Miss Peace is a writer and curator of cliquetalkblog.com she’s an entrepreneur who’s passionate about youth development in Nigeria and she’s presently working on a project to better the lives of unemployed graduates.
Question: Why is the issue of mental health disorder in Nigeria more pervasive now than it was in the 80s and 90s?. Some people say it’s end time sign.
Response: I think there are lots of reasons why mental health disorder in Nigeria is more pervasive now than it was in the 80s, but one major reason is that the world has become a global village in the sense that everything and everyone is interconnected in one form or the other. information is easily accessible and this means that things and people can be easily influenced and the dissemination of information is as fast as the speed of light compared to the 80s
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She topped the list in the 2018 SIWO International Fonder’s 10 Best Authors’ Award. She is amazing. She is brilliant; decisive, knows where she is going and speaks with confidence. You will enjoy every minute you spend with her in this interview.
Hello Shobha! Thank you for accepting to answer our questions. I am sure our dynamic community will be delighted to read this interview.
Please, kindly introduce yourself : your name, where you come from, where you live and what you do for a living.
This is Shobha, I am from Mumbai, India, I work in a private firm as an executive assistant
If we are interviewing you, it is because you won the first gold medal for SIWO International Founder’s 10 Best Authors’ Award. How did you receive the news? What does this mean to you?
I got the news from the SIWO bloggers site, as also a personal email, I am feeling proud, happy, honored to receive this award; Thank you SIWO, It is indeed an honor to be the First Winner of SIWO Founder’s 10 Best Authors for 2018. SIWO has always been my place for finding inspiration. I have learned so much here. I didn’t know I could be a part of something so big and wonderful. It made me realize my capabilities. I feel great being a member of Success Inspirers’ World.
How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging since October 2017, more than a year now – almost 15 months
What motivated or prompted you to go into blogging?
I had lots of personal setbacks in Life, which lead me to reading, going through blogs , and started mine too as a stress-buster
What are the challenges you have faced as a blogger?
It was a first experience, language, not competition but to be recognized as a good blogger
How did you get to where you are winning the top position in such a prestigious competition where you had many other formidable bloggers?
Continuous reading other blogs, interaction likes/ comments on other blog posts, followers
What would be your advice to fellow bloggers who are aspiring to be like you?
Continuous reading other blogs, interaction likes/ comments on other blog posts, followers
There are some bloggers who are just starting. There are those who even fear to begin. How possible is it for people like such to become heroes in blogging?
Continuous reading other blogs, interaction likes/ comments on other blog posts, followers
Who are some bloggers you admire or whose work has had an impact on you?
“Timeless Classics” poet Ana Daksina
Amulya Bhardwaj, from India
Ranjeeta Nath Ghai
Didis art Design
Now, let’s come to you as a person. Many of our readers would love to know you more intimately. Tell us about yourself starting with your academic life. Where did you study? Start from primary to your highest qualification.
I studied in Mumbai, done post-graduation in Finance, have 25 years of work experience in various fields of Finance, Human resources, administration, secretarial, Management Information Systems
Some people sail through school with ease; some struggle before they ever make it. Some are just average students. How was it for you?
I was a topper in Class always – both in academic and extra-curricular like games, cultural events
If you don’t mind it, let us turn to your job. Give us details about your job. What kinds of things do you do at work?
I am executive assistant, so constantly on my toes – helping my Manager in his day-to-day activities – arranging meetings, phone calls, all administrative work
What do you like or dislike about the work you are doing?
I like to be working hard; I love my work, enjoy doing it. But I dislike Colleagues enjoying and making money at the expense of other hardworking persons.
As a young girl growing up you nursed some dreams – your dream job, your dream life, your dream husband etc . Tell us about these dreams. What were they? Which of these dreams have you realized?
Yes, it is true, I dream a lot – had dreams of a handsome,loving,caring husband, a dream job in a big company with a chauffeur driven car to job every day, a dream home – but I didn’t have any of these….. so I now dream of all these for my child – I want to make it true for her; I am doing all the required hard work and trying to realize all my dreams for her.
Where do you hope to go from here? I mean what are your drams at this moment?
Peaceful life, work hard and earn so much that my family has good food to eat, a home to stay, clothes to wear, my daughter gets the best education and become self-sufficient and independent
We know that nobody succeeds alone. Who are some of the names behind your success?
