May 4

AtoZ Reflections #AtoZChallenge 2015 @AprilA2Z


As I write this post, I am overcome with a lot of conflicting emotions. The dominant one being relief with a tinge of sadness. I am relieved as I survived a month long blogging challenge. I know it probably is not a big deal for a lot of you, but to a newbie blogger like me it means a lot. However, I can’t help but feel a little sad as I will miss the camaraderie and all the fun we had during the month of April.

On a lighter note, when I was right in the middle of the craziness that is AtoZ, I remember mentioning to my husband that AtoZ reminds me of fast track Big Brother. If you watch the American Big Brother or any variations of the show, you will know that during the 12 odd week long game, there is one week where everything from ‘nominations for eviction’ to the ‘actual eviction’ happens in the space of a day, which is otherwise spread out over a week. AtoZ (in the world of blogging) is like that day – over and over again for 26 days. We go through the whole cycle in the span of 24 hours. We write/upload a post, comment, reply, reciprocate and by the time we can catch our breath, the clock strikes 12 and there we go – all over again.

As exhausted I have felt all through April, AtoZ has been an exhilarating, invigorating and an enriching experience in more ways than one. It taught me to write, edit and create image quotes in a limited amount of time. It has made me find simpler, easier solutions for lot of things related to blogging sooner than I would have figured those things out.

But the best thing by far has to be the people I met and the friendships I made during the month. I would not do justice to this post if I do not mention the people who have brought a smile to my face and joy to my heart all through April. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, and if I missed mentioning you, I am truly sorry. So here goes (in no particular order) –

Shailaja, Parul, Swathi, Sundari, Shilpa Garg, Sanch, Shilpa Gupte, Shalini, Prasanna, Sulekha, Vinitha, Suzy, Ruchi, Devika, Soumya, Genevive, Rajlakshmi, Eloquent Mind, Susan, Mee from The Chinese QuestEli, Rachna, Chicky, Elly, Little Princess, Sheetal, Aathira, Alison, Courtney, Shali Jay, Salvwi , Meghana Kawle and so many many more of you wonderful wonderful people. *

I can’t thank you guys enough for all the love, support, encouragement you have showered on me. I am so glad to have come across each and every one of you.

I also want to mention here, that due to the paucity of time during April, I have not been able to do justice to a lot of your wonderful blogs that I came across. Nonetheless, I have bookmarked all of them and will surely be visiting you guys over the next few months.

As I sign off, my heart is full of love and gratitude and I look forward to nurturing all the friendships that I made during AtoZ.

Keep smiling and happy blogging! ☺

Lots of Love


Special Mention to Shailaja for the Guest Post for Y on Yelling Less. Thank you so much. I truly appreciate you taking the time to do it for me. ☺

*I will be updating this list to include more people, as and when I remember the ones I have missed out.



  1. It truly was a learning and fun experience.. Glad to have found you Shantala..

    Geets recently posted…AtoZ ReflectionsMy Profile

  2. Loved your posts. Glad you had such a great time and finished the challenge. Thanks for the mention.
    Rachna recently posted…Our best pal!My Profile

  3. Your posts were just awesome Shanaya! Loved reading every one of them. Thanks for the mention and link. Glad to have met you via A-Z Challenge 2015. Hope to be in touch! 😀

  4. Congratulations, Shantala, on completing the challenge! I enjoyed reading your posts. Wish you greater success in every future challenge you participate in.
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  5. I loved whatever little I read and will be back for more. Thanks for your support. It kept me going. Still trying to finish.
    Inderpreet Kaur recently posted…The Indian Trumpet @happytootingMy Profile

  6. I’m so happy we ‘met’ through the A to Z Challenge. I enjoyed all of your posts that I managed to read. 🙂 Thanks for the mention!

  7. It was a joy to read along with your posts this month. I hope you keep producing uplifting content on this site.
    Tim H recently posted…The Headspace Experience: What to Expect from FREE Guided MeditationMy Profile

  8. It was indeed an enriching experience and I’m truly glad that I found you. Your posts were simply amazing, Shantala. I think I have missed some of the posts in between. I am in the process of catching up now. Will be definitely reading all your posts hopefully soon. 🙂 All the best dear! You were an inspiration to me. <3
    Vinitha recently posted…A Thank You Note..My Profile

  9. Thanks for the mention 🙂 Your posts were really lovely to read.
    Alison Williams recently posted…#AtoZChallenge: Z is for Zeugma and ZzzzzzzMy Profile

  10. Such a great recap Shantala and thank you for the mention! I loved your posts and I agree – the bond we all shared and the way the challenge progressed was awesome! Cheers to our success and good luck for the days ahead 🙂
    Parul recently posted…Taste of PunjabMy Profile

  11. I enjoyed your posts as much Shantala!! I loved your writing and your creativity…and it has been a pleasure connecting with you!of course we’ll stay connected to keep reading more of each other.
    Love and hugs

