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Reflections- April AtoZ Series

Reflections- Glimpse of India

April has been quite an eventful month for me. Blogchatter AtoZ series kept me in read-write mode and I got an opportunity to challenge myself. I consider myself a lazy blogger and completing 26 posts in the month of April is a HUGE success for me. Now that the challenge is over, I’m here to reflect what I gained (and what lost!?).

Before the beginning of the AtoZ challenge, I was confused about the theme of the series. It was my first AtoZ challenge and I was determined to prove myself. A few days before AtoZ Challenge was to begin, I had hosted the blog train for travel India with more than 70 posts shared on social media with hashtag #XploreBharat. I became more interested in knowing various cultures and landforms of India. AtoZ challenge gave me an opportunity to discover my own country through 26 blog posts:)

Next challenge before me was to write one post a day (Told you I don’t get started easily!!;). Luckily, the enthusiasm of my fellow bloggers rubbed off on me. It gave an (unexpected😂) boost to my writing power and yes, I completed the series on time!!

Wow! I’m an A-to-Z-Challenge SURVIVOR:)

My experience with AtoZ Challenge

🍂 Before the AtoZ challenge, my blog was updated sparingly because I was hesitant to use the words! Oh, literally! The challenge gave me confidence to start writing whenever I feel like, without any false assumptions.

🍂 I got to read the blogs of many wonderful bloggers whose work encouraged me to spend a part of myself in blogging.

🍂 After completion of AtoZ series, I’m counted as one of those reliable bloggers;)
What else do I need?

🍂 My Alexa rank shows a huge improvement and I’m happy with the progress. Pray, the power of Alexa be with me💪. Always.

🍂 I hope to continue updating my blog more often because participating in the AtoZ challenge showed me the right way to blog.

🍂 Last but not least, I would like to thank Blogchatter for mentoring me in wading through the blogging challenge:)

🍂 You can find all my ‘Glimpse of India’ posts 👉HERE. Please read and leave a comment to encourage:)

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Glimpse of India- Atithi Devo Bhava

Glimpse of India- Atithi Devo Bhava

Guests play an important part in our lives.
Guests. Invited guests. Uninvited guests. Short-stay guests. Long-stay guests. Indians welcome all kinds of guests with open arms. We reschedule our work when a guest is scheduled. Guests are served better food than what we eat every day. There’s excitement over the arrival of the guest. A separate room and toiletries are made available to the esteemed person(s). Children are instructed to behave obediently in front of the visitors. We insist our guests extend their stay and make us feel elated.

This is India.

We believe in the ancient Sanskrit verse – ATITHI DEVO BHAVA.

‘Athithi‘ is the person who visits without a fixed calendar date.
(A-tithi where ‘A means without’ and ‘tithi means date’.)

‘Devo‘ is God.

‘Bhava‘ is Be/Is.

Hence the meaning of the complete phrase ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ is “The Guest is (akin to) God”. It aptly defines the culture and moral values we Indians possess.

Though the picture is fading with time, our history depicts some wonderful stories to demonstrate the Indian values. Our blooming tourism industry has adopted the verse ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ as their tagline. The aim is to educate local people regarding good manners and etiquettes while dealing with foreign tourists. It inculcates the sense of responsibility in the Indian people to preserve India’s rich cultural heritage and hospitality.

To win the confidence of foreign tourists and make India a preferable tourist destination, the govt of India is leaving no stone unturned. With brand Ambassadors like Amir Khan to Amitabh Bachchan to PM Narendra Modi himself, ‘Incredible India’ is one of India’s most cherished tourism campaigns.

This post is a part of Blogchatter A2Z and Global AtoZ blogging challenge. I’m writing 26 posts in the month of April on the theme Glimpse of India. Follow my work on social media platforms with hashtags #AditiWrites, #CelebrateIndiaWithAditi

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