You guys have been really supportive. This blog, my book blog has been the constant source of happiness. There was a thing that was eating me from within for more than 2 years, although I never talk about my fears, this blog has really helped me break out of that thought process and work towards the solution. 😀 It has been 3 months since I started book blogging. When the 4th month started, i.e. October, I obviously had a lot of plans for all the posts. Reviews, interviews, and some fun stuff but then my submissions started (if you guys don’t know, then I am in the second year of my engineering degree program) and the dates for our 2nd UT and the board exams were out. Everything started rushing itself and I somehow got lost in it. Not knowing what to do and where to head.
My Dad visits Vaishnodevi every Navratri. It’s a pilgrim spot and Navratri is a festival of celebrating woman power. It lasts 9 days. If you want to know more, just let me know and I will tell you everything about it. 😉
He had his tickets booked 3 months prior to the dates of visiting. But, last week, I decided that even I wanted to go. It will be a great way to just clear my head. It’s a quick 5 days trip actually. 2 days in the train to reach there, then on the first day of Navratri, we climb the mountain to pay our respects and the next 2 days are the return journey via train. 4 days in train is just the break I need. And this might be the 6th or 7th time I am visiting the place. To be honest, I just love the trek to reach the destination, to see the goddess. It’s kind of a cave temple. (although you can’t see the goddess even for 2 seconds because you are pushed to keep the line moving) More than 10 million visit the place every year. But the journey is what makes it worthwhile for me. ❤ So, I told my dad that even I wanted to go but the problem was that my exam dates weren’t announced back then i.e., last week. Our education board has this internal joke of never letting us know anything in advance, they love dropping bombs on us and irritating the hell out of us. But, my Dad told me to book tickets. He said, “You just book the tickets, if your exam dates clash then we will just cancel it. You don’t have to worry about the cancellation fees. It’s no big deal. You decide what you gotta do.” So, I did it. I booked the tickets. Obviously, I was in the waiting list but then the list started falling with speed. My dad was like, Yes, even the goddess wants you to visit. And I was like, Yea, she probably knows how much I need this break. Although I didn’t say that out loud. 😛
The point of telling you guys this is, I wanted to apologize for neglecting the blog since October started, I just posted 2 reviews for the blog tour, namely, The Cypress trap and The House on Sunset and a cover reveal for Linked because I was committed to them and I can never afford to break my commitments. I am a man of my words. (Okay, okay, I am a girl of my words. But, man sounds good in that sentence. 😛 )
The people I really want to apologize are Cherrie Mack and Susanne Valenti, I was supposed to review their books and interview them and Ana Spoke, Tara Guha, whom again I was supposed to interview. They are wonderful authors and I have genuinely enjoyed their books. So, I feel bad letting them down. I hope they understand. They have been so patient and wonderful with me and I really appreciate that. 🙂 Even all those authors who sent me their books to be reviewed. I will get to them soon. 🙂
I want to take this break to figure out things, the thing that has been bothering me since the past two years, the solution, engineering, my new blog- Experimenting with Life and lots of things actually. I will be going tomorrow, well today because the clock just struck midnight. So it’s already 11th October. 😛 I will be returning on Thursday, i.e. 15th October. Then my actual struggle for managing things will start. Friday will be the only day I will have to get my submissions done that I will be missing the whole week. Then I will be having 2 days, that is, the weekend to study for my 2nd UT that starts on 19th October, Monday. Then will follow all those internal vivas and practicals, then the external vivas and practicals, then the final submissions and finally the board exams that will last a whole month, i.e. from 20th November to 21st December. Managing my blog with all this is going to be a task and I hope to make good use of these 4 train days to come up with a working game plan. 😉
I want to thank Deanna @ A novel glimpse, she made me smile in all these days. I wasn’t that active on my blog. She tagged me in tags and nominated me for awards reminding me that I wasn’t forgotten. I decided to do this post some two or three days ago because I felt like I owe you guys an answer and Lia @ Book Land was there for me telling me to take the time and giving me virtual hugs. There were others who tagged me and made me smile with their posts. I thank you all. But these two lovely girls really did give me a real reason to write this post. ❤
I know this post is too long. But if you are still here then well, that means you care. 😀 So, Thank you for supporting me and being there for me and I promise, when I come back from the trip you will be getting lots of posts and some cool ideas for my new blog too. 😀 I am taking a little notebook with me to pen down stuff. 🙂
And yea, I will be having a book spotlight up on 13th October, i.e., the day I will be trekking, as a part of the blog tour because… Commitments. 😛 I will most probably tell my brother to post it, because maybe I trust him more than the wordpress scheduler. 😛
Till then, hugs and love! ❤ ❤ See ya ppl, I need to wake up at 2 am and it’s already 12:30 am, that’s some amount of sleep I am getting there! 😛 😛 Wait, I first gotta prepare the book spotlight post. Umm… bye bye sleep!