Till last week it was very hectic, frenzied and full of excitement. Most of us were caught in a maze of alphabets and words. Yes, I am referring to A to Z challenge. There are 26 alphabets, one for each day of April, except Sundays. We were supposed to select a theme or to write at random. I read about this challenge about two months ago, but did not pay any heed to it.I could not imagine myself writing a blog every day of the month. Not for me this challenge!. As days passed by I read enthusiastic bloggers writing about the challenge.I too searched the post written by Madam Corinne. It was truly motivating. I discussed about it with my mentor, Shilpa. Her advice was so inspiring that then and there I decided to take the plunge! Now another dilemma. Whether to select a theme or to write at random. After weighing several thoughts I decided to take the theme.I decided to write on 'Festivals of India'. In my younger days I had travelled a lot and witnessed quite a number of celebrations.
I do not regret that I selected this topic. I wrote with great zest and enthusiasm. I wrote minimum two posts every day and completed twenty two posts by first week of March. The last four proved to be challenging.I discussed with friends, consulted the great Google, and took a final decision. I am contended with the support and motivation which I got from friends. I made many new friends, and retained the old ones. It was a very fulfilling experience to read blogs, which touched the heart. The variety of themes and the text and subject matter of the blogs was amazing.I mention a few which were exemplary. Shilpa's 55ers on marriage ,to say the least were unique. Sreeja's story left the readers guessing what next.The doggies of Carol Graham were such cuties. Vishal's memoirs of his college were soaked in pleasant remembrances. Jayanta, being a Rotarian,wrote about social issues and how they can be curbed by society. Beloo Mehra, herself a great educationist is concerned with the drawbacks in the prevalent system of Education and how the age old practises can be erased and a new and more practical changes can be brought about. Many of Swathi's posts expressed feelings and emotions which we face in our daily life.I enjoyed the posts of Sushree Dash, Rajlakshami, S(t)ri, Shailaja.The little Princess, Jyotsna Bhatia, Kathy Combs and Nabanita and many more posts brilliantly written by friends whose names have been left out inadvertently.
This has been a memorable journey under the leadership of Madam Corinne, who is herself a prolific writer and a friend and a guide to all the participants. My special thanks to my group leader, Shilpa,who has guided every one efficiently.