Prayer of an Author

May my ink flow
And never dry,
Through the deepest seas
Over mountains high;

May I write
From the depths of my heart
And the core of my mind,
May all your answers
In my text you find;

May I give it my all
And infuse it with passion,
May my writings stay with you
And never go out of fashion;

May I treat my writing
As a serious job
And uphold ethics in my work,
May I never be flippant
And from its demands shirk;

May I make money
As there are bills to pay,
There aren’t any free lunches
Why should there be
Free writers in the fray;

May my works
Bring meaning to you;
They bring you joy
Much mirth and fun
Sought-after succour
And sanity too;

May as a writer, I leave
A lasting impression,
And you pick me up
For solace and serenity
As much for entertainment
And action;

May I be able
To add to the nous,
And be counted amongst those
Who were trailblazers
Even if few;

May my books
Travel far and wide,
Over the high waters
And the toughest of tide;

May my name
Stay in your heart
And the top of your mind,
Long after I am gone for good
Among mortals, me you no longer find;

May the fame come
But never touch my novelty,
May I remain true to my craft
While slipping into the annals of history;

May I continue to write
Till my breath last,
Even when the hands shake
The eyes weaken
And the legs don’t move that fast;

May I write
Such as to leave a legacy,
While moods sway
And tastes evolve
Seasons change
And years pass
May my books stay
Always in currency;

When I prepare
To kick the bucket,
May I have added
To your reading trove
And the treasure chest;

And when I am out
Of sight and long gone,
May you remember me
In all happy times
Or when you are forlorn;

May you keep me
By your side
May my books stay shone,
For the beauty of my words
And the skill of my craft
Amidst you
I continue to be known.


L. Aruna Dhir
L. Aruna Dhir
L. Aruna Dhir is a Hospitality & Feature Writer and Columnist for some of the world’s highest-ranked Hospitality publications. Her industry writings are syndicated to the finest global hospitality bodies and used as references in case studies and hotel schools. Aruna runs an exclusive channel on the award-winning media digest, BizCatalyst 360° called “Hospitality Matters” based on her hospitality industry insight and commentary. Aruna is a recognized and national-poll winning Corporate Communications Specialist, PR Strategist, and Writer. A seasoned hotelier, Aruna loves to present hospitality industry watch, insights, case studies, and analysis to her ever-increasing base of global readership. Aruna has over two decades of experience in Hospitality Communications and Brand Management and has worked with some of the best global hotel companies. In her last corporate role, Aruna was the Director – Public Relations at The Imperial New Delhi, where she was part of the core group and was responsible for re-launching The Imperial as one of the finest hotels in India and Asia. Aruna’s hotel experience includes leading the Marketing Communications and Public Relations portfolio for flagship properties at The Oberoi Group and Hyatt International. She also helped launch the Vilases as the uber-luxury experiences from the Oberoi stable. As an industry expert, Aruna has launched brands, developed training modules, created standardization dockets on business communication, written manuals, conducted Image Study & Positioning Analysis, and led media campaigns of Australian Ministers in India. Aruna Dhir’s successful work tenure with Australia’s Diplomatic Mission in India in the capacity of Media Relations Officer, saw her working on a host of never-done-before exciting projects including the hugely rewarding organisation of Australia-India New Horizons – Australia’s largest ever Country Promotion. Aruna Dhir is the first-ever Creative Writer for the Indian greeting cards giant – ARCHIES Greetings and Gifts Ltd. The milestone puts her in the league of Helen Steiner Rice and Amanda Bradley. While with the company she came out with several series of cards sold under her byline – an unprecedented feat that has not been repeated since. L. Aruna Dhir also dabbles in poetry and has to her credit two titles of Anthologies published and marketed by Archies G&G Ltd. Aruna serves on the Board of Association of Emerging Leaders Dialogues (AELD), a front-running Commonwealth Body that works towards developing leaders and influencers of tomorrow, with Princess Anne as its international President. Aruna has been engaged in freelance work for Doordarshan – the Indian National Television, All India Radio, and Times FM. Academically, L. Aruna Dhir topped at the All-India level in her PG Diploma in Public Relations and Advertising. Aruna has been a Ph.D. scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University, akin to an Ivy League in India. She has earned a Senior Management Course Certification from the Oberoi Centre for Learning & Development in partnership with the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow; V Dimension Management Company, London & Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines. Aruna Dhir has represented India to a select group of opinion-makers in the United States, as a Cultural Ambassador under the GSE Program of Rotary International. She has also participated in the IXth Commonwealth Study Conference held in Australia and chaired by Princess Anne. Aruna is a Life Member of the Public Relations Society of India A Freelance Writer since 1987, with articles that have appeared in India’s topmost newspapers and magazines, Aruna is also a blogger, a memoirist with works published on platforms like Medium and a Book reviewer on Goodreads. In her official and personal capacity L. Aruna Dhir has and continues to work on several social awareness projects – People for Animals, Earthquake Relief, National Blind Association, PETA, WSPA,, Friendicoes to name a few. Born at Allahabad (now Prayagraj), one of the world’s oldest known cities, L. Aruna Dhir grew up and did her schooling in Dehradun, regarded as a prominent seat of academia and literature. After being brought up in the sylvan surroundings of the verdant Doon valley, Aruna chose to make the Capital City of Delhi her second home.

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