In pursuit of praise. There are two specific instances in Ramayana where God is profusely praised by other Gods. One when Brahma and Vishnu come to Lord Siva and praise Him in order to seek his willingness to marry Parvati. Another time when Lord Rama is praised Brahma and Siva for his victory over Ravana. The bible is full of praise for the lord. Possibly it is from this tradition that humans learnt the need and art of praising other humans. It pays to be in the good books of others, particularly the mighty and the powerful. It starts from childhood. The parents praise their offsprings for their smallest achievements. The children get excited and encouraged. Remember your dad asking you to recite the poem 'twinkle twinkle little star' in the presence of your uncle or aunt when they came to visit you. Then at school you were praised for your alertness in the class, upto date with home work, good marks in tests and exams and so in. Then, at job, by your boss for good performance. And who can forget the list of all good in you when your parents were looking for a match for you. Getting appreciated for good work or habits is natural. Being praised for your clothes, or hair style or overall personality is a heart warmer. The fashion industry works overtime on it. Appreciation or praise in any form or for any thing is a motivator for doing better. One good example of that is seeing your articles or book in print. It used to be a great achievement when your letter to the editor got accepted and printed in a leading news paper. If there was a photo of yours along with your article or short story in a house magazine or in a literary magazine it was like hovering in the seventh sky. But that was the time when it was really difficult to get published even in a local vernacular news paper or weekly. The established news papers and magazines preferred only established writers and were hesitant to risk with new writers. You needed a godfather to get published. Times have changed for good. Now there are many popular sites on the internet where you can post whatever you want and it will get published. Facebook is one such media. There are others where some sort of approval and editing like Merinews is required. There are hundreds of others where they publish you with no difficulty. Here too the likes and comments of readers make a lot of difference. However there is nothing like being published in a book form but the difficulty is that there are not many risk taking publishers. They publish only such writers who sell. You need a very influential literary agent. Many established writers had to wander around looking for publishers in the beginning. But do not lose heart. The pockets are deep these days. Many small time publishers are ready to oblige for a price if you have a deep pocket. The book will be printed at your cost and they will do the little marketing also at your cost. Rest depends on your luck. It is quite possible that you will be left with 90% of the unsold copies after you have distributed the first 10% free to your friends and relatives. But this is small price to pay for showing off to anyone who cares that you are a published writer. Desire for praise is primitive human nature. It is useful, exciting and positive. However if lack of it makes you unhappy and angry, it's time to take stock of yourself.