Rudri Bhatt Patel

Rudri Bhatt Patel is a former attorney turned writer and editor. Prior to attending law school, she graduated with an M.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing. She is the managing editor for The First Day, and her work has appeared in Brain, Child, The Huffington Post, Role Reboot, The Review Review, Mamalode and elsewhere. She writes her personal musings on her blog,, and is currently working on a memoir that explores Hindu culture, grief and appreciating life’s ordinary graces

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5 Lessons About Writing and Life From Elizabeth Gilbert

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On Monday evening (July 2014), I attended a reading and Q & A session by author, Elizabeth Gilbert.  She is a fantastic speaker, who infuses humor, intellect and insight in what she articulates. Days after listening to her, the impact of her words lingered in my head. Although some of her advice centered on pursuing the arts, her wisdom carries power for the everyday. Here is what I learned: 1. DO NOT FOLLOW YOUR PASSION EVERYDAY. FOLLOW YOUR CURIOSITY. Elizabeth bluntly stated that it is impossible to follow your passion everyday. Instead, she encouraged others to “follow their curiosity.” This … Read More