A Brief Hiatus

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This is only for those who really care to read about the author’s unplanned break from blogging.

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Dear reader,

I have been away, for quite some time. Yes, I should have left you a note, like a quick post it or something, letting you know that I won’t be around. And trust me, I would’ve, if I’d seen this coming. But truly, I hadn’t known. All I knew was I couldn’t write. And I had to get away. PERIOD.

So, then what does a writer do? I don’t think it was writer’s block. But I did suffer a spell of sorts for more than two weeks. And I wish you were around to hold my hand and drag me out of it, but alas! I know you didn’t know so, it’s all right. Although, I didn’t write much, I did a bit of a planning and finally, I have wheels for my Hindi poetry now rolling.

Hindi being my native language, I have always had a special place for it in my heart. I wrote few poems and a few short stories in the tongue back in school and that was that. This however, had been on my mind for years. The hiatus thus, proved useful in getting work done toward this year’s resolution and I got my pen to word down a few. I shall have the first one published soon but I am not sure about the translation yet. If all goes as planned, I shall be the happiest person.

That is as far as writing goes. I have been under the weather for most of this period. But the exciting part for April still remains my swimming classes. I haven’t found anything so refreshing in a very long time and the up side also being I finally have my resolution spill-over (for 5 years) tackled. Yeah, I am doubly happy.

Tell me about you, dear reader. What’s happening? What have you been writing about? Or musing about? I have so missed you and will soon be over at yours catching up with your blogs. For now, that’s all. I shall be around often and do let me know what you think of my Hindi Poetry.

 

Siriusly,
Asha

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  1. You have to do what’s best for you. I’m so happy to see you back. I’ve been away myself. I’m still blogging, but I just felt stuck. So I’m only blogging three days a week and inbetween I’m catching up on everyone’s blogs and just enjoying catching up with everyone. I’m still writing just not as often. I have so many ideas, but just can’t seem to write the story I want to write. I’ll get there and so will you. Keep in touch dear one. Kat…

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  2. My late brother studied Hindi and Urdu. We were exposed to Indian culture through him. Congratulations on the swimming. It is a marvelous freedom to move through the water, as close as a human will come to flying.
    Thanks for the update.

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    1. Thanks, David. Are you acquainted with Hindi? If yes, perhaps, you’ll be keen to share your thoughts on my latest venture with Hindi Poetry.
      And yes, W\welcome to TMQ. 🙂

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  3. Welcome back hon.
    You inspire me and I’m sorry you had to have an unplanned hiatus. Sometimes as writers we need to take time for ourselves as writers and obviously this was your time.

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    1. Yes, you said it. We need time for ourselves in the routine mundane run of life. Didn’t much realise when I got absorbed in the hiatus. But it sure did help me a lot. 🙂
      Thank you and welcome to TMQ.

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  4. I love your english ones and I am eager to read your Hindi poetry as well…looking forward to them…And yaa was missing you on instagram too…

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  5. Glad to see you back Asha. Health, family, office, challenges….so many issues call for our attention.
    Looking forward to your Hindi poem. I am sure it will be as good as your English ones. ❤️

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    1. Thanks for your wishes, Radhika. It makes me so happy to see your cheerful self around.
      I did publish one that had the pleasure of your presence. I shall be publishing more in time. It’d be great to have your views on them too.
      I need to be around yours since it’s been a while.

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  6. First of all congratulations on the hiatus. It turned to be great.
    Secondly, Hindi poetry and short stories. That’s pretty awesome. Looking forward to preorder the book.
    Thirdly, take care of yourself.
    As for me, there’s nothing much to tell. Just being under the weather and a series of unfortunate events.
    Take care and keep writing. 🙂

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    1. Being under the weather, I have been too. But writing and now swimming helps me take my mind off things.
      Hindi has always been such a favorite. Gives me a sort of freedom English denies. Or perhaps, it’s just a mental glitch.
      What’s up with you?

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        1. I posted a new poem, one I so so love. It is up on the blog. Do stop by whenever you find time and share your thoughts?
          I have come to love swimming so much. I am a fitness freak and apart from running, biking, and regular workout, swimming has been an add-on which keeps me going well enough.

