What is PQ365?

The first time I wrote a random rhyme in the name of poetry and showed it to my school principal and my English teacher, both of them said, “Good. Keep writing.” A few years later, when I looked back at what I had written, I was surprised they didn’t chide me for my “poetry”. That’s when I realized the meaning of motivation. It’s this motivation from them and my taking their words a bit seriously that made me pursue a career closely associated with language and literature despite having a Bachelors’ degree in computer science.

It’s when I started doubting my capabilities that I came across this wonderful comic by Gavin Aung Than (the creator of Zen Pencils). One of the panels in it says “Do a huge volume of work”. That’s exactly what I intend to do with Project Quatrain 365 (PQ365). The aim is to write a quatrain a day on different topics for 365 consecutive days. I know it’s quite a challenge, especially for a person like me. But yes, this is my first step towards achieving some kind of discipline towards maintaining a habit. Hope I don’t falter this time, and hope my writing matures by at least 1% at the end of the 365 days.

Special mention and thanks to Ms. Ranjani (aka) @_tharkuri here. Though the idea of writing a quatrain a day had been on my mind for quite some time now, it’s her 365 project that gave the idea a shape and inspired me to take it up seriously.

Thinking Tamil Cinema – That’s Ranjani’s 365 project. I’m sure any open-minded Tamil cinema enthusiast would love it.

That’s it. Hope I can learn as well as teach people many things through PQ365.

-Vinay (@WhatteKarvaad)

PS: Strictly following the advice of my school teachers, I’ve been writing a lot of poems — close to 150 now. You can read them here.

You can read my prosaic writing here and here.

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11 thoughts on “What is PQ365?

  1. Hi Vinay,
    It’s an amazing effort, I must say. In have recently developed a thing for poetry. Blame it on my inexperience with the verses or my increased association with ‘all things kids’, but I love poetry ‘with rhymes’. And your quatrains have that rhyme and ring to them.
    It’s a tough resolve to be writing everyday of the year; the least I can do is, read them everyday.

    • Thanks a lot for your kind words, StoryTellingMom (I did check out the bio in your blog to see if I can find a name. Couldn’t. So pardon me for using the display name. :D)

      It’s indeed tough to maintain regularity with respect to this blog, considering everyday commitments and other stuff. But I’m just trying my best to keep it going.

    • And whoa! Mentoring from me. That’s so overwhelming, StoryTellingMom. I’m flattered. I will certainly have a look at your blog and give you my two cents. These would just be my personal suggestions based on whatever little I’ve learnt so far. And there’s still a lot more left to learn. 🙂

      • Of course. I value your two cents or from anyone, for that matter. Even I am a fresher into this art. I have been into nursery rhymes for long, And I still love writing them. But often the grown-up part of me indulges into ‘poetry’, if you can call it so.

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