‘ is also a part of the mix. About Namratha’s ebook: This collection of poems is a shout out to those who had immense strength when life dealt them an unfair hand, for those making this world a kinder and greener place to live in and for those not even whispering for themselves. BECAUSE Someone had to say it.

How BlogchatterEbook Carnival changed my life-

Answer in one word would be- ‘completely’. A few years from now, when I will look back at my journey as a writer- it will be before Blogchatter and after Blogchatter. Nobody knew me in the blogosphere before this Carnival- it was a kind of my passport to this amazing community of writers.

On 21st March, few days after the theme reveal for the Carnival, after days of constant encouragement from Aesha and Vishal, I reluctantly agreed amidst the confusion and chaos (read kid’s exams). That too, after preparing myself for ‘the worst-case scenario’. Until 29th March, I had prepared only one post. I was still unsure. On April 1st night, I received my first few comments from the fellow bloggers. The encouraging words from family, friends and fellow bloggers helped to decide that no matter what I will take to the end. Finally, people were reading my posts.

Writing every day was a challenge, raking your brain to come up with a new story every day. Initially, it was mind-stimulating, and then it was mind-numbing too at times. I remember patting myself in the back for a well-written piece, also kicking myself hard for not delivering my best. I was always unsure of how every post was. However, motivation and encouragement of my blogger friends kept me going. Sometimes, they believed in me more than I did. No matter what I wrote, they cheered for me.

This Carnival made me realize my own potential and gave me the confidence to overcome my limitations. I wrote short stories on diverse genres. I tried my hands on genres which I had never dared before, such as paranormal. I didn’t know I can pull that off. I learned a lot about myself. At the same time, I realized that I need to learn more, read more, understand the world. It made me realize my limited perspective as well.

I am also a happier person. I am content and excited at the same time. It feels great to see my name in print. It’s exhilarating, it feels awesome, on top of the world. Finally- my book is out there, for the world to read.

I pass on the Baton of Blog chatter Ebook Carnival to Huma whose ebook ‘Dare to Dream’ is also part of the mix. About Huma’s ebook: Written in a simple language about ‘Simple changes that can bring big difference in your lifestyle’. It is an interesting read of two parts. 1. Create your vision & define your goals, 2. Take easy steps to achieve your goals. Includes 3 practical exercises.


  1. mammaspeaks says:

    It sure did, Priya! Who would have thought a series of random though lovely posts will be part of a book!! It’s such a great feeling!

  2. Priya, I´m glad you took the plunge and we are treated to such awesomeness. Keep penning!

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