A wrap for NaPoWriMo & AtoZ Blogging Challenge 2017

Published 02nd May 2017 by viewsofpreethib

Did you survive?                        

I am so glad, finally finished the two blogging challenges I took up this year in the month of April successfully. This is the second time I am taking part in the two blogging challenge as the first time I took these challenges were in 2014.

This year I was not sure I would be able to finish both blogging challenges and if I could write every day.  Yes, in between I really wanted to quit, but still something, someone, some power in some or the other way pushed me on the next day as I woke up to keep up with the challenges.

A special thanks to my colleague come friend Cynthia who encouraged me every single day to keep writing, reading my blog, and correcting me in the places where I could have improved my writing in the AtoZ Challenge and during the NaPoWriMo she became a poet herself while I was trying to write the poems. Thank you Cynitha, it was fun writing, reading poems together. Your encouragement, everyday you were keen to read what I wrote on the prompt and your honest comments on my attempts really means a lot to me. Thank you so much.

Congrats to all those who had taken part in the NaPoWriMo or AtoZ Challenge. Below I have listed a few links who have participated in these challenges. And who have been encouraging me with their likes and comments.

  1. Raji : https://aratrikaspeaks.wordpress.com
  2. Cheryl Wright : Plucking Of My Heartstringshttps://pluckingofmyheartstrings.com/
  3. Visionariekind : https://visionariekindness.com/
  4. Benitakape : https://benitakape.wordpress.com/
  5. Zelda Reville : https://zeldareville.wordpress.com/
  6. Annapurani Vaidyanathanhttps://annapurani93.wordpress.com
  7. Raymond Maxwell : https://thisismypoetryblog.wordpress.com

Those special people who are not aware that they have been silently encouraging, inspiring, and pushing me to go on with the NaPoWriMo (30 days 30 poems) blog challenge by their beautiful writing are listed below.

  1. NJ : https://njsays.wordpress.com/
  2. Emangarduque : https://emangarduque.wordpress.com
  3. Mistee : https://mistee9.wordpress.com/
  4. Smitha : https://lifeateacher.wordpress.com/
  5. Vandana : https://feelings161.wordpress.com/

Once again thank you NaPoWriMo and AtoZ Challenge. And all the participants and those who encouraged and inspired me to keep going, best wishes for your upcoming challenges in writing as well as in your life.

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Day 30 – NaPoWriMo 2017 – “NaPoWriMo”

Published 01st May 2017 by viewsofpreethib

Day 30 – And finally, our final prompt – at least until next year! Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem about something that happens again and again (kind of like NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo). It could be the setting of the sun, or your Aunt Georgia telling the same story at Thanksgiving every single year. It could be the swallows returning to Capistrano or how, without fail, you will lock your keys in the car whenever you go to the beach.

NaPoWriMo

Year after year,
New Challenge in April,
New prompts for 30 days,
A new form of poem each day,
Due to NaPoWriMo Challenge.

Year after year,
Your up with gear,
To face new challenge,
A repeated gift for yourself,
Which is NaPoWriMo Challenge.

Year after year,
You write 30 poems,
Along with unknown people,
In the journey you make few new friends,
Due to the NaPoWriMo Challenge.

Year after year,
Brings a smile on your face,
A satisfaction about yourself,
A memory so delightful,
Only due to NaPoWriMo Challenge!

(c) by Preethi.B

 

APRIL 30TH – A TO Z CHALLENGE – LETTER “Z”

Published 30th April 2017 by viewsofpreethib

April 30th – Letter “Z” 

Film – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
Language – Hindi
Genre – Comedy-Drama
Written by – 
Director – Zoya Akhtar
Producer – Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani
Music Director – Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cast – Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif, Kalki Koechlin

Story – Story is about three childhood friends. Kabir (Abhay Deol), Imran (Farhan Akhtar) and Arjun (Hrithik Roshan). Kabir is engaged to Natasha (Kalki Koechlin), on the engagement day Natasha learns that Kabir has planned for a trip with his school friends that is with Arjun and Imran for three week road trip to Spain as his bachelor party. Kabir also reveals that they had a pact regarding the trip, each one out of the three will have to pick an adventure sport and all the three will have to try it together whether the other two like it or not. Arjun is a workaholic, he gives lot of importance to money, he wants to earn more so than he can retire early which is at the age of 40. Imran has an additional agenda to go on the road trip, which he still has not revealed to his friends.

