October 21st 2014
Good evening from Bangkok, Thailand! Wow, it’s over a month and how I have missed my readers. Thank you for your love and questions. Have been having loads in my mind, heart, and soul. I traveled to India to meet children at an NGO and conducting a one day workshop. The feeling has been amazing and nostalgic. It was surely a learning experience and I got to know more about myself and priorities. After that, traveling to Dharamshala for His Holiness Dalai Lama Spiritual teaching was soulful and more like I have been waiting for a lifetime or many lifetimes for this. I loved it and every bit that connects all of us in this universe.
During the time spent with new people and at a church, I recognized yet again that I am in love. LOL. An unexpected scenario and one realizes how much one can love the goodness in people. It’s all about compassion and it doesn’t matter where a person is. Memories and moments live. Life is a journey of experiences until the day comes and only memories live. Someone I really care for lost his mom and it only makes me wonder how we are all traveling on our time line with compassion and embracing our dreams along the way. Love never stops flowing and one should always love humanity and make this a better place for us and for the future.
Moreover, in the month of Diwali, wishing everyone a bright, passionate, and joyous Diwali. May your soul and life be lifted with brightness, compassion, and empathy. Love, Light and Blessings!
September 2nd 2014
I am amazed of how television has evolved and how many various types of series are aired. How cool is that, yet, what a bugger. One that has recently surprised me, updated me, and made me wonder in awe has been ’7 Deadly Sins.’ The first episode ‘Gluttony’ is for you to see and decide. At first I was contemplating on watching the second episode, by then it got me! I want to know more about people and their aspirations. The second episode ‘Envy’ was interesting and showcases the lives of real people, their dreams, and their jobs. Literally, living in someone’s else’s skin. Guys, watch it. Gives you mixed feelings, but you would surely watch the next awaited ‘Sin.’
It’s interesting and there are surely many things to learn from. Have a lovely day!
August 30th 2014
How’s everyone doing! Nearing the end of the month and seems like with a wink more than half the year came and left. People came and left, new teaching semesters paraded and left, and there was an emotional ride with writing. Where do I start? Hmm…firstly, thank you for your encouraging comments and for those who asked, how do I set my mind to write. Well here it is – There is no one best way. I feel this flow of energy and because I am a dreamer, emotional, and something more, it just happens. Sometimes, I meditate (that really helps), I stroll down my balcony back and forth looking at the sky, stars, moon, or at times the cloudy sky (my family thinks it is quite funny, mostly, and the breeze just puts everything into place), join a writing group or a book club, and as a Reiki practitioner, I keep myself grounded. Sometimes, I just take a break and become more observant loving the nature and natural moments of people which also enhances the writing flow. There are other ways to get the writing flow, which I may share later, next month. I feel all this is just like a miracle and writing has been a passionate ride. Hope that help’s for those who asked me how to bring focus.
On the other hand, since this year has started, I have read quite a few books, besides academics some of which I did read are, Persepolis (read it again), The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game, Crucible, and Fifty Shades of Grey (Yes, I read it, lol) etc. Reading is good. It takes one into another world.
Anyway, I shall take a pause now, and have a cup of warm water with honey and mint leaves. I need another stroll in the balcony to showcase another breezy late evening for I am missing someone dearly. The stroll will evoke another writing piece. Thank you for the wishes and support. Love and Light.
August 15th 2014
Hola! Today is about honoring oneself. I do forget at times that I have come this far and I still have my journey to complete. Who says, living a life of a human is easy. I am constantly reminding myself about the goodness, dreams, loving relationships, soul journey, soul mates, twin flames, people come and go and at times I break down too. After all, I am just a human with a heart. So far, it’s been an interesting journey and I am grateful for it.
People tend to shut down and eventually feel there is no point in saying anything. The truth is, shutting down only bridges a larger gap between a person and living positively. Something that doesn’t serve purpose is always better to let go and cutting cords of attachment of people who are only harming one’s journey from pursuing one’s dreams and creating a distraction from elevating oneself is not a humble thing one can do to honor oneself. Some people would not get what he/she is trying to say and then he/she comes a long way living in misery. The question is ‘WHY!’ Sending love and light to everyone and embracing inner peace is always a goal to nurture one’s soul. It’s imperative to do so. Gratitude and sharing feelings is a brave and generous thing to do. However, there are times when one doesn’t owe anyone any sort of explanation because in many cases one doesn’t need to do so. There are many nice people out there and who care and respect other people’s feelings.
The utmost importance is first ‘Honor your feelings with love and light.’
July 24th 2014
Hello everyone! Updates and feeling blessed
Novel – The Classroom: Ashley and her Mystical Tale and Short story book – The Wisher’s Well is available at ‘Books Actually’ bookstore, Singapore. Books Actually is one of the must see bookstores in the world. Do get your copy – now at your place.
BooksActually – No. 9 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru Estate, Singapore 168645, t / +65 6222 9195
Will write soon! Have a great week-end ahead. Love and Light.
July 15th 2014
How is everyone doing? Is the world awake or snoring to glory? I would like to send love and light to everyone. Been reading news updates and truly sad with what the world is becoming. If inspiration is knocking my door, sadness comes for help and yearns to be set free. Prayers and moral support for people around the world and many who are suffering from the fear of war and/or been hurt.
Poems I would like to share with everyone: Electrifying & Feelings
I shall be attending a conference so would be travelling again. Will write soon again with updates. Love and Light. Spread creativity everywhere knocking everyone’s walls down. :)
July 7th 2014
What’s up world! Been a while since I did share anything in the blog. Well, I believe I was in my cocoon manifesting the beauty of life and dealing with situations that could sometimes drain your energy. More like, suddenly, you get calls from people whom you thought don’t exist and only call to whine and moan. I am practicing to BURP on situations like that so I don’t have to waste precious energy on people who are not willing to change and/or are just breathing the positive energy flow that you share. Being human isn’t easy and once your up there, there would be times that people would try to pull you down. Balance is the key and I know Angels are looking after all of us. I sense the good vibes and appreciate all the good times.
Feels nice to share and get back to the blog. Hoping you guys are doing well and always remember to chuck out people who don’t matter. You’re on your path for a reason and the best is right in the corner. Love and light.
June 21st 2014
ASEAN YOUNG WRITERS AWARDS
Hello friends, students, parents…and to all the youth
Please read and don’t miss this opportunity. Parents who know their children have something to share and do like to write, let them know about this. You got to be between (15-24). If you have any questions and/or need mentoring do inbox me to assist you from the curiosity. Deadline has been shifted to 15th July 2014.
About the Award
The ASEAN Young Writers Award is the region’s literary prize jointly established in Thailand by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Organizing Committee of the S.E.A. Write Award in collaboration with the S.E.A. Write network and the Faculty of Liberal Arts of Mahidol University.
