Is it difficult to define DREAMS? I guess, yes! If you can explain what you dream about then you can truly define yourself as well. So, here I am… Trying to define myself through a stroy!
Dream 1: Born To Dance
Well! My first dream was born when I was in 1st standard. Too quick, huh? 😀
It was my first dance class. When I entered the class, it had the aroma of music which gave me goosebumps. It had all the musical instruments like guitar, sitar, tabla, harmonium etc. and one small tape recorder. As the class started, my dance teacher started teaching some dance moves. But the real face-off came in my life after the class.
When the class got over, my teacher called and asked me, ‘do you like dancing?’ I guess she saw that spark and love for dance in my eyes while I was following her like a baby. I replied ‘Yes!’ with a smile and blushing cheeks. Somewhere at the bottom of my heart, I knew what she’s going to demand next so obviously, I was begging to God for an escape. But I guess He was busy answering some more important prayers.
She asked me to show some moves on any of my favorite songs. Initially, I refused due to my hesitation. I was always a shy baby, you know (Don’t forget ‘was’ here 😉 ) but she had the power of a teacher. And like any other teacher, she too scared the poor soul of a student with those horrifying stares. 🙁
Like an obedient student, I showed a couple of ‘thumkas’ to her. I asked her to sing my favorite Bollywood number of those times, ‘mere hathon mein naun naun chudiya hain’. Without wasting a single second, she started singing and I started jumping with my favorite hastaks… Oopss… I meant hand movements. 😛
For about 2-3 minutes, I was just moving my body on the beats that only I could hear and lyrics which my teacher was singing. Those few minutes introduced me to my first love, DANCE. I knew that my ‘thumkas’ were not good but I also knew that I can make them awesome some day. I just needed a professional training. Yes, I worked on it. I have already completed my beginner level Kathak dance classes. So, now my thumkas are much better than the first ones. 😀
Thank you, Mam! You asked me to say ‘Hola’ to my passion and first ever dream. Yes! This was my first dream… to dance flawlessly… and endlessly! 🙂
Dream 2: Love For Hindi Poems
The story doesn’t end here. It was just the beginning. I was soon introduced to my another dream. I was in 7th standard and it was my English class. One day, our English teacher told that as a daily activity we are supposed to write an English poem, which will be pasted on the notice board. I got fascinated with the idea of writing a poem. (Though, it was too early)
For practice, she asked us to write a poem in that class. That was the day when I wrote my first poem, ‘Moon’! Trust me, it is one of the worst poems I have ever written. I can say that because of my little experience in the writing industry.
But creativity is beyond critics and appreciations. It lies within us.
However, many a time, we close our eyes and even brains due to the judgments, bad remarks, and own lose confidence. It must have happened to me too, if my bestie wouldn’t have held my hand. 🙂
That day, after facing the criticism of my teacher and whispers and weird smiles from the classmates, I sat down on my bench with a sad face. And then one hand held my hand. It was my best friend and sister, Jyotsna. She was sitting next to me and noticed my broken heart. She just held my hand with a smile and confidence on me. I owe my love for writing and success (be it big or small) to her. 🙂
I then decided not to give up. Although, I soon realized that English poetry was not my cup of tea, however, I always loved to play with Hindi words. So one fine day, I decided to use this skill and guess what? A Hindi poet was born! 😀
I finally started writing Hindi poems. I started maintaining a diary. Neither, I was having computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone nor exposed to the online world. Whenever Hindi words knocked my brain, I just used to pen them down in my diary and called them my Hindi poems. 🙂
And then, that special day came in my life. I saw some fascinating Hindi poems from emerging writers on the internet (Thank God, my father brought a PC at home). It was 2007 when I found RedifIland (now known as Rediff blog). I started publishing my Hindi poems and since then there is no looking back.
My diary is almost 22+ years old now and I am running this blog since 12+ years. Again, a teacher helped me to identify my skills and fall in love with it.
Thank you for criticising me, Mam! 🙂
Personal Interest Turned To A Profession
These Hindi poems gave me strength and confidence to become a content professional. Now, I proudly share with everyone that I did good enough mistakes, learned from them, and made a profession out of it. My interest (which was known to be just a hobby in my country a few years ago) is now my profession.
Below is the gist of my personal interests, out of which I made a profession.
- Started as a blogger and turned to be an entrepreneur of a digital media company. Currently, I teach content writing, WordPress, and Digital Marketing to the students and now serve a lot of brands with my Digital Marketing and Content Writing services. I hold 12+ years of experience in content and digital marketing.
- Blogging was indeed my first choice of career. Hence, I can proudly say that I am a blogger not just by choice but from heart and soul too. Shouting loud and clear on my blog is what I love the most.
- I love social media and use it heavily for sharing personal as well as professional opinions. It connects me with like-minded people. So, I also use it to enhance my blog’s reach.
- I strongly believe in WordPress community and look forward to keep contributing my skills and knowledge. I have been a speaker at WordCamp Udaipur 2017 (Video is embeded below) and WordCamp Pune 2019 (Here is everything about my talk at WordCamp Pune 2019).
- Kathak, being my first dream was indeed my foremost milestone to accomplish. I can proudly say that I have already completed the first (beginner) level of professional training in Kathak.
- Audio blogging is something that I really love. Publishing own voice on an online platform with perfection and conviction in the narrative tone is a challenge and I love taking it.
At the end, I’ll only say that if writing/blogging is my life then dance is my soul. So, yeah! I am born to DANCE and WRITE. 🙂
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