A Reason To Write

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A Reason To Write
This blog started with my family's very unexpected journey to live in New Delhi, India. And most of the posts are about that adventure - the travel, the tribulations, and the amazing experience of living outside of the United States.
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  • Relocated.... 9 years ago Just a super quick reminder that my A Reason To Write posts are appearing at www.EllenWeeren.com now. And A Reason To Read is here now. Thanks and Happy New Year!
  • 2012 in review 9 years ago The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 48,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 11 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete...
  • Expat Blog Awards.... 9 years ago This is kind of exciting. I’ve been nominated for the Expat Blog Awards for my writing about living in India. If you have a second, please vote for me by leaving a comment here… http://www.expatsblog.com/blogs/466/a-reason-to-write Thanks!
  • NaNoWriMo..... 9 years ago National Novel Writing Month begins today – you can read about it over at www.Ellen.Weeren.com
  • There's more to it than just writing.... 9 years ago Just in case you haven’t heard, this blog has moved over to www.EllenWeeren.com. Please find my latest post there – There’s more to it than writing. If you’d like you can subscribe to my new site to get emails whenever something new is posted. Just click over there and look in the left...

ExpatsBlog.com Expat Blog Awards 2012: India Honourable Mention Award!

This blog won the Honourable Mention Award for best expat blog in India!

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Website Reviews » There are 49 reviews on A Reason To Write

14:09 PM December 04, 2012

I loved reading "A Reason to Write" while the family was living in India. Some days were about something funny that happened, the next day it would be about a gut wrenching experience. I still think about the fact that the locals there thought it was crazy that the family had a pet cat and I'm occassionally haunted about the story of the man asking for $$ and the driver not allowing the author and her friend to stop. While I may never travel to India, I was able to through A Reason to Write!

Holly Michael
14:16 PM December 04, 2012

Love reading your blog. Hope you win the award!

15:19 PM December 04, 2012

I love reading reason to write blog. Though I never lived in India, her stories gave you inside experience of what it really is like to be there. Her writing is so interesting and funny at times that I always looked foward to her new stories.

15:21 PM December 04, 2012

Well written, thoughtful, witty and reflective...everything you want in an expat blog...

Bryn Benning
15:24 PM December 04, 2012

Ellen, It has been so wonderful following your adventures in India. It's a rare expat who takes the time to share their experiences with those of us back home who aren't able to live abroad. Thank you!

15:27 PM December 04, 2012

Your blog provided a unique and thought provoking perspective for all of us who may never get the opportunity to travel or experience life like that. While often humorous, the entries that caused me to be introspective and consider my "place" on the planet were the most memorable. Congrats on the nomination. You are deserving of the award.

15:28 PM December 04, 2012

I've never been to India so when I found this blog it took me there. Places I have only read about in books, food I never seen or heard about, situations that made me sad and happy. Things you should never leave the USA without, peanut butter, hand wipes, toilet paper and any of your favorite foods. The writer explained how it felt for her and her family living in another country and give lots of information to anyone coming to India to live or for a visit. The blog made you want to read it every day.

Kali Hamlin
15:35 PM December 04, 2012

India came alive for me thanks to Ellen's incredible writing. I looked forward to it every day and was disappointed if there wasn't an entry that day!

16:03 PM December 04, 2012

I loved reading this blog! Some days were funny, some thoughtful but all of them were very insightful in to a culture that I was not very familiar.

16:11 PM December 04, 2012

Love reading this blog! Ellen's writing is superb and engaging.

Debbie Lyman
16:12 PM December 04, 2012

I loved reading about your family's experiences in India. Many days your blog helped put my "problems" in perspective, and many, many other days, you put a smile on my face!

16:16 PM December 04, 2012

So happy to experience India with this girl!! She has a gift of putting pen to paper all of the good and not so good parts of India.

Rita Chakrabarti
16:47 PM December 04, 2012

Ellen is an excellent writer - always seems to capture my interest along with the wittiness and humor she incorporates in her writing!! She deserves to win!! GO ELLEN!!

16:55 PM December 04, 2012

Your humor infused blog is always a treat and an educational experience. Go Ellen!

Rosemary Graham
17:22 PM December 04, 2012

I was especially impressed with the sensitivity evidenced in the writing style of Ellen's blog. This along with the enthusiasm and insightfulness made their journey seem like I was a part of it.

17:59 PM December 04, 2012

Love reading this blog. Ellen's writing is charming and full of humor.

Alex Graham
18:41 PM December 04, 2012

A very insightful look at life outside of the USA and a culture we are accustomed to.

Gray Dowell
18:47 PM December 04, 2012

It was as if I was on the journey along with Ellen and her family. Her writing is insightful along with a twist of humour.

19:12 PM December 04, 2012

I've never been to India, but Ellen's writing makes me want to go, to experience all this first hand!