1) Candidates must be youth aged 15 to 24 (as per the criteria set by UNESCO ) on the date theirs work are submitted for competition.
2) A candidate must be a national of ASEAN member countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
3) A candidate must be a qualified short story writer in his or her national and/or English language.
The same criteria are applied throughout the region in selecting and judging the submitted entries as follows:
1) The entry must be in the form of a short story (no more than 3,000 words or 10 A4 pages), written in national and/orEnglish language.
2) The entry must be the candidate’s own work, containing constructive content.
3) The entry must be an original work by the author, not a translation or adaptation of any previous work. In case of copyright infringement, the candidate shall be disqualified and solely responsible for the liabilities.
4) The entry must not have been previously submitted for, or won, any competition.
5) The contestant may submit the short stories in both national and English language, provided that they are different pieces of writing and of distinct content.
6) The Organizing Committee reserves the right to publish and promote the submitted works.
7) The Judging Committee’s decisions are final.
Submission of Entries:
1) The entry must be submitted from 1 May to 30 June 2014.
2) The entry must not be more than 3,000 words (approximately 10 A4 pages) in length, typeset in font Cordia New 16pt.
3) The story’s title must be indicated at the top of the first page in Bold typeface.
4) Every submission must include the contestant’s real name- surname (pseudonyms not permitted), age, grade/class in school or college (or, in case of a graduate, occupation and workplace), address where the contestant may be contacted, e-mail address and telephone number. All this information should be typed at the bottom of the last page of the submission. The Organizing Committee shall not return the submitted manuscript.
5) The entry must be submitted in 1 hard copy and as Microsoft Word file (.doc) and Portable Document Format file (.pdf) recorded in a CD or DVD along with a filled Application Form and a certified copy of the contestant’s identification card.
6) The entry must be submitted by mail or in person to the Office of the ASEAN Young Writers Award Secretariat, 23/15 Soi Ruamruedee, Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10300 (In case the entry is submitted by mail, the postmark date shall be considered) or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Go through the website for more details.
June 19th 2014
Sometimes, other people convey the message better, especially when one feels the exact thing. For me, that is today. Super crazy with emotions, energy, thoughts, and of course loads to do. Multi-tasking is the ideal term for today. God Bless and I am sure many people go through the blaze of thoughts and emotions, but choose to ignore and be quiet about it. Don’t be. Share and there is light everywhere. Shine and spread the positivity. Something for all of you today:
From now on – and for some centuries to come – the Universe will help the warriors of the light, and boycott all those who are full of prejudices about people who dare to follow their dreams.
The energy of the Earth needs renovating.
New ideas need space.
The body and the soul need new challenges.
The future becomes present and all the dreams – except those that involve prejudices – will enjoy the chance to manifest themselves.
Whatever is important will remain; whatever is useless will disappear.
For that reason, when lots of people gather to give their opinion on how we should act or behave, we must ignore them, as our life on Earth leaves us no time for explaining everything we do.
And we must also avoid commenting on the behavior of others: in order to have faith in our own path, we have no need to prove that the path of the other is wrong.
Those who act like this have no trust in their own steps.
in WARRIOR OF THE LIGHT: A MANUAL
June 13th 2014
After all the zzzzzz, nagging, curiosity, questions from writers and students…blah blah…yes I got that stuff now – Instagram (storiesbybhavk) – it’s like an adventurous maze – social media# cool stuff and loads of hashtags
The existence of human life teaches us the essential relationship of cords. Whether it comes from watching supernatural television series, or from people we meet or met before. Some cords are better to let go as they serve no purpose and some are to elevate our physical being for a life time positively. It feels as if an electric current flowing into your system gathering and escalating one to a higher level along with it bringing a dose of emotional detoxification. Sometimes also bringing questions of mysterious pathways and soulful memories that can never be forgotten and the soul is waiting for more.
Happy Full Moon and think positive
June 4th 2014
Welcome to the month of June! The Gem-in-I greets you with positive notions.
Have a fantastic day and be where you want to be and do what you want to do – your soul speaks, so listen to the whispers, and embrace to the empathy and love from your close ones.
May 19th 2014
Hello Everyone! While watching the Helicopter Land…remembered a conversation between a 10 year old and I yesterday. Am quite speechless yet feel blessed and of course giggling away.
10 year old: Miss Bhavna can I have your DNA?
Me: That’s a big word.
10 year old: I am a big boy now.
10 year old: What’s that?
Me: You’re right…you’re a big boy now. Why do you want my DNA?
10 year old: Mutation
Me: What? That’s another big word…Fine you know big words
10 year old: Yes. I do. So, I want to make a clone of you
Me: Clone of me…Um…Hmm…One of me is enough for this world to handle. The Universe has a lot to do already.
10 year old: Why? What does the universe have to do? The universe does less for about you. I still want the DNA…
Me: Okay! Why do you want to do it? Am curious
10 year old: You always teach and leave. I want you to be with me always and never leave.
Me: LOL. I need to sleep, and I need a break! I feel like a Panda..so you like me that much..
10 year old: You can do that here..and yes I do
Me: Hmm…You’re so cute.
10 year old: I know…But still…how do I get the DNA?
Have a good week people in the Universe
May 5th 2014
Update for a literary event for people who do not know. It’s an interesting event and I am going! Yuppie! Creativity flows and every word has a new melody.
ASIAN FESTIVAL OF
30 MAY – 4 JUNE 2014
NATIONAL LIBRARY BUILDING,
AFCC is a festival that brings together content creators and producers with parents, teachers, librarians and anyone interested in quality Asian content for children around the world.
April 30th 2014
Whats up people! How is the heat treating you? Recently, I watched a Bollywood movie in the theatre after a long time: 2 States, Screenplay by Chetan Bhagat – Author. It was a nice movie where every person from various cultures should watch it. Cultural norms and too many rules are only created by people and after all love conquers its way to a person’s heart. Being aware of barriers and stubborn thoughts, a great message of marrying a person from a different cast is being depicted. Even though, the movie had its melodrama and dance moves, 2 States still takes a part of you. The grip through dialogues, music and feeling connected with compassion and humor is superb. Then to my notice, I remembered having met Chetan Bhagat about a year or two years ago in Bangkok. It was a pleasure to meet an inspiring author who surely has stories that could be made into a good Bollywood movie sending a good message to people around. I should now read the book – 2 States: The Story of My Marriage.
On the other hand, today I feel blessed, yet gloomy. Some people come to your life and then got to leave leaving a special memory in your life. Why can’t the people stay or let’s say, they were meant to come and leave a beautiful memory. It’s a mixed feeling and of course beyond your reach to express your thoughts that touch their soul. However, even without expressing, there is a soulful connection. Life and its connections. May the transmission of empathy, and passion touch the other’s mind, body, and soul.
