IBMC Challengers – January 2018


This is a summary post of challengers who have completed or on-going with the Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge for the month of January 2018. The challenge was instantiated in the early second week of April 2016 and a part of WordPress Event which can be found HERE.

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Ritwik from the blog SCRIBBLES is the Forty Fifth blogger to complete this challenge. He has put out 10 brilliant posts that can be wholly enjoyed.  The first one can be found here: Tick Tock Tick Tock.


Hester from the blog DIS EKKE is the Forty Sixth blogger to complete this challenge. There are 10 well researched posts, drafted to make a soothing read. I have enjoyed reading each of them. The first one can be found here: When I See You.


Deb from the blog Twenty Four has completed 08 challenges so far and it has been a fun journey. The first one can be found here: Phase a Paragraph Challenge


‘Thank you’ to all who have taken/been taking the challenge and to all who have liked them. Feel free to take up the challenge if it excites you!:-)

A list of all the completed challengers can be found HERE

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Voids of Detachment


“The thin lines of thick happiness between attach and detach”

It is not necessary that life has to present us with void giving us the opportunity to fill  up something. At times we stand responsible to create a void.

Life cannot be without the people we care. It’s this attachment that adds meaning to  life. If people change and if that attachment is only bringing the pain, it’s certainly best time to de that attachment. We all have our limits of care. If the person at the other side expects more freedom and that is what the new happiness is, then that is when we give away with it.

This is when we create a void for our self. We cannot keep destroying our self for the  care we do for other. This is one of most difficult forms of void and can easily destroy  one. But that is inevitable and the need. That void is essential.

There is a difference between going to depression and going to void. When in void, one will create a space and find a new love. As an unusual change, loving thyself could be it too. It’s not easy. Certainly not. But it is the inevitable. It’s not easy doing a work solely for self satisfaction, with no expectations of some one’s appreciation. It’s not impossible as well. Anyone who says is doing it, is not actually doing it. Self Satisfaction things are mostly unsaid and unknown.

If there is no one ready to accompany for a movie, then it’s not about complaining, it’s about watching something else reachable or going alone. A popcorn or cold drink is always a best company. We are not here to force an idea. We are here to find the other who would agree to our idea of fun. The inner acceptance of this reality is the actual idea of fun.

Have you ever got a cake for yourself on your birthday when you knew no one else would possibly get it? Or when you just wanted your favorite cake for your birthday? Nothing can stop one being happy on one’s own birthday. It’s these little things of pleasure that eventually makes the life beautiful. Be in it.

Welcome the void!

More at: The Void

Ahoy Matey, 2018!



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New Year is always a happy one to the near, dear and beer ones.

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Image Credits: Swati Bhagwat

It might look like yet another routine day but it isn’t. It’s the day where the inner self has agreed to change for the healthier good and give a renewed start. It’s the belief that “Whatever sucked yesterday, might not suck tomorrow and today needs that something to be done.” It’s time to get bigger milestones.

Announcing the goals is the first step of making sure that you are going to stick to it. Here is for the better and grand start. Cheers!

Goals for 2018:

  • Make atleast 150 general blog posts
  • Post 120 technical blog posts
  • Read a minimum of 150 research papers and document them
  • Read 40 novels
  • Participate in Camps and NaNoWriMo
  • Take A-Z blogging challenge in April
  • Write 10 ebooks
  • Finish 10 new courses
  • Get published
  • Progress with research work, measurably.
  • Make and keep a strong step in establishing own firm
  • Always try something new, often and more

I started my new year by taking the Goodreads challenge of 40 books. Off to pick and start my first book!

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And most important of all,

Happy We,
New us,
Year 2018. 
* Greetings *

Winding Up 2017


2017

It was for the first time I had Resolutions in 2017 and it sure did not suck. May be for the reason that they were not actually resolutions, instead were a plan of action. Yes, I did not meet them all, but, Satisfactory? Hell yeah! Here is quick summary post of the list and yes, all this along with professionally tied works!

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1. The More Bucket:

1.1 General Blog posts:
The plan was to have 120 blog posts and ended up with 149 (including this). I know you all agree that blogging is definitely fun!