20:06 PM December 04, 2012

Ellen's writing kept her friends close at heart while educating us about different cultures and customs, and, as always, she found a way to make us laugh!

21:16 PM December 04, 2012

Loved reading as Ellen and her family maneuvered their way around India!

21:38 PM December 04, 2012

Great blog!! I enjoyed the "mom" perspective the writer provided as she and her family zigzagged through India.

Pam Linne
00:13 AM December 05, 2012

Ellen's blog ROCKS! I can't wait for it to be a book - it's that good. Ellen is knowledgeable, insightful and tells a story with great humor. I love her pespective! Thanks for sharing your life with us! :)

00:52 AM December 05, 2012

Ellen's writing helped me feel as if I had an inside view into a culture that is totally foreign, and probably misunderstood, to me. Her storytelling was engaging and made even better reading knowing that what she wrote was "real life".

02:11 AM December 05, 2012

Absolutely superb, felt like I was there with her!

02:13 AM December 05, 2012

This blog is amazing! I felt like I was a part of the journey with Ellen and her family. Thank you so much for sharing your insights, Ellen. You are a great writer!

03:01 AM December 05, 2012

I loved reading Ellen's blog when she and her family where in India! It was fun to explore the country and other places they visited along with her and her family. Of course, we are glad to have them back home where they belong now though!

10:13 AM December 05, 2012

Your blog was what got me through the early days - pre-move to Delhi!! I remember asking what I could do to repay you and you said to simply "pass it on" ... and DelhiBound was born! Thank you for sharing all of your wisdom and experience about India!

Carol Graham
10:25 AM December 05, 2012

This blog is absolutely wonderful! What experiences the whole family had. I journed to places that I have not visited. Hope Ellen will continue to write - she is very talented.

13:37 PM December 05, 2012

At turns funny, touching, and revealing, Ellen always brought you with her as she discovered and experienced India. What a terrific vicarious journey. Thanks!

14:09 PM December 05, 2012

Our whole family enjoyed Ellen's retelling of her experiences in India! We love her honesty, her wit, and her unique way of reflecting on whatever the day may bring.

14:16 PM December 05, 2012

I loved keeping up with Ellen's blog and experiences in India! What great insight she provided us all back in the US! She is a thoughtful writer with rare insight!

15:14 PM December 05, 2012

Ellen offers a unique lens to any story she composes. These authentic perspectives keep me coming back for more! Inspiring....

Mary Ann
19:06 PM December 05, 2012

I shall never eat another grapefruit and not think of Ellen trying to hide the grapefruit one of the help had so meticulously prepared for her (unaware that Ellen does not like grapefruit)!

21:10 PM December 05, 2012

I loved reading about Ellen and her family's experiences in India!

21:55 PM December 05, 2012

I loved experiencing life in India with Ellen though this blog. A wonderful, funny, and touching look into life as an expat!!

23:34 PM December 05, 2012

Insightful, personal, and always witty, Ellen writes with just the right combination to pull you in and keep you there. She made a seemingly unreal India very real for her readers. Bravo Ellen!

Sherry Baldwin
18:50 PM December 06, 2012

Love Ellen and love her blog!

19:58 PM December 06, 2012

Loved the journey with Ellen!

Amy Reeves
00:33 AM December 07, 2012

I think Ellen's writing is awesome. I have learned so much from her posts :-)

19:01 PM December 08, 2012

Ellen's writing is as inspirational as she is - please keep the ink flowing ~ or the keyboard tapping!!

Lee Kersey
14:37 PM December 09, 2012

Interesting, informative, heart-warming, and fun all at the same time.

16:57 PM December 10, 2012

I lived this experience with Ellen and still enjoyed recapturing the moments through her writing.

Michelle Shoaf
15:51 PM December 11, 2012

I really enjoyed reading about the adventures of Ellen and her family in India. Her writing took me to a place I have never been and gave me glimpses into the country, the people and customs. Great blog, thanks so much for sharing!

Amy S.
16:00 PM December 11, 2012

Ellen has a refreshing pespective on daily family activities and tourism. Her writing is truthful and engaging. I enjoyed reading her observational approach to sharing the reality of living in India. Ellen never disappoints her readers.

Connie Janke
17:17 PM December 11, 2012

Ellen, I love reading about India through your unique lens. YOu make me laugh and think! And your posts about family life make me smile. Hugs to the kids!

Bruce Peters
20:42 PM December 11, 2012

Great reading, very insightful. Your situations made me laugh, since I can sort of relate after having done a fair amount of traveling to Asia over the years.

02:46 AM December 12, 2012

I love reading Ellen's blog. It really taught me things about the culture of India that I didn't know. Thank you!!

Vik Balani
02:52 AM December 13, 2012

She writes as she experiences the events and you can "see" the place along with the local culture. I am original from Delhi, I could relive my days of the places in Delhi. Very well written blogs. Must read

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