Have a great day!
April 12th 2014
Easter Holidays & Water Festival in Bangkok (Songkran) is a holiday period everyone looks forward to. An important event on the Buddhist calendar, this water festival marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. The name Songkran comes from a Sanskrit word meaning ‘passing’ or ‘approaching’. A few days off opens the door for more creative work and socializing. Crawling out of my den and appreciating the day feels good. However, loads of errands need to be completed and suddenly I feel like a superwoman.
The past few days, I have been clinging on this notion and those notions have become pondering thoughts developing an impression which I believe is better to let go. Sometimes, a person would meet new people and for that short period of time he/she would be embraced with unconditional love and respect. Something about the person touches your soul and that person is ready to sail the boat elsewhere. Then one would get a wake up call, thinking of the whole idea was to meet and fulfill the journey only or probably for that short time. At this point of time, a miracle or a prayer answered would do the magic to continue sailing the boat with that person.
For now, in the moment, it feels great to write and I am still discovering my life being a mystery. Tears of joy and pain warms my heart leaving memories for a lifetime. Let’s see where the journey of life takes me to. For now everything is just a mystery. Happy Holidays!
March 19th 2014
Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too – Will Smith
A well-spent day brings happy sleep – Leonardo da Vinci
Hello everyone! Nice to be back on the website, but I feel so drained for some reason. The quotations stated above is exactly what I feel and they were the right expressions. Many people simply take others for granted and/or don’t appreciate their presence nor support. Well it does not matter, I don’t need the appreciation but please have the moral decency to atleast not cause distress for no reason. Many things have happened in other people’s lives and they are facing troubles unexpectedly; if people can’t make things better don’t make it worse. I guess, a lot of learning is yet to be done and many need a wake up call. Peace and adoration is within you. Please don’t lose your charm as it is being controlled by negativity and would soon create a phobia of repetitive behavior.
Have a great day readers. Happy reading and writing!
February 9th 2014
A simple Hello to everyone feels great. Been out of touch with my website for a month and it felt like a part of me was missing. Sometimes the series of events in our life takes us away from important moments and the gracious time. There is simply no excuse, but a reminder from within feels good as we can get back to activities we once loved a lot.
How is everyone doing? Have you been away or missing something you once loved a lot? Is there something holding you back? If yes, embrace it once again. The joy will be immense. Writing is my passion, and for two months I have lost touch with it. Now I shall get back to it by starting to write on my website. Instead of juicy gossips, sharing worthwhile notions is imperative. Also, I have been having this slight fear if something that can or could change my life forever. After having days pass by, I have surrendered. Yes, surrendered! Now it’s time for that decision and let go off something beyond your control. Thus, a ray of hope will surely arrive bringing the rainbow on a rainy day.
Live a healthy and quality life. People come and go out of your life for some reason. Some only come to cause distress and some flourish. So don’t let anyone cause distress because your life is only worth fostering a prosperous, harmonious, and flourishing one. Have a good weekend! And a wonderful week ahead! :)
January 1st 2014
Hola! Welcome to a new day, new month, new year! Thank you for reading my wonder of thoughts and I am grateful to all of you who always encourage me to write and who also criticize to make this website flowing with the paradise of various writings welcoming 2014. Enjoy and embrace the rest of the days fulfilling your responsibilities and pursue your dreams with compassion.
A short piece of wisdom and always stay positive by Paulo Coelho. Writing is also sharing words of wisdom.
No one can go back, but everyone can go forward.
And tomorrow, when the sun rises, all you have to say to yourselves is:
I am going to think of this day as the first day of my life.
I will look on the members of my family with surprise and amazement, glad to discover that they are by my side, silently sharing that much-talked-about, but little understood thing called love.
I will pass a beggar, who will ask me for money. I might give it to him or I might walk past thinking that he will only spend it on drink, and as I do, I will hear his insults and know that it is simply his way of communicating with me.
I will pass someone trying to destroy a bridge. I might try to stop him or I might realise that he is doing it because he has no one waiting for him on the other side and this is his way of trying to fend off his own loneliness.
I will look at everything and everyone as if for the first time, especially the small things that I have grown used to, quite forgetting the magic surrounding them. The desert sands, for example, which are moved by an energy I cannot understand – because I cannot see the wind.
Instead of noting down things I’m unlikely to forget on the notebook I always carry with me, I will write a poem. Even if I have never written one before and even if I never do so again, I will at least know that I once had the courage to put my feelings into words.
When I reach a small village that I know well, I will enter it by a different route. I will be smiling, and the inhabitants will say to each other: ‘He must be mad, because war and destruction have left the soil barren.’
But I will keep smiling, because it pleases me to know that they think I am mad. My smile is my way of saying: ‘You can destroy my body, but not my soul.’
Tonight, before leaving, I’m going to spend time sorting through the pile of things I never had the patience to put in order. And I will find that a little of my history is there.
All the letters, the notes, cuttings and receipts will take on their own life and have strange stories to tell me – about the past and about the future. All the different things in the world, all the roads travelled, all the entrances and exits of my life.
I am going to put on a shirt I often wear and, for the first time, I am going to notice how it was made. I am going to imagine the hands that wove the cotton and the river where the fibres of the plant were born. I will understand that all those now invisible things are a part of the history of my shirt.
And even the things I am accustomed to – like the sandals which, after long use, have become an extension of my feet – will be clothed in the mystery of discovery.
Since I am heading off into the future, I will be helped by the scuff marks left on my sandals from when I stumbled in the past.
May everything my hand touches and my eyes see and my mouth tastes be different, but the same. That way, all those things will cease to be a still life and instead will explain to me why they have been with me for such a long time; and they will reveal to me the miracle of re-encountering emotions worn smooth by routine.
December 25th 2013
Greetings everyone! Some people are on holidays and some are still working. That’s the blend of reality and a festive season.
I am often asked how come you socialize less – my answer – my thoughts tune into something else. My life is nothing but a social event. My mind is socializing with continuous buzzing of thoughts, my teaching is like a social discussion with students, my writing pieces permit me to socialize with various characters bringing them into a suitable plot of story, and of course chatting with close friends and family members is already a social commitment. LOL! The only time left for me is for spiritual purposes. Those who get it – great – those who don’t – great. I continue to walk my path and dream of my dreams to pursue them until my last breath. A toast to life of perseverance and wit.
Bhavzparadise wishes everyone a bright, socializing, blessed Christmas with cheery moments to cherish for a lifetime.
