Welcome back to Chocolate and Politics, a new project I picked up almost eight months ago as a means to fill a time of repose, to improve my aptitude for writing, and to further involve myself in problems or topics I am passionate about, working to reach a wider audience. In the first few months after the launch of my venture, I found myself writing constantly. I had a copious amount of fresh and exciting ideas to share with the world, my brain constantly buzzing with a newfound exhilaration just knowing that I finally had a space to document the inner-workings of daily life, and maybe even help others by doing so.

Fast forward some time, and Chocolate and Politics is still up and running. But, I am aware that as a reader, it may seem like it has become increasingly dormant in recent times. It has now been over a month since I have written my last post “What Does it Mean to Love?”. Everyday since then, it has been on my daily to-do list to open the laptop, and write a blog post. However, it’s been difficult to actually follow through with the plans I make for a number of reasons. To spare your time, I won’t go on about the profusion of reasons I have for not writing, because my audience is very small and it’s highly likely that no one even noticed my absence. What’s more important to me though, is that I am honest on this blog and can share a true, authentic version of myself.

In the past month, I, like everybody else have been inundated with work. For the most part, I am a fairly organized person and dedicated student. Nonetheless, with the non-compulsory attitude of online school and the closing of the spring quarter, school has been swallowing all my time, and leaving me drained afterwards. To add to this, I have been working on other projects and hobbies during my writing hiatus, reading a few books, filling my personal journal, and working on art. It’s been exciting to switch up the way I create, and in tough periods I generally prefer to do so in more private, uncensored outlets.

If you have been reading Chocolate and Politics since it’s start in July 2020, I would like to thank you for sticking with me and say that I am glad you are here. As it is, I have an infinite number of factors, people, and complications in my life coming in from every direction. For this blog to be a respite, rather than a responsibility is something I am immensely grateful for. As for the future, I am not completely sure what it holds. I do know that there are certain things I would like to implement into the curation of the blog: a more stable posting schedule, diverse topics, versatility and dexterity in my writing style, and most importantly…incorporating the voice and ideas of my readers into what I put out. If there is one thing I can ask, it is to please leave me suggestions, critiques, and tips in the comments of my posts, your feedback means the world to me. And, until then, I will continue working conscientiously to release posts that I hope will inspire you.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain


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Published by Ria Pai

Hi let me introduce myself. I was born and have lived my entire life in a beach area as a child of two amazing parents who immigrated to America from India. I love art, music and writing so I try to combine the three. I enjoy deep conversations on a number of topics from politics, to friendships, to fashion. I’m a natural perfectionist, but sometimes find this to be a bit overwhelming. I love mangos, dark chocolate and tea. I make art whenever I get the chance…painting, songwriting, dancing, and writing are all forms of art to me. Since I live in a warm area, I cannot stand any weather that is below 60 degrees Fahrenheit and always find a way to swim in anything from pools to the ocean. I have one dog, a Lhasa Apso who I am envious of because he does nothing but eat, sleep, and lay around all day. I experiment with my style. I am horrible at geography and sitting still, and it’s not uncommon to find me with paint all over my hands. I like to wear bold clothing and I always find a way to wear the same white sneakers with any outfit I can. Hi, my name is Ria, nice to meet you.

4 thoughts on “WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

  1. The creative process typically doesn’t have a specific schedule. Your readers will wait!

    A potential blog topic would be your thoughts on a recent book. What connected with you?

    I’m in the middle of an excellent creative nonfiction writing class through the library. It’s been a great source of ideas.

    Keep writing!


    1. Hi Sandy!
      Thank you so much for your response, I am so glad someone finally gave me a suggestion! I will definitely write more about reading/book thoughts and recommendations. I know my readers will wait, they are the best:-)



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