1.2 Reading Novels:
The plan was to stop at 12 and could not. It went to 20. The Year in Goodreads sums it all. Touched a lot of classics and definitely made my year.

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2. The Equal Bucket:

2.1 Technical Blog Posts:
120 was the goal and 120 it is! Questioning the quality of posts, I agree they were not to the expectation and got to improve.  They will in 2018.

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3. The Less Bucket:

3.1 Reading Research Papers:
The plan was 120 and I could go till 86. I still consider that as a good number but 120 should have not been difficult to achieve.

3.2 Coursera Courses:
Was supposed to complete 10 but the model changed and most of the courses were no longer free. Now the model also has a subscription fee as well. I could only manage to complete 3 courses this year. However overall I have managed to complete 31 by far.

3.3 Writing Ebooks:
07 out of 12 were completed and 03 are work-in-progress. I missed on this one badly. 100 Haiku , See, Say, Market Recommendations , Poem Shop , A to Z – Poem for an Idiom , The Web Circular , The Void and Hashing are the published ones.

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Others that made the Year memorable:

Apart from winning few prizes in the contests, getting a poem published in an anthology and teaching a class of super enthusiastic students, here are other things that kept me happy through the year:

  • Completing A to Z challenge in the month of April
  • Completing Two NaNo camps (April and July)
  • Working as a ML for NaNoWriMo India (November)
  • 4 version releases of my research work
  • My NaNoWriMo 2016 novel went through the first editorial review and I still have hopes of getting it published
  • Completing most of my technical text book
  • An hour long exercise everyday (with a break on sundays and when sick!)

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It’s been an year which I am thankful about and to a lot of people as well! A year that has given me hopes that much better things can happen in 2018. I am going to set my goals high and better.

thank-u

IBMC Challengers – December 2017


This is a summary post of challengers who have completed or on-going with the Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge for the month of December 2017. The challenge was instantiated in the early second week of April 2016 and a part of WordPress Event which can be found HERE.

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Rekha from the blog Amore Natura is the Forty Fourth blogger to complete this challenge. Her words speak experiences and wisdom. I have enjoyed reading the challenge prompts, thoroughly!  The first one can be found here: The Cool and The Fool.


Ritwik from the blog SCRIBBLES has completed two challenges so far and the first one can be found here: Tick Tock Tick Tock.



‘Thank you’ to all who have taken/been taking the challenge and to all who have liked them. Feel free to take up the challenge if it excites you!:-)

A list of all the completed challengers can be found HERE

 

Talking of Books and 2017


Yayy!  and here is why!

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I know 20 is lot less but with the workload and things that go into my plate, I am pretty excited to complete my Goodreads 2017 challenge.

Here is how I am going to put the 20 into different buckets!

Bucket 01: The Top-Notch – Exceptionally good

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Bucket 02: The Gems – loved and enjoyed reading them

Bucket 03: The good good reads

Bucket 04: The good reads

Bucket 05: Could have ignored them!

Well, I have decided to double the number for 2018 and I am already excited.


Note:
We all have our own interests and reading habits with respect to books and genres. If your classification matches mine, I would sure love to hear some recommendations.

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Kafka on the Shore – Book Review


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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator).

Wild!
Brilliant, Splendid, Glorious and every other word that describes the category. Wow! Just wow! All I question is, “How could some one put up something so beautiful?”

I ended up with a lot of questions. A lot to seek. A lot more than just a riddle. But that’s the beauty of it. I was taken away to the different world – I just sit and think, but mostly blank.

I guess this book surpasses every other book I have read so far and may never find an alternate equivalent!

IBMC Challengers – November 2017


This is a summary post of challengers who have completed or on-going with the Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge for the month of November 2017. The challenge was instantiated in the early second week of April 2016 and a part of WordPress Event which can be found HERE.

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Blogger from Random Daily Thoughts has completed Seven challenges so far. The first one can be found here: Stop and Smell Roses


Rekha from the blog Amore Natura has completed Six challenges so far. The first one can be found here: The Cool and The Fool


‘Thank you’ to all who have taken/been taking the challenge and to all who have liked them. Feel free to take up the challenge if it excites you!:-)

A list of all the completed challengers can be found HERE