Monday, 20 March 2017

Blogging from A-Z April Challenge : Theme Reveal!








This year, the A-Z Challenge is changing things – doing away with the sign-up list.   I like that! - the team keep innovating and improving the Challenge. My own take is that it’s better to initiate the change yourself, rather than have change thrust upon you. Much better crisis control! 


With that idea, I'm changing for my A-Z too - last  year-end I chalked up 20 years of living in the MENA region, though it didn’t feel like that. One minute we were newcomers and the next it was two decades, how did that happen?! Terrible at tracking time!


Anyways, this feels like an excellent moment to step away from poetry, which is what my A-Z’s have been about so far.  This time, something new and different. Yup, you heard that right.  Nope, no rhyming, no limericks.  Not even a cheep of free verse. Poetry, you're officially on notice for this A-Z!


So...I'm going to dig into my memories and experiences, come up with some regular paras and punctuation (always keeping a strict eye on the exclamation marks, of course!) And share with you the things I have seen and learnt as an outsider in my time here.


To sum up...my theme for the Challenge is.... 



~ Arabiana ~




All through April I'll be putting out a smorgasbord of Arab culture  - art, architecture, design, films, history, music and whatever else  fits the letter of the day! This will be a way to mark this personal milestone, and also thank my Arab friends and the Arablands.


Let me take you to places of formidable beauty and millennia-old histories! Of exquisite craftsmanship and amazing art and mind-boggling architecture, foot-tapping music and mesmerising dance and theatre.  Of philosophy and folklore and traditions and customs  at once captivating and complex, heartfelt and hospitable. Come with me on a Arabian adventure!





Posted for the A-Z Challenge 2017 Theme Reveal

Created by  Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out



     and 

Co-hosted by

Alex J. Cavanaugh @ Alex J. Cavanaugh

J
eremy Hawkins @ Hollywood Nuts

Heather M. Gardner The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary

John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing


J Lenni Dorner @ Blog of J. Lenni Dorner









76 comments:

  1. I am so looking forward to your take on the A-Z. Learning, and wonder. What's not to love?

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    1. In twenty years I haven't got over the wonder, and the learning :) correction, make that my whole life...Thank you so much for the support, EC!

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  2. Wow! Love the theme. Can't wait to read it :-)

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    1. Thank you. I'm looking forward to the themes of the other A-Z participants too.

      Please leave your link here if you're participating? Tracking people down from Google profiles can be a little bit challenging... :)

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  3. This is how we learn new things with A to Z. I like your adaptation to the change in the Challenge and your own changing up the approach that you'll be taking.

    Good theme! All the best for the upcoming A to Z April Challenge.

    My theme reveal will be appearing in several hours--midnight California time.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I have always loved the learning that happens during the A-Z, it is one of the key reasons that I come back to it.

      Change shakes things up, stops them from becoming boring...therefore good in small doses, like the scrapping of the list. I look forward to where this will take us all, I do feel it will work out well.

      Thank you for the wishes and for being here. I will be reading in the afternoon (my time) once the last timezoners have posted.

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  4. Looking forward to your posts and the opportunity to learn about another culture. Good luck with the challenge. Weekends In Maine

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    1. Thank you, and the very best to you too!

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  5. Will be looking forward to your posts :D
    ~ Saraallie
    www.saraallie.blogspot.com

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    1. Arabs have an especially rich culture, lots of interesting stuff :-)

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  6. Travel and culture are among my biggest interests (That was my theme in 2014.) Looking forward to your entries. Good luck with the challenge!

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    1. Thank you! For the link and the wishes...Travel and culture are my favs too right alongside poetry and fiction...

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  7. Hello Nila!
    How are you?
    Although I'll miss your fantastic poetry, an Arabiana smorgasbord sounds like a wonderful theme!
    I'm looking forward to learning more....
    See you around on the A to Z circuit next month.
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Hi Michelle!

      I'm good and busy :) Great to see you here! and I assure you, you won't miss the poetry coz traversing the unknown is as good as a sonnet/limerick any day :-)

      Looking forward to reading you in April. See you soon!

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  8. Really looking forward to this as I spent one year living in the middle east a very long time ago - I'm sure it will provoke lots of memories. Enjoy April.

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    1. I do hope they will reactivate the happy ones! Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Hi Nila - I must got back and read your 2016 ones ... and then this year - these will be brilliant - such a great idea - yes definitely looking forward to yours ... cheers Hilary

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    1. My 2016 ones were lighthearted limericks - I had great fun with that :) The Arabs are a rich people, so much to share! I'll enjoy 2017 too, for sure.
      See you on the A-Z track!

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  10. That will be cool! We'll all learn so much visiting you. Excellent theme.

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    1. The research always teaches me a thing or two, even about places or things I feel I know well :)

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  11. I have ZERO insight, knowledge about the this region. I am looking forward to your posts sharing this new world :) Good Luck with your AtoZ :)
    Ishieta @Isheeria's

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    1. This region is actually the oldest world :) but many don't know that...see you in April...

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  12. Your theme flashbacked me to the Sex And the city-2 movie where they travel to AbuDhabi and have their arabic adventure. ;-)
    Looking forward to this theme and learning abt a new culture esp architecture and art!
    Cheers

    shalzmojo

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    1. Abu Dhabi is all brand new...a little different from the places I have in mind :) UAE is very much the modern face of Arabia...see you next month!

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  13. This sounds lovely! I will miss the poems, but I am also happy you are doing this. No doubt it will be fascinating!

