Wednesday, 9 April 2014

The Transformation



The only newspaper I used to read earlier, was ‘Times of India’.  But few years ago, my habit of reading newspaper died out. Nowadays, I prefer browsing through online latest news, rather than reading the previous day news. The newspapers were piling up at our house, entirely unread and one early morning, I simply asked the delivery guy not to throw anymore newspaper at our terrace. But one thing I must admit, the smell of the printed newspaper along with it's typical folding sound, is truly mesmeric. While reading online, whenever I liked any news article, I also enjoyed going through various comments, below it. There used to be a Agree, Disagree, Recommend and an Offensive buttons for each comment. Sometimes even I wanted to comment, but to do so one had to register with a valid email id, first. I did the same and started to comment in some interesting news articles. Sometimes I was thrilled to see my comment being liked by so many people. That was for the first time I started to write. It was fun; also there was no transparency and quite often people posted weird comments. I remember on a few occasions, my comments were among the top, most engaging, most agreed ones. Gradually I grew in confidence, but then interesting topics were very limited in Times of India.

Later when Facebook came, I was a little worried about the kind of transparency it had. Initially I was very apprehensive and refrained myself from liking and commenting. If I like anything, all my friends would come to know, how scary is that?  But some FB posts and also some comments were so interesting that I was tempted to like and to comment. Sometimes my comments were liked by some of my friends and I felt good about it. I grew in confidence and the fear was gone. I started to press the like button whenever I found anything interesting and also started to comment more frequently. Also, somehow I dared to post my own stuff on FB. A few likes and comments made me feel satisfied. I started to post more often and also joined a few FB communities, including our college group. I started posting some of our  humorous college life, hostel incidents and my friends really enjoyed those.

Gradually I became more bolder and entered into the daring world of blogging. I really enjoy writing about some of my unforgettable moments and feel utterly delighted whenever I see a comment on my post. All those Leibster and Versatile awards really inspired me to write more. I also took part in some of the blogging competitions organized by Indiblogger and had attempted to write a few short fictions. I felt glad that many people even enjoyed my fictional stories as well. I continued blogging and then one day something sparked in me. I thought of writing a book. Well, I might have overreacted to think in that way, but I started to work on a story. It was boring initially and I didn’t have any clue how my story would move forward. But I never looked back and continued to work. Guess what? I’ve completed writing my first novel and sent my submission with the first 3 chapters to some of the publishers, today. Still a lot of editing work is pending and I would really like to thank my schoolmate Arundhati Hazarika for helping me in editing my work.

It’s a simple story, about the amazing journey of life, with a little humor, love, friendship and some emotions. It’s purely a work of fiction and is not based on my blog. But readers who enjoy my posts are definitely going to love the story. I just hope some publishers would be interested in my work. It’s a wonderful experience, writing my first novel and I’m really enjoying it.  

46 comments:

  1. Hey very happy about u r book n good luck. Eagrly waiting for u r book. :)

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    1. Thanks Shilpa :) Hope will get a publisher soon !!

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  2. most of us have stories similar like this .. but the way you are giving it a final touch by publishing a book .. it is inspiring .. all d best

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    1. Thanks for your wish Mr Deka. Yeah, somehow gathered the courage for it. Thanks for dropping by !!

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  3. Anyway,You became a serious guy with your writing a novel..all the best!

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    1. Hehe Murthy Sir, not that serious :) I'm still the same. Thanks a lot for your wish !!

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  4. Great and I can relate to many of your sentences here. I was an introvert and rarely initiate a talking but with FB and blogging, I sense I am coming out of that shell. And publishing a book is something that's burning inside every writer and you have started climbing that ladder Jahid. Wish you the best and hope to see your novel ion bookshelves soon :)

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    1. Thanks Uma for such lovely words. Somehow gathered the courage and patience for this big thing :) Hope will get a publisher soon. Thanks for dropping by !!

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  5. Congrats on the book. So happy for you. I too love receiving comments and likes and i think thats what gets me going.All the best for the book, let us know when it is out

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    1. Thanks Nima for your best wishes :) yeah, comments are always inspiring. Hope will get a publisher soon. Thanks for dropping by !!

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  6. That's great... i agree about the happiness when someone appreciates your work..
    It feels good..

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    1. Yes Lancelot, it really feels good :) Thanks a lot for visiting out here dude !!

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  7. I'm glad to hear some news about your novel! Waiting for it :D

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    1. Thanks Harshini :) hope it will get published soon !!

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  8. Your story seems so familiar to me...glad to know about your book..best wishes :-)

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    1. Nice to know you have a similar story. Thanks a lot for your best wishes, Maniparna :)

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  9. Right decision Jahid. Very soon i ll get a copy of your book to review.

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    1. Thats so nice of you Neo :) hope it will get published soon !!

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  10. happy for you ! A very good decision ! Waiting to read ur book !

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    1. Thank you so much Ananya :) Hope it will get published soon. Thanks for dropping by !!

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  11. Congrats for the book and can't wait to read it...That's awesome yaa and yeps, I love reading printed version of newspapers..it's magical. yeah, My FB is linked to HT and TOI and,earlier, I was apprehensive and m still.

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    1. Thanks Vishal. Yeah, reading printed version feels good. Linking FB to such things can be very apprehensive :) Thanks a lot for visiting out here dude !!

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  12. Way to go, Jahid! I will definitely be one of your readers, for sure! I like the way you keep everything simple yet with a bits of humour. Keep us updated.

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    1. Thanks Sangeeta, so glad to know you like my writing. Hope my book will be published soon. Thanks a lot for dropping by !!

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  13. Great! All the best ! Hoping to see your book published soon.

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    1. Thanks Ratna, wish it will be published soon. Thanks a lot for dropping by !!

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  14. Congrats ! All the best on your new venture !

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    1. Thank you so much. Hope it will be published soon. Thanks for dropping by !!

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  15. wow.. so honest and inspiring.. will u be my friend :) its like my story only catch I culdnt start on my book in years..
    Congrats.. and do visit my blog and comment if you like ruhibhatnagar.blogspot.in

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    1. Thanks Roohi for your refreshing comment :) Hope my book will be published soon. Thanks a lot for visiting out here, and yes, you have a wonderful blog !!

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    1. Thanks Julekha :) glad you liked the post. Thanks a lot for visiting out here !!

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  17. That's great Jahid! Congratulations:-) I'll be first in line to get a signed copy when u will hit the bestseller list! And you will - Your storyteller skills are unquestionable:-)

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    1. Thanks Eli :) your comments are always very pleasing and inspiring. So glad you enjoy my stories. Hope my book will be published soon !!

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    1. Thank you dear. Hope it will get published soon !!

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  19. Good luck with your book, Jahid! Hope to see it soon in print.

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    1. Thank U so much Beloo Ji. Hope it will get published soon !!

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  20. That's great Jahid ! a positive transformation. Congratulations on completing your book. Wishing you luck !

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    1. Thanks Shwets :) Hope it will get published soon. Thanks a lot for visiting out here !!

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  21. wow ! thats great ! congratulations for your book ! keep up the good work !

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    1. Thanks Barnali :) Hope it will publish soon. Thanks a lot for dropping by !!

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  22. Thats awesome......congratulations and all the very best :)

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    1. Thank you so much Saumya :) Hope it will get published soon !!

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  23. That is an amazing transformation sir. has your book been published yet

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    1. Thanks Taran :) no,not yet published; hopefully will get published in Feb 2015!!

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