♥ 500 ♥

500th post. It sounds like a dream, and yes, it is a dream!

The dream of a writer, who dedicates his words to someone special in his life, and lives in those words.

The journey, so far, is a mix of ups and downs, smiles and tears, learnings and mistakes, love and hurt, and what not… still it is a sweet one. Few Miles – the best part of me – may not be the best written blogs on blog-o-sphere, but of this, I’m sure: the words are from my sweet little heart. It must have touched the heart of the readers and made them feel good, and to me, this has always been enough.

Today, I’m happy because of many reasons. In fact, I would like to list them:

  1. My wife is feeling better now. She is back to Germany, and we celebrated our second anniversary, last Sunday.
  2. I’m all yours”, short story co-authored with Simran Kaur of My Friendship, is getting published in the book “A Little Chorus of Love”. This is my 6th book as a contributing author.
  3. Few Miles turned five. My friends and I celebrated it in a special way on my blog.
  4. And this is my special 500th blog post.

When I’m happy, I want everyone to be happy. Are you ready to be happy?

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And to all my dear friends, a very big Thank You for being there always!

It’s time to celebrate! Please raise your glasses and enjoy the champagne…

! The Haiku Challenge 2012 ~ Winners & Highlights !

PS: ! THIS EVENT REPEATS EVERY YEAR AND I HOPE TO SEE THE SAME SUPPORT EVERY YEAR !

What is Haiku Challenge?
The Haiku Challenge is a Haiku writing challenge that runs in the month of February every year. Write a Haiku or set of Haiku every day and share them in the linky tool to enjoy the words.

How it began?
As February being the month of love, I decided myself to express my love for Haiku, after penning down close to one hundred Haiku the love for it has become immeasurable and that made me throw a Challenge to myself, ‘The Haiku Challenge!’ in 2011.

The Journey…!
The Haiku challenge began it’s journey in February 2011, a sweet journey and aw, my sweet child is aging two now. I consider the journey as a sweet achievement as it helped to discover talents, and helped me to find some pearls.

To know about the first edition of Haiku Challenge, Winners and to read participation entries stop by here. To read the kickoff post, and prompts given in this edition stop here. To read the participation entries stop here.

Summary…!
I thought it was my dream when reading you but now I realize that it happened in real while drafting this. It was fun, 29 days of fun with Haiku, exploration of different signatures of Haiku (Haiga, Acrostic Haiku, Pi-Ku, Naisaiku and Haibun). I hope you enjoyed writing for the challenge as much as I did when hosting the challenge, if not then I should call it as Failure of Haiku Challenge and not Success!

In this edition, 45 of you registered for the challenge, 54 challenged, 22 of you completed the challenging challenge colourfully and made this challenge a grand success! Three Cheers to all!!! Thank you!

I love numbers and I’ve been known to cherish stats a lot. In this edition, we had 29 days, 28 challenging themes, 7 different forms, and the poets kick started the challenge expressing their love for words. In all, we read 54 poets, 1001 entries ~ (1706 Haiku); that’s an average of 35 entries (59 Haiku) each day. The minimum entry was 29 entries on Day 25, 26 & 27 and the maximum entry was 41 entries on Day 1, 2 and 9. Considering the count of Haiku, the least was 34 on Day 7 and the maximum entry was 108 on Day 23.

I must thank everyone for adding smile to my heart! Now, it is my turn to return the favours by crowning ‘KING OF HAIKU’, ‘QUEEN OF HAIKU’, ‘STAR NEWBIE OF THE CHALLENGE’, ‘CHEERFUL CHALLENGER’, ‘FAVOURITE CHALLENGER’, ‘FIRST SWEET CHALLENGER’ and ‘LAST SWEET CHALLENGER’.

Thanks for making my job easier with your precious votes. Here we go….

