Books and blogs

Journey with Nikita

I’m Nikita and from a young age i have been fascinated by reading and writing. Growing up in a big family, as the youngest of three sisters I remember ‘escaping’ to my bedroom to spend hours on end immersed in a good book. When I was 10 years old, I wrote my first poem called ‘peace’ which went on to be published in a book of poetry. My school continued to enter me into poetry competitions and by the time i was a teenager i had a collection of poems published. This encouraged me to explore creative writing and journaling, which has stayed with me into my adult life. I now write blogs and articles for magazines and have self-published an audio book.

Nikita’s Writing

Poetry

When I read back on some of the poems that I wrote as a child, I am amazed at how mature and philosophical they are. Themes such as peace and religion were prominent throughout my writing. Looking back, I believe that I was unknowingly using my voice as a medium for artistic expression. Coincidently I went on to become a dancer and speaker where I continue to use my body and voice. I enjoy reciting poetry and have recorded some of my works, which are available to listen to here.

Audio Book

One of the most unique aspects of my life journey, has been the decade of time that I spent by myself in India. Away from family & friends, I chose to live a life of solitude in an apartment without a TV. During this time I danced, did Yoga, meditated and most of all did lots of reading & writing. I journaled my experiences which I recently recorded into a fascinating audio book titled; “From Burnham to Bombay”. To request a copy of my book please email me and it would be my pleasure to gift it to you.

Articles / Blogs

I occasionally wake up with brainwave ideas or lightbulb moments! Thankfully I always have my phone on me, so no longer need to frantically look for a notebook if I am out and an idea comes to me! Once I begin writing, I am in complete flow and lose awareness of time. I have written the copy for all of the pages on my websites and some of my articles have been published in publications; Pulse dance and Om Yoga Magazine.
To read articles about Yoga click here.
To read articles about dance click here.

 

journey with nikita

If your life was a book, what would the title be?

©Nikita Thakrar

This was the question posed to me, in a personal development webinar during one of the Covid-19 lockdowns. It was tough question at the time, which I tried to respond to from my headspace. I wanted to give an intellectual answer or say something profound that would stand out amongst my group. I looked around me and every one of the little squares on the screen seemed to be writing away. Did they have it all sorted? Was I the only one who wasn’t prepared? Thoughts started racing through my mind; fear, panic – what if the tutor asks me to share and I have nothing to say? What if everyone else’s title sounds better than mine? What if I have no title, what if I have no book at all? Ok breathe, focus…I decided to doodle instead.

A few stick men later, I wrote my name in different fonts. The curly N didn’t look so good, so I tried bubble writing. Maybe this was time to change my signature? No, I have a task to do! I brought myself back. How long did we have left? Maybe I could turn off my video and pretend I had Wi-Fi issues…no that would be running away, I should stay and face this. Before long, we were asked to pause. We all looked up at our screens and I avoided making eye contact with anyone. A look of shame on my face, that I hadn’t written anything other than practice my art skills.

The tutor then asked us to write our title in the chat box. Oh good, this is a chance for me to read someone else’s and copy it! I was surprised at how many people only put one or two words: “The light, crossroads, the path, my journey”. These didn’t seem too hard to come up with.

Glancing through them all, ‘the journey’ resonated with me. I had always seen my life as a journey, full of twists and turns, highs and lows, ups and downs. I smiled at ‘lucy_24’ for writing that word which meant so much to me. I then glanced down at my paper, with lots of scribbles and drawings on. I saw my name repeatedly in different styles then looked up again excitedly. That was it! ‘Journey with Nikita’.

It was a lightbulb moment, a feeling of joy erupted from within, as I had finally ‘got it’. I was captivated by my racing thoughts, until my tutor said “Nikita, what’s that big smile for?” I grinned and with satisfaction and pride, I replied ‘I have my title’…

Online Book Club

Please reach out if you would like to be part of my FREE online book club, which meets once a month to discuss various books/articles/poems. It is also an opportunity for aspiring writers to share their work. You can choose to speak, listen and exchange ideas. Held once a month for up to 2hrs, depending on how much we have to discuss! An opportunity to mingle with likeminded people, form friendships and have a natter about all kinds of books over a glass of wine!