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  7. I did notice the drop in your publishing frequency, Asha. Just last month or so, I happened to read your post every other day. And suddenly no posts. I wondered if you were busy with writing or travelling! You weren’t much active on Instagram too; so the idea of you travelling took a backseat.
    But I’m glad to know what had actually kept you busy. Swimming, just another to-learn-one-day thing in my list. And, so looking forward to read some Hindi. Hope that would be soon.😃

    As for myself, office has pretty much kept me occupied. Rest the usual stuff- writing, (little bit of) reading. Haven’t finished an anthology of 50 short stories in even 40 days. Still into it. So that says for the little bit of my reading.

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    1. Yeah, well being too caught up on work-front, I really was struggling for time with blogging. But soon I realised, it had more to do with streamlining my thoughts.
      And for that, I had to get away. I am in a much better place now. So hoping to get myself back in action.
      I will be traveling for a week toward the end of the month and it couldn’t come sooner.
      Swimming really helped me push myself through this period of hibernation and so well. It is the third best thing I’ve come to love; after writing and biking.
      I am happy to hear from you and how is it going on work front? How are you finding the deviation from tech? Tell me all. It’s been a while we’ve spoken.

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      1. Well, well, well, it all seems good at your side, and I’m delighted to know that.😃

        Yeah, it’s been a while. I’m still in IT, but have changed the domain; new work has lesser to do with tech, and is more on the side of creativity, and so I couldn’t be more satisfied.
        Now if I look at the whole picture, I’m glad I didn’t switch. What I thought wasn’t possible, in fact, very much is – to be happy with my life, on a personal as well as professional front. Work gets bit hectic sometimes, but that’s a part of every job. So, in a nutshell, I’m much happier than I thought I could ever be without switching my career paths.

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  8. A break is always helpful when something doesn’t feel right. I am glad you are still writing though, Hindi is another language I would love to learn, if only to read your words. So much to learn in such a short time! Swimming is great, not only for a good workout but being alone with one’s thoughts.
    For myself, I have been adding plans and structure to the novel idea and partly worrying about the lack of time we are afforded in this world.

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    1. Somehow, the ephemeral absconding from writing didn’t feel right. Not being able to publish content made me so restless for days on end. But then channelling my energies into writing Hindi poetry just did it for me. Swimming helped tremendously too. You’re absolutely right about being alone with one’s own thoughts. It is so stimulating.
      Thinking about your novel in action gives me the boost I seek. Lack of time are perennial bumpers, as I’ve come to believe.

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      1. I am excited to start but I have been watching documentaries on Stanley Kubrick and his meticulousness is frightening but also compelling. I want to do a lot of research purely for the sake for the research but also to make the book stronger. Channelling is good sometimes, clears the decks and allows us to start afresh. I shall keep you updated on Novel #1’s progress.

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        1. I haven’t watched many Kubrick movies except Lolita and The Shining. I look forward for updates on the progress, J.
          Research gets me going too. But sadly, I don’t find the time I wish to have to dedicate to research, anymore than I get to sleep.

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            1. I never read the book but I shall look for the movie. Thanks, J. Since I am really very picky about the movies I watch, I love all good recommendations that come my way. I always approve of your choices.

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              1. I am honoured and also worried that I will one day lose my 100% record. I was also going to watch the original Solaris as I loved the book but at two hours forty six minutes, haven’t had time yet.

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  9. Hey Asha.
    I wish you are doing fine.
    Even though recently I could not visit you blog regularly, today when The Musing Quill arrived in my Mail Box, I could not resist but come here.
    Best wishes for the adventure in Hindi.
    See you around.
    Regards,
    Keval

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    1. Hey Gohil. Indeed, it’s been pretty long that I haven’t seen you around. But I am pleased that you did stop by.
      I am looking forward to reading your thoughts on my poetry when it’s live. Hoping to see you around. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Peter, for being so understanding. As I was telling Sue, I was not so patient with myself for not finding my muse.
      But now that I am back with a plan, I hope to keep driving it.
      How’ve you been?

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  10. Dear Asha, I KNOW you are a lovely person with a good heart, and whatever has been ailing you, I wish it gone for good! Many people have physical or mental problems: large and small, in their lives at one time or another. I did, years ago, after losing two good friends too young..and my parents. When you recover, it seems to make you stronger and more empathetic, which I dearly wish it does for you. You have a gift, so share it with the world! I look forward to reading your new poetry. Take care! Love and light. Joy x

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    1. That must have been so tough, Joy. And I am glad you were able to be back up standing fit and firm, on your own.
      Your words make me feel so positive inside; something I have missed.
      The poetry will come along soon enough, as soon as I have a way with the translations.
      Be happy, for you make me too. 🙂

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