Blessings of my parents, guidance and support from my friends circle – after my father’s demise, we didn’t have any support from his or my mother’s immediate family – it is all our own struggle and hard work.
Who are the people whom you admire? I am talking of your role models. What do you admire in them?
My Parents ; my dad and mom are my role-models. I have seen them struggle. I have seen them being strong in days of hardship. I have seen them admiring the little things and joys of life. I admire their courage, emotional attachment
Which books have you enjoyed reading the most. If you have to recommend some books to younger people which would be your best three. Why do you like them?
“You Can Win” By Shiv Khera
Books written by Sudha Murthy
Novels written by Amish Tripathi
Books written by Preeti Shenoy
We haven’t talked about your family- husband, parents, siblings, children. Let us know you in that area.
We are small close knit family. My husband comes from a family of 2 sons. The elder stays with parents in hometown. We visit them at regular intervals. I have a daughter – college going teenager. My father died 3 years ago. We stay with our mother. I have a sister – she is married and settled with her family
What is your religion?
Which languages do you speak and how did you come about them?
English, Hindi, Marathi and my regional native languages. English is my official language of communication; Hindi is my family language, Marathi is the local regional language in Mumbai, the place where I live.
Give us two or three of your favourite quotes.
“When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine”
“The grass is greener where you water it”; “Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace”
“Don’t forget you’re human. It’s okay to have a meltdown. Just don’t unpack and live there. Cry it out. Then refocus on where you’re headed”
I love all three quotes. They are inspiring. What about your philosophy of life? Or what are some of the convictions you are not ready to compromise?
An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging your back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming… I will not compromise on Truth.. I love to do hard work and strive to earn the reward.
What is your motto? If you don’t have, give three words which can go for your motto.
Always be Happy; always wear a Smile, not because life is full of reasons to smile, but because your smile itself maybe a reason for many others to smile. The Greatest thing in life is love and the second is laughter..
Which is your best country in the world?
Which countries would you like to visit in your life time.
Dubai, Singapore, Mauritius
What are your plans about writing a book or books?
Not yet… need to develop more writing skills
What kinds of people do you like? Dislike?
Those who are false and do things for their own benefit at the expense of others.
What things do you like/ hate about our present world.
Like: that there are still some good human beings around who are compassionate, kind, give and spread love.
Hate : Favoritism ; office politics; greed; lust; lies; false implications; dis-trust; fight with own blood relations; rape, murder, terrorism, atrocities on the poor; abandonment of the girl child; abandonment of your parents / elders for money.
Young girls often have many problems in life. You must be aware of the kinds of problems they have. What advice would you give them.
Advise to young girls : be strong – both physically and emotionally – never give away to the sweet words of people around who may try to influence ; listen only to your parents.
In case of any untoward incident in life, don’t panic, stay calm , think carefully, visualize the situation, and act accordingly.
Do you have a last word?
“I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness”
My pleasure too having given this interview !
Best wishes to SIWO for spreading love and joy and inspiring young talent.
It was a real joy for us to talk to you. We wish you a very joyful life and hope that all your dreams will come true.
When I met Apeksha Rai for the first time, she had an impact on me. She sounded mature; fully aware of where she was going and determined to get there. I was surprised when I learned she was only thirteen. I asked to have her as my guest to know more about her, her dreams and vision for the world. She did not hesitate. I am happy to publish this interview. Those who are worried about the future of the world and think the young people of today may not effectively lead tomorrow’s world are invited to read this. They may change their minds when they do.
Who is Apeksha? Give us a bit of your biography.
The world I live in is made of philosophy; the air I breathe is nothing but music; the things I see are all poetical; all I like is called literature; what I hold is the mike; what I own is the dais; what I believe in is simplicity and what I’m called is Apeksha. I’m a thirteen year old simple school going Indian girl with a ‘small chest, big dream’. I belong to a middle class family and I’m blessed to have it. My father is a professor and he teaches Hindi (our national language); my mother is a housewife and I’ve an elder brother who’s just completing his education. I live in New Delhi and currently I’m studying in Ahlcon International School in 9th standard.
What do you like doing best in life?
Writing, reading, speaking and singing. These are all a major part of my life.
What do you hate the most?
I really hate the over glamorous and artificial lives people live today. I think being simple and original is the best way to live your life to the fullest.
