I am aware that I have quite irregular in my blogging activities nowadays but let me assure that my passion towards blogging has not faded or please do not feel, I am not serious about the blogging. Well! The truth is I was very busy recently. However, I am going to redesign and reset my blog and website. The fresh look of my blog will be launched and the old blogposts will be updated soon. This blog was in flashlight just because of book reviews which I called as BookLysis! I didn’t even review too many books this year. 2017 is going to an end and the new year 2018 is on its way. Though I will share my resolutions for the new year soon; let me tell you how 2017 was for me.
I remember that I had spent my weekend of December 2016 in Pune and Solapur.
I was in Pune to participate in 23rd Akhil Bhartiya Navodit Marathi Sahitya Sammelan organized at Kunjirwadi. I recited there ‘Manavta’ and ‘Aayushya’ and I was I was honored by ‘Jagadguru Tukobarai Sahitya Gaurav Puraskar 2016’ and an another trophy for recitation of the poems. Several local newspapers published the news about my participation in the program. I met some friends who were part of my life via WhatsApp only. I must acknowledge vice president of ABMSP Mr. Rajkumar Kalbhor Sir for rewarding me Rs. 500 in cash after being heard my long poem Aayushya.
Whole world celebrates 31st December in bars or disco, but I had spent the last evening of 2016 devoting my gratitude’s in the most auspicious temple of Lord Vitthal aka Lord Pandurang at Pandharpur in Solapur district, located at central Maharashtra.
When 2016 turns into 2017, I was riding on a bike with Mr. Prasad Mohite on the streets of Solapur. I stayed at his room. Today, Prasad Mohite is the name who does not need any introduction, however still if you do not know him; let me inform you that he and his wife Mrs. Anu Tirnagri-Mohite are two of the most recognized young social workers in Solapur district and nearby area. They run ‘Vanchitanchi Shala’- A school for deprived students near police station in Solapur. What could be a better way to start a new year? I started my new year 2017, mingling with underprivileged children learning in ‘Vanchitanchi Shala’. I can’t express my joy of such a brilliant start of my new year while watching those underprivileged kids learning happily. After some time, A Young Inspirators Network (YIN) team from Sakal Newspaper’s Solapur edition joined us and we distributed sweets, notebooks and pens to the students which were being donated by them. Actually, I wanted to share my whole experience in detail but I could not do that; however I will try to post a new blogpost about my particular experience in Marathi.
After a unique start of my new year I attended the Rajyastariya Shikshak Kavi Sammelan organized by Kavyapremi Shikshak Manch for which I was there in Solapur. I recited ‘Preyasila vinanti’ at the program and honored by Rajyastariya Kshitij Kavyapremi Shikshak Kavi Sanman 2017. I thank Mr. Ramdas Deshmukh Sir for making my trip possible for me.
After the program I went to Tuliapur and met my friend Navnath Kawde before worshipping in the Tulja Bhavani temple.
January 2017 was quite special for me. I was invited as one of the chief guests to deliver a speech and guide students in the presence of former MLA Hon. Mr. Ramratan Raut and sitting member of legislative assembly (MLA) Hon. Mr. Mr. Sanjay Puram for the inauguration ceremony of Annual Cultural Programs (gathering) at Smt. Soniyabai Dudhnaag Primary and Madhyamik Ashram Shala, Mhaisuli near Chichgarh in Deori tehsil in my district on dated 26th January 2017. Although I have an audio clip of my speech, I am looking forward to get my video clip and publish that on upcoming republic day of India. However you can listen my speech on Google Drive.
I also recited a poem ‘Shetivar Kavita’ at 3rd Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Shetkari Sahitya Sammelan and honored by ‘Yugatma Sharad Joshi Shetkari Sahitya Sanman’ in Gadchiroli on 25th February 2017.
I am one of the 13 recipients of 2nd ‘Rajaystariya Yuva Sahityik Prerna Puraskar 2017’ by Kala Sahitya, Sanskrutik Yuva Manch in association with ShabdaVidya in 2nd ShabdaVidya Sneha Sammelan on 22nd April 2017 in Patrakar Bhavan, Pune. I thank my friend ‘Hrudaymanav’ Ashok Thokal for shortlisting my name and considering my work eligible for one of the 13 recipients of this prestigious award.
I recited ‘Gazlee’ and ‘Shetivar Kavita’ in Rajyastariya Kavyamahotsav organized at Akkalkot in Solapur district by Shikshak Kavi Manch and awarded by Vatvruksh Swami Samarth Kavya Puraskar 2017 on 12th May 2017.