December 5th 2013
Welcome to the final month of 2013! Time flies, phew…where I felt I just celebrated Christmas a few months ago, and it’s that time of the year soon. Love it! It’s gracious and beautiful. Today, is the H. M. King of Thailand’s Birthday! Salute to him and wishing him loads of happiness and grace. For the first time in years got a chance to be part of a parade and lit candles for the Majesty. It was a great feeling.
On the other hand, Thailand is undergoing a protest where a sudden outburst for proving right and bringing justice is in the air. So with that there has been a hassle and of course triggering the patience of people in the right frame of mind to get on with their life. I hope the protest ends soon bringing a smile and sigh of relief soon. Everyone wants the smiley Thailand back on its toes celebrating a progressing economy.
Congratulations to Thailand for winning the NANO Writing 2013. Yayy! Writing back after sometime has been a good feeling where there would always be something to share and cheer about. Let’s embrace the angelic grace upon on us where striving to be positive and keeping the faith alive is mandatory. We all need our life flourishing and that happens even after feeling like we are walking on a trail of thorns. The soft red carpet filled with rose petals await us bringing an amazing change and loads of happiness. Keep smiling and yes we are all getting there. Cheers and pat yourself for being strong, because YOU ARE!
November 17th 2013
Ting! Ting! Fantastic weather out here. How is everyone doing? The holidays are right around the corner.
Today is also an auspicious day. It’s Loy Krathong (celebrated every year this time on Full Moon). It’s a festival in Thailand and according to H.M. King Rama IV, writing in 1863, it was a Brahmanical festival that adapted by Thai Buddhists in Thailand to honor Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama. The candle venerates the Buddha with light, while the krathong’s floating symbolizes letting go of all one’s hatred, anger, and defilements. People sometime cut their fingernails or hair and placed the clippings on the krathong as a symbol of letting go of negative thoughts. However, many ordinary Thai use the krathong to thank the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha (Thai: พระแม่คงคา). Detail information referenced from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loi_Krathong
Also it is Guru Nanak Purab (celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. This is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism). Many Hindus and other followers of Guru Nanak’s philosophy also celebrate this festival.
It is Full Moon and the energy around feels like continuous rays of light is being showered around people welcoming positive notions and also never giving up on your hopes and dreams. You are worth every bit of it and it is surely going to be yours.
Have a blessed and fun week ahead! I shall get back to developing Mid-term exam papers. Write soon. Boo!
November 4th 2013
Hello everyone Wishing everyone a joyous New Year, festival of lights and joy – Diwali. Happy Diwali! May each day be bright, positive, gracious, and full of laughter. Let go of those unwanted tears, failures as behind each downward notion reflects a beam of light.
October 24th 2013
Wake up guys! How is everyone doing?
A few moments ago, I was reflecting on a thought of goodness. It is so hard for people to simply do good or even if he/she does good it is all vain and all for compliments. It is quite uncomfortable when that happens when one can actually feel the gesture of the other being fake and only for his/her selfish needs. Sigh! People around are striving for the best and goodness. The task gets tougher because there is a clash between kindness and vanity. It’s quite difficult to incooperate and adjust with people around like that especially if they are the people who one socializes with. Therefore, breathe the air of kindness and understand the feelings of people who are genuinely nice and who have no or very less expectations. It’s worth the effort to be a better person and be kind genuinely.
Today I came across this wonderful story in my inbox.
I would like to share it:
A task for angels
Many years ago lived a man who was able to love and forgive everyone he met.
Because of this, God sent an angel to talk to him.
“God asked me to come and visit you and to tell you that He wants to reward you for your goodness,” said the angel.
“Any favor that you desire will be granted. Would you like to have the gift of curing?”
“By no means,” answered the man. “I prefer that God Himself choose those to be cured.”
“And what about bringing sinners to the path of the Truth?”
“That is a task for angels like you. I don’t want to be venerated by anyone and serve as an example all my life.”
“I can’t go back to heaven without granting you a miracle. If you don’t pick one, you’ll be obliged to accept one.”
The man reflected a little before answering: “Then I want Good to be done through me, but without anyone noticing – not even myself, so that I don’t commit the sin of vanity.”
And the angel gave to that man’s shadow the power to cure, but only when the sun was shining on his face.
In that way, wherever he went, the sick were cured, the earth became fertile again, and sad people regained their joy.
The man traveled many years over the Earth without noticimg the miracles he worked, because when he was facing the sun, his shadow was always at his back.
In that way he could live and die without being aware of his own sanctity.
Until then have a great day/night/weekend! More updates and video uploads soon. Special poetry dedicated to brave people – all coming soon.
October 10th 2013
Hello World! What’s been happening? It has been a crazy one month and now I get to blog. Everything has been moving in a fast pace and that’s always great. Even though it can be quite a full platter, it’s all a great appetite. I was busy engaging myself with a new network and a learning curve. The Asia Pacific Writing Conference 2013 in Bangkok went quite well. From having a book launch, panel discussions, listening to great authors/poets and academic practitioners , the journey has been great and has widen my spectrum about a new world out there.
On the other hand, juggling between a curvy road has made me realize that even if the road is bumpy, smile, smile and smile. Well, who can do that? It’s tough, always better said then done. A few great people along the way have encouraged me and surely made the bumpy road encouraging to walk on. Sigh!
Hoping everyone is doing well and surely the bumpy road needs motivation and positive thoughts. I ask myself: I need this! I want this! I have to be patient and work on it! The universe is surely listening and knows how to present things in its own way. I wish the universe is listening to me NOW!
Cheers! Have a great week/end.
September 7th 2013
Wassup World! How is it going with all of you out there? Writing has been going pleasant and the flow of words have allowed me to complete a new novel and also participate in the upcoming conference. Today, I was just sitting on this marble bench and visualizing key events of life. So many things have changed some of which are for the better. The music of Life has gotten me to dance on the tunes of harmony and yet teaching me how to be patient to accomplish my dreams.
The upcoming conference would also be a Literary Festival in Bangkok. So exciting it would be. For the first time I would be part of an English speaking session to share about Shocking, Astonishing, Fascinating, Intriguing – What Children & Young Adults Love session with other authors around the world. This would surely be thrilling and a great learning session.
Look below for details. If you’re in Bangkok, do stop by to indulge yourself in the world of books, writers, poets, and entertainment.
Bangkok International Literary Festival
‘REACHING THE WORLD 2013′ Sunday October 6th.
BANGKOK ARTS AND CULTURE CENTRE (BACC)
Free - 10am – 5pm.
On the other hand, today I tried a session with gratitude. I am thankful for so many things in my life. With that thought I received something inspirational. Do read below and have a great weekend!
Renouncing or working hard
September 6, 2013 by Paulo Coelho
On one hand we know that it is important to seek God. On the other hand, life distances us from Him – because we feel ignored by the Divine, or else because we are busy with our daily life.