Tell me if you like or hate school and why. What are your academic dreams?
I really love going to school because I’ve never seen school as a place where we simply have to study. For me, it has always been like a good reason to enjoy with friends, meet our wonderful teachers, and participate in various competitions. I’ve a great passion for English literature, so in future I want to measure its depth and witness the beauty. I’d love to do some research work in the field.
How do you spend your leisure?
I spend my leisure reading books, writing poems and articles, or else by my music practice.
Which are some of the best books you have read? Tell me one or two things you have learned from a book that you will never forget.
Books based on philosophy, religion and mythology attract me the most. All the books I’ve read so far have circled around such themes only. And from these books, I’ve got a vision to see the world with different pair of eyes. I’ve learnt that behind everything lies a message and everything on earth is full of beauty and wonders.
Who are the men or women, present or historical figures who have inspired you the most? Why do they inspire you? What do you admire in them?
We cannot meet the historical figures; all we can do is read and know more about them by different mediums. There are many great people, yet I’m always inspired by people around me. My teachers, my parents, my schoolmates, all have inspired me.
Which are/is your favorite quote(s)? Explain?
Quotes inspire me the most, and so there are many. But my love for philosophy always attracts me to Hegel’s quote:-
“When philosophy paints its grey on grey, then has a shape of life grown old. By philosophy’s grey on grey, it can’t be rejuvenated, only understood. The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk”
“Athens is like a sluggish horse and I’m the gadfly, trying to sting it into life”
How far have you gone towards achieving your ambition(s)?
I’m still in school, so all I’ve done is that I’ve started reading more and more. Reading is important if I want to do something in the field of literature.
How did you become a blogger? I mean what prompted you?
I didn’t know much about blogging before I had my own. My teachers and friends suggested that I should start blogging.
What thrills you the most in blogging?
The most thrilling thing about blogging is that you never know who you’ll meet. It excites me a lot when I visit the blogs of other bloggers.
What frustrates you if any?
I won’t say that it actually frustrates me, but it pinches me a bit when I’ve posted my poem and nobody comments on that!
What have been the benefits of blogging to you? Which blogs have touched you in a special way since you started blogging?
Blogging has helped me connect over the globe; it’s a good way to connect with people and that too for a good purpose. Many blogs have touched me in a special way; it’s difficult to name them!!!
What would you like to have achieved before your candle burns out in this world?
I want to have published a number of super hit books and composed countless poems. That’s all I want to do!
To me you sound so confident; so decisive. Are you quarrelsome? Talkative, silent? Bold, timid? Etc. so sure of what you are going for in life? Talk about yourself a bit. Why are you who you are? Were you born the way you are? What influenced you?
I’m much confident, very decisive, over talkative and quite bold. I certainly wasn’t the way I’m today. My parents have taught me everything and they play the most influential role in my life.
Tell me the things happening in the world today that get on your nerves or that you really like.
The best thing in the world is the zeal for reading. I really feel blessed to live in a society of readers and writers. I think people around me have inspired me a lot.
What is your evaluation of the impact of social media on the world? Are they building or destroying the world?
I think the world of social media is beautiful, if we get right users for that. I’m thirteen years old and except blogging, I hardly use internet but all the children of my age are on Facebook, instagram, twitter and all kinds of social networking sites even after knowing the required age. I mean they should think that Zuckerberg would have thought something before limiting the age group, isn’t he having higher intellect than us? Social media, today, is not destroying the world. Instead, the way we’re using it is causing destruction.
Outside your country, which countries do you know? I mean which countries have you been to and for what?
I know many countries but I’ve never been out of India. I love travelling, but I think there is much to travel in India. First I should know my land well!
Which countries would you like to visit? Why these countries?
European countries. I’ve read a lot about Greece and Rome in philosophy, and I’d love to visit these.
How do you see yourself? Tough? Easy-going? Hard working etc? Tell me how you like the world to know you.
I see myself as a very emotional girl with tears always ready to spurt out! Yet at times I’m bold enough to face people. I’m not much hard-working but my grave is ready for the things and people I love. I want the world to know me as an ordinary girl who lives for her dreams.
How would you like to be remembered when you are no more around?
I want to be remembered as the simplest person in the world with the highest aspirations. A girl who found her world in her dreams and beauty in her thoughts.
