Action Replay - April


I know I am late for the action replay of April, but I was on a mind blowing vacation amongst the beautiful greenery of Coorg. A much deserved vacation after one hell of a hectic month. Thanks to the A to Z challenge, April just swooshed by without even realizing that it took away thirty days with it. An eventful month April has been. Twenty six posts this month, my highest so far. I think. When I started this challenge, I wasn't very sure of making it. But after the first three days, I wanted to make it at any cost. So many wonderful writers participated along with me and it was a delight to read their wonderful posts one after another. Most of them had a theme and for some of them including me, the theme was random. I envisioned a word in my mind with the alphabet and decided to write about it. It was as simple as that. No much stress on the topic or the theme. Because I believe that you should just write about whatever you feel, and write about it the way you want to write. 

A special mention to a few bloggers who walked along this journey with me. The heroine Nisha and the wonderful story teller Naba. Jyotsna who is super awesome because she actually wrote two posts for each prompt. I mean how wonderful is that? One person who amazed me with every single post of his was Amrit. Such a genius and a mind blowing story spinner. One guy, whose writing I actually envy. Shilpa who wrote about the things within a marriage in every prompt, making it a delight to read for a married woman. Jo, who always came back for every post with a wonderful comment. I met a lot of other writers too, whom I hadn't read before. Pooja, Swathi, Sreeja, to name a few. It was amazing to see the dedication every participant put into writing each of the posts. Made me feel wonderful to be a part of them.


Now that we are on the writing front, I just realized that this is my seven hundred and third post. Oh yeah, seven zero three! Phew! How and when did that happen? 

April was hectic in terms of work and with an impending release and a writing challenge it hardly gave me time to do anything else. I somehow managed to watch '2 States' though and I absolutely loved it. It was a page by page adaptation of the book and the movie was vibrant and colorful and I totally fell heads over heels in love with Alia's clothes. Her kurtas, her earrings, her shoes. Oh wow! I do not like Arjun Kapoor much. I mean he is charming alright, but I find him super heavy waist down, making his posture look funny. I know the poor lad shed like a hundred kilos to make it to the movies, but perhaps he ignored his thighs and butt. Ronit Roy was the highlight of the movie, even though it looked like he suffered from the Udaan hangover. His expressions and restraint made his character the other hero of the movie. And the location of the climax scene, just blew my mind. Anyone knows where it is? I'd like to marry Cal again, at that location.


Last month, I also realized that I react pretty well to change. I went for a complete makeover and cut my mane real short with layers and layers. B:Blunt Bangalore is fantastic! I was the one who usually cried with every snip, but this time I encouraged the stylist to go short and short. After the final setting my hair looked fantastic and the serum on my hair smelt like magic. Wow, quite a pampering experience it was. Totally recommended!

But when it comes to changing the look of my blog, I get totally zonked. I changed template after template trying to get something that I would be happy with, but nothing could satiate me enough. I would have searched atleast a million images for a perfect background, but nothing could make it through. So finally, it was back to square one. I'm working on a new header though, let me see how that turns out. If I'm not happy with it then well, I have a lot of rework to do. People were right when they said that I was hard to impress. I myself can't do it! Thanks to the all umpteen template changes, I lost my blogroll. All the wonderful blogs that I was following were all gone. I had to get through my comments to other profiles and follow them back. So, if I suddenly am a missing follower on your blog, please do not hate me. I had bookmarked the links for a few blogs that I have manually added to my blogroll, which was more than about fifty links. Quite a tedious task it was. Hence it is decided. I am never changing the template of my blog ever. The max I would do is put in a new header and that's it. No more hassles again.

I tried my hand at doodling and it came out real good. Its a two by three art piece that shows Cal and my love story and all the things that brought us together. I'm currently half way through the coloring, I shall post a picture of it once done. My mother-in-law is already tripping on it. It is bright and reeks of love. Well my piece of art, what else can you expect?

Summer is in full form in Bangalore and the sweltering heat is getting to my head. It better start raining quick, else I shall lose my mind. However, summers have made me love office. Not that I did not love it before. But these days I look forward to get to office so that I can peacefully sit and work and not be bothered about the heat outside. How's the weather in others parts of the country? Please go ahead and share your sweaty tales.