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THE KING OF HAIKU CHALLENGE…
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+/- – The King of Haiku Challenge………… is


There was a healthy competition between three contenders (Andy Sewina, Chevrefeuille and Ramesh Sood), Ramesh Sood won the title in the end. Congrats Rameshji, you deserve the title, ‘KING’…

Life is made easy for you


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THE QUEEN OF HAIKU CHALLENGE…
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+/- – The Queen of Haiku Challenge………… is


There was a healthy competition between three contenders (Becca Givens, Pranali Kadam and Grace), Grace went past others with a heavy shower of votes (5 at a stretch) to win the Title. Congrats Grace, you deserve the title, ‘QUEEN’…

Life is made easy for you


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THE STAR NEWBIE OF HAIKU CHALLENGE…
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There was a healthy competition between three contenders (Asni (A Walk in my Heart), Valli (Reflection of my feelings) and Vidya Sury) and Asni won the title in the end. Congrats Asni (A Walk in My Heart), you have won many hearts with your words…

Life is made easy for you


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THE CHEERFUL CHALLENGER OF HAIKU CHALLENGE…
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+/- – The Cheerful Challenger of Haiku Challenge………… is


None other than a person who dominated others right from the start. She is a true winner as she has won hearts with her encouraging words. As I say, ‘I personally feel that appreciation is the best food for a blogger hunger, in that perspective I thank you for feeding me. I also feel critics will help a human being touch heights. So be my best critic’, she did the best, give a big hand of becca givens who garnered 80% of the votes.

Life is made easy for you


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THE FAVOURITE CHALLENGER OF HAIKU CHALLENGE…
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+/- – The Favourite Challenger of Haiku Challenge………… is


She penned ‘Blank Verses and Invisible Lines’ to conquer the heart of many people. She has stolen the heart under three categories by garnering votes under all the categories, ‘Queen, Star Newbie and Cheerful’. Here we welcome our Favourite Challenger Pranali Kadam, Kudos to you…

Life is made easy for you


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THE FIRST SWEET CHALLENGER OF HAIKU CHALLENGE…
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+/- – The First Sweet Challenger of Haiku Challenge………… is


He came in first, he signed up first on 9 days out of 29 days defeating Ramesh Sood (7) and Pranali Kadam (5) to win the Title. Let’s give a big hand to Leo, Our Haiku Master….

Life is made easy for you


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THE LAST SWEET CHALLENGER OF HAIKU CHALLENGE…
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+/- – The Last Sweet Challenger of Haiku Challenge………… is


7 out of 29 days, she came in last to join the challenge and completed the challenge colourfully. Thank you, ‘BLOSSOM VYDRINA

Life is made easy for you


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TIME TO AWARD THE CHALLENGERS WHO DEDICATED THEIR TIME TO COMPLETE THE HAIKU CHALLENGE COLOURFULLY
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+/- – Yay, I completed the challenge…


It is easy to write a day but it is difficult to write continuously for 29 days with seamless flow. They did it with pride! Here you go (in alphabetical order)…!

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If I had missed any of your name in the completed list then I’m sorry, please drop me a mail to create a badge.

If you have participated in the challenge then here you go, enjoy the badge..

+/- – Proud to be a Haiku Challenger……….. !

Life is made easy for you

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Check out the first ever magazine of Haiku Challenge….! Poets Featured, Winners and Highlights! 188 pages of fun! Enjoy the words!

If you have any issues in viewing the magazine or downloading the magazine then please drop me a mail or leave a comment… I shall help you to enjoy the magazine..! OR Download it here ************************************************************** PS: I’ve dedicated a post, “my life… her shadow…” to my sweet mother as she taught what life is. Do stop by to know about my life.! ************************************************************** Thanks for all the sweethearts who made my month. Hoping to meet you again soon! Do Leave your footprints ! ! Share the post on Facebook, tweet, and plus your love. Shout a word to the world to enjoy the words ! Stay in touch! You can Follow me at Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Subscribe Me!

Thank you!

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