Immense thanks to Apeksha Rai for this interview. I also thank you, drear reader, for making time to read it. The young inspire me a lot. You might have enjoyed the chat and would like to know more about our young guest. Visit her site at https://apeksharai.wordpress.com/ .You will love it. The bloggers’ solidarity community is also open to welcome Apeksha.
If you enjoyed part one of our interview with Richa Sharma, it wouldn’t surprise me if you have been anxiously waiting for the continuation. Richa is such a nice person to talk to. I assure you I enjoyed every blessed second of my discussion with her. Here is the second part of that discussion:
Richa, it was very enjoyable talking to you in ourlast interview and many of those who read our discusdion liked the brilliant responses you gave to my questions. This has made me highly motivated as I do this second part. Let me go straight to the heart of the matter to ask if you have already published?
What advice would you give to those who admire you and want to be like you or to succeed in life.
I personally believe (in the words of Julia Cameron) – “We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.”
We all have it in us, it’s just that some
diamonds need more polishing than others.
Looking at the world, are there things going on which worry you?
Yes, sadly they do! Especially the senseless killing of humans and animals alike and global pollution.
What does your dream world look like?
Answer – Peaceful and compassionate where
discrimination any kind of has no place!
How many languages do you speak?
English and Hindi.
Which subjects do you love the most?
English and Science.
Which are your best countries in the world?
India is a land of diversification and vastness and it will be unfair to talk about just one particular place. I LOVE INDIA as a whole coz, each place, each habitat, each locale – has something special, something extraordinary to offer. With a history that dates back to 3300 to 1300 BCE – there is a lot to love, see and experience!
Which places would you love to visit.
A round trip around the world to appease my “wanderlust” soul.
How old are you? When were you born?
Too young to die and too old to be not a Millennial!
Give your height and your star.
5’2″ and VIRGO
How many brothers and sisters?
One younger brother.
Which do you think is your strongest point? Your weakest point?
I would regard my “heart” to be my strongest and weakest point.
To quote an example – There have been times
when my heart has survived more than it should have, surprising me with its courageousness
and then there are days when my heart refuses to listen to me at all!
Do you find it easy to say sorry when you hurt someone?
Oh yes, absolutely! That’s the first thing that I was taught growing up – It’s should never be difficult for you to accept your mistakes and seek forgiveness.
Which is your best food?
JUNK and loads of it.
What do you admire most in others?
The GIRT to keep trying and keep living! In all honesty, we as humans can surprise ourselves with the kind of inner strength and resilience that we have inside of our hearts.
Are you single or married? Your plans for marriage if single. Introduce your spouse if married.
I am happily married, since 3 years to the “love of my life” – Sumant! He is a DATA SCIENTIST with the largest US automotive dealer, living and loving his life!
Which is your favorite number or are your favourite numbers?
5 and 13.
How long have been blogging?
My first post went live on 13th October 2017 so, 13 months!
In which areas have you experienced growth in life?
Growth is a continuous process and I believe that each day we grow onto something better.
Advice to younger people about blogging.
Engage with other bloggers and appreciate them for stopping by your blog. Respond to the comments on your site and make sure that you check out “their” content too! Being part of the blogging community is a mammoth blessing and you cannot even fathom the kind of wonderful, multi-talented people that you’ll meet here. Embark on this opportunity and build relationships with your fellow bloggers. Trust me, it goes a long way when you take the time to “like, comment and interact” in the blogosphere!
Let us talk about your dreams. What is your life dream? What would you like to achieve or become before you leave this world?
I would like to be known for my kind heart and inspiring words.
More than that, I would want to be remembered as someone who’s lived her life at her own conditions.
I like to thank you very much for making yourself available to answer our questions and for being part of our community. I hope you always feel at home at SIWO International.
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Amulya Bhardwaj, a charming, dynamic and promising young lady I met on the blogosphere has continued to intrigue me with her brilliant mind and charming heart. Amulya shines through her work. To know more about this rising star, I contacted her for an interview for SIWO. Amulya willingly accepted. Below is my chat with her. I hope you enjoy it.
From which country do you hail?
The incredible, India (भारत ) 🇮🇳
Which part of India?
I belong to a small city in the Uttar Pradesh state of India, named Bareilly.
What is peculiar or unique about your people?
