“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”
The Game of blogs contest organized by Blogadda is not just another contest; it is turning out to be so much more. We, bloggers are learning new things and unlearning what we already knew. Our thoughts and writing limitations are being challenged by none other but us. People from different backgrounds, level of writing, genres and geographically distanced are thrown in together, and asked to write a story. First thought – IMPOSSIBLE!
Slowly the idea sinks in and before we know, we were addicted. Now that we have moved to second round I think it is about time to write an inside story of Wordoholics. This is a series to connect with our readers and an attempt to give them the perspective on our story because every story is an extension of a writer’s personality.
We start the series by introducing our quirky lot of bloggers.
To bring the reality behind the show I secretly asked each member to give me names of two members and what they feel about them. No one even knew that the other members have also been asked the same question. Thus the content below is collaboration of their thoughts that was shared with the leader personally, “gita pe haath rakh ke mei kasam khati hoon ki yeh sach hai aur sach ke sewa kuch nahi”
Parul is a person who wears her heart on her sleeves. She is a blessing to work with as a team member for the level of commitment she has is commendable.
“She volunteered to write in the eleventh hour when one team member dropped out, filled my heart with pride”; says Shruti.
She is witty, an avid traveller and also a big foodie who knows how to appreciate little things that life bestows us with.
“Parul mam manages everything so well; her work commitments, her blog, her family and then this contest”, I must learn this from her; says Bhakti
Each team member agrees that she is a flawless writer. And to this Deepanjan shyly adds, “But she is also good at finding flaws in posts”. Remya makes sure that the story that we write is perfect and flows from one to another. Depanjan wrote a 3000 + words post and when it came to peer editing, everyone backed out except Remya. Depanjan is all praised for her after that, “She will explain in such a way that you have no choice but to agree and make the required changes. She edited my post and it read so much better after that”.
Remya is always available for discussions and brainstorming session even when she is in a completely different time zone. Hats off!
He is the smiley man of our group. We still have to figure out from where he gets his smiley’s and fun cartoon that leaves us in splits. He has one for every conversation, every emotion, and every expression. Bhakti innocently says, “Anunoy makes sure that we don’t get too serious”.
Depanjan has a love-hate relation with Annunoy, he says:
“He is one amazing person with a lot of craziness. When initially he would put those photo comments I used to think, yaar… When will he write the posts? But he wrote it was so good (virtual bowing). However, on a lighter, note he writes longer posts on FB (our brainstorming adda) than his blog post. I wonder how he writes! And his photo comments are the best! Appropriate with the timing and situations. Hahaha :)”
And, it is no guess that the member caricatures here are also done by him.
Parul meticulously pens down,
“I like the fact that A is very approachable, helpful and bold. My assessment of him (being in HR, I do this all the time)
- He is all for right things
- Never hesitates to challenge status quo
- Is funny
- Is mysterious becasue he has kept his identity hidden and I am really curious to have it all revealed 🙂
- His English is super strong and I wish I could understand his post 🙂
—– And all of us agree to this.
She is sweet and innocent. “Shruti puts across her thoughts clearly when it has anything to do with our story”, says another sweet member of our group, Bhakti She joined us when one member backed out and frankly we had mixed feeling when her name was announced. We were right in the middle of the contest and a new member now. Will she cooperate? Will she understand the line of thought we have decided for our story?
But Shruti came, she saw and she conquered our hearts.
She is the kiddo of the group but don’t let her age come in the way of her writing.
“The youngest in the group, and 19 whoa ! She is a darling and writes so well. 9-10 years down the lane, I can see her publishing a novel :)…soft spoken, she calls herself daddy’s little girl and I am sure she is just that!”
Inspite of her hectic college schedule she is pro active in group discussions and is always brimming with ideas. We love to have this chirpy birdie in our group.
She is the perfect combination of a mature person with a kid’s heart. A total romantic at heart Bienu is full of positive energy and love. The way she can bring out emotions through her writing is simply astounding.
“When it is about love no one writes better than Bienu”, all group members agree unanimously.
“He is yet another kiddo in the group. Depanjan is very patient, humble, creative and proactive. He is a quite a gentleman. I am sure he loves his camera more than anything else, just like our Jennifer. He dreams of escaping to some scenic European country side and is romantic guy ;)”, says Remya.
He has been tagged as marathon writer for initially he was all sceptical and I am so bad in writing mode but when he finally wrote and mailed the draft to us for review it was mindboggling 3000 words of pure writing. And all of us were like, “ What you write so well then why were you acting so coy all the time” and he modestly replies, “Bhak” (a Bengali expression used when you know you have done something brilliant but act modest and want to say, no, no this is nothing , it is my left-hand task….something like that. Ah! It is so difficult to translate an expression).
Gitanjali akka myself
Ok, now this is the most difficult section to write for if I praise myself it might sound preposterous and if I don’t it might look too modest. A fine balance is needed here. So I will just copy – paste what I was sent in mail. No editing I swear and gita ki kasam wala sach.
“You are that person we can turn to when in need. You always come up with a solution and very kind. You have very good leadership skills and you have the power to bind together other members of the group. And then you being lenient doesn’t mean you could be taken for granted because you have this knack of getting others to do their stuff !!!”, says Shruti.
“I am not saying it for the heck of it or because you asked. It was a real pleasure meeting you. You were the one who bound us together in a beautiful garland. Had it not been you, maybe our team would have never been able to complete the task at hand!!” says Bhakti.
And Parul our meticulous HR writes,
“I like G’s name. It rings a bell and I feel connected.
- She is helpful
- I like her voice – not as much as Tara’s but still it’s melodious
- I like that she gets to see so many parts of India and her experience has made her richer
- I want to know more about her – I think she has a daughter but I am yet to stalk her Facebook profile to know more 😉
- She is a motivator. I think I am able to step into fiction because she was behind my back”
I am overwhelmed. I can understand that you couldn’t say bad things because you were mailing me. But jokes apart, I have learnt so much from each of you and frankly I am enjoying every moment of this pampering.
Well, this is a sneak peek into Team Wordoholics Powerful Eight.
If you are intrigued by our personality or already love/hate us a bit then read our story to know us better.
For more fun reading about our team and their experiences in this Game of Blogs, check out
Parul’s blog on Team Wordoholics Inside Story, Part 2 where she brings out how our personal life experiences show up in the story for fiction is part reality.
Remya’s blog on AND THEN THERE WERE EIGHT….(INSIDE STORY PART 3) where she talks about the challenges we faced and how we supported each other during the course of this Game of Blogs
Me and my team are participating in ‘Game Of Blogs’ at Blogadda. #CelebrateBlogging with us.