100 Not out!

Can you believe I’ve made it to a hundred posts!?? This little tentative step that I started out late in September of 2007 has now grown into a fairly big obsession for me. I’ve loved the journey so far…it is so cathartic sometimes to just pour your heart out when words fail you conversationally.

Blogs and blogging was never really on my radar till around the beginning of January 2007…I mean I knew they existed, I knew about the whole blogging IIPM controversy, the blacking out of blogs by the Government and all that, but somehow I never read a single one let alone writing one. Then a colleague of mine sent me something written by Amit Varma and I really liked what he’d written and when were were talking about it, he told me that that was a blog and was wondering given the amount I read how I never read blogs? I hadnt even realised it was a blog, assumed it to be a piece of journalistic writing somewhere, then Amit became a daily fix for me..even then I hadnt moved on to other blogs..then one day Amit had linked up to one of Neha’s poems and bang that was enough to open the can of worms for me! Came across comments, blogrolls and got hooked on to so many blogs…went through archives and was simply amazed that every little person in the world can actually speak out if not to the whole world to a small audience!! Given my love for the written word it was only inevitable that I started writing my own blog, tentatively commenting at other people’s spaces…and then I started receiving comments on my blog, other than KT (who was of course coerced into commenting)! I was thoroughly zapped to find people reading my blog, consider this, my blog is neither one of those riot acts, the serious ones with witty lines on economics, politics or people’s world view (though I toyed with making my blog one of those!), I’m not even one of those “fast” types with plenty of sexcapades to regale an audience with, no short stories or fables, no cute baby stories nothing.  I am married, work hard at my job, do fun things when the time permits and by fun things I mean going on holidays, catching a movie and other blah stuff! This was just about my life..which at its rocking best is mundane….and can get dead boring very often…I mean I still don’t get what makes people come back here!! I know there are tons of “return visits” where people get obliged to comment thanks to my incessant commenting on their way more exciting lives, but for sure there are people who come to read me!!

I digress, but there is something I simply have to say at this point…I read loads of blogs, and I comment on many and would like to comment on many more…but I don’t. Now lack of time is not the excuse, I can spend 3 or 4 minutes reading a post, surely I can devote another couple of minutes in commenting…the thing is I do this more out of the office…and gmail and blogger are blocked out…with blogger its a little wierd, I can view the blog, but cannot comment. So I’m really sorry to a bunch of people that I read, I do try and leave a comment when I’m reading out of home, but it really isnt too frequent..but I read you regularly!!

Well now that that’s done, I find that I’ve become a much more social person, this kind of interaction is rarely there in the real life for me…no body knows the real me..here my soul is bared, I write what I feel, I don’t bother being politically correct, I need not couch my thoughts in more palatable language. So that kind of gives me the opportunity to understand myself that much more….I get feed back, criticism, support from people who are far removed from me in the real life..so they don’t bother being polictically correct as well..this is open honest communication at its best and for the first time in my life I am experiencing this (outside of KT of course with him though I always feel an element of bias creeps in and we tend to rationalise our actions when that happens).

Alright now I’m going to ask you to do something…well if you do this and make a wish it will be granted immediately, and if you don’t severe bad luck will be upon you and you will lose your love, money, happiness and everything that you hold dear and wait….the bad luck will haunt seven generations to come.

Now that you’re sufficiently scared, please leave a comment…and let me know where you’re from and what exactly it is that makes you come back here…I know its not like I get a thousand hits but even this has overwhelmed me…I see these dots that grow bigger in China and so many other places..now indulge me (or influenced by the threat)…go on don’t let me down!!

Happy 100 th post dear blog!

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21 Responses

  1. I am another one of those lurkers to your blog. I enjoy your style of writing and I am quite regular in reading all your posts. Oh yeah I contribute to the growing dot in North America.

    Yay!! Thanks for delurkling!! Being the first to comment on this post, your luck is so going double and that wish will for sure come true! 🙂

  2. Another regular reader of ur blog..Congrats for the 100th post

    Hey Timepass…you know what I will never forget that first comment that you left me..I had a harrowing three hours, going through a whole host of troubles, was stuck alone at home, couldnt unlock the door, had to complete some work, the power went out, the battery on my laptop died on me, was expecting Airtel guys to install the broadband connection when I realised that the power was out only in my place and that being a Friday evening, if I didnt get it fixed then I faced the prospect of a “powerless” weekend..sorted the entire melee out and came back to my work..so hassled and harried…and then I saw your comment..it was seriously enough to bring that smile back on my face and all that stress I had accumulated just vanished!! Thanks for coming back here!!

  3. From North east US..heeeeerreeeeeee’s Cacophoenix!! I find your posts relatable..emotion wise. I love people watching. everytime I see someone interesting, I love to make up stories about their life and their loves. reading people’s blog is similar to that except it is reversed. I love imagining how the person looks and there is a sort of addiction that makes me come back. It is similar to not being able to put down a book when you red the first two pages and get hooked. what can I say you had me at post 1 😉 Haha….Good luck for the rest of the journey.

    Hiya Cacophoenix! Thanks for those lovely words and what can I say…you guys complete my blogging experience huh?? 😉

    Oh and tell me how have you pictured me??

  4. Congratulations 😀 And here’s to many more 100s to come 🙂

    It’s Suki here, from Kolkata, and well.. I come back here because I like you and relate to you in some ways. I like you, that’s about it!

    🙂 I know what you mean..I really like you too!!

