Pradita Kapahi-Pradita’s Chronicles
This is the first in what I hope will be a series of interviews with outstanding Bloggers, people we follow and read regularly, and people who have “something to say” and thepraditachronicles is a blog with articles, stories, poems, opinions and issues all of which entertain us and make us think. Pradita deserves to be first in our new series, please take a look at her blog ….. address below.
1.Tell us a little about yourself, your name, where you live, where you grew up, your job/profession
First of all, thank you so much for having me on your ‘Blog Seat’. I am way too young (if I may dare) and inexperienced a blogger to have this honour, but I’m very, very grateful for the same.
I am Pradita Kapahi, known to the people of WordPress as the author of thepraditachronicles.com; known to my family as Eva (my father thought that Hitler’s lady friend had a very beautiful name, so that’s what they call me on my Father’s side).
I was born in New Delhi though now I stay in Pune because of my husband. But my family comes from the mountains of the Himalayas, and whatever part of my growing up years I’ve spent there, were my best. That’s why I’ll always be a ‘Pahadi’ girl.
By qualification I am a lawyer, but I only practiced for a very short time. Even though I like Law as a subject, as a profession it has stopped appealing to me. I now work as a freelance-writer and dabble in blogging.
2.Describe your blog to us, its “nature/character”, main categories of post, how often you post
My blog is EVERYTHING that’s me…. my love for writing, for poetry, for social causes, for what I feel is important in life… in short what I write about are my opinions and experiences of life. I started it because I wanted to write my stories somewhere that people would be able to give me an honest feedback on them. It’s become much more than that now. It’s like a vital organ for me, I can’t do without it and it’s been so cathartic for me.
So if you go to my blog, you’ll find a little bit of everything really – stories, poetry, art, a rant or two and my opinions on social causes. I’m famous, or rather infamous for writing long posts, so be prepared to be bored. I try to be regular with my posts, so on good days, you’ll find at least one post everyday. But on busy days, you may find only two per week.
3.Why do you blog, when did you start, what is your regular inspiration for blogging
Like I said before, I started blogging because I had always wanted to write stories, but I had no way of knowing if I had it in me to be a writer. Also, when I started the blog, I was at a point in my life when I was giving away too much of myself to others and not being able to be ‘me’. I was a Mother, a Wife, A Daughter-in-law, and though I still love being all that, what made me ‘me’ was getting swamped by all my roles and responsibilities. That’s why this blog became a lifeline – the stories I wrote have quite a lot of me, or my experiences in them, and more importantly, the love and support I got from the blogging community was overwhelming. Simply put – I can’t do without my Community anymore.
I now have the confidence to acknowledge that I am a budding writer and a poet. Even if everything else fails me in life, I know my gift for words won’t.
As for what tempts me to post, like I said before, my blog is everything that’s me. So I have to just have a spark, ANYTHING that inspires me, and I’ll start writing. Anything that pinches me, or makes me happy, will be reflected in what I’m writing about. Of late, it’s been increasingly about Women matters, specially Female Education, which I feel is being neglected in my country, India. But I’m not a Feminist. I support men in certain things, and I feel that today Men sometimes are unfairly treated for the behavior of their ancestors towards women, which is just wrong. I support equality of opportunity, not blind equality, and that’s what I have been talking about on my blog of late.
4.What is your favourite category of post and why
My favourite category of post is, naturally, stories. I have been a dreamer and a story-maker since I was very young. I can turn anything into a story, really! Fiction was my favourite place to be… still is, because we can travel to places we’ve never been to, we can be things that we know we can’t be, and we can experience things by proxy. It’s magical what words, illustrations can do to your imagination, and in my case, to your self-esteem. I love how stories can bring you pain, happiness, a message, a lesson, a vision.. it can morph into so many things. No form of writing, save poetry maybe, can move you like stories can… so that even though you’re disconnected from the story, it is possible for you to become entrenched in one. Effective storytelling is a very powerful thing. No wonder Bards had so much influence!
5.What is the best post you have ever written and why
I think it may have been the post on female education where I lament how well educated women in India are still not allowed to work. It’s my favourite because I’ve been through the same. It took me a long time and a lot of will to find a circuitous way to work that worked for my family. But there are a lot of women out there who are unable to get their families’ support and so, have to give up on a career altogether. To many of us Indian women, education, thanks to our antiquated and pseudo-modernist ways, has become a badge that proclaims ‘we are marriage material’, and it hurts to see that even though our Constitution and our Laws give us equality, it’s only on paper, because every time a woman tries to be a career woman, she will simultaneously be branded as a ‘bad mother/wife’ or a ‘home-wrecker’. So there is really no choice for us but to leave our education behind and be whatever it is our husband’s families want us to be.
The reader response was great and what was really heartening was that there were an equal number of men who supported true female education and working women, and of course, women too. Some of them went to the extent of saying that they’ll never let their own wives/partners go through it. So it was encouraging that at least a lot of the younger, educated people in the country truly believe in female education and equality of opportunity.
6.Which three blogs do you like the most and why (Or two or one if you haven’t got three)
That is a very tough question because there are so many that I like and admire. It’s like asking ‘which is your favorite book’, which is my case is a very, very, very tough question!
The Two Doctors, is one of my favourites. I’ve come to respect and admire their selfless work towards education in Nepal, their dogged belief that education is a prerequisite to a ‘livable’ life. That’s one notion I support whole-heartedly because I believe an Educated world is a better place to live in, and that an Educated Person is a resourceful person. If you’ve been educated, and I’m not talking about school or college education only, nothing can pull you down. You may face adversity in life, but you’ll find a way to flourish.
7.What have you learned from your blog writing (Apart from the mechanics of blogging and managing a site, has blogging changed you in any way)
I think I’ve already answered that in the above questions, but in short, self-esteem, the power of storytelling and the power of criticism is what I have truly understood from blogging. It has changed me in so many ways, made me stronger, better and calmer.
8.What advice would you give to any new bloggers
My top advice is always ‘follow the 3 C’s’
Content – Should be strong and true to your beliefs. Don’t fib!
Consistency – Keep it regular, there shouldn’t be too wide a gap between two posts, yet you should not swamp the reader with too many. Remember the first C.
Contact – Stay true to your readers, respect and respond to them, and network as much as you can.
9.Anything else you would like to say or share with the blogosphere
Apart from ‘please visit thepraditachronicles.com’ 😉 , I’d like to say – We, as bloggers, have a responsibility to the people for writing what we truly believe in. Do not ever let that belief and trust be broken.