My Marathi poem ‘Shivbache Bigul Wajwa’ and Hindi poem ‘Holi ka Tyohar’ got published in two different poetry anthologies titled Shiv Kavyasangraha (Collection of Marathi poems on Shivaji Maharaj) and Holi Ke Rang Sab Ke Sang by Kavyapremi Shikshak Manch in association with Ratnapriya Publication Solapur June 2017. I thank Mr. Bhausaheb Kolekar Sir and Mr. Deepak Sapkal Sir for shortlisting my poems for their anthologies. This year my English poem ‘I can’t live…’ got published in an international poetry anthology titled Feathers: The Hall of Poets by Hall of Poets which is available on Amazon.in and Amazon.com. I thank to the editor Dr. Prerna Singla and entire editorial board for short-listing my poem and giving me an opportunity to get featured in an international anthology.
This year I got an opportunity to evaluate some literary competitions organized by several WhatsApp groups. Names of few are ‘Kon Hoil Sahitya Samrat? On ‘Shabdankur’ and Zatpat Prashnottare on ‘Kavyapremi Shikshak Manch’. I would like to thank Mrs. Pallavi Kolhapure-Patil ma’am and Mr. Sameer Bapat Sir for believing on my skills and giving me such a huge responsibility.
I was also featured in two online interviews i.e. ‘Dilkhulas Mulakhat’ by Sahitya Kavyagandh and ‘Online Sahityik Bhet’ by Shikshak Kavi Manch. I would like to thank Mr. Gajendra Dhavlapurikar Sir, Mr. Ramdas Deshmukh Sir and Mr. Anand Ghodke Sir for giving me such opportunities to be featured on their well-recognized WhatsApp groups. I also published few weekly articles on Kavyapremi Shikshak Manch for ‘Olakh Eka Sahityikachi’ Activity. I have also been appointed as the Gondia district’s President of ‘Kavyapremi Shikshak Manch’. We recited our poems (in a dialect Zadiboli) in an activity titled Kavyarajni by Kavyapremi Shikshak Manch.
My name Rajesh D. Hajare was published along with some established book reviewers in the author’s note of the novel Her Last Wish by Ajay K Pandey (Author of bestselling novel You are the Best Wife). You can read my detailed review of You Are The Best Wife on my website and I will read Her Last Wish soon. My name was mentioned in also debutant author Ankit Kumar’s story book ‘A Trip To Maharashtra’ which I am reading nowadays. My few poems are published in other eBooks anthologies.
Although I have not published too many book reviews this year My last book review published in 2017 (i.e Finding Juliet-Can a Geek ever find Love by Toffee) is featured in a Vol II, Issue III (Jan, Feb and March 2017) of an international e-magazine Sanskruti International Multidisciplinary Research Journal (SIMRJ) on dated 31st March 2017.
This year my goal was to get any job. I was offered a job for the post of a content writer at a startup firm in Pune but I advertently missed an opportunity. I am glad to share with you that currently, I am working as an Assistant English Teacher at Abhinav Vidya Mandir School, Rondha in Salekasa Tehsil in my district.
I got an opportunity to experience the ‘Joy of Giving’ when we donated notebooks to the underprilliged suddnts of Anusuchit. Kachargarh Aadiwasi Aashram School Pipariya.
I had experienced wonderful moments on our school trip to Fun N Food, Nagpur. I will share the whole experience in detailed an in another post.
I am glad to share with you that I have purchased Xiaomi Mi A1 smartphone for myself and for my brother from my own salary. And the good news is I have updated my smartphone's operating system Nougat 7.1.2 into Android Oreo 8.0.0 today itself. Yes! There is no better experience than to purchase a gadget by spending yours’ salary. And Lastly I would like to share that I have obtained 101 marks in MAHA-TAIT Exam.
Before concluding, let me add one more thing that I participated in the Kavisammelan of Salekasa Mahotsav 2017 organised by Prerna Mitra Parivaar and recited a poem ‘Aai Mhanje…’ on yesterday 30th December 2017 (after finishing the first draft of this blogpost.
So, the last year 2017 was mix of opportunities to showcase talent in several fields like Literature, Poetry, Mentorship, Leading, Teaching, and Fun. I hope that you would have liked to know how 2017 was for me. Do let me know that how 2017 was for you in comments below. I will update my resolutions for 2018 soon… Till then Bye for now…!!!
GOOD BYE 2017
Wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 (
-Rajesh D. Hajare (RDH)