5 posts I loved this month. June’18

This month onwards, I am introducing another segment at Metanoia, where I will share  posts I read that moved me, struck a chord, or even urged me to look at Life from a new perspective. It’s good, isn’t it, to have something ‘new’ in Life, every now and then? So, apart from From my bookshelf’, there’s going to be,‘Most loved posts of the month’.

That does not mean the rest of the posts I read aren’t enjoyable, or inspiring enough. But there are posts that really make me sit up as I reread the words that stir me the way  certain words do.  And, hence this post on some special posts!

So, without further ado, let’s get going, shall we?

1. The month began with a post from one of my favourite bloggers, and also a very dear friend, Shailaja Vishwanath. Yes, she finds umpteen mentions at Metanoia! Shailaja, do take a bow if you are reading this, my dear!

So, she published a post that grabbed me, instantly. Why? Because the feelings she described in the post mirrored mine.

That feeling of being insignificant, a ‘loser’ and being jealous of the world around as it gallops ahead, successfully; surpasses you as you trudge along, despite all the effort you put in. That feeling of being left behind in the race, and being too consumed with jealousy as you watch all the others succeeding in every venture they undertake.

However, this feeling was not what the post was all about. It was all about a little word that I came across, that changed the way I treated this very feeling. A word that made me realise I needed to give my thinking a much-needed makeover!

FIRGUN. A Hebrew word…umm…well, let me share with you the link so you can learn all about it, yourself!

Firgun: A beautiful quality

Every word this woman chooses is akin to a jeweller choosing the perfect gems to create an exquisite ornament! Okay, let me not spoil it for you with my metaphors! Do go, read it. I am sure you will change the way you think and feel, not just about Life, but also about success and failure.

2. The next post comes from another dear friend of mine, Sunita Rajwade .It came during the week that brought with it a lot of sadness for many a soul amidst us. The passing of two celebrities: Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade. The news of their suicides shocked the world, leaving many broken hearted. That week, when the spotlight was on SUICIDE, and, what makes people take the extreme step.

It’s a post in memory of her dear friend who succumbed to depression–the demon that swallows up a person, leaving him helpless and without a thread of hope to hold on to.

When recent celebrity suicides trigger deep seated dark memories

Sunita’s posts are also very well articulated. The way she expresses her mind, her thoughts..makes me wish I could write like she does! Classy is the word that I would use to describe her writing.

3. The next post I liked is from Suzie, of Suzie Speaks.  It’s a post all of us bloggers will find extremely useful. Why? Because it teaches us how to create images with pictures clicked at our home, with simple props that we could buy at our local market, or even find at home!

A post that will help us give that personal touch to our images and a shine to our posts!

How to create flat lay images using basic props

Do visit her. I am sure you will love her blog, as well as the posts she brings for her readers!

4. I am all for motivational quotes. Metanoia is primarily a health and wellness blog, but Inspirational-Motivational is its second most important segment.

It’s the words in a quote that can add sunshine to your world. We wake up each day, thinking, planning, or even dreading the moments that lie before us, for each of us goes through stuff that has the potential to leave us either overwhelmed or completely broken.

And, it’s at the period when we are at our lowest that we need words to lift our morale, put a smile on our face and a little hope in our heart. Hope, that all’s not over!

Soumya Prasad begins her day with a motivational quote on her Instagram account. Do visit her.  I visit her just for the quotes she shares, for many a time it’s her quotes that put back the faith in my heart and the confidence in my spirits. And, I am quite in awe of her for being candid about her feelings and her opinions about the world and its citizens, too! 😛

Why daily motivation helps.

Do visit her. I am sure you will love the way she expresses her thoughts–fearlessly! I so wish I could be even 30% like her!

5. And, the last post that is also very inspirational in nature comes from another dear friend of mine-Esha Mookerjee Dutta.

Esha is a Literature student and her writing is like poetry for the soul! Oh god, I get blown away each time I read her words! Another blogger I wish to emulate, Esha’s post comes from the experiences Life gave her…is giving her. And, the topic is something that so resonated with me. Having been through some tough times and emerging strand saner, we both learned quite a lot.

It’s only during the tough phases that we learn some very useful lessons, isn’t it? There’s no other way God would ever teach us stuff about Life, would He?

What adversity has taught me

Do visit her, too. I am sure you will come back enlightened!

I mean every word, Esha! ❤


So, that’s my list of awesome posts from June. I hope you all like these. Not just like, but also find them inspiring, moving and informative, too! Do leave your views in the comments section. Would love to hear from you!





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Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

26 thoughts on “5 posts I loved this month. June’18

  1. That’s a nice bundle of motivation, Shilpa! Thanks for showcasing these posts.
    Always wonderful to discover inspiring words from other languages. And of course, community helps us learn in the most enjoyable way!

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  2. I like this idea of coming up with a list of top 5 posts you read during the month. All the blog posts, you have enlisted here are from the bloggers I also admire. Reading them leaves me wishing “If only I could write like them.” I have read 3 out of 5. I have to read Suzie’s post at the earliest to understand what are flat images. I might sound dumb.

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    1. Hey, you have company, Anu! I too had no idea what flat images were! I am glad I stumbled across her post on twitter. Now, I am planning on putting the gyaan to good use. Let’s see when! 😉


  3. Oh Shilpa, you have no idea how you have made me feel today.

    I came here looking for some inspirational writers and I did not expect my name to be here at all. You are so damn sweet 🙂

    I loved the idea of this post and you have spoken about every post you loved with so much love and passion. You inspire me in many ways, always know that ❤

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  4. You made my day Shilpa! I’m beyond thrilled to hear your kind words . And yes I do admire all the bloggers you’ve mentioned . I too get inspiration and solace from all the bloggers you mentioned . I love Susie’s creativity in general . Like you she explores with many media and comes up with something worth learning from. Esha’s posts are lyrical and FIRGUN by Shailaja was a great post. So that leaves Saumya who always leaves me wondering where she found these quotes from !

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  5. I have been following many of these bloggers and I can certainly say that they are really good at what they do. Esha with pictures of the sky, Shailja with Pinterest and Sunita with her random clicks and thoughts.

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  6. I agree with you Shilpa! Your choices are fabulous. All these amazing bloggers who know how to play with their words and keep the reader hooked throughout. I’m yet to read 3 of the above 5. Thanks for sharing, dear. Will read them now. 🙂

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  7. I just realised I never commented here on the post 🙂

    Thank you dearest Shilpa for the shout out. It really means a lot. No matter how many comments I get I treasure these special mentions so much. They mean the world to me.

    I am so glad that the post touched a chord with you. Truly.

    It’s a great idea to introduce this at Metanoia and I look forward to reading it each month. ❤

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    1. Your post was sort of an eye-opener for me, Shailaja. A post I most needed. I know the number of moments in a day when I feel I have failed myself, or some such horrid stuff. And, it was your post that made me realise a few things I knew but hadn’t implemented on.

      I am a work in progress and trust me, I am going to need many such motivating posts to really change the way I feel about myself. But, your post was the first, I think, in making me realise I needed to change my perspective, my way of thinking, about myself.

      So, thank you, my dear! ❤


  8. I cannot thank you enough dear Shilpa for the love you showered on my post! Thanks a zillion for that! ❤ It really made my day/week/month to see my name featured alongside bloggers who I admire so very much and feel that I have loads to learn from, also. I'm going to be a regular at your blog to read this fab feature every month. So, good luck with the initiative, Shilpa! I know I will keep coming back to Metanoia for more. 🙂

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