The culture. India has always been known for the variety and diversity in the culture of its people. The languages, the traditions, the culture, is so vibrant and diverse here. The richness in it’s heritage and history is incredible.
What can you say about your family?
We are a small family. My father and mother, both are working. I have a younger brother. We are both studying in the same university.
Are you happy with what God has given you in life ? I am talking about your origin, background, family, social status etc.
I am happy and proud about everything in my life, but not satisfied. And that’s what is required to keep improving yourself. I have everything that I could ask for this moment ! But, life is all about keep moving and keep improving.
What type of food do you like most?
I like pizza and burgers ( haha ! Who doesn’t ! ) Basically, I would love anything that’ll have cheese in it !
But, my favourite would be North and south Indian food. Dosa and chicken dishes can make my any day better ! And pastries !!! They’re love !
What do you enjoy most doing?
I like watching movies and yes, Cartoons ! I still watch Dragon Ball Z, Pokemon and Shinchan ! ( Still a kid at heart ! )
What type of people do you like most?
I like straightforward people. And by that, I do not mean the people who just say anything without thinking. I like people who are polite and truthful. I believe, apart from courage, politeness and kindness are most powerful magic that one can possess.
What are the qualities you like to see in your friends?
Luckily, the friends I have, are all amazing people. They’re kind, helping, fun loving, and understanding. The key to a good friendship is what the title song of “friends” says – I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU, WHEN THE RAIN STARTS TO POUR”. It’s about being there for each other and caring for each other !
What kind of people do you hate?
I hate those people who do not value and respect others’ opinion and thoughts.
What kind of man would you like to marry?
Heheh ! (This makes me smile) I would like to marry someone, with a heart, that understands the beats of mine. Someone, who’ll make me believe that love isn’t a myth, but, a truth that my heart has known since forever. The one who would understand and value my dreams and opinions; who would always encourage me to follow my passion and goals; who would understand that marriage is about sharing life and celebrating togetherness.
What are your best subjects in school?
My favorite subjects are English ( of course ), quantitative analysis, genetics and bioprocess engineering.
What are your dreams? I mean, what would you like to become?
When I try to paint my future, I see myself working in a company, doing well at my job and being settled.
I don’t dream to have an extraordinary life, but, something more than just ordinary. I want to write and be able to make people look at this world and life with positive outlook. I want to be able to help the needy. I want to do, even the smallest bits, to educate the children who don’t get the opportunity to get education. In short, I just aspire to be someone who is good at heart and kind in her deeds.
Would you like to travel to other parts of the world or live in other countries? Which countries would that be?
Yes !! I have a full planned list of places I want to visit. Japan is at the top of the list. But, I have no intention of settling anywhere else than India.
It must mean you love India so much. Is that, therefore, your best country in the word?
Haha ! You can say that. I do love India very much. India still needs much more progress and improvements. And I aspire to be a part of that journey. I want to do, even my little efforts, for the underprivileged people of India. And that’s why I don’t want to settle anywhere else. Rather, I want to settle in India and do my littlest bits to serve the nation.
Tell us about your blogging experience.
My blogging experience has been a roller coaster ride. I continuously go on and off here because of lack of time.
Blogging has helped me build confidence in me. The love, the appreciation I get ( thanks to everyone ) , is overwhelming. I started blogging to share my experiences and opinions through poems, and it has been a wonderful journey 🌸
When did you start blogging?
I started blogging about 3 years ago.
What prompted you to create a blog?
I don’t have any particular reason why I started it but, mostly, it was because I thought writing and sharing was the best way to divert my mind that time. I was in a state of depression. And writing, sharing, blogging, helped me a lot to overcome those negative thoughts.
Curious to hear you talk of a state of depression. You look so beautiful one would think everything is going perfectly for you, but you are talking of depression. What happened? I just talked about your beauty. Indeed, you are such a shining beauty. Do people often say this to you?
(Blushes) Thank you so much for the compliment. You always make me smile like that. Hehe. There was a time when everything around me looked so messed up. To be honest, I could’ve handled situations better if I acted much maturely. But ! I didn’t. I just let the situations take over my peace, my joys and my confidence. But, I overcame it. And here I am! In an interview with the most amazing and inspiring person here !
Have you had some embarrassment or some experiences that have come as a result of how people see you?
