Guest Post: Shivangi Singh

 Shivangi Singh5 Great Thoughts on Parenting by Osho

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I have been reading books by the controversial mystic, Rajneesh Osho lately. He was an enlightened man, far ahead of his times. Here are a few excellent, noteworthy quotes on parenting by him.

1) Make the child aware of the mystery.  Rather than giving the answer, it is better to make the child aware of the mysteries that’s all around, so the child starts feeling more awe and more wonder.  Rather than giving a pat answer it is better to make the unnamed-1child ask more questions!

2) A child is trying to climb a tree; what will you do? You immediately become afraid – he may fall, he may break his leg, or something may go wrong. And out of your fear, you rush and you stop the child. If you had known what joy it is to climb a tree, you would have helped so that the child could learn how to climb trees! And if you are afraid, help him, go and teach him. You also climb with him! Help him learn so he doesn´t fall. Your fear is good – it shows love, that the child may fall, but to stop the child from climbing the tree is to stop the child from growing.

3) Just tunnamed-2o give birth to a child is one thing – to be a mother is totally different. Any woman can give birth to a child; that’s a very simple phenomenon. But to be a mother needs great art, needs great understanding.

4) A child needs immense privacy. The parents should come on to help him, not to interfere. He should be allowed to do things or not to do things. Parents should only be alert that he does not do any harm to himself or to somebody else — that’s enough. More than that is ugly.

5)This has been the greatest calamity in the whole history of man. No other slavery has been as bad as the slavery of the child and no other slavery has taken as much juice out of humanity as the slavery of the child, and this is also going to be the most difficult task for humanity: to get rid of it.

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Our guest today is a mom, wife, blogger and author basically a multifaceted personality who has excelled in everything that she has done in her life and has won several awards for creative writing. She can proudly say that she is a self-made person. As a friendly and a supportive blogger, my chat with Shivangi was most enjoyable. I am confident you will enjoy it too.

RNG: Good morning Shivangi, it’s great to be chatting with you here, could you start by telling us a bit about yourself? 🙂

Shivangi: Thank you Ranjeeta for inviting me over.  I am glad to be interviewed by you. Your works are always par excellence! As for me, I am a mom, wife, blogger and author (The Princess with Brown Teeth and Who Ate The Moon?), I love stories and storytelling. I am an Indian by birth, presently residing in the USA. I have been a playwright (Hindi), a copywriter, a journalist before becoming a mommy blogger.

RNG: I must say Shivangi you are a full package of inspiration rolled into one personality. Can you tell us about your blog, and what inspired you to start it? 🙂

Shivangi: My blog ‘Stories by Shivangi’ is all about storytelling in various forms. I started this blog after my second child was born. Away from India and loved ones, I often felt disconnected with the world. One of my friends suggested me to start a blog as a means to create and connect. So, here I am!

RNG: Hats off to you! You are an excellent wordsmith and can comfortably write in both Hindi and English languages so when did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?

Shivangi: When I was preparing for my tenth boards, I wrote a short story with a surprise ending. Everyone in the family liked it! I also wrote a memoir in Hindi on our staff member and that moved my mother to tears. It was then I started writing seriously. My works got published and I also won awards later.

RNG: Wow! I just love that… So Shivangi as each individual has his own style of working, how would you describe your own personal style?

Shivangi: My style is still evolving. I like to be direct, and want to introduce twists and turns in my plot.

RNG: I have read so many of your posts, each one better that the other…where do you find the inspiration for your blog posts? What is your motivation factor?

Shivangi: My kids and day to day life inspire my works! I like to observe kids, they are immensely gifted. And then nature is the biggest inspirer!

RNG: How long does it take you to write a poem/article?

Shivangi: I write a post in about 1.5 hours on an average. Also, I post directly through my phone to save time.

RNG: That’s great and what is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Shivangi: Great question Ranjeeta, many people have asked me that. Since I am a mom to a 5 and 2-year-old, I am used to unexpected situations always, so there is almost no schedule. I have promised myself to write once a week and that keeps me disciplined. Sometimes I write late night and on other times, while cooking. I just write on the go…lol!

RNG: Cooking…. Hmmm I’ll remember it next time I’m in the kitchen 😉 What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Shivangi: I half make up a story before writing!

RNG: When did you write your first poem/article and how old were you?

Shivangi: I was taking my tenth boards. It was a short story. 🙂

RNG: Great! Even I wrote my first poem in class 10th when I was roughly 15 years… and that too when my Board exams were going on. Though they appreciated it but my parent literally freaked… 😉  How many poems/articles have you written till now? Can you share a few links to your favourite articles or a few lines of a poem close to your heart with our readers?