  5. Congratulations !! I am Aparna and contribute to your traffic from New Jersey.

    I have recently stumbled upon your blog with your post on “Book Tales”. I identified with you so much through your choice of books and of course your choice of words to express your taste in books. I dug into your archives and kept coming back for new posts because I like your simplicity and candor. Like you said, you dont have funny baby stories or racy sexcapades, but then so do I. Reading about the life an ordinary person just like me is what makes your blog interesting to me.

    While on the subject of expressing everything like how you feel, I guess uncensored internet is one of the best things that happened to us. I am scared at the frequent suggestions about censoring web content to keep it child-friendly.

    Good Luck with your blog and hope to read more from you!

    I remember that comment and did realise that you’d taken that book tag yourself…thanks for coming back!! As regards the censoring…do you think it is possible to censor web content? I know it happens in countries like China etc but for it to spread to the whole wide world it would take some serious totalitarian changes to wreck the world…and I don’t really see that happening…as long as you stay in countries that have a reasonable philosophy of freedom of speech I don’t see that such mass censoring taking a grip..

  6. damn1 it never occured to me to ask why people read 😀

    I remember the first post i read of urs was brutally honest and very personal….and i was hooked.

    And the fact that u write very well is one reason why i return.

    not to say I wouldn’t read if a blog is not well written, but it helps as your blogs is one of those i visit every day 😀

    You can do that the next time round huh!

  7. Yay! A hundred!?! 🙂
    But it’s almost amazing how we get sucked into the world of blogs. Each one with a pretty different story. I can’t remember when or why..maybe it was a comment, or a link somewhere. And then the feed in the feedreader. Your posts are interesting, personal and a bit on the fearless without the drama side. Makes for good reading!

    Ok I had no idea you read me..welcome here 🙂

  8. Wow, that musta been the quickest 100, eh? Congratulations!

    It’s the way you write–sincere and not peppered with false drama. Keep writing!

    Thanks and where are you where are you!

  9. hey,
    Congrats.
    Started reading yr blog from a few days, got to yr blog from chandni’s blog which again i happend to visit thru ‘google search’.
    I can kinda relate to many things that u write about, from ‘being recently married’ to yr family story ( dad situation, how mom’s the world for u etc….)

    U find time to blog from work..thats interesting..
    Keep blogging.

    btw, me from mumbai, though the ‘dots’ u will see will be from US(as the server sits there).

    Hi Ashvini! Welcome here…and err as regards blogging from work..I’m at work from 9 30 in the morning till 9 at least in the night..so I take little breaks in between when I’ve given up work for review and am waiting for feedback etc…I have loads of work trust me 😀

  10. You bad, bad girl, you’ve really scared me with your curse. No really:-)( A rap on your bum when I meet you someday)

    I comment on your posts now and then and love them becoz they are downright honest, they reflect what many of us go thru and yet find difficult to put into words and yet you manage to infuse your writing with your upbeat attitude which I think is both fetching and catching.

    Personally though, your raw and candid post on your chidlhood and growing up did it for me. It must have taken a certain amount of courage and willingness to open up even on a blog which by its very nature almost encourages confessions( albeit aonymously if you wish)

    Utlimately, I enjoy reading the posts becoz you are probably the kind of person I’d have loved to have been friends with when I lived several years ago in B’lore:-) So, keep ’em comin’ I say honey:-)

    Thanks so much Deepa!! And you know what I’m just counting down the days for you to start your blog 😀

  11. oops! Did you want the co-ordinates too. Okay…so I live in Noo Joise( NJ for the uninitiated) in the U.S.

  12. I think I found your blog when you posted something on CK(?), MM(?)’s blog abt why people have 2 kids or more. I remember you being shocked I had FOUR!!.

    I like you style of writing and thats why I come back..
    And I am in the Mile High City, Boulder.

    Teehee…yeah I remember..being shocked…and also thinking that its kind of cool huh..I would never be able to do that I think!! 😉

  13. Congrats GDS, on your 100th post. Remember me? I’m from Karnataka. I read your blog coz i love reading in general and enjoy your writing. Reading expands my horizon, or so i feel.
    Keep going 🙂

    Thank you Lively my friend!!

  14. Y no new posts?

    Too much busyness!

  15. congrats on the 100th post.

    came here following comments u’d left on other blogs.

    i like your writing style…you have the gift of expressing many things which other ppl feel…but cannot articulate. and i relate to many aspects of ur life…which is why i come here 🙂

    and then…..i think its also coz ur a CA …so kindred spirits for having gone thru same sort of pain 😉

    Ah the CA kinship!! Thanks for delurking and for the lovely words!

  16. btw…i read from Hyderabad..

  17. ooh 100…way to go gal!

    goody goody wishes. 🙂

  18. and yeah i am from chicago. grad student. me likes the simple & earthly tone in your writing style 🙂

    Thanks and keep coming!!

  19. dammit – i thought i had replied to this but i obviously haven’t so it’s a huge CONGRATS in order for you…yay!

    Thankoo thankoo you busy bee!

  20. heyy… dropped by for the first time… but spent a considerable amount of time here. so thought should let u know i was here! 🙂
    and well… as for coming back.. .i like ‘straight-from-the-heart’ writing… so yes. i shall be back. not arnold-style though! 🙂
    congrats on the century here… 🙂

  21. oh damn! u wanted my location… virtually, i’m at http://rayshmadoodlez.blogspot.com and physically i’m in a leetle gaon in Texas… USA.

    Hey Rayshma! Welcome aboard!!

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