Of Life Stories and Lullabies
A Trip Down Memory Lane – April 2014
I’ve attempted the April A to Z challenge each of the last 5 years. It’s a wonderful initiative and fun to try and write 26 days of the month, with themes being the 26 letters of the alphabet. Before 2014, I had attempted four A to Z months, completed two and left two midway. I was determined to not leave it halfway this time, and thankfully, I had a lot of help to push my muse to completing it.
Firstly, Bhavya (my best friend) and I decided we’ll do alternate alphabet themes. We gave each other words. She gave A, C, E, G etc. and I decided the words for B, D, F, H etc. And we wrote stories on the same words each day. Secondly, there was this wonderful group of A to Z writers. It’s where I met some new bloggers. Lizzi, who would put up a midnight thread to share our posts, Jaibala, who was doing posts about her favorite songs, Anuradha, whose jokes theme was quite nice, Gauri Kekre, who had this DIY theme, they are some that come to mind. There were friends who were writing along too. Bawa, Janaki, Sfoo, SSJ, Pooji, Shrikant, Vinita… all of us had fun doing the posts, and of course, the countdowns to the midnight thread. They all helped me to complete A to Z. Midway through and post the challenge; I became good friends with few new bloggers I’d met through A to Z. That was memorable.
April is also memorable because I attempted to write 30 poems in the month too. That kind of overwhelmed and I couldn’t finish that challenge, but I wrote quite a few, that’s for sure. The prompts at the NaPoWriMo site helped, and there were some fun prompts, and some fun forms. Maybe in 2015, I can try and finish both challenges, but that’s the future, and it’s still hazy at this moment.
I’m selecting two posts that, looking back at April, remain most memorable.
The first post is a story. When I write a story, I try to give the ending a twist. It doesn’t happen every time, but with this story, I did. Even now, I don’t know what prompted the story other than the word. For me, it remains one of my best. And Dagny, another sweet soul I met that month, gave a comment that made my day then. The story is titled “The Lullaby”.
The second is a poem. There are very few who I become good friends with almost instantly. One such person is Jaibala Rao, who I met in April, and became friends with her soon after. She’s this super storyteller and poet who has a passion for words that is quite obvious when you read her, and even more so when she speaks of her naani (and the coot one). We decided to collaborate when we were both feeling uninspired, and wrote a poem alternating verses. The poem is titled “A Life Story”.
(6th January 2015)