I never thought that I will become a writer in my life. I never even thought about that. But there were some glimpses of my writing skills that I discovered in my college days. But one moment changed everything that I knew about myself.
I wrote my first poem when I was 11 years old about "Sun". And that was the only poem I wrote in the next eight years. After that I never wrote something like that until I fell in love.
I started to write poems based only on love. In my college days, I used to write leave letters, permission letters etc. for my classmates because they thought that I was good in writing. Despite studying Bachelor of Engineering, I found more affinity to English and writing. But one truth is that I never read books on literature, poems or novels. Yet still I loved writing.
Love triggered my writing skills. And my best poems were based on love.
I used to write many poems and give it to my love. She would read it and she used to smile. I loved doing that.
It was during this time that I started to create short poems, type them as SMS texts and send it to my friends as forward messages. Forward SMSes were a craze with youngsters about a few years ago. I used to type some code words as an identification of the SMSes that I created. I used to receive those forward messages that I created back to my inbox itself. I still get few of those messages as SMSes even after so many years. It was a good feeling to see that people are liking my poems and creations.
One day, one of my short poem was read in a regional FM Radio channel as the best forward message of the day.
One fine evening, I was listening to the FM Channel, Radio City in 2006. The RJ read, "Here is the best forward message of the day". And that was my poem that was being read live on air. I felt very happy to hear that. Fortunately, I was listening to the radio station. On that day, I understood that people have started to read and like my poems. It was on that day I decided that I will become a writer someday.
There was my English lecturer who used to encourage me to write more. Through the reference of my teacher and the Head of the Department of English, I got an offer to publish my poems as a book through a local publisher. I was asked to pay 25,000 INR for publishing it. At that time I thought I must not publish my poems as I didn't have the maturity or mindset of a complete writer. The money was also a constraint. I felt bad for rejecting that offer. But now I feel that what I did was the right thing. I kept learning and wrote more to become a writer. Still I'm learning how to write better.
There was another friend who always supported and encouraged me to write more. That friend was the main inspirational force because of whom I'm a better writer now. I kept writing more and more. My dream was to have my own blogging website. Initially, several friends ridiculed me and never believed what I said. I said to them that one day I will have my own website for showcasing my poems, short stories etc.
Finally here I'm with my own website, People and Hearts http://www.peopleandhearts.com/.
My next dream is to publish my collection of poems as my first book. Then I plan to publish a book on short stories.
I thank my friends and my close ones for supporting me to write. I want your kind support in the future too. I'm learning day by day.
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