I don’t think that anything that embarrassing has happened to me, but, yes, people’s opinions change. And that’s the truth.
Let us come back to blogging. How do you find blogging? Hard? Easy? Challenging? Thrilling?
It is quite challenging for me to cope up with blogging now. I am an undergraduate student, and I don’t get much free time for myself. So, I am always going on and off on WordPress. However, no matter how busy am I, I always find a way of writing. And whenever, I get some free time, I share my work on WordPress and read others’ too
What have you gained from blogging?
I have gained patience. I was a very impatient person. Blogging, made me realise that good things take time to happen.
What do you blog about?
I share my quotes and poems on my blog. Everything that I write is related to what I have or what I am experiencing. So, it’s like, I share my vision, opinion and life incidents.
How did you come to be part of SIWO?
Initially, I followed SIWO because I always liked the positive energy that it radiated through it’s posts. Then, I became an author there. I started sharing my vision there too. I wasn’t very consistent though. Hehe. But, I always cherished being a member of such inspiring community.
What role do you play in SIWO?
I have been honored by the position of co-admin. And I feel so overwhelmed by the trust that the founder of this site, that you are, have shown in me.
What have you learned or gained from SIWO?
SIWO has always been my place for finding inspiration. I have learned so much here. I didn’t know I could be a part of something so big and wonderful. It made me realize my capabilities. I feel great being a member of Success Inspirers’ World.
How do you spend your leisure time?
I spend my leisure time watching movies or reading books. Or talking to the people I love.
Let me come back to the kinds of people you dislike or dislike.
I like polite, truthful, courageous and fun loving people. I don’t like people who do not value or respect other’s opinions and feelings. I believe in the magic of courage and kindness.
How do you see social media and the way people use it. Is it doing good or evil to society?
See, everything in this world has it’s own pros and cons. Social media is a great platform for sharing, but, there are people who misuse it by sharing negativity. If used wisely, like SIWO is doing, one can create wonders and make this world a better and happier place. But, for those who misuse it, it is a threat to our society.
Which is your best poem?
I think my best work is Poem 89: She, and I.
Can you share with us here?
Here it is :
The zephyr runs through her hair
She, standing right in front of me
I, trying to be the best
I can be
It’s been a long time
Years since we’ve met
Since we’ve shared the days
And kissed the sunset
She, looking like the incarnation
Of the beauty of venus
And I, fantasising about the perfect
And soothing love of us
The winds, place and weather
All have changed in the time
But she, is still the same
The same warming rhyme
The moment seems to be paused
My eyes sparkling with her shine
And my heart reading hers
As I’m hers, and she’s mine !
That is an amazing poem. Do you have any plans to write a book or books? About what?
I really want to publish books. That’s one of the things that I want to do, for sure, in my life. I want to write a poetry book, a self help book and a love Novel. Already, my work has been published in two anthologies.
That is great. Bravo! Tell me!
What kinds of books do you love reading?
I love reading fiction and philosophical books.
Name three books which have had a great impact on you.
Three books that have had a great impact on me are: Harry Potter (all time favourite), The subtle art of not giving a fuck, and Alchemist.
Who are your role models?
My dad and mom are my role-models. I mean it. I have seen them struggle. I have seen them being strong in dark days. I have seen them admiring the little things and joys of life. I always say my parents are the definition of courage and kindness for mme
Which has been your greatest challenge in life?
My greatest challenge so far was to start believing in myself. I had a very low level of self confidence initially.
How did you sail through it?
I read books, saw videos, practiced self-care and did self evaluation to build confidence in myself. Now, I can proudly say – I love and adore myself more than ever; and more importantly, I feel so proud of myself.
Good to hear that. Which is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is “Don’t let the winds decide your way.” I wrote it when I was practicing self care. I realized that I was letting the outer world affect me so much and that was threatening.
Do you love pets?
I love pets. Cats and dogs, I just adore them so much!!
I met this little girl on the street near my home. I fell in love with her the first time she looked at me. I named her Oreo because she’s black and white like the oreo biscuit. Hehehe!
I want to thank you sincerely for accepting to answer our questions. Congratulations on the great work you are doing. I encourage you to keep shining.
Today, we give you Part One of an interview we had with a blogger who has impressed us greatly on WordPress. Her name is Richa Sharma of iScriblr.com. I so much enjoyed talking to Richa and I know you will enjoy our conversation. Enjoy!
