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Vidya Sury

Writer | Editor | Blogger

Email: vidya at vidyasury dot com

I have always enjoyed writing, thanks to my Mom’s constant encouragement. I wrote a diary for several years and continue to do so. Writing is an excellent way to express ourselves, using words to connect with others, sharing what we learn and often receiving support in return.

I started this blog as a fun experiment in a rather disorganized way in 2003 on Blogger, sharing snippets of personal life, jokes and thoughts. Over the years, I’ve become more focused.

I write about a variety of topics including:

parenting

gratitude

happiness

personal development

book reviews

mindful living

health and wellness

happiness

social causes

haiku

relationships

positive thinking

travel

I am a shutterbug and enjoy sharing my photography.

I enjoy  the little things in life.

Every once in a while, when I love someone’s style of writing and think you might enjoy it too, I invite them to guest blog and feature them on The Red Carpet here.

I am honored…

…that you take the time to visit, read and comment. Some of you share your thoughts via email and I love it!

My goal is to make a positive difference in your life.

My prayer is to inspire a smile at the end of your visit, perhaps with the desire to bookmark and return.

Maybe even subscribe.

 

laughter the best medicine heals

 

Have some Coffee. I make a rather fab cuppa.

Coffee

Some random facts about me

Making lists and religiously sticking to them is the secret of my success and I thought I’d talk about myself through one, so here we go!

  • Blogging, to me, is freedom of expression – a wonderful learning experience.  I am privileged to be part of several communities sharing different perspectives. The best part? No geographical constraints.
  • I enjoy sharing good things – smiles, how-to’s, great books, health tips, inspiring stories, parenting and life experiences – yes, I confess I suffer from infobesity!
  • I currently work as a Writer, Editor and Business Blogger for my bread, butter, jam and flavored cheese. I work from home, lucky me!
  • My second job is with CLINICOM, an independent ethics committee that evaluates protocols for human clinical trials.
  • My third job is is a combo of Being Mommy and Home Maker. I know. A woman needs at least two jobs, right? Ok. So I have three. No, wait, four. Shhh!
  • I believe that Happiness is a DIY project. I even have a recipe for happiness
  • I believe that we continue to learn as long as we live. I am a work in progress, just like everyone else.
  • I believe everything is possible.
  • I have an MBA in Human Resources and Marketing and a Diploma in Training and Development. Strangely, I graduated with a B.Sc. in Zoology, Chemistry and Botany. Irrelevant information? Maybe – but to me it simply shows that anything is possible when we keep an open mind in terms of profession. So many possibilities! Truly, variety is the spice of life. And a good education is never wasted. Ask my neighbors!
  • I enjoy being Mother to a teenage son who helps me grow and inspires my parenting posts.
  • I have one husband who is a mathematician with a great sense of humor who keeps me sane. Most of the time. He also does the laundry. Cheerfully!
  • I have one life. I am not a cat. Cats are believed to have nine lives. Meeow.
  • I am non-judgmental and never quick to jump to conclusions. I am Libra after all, and a very nice one, I am told. No, my knees are not dimpled. They might have been, but these days they only get dented when I rest my elbows on them – usually when I am sitting on my porcelain seat of wisdom.
  • My Mom was a single parent but seemed like an entire family rolled into one. She’s my hero and my best friend. My favorite coffee buddy. I miss her!
  • I love to read, write and sing. I sketch, paint, stitch and embroider, too.
  • I never wear make up. Moisturizer is not make-up, is it? Because I can’t survive without it!
  • In Feb 2012, I wrote haiku for the whole month and loved the experience.
  • I started participating in the April A to Z Challenge in 2013 and have been a regular, since. I love it. 2016 will be my fourth year with the blogging challenge.
  • I started participating in the NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month in 2011 and enjoy it tremendously. I’ve learned that it is much easier to create a book draft and so much harder to fine tune, edit and publish it. Sigh. My non-fiction book’s working title is “The Complete Health Guide for Women“.  I’ve been adding to my book drafts during 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, creating a series of health guides, a memoir and more. This year, I hope to inch closer to my first solo published work. All in good time.
  • I pray whenever I hear an ambulance’s siren and choke back the tears.
  • I love to read and my all-time favorite authors are P G Wodehouse, Rohinton Mistry, James Patterson, David Baldacci – and all crime/medical/law/psychological thrillers. Over the last 3-4 years, I’ve discovered a penchant for non-fiction and biographies.
  • On Television I prefer to watch comedy or crime.
  • Yes, I am a movie buff. I can veg out all day on the couch and watch mindless stuff. Except I don’t!
  • I am from South India and my mother tongue is Tamil. I also speak English, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, some Malayalam, a little Marathi, French and Spanish. I love languages and have an aptitude for them.
  • I enjoy photography and usually share photos in Sundays In My City posts.
  • I love sketching and DIY projects. When I am fascinated with something, I can’t wait to get hands on!
  • I am rather good with handicrafts and creating “wealth out of waste”. Yes, I mean recycling, because I grew up in a thrifty family that was also very generous.
  • I cannot bear to see children and the elderly being ill-treated or going hungry. I would like to change the world, but until I get my magic wand, I’ll try to do my bit by supporting local charities and sponsoring education, medical funds and food. This is one of the reasons I work hard. Money is multi-lingual, you see. I support Childfund.org. You can make a difference in a child’s life, too!

