Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Guest Post: Muted Signs — Why I Write by Namrata

About the Book:

Give life another chance. Laugh a little longer. let go of your past. Hold onto what you love. In short LIVE rather than just exist!

Some told, some untold, some heard and some unheard - this collection of stories will make you look at life in a different light and make you ponder over its definition of it till now.

Muted Signs: Why I Write

I wrote my first novel when I was 15 years old. A love story with abundant candy floss romance I had spent my whole summer holidays penning it down in a notebook.  Perhaps that was a sign! But it was easily ignored. As once the holidays ended the book was stacked with old books and long forgotten. It ended up being sold to raddiwalla with other old books and newspapers within few weeks and I couldn’t care less about it. I had much more important things on hand to worry about – my future. This whole incident came back to haunt me when I sat down to write my first romance novel. Read on to know how.
I completed my studies and got busy with a job as I strived to achieve professional success till one day my super boss replied to an email I had sent to the team. He drew my notice to my writing skills and encouraged me to write for the in-house magazine. He somehow managed to convince me that I could write real good self-help articles and that is what the team needed to feel motivated. Not long after I started my first blog solely with the intention of writing self-help articles and share life’s lessons. I was sure I could never write stories and didn’t dare to even try my hand.
But as life says ‘never say never’ inspired by fellow bloggers I tried different styles of writing and it wasn’t long before my blog got synonymous with love stories. I was called someone whose middle name was love purely because of the way I captured those feelings. I was surprised to say the least and decided to write a romance as my first novel. As I wrote some scenes it felt like déjà vu and that is when it struck me that I had done this before. A little more effort from my end and I could remember the whole novel I had written before (not word to word) but I do vaguely remember writing it in much details and feeling smug about it.
Why am I telling you all this? Because I am sure just like me you have also been told a million times that when you are destined for something Universe sends you signs. It did, in my case too. But I wasted 2.5 decades of my life turning a deaf ear to that sign because there was another music deafening me. The music created by people around me where being a part of the rat race was normal, making a career and following the norm was expected. And anything abnormal or unexpected was frowned upon. I kept asking Universe for signs to tell me if this is what I was born for and it did but I couldn’t decipher it. I was blinded by the make believe goals presented to me of yet another promotion, a hike or that dream house I wanted to buy. Till one day when Universe gave me a hard kick to show me the ‘real reality’ rather than the one I had chosen to believe to be real. A harsh but a much needed reminder later here I am following my heart.

We crib; we complain but never think the fault could be ours too. So the next time you ask for signs or answers from above, do remember to remove your headphones and sunglasses so that you don’t miss them out!

 About the Author:

Namrata is A Lost Wanderer who loves travelling the length and breadth of the world. A published author in various anthologies and magazines she enjoys capturing the magic of life in her words. She is forever in pursuit of a new country and a new story.

Quotes from Metro Diaries 2:

All the money his parents earned sadly could never buy a moment’s peace for any of them as they kept drifting away like lost constellations into the space. Together they surely were in a way, but light years away in every manner. There was absolutely no connection between them. They just were like every other thing that existed in the universe… the oceans, the sky, the earth, the stars, the sun and the moon. You couldn’t change anything about them even if you didn’t like the way they were. – The Last Kiss (Metro Diaries Part 2)

You are enough in everything and anything you do in this world. Others are here to serve as a distraction so that they reach their goals before yours and become winners. – The Last Kiss (Metro Diaries Part 2)

At times in life we always see what we are being shown and not what lies behind that cloak of disguise. We believe all that comes our way without doubting that there could be a trick or maybe just a hallucination. – Charlatan (Metro Diaries Part 2)

Life they say is a like a jigsaw puzzle and we are all like those pieces trying to find where we fit in. – Labour of Love (Metro Diaries Part 2)

Perhaps she had forgotten the thumb rule for survival here. There is nothing called yours here.  No will, no desire, no dreams, no ambitions….nothing. Not even your name. – The Plummet (Metro Diaries Part 2)

What else do you do when you are a teenager? Life seems to be one long party full of fun and frolic with your best friends all around. You just know your world is full of rainbow colours; sweetness of chocolates filling it and abundant beautiful dresses to doll you up.  Love and relationships take a different meaning altogether now making you look at everything around including yourself in newer light. – Love v/s hate (Metro Diaries Part 2)

I always felt I knew what I wanted in life. But today I realized how wrong I was. I was chasing mirages as the reality kept going away from me and now I am left with nothing in hand – Rags to Riches(Metro Diaries Part 2)

People make memories and then reach a phase where memories make people! – Mou Athena (Metro Diaries Part 2)

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