NaNoWriMo 2022

I have been part of NaNoWriMo since 2016 and have grown in every aspect since then. I love the community we have at ASIA :: India. Since 2017 I have been contributing to the project as ML for India and be an aid in possible ways I can.

If you are new to NaNoWriMo, its about people all around the world getting together to write their Novel. We write 50K in the month of November. As there is an active community supporting each other, the month has its own magic. Everything impossible gets done in the month of November. I will be hosting sprints everyday from 6.30 to 7.30 pm.

I am already excited for my this years novel titled – ‘Love is not Everything’. I have an interesting premise and I hope it will remain so by end of the month and also have its own logical conclusion. Have you been writing? Do you need a company?


At the Work Table

Lately, when I sit at my work table, amidst all of my unfinished businesses, wait, before I continue with this sentence with already lot many commas, let me go back. I used to have deadlines and then there used to be days which I self-declared as rest days or lazy days. They came in numbers of one or two.  Not the same anymore. I don’t know from where the works keep piling up from and maybe that is why I have started living along than to wait and then live. I know there is a lot if you read between those lines but yes, that is where I was understanding life or was trying to. There is another note-able difference. I have been in love with everything I do and that I don’t, I don’t do.

Lately, when I sit at my work table, amidst all of my unfinished businesses, wait, there is something else as well. There are people who inspire me to get there. Some of them, distant and popular, inspire with their work and feels like a heart to heart talk. Some of them, near and dreadful, inspire on how and what not to be. Aren’t we all supposed to uncover life as we age and mature? Aren’t we all supposed to love more and be more compassionate? Aren’t we all supposed to give more smiles (and love) and less of everything else?

Lately, when I sit at my work table, amidst all of my unfinished businesses, I feel, works can wait. Deadlines can wait as well. All the books I have stacked on my table can’t wait. All the articles I want to read can’t wait. All the travel plans I made can’t wait. All that writing can’t wait. All those plans I made with hyper excitement can’t wait. All those people I plan to meet can’t wait. But Wait! These are my work deadlines!

There is light! beyond and ahead!

I pity everything around that hasn’t matured to understand life yet. But I have no advice. We all live in our own terms and conditions. I have known mine and I plan to abide by them. There is so much more to explore. There is so much more to live for. I don’t know how people find time for everything else that does not make them happy. I want to live moments that make sense. I want to be part of moments that are worthy living for. I want to live for everything that adds value. I am damn lucky to be surrounded by right kind of people.

Wait, I no longer have a work table. It’s a table that vibes happiness. Like a festival every day!

– PH

The Change

We are often asked or encountered with a question or an expression that our mind precisely doesn’t know how to respond to it. I am sure we all have been at both ends at some point and might never realize that we are making the same mistake (can it be labeled that?). Maybe at times, we don’t even know if that would be the correct phrase as we utter the words unconsciously when we say, ‘You have changed a lot.’ Depending on the time and context of usage, the term has good and evil.

The counterpart of it, “you haven’t changed at all,” also does not make sense. And I don’t see and also see that there is nothing in-between.

Do we change?

Are we supposed to change as per society’s expectations?

Of course, we all change biologically. And we are ought to change and mature with time. But gossip doesn’t take them well. The complicated dwelling of ‘change’ in terms of time and space in one’s personality is both angel and demon as seen by an individual. We constantly fight about what change is good and what is not. I believe the best takeaway is to accept and progress, as even being neutral on the subject is also debatable.

Well, I have heard the gods saying that ‘change and if you are happy about it, you must keep it’. The Gods cannot be wrong.   

September 2022, Period.

I am having monthly resolutions this year and the way August ended, and as I had claimed, I am still in September Blues. I wanted to surprise myself for the second fortnight of September and I pretty much did. All of my blog posts this month were inspired by the travel which I did spanning August and September. I resumed back blogging (increased frequency of posts) and it feels good. Writing is a medicine is almost everything.

There was lot of writing and reading from general writings to research articles. I am pretty sure I have crossed more than 2 lakh words this month. More. Definitely more. Well, let me give the other highlights:

  • Purchased and started reading three books to improve my writing and editing skills
  • Watched some amazing movies that inspired me to do and be better
  • Was invited as a guest speaker for a workshop and I kept smiling the whole day and the next (Well, got invited for another next month, so I assume I did good)
  • Birthdays of my personal favorites (wife, son and a friend) – most of it had outside lunch/dinner
  • Spent more than 15 hours in cafes and outdoors for research
  • Bunked all the useless meetings at work (I am so proud of it)
  • Had many Eureka moments in my research journey
  • Spent most of my time with people I love and doing things that are close to me
  • And of course a few others that I am keeping to myself!

Well, I am excited for what October has in its bucket. What do I next do? I have a white paper deadline. Once I submit that, I plan to make some insane plans for October.

Pieces and Misfits

In everything I see,
I see an art
natural and god made
by invisible hands.

In every art
I see a piece of me
and I wish
for another piece
and if that was you!

Each of us have our own traits. I like how, though we are distinguishably apart and still connected, always try to find if we both fit inside the same piece of art! At least, I do. Our ideas are different but we still blend in together, a perfect piece.

And A Wish

Most of us and our days are determined by tiny wishes. Okay, let me re-phrase it and say most my wishes are simple and small ones like: hoping to meet a person, making time to read a book, a conversation, an intriguing discussion, a phone call, a delicious lunch, a warm tea, making time for exercise, watching my favorite series, and the list goes on. I am usually not a person who prefers to sit at one place for long if it is a confined space. I prefer outdoors. I prefer places that do not need a light at day time. I can sit hours and hours at the place if and preferably connected to the nature, also doing nothing. I usually check mark everything that I plan for the day – usually and mostly.

Kavadikeri Temple, Yellapur

And I called my friend to wish him for his birthday yesterday which went on for more than 70 minutes and as he expressed, he wished and expected for my call. Last year I had closed with a text message and of course I never missed a year wishing, call or text, and not needing any social media reminder (he is not on any). And yes, everything else, between me and him.

Life is simple, when wishes are simple. It is beautiful when they are accomplished.