Will you Answer the Call?


one nightAnswer the Call!

In Chetan Bhagat’s One Night at the Call Center, six Indian coworkers share their life stories while working together during one night at Connexions. Due to their hours, the story begins with Shyam Mehra (Sam Marcy) missing a family wedding. Over the course of the narrative, each team member reveals various secrets, dramas and personal traumas. Issues from arranged marriage to relations between genders and generations were all pertinent issues dealt with in this novel. At one point, on the verge of personal and physical disaster, the team is asked, “Are you going to answer the call?”

One team member, Vroom, answered, “I want to have a life with meaning.” He must alter his life by giving up meaningless work and quit the call center. “Calling is not my calling,” he pronounced. “Each of us must decide when to listen to the inner voice and when to make a change to begin the life we have always wanted,” he adds. Shyam admits, “I want to be worthy of someone like her and I want to be successful too.” All the characters realize they need to focus on themselves and are told: “Never be afraid of failure. If it has come your way, it means I want to give you a real shot at being successful later.”

If you have always wanted to write, we hope you are ready to answer the call to join our Travel Writing Contest.

The team members from One Night at the Call Center would urge you to go for it. As John Wooden, the infamous UCLA Basketball Coach used to say, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

Book-CoverIn The Impact Equation: Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?, Chris Brogan and Julien Smith stated that, “Writing is now one of the few skills you must have –and we really mean “must” here for the twenty-first century.” It is something we all must practice. Each of us must be ready to share our stories and realize: “We consume more written media than we ever have in history…it’s time for all of us to become master copywriters.” Answer the call and contribute.

The reality is that we are the first generation of people on this planet to be not only media consumers and media creators. We are all media owners as well.

In The Impact Equation, they argued that it is time to get your own channel. Create your own media. The global community is waiting.

People often ask me how to start a blog. My first suggestion is always to start immediately. Don’t worry about the name or the format but make a commitment to write on a schedule either every Sunday (as I did for two years) or once a month. Whatever schedule works for you, start today. If inspired, you can join our travel-writing contest, potentially being selected to win a cash prize or a wonderful book of travel literature in our raffle. It might even enthuse you to keep going! You do not necessarily have to create your own site but everyone has stories to share and you would be surprised at how many people want to read them.

My other suggestion is to keep reading. If you haven’t read Chetan Bhagat, his stories are very entertaining and bring to light the pulse and heart of young Indians. Referring to Bhagat, Time magazine stated, “Many writers are successful at expressing what’s in their hearts or articulating a particular point of view. Chetan Bhagat’s books do both and more.” The New York Times said Bhagat is “the biggest-selling English-language novelist in India’s history.” And I bet even he wonders sometimes if his stories are good enough.

Give yourself permission to make a change or work to make a dream come true. I cannot wait to read your stories. Don’t wait! Our contest ends February 14! All the rules and instructions are at http://www.wesaidgotravel.com/writing-contest

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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