    The Multicolored Diary: WTF - Weird Things in Folktales

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    1. Change seeds change :) I was ready with another poetry related theme, but then you folks went list free and this is what happened to me...btw, neat acronym you got for your theme :-)

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    1. A-Z is addictive! :) see you in April..

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  15. Sounds like an excellent journey. I look forward to your rich descriptions and insights.

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    1. Hope I can paint an interesting picture...

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  16. Can't wait! Love your idea, and I look forward to your amazing journey!
    But I will miss the poetry! :)
    Change can be a good thing!

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    1. The poetry will be back in May...and agree that change is mostly a good thing...see you in April!

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  17. This will be excellent. I know so little abut Arab neighbors--you will be my mentor.

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    1. Oh no, mentor sounds altogether too serious for me :-) but I'll try my best :)

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  18. Oh wonderful - I'm looking forward to your posts!

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  19. Nilanjana, I'm glad I stumbled upon your blog. I'm already mesmerised by your pen and can't wait to read all things Arab. Adding your page to my reading list. See you in April.

    Cheers and Good luck!

    natashamusing

    http://natashamusing.com/2017/03/atozchallenge-2017-theme-reveal-travel-epiphanies/

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    1. Thanks Natasha! See you on the A-Z track!

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  20. Wow! That is like something new and interesting to look forward to. I will be hear to read more, Nilanjana.

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    1. Loads of interesting layers to the ME...see you in April!

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  21. Wow, I am really looking forward to your posts next month! I doubt I'll be participating in the challenge myself, though.

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    1. Very glad to see you're back :) being a bit of an OCD re grammar myself...but sorry to hear you're not participating, your posts were so informative and fun last year.

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    2. Thank you. I greatly appreciate the compliment, coming from you. I'm planning a post telling why I won't be participating, actually. ;-)

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    3. Okay, it will have to pack in 26 letters of edutainment :)

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  22. Because it's that time of the year again! #AtoZChallenge

    http://www.sushmitamalakar.com/2017/03/a-to-z-challenge-theme-reveal.html

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    1. A lot of learning happens at the A-Z :) have a great challenge next month!

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  24. That sounds fascinating. Look forward to finding out more!

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    1. All the very best for April...see you next month!

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  25. Hey, Nila! Look at those comments. Now you know the secret! I love the sound of your theme and will pop by as much as possible. Enjoy the prep. :-)

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    1. Hi Denise! Actually, I am as clueless as ever haha... must prep for WEP too!! see you soon...

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  26. Thank you for visiting my blog - visiting from A to Z. I am not sure my first comment went through, so trying again. An Arab adventure - more travel - why not? I'll be back.

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    1. Yeah, travel is always good, can't really have too much of it.

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  27. Nila, I've read it's best to write about things you know and sounds like you're on something here with your life in Arabiana. I'm looking forward to knowing more about your home for the past two decades because this is a place I will never visit (I hate to travel by plane or boat because I'm a scardey Cathy). Thanks for visiting and I'll see you next month for all the A2Z fun! ;)

    For anyone interested, check out my theme reveal "Art Sketching Through the Alphabet" on Curious as a Cathy!

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    1. I'm not a fan of air travel anymore what with the security hoops we have to jump through now...wondering if ocean liners make you do similar? never been on one yet :) see you next month!

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  28. Your theme sounds amazing. Good luck with it!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Thanks for the wishes, and for stopping by.

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  29. Hey Nila! Love your theme! Looking forward to the magic of Arabian times! All the best for the challenge!

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    1. Hi Kala! Great to see you here! The Arabian theme was prodded into being by the listfree announcement Arabia lets you in on her secret magic only if you are willing to work hard, dig deep and wait patiently ... :) thanks mucho for the wishes! see you around...

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  30. While I will miss your verses madly, I am happy to learn more about Arab culture! Looking forward to this eagerly!

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    1. Lots to say, lots to write :) thanks for being here!

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  31. I thoroughly enjoyed your poems last year, and as a keen traveller I'm sure I won't be disappointed this time round!

    A-Z Challenge - My theme for 2017!

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    1. There is so much in the Arablands for the keen traveller...and the A-Z is a great way to travel :)

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  32. This sounds like an excellent way to learn about the Arabian culture. Looking forward to your posts!

    ~Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. I love the learning that happens at the A-Z, both in the researching and the reading.

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  33. Sounds interesting! A-to-Z-er Jetgirl visiting via Forty, c'est Fantastique

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    1. I'm hoping it will be...thanks for stopping by..

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  34. Hey there Nilanjana,
    Thanks for visiting me. I did poetry in A to Z for 2 years and then changed my mind because I started participating in the National Poetry Month and I didn't wish to do the same thing for both (feels like cheating! two bird with one arrow). I'm looking forward to the Arabian adventure.

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    1. Can totally relate to that two bird one stone thingy right now. Never done poetry month though. Thanks for visiting, and the link.

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  35. P.S. My link is http://abbiesadventurediaries.blogspot.com/

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  36. Ahlan wa sahlan! I live in Morocco, and I guess your theme will be interesting to me.

    My theme is going to be quite different: postcards I have got, as my blog is about all postal things.

    Eva - Mail Adventures

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    1. Ahlan beeki! Postcards would make a neat theme. Though my impression's that it's all email and texts nowadays, delighted to be corrected!

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Thank you for stopping by! If you are here from the A-Z, please leave me your link. A clicky link would be super, but just your url pasted in will do fine too. Just please, please, don't leave me to figure things out from a Google profile! :-)