Shivangi: I have been writing since my teenage. It is very hard to keep a count.  My works have been published in Hindi newspapers too. I have written a play for the local Doordarshan. When I was with Zee News, I wrote a number of articles and posts including interviews with famous authors. I took a break when my first baby was born and started again in 2015. It is not substantial but I guess it is moderately okay. My favourite ones on WordPress are these – The ageless Monk with a benign smileAnecdote – Lesson by my grandma!Soham

On Zee News – Jana Gana Mana

Another one – The Death of Harry Potter

RNG: This is simply awesome. You have me totally bowled over I must say :-)  The more I know about you the more I want to know… tell me what do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Shivangi: I like to paint, read or watch movies and spend family time.

RNG: A painter too…:-) Tell us about your most recent work and who inspired you?

Shivangi: My second book, ‘Who Ate The Moon’ is inspired by my sons. Aala and Uja in the book are partners in crime (they steal the moon!!!) just like my little ones…lol! The book educates young ones about 8 phases of the moon.

RNG: Absolutely fantastic! Where can your fans purchase your book?

Shivangi: It is free on Apple, please download from here and blurb

RNG: You are an author, can you tell the budding aspirants who read your blog as to what challenges you face before and after publishing your book and how you overcame them?

Shivangi: It was quite challenging Ranjeeta! I have got no professional help whatsoever while publishing. I kept reading DIY posts and forums and managed to do it. Time was a challenge and so were the illustrations. I got an illustrator to paint my cartoons in the first book (The Princess with Brown Teeth). But in my second book, I illustrated with the help of Pixton.com. Then, my visa status was a challenge, so I couldn’t publish on Kindle. I was happy when my book got published on Apple, but then, many with Android couldn’t read it. So, I put together a video on YouTube and did a voiceover. It did not come out as I had expected but I struggled on each step. However, I learnt enormously!

RNG: This is something to learn from. Even I at times need help and am working out alone as I have no godfather to make the way for me just like you. What is your motto in life?

Shivangi: I love what Aamir Khan says in the blockbuster film ‘Dangal’ – Haarna nahi hai Geeta…! Keep Going is my motto!

RNG: Tell us about your next project and when will it be available to the public?

Shivangi: I have not thought of my next project yet. I will keep doing my blog posts as of now 🙂

RNG: You have a lot of followers to your blog how did you do this? Was there ever a time when you had say only one follower? How did you get more?

Shivangi: I started with just one follower. That too a known friend. Then, I took Blogging 101 course here and got introduced to others. After that I came across a writing challenge by the Late Barbara Beacham. I learnt a lot from her. I was distraught when I learnt that she had cancer. The good lady died soon after. Persistence and working at my own pace has kept me going. I think, participating in flash fiction (FFFAW by Priceless Joy is my favourite) and other challenges really help!

RNG: That’s sad to hear. May her soul rest in peace. According to you what are the top 3 factors that one has to keep in mind while trying to write a successful blog post?

Shivangi: I think we should be supportive rather than competitive here. Second, we should always work at our own pace and not write just for the heck of it or because others are writing. Third, hard work and patience really pay and we get discovered eventually.

RNG: Today I came to know soooooo many things about you.:-) I’m so glad to have a friend in you honestly mwah… Shivangi, I wish you all the best for your blog to grow further. Any special message or any suggestions you would like to share with your visitors/fans which you think would help them become a better writer? :-)

Shivangi: Thanks a lot, Ranjeeta! Dear friends, note down your ideas, they slip easily. Be YOU and all will be good!

RNG: It’s been great chatting with you Shivangi. :-) I hope the readers enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed conducting it. Hope to see you frequent my guest post in future also and all my best wishes for your future.

Shivangi: Thank you! Your questions are awesome and pertinent Ranjeeta. I truly enjoyed answering them. Thanks a lot for being supportive always!

 So readers that was Shivangi Singh for you. To know your contemporary poets and writers who have graced my blog with guest posts and found their way to my hall of fame click here. Shivangi, I hope to see you frequent my guest post in future also. 

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14 thoughts on “Guest Post: Shivangi Singh

  1. Shivangi is my old friend we have not crossed each other for months now.
    I felt very happy to see her here as a Great Guest.
    Her writings and short stories are of Class A.
    She is busy as the roles of hers are displayed here.
    I am delighted she has shared the thoughts of OSHO.
    OSHO is one who turns the table upside down. Shows the inside out. Makes feel the untrue true. The good old practices scraped. I would love to go on writing about him for some time.
    I just Love Him. I respect his thoughts. Mind Boggling Discourses.
    I recommend everyone to read and ponder on his thoughts. One shall start seeing a different World.
    Ranjini thanks for bringing this Lady to Us.
    Shiva

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