Friday, May 13, 2016

Reflections: A-Z Challenge 2016

I had been only slightly aware about the A-Z Challenge for quite some time now, it just so happened that I never attempted to go beyond my knowledge and actually take part in it, until this year.
So one day, visiting my blog after what seemed like ages, I came across a fellow blogger’s post on Theme Revelation for this year’s challenge. I promptly texted her and gathered whatever I needed to know about the challenge, and there I could see my blog breathing again!
Stating it all frankly, the very reason to sign up for this challenge was to refresh my blog. Plus, to write, something I had been away from quite long. Now, a little background check and you’d know that I am the last person on this earth you can expect to be punctual and completing a challenge. And I yet again proved the former, but at last I managed to complete the challenge. One winning moment that was! :D
Honestly, about a week into it, and I felt my inconsistency kicking in. A lot of times in the month, I failed to think of a topic in time. At the same time, a lot many ideas came up at unusual times. The latter gave me immense boost. I had decided I wouldn’t just write anything, I had to mean it. And so the delays. I surely can’t be certain that I’d take up the challenge next time too, but irregularity is the area I need to work upon, along with reading more blogs, something I was held back from doing due to reasons. Whatever little glance I managed to throw around the blogs, I was mighty impressed by the ideas and themes people came up with. Creativity is always influencing.

If asked about any suggestions regarding the challenge, I don’t really find myself fit for the response. I’d rather appreciate the effort that goes into engaging so many blogs. It is absolutely commendable. Also, it is such a good exercise without really getting into the stress of a competition.

The whole word-ly journey from A-Z was quite enhancing in a way that it made me renew my way with words. I discovered being good with expressing in a few lines. I really loved that.
All in all, A-Z Challenge is to be thanked for pushing me to write so much. In fact, it was during this time that I crossed my 100th post. Too soon, no? :P

Till next time,

-Srishti :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Will You Be My Best Friend?

Some 11 years back, our family shifted from a small (but beloved) town Gorakhpur, to a somewhat bigger town, Kanpur. New city meant new school, and of course new faces, something I was quite eagerly looking forward to. Just a day into my new class, and I was introduced to a fact that was going to stay with me for years. This big city somehow wasn’t that big at heart, to me.
Never expected ignorance on the first day, to be looked down upon as a small-town over the next few months, to coming face to face with the fact that people were appreciated according to the size of the apartment they lived in, were some truths that were going to trouble me for a long time.
But I wasn’t wrong in believing that Life isn’t that unfair. Amid all those clouds of materialism coated lifestyle, I came across a genuine existence. Someone who mirrored my experience. This one I call Moon. Precisely, my personal Moon, simply ‘cause this person was my light in all that darkness.

It so happened, that one usual boring afternoon around one week being new to the school, I boarded the school bus post the end of classes, and we collided. “Hi Srishti!”, a voice said. I was quite taken aback, because I couldn’t actually believe someone knew me, let alone know my name. Hesitantly, and a bit ashamed at not recognizing this person, I replied with a meek “Ermm…Hi”. I am quite sure my blank plus startled look didn’t let out very good impression. Next, I come to know, the voice actually belonged to, hold your breaths, one of my classmates. Embarrassment level: Notches higher.
Anyway, the coming days saw us sitting beside each other in the bus for the next two years. And the classroom? It was now a little less of an agony.

And then one day I popped the question.

While the bus waited for all the students to get on board, we sat there on our seats, with the light from the window playing with our smiles, talking about random things, may be me narrating one of my old-school stories. Something happened in that moment, perhaps I was knocked by a feeling of content, happy at finding someone who cared about me in this alien place. Slowly and slowly, zoning out from whatever was being spoken, I blurted out, “Will you be my best friend?”
I didn’t come to realize the level of stupidity that my question reflected until I noticed that amused smile. But in the very next moment, shaking hands with me, and maintaining that amused smile, She replied, “Yeah, sure!”.
That day, we held hands not as two teenage girls making some silly promises, but two friends who knew they’re going to stay the same for ages to come. In my dire need of a friend, I am beyond glad that I found the best one. :)

A lot more can be said, but I’ll wrap it here, Moon. A very Happy Birthday to you. Have a life full of strength to live it with that killer smile! ;)

Much love.

- Srishti
  (Who else will be sweet enough to write all that for you)