Sunday 6 May 2018

Raising A Toast to my third #A2ZChallenge and also announcing my third book : The Reflections Post

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Aah! Super elated not one, not two but for straight three years I have completed the most coveted Global A to Z Challenge of writing for the entire month, 26 letters, 26 posts barring Sundays every single day. From contemplating bowing out of it with dignity just before it started to finally pulling it through is extremely exhilarating and I give a pat on my back with a heart full of gratitude to Almighty and many other noble souls. I will definitely share today the secret why and how I could...But before that I need to share what A to Z Challenge has become for me over the years. It is a medium for me to weave a vision for the coming year and than fulfil it without fail. Something I haven't failed at yet and is quite unexpected from a moody and whimsical person like me. I intent to pull it through as long as possible.

So yeah the secret now..on my blog and otherwise too I am pretty eloquent about my experiences in life and yes I have, a chosen few times contemplated framing them into a book of selective memoirs but of course not this early in life. But when a well known blogger, Ravish Mani, approached me to be a part of his book based on real life common woman weaving extraordinary path for themselves despite of all odds, I promised him I will write my journey to him as candidly as possible and I did keep my promise and gave it to him along with sharing many other write ups of mine to help him in his endeavour. Though I didn’t know an iota of what he was weaving but I had faith in his conviction and this conviction helped me. Also, as I had sent him these drafts, I had also sent them to my best friend who actually quite loved them too(and sowed some more seeds of an autobiography in me) with which my confidence kind of soared but I forgot about it completely for I did this somewhere around December - January.

I returned back from an impromptu vacation in Goa in the last week of March after the kiddos exam and with shifting of my home due on 1st April, was engulfed with a million other tasks. Nothing was working out and my fear of bowing out of it was handing over my head and pricking me and that’s when it struck me that my unpublished writings for Ravish can at least save me for a few days. I contacted him and sought his permission which my conscience felt compelled to and he graciously agreed that his book might use my words as a premise but shall be in his own words and oh my what a sigh a relief I heaved..

It was 31st March and in a house full of packed semi-packed boxes, with friends dropping every hour to give a hug and helping hand before we bid good bye, with elder brother in law arriving for his eye treatment routine and with little kid at home for about two and a half months due to forced summer vacations (because of a school change), I stole 30 minutes for myself, used all my prior experience of A to Z and split the write up I did for guy, I was really grateful too,  in three chapters and gosh scheduled my first three posts. God knows how but yes I did.

They were candid and earnest and probably touched a chord with many. It resonated with their heart and the love I got on the posts and social media gave me the desired boost to pull through the twenty six articles in my own signature style. Their were a lot of hiccups each day without internet and the carpenter and electrician teams hovering on my head but through these posts, I created a manuscript, the first crude draft of my third book, yes my goal to publish my memoir as a book some day got preponed and.....and my heart is already doing a happy dance to be holding the fruits of my labour in my hand. Thank you every one for your support through out the challenge. I love it beyond eternity sailing this priceless journey with many seasoned writers across the globe. Though I can't name all of you here, please accept this as a personal note of a zillion heartfelt thanks to all of you.

So, yes, I have a Herculean task of completing my third book, an autobiographical account which I would say is half done but with all the learning I had gained in the last three years, I am in no way rushing this one over and will sleep with it for several nights and also will delve in multiple polishing attempts before and after it shapes up. Undoubtedly shall yearn my hardest to create this masterpiece to the best and beyond my abilities. Yes, I officially announce it here to you all today, my third book shall hit your kindles and the stands very soon, Precious Peeps and like I always say, I indeed owe it to all of you.

Thank you so much for all the love and support you have always given me.
Truly Yours Roma is nothing without you! 

You may read the 26 volumes of the series 'Some Extraordinary Slices of My Ordinary Life' here : Part1,  2, 3,4, 5, 6, 7, 8 , 9 ,10, 11,12, 13 , 14, 15 , 16 ,17 , 18 ,19 ,20 , 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26

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