This makes us feel very guilty: either we feel that we are renouncing life too much because of God, or else we feel that we are renouncing God too much because of life.
This apparent double law is a fantasy: God is in life, and life is in God.
If we manage to penetrate the sacred harmony of our daily existence, we shall always be on the right road, because our daily tasks are also our divine tasks.
Relax. When we start our spiritual journey, we want so very hard to speak to God-and we end up not hearing what He has to tell us
That is why it is always advisable to relax a little. It is not easy: we have the natural tendency always to do the right thing, and we feel that we are going to improve our spirit is we work at it non-stop.
Relax, I insist. If you want some things to happen, step aside.
August 20th 2013
Hiya everyone! Today feels like a great day. The day has gone pleasantly fulfilling the routine and some spontaneous activities proved to be cheerful. Finally, I completed writing a new novel. For the first time, the attempt to complete a Thriller has been a fabulous ride. I enjoyed every bit and the characters took me to a new adventure. Six spirits are ready to spin readers around with their humor, wit, and outrageous behavior. The characters are waiting to meet the world and more about this thriller soon.
On the other hand, today is a celebration of Raksha Bandhan – in the Hindu culture we celebrate it with our fellow brothers where sisters bless their brothers and also receive blessings and of course presents – money – LOL! It’s a day where sisters can demand and be domineering for fun. A history of why it is celebrated can be checked on Google. I am glad just in time I got the chance to share on my very own paradise of writings.
Have a great week and better be good
August 1st 2013
Welcome to a new month! So magic is around the corner if you believe there is. Often one thinks of magical things occurring then it subsides with the worldly pleasures and with nature’s spank one gets into a reality check. But still – one should always believe in magic – that is – things one wishes for will surely happen. Why not! Everyone deserves it – says the Universe. Don’t give up! I shall post some beautiful messages by some people to everyone out there who are waiting to smile.
This morning on my way to work I thought I would be late, but I reached just in time. Having been going through a busy and stressful schedule, one cannot expect to smile if one is not being allowed to. (I felt that way) Hmm…but there was magic. My students made me smile and then giggle. It was worth it. Still I wait in patience, pray with my all my heart, smile like there is no tomorrow that the Universe grants the wish of many and the boon is being embraced by our souls gracefully. Sometimes, we wait and wait until a voice from inside says (maybe) let it go. Then when we start to think that way, that’s when something happens and says – HELL NO!
Today’s writing was just something I have been contemplating for days but finally got to write something now. I am waiting for my magical days and believe the wait might be worth it. Have a great week and don’t give up. The Universe is listening…I hope so! Until then – sleep well and be a nice person. Wink!
July 6th 2013
Hi world! How is everyone doing? Always feels good to get back and share something with all of you. And that is exactly what I am doing now. Firstly, would start with sharing something regarding ‘Victory.’ I do feel victorious at times then just got to work harder to see the bright side. At times what seems victorious is actually not. It may be just the surface. Time and determination would reveal whether the battle was won or not.
Read what Paulo shared:
His friends admired his courage and the women adored his charisma.
After some years the medals were so numerous that they covered his whole uniform.
One afternoon, in the middle of a difficult combat, the warrior was almost hit by his enemy’s sword.
“I have always been the best, and today I nearly lost,” thought the warrior.
But immediately he realized what the problem was: the weight of the medals prevented him from fighting with agility.
He tossed the tunic of his uniform to the ground, returned to the battle field, and defeated his enemies.
“Victory can give me confidence, but it must not become a weight to be carried.”
Secondly, one of my poems ‘MOTHER’ was featured on ‘POETRY SOUP’. I would like to share it with you. Hope you like it
Every heartbeat is bestowed upon,
Compassion embraces a child eternally
That uplifts a child’s soul in isolation in every way.
Have a great weekend and will surely share more later. God Bless You!
June 15th 2013
Hi people! Today will share something inspiring and cool. I read this and found it worth sharing it with YOU! How is your day going?
Do read this lovely poem below:
Fernando Pessoa (1888 – 1935 Lisbon, Portugal)
Follow your destiny,
Water your plants,
Love your roses.
The rest is shadow
Of unknown trees.
Reality is always
More or less
Than what we want.
Only we are always
Equal to ourselves.
It’s good to live alone,
And noble and great
Always to live simply.
Leave pain on the altar
As an offering to the gods.
See life from a distance.
Never question it.
There’s nothing it can
Tell you. The answer
Lies beyond the Gods.
But quietly imitate
Olympus in your heart.
The gods are gods
Because they don’t think
About what they are.
Have a great weekend!
June 9th 2013
Greetings to everyone! With the spinning globe here we are yet with in a new day and time. Glad I got a chance to write and share about an upcoming event or even about anything. The month of June has been inspiring and grateful in many ways. Being a birthday month, I received loads and priceless wishes and surprises. I also got to meet again the Honorary Dr. Kiran Bedi and hear more about the Navjyoti Foundation in Delhi. Anyone interested in progressing a child’s life do check out the foundation – You shall never regret it. Also, got to meet and greet the honorable his excellency – Indian Ambassador (2013) Mr. Anil Wadhwa. Always a pleasure to meet people whom we can get inspired from.
I would also like to thank all my readers and friends all around in motivating me in pursuing my goals and looking at the bright side.
On the other hand, Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (AP Writers) will be having a conference again in Bangkok Thailand. For all the writers and interested people who want to know about writing do check the event out on the website - http://apwriters.org/asia-pacific-writers-supports-s-e-a-write-festival/
Below is an information snapshot of how the event will be and of course all are welcome.
Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (AP Writers),
Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University,
South East Asian Writers Award Committee (S.E.A. Write),
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA),
invite expressions of interest for
REACHING THE WORLD 2013
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
‘CREATIVE WRITING & LITERARY TRANSLATION’
Bangkok, 3-6 October, 2013
‘Reaching the World 2013’ includes Creative Writing workshops and
A FREE SUNDAY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL AT THE BACC
in conjunction with
UNESCO’s Bangkok as the World Book Capital City 2013 and the 35th anniversary of the S.E.A. Write Award celebrating literary talents in ASEAN*
‘Reaching the World 2013’ is Bangkok’s second international writers’ showcase bringing together authors, literary translators, scholars, teachers of Creative Writing, publishing professionals and others from Asia and beyond. This 3-day international conference with workshops and a free public day enables writers, readers, scholars, students, publishing industry professionals and interested members of the public to network and share their work in conjunction with one of Asia’s longest-running and most prestigious literary events, the S.E.A. Write Award.