Will Imran reveal his secret agenda on coming to the road trip to his friends? Is there any other reason for Kabir to arrange this road trip? Will Arjun work during the road trip or enjoy with his two friends? What will they find out about each other and about their friendship during this trip? What are the adventures sport each one choose? Will the rest two try the sport? Will the three overcome their fears? Will Kabir marry Natasha after coming back from the road trip? To get all the answers you will have to watch this interesting and fun filled movie.

My Say on the Film – An awesome movie that shows the emotions of the three best friends, their fears, their relationships with each other and others; their misunderstanding, forgiving, healing each other’s wounds, the fun filled adventurous trip and sports. Marvellous acting by each and every actor. Beautiful cinematography, good music, over all a beautiful movie.

Closing Remarks – I think everyone can relate to this movie in one or the other way, a wonderful movie which you would like to watch it over and over again.

 

DAY 29 – NAPOWRIMO 2017 – “Snow”

Published 29th April 2017 by viewsofpreethib

Day 29 – And now for our (optional) prompt. Today, I’d like to challenge you to take one of your favorite poems and find a very specific, concrete noun in it. For example, if your favorite poem is this verse of Emily Dickinson’s, you might choose the word “stones” or “spectre.” After you’ve chosen your word, put the original poem away and spend five minutes free-writing associations – other nouns, adjectives, etc. Then use your original word and the results of your free-writing as the building blocks for a new poem.

My favorite poem is by Robert Frost called “Dust of Snow”.

Dust of Snow

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

– Robert Frost

Snow

In the movies I see,
Beautiful scenes,
And how I wish,
To see, feel, experience reality,
Covered in snow,
Are Trees with no leaves,
Benches are lonely,
Streets lights in night are shiny,
Lakes are frozen and icy,
People singing merrily,
Amazing ice skating,
Kids are playing,
Snowman’s at making,
Santa Claus is said to come from chimney,
The snow covered bridges are calling,
To see the sight of beauty,
The sight of white,
The snow,
Gives a mystic feeling…

(c) by Preethi.B

APRIL 29TH – A TO Z CHALLENGE – LETTER “Y”

Published 29th April 2017 by viewsofpreethib

April 29th – Letter “Y” 

Film – Ye Maaya Chesave (2010)
Language – Telugu
Genre – Romantic Drama
Written by – Gautham Menon, Umarji Anuradha
Director – Gautham Menon
Producer – Manjula Ghattamaneni, Sanjay Swaroop
Music Director – A. R. Rahman
Cast – Naga Chaitanya, Samantha Ruth, Prabhu Sudheer Babu
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Story – It is a love story between a young guy called Karthik (Naga Chaitanya) and Jessie (Samantha). Karthik is a mechanical engineering graduate but wishes to be a film director. With the help of his friend Krishna, Karthik gets introduced to the director Puri Jagannadh and request him to take him as his assistant. Meanwhile Karthik family who are Hindus, shits to a new house in the ground floor, which is a two-storied building in which the above house Mr. Thekekuttu a Malayalam Catholic family lives. That is where Karthick for the first time sees Jessie who is two years elder to him and is working. Karthik falls in love with Jessie which is love at first sight; he then follows Jessie every day. One day Karthik express his love to Jessie but gets angry who is afraid to speak to men when her father is around as he is very strict. After that Karthik meets Jessie several times, after which she finally admit she likes him too.

But will Jessie accept his love? Will Jessie’s parents accept Karthik? Will Jessie and Karthik break-up due to family pressure? Will Karthik dream of becoming a filmmaker come true? To get all the answer to these questions you will have to watch this lovely romantic movie.

My Say on the Film – A lovely romantic movie and the songs are pretty good. Movie is focused on the two main leads which is Karthik and Jessie; hence their acting is very good and I must say they have done justice to their roles. The screenplay, cinematography, visual effects is good.

