SIMPLY SHOBANA

A Place to Dream featured

My poem, A Place to Dream, from my book, Walking Through Beauty, Timeless Footsteps is featured on The Winning Writers July’21 edition. Great feeling!

Here’s the link to the poem. Thank you, Jendi and Adam!

https://winningwriters.com/resources/category/featured-poems-from-our-subscribers

Things are really getting us down at the home front. The number of Covid 19 cases have risen alarmingly. Many friends have lost their lives to the dreaded virus, and I am wondering when it will end.

Everyday we wake up to some sad news or other. People have to look after themselves and their loved ones and keep distancing themselves. Can you imagine that? We are not able to socialize or be out in the public. My state is under full lockdown now.

My mom was worried about us going out for essentials and she was telling us about all the bad news that she gets through her contacts every day. I told her that it will affect her if she keeps reading or watching channels that highlight only the sad & bad news. I said, “ma read some of my poetry, or one of my stories to keep you occupied as well, haha.” Because I really think under the circumstances, you need to divert your attention to other things as well, especially if you are home bound.

And she came up with a cute reply. “I think only you think that way. How to ignore all that is happening. Maybe because you are a writer.”

That’s my mom! She has herself entrenched in so many disheartening news that she cannot divulge into something that makes her happy! It almost feels wrong to be happy or live freely these days.

There is that beautiful tree full of birds that can enlighten your mood, or the garden of roses that will take away some of the gloom. Why not give peace of mind and heart a chance, at least amongst the chaos, it will lighten your burdens of the day.

I do that. I read about the everyday sadness, say a little prayer for those who are affected because it does bring me down, and then turn my attention to the beauty of life. I have, I assure you, lived with sadness for a long, long time. It is something you have to overcome.

We have to make life beautiful for our loved ones. We have to rise above the storms of life.

I have found a place to dream, I hope you find yours too.

-shobana-

A Place to Dream – read it here: https://winningwriters.com/resources/category/featured-poems-from-our-subscribers

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Shobana Gomes

David of A Fevers of the Mind’s quick interview on me. He made me look really impressive, haha. Thank you for reading.

Fevers of the Mind

with Shobana Gomes:

Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?

Shobana:

My growing years were filled with reading and writing little notes in my diaries. I kept a journal recording daily routines and timetables. Whenever something triggered my mind, I would write it down and recollect those moments at a later stage. I often wrote what I envisioned for the future as a guide.

My first influences were storybooks by Enid Blyton, Mills & Boons, Agatha Christie, Emily Dickinson, a set of encyclopedias that introduced me to Hans Christian Andersen and his incredible stories, and Louisa May Alcott’s, Little Women. I loved to read stories that pulled heartstrings and was full of suspense and drama.
Then when we studied literature in school, I learned about Shakespeare, and his way of writing intrigued me. Romeo and Juliet was the first book that I read and studied, a masterwork that…

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Samuel’s Grace, Free Book by Stephen Allen, The Enchantress & Her Wildsong- Discounted Book

Free Book to Read on Shobana’s Book Station

A touching story of compassion and friendship forged by Stephen Allen.

Short Profile by Stephen:
I was born in Ireland, but have lived in many countries. I currently reside in Austria. I have written most of my life and got more serious in my teen years, I have a BA in English Literature and a Master’s in Comparative Theology.

Robert Frost is my greatest influence, along with all the great writers on WordPress.

Regards, Stephen.

Shobana’s Note: I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, and hope the readers of WordPress will read it too. It is masterfully crafted and touches the basic tenets of human compassion.

Thank you, Stephen, for sharing.


The Enchantress & Her Wildsong. Read it here:

https://shobanabookstation.blogspot.com/2021/07/the-enchantress-her-wildsong-discounted.html

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