I had ignored and let go of a lot of prompts last month, just to focus on the A to Z challenge. It was a tough ride, but I survived. Cheers to all the survivors!

42 comments:

  1. Oh God.. I am the heroine!!Lol! I like the title though :D

    I loved reading your blog throughout April. Every evening I wanted to know what was your take on that particular alphabet. Although I did not comment on all, I did read. And yesss, I participated in this challenge because I saw you doing it. I thought if she could be so busy and still manage to write everyday, so can I. Thankyou for being my, ahem, inspiration!

    P.S. I hated 2 States. It was too cheesy. And the stereotyping was ridiculous. Punjabi, you know!!!!

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    1. Of course you are. I thought you already knew that, since it was self declared! :P

      Awww, you are so awesome :D . Someone just called me their inspiration *sniff* *sniff* *happy tears* :D

      Cheesy yes. But it reeked of the book. Something that stuck to the original concept. Could be executed better for sure.

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  2. SO many lovely posts last month. I didn't comment on many. But I read along. :*

    Been a lil out of it. Hope to be commenting like myself again soon.

    Keep writing and I will read :D

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    1. I know you did, thanks love!

      I hope so too, you better bounce back soon. Drop in a message when you want to talk.

      Love you loads!

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  3. congratulations on being a survivor of the challenge!!!
    and COORG? I looooooooove coorg!!! Need to go there again.
    The heat is killing me too.
    Post a picture of you sporting the latest hairdo!

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    1. Thank you for reading along Red! You have been an awesome commentator here!

      Coorg was wonderful! I hear the heat in Kerala is pretty bad this time. I shall post a picture soon!

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  4. glad that you completed the A to Z challenge. I'm not sure whether I could have done it :/

    keep writing Soumya :) its always a delight to read you :)

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    1. Thank you darling! You have always been very generous with your comments! :)

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  5. An interesting month. Congrats on your successful completion of the prompt. Loved every post. Forget about the template- it's simple and reader-friendly. Your header image choices are awesome and I keep wondering how does she do it. With one image, you give the whole blog a different feel. Tips on effective searching please! :)

    I saw 2 states too and had mixed feelings about it. Though I thought Alia and her costumes were super pretty, I couldn't relate to her as a Tamilian (being one myself). Something was missing is her portrayal of a Tamil girl. Other than that, the climax wedding venue swept me off my feet too. It's etched in my heart.

    True that summer is driving people crazy, hope the monsoons are here soon.

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    1. Thank you darling. I'm glad you notice the tiny changes I make every time. I randomly type a word and browse through the images. For the above header I typed "ink". I found this image on page 14. Yeah, page 14 :P

      She was not a tamilian from any angle, but I loved the way she pulled off the character. The venue was mind blowing na? Etched all over me too.

      Fingers crossed for the monsoons.

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  6. Congrats on surviving the challenge!! To be honest I chickened out. I mean 26 posts a month!! Now I feel ashamed. You actually had the guts to go ahead with it inspite of being so busy. Am so doing this next year!! Congo again!!

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    1. Thank you dear! Try doing it next year. It is not all that hard! :)

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  7. Congratulations on successfully completing the challenge. I read almost all the posts and I loved them all. There is something about the way you write that pulls me towards your blog and makes me read not just the new posts but the old ones as well.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Reema! You are lovely! :)

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  8. So you are up with your 'the month that was' ;) Yes, your posts were randomly random, but beautifully written. Really happy that we've survived it together !!
    Heat ? I heard B'lore was at 38 Degrees Centigrade last week. It's really hot this year, isn't it ? Here we're used to the increasing rate of sweating, so no new heat woes :P
    Staying tuned for your future roars :D

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    1. I'm happy too! Its extremely hot this year, can already imagine how its gonna be in the years to come :/

      Glad to have you here Sreeja! :)

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  9. You know I was actually counting days and missing your review that you give about every month.. and now its here.. I just love it.. :)

    Also, Congratulations for completing the A to Z challenge.. it was truly a pleasure to read your posts..

    Happy Writing.. :)

    Cheers

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    1. Awww aren't you sweet :)

      Thank you so much Geet, you have been awesome!