Closing Remarks – In India it is very difficult for both sides of the families to accept an elderly lady to be married to man who is younger than her. This movie brings out a very mature and sensitive topic which is filmed very raw & realistic. Over all is a wonderful movie to watch and that stays in your heart and mind for a very long time.

Day 28 – NaPoWriMo 2017 – “What Is Love?”

Published 28th April 2017 by viewsofpreethib

Day 28 – And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem using Skeltonic verse. Don’t worry, there are no skeletons involved. Rather, Skeltonic verse gets its name from John Skelton, a fifteenth-century English poet who pioneered the use of short stanzas with irregular meter, but two strong stresses per line (otherwise know as “dipodic” or “two-footed” verse). The lines rhyme, but there’s not a rhyme scheme per se. The poet simply rhymes against one word until he or she gets bored and moves on to another. Here is a good explainer of the form, from which I have borrowed this excellent example:

Dipodic What?

Dipodic Verse
will be Terse.
Stress used just twice
to keep it nice,
short or long
a lilting song
or sounding gong
that won’t go wrong
if you adhere
to the rule here,
Now is that clear
My dear?

What is love?

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Does Love,
Come with book of directive?
Is Love,
Addictive?
Does true love,
Exist or is it imaginative?
Can Love,
Be above,
Everything and everyone?
Is love,
Heartache,
And even sacrifice?
Does Love,
Mean different according to their age?
Is Love,
Blind or calculative?
Is Love,
Temporary or evermore?

To express love,
Should one be creative?
When in Love,
Would one always be caressive,
Or would be disruptive & impulsive?
When in love,
Would one be intuitive?
Does true love,
Means one should only give,
In return you expect nothing?

What is love?
Can anybody tell me?

(c) by Preethi.B

APRIL 28TH – A TO Z CHALLENGE – LETTER “X”

Published 28th April 2017 by viewsofpreethib

April 28th – Letter “X” 

Film – X-Men (2000) 
Language – English
Genre – Fictional
Written by – David Hayter
Director – Bryan Singer
Producer – Lauren Shuler Donner & Ralph Winter 
Music Director – Michael Kamen 
Cast –  Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Bruce Davison, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Ray Park, Tyler Mane, Anna Paquin 

Story – A 17 year old young girl called Marie D’ Ancanto (Anna Paquin) on kissing her boyfriend she accidentally puts him into coma. On knowing her mutant power which is to absorb energy of another life, she gets scared and runs away from her home and names herself as Rogue.  In a place called Alberta Rogue meets a mutant called Logan (Hugh Jackman) also known as Wolverine who has healing powers and from his knuckles metal claws protrude. While they are travelling together on the road both are attacked by another mutant called as Sabretooth (Tyler Mane) who is a bad mutant, meanwhile other two mutants called Cyclops (James Marsden) and Storm (Halle Berry) comes there to save Rogue and Wolverine.  Rogue & Wolverine are saved and bought to Xavier’s Mansion which is a school for the young mutants located in Westchester Country, New York.

Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) meets Rogue and Wolverine, after which he tells Logan that just like the mutants in his school there is another group of mutants too and the other group is under Lehnsherr (Ian McKellen) also known as Magneto. And he also tells them Magneto seems to be interested in Wolverine and the reason is unknown. Xavier asks Logan to stay in Xavier’s mansion and meanwhile Rogue is enrolled in the school.

There are two mutant group, Xavier’s group trying to protect and follow the laws whereas the other mutant group which is controlled by Magneto, practice illegal activities and Magneto has an evil plan in mind. Magneto is expecting for a war to take place and for which he needs Rogue to help him with his evil plan. Will Magneto be able to find Rogue? Will Magneto be able to convince Rogue to help him with his plan? What is Magneto’s evil plan? Will Magneto be able to succeed in his evil plan? What will happen to Rogue and Wolverine? Will Xavier be able to protect them? To know what is Magneto’s intentions and to know what really happens, you will have to watch the movie.

My Say on the Film – Brilliant movie, story and the way the movie is taken is really awesome. Acting by each and every artist is marvelous.

Closing Remarks – A fantastic movie.