  12. congrats shantala, I truly enjoyed reading all your posts, and thanks for mentioning my name, I feel honoured to be in your list. I am yet to write the reflections, am still visiting some of the blogs to comment and appreciate… meanwhile also joined another 21 day challenge on gratitude. Thanks and God bless you !!
    G Angela recently posted…21 Day Challenge – Day 4My Profile

  13. Congrats on finishing. It was exhausting, but totally worth it. I’m glad I came across your posts! Happy Blogging! 😀
    Tanya Miranda recently posted…Celebrations Friday & A-Z SummaryMy Profile

  14. Thank you so much for being a terrific Dragon Soldier. Your posts were all thought-provoking and interesting.

  15. I’m more than glad I connected with you. You write incredibly well and with heart. It’s the best way to write. Thanks for the mention and the guest post opportunity 🙂
    Shailaja recently posted…The Myth of Being ConnectedMy Profile

  16. Congratulations on completing the A to Z Challenge Shanaya. The challenge got us all into the marathon mode. Will catch up with your posts in the next few days. Best, Somali.
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  17. Glad to have your blog as well! I’m happy you had such a positive experience, and Congratulations for making it all the way through! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @
    Lisa Buie-Collard recently posted…A to Z Blogging Challenge 2015 ReflectionsMy Profile

  18. Meghana says:

    Really happy that you completed the challenge successfully. You deserve every bit of appreciation you are getting. Waiting for more of your posts.

  19. congrats on completing the challenge.. yes the experience is very new and wholesome.. mixed feelings.. I miss the ‘deadline is near’ kind of feeling.. 😀
    Pratikshya recently posted…Reflections #atozchallengeMy Profile

  20. I agree- the best is the connection with all other blogger friends – and for me you being one of them:-) Thanks for all kind and encouraging comments – they have meant a lot! I have enjoyed your posts so much – you are a wonderful writer! Keep going lovely lady 🙂 Big hugs
    Eli recently posted…A to Z 2015 – my reflectionsMy Profile

  21. Congrats on surviving A to Z 2015. It doesn’t get any easier btw. I didn’t find you during the challenge but I’m here now, having a look around. Nice positive ‘reflections’ post as well.
    D.A.Cairns recently posted…2015 A to Z Blogging Challenge RefractionsMy Profile

  22. Shantala, Thank you so much for the shoutout! And as I mentioned in my Reflections post, if it wasn’t for your and your husband, I never would have known about this Challenge!!

    Thanks again!!
    –Mee (The Chinese Quest)
    Mee Magnum recently posted…The @AprilA2Z RetrospectiveMy Profile

  23. True. the challenge wouldn’t be half as much fun without the friends we make along the way. I’m really glad to have landed on your blog. You’ll find the reason in my reflections post. And yes, there is a sort of emptiness in life now without all that rush and craziness. I’m already looking forward to the next year! 😛

    Happy blogging, Shantala and I’m sure we’ll stay in touch. I loved your photo quotes, by the way. You should compile them all in one page and link each to their individual posts. It’ll be a good resource on your blog at one single place.
    Kaddu recently posted…A-to-Z Reflections: 2015 #AtoZChallenge @AprilAtoZMy Profile

  24. So glad you enjoyed your first A to Z Challenge! You have a lot to be proud of! And you found the best part of it all: the people.
    ~ We made it!!! ~
    Stopping in from Life & Faith in Caneyhead.
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  25. I am so proud of us for completing this challenge. It was a wonderful experience meeting wonderful bloggers like you 🙂
    Soumya recently posted…Action Replay – March & April 2015My Profile

  26. Thanks Shantala, I really enjoyed your posts. It was a great month. Out of Africa – Reflections on the Challenge
    Shirley Corder recently posted…A-Z ReflectionsMy Profile

  27. It was fabulous that we connected through this challenge, Shantala. Enjoyed reading your inspiring posts and they gave a lot to chew on too. Congratulations and well done! Thanks for the mention! ♥
    Shilpa Garg recently posted…AtoZ Reflections #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2ZMy Profile

  28. Congratulations on completing the challenge. Glad to have found you 🙂
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  29. Ranveer vishal says:

    Congrats Shanaya for completing the challenge. It’s been an incredible journey and love the posts I was able to read:)

  30. Great job and Many Congratulations (for each of the accomplishments).
    Glad to have read your posts last month, whatever i could.
    Alok Singhal recently posted…Blissful Yoga!My Profile

  31. It was really great month! I am so glad I participated and made such wonderful new friends such as you Shantala. Thanks for the mention!!
    Ruchi Singh recently posted…Crossed & KnottedMy Profile

  32. Sorry for the delay in congratulating you, but kudos for completely the challenge!!
    Roshni recently posted…Traveling solo in IndiaMy Profile

  33. Just now getting around to visiting the blogs in the challenge. April was a busy month for me. Congrats on completing the A to Z Challenge! Looking forward to next year! See you on the Road Trip!

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  34. Hello there.
    Congratulations on completing the challenge! I didn’t get to visit your blog during the crazy month of April so I’m popping over today from the Road Trip/Reflections linky.

    Entrepreneurial Goddess
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