The literary conference includes keynotes from distinguished scholars and special lectures by internationally acclaimed authors, including (tentatively) Bangkok’s Governor and Chairman of the S.E.A. Write Award, M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra, Professor Edwin Thumboo (former S.E.A. Write awardee and Emeritus Professor, National University of Singapore), Dr Katy Shaw, Subject Leader for English Literature and Director of Centre 21 at the University of Brighton, and Scottish novelist Jenni Fagan, named this year as one of Granta Magazine’s Best Young British Novelists.
We invite papers and presentations on the following subthemes:
– Teaching Creative Writing
– Literary Translations
– Writing (and changing?) Cultural Identity
– Food in Literature
– Music/Art in Literature
– Online Writing
– Young Writers
– Literary Fiction
– Creative Non Fiction (including biography and memoir)
– Genre Fiction
– Other related topics
‘Reaching the World 2013’ includes:
- 3-day International Conference in the Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Building, Chulalongkorn University. Each day’s formal proceedings finish at approx 3 pm to accommodate other activities.
- Evening Readings & Book Launches
- Creative Writing Workshops
- The S.E.A. Write Awards Presentations Gala Dinner*
- AP Writers’ AGM, on Saturday 5 October. The Association’s Board and Committee Chairs will be elected or reappointed at the meeting, and priorities reevaluated.
- Free Sunday Writers Festival, Sunday 6 October, hosted by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration in conjunction with UNESCO’s designation of Bangkok as ‘2013 World Book Capital’.
- Farewell Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s Thai restaurant, Sala Rim Naam, hosted by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.
To offer a presentation or longer paper with a focus on teaching and practice of creative writing, email Jose (‘Butch’) Dalisay, Chair of AP Writers’ Academic Committee:email@example.com. Deadline: 10 August, 2013.
To offer a presentation or longer paper on literary translation, email Eliza Vitri Handayani, Chair of AP Writers’ Translation Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: 10 August, 2013.
If you are teaching Creative Writing at a university which offers this discipline and would like to offer a half-day or full-day workshop, send a paragraph describing the workshop you’d like to offer along with a brief bio to AP Writers’ Board Member Xu Xi at email@example.com.
If you would like to read your poetry or discuss your creative writing on the panels at the public forum on Sunday 6 October in the Bangkok Arts & Culture Centre, or if you want to launch a new book at ‘Reaching the World 2013’, email Jane Camens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The 2013 S.E.A. Write Gala Award Presentation Dinner Celebrating 35 Years of Literary Talents in ASEAN will be held in the ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental on the evening of either Thursday 3 October or Friday 4 October, the date yet to be confirmed by the Royal Palace. The guest speaker for this year’s awards is Irish novelist Edna O’Brien. This is a formal, traditional occasion presided over by a member of the Royal Family. Registered conference participants may attend for the special rate of THB 1,000 (US$33). Register for the S.E.A. Gala event before 19 September 2013 by emailing Somsri (Susie) Hansirisawasdi, Director of Public Relations, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok: email@example.com.
Asia-Pacific Writers & Translators (AP Writers) is a regional association for authors and literary translators. This large network seeks to advance authors’ careers.
Chulalongkorn University (‘Chula’) is Thailand’s oldest and most prestigious university, founded in 1917 by King Rama VI. Chulalongkorn University ranks the first in the nation and one of the best in Asia. Chulalongkorn University is a research-focused institution.
The South East Asian Writers’ Awards (S.E.A. Write Award) has recognized and honoured contemporary poets and writers in Southeast Asia since 1979
May 16th 2013
Hi everyone! So what’s new. For all the readers out there – thank you for stumbling on my site and sharing your views about the content. It’s a pleasure to also contribute topics related to education. Questions regarding website theme or how fast it loads – better speak with your website creator. If it’s being done with a self created blog system, then it’s advisable to buy a book on how to create websites and warning on spam control. :)
Recently when I received a new publication of Paulo Coelho – it was fascinating. Sometimes, certain writing pieces take away a moment where what one thinks is exactly what one is seeing elsewhere. It’s purely magical.
Read this below by Paulo Coelho
Lord, protect our doubts, because Doubt is a way of praying. It is Doubt that makes us grow because it forces us to look fearlessly at the many answers that exist to one question. And in order for this to be possible…
Lord, protect our decisions, because making Decisions is a way of praying. Give us the courage, after our doubts, to be able to choose between one road and another. May our YES always be a YES, and NO always be a NO. Once we have chosen our road, may we never look back nor allow our soul to be eaten away by remorse. And in order for this to be possible…
Lord, protect our actions, because Action is way of praying. May our daily bread be the result of the very best that we carry within us. May we, through work and Action, share a little of the love we receive. And in order for this to be possible…
Lord, protect our dreams, because to Dream is a way of praying. Make sure that, regardless of our age or our circumstances, we are capable of keeping alight in our heart the sacred flame of hope and perseverance. And in order for this to be possible…
Lord, give us enthusiasm, because Enthusiasm is way of praying. It is what binds us to the Heavens and to Earth, to grown-ups, and to children; it is what tells us that our desires are important and deserve our best efforts. It is Enthusiasm that reaffirms to us that everything is possible, as long as we are totally committed to what we are doing. And in order for this to be possible…
Lord, protect us, because Life is the only way we have of making manifest Your miracle. May the earth continue to transform seeds into wheat, may we continue to transmute wheat into bread. And this is only possible if we have Love; therefore, do not leave us in solitude. Always give us Your company, and the company of men and women who have doubts, who act and dream and feel enthusiasm, and who live each day as if it were totally dedicated to Your glory.
God Bless Everyone!
On the other hand, there was a New Feature – Bhavna Khemlani’s books a pleasure to read
By Administrator on April 21, 2013
Check out – http://www.authorspace.in/bhavna-khemlanis-books-a-pleasure-to-read/
Will write soon – have a great week – end ahead. Peace and spread love & light.
May 2nd 2013
It’s getting hot in here – what a phrasal expression. Bangkok is really getting hot and so is the busy schedule getting busier. Time management doesn’t work for students as they are students and would do what they are good at – EXCUSES – LOL. I remember when I went to school, the all time favorite expression – My dog ate my homework – was always on the tip of someone’s tongue.
Sitting in the classroom and waiting for the next few minutes before I lock the door, I log into my website and type to say ‘Hello’ to everyone. Now how does that happen – its the will and the tick tock quack alerting me of being MIA and not sharing anything whatsoever on my Blog. Oh well, the past few days with all the news on financial crisis, bombs, earthquakes and of course the world where people are working have been overwhelming. These shades of life only bring to light that – Shit happens! We all got to hang on in there and it is always easier said than done. Life ain’t a bed of roses, but a sizzling plate of spicy herbs that has its own flavor and loads to learn from various aspects.
