Every time my friends boastfully proclaim about their busy life, I feel like that retired government employee for whom the term ‘busy’ signifies an extended period of slumber. But when sleeping for 12 hours a day leaves you with another 12 hours of idle time then probably you need to address that prudently. I did, I created a blog (a defining moment in the history of blogging), within 5 minutes I had one more blog. After creating 7-8 new blogs, I realized that in order to present my radical thoughts to the world, I need to click ‘create a new post’ and not ‘create a new blog.’ Why was this important information not shared with me that blog and posts are two entirely different…ummm…things? However, I decided to work things out on my own. Demonstrating sheer brilliance, I made another ground breaking observation…blogger and wordpress are not blog directories. Can you believe that?
The sole purpose of creating this blog was to kill time and that couldn’t have been possible without few readers (in addition to the one who created the blog). Real life friends should never be introduced into your virtual world as they always try to judge you based on the interactions they have had with you in the past, and chances of them spoiling your image with comments like, “Wow, I never realized that you can complete a sentence!!!” are very very high. And hence, whenever I informed them about my ‘full time blogger’ status, an uncomfortable silence ensued in the air before they somberly paraphrased my statement, “So, you are unemployed.”
However, things are little different in blogworld where people are compulsive readers. From terms and conditions of a freight service to user manual of a remote control, they read everything including the ones originally destined for a pani puri shop. Therefore, whenever I published something, they visited my blog and read the entire post (yes, you heard it right, an entire post!!!), and then never came back again (hmmm, inferiority complex). Although I kept losing visitors on a regular basis but owing to my brilliant writing…ok, ok, because of my frantic voting, I always managed to get new visitors. I upgraded myself gradually and started appreciating poetry (again, people in read world are not aware of this). My trademark comments – ‘brilliant,’ ‘outstanding,’ ‘loved it’ can be seen on numerous poems. With time I added a little variation to my comments, e.g. ‘Loved that 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 8th, 11th, 14, and 16th line!’ (A poem with more than 16 lines would get a silent nod from me and a vote). And then …the earth stood still…I wrote couple of poems myself (no, you cannot laugh, I can write poems and I have proved that already. I rhymed foe with mosquito; how cool was that!!!).
Where is the award? If that’s what you are thinking then let me humbly avow that I have no intention of giving any award to anyone!!! However, I would like to thank all of you who did not think like me and went ahead with the list and put a smile on my face. Thank you so much for considering my blog worth it (no no, they are not imaginary people. I did get few awards). I am also thankful to those who have my blog on their blogrolls (it does put a question mark on their sanity though).
Before it starts sounding like an essay on cow let me quickly get to the point. There won’t be much activity on this blog from now on (I can see a blissful smile crossing your face) because I am bored of blogging and have found something else to keep myself occupied for the time being (so, there is no reason for you to celebrate with a glass of wine assuming that I have committed suicide when you don’t see a new post on my blog for a long time). Apart from eating chips and watching TV simultaneously, I have never demonstrated any multitasking skill in the past, and hence, I don’t think I will be able to write anything for sometime now. However, I will be very much around and whenever I see your post on indivine, I am going to vote for someone else, so that he/she goes past you.
Anyway, I reserved all these dialogues for my 50th post, but I don’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon (even with all those cartoons, I couldn’t complete 50 posts). However, my blog will complete one year in two months time whether I write anything or not. I would like to thank few people who are responsible for me having this illusory notion that I can write, and I am sure, when I come back, they will continue to extend their support (unless they go through a personality disorder in the meantime). So here they come (in order of appearance [I love filmy style]). I am really feeling guilty for just putting up a list here after writing all those crap on top because I know my blog wouldn’t have survived if you guys were not there to support it. And I did write a whole page which I had to delete, because people are not really fond of long posts.
Indiblogger (homepage )
Found in Folsom
They are far superior writers than me and their encouraging comments made this whole blogging experience worthwhile (apologies if I have missed any name).
Of late, I have been dying to write a tag post but the rule says you cannot take part in this activity unless, at least, one person considers you intelligent enough to be able to answer those questions without making a hash of yourself (they don’t know I have risen above all these after repetitive embarrassing episodes). And just when I decided to nonchalantly claim that Amitabh Bachchan has tagged me (assuming no one would check his blog for a tag post), Uma and Suresh deprived him of the honor of tagging me. So here I go (finally). I won’t be tagging anyone but would like to answer a few questions (not in any particular order):
1. What is most important to you – Values, Relationships or Money & Fame?
Values, fame, money, relationship (in the same order) although it depends on the situation, when I scream under the influence of…ummm…fruit juice, “I LOVE YOU ALL!!” then it’s relationship which takes precedence over everything else. Of course, without bare minimum amount of money, you won’t be able to think of anything else.
2. Which do you prefer – a peaceful life or a life of passion and turbulence?
Second option, any day. Life is short and unpredictable, live it without any guilt or regret (that doesn’t mean you should try potassium cyanide or offer some whisky to an uncaged tiger [your generosity might not be taken in the right spirit])
3. What is it that you dislike the most about India?
People. Although I believe that we will be able to exterminate that hypocrite, dishonest, corrupt, insensitive, and ruthless beast in us one day. Till then we have no right to point our finger at those corrupt politicians or anyone else because there is not much difference between them and us. It’s only because we don’t have the power and authority, we look innocent. Unfortunately, none of us can see that evil within us.
4. If you were to be limited to just 5 authors for the rest of your life, which ones would they be?
I don’t read books. I thought, I should let you know how educated the person is whose blog you have been reading.
5. What do you think is your best post?
How can I not answer this question? The sole purpose of doing this post is this question. Only post where I have more facts than nonsense ‘sunshine and that stupid dog.’ Please read it whenever you have time and see if you can find a story there.
6. Which of your posts do you think was most under-appreciated?
The last one, hmph. I will never forgive you guys for that.
7. Which are your favourite posts by others?
I generally don’t forget any post which I read and, at times, I go back and read a post again. In the midst of our regular ranting there are people who come up with posts that take this whole blogging thing to a different level. Again, due to word count constrains, I had to delete everything I wrote about these bloggers and their posts. So, just the list (in alphabetical order):
Amit Agarwal – Bonsai
Arnab – An Ode, to the People, I met on the road
Ashwini – Beauty in Mist
Ramakanth – The Motorcycle Diaries!!
Raj – What we are
Sajan – The ‘real Chennai auto’ trilogy
Shreya – When The Shoe Fits…
Suresh – A Trek to Brahmital
Swati – She’s always a woman to me
The fool – The girl on the train
Uma – Gap-toothed Smile and The Sour Flute
Zephyr – Feminism and Gen X Women
Thank you for writing those magical posts. I think, I have missed a few posts here. Anyway, on this confusing note, SOME FACTS, SOME NONSENSE bids adieu to you for now with a promise to come back someday with more stupid posts, a new profile picture, and lots of negative energy. Till then, take care and keep voting.