© Vidya Sury’s Mug, pun intended. She was kindly cartoonized at a blogger event. How nice.

Know Your Editor: Vidya Sury

Just this once, breaking the Six Word Photo Story Challenge rules

Tell me: Did you smile today?

When Mary suggested an “about me” for editors, I wondered what to say, because lately, I seem to have been talking about me, me, me, and me quite a lot. I’ve even been interviewed here and here.

So I was a bit stymied about what else to share “about me” — I mean, everyone knows . . .

— that I am a writer, manuscript editor, and blogger, writing about personal growth, travel, books, parenting, food, mindfulness, meditation, health and fitness, and life.

— that I love coffee, children, music, cooking . . . and showing my diabetes who’s boss.

— that I went from being near-OCD about cleaning to a dust-if-I-must policy, realizing that there’s more to life than prioritizing a mop and duster, even if I pretend to be a rock star and hold the mop like a mic.

But, wait, I do have more things to share about myself. Let me list them in random order…because I love lists.

  1. I saw a television for the first time when I was 10.
  2. From grades 1 through 10, I went to five schools in three cities.
  3. I ate noodles for the first time at the age of 21.
  4. I bought our family’s first refrigerator when I was 22.
  5. My biggest fantasy when I was 9 was to eat an entire pack of biscuits (that would be about ten biscuits). By the time I was 17, I loved motorbikes and dreamed of riding a Harley Davidson wearing Ray-Bans. Sigh. I often sneaked off with my neighbor’s motorbike, much to his annoyance. I also coveted the Yezdi, whose idling directly seemed to speak to my heartbeat.
Vidya on her friend’s Yezdi. Friend was very, very annoyed. Vidya did not care. ©

6. In both school and college, I always had the male lead role in plays and dance programs because I was … never mind.

7. I love quilting, embroidery, sketching, painting, and making handicrafts. My son believed that I could “do anything”. Once, when he was three and went out for a walk with his dad, his dad’s sandal strap broke. The 3yo soothed and assured him, saying that “mummy would fix it”.

Vidya’s attempt at making a puppet out of bark — it is the goddess Durga! ©

8. I always keep spare coffee mugs and plain t-shirts to paint on and give as emergency gifts. I also enjoy making stuff.

Vidya made this blue elephant backpack for her son to cheer him up © Yes, he loved it and has it still.

9. I am generally cheerful and very rarely freak out over stuff. When I do, rather than dwell on it, I just pick up my camera and get out of the house to step away from myself and get my equilibrium back. Because Time does heal all wounds, even if it sometimes wounds all heels.

10. I am colorblind, which basically makes me one in a million or two, even if I seem to have a good sense of color. That I mended my husband’s brown gloves with green thread and insisted I had used brown is an ongoing source of amusement chez the Surys.

My love for the Six Word Photo Story Challenge publication

…was born in September 2021 when I saw a post by someone about clouds. Total serendipity, because I was getting restless trying to find a photo story publication. I had no idea that Mary had started the publication during my birthday month! (yes, go ahead, start saving now!)

My first post here was on 4 Sept 2021.

With the Six Word Photo Story Challenge publication, I feel I’ve come home.

It is THE best type of story I enjoy writing — talking about a photo I clicked with the happy challenge of captioning it in six words . . . which basically means my family gets to see me happily scribbling six word stories on my kitchen shelves — some worth publishing, some better laughed at and forgotten. Okay, mostly laughed at.

Today, I have almost 70 stories here, give or take a few. (Yes, I actually exported my Medium posts and counted out the six word photo stories. What to do? I am like that).

I love reading my fellow writers’ stories — it is like traveling the world via my keyboard, no passport required! (I do have one though!)

I love the Six Word Photo Story Challenge publication because . . .

  • It is an exercise in mindfulness. When I go through my photos (again and again…and again) I notice things I did not see before. I get to truly enjoy my own photography, such as it is 😉. Obviously, it makes me more observant.
  • A picture may speak a thousand words, but writing about a photo is a wonderful writing exercise — an exercise in presenting what we want to say and for me, keeping my creative muscles on high alert.
  • I truly enjoy the level of engagement I receive here — so grateful.
  • I learn so much from others’ photos and stories because I am a work in progress.
  • Writing here is good for my mental health — because it makes me happy.
  • My kitchen is neater. Okay you probably think I am stretching this a bit, but the truth is, I tend to write on my kitchen shelves — at least the ones next to the stove. What can I say? When I am cooking food, my mind also cooks up new ideas. So — since I keep filling those with captions, I have to keep replacing the paper lining and thus, end up ensuring the shelves are neat too. What a win-win.
  • Instant mood upper —this publication always keeps me in a cheerful mood and even when I feel a bit low, just thinking about posting here is uplifting and takes me to one of my happy places via my albums. I love to start my day with a post for SWPSC — I cannot think of a better way to begin my day on a high note.

And the icing on the proverbial sugar-free, eggless cake? I am an editor here with the Six Word Photo Story Challenge publication. What an honor!

So happy to be here. Feel free to ask me questions about me or what I do.

Thank you Mary Chang Story Writer ❤ Thrilled to be here with you, Ellie Jacobson, and Sandi Parsons. Best team ever!

Thank you, all my photo-story buddies for your support. ❤

After more than a decade in the corporate world, Vidya decided enough was enough and decided to work from home. It was goodbye to 4-inch heels, expensive perfumes, a ridiculously large wardrobe, and hello to getting married, being a mom, and being her own boss.

Today, she is living the dream as a writer, editor, and blogger, writing content for businesses and editing manuscripts for authors and publishers.

Besides enjoying the time suck that’s Medium, she also manages six blogs of her own, writing about self-improvement, mindfulness, parenting, travel, health and wellness, diabetes, food, and books. More about her here.

She loves coffee and is passionate about photography, travel, cooking, and music. On really busy days, her free time is restricted to playing with her dust bunnies and showing her diabetes who’s boss.

Vidya’s mission in life is to improve the lives of underprivileged children. Her blogging income and a portion of her writing income are dedicated to supporting welfare homes, Schools for the Blind, and Homes for the Aged.

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Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

Writing about Self Improvement, Mindfulness, Meditation, Parenting, Health, Travel, Life, Books. Showing my diabetes who’s boss. Visit: https://vidyasury.com