I am learning something new everyday from various people and a cloud of floating questions come my way until I decide that I got to meditate and take a break from everything. Hibernating works – its a mental shut down that clears ways energizing one to be more active and one’s thought process is better, sensible, and every emotion is worth nothing. The positive thinking aggravates into a thrilling force rather than vice-versa. Sometimes, a quiet time to yourself – feels great. It gets easier to balance and take control of certain things rather than been dragged into something you might feel plunged into.
So for today – take a few moments to yourself – feel great and prosper again like a butterfly. I shall start my lesson. Until then have a great day!
April 13th 2013
Living in the silence for a moment then why is mind talking too much. There you go, it’s time to write then. What’s new? After so many months, feels good to be home on a Saturday afternoon. It’s the famous water festival (Songkran Festival) in Thailand and the day has started breezy. The sound of the wind simply hoots a pleasure of a holiday. Glancing down from my window pane, I see a group of people dancing to Thai classical music and splashing icy water on the passerby. It is surely fun and the chirpy atmosphere is cheerful. On the other hand, I am encouraging myself to pen down new thoughts to complete my next novel. This novel has become part of turtle race and I am sure I will win. Yayy!
For now will get on with my writing and probably take a power nap later. Have a great weekend.
March 30th 2013
…And they paint the eggs. Oh, those days at school where eggs were painted, hymns were sung and it was cheery. Happy Easter everyone. Many people are enjoying the holidays and planning trips. So what is the plan this time? Don’t snooze on the chance of having a fun and memorable vacation.
Today, I went to the Bangkok Book Fair 2013, and it was like a fish market. I was amazed with the number of people of various age groups who attended it. The experience was actually interesting when it felt like I was in a treasure hunt. It felt that way since it took too much time to get into a meeting and finally I was there. Hurray! Passing through many curious readers sitting on the carpeted ground and listening to a book launch was certainly a good snap shot. Various books were being sold in many Asian languages which depicted a success of the event. It was certainly a worth treasure hunt and loads to learn from.
Have a great weekend! Don’t be naughty
March 27th 2013
In the midst of a super HOT day, there is a festivity which brings a celebration of colors and brings people together. LOL, Although I stay away from the colors - hygiene or the hours of having to wash them away, the significance of celebrating it is a good one.
Happy Holi! ‘Holi’ comes from the word ‘hola’, meaning to offer oblation or prayer to the Almighty as Thanksgiving for good harvest. (This information has been retrieved from: For more information check out this website -http://hinduism.about.com/od/holifestivalofcolors/a/celebrateholi.htm) This is an auspicious for many and does bring peace and a fun day for many.
On the other hand, in the writing world there has been some input and guidance to make it better. Questions have been asked by readers on how to make a blog or how to write better. Please go through the website and you will surely find tips on writing. :) I shall posting more examples so it would be helpful to many readers. Moreover, thank you so much for the boost in writing/sharing. As in relation to criticism on books or writing pieces – you don’t have to read or comment if it is not what you are looking for. Perhaps you are not the target audience.
Will write soon! Until then have a great week!
March 17th 2013
How is the Sunday treating everyone? Phew, it’s quite hot in Bangkok. The fluctuating weather does bring in some cozy time to share something.
Thank you to other writers’ who share other writers’ work sharing inspiration and enhancing their work.
SAARC Festival of Literature-2013 at the Grand Hotel, Agra, March 10-12. Bob D’Costa was among the featured authors. Sharing Members’ Poetry
Bob also writes that after meeting indigenous Australian writers Ali Cobby Eckerman and Lionel Fogarty at Reaching the World in Bangkok last November, he has been reading their poetry at the Progress Literary Club in Gorky Sadan, Kolkata. He has also read aloud to audiences there the work of other fellow AP Writer poets Liz Packer and Bhavna Khemlani. He plans to read more poems of fellow writers to give more exposure to the AP Writers community.
March 8th 2013
Hello Readers! How was your week? The weekend is around the corner. And it feels good. So errands and can be completed and at least the work routine won’t be a chaos. There shall be a good balance. Today is a special day – IWD. International Women’s Day is celebrated today. However, everyday is a woman’s day. She is a pride of every home. Cheers to her glory.
Sometimes, people forget to appreciate or even notice the goodness in a woman. Therefore, this day don’t waste or ignore the moment but take a step and appraise her for the great things she brings in YOUR life.
On there other hand, spread kindness and help people around you in need. Collective work brings harmony. At the moment I look forward for a fun and busy weekend. Happy Weekend and jiggle it with glee.
February 20th 2013
Hola! So how is everyone doing? With reading various news my hearty – moral support for the Russia Meteor blast and many people who were injured. Life is unpredictable huh! The advancement or the experimental can be costly to anyone. Stay safe and alert people. Embrace the glory of happiness that comes your way leaving that blissful smile.
Moreover, the moment when pondering thoughts are used to pen down phrases it depicts an array of emotions or leads to a dynamic story – it is worthy of an appreciation.
While I was strolling in the balcony and watching the sunset, I simply had this fleeting thought of how upcoming writers or established ones can unite with others around the world to bridge the gap of sharing stories. Sometimes, there can be restrictions to contests and one can be disheartened of its requirements. It’s all about the journey of appraise, appreciation, and aspiration of writing and of course the token of winning is like the cherry on top.
There are several contests and websites where one can start to share or participate in contests. Some of which are: Poetry Soup (Good for Poetry), Authors Den (Authors creating their portfolio of writing online), Blogaholic Social Network (Post of Blog/promote your work), Tumbhi.com (Share/Create portfolio under Tumbhi Writing Category – Articles/Stories/Poems – Have Contests), Booktrix.com, Firstwriter.com (contests), FanStory.com, Writersviews.com (various contests for 2013), Studentcompetitions.com, Fishpublishing.com (opportunity to be published), Graham Green Creative Writing Awards 2013, Northern Writers’ Awards 2013, Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize 2013, 2013 Lancaster Writing Awards, Hong Kong Young Writers Awards 2013, The Kings Cross New Writing Award 2013, Commonwealth Writers Award, The Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2013, Bookcatcher.com (Good for a list of contests), and of course the Brit Writers Awards Submission 2013 (Dates will be announced soon) etc.
The list mentioned of writing contests will certainly be of some help to many and creating an online writing portfolio is helpful for many writers. For now Ciao! More to share next time.
February 14th 2013
Hiya! A contribution to the world – live life and evoke the love that is in there so compassion is spread and a better life is being created to spread kindness and respect. Happy Valentine’s Day to the universe. LOL, it has been a pleasant day – no dozens of flowers but a million essence of blessings and pep talks by many. Reading between the lines or listening to fun stories has rejuvenated my day. I guess – listen to something positive, dance to a music you love and kiss goodbye to those who disrespect YOU!