Hello! It’s a real pleasure for me to meet you for this interview. Please, introduce yourself.
From a ghost writer to iScriblr – my life has been a roller coaster ride of amusing (most of the times), deplorable(sometimes) and impelling (always) moments! An Army brat, gastronome, absurd,an animal lover, health freak, married and delightful – This is Richa for you and on iScriblr, I blog my passion!
Welcome to “my world” – where the words are fancy and the heart is honest!
Which is your country?
Born in India, settled in the USA.
Tellme about your academic profile.
I am double graduate and a double postgraduate in English Literature, Zoology and Education.
How long have you been blogging?
My first post went live on 13thOctober 2017 so, 13 months!
What do you blog about?
Positivity and inspiration, if that’s the genre we’ll like to consider.
What prompted you to start blogging?
Some random thoughts, a husband to technically assist me in setting up my website, lose time and years of yearning to write = iScriblr was born!To be honest, writing always has been very close to my heart. When conversations failed, I wrote! It has been my “happy place” where I can express myself freely without being judged or belittled.Post quitting my job of 10+ years and finally being able to get some time for myself – blogging was the obvious next step towards “my freedom to expression.”Also, what’s knowledge if you haven’t shared it, when you had the chance?What are the challenges you face or havefaced as a blogger?
Thankfully, I haven’t yet experienced“writer’s block”, though there can be days when I am short on time and fail to create anything worthwhile.
What has kept you going as a blogger?
“Writing” is what takes me away from life and its mundane craziness and this very thought of breaking free is what keep me going.
What blogging advice do you have for new bloggers and those who are still struggling with blogging?
It’s no secret that when you’re starting out blogging, the situations seriously can be a bit overwhelming! Too many trials and tribulations, what’s and whys. Post many blunders, here are 3tips, that I think can help y’all to not do what I did, or do what I didn’t do!
1 BE AUTHENTIC – Be real, be YOU! I understand that there will be a lot of pressure to attract people to your blog but that does not mean that you blindly follow and ape a trend! Embrace your uniqueness and do not try to be someone who you are not.
2 DON’T OVERWHELM YOURSELF OR OVER COMMIT – If your schedule is preposterous then don’t stress trying to get a post – up every single day. Remember it should always be “Quality over Quantity” and not the other way round.
3 LOVE WHAT YOU DO – Remember that you are doing this for yourself and not to please anyone else. Put in your best of efforts and enjoy your work.”
What is your strategy to achieve your dream?
Never say NO! Always keep you head high and keep working towards your goals, no matter how uphill the task.
What is your personal philosophy of life?
Be compassionate! Compassion leads to understanding, which leads to love, which leads to peace.
Do you have a mantra?
Have a generous heart and wish for others everything you want for yourself.
What motivates you to keep going?
My “grey-cells!” On a serious note,this (blogging/writing) is something that I have always wanted to do. (And I don’t really think that I will give up on it any-time soon!)
In the words of Robert Frost – “These woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.”
When you work so hard towards achieving your goals, giving up is never an option!
What do you do when you meet a difficulty on your way?
Stare “her” in the eye and keep doing my thing!
Thanks to my Papa (who’s an Army man) – I come from a school of thought that advocates – “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going!”
Who are some of your best friends? What do you like about them?
Being the kind of “social”person that I’ve always been, I have a truck old of friends! What I love about them is their “acceptance” towards who I am, without trying to change me
What qualities do you like to find in people?
Honesty, compassion and hard work ranks the best in my admiration list. Also, I am a sucker for “ethics!”
What type of people do you dislike or hate?
Liars and hypocrites.
Who is your role model?
To be honest, I am the kind of person who would “pick up” good things from everybody around me.
Malala Yousafzai, Steve Jobs, Maya Angelo, Elon Reeve Musk, Dr. Abdul Kalam, Tupac Shakur, Michelle Obama, Lady Diana – have all been positive triggers in my life.
The list also includes my parents, who have been the epitome of courage, will and hard work.
What do you admire in your role model (s)?
Their courage, their resilience and their strength to face the life’s battles and worldly turmoil.
Thank you, Richa, for sacrificing time to talk to us. And dear reader, this is part one of my interview with this amazing lady who was wonderfully nice to talk to. Part Two is coming soon. Do not miss it.