All posts by Jasbir Chatterjee

Poet, writer, blogger, corporate professional

The lot Of A Freelance Writer

Here is a sincere piece of advice for people planning to build a career in content writing. It is based on my own personal experience. Never underprice yourself.

On 24 June 2020, I joined The Hilight (https://thehilight.in/), a Noida-based digital news venture, as a Freelance Writer. All I was told was that my remuneration would be 20 paise per word. I needed work, so I accepted it.
When my articles began appearing on the website in my name, I loved it. So I began sharing them with my friends and well-wishers. But after 6 articles, things started going awry. I informed them on 2 July 2020 that I didn’t want to work for them anymore.
A couple of hours later, I was shocked to find that the 6 articles were now credited to Akshay Singh, the person who hired me. When I discussed this with Akshay Singh, he challenged me to do whatever I like. He will neither restore my name nor remove the articles.
As an aggrieved party, all I can do now is pray to God for divine justice and hope that my next experience with finding work is pleasant.
God is always the greatest leveler. Amen!

Here are the before-and-after screenshots.

Before:

After (as on 3 July 2020):

Becoming A Full-fledged Freelance Writer

On 24 June 2020, God finally heard my prayers. After 3 months of being jobless because of lockdown, I got the chance to work again.

This time, I am a freelance content writer with ‘The Hilight,’ a Noida-based Digital News venture.

I am learning a lot of things here, such as Yoast SEO, insering featured images, etc, and I am loving it. The pay here is nothing compared to my previous one I got as Customer Relations Manager, but I have no complaints. I hope to receive some more such gigs in future and I guess it would be just like before with the additional bonus of work from home.

Perhaps this is what my destiny holds for me…

Here is the link to my first article that got published here…

Is Meghan Markle Expecting Again?

Old Toys, A Poem

When children grow older, Their toys hang around
As old memories.
And we as parents
Look at them wistfully, recalling all those
Soiled nappies,
Tearful visits
To pediatricians,
Struggles through creches,
Schools and PTMs.
Phew! So many challenges,
And of course, the happy days that finally brought us
Here today.
Well, who knows,
The toys may just
Get reclaimed again…

This poem is now in poemhunter.com, see URL below.

https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/old-toys-2/

Staying Together, A poem

Inspired from this pic I clicked on 18 June 2020, I wrote a poem. Read it below…

Staying Together

You may forget me, dearest,
And I may forget you too.
Our children, friends
Have all slinked away
And we’re the only ones
Left.
But don’t you worry, dearest.

Together
We’re going to stay.
And together
Grow old, dearest.
Through torrid rain,
Glaring sunshine,
And the chilling winter.

Till death pulls us apart…

Leaving Home

For plants too, I think, just like humans, leaving home must be a traumatic event; filled with anxiety, nervous excitement, and the tension of leaving a familiar, cloistered life for an uncertain journey ahead…

But in God, they trust, and keep moving on…

Now that I am temporarily freed from the fetters of a hectic job routine, I spend all my spare time these days in observing how my potted plants lead their lives…

See below the photos of the different stages of my Adenium plant…how its gorgeous flowers change into feathery, winged cream-colored, unglamorous seeds that float away to fulfill their different destinies.

Some land on hard, callous concrete floors and some on moist, kind, and welcoming soil…

I wonder how the Adenium plant propagates itself though, because I have never seen Adenium seeds germinating into new Adenium plants in any of the other pots placed nearby, like the periwinkles. This particular Adenium was planted on our terrace by our gardener…

In March 2020

In May 2020

June 2020, first week

In June 2020, 2nd week