Will write some more later. Have a great week.
February 9th 2013
Time Flies and sometimes we realize that why couldn’t we do this and that. Also, we tend to get carried away with what people have to say at times based on their experiences and of course they care. At the end, we realize that’s not what we wanted. So, live life the way you want to. When you believe there is magic in something – it surely brings faith within you. At times we all lose the grip of seeing things, it’s alright we are humans. However, people, moments and certain situations bring a blissful moment. Especially for me, it comes with Teaching and Writing.
Paulo Coelo has put it down so well that one would recognize that life can be beautiful. Read below:
Live the life you always wanted to
by PAULO COELHO on FEBRUARY 6, 2013
Even if you were to study your own life in detail and relive each moment that you suffered, sweated and smiled beneath the sun, you would still never know exactly when you had been useful to someone else.
A life is never useless. Each soul that came down to Earth is here for a reason.
The people who really help others are not trying to be useful, but are simply leading a useful life.
They rarely give advice, but serve as an example.
Do one thing: live the life you always wanted to live.
Avoid criticising others and concentrate on fulfilling your dreams.
This may not seem very important to you, but God, who sees all, knows that the example you give is helping Him to improve the world. And each day, He will bestow more blessings upon it.
And when the Unwanted Visitor arrives, you will hear it say:
‘It is fair to ask: “Father, Father, why hast thou forsaken me?”
‘But now, in this final second of your life on Earth, I am going to tell you what I saw: I found the house clean, the table laid, the fields ploughed, the flowers smiling. I found each thing in its proper place, precisely as it should be. You understood that small things are responsible for great changes.
‘And for that reason, I will carry you up to Paradise.’
Make a Memorable day – Bhavzparadise
February 5th 2013
How are you world! I have missed you. I hope each one you is doing great and fighting that spirit to overcome any obstacle you are undergoing. We all have a battle to win and YES we do win.
Something to share:
Don’t Feel Shy – The Container is Never Too Full
There is no one perfect book and no one perfect writing pattern. In fact, from the past decades up till now, there have been many perfect books and various fantastic writing styles by leading writers. The emerging writers have no doubt a unique skill that does draw attention captivating people from different age groups. Therefore, the whole point here is does knowledge ever end. Is the container ever too full or even over flowing? The answer is obvious – Nah!
I guess every since we were born learning something new has always been a motivation to progress in something. Learning will never end and one’s memory chip is always welcoming new things. Look at technology. It was an unexpected visitor that has conquered our way of learning. It is always important to participate. Participating in different writers group or attending a reading enables one to broaden the creativity in penning down the most difficult thing. A writer should always meet other writers and hear them share their work to awaken any hidden difficulty a writer is facing. In turn, a writer could share his or her work only to make his or her writing piece appealing and ready for success.
Recently, during 5th – 9th November 2012, the first ever summit of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators Association in collaboration with The S.E.A Write Award, and the Chulalongkorn University was held in Bangkok, Thailand. Now, if one hears that how should one feel? I was thrilled and simply looking forward to attend it because not much writers gathering occur in Bangkok. There was no contemplation and simply action was needed. I went with an aspiring soul and the entire conference of discussions, panel meetings, and readings (at the Asia Pacific Writers gathering and Bangkok Women’s Writers Group) turned out to be a bonanza. The chain of networking, embracing new ideas, learning more about publishing, editing, translating, and of course how to speak up for enhancement was acknowledged in every way.
These delegates had something common with one another and that was to progress. The budding keenness to unify various writers together making a change was recognized. I participated in a Non-Fiction and Fiction workshop conducted by Matthew Condon. Other members from different backgrounds like me were also available to share and speak about their doubts, new work, creative ideas, difficulties, or even just to listen made the workshop worthwhile. At the end, we all took a jar of classy information back. The constructive ideas and willingness to help does happen if one participates in book clubs, readings, book fairs, meetings, or even a literary fair as this enables the universal talent for writing on any genre possible. Any writer does not feel discouraged and of course there is no bad writing on this planet. It is just that what one writes has a different target audience.
Hence, don’t feel shy and your writing style is amazing. It just needs to be spoken about so you can progress and improve the creative literacy with better terminology. All your so called scribbles are waiting to be shared. So start now at your nearest place!
January 20th 2013
Hello Everyone! It has been ages since I wrote on my blog. This is because the server was down and wiped out all the data. Finally, it is back so I can pen down some thoughts for you. Today, will share something about writing which was published on the Brit Writers and Writers Everywhere website.
Brit Writers Blog – Hello Mr. Parrot and Hi Mrs. Doughnut! by Bhavna
Choosing a name or names for a story is an essential part of any plot. Most importantly, one must know what genre he or she is focusing on. One does not receive a second chance if the story is complete and of course published. Last week, for a creative writing class, one of student chose her name – Ashley Bunsen Burner. I was stunned because it was unusual. I asked her why that kind of surname. Her reply, “I just went to the science lab and I liked that name so I used that as a surname.” Her innocent reply and appeal to the science lab was interesting. That made an impression on me whilst indicating a link to her choice of name.
We have many books, websites, friends, strangers, and a family from whom we can ask about names. A character’s name is like an embedded jewel of trust that enhances value to readers as they may relate to. Names can create humour that the reader may never forget that character. Today, we have all sorts of names of characters from fiction and non-fiction stories that have left a strong notion. When choosing a name, the writer can create a mind map showing where the character may be from, personality traits, and in this way a name can be chosen to suit the physical appearance and background (rich, poor, elite, or a country from Asia, Africa, Europe or America). Sometimes, characters are set a different era where names can be sounding ancient but still leaving a charm. Nicknames can be given so the reader feels connected easily than remembering long complicated names – if the writer plans to put one. For example, the story – Pride and Prejudice, characters like Mr. Darcy, and Elizabeth simply drove me into a new era. The wit, sarcasm, romance, and charm can magnetize a reader with a splendid characterization and personality.
Sometimes, peoples’ personalities in real life simply leave an impression that cultivates into one’s writing. The association between the personality and name activates the story line. To create humour a writer can add adjectives or adverbs – precisely a characteristic which will add a trite liveliness in the story line. For instance, Shawn Beast, Gwen Fallen, Scarlet Pie, and Nicky Wormy could create oomph towards a certain personality trait making a story fun to read along. It’s always the writer’s choice and the writer knows best about the characters since he or she bring the entire story alive. The imagination has no boundaries and so does story lines. The readers today explore various genres and sometimes they surprise the writer.
Therefore, if a writer has trouble with names or choosing personality traits, it would be better to create an outline, mind map, or even draw it which can make it easier to develop a link and not fall out of the story as chapters’ progress. Have you thought of your story? Now choose the name. With love – Rose Apple
Have a great week