      Cheers to you too!

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  10. i was on a holiday too.....but not wanting to miss out, i had scheduled my last few posts! and yeah i glad i survived too! Loved ur random posts Sowmya.... after all variety is the spice of life isn't it? cheers!

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    1. I hadn't scheduled even one. I wrote one on the very day. Phew, now I think how I did it!

      Thank you so much Titli! :)

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  11. Thanks for the shout out Soumya. I wish you could send us some of your sun to Canada. Actually we are getting sun but it's still not very warm. 10°C at the moment. Winter is hanging around a long time this year and does not wish to let go.

    Glad you made it to the end of the Challenge. It can be hard work at times. This was my third and I have learned, get all the posts done before it all starts.

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    1. Winter, ah, I have forgotten how that feels like!

      It sure was hard, but was worth the effort! I had no time to schedule the posts, I wrote one on each day.

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  12. I loved the A-Z challenge too ! I had been following you and Nisha and used to love having both your updates on my blogroll every day for 26 days !
    I heard from my friend that BLUNT was good ...she is looking hot and chic in her new hairdo ! Post your pic too!

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    1. Thanks for reading along patiently Anita. You should try doing it next time.

      Blunt is awesome. They take care of you so very well and the end results are more than mind blowing. I shall share a pic soon :)

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  13. My home is in Coorg.. :) You wished for rain and rain it did.. It feels like winter all over again in bangalore now.. no ??
    Congrats on completing the challenge.. :)
    You should try using feedly to follow blogs, very easy to use.. The updates from blogs I follow kept getting lost and for sometime it showed that I was following no blogs.. Now that I have started using feedly reading and following blogs have been easy.. :)
    Waiting for the art-piece you are preparing.. :)

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    1. Oh yeah it did! The weather is wonderful today :D

      Thank you for reading me continuously. I shall try feedly then. I shall upload the art piece picture once complete! :)

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    2. DID YOU SAY YOUR HOME IS IN COORG?!! :O

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    3. She did! Lucky her na! :D

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    4. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee....!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) I go there every month.. :)

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  14. Please tell me the weather in Coorg is bearable. I have a lovely homestay to go plant my backside at and I'm raring to go.

    Congrats on being a survivor!! But what's new? :) You always have been consistent on the blog :)

    And that song. The climax song Hulla Re, I've been tripping on it ever since I watched the movie. Just the perfect perfect blend of Tamil and Punjabi, I thought :O And yeah, the movie was cute :)

    Yeah, B: Blunt is brilliant, my friend's bff used to work there and I got a makeover for free when I came to Bangalore first :D Lucky me!

    Have a happy May, woman :) Looking forward to more honest posts and fiction.

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    1. Bearable? The weather in Coorg is like heaven now! We stayed at a homestay too in the middle of a 17 acre estate. It was bliss :). Go and enjoy yourself soon!

      I try to be consistent, but this challenge was something else altogether. I'm glad I survived.

      Oh that song stays with you forever and ever! Makeover for free? Lucky you indeed. :D

      Thank you darling for being a part of my life here! You have a wonderful month ahead too :)

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  15. Hey girl you have done wonderfully on the A-Z challenge. I read all of them but did not comment. Is there someway I can reach you like mail or something. I want to know few details about Coorg. Planning to go there for my honeymoon :)

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    1. Thank you darling! And congrats on the wedding :)

      You can mail me at soumprasad@gmail.com.

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  16. You are such a darling Soumya :). Thanks a ton.

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  17. Soumya ji

    aapke blog ki post email par mil jaye sbscribe kiya par
    ye likha aat ahai


    The feed does not have subscriptions by email enabled

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    1. I have an option called 'Roars in your Inbox' just below the followers. Please subscribe :)

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  18. I am so sorry for reading this now! Thanks a lot for the shout out Soumya!
    You are one of the few whose comments kept me going and I finally managed to survive the challenege. :)

    Your take on every alphabet was so unique! Congrats on being a survivor! So glad we met this way! :)

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    1. You are welcome darling! Your blog is so awesome :)

      Congrats to us! The pleasure is all mine here :)

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