Thursday, 14 July 2016

Celebrating International Author's Day, 2016!

Sometimes, I think what my life would have been if my mother had not introduced me to books when I was a child. I remember how I was upset after a fight with my friends and complained to my mom that no one is talking to me at school. That was the moment when my mom introduced me to the enchanting world of books, saying that they would always be with me in every place and situation.

So true! Books, the most loyal, available and wise companion that a human being can ever get. I cannot even think of spending a day without reading a book.

When I am travelling, you can always find me with a book in my hand. I love travel books that add fuel to my wanderlust spirit and makes me dream of all the beautiful places in the world.

When I am going through a rough time and totally unable to figure out things in my life, books provide me the perfect escape to a fictitious world. I often read thrillers and romantic mysteries when I need an escape.

When I seek solace and motivation, it is again a few special books that can do the magic for me. During those times, I find comfort in those books that I have already read earlier and loved. Books of Paulo Coelho and Robin Sharma always provide me that comfort and inspiration.

Books are such beautiful things that you can also find a friend in the author or the protagonist whom you haven't met in your life. They can perfectly heal your wounds if you only allow them to. I remember that last year in July, I was lost and broken. That was the time I started reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. It is the true story of author Elizabeth Gilbert, who was lost, broken and dejected at the age of 30. So she embarked on a journey of self-discovery. She started her trip with Italy where she learned the Italian language, then traveled to an ashram in India to find God and finally landed in Bali, Indonesia to find the true meaning of her life.

I read the book for two months and when I finished it, I felt healed and rejuvenated. I found a friend in Elizabeth Gilbert as I could relate so much to her emotions. I also gained a lot of wisdom from the book.

Books let you understand love, pain, heartbreaks, friendships, bonding, faith and spirituality in a deeper way. They assure you that you are not alone in this. They make you understand people and life better. Every time I read poems of Rabindranath Tagore, Rumi, Pablo Neruda and Gulzar, I gather some new meaning to the dimensions of life.

There are many people who haven't discovered the pleasure of reading and therefore, they don't read. I feel really lucky to have discovered this pleasure at a very early age.

Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.

Happy International Author's Day to all the wonderful authors out there! You make our lives beautiful and make me feel blessed to be an author in this lifetime.

For the International Author's Day Giveaway, I am giving away 3 e-copies of my Poetry Book "The Heart Listens to No One". 



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Here's an excerpt from one of the poems in the book.


This wonderful event is hosted by Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay



52 comments:

  1. Books are great friends, whether you're reading them or writing them. Best of success with your poetry!

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    1. Indeed! Can't agree more. Thank you so much :)

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  2. A lovely post!It was a wise mother who introduced you to the world of best friends...

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    1. Thank you so much, Sir. I feel really lucky :)

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  3. Happy International Authors' Day!!! I love your statement of books are our friends and teaches us the emotions of life like friendships, love, heartache, facing failure, being okay for wanting change. Your post was very inspirational. :)

    Keep smiling,
    Yawatta

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy to know that you found my post inspirational.

      Cheers :)

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  4. Happy International Author's Day!!

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  5. Happy International Author's Day :-)
    And, good luck with the book.

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  6. There's this thing about books, they talk, they talk like no one can. They talk to your soul.

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    1. That's the best thing about a good book. Rightly said, Anupam :)

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  7. I can understand how a fictional character can become your friend. As if they were written for the sole purpose of sharing our thoughts and emotions.

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    1. True that. I have felt this many times :)

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  8. And now I am trying to introduce books to my child! :D

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  9. Oh Wow! Great! Congratulations Purba, and all the best:):)

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  10. Book Reading is one of the best habits we inculcate from the childhood.. Life is worth it's time as we read books of Great Authors and assimilate the content.. And that content partly becomes our personality too in parallel.. Best wishes Purba in this Noble Mission of yours!

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    1. So true, Sir. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. It added so much to my post :)

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  11. I fell into love with books pretty late. But I'm so glad that I did. They really are friend for life.
    Nice post and prolific Reader you are. :)

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    1. Great to know that you love reading. Thank you :)

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  12. Thank you for participating. I have so many authors I enjoy. Right now, two that really entertain me are Stacey Rourke and Tricia Drammeh. The former writes funny fantasy and paranormal, and the latter writes multicultual fantasy and more. I typically read 3 or 4 books at once and I take my time.

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    1. I also read 3-4 books at a time. Thank you for sharing about your favorite authors :)

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  13. My son loves reading books.I hope he will be author some day.

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  14. Happy Author's Day to one of favourite author of the current period. The poem you shared here always reminds me of Rumi's poem which was used by Imtiaz in the climax of Rockstar.

    And the post is well written. Books are indeed a great companion. It seems we have similar taste for Authors and Poets. :)

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    1. Thank you so much Ravish. You are so kind and encouraging.
      This is one of my favorite compliments that I have received for any of my poems because I love both Rumi and Imtiaz Ali.

      Great to know that we have similar taste for authors and poets :)

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  15. Greetings to you on this day!
    I was not aware of such a day! Indeed a day worth celebrating!

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  16. Happy International Author's Day. Keep writing.

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  17. Books, our faithful companions. I so agree with the opening lines of your post, Purba! A beautifully written post... :-)

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    1. Thank you so much dear. Glad you liked it :)

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  18. Books are definitely our truest companions. They simply reverse the moods howsoever bad they may be. I second your every thought on books here. Very nicely written. Keep writing :)

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    1. Exactly! Even if I am in a bad mood, a good book can just make me feel so happy and positive within a few minutes. Thank you dear :)

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  19. I agree with you in many ways, Purba. I can't go a day without reading; I wouldn't want to. I've met more interesting people because of the books I've read than anywhere else; I've certainly felt like certain authors have become friends because of their books, and in one or two cases, that's actually become literally true as well.

    Happy International Authors' Day, and best of luck with all your books, stories, and poems.

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    1. Thank you Barb for your beautiful comment.
      So good to know about your love for reading and authors. I can totally relate to your words.
      Wish you all the very best :)

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  20. Your love for books is pretty apparent, and I wish I had that longing for them.

    Have a happy reading, always!

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  21. I'm sending some wishes your way, dear author. :)
    Lovely post. We can see what reading has done for you and how much you enjoy the activity.
    Purba, I have a feeling you'll like 'Wild' by Cheryl Strayed. ;)

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    1. aww...that's so sweet of you dear. Thank you so much :)
      I am adding 'Wild' to my TBR list :D

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  22. Books are a slice of life, the ones I love to slurp on.

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  23. Rajiv Malhotra .. Breaking India

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