Orange Flower Meetup on chilly Delhi evening
Hauz Khas's landscape is dotted with smaller monuments along with the famous madarsas, tank, park and the lake. The area has a character, mysticism, history to speak of. The people residing have traversed various transitions. The beautiful play of ancient and modern continues at each step. But these rains have the power to do something to all; even inanimate objects seem to be intoxicated. A spell engulfs and the magical beauty is heightened. The swift steps, cloud of thoughts forming, the chill rubbing the cheeks amidst the lanes of Hauz Khas Village was pleasurable. Kunzum Cafe's cozy ambience was the venue for Orange Flower City Meetup of Delhi Edition organised by Women's Web.
Webizens were meeting in cold weather to warm up over sharing thoughts, ideas pertaining to digital media. The gathering of likeminded people was an enough impetus to drive people out of the warm comforts of home on a rainy wintry evening. Women's Web is a digital media platform about women stories. The Delhi meet up proposed to discuss all about digital media, the individuals embracing it, the way to navigate through it, opportunities available, and the challenges hidden and visible. There are similar meetups happening in Mumbai, Puṇe, Kolkatta and Bangalore.The highlight was the presence of Madhulika Liddle, the Indian Writer, as the speaker of the evening. She is known for her book on detective Muzaffar Jung a desi substitute of Sherlock Holmes. Indian Classical Cinema is something very close to her heart and this love is manifested regularly on her blog. Travel, food is another passion which finds expression in her writings beautifully.
The tone of the evening was set with wonderful introduction by Arunima Shekhar, the moderator of the meet. She is founder of Tell a Tale, a blog featuring stories on varied topics. The art of storytelling is something which all of us share and is an integral part of creative existence. It is so rightly said that narratives and memories create their own truth.The session started with practical issues in the world of blogging like how to package your writings, getting published, dangers and challenges, categorisation of writings, target audience, consistency of writing and responses and so many. The discussion had such fluidity with engaging, alert, interested participants around that it oozed tremendous flow. The beautiful anecdotes kept popping up every now and then. Presence of a Knowledge Entrepreneur Mrs Dolly Bhasin who is an Engineer by profession was valuable. She has an interesting profile to speak of when her avid travelling passion drove her to pursue Masters in Tourism. Her brilliance spoke of in form of launch of an e-magazine way back in 1999 when Google was unheard of. She has an excellent technical knowledge which is of primary importance to the people connected to digital media. She continues to guide people in the area of e-learning, e-marketing and e-publishing.
There was a General concern as to how to create visibility for your writings in the digital space which is overcrowded and also handling people with diametrically opposite views. The solutions which came out were - Have patience, packaging, right target audience, lot of people connect and most importantly hard work.The participants were an interesting eclectic mix of professionals from diverse fields. Presence of a Psychologist, theatre artists, financial Analyst, HR, Agro Business Consultant, Independent Researcher, Cake chocolate smith, spoke of wonderful amalgamation of creative minds. There was a wonderful story about a small time young writer out of his irresistible creative urge penned a cheesy romance with an equally amusing title and sought guidance for the publicity of book. He was advised to have it launched at city Literature Fest by some celebrity, which he took rather seriously. The book saw its launch by the hands of Javed Akhtar and rest is history. Each writer had a wonderful story and idea behind their creative expansions. The end towards the meet saw more mingling and coming together with promises to stay in touch and work for the passion commonly shared.
These lines by Rainer Maria Rilke stand good for all the creative sensitive minds,
I believe in all that has never yet been spoken.
I want to free what waits within me
So that what no one has dared to wish for
May what I do flow from me like a river,
No forcing and no holding back.......