Childfund Vidya Sury Footer

  • All my affiliate earnings, any income through blogging and a portion of my writing income are dedicated to supporting welfare homes.
  • I am addicted to information and I’ve tried to turn that into a useful resource for everyone by creating an e-library. Yes, call me Google – we do share a birthday after all, Google and I. True. No lie.
  • Accolades? I am thrilled to be featured in several top 50/100 personal development blogger lists. Honored, naturally!
  • In August 2013, I was excited to be part of the Tree of Life Branching Out collaborative writing challenge, a continuing story collectively written over the course of 26 days. The writers  found inspiration in a featured composition from the motion picture music production house, audiomachine’s new TREE OF LIFE album. They took the story in whatever direction they chose, picking up where the previous writer left off, resulting in the ultimate collaborative tale. This kicked off on July 15 and concluded on August 9. My turn was on August 6 – and it was an amazing experience! Read Vidya Sury – Hope and Glory. This is now part of a published anthology and available on Amazon.

Tree of Life

  • In December 2013, I was honored to participate in Samantha Redstreake Geary’s Composers for Relief: Supporting the Philippines musician/writer collaboration as a fund-raising effort for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) which affected the lives of more than 16 million in the Philippines. Over 30 gifted composers hailing from 16 countries collaborated on an inspirational album, initiated by Peter Ebbinghaus, to raise funds for the victims of this catastrophe. In the spirit of collaboration, 28 writers from across the globe will write their story, to the notes of each track. The final tales will be compiled into a companion ebook anthology for the album. All profits from the album, and companion ebook, will go to Gawad Kalinga (“give care”). The ebook is available on Amazon. Here’s my story – A Cup of Peace
  • I have five blogs in all.

Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles – you are here, thank you!

Be Healthy, Be Happy – health blog featuring health and wellness tips for better living. Voted as best health and fitness blog in 2015
Coffee With Mi! – a personal blog, a tribute to my Mom. I miss her. Won in the Memoirs category at the Indibloggers Indian Blogger Awards in 2013

Life Hacks for Happiness Quick life hacks to make life just a little better in the form of photo posts

Life Hacks for Diabetics I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2013 and on this blog, share easy life hacks and living with diabetes tips.

Vidya Sury gratitude

 

I host a monthly Gratitude Circle blog hop that goes live on the last Thursday of every month. Please do join me by linking up with your posts.

Gratitude Circle Vidya Sury

 

Getting in touch with me:

I tweet as @vidyasury

Connect via my Facebook profile or Facebook Page

Find me on Goodreads

Email me: vidya at vidyasury dot com

Or just comment on a post and I promise to get back to you.

With love,

Vidya Sury

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14 Comments

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    Abhishek Jain
    January 30, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Hello Vidya g
    Its really great to read about you. You are really a inspiration to all of us kids. I show your blog to my mom. She was also motivated and loved your writings.

    Thanks for all u are doing for society.

    -Abhishek Jain

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    Vandana
    February 10, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Love your blog!

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    Aashna Iyer
    February 26, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Subject: Slonkit association

    Hello, I’m writing on behalf of a fintech client Slonkit. It is a VISA VCB bank card connected to a mobile app aimed at teaching good money habits to children and young adults. We would like to associate with experts for the same. Awaiting your response.

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    Dahlia
    March 4, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Love your reminder – did you smile today 🙂 and PG Wodehouse just clinched it! Happy to have stumbled upon your blog via the A to Z challenge (I too signed up for it, my first time!). Looking forward to exploring your fascinating blog/s

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    Srivalli
    March 5, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    So happy to have stumbled on your blog..it felt like I have discovered a treasure mine..Glad to explore your other blogs..btw those lifehacks posters look amazingly done!

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      Vidya Sury
      March 5, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Srivalli! 🙂 I must confess I feel rather thrilled with those posters too! 🙂 What can I say? I am like a child with photos! So happy to connect with you!
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    Srivalli
    March 25, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Vidya, how I leave a comment in your poster posts?..unable to find the comment box…
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    Mukesh Dutta
    April 30, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Hi Vidya Ma’am,

    First time on your blog and I must say your story inspires me. I wish you get more success with writing in the days to come. All the best!

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    Alisha adresia
    July 13, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Hi mdm vidya, i found your blog by accidant and i must said it really a inspiration blog, hope that you keep up writing.

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