A Tryst With Bloggery/Blogging

A Tryst With Bloggery/Blogging

Statutory Warning: Since this would be my first blog – the reader is advised to visit the select few blog posts mentioned here as a fair amount of effort went into “googling” them. They are far from lackluster if that be the impression about this post!:)

The first time I heard the word “blog” was 4 yrs ago when a close buddy shared his newly created blog which I promptly visited. Din’t make an iota of the concept then; it contained some technical gibberish. Only recently, when I came across some rather interesting posts did the idea strike me, real hard at that!!!

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The one that got me thinking was this Letter to Pakistan on a subject that I did love to discuss at length… The author (chooses to call himself chanakya – how very apt?:)) seems to have dealt with this delicate topic with utmost ease!!! Love the style of writing – reminds me of Chetan Bhagat of the “Five Point Someone” fame.

Then there were a series of posts on roads, traffic, etcetera etcetera…

Oh Well! What The Hell // Truly admire Swaroop’s enthu/courage here… πŸ™‚

Idiots Guide To Indian Traffic // Well said!:)

Cudn’t locate a really interesting post on the roads in blr! πŸ™
Will reserve part of this blog to preserve posts neat as these I guess…

There were those that stirred me to the core –

Streets, Stories, Strategies // Posted around Women’s Day – How very Ironic???

What do I call myself? // Ignore the spam under the comments section

Most women and surprisingly some men (adam teasing was new to me!!!) were “bogged down” in frustration coz they hadn’t fought while few bold ones fiercely “blogged down” their thoughts. An eye-opener for both the sexes!!!

Some mood lighteners – FTP (full time pass!!! :o))

Ouch! My Toe // Went thru few of Jammy’s posts… witty, funny, quippy…

Chai Aur Chiwda // A colleague in search of alternative career options! πŸ™‚ Happens to be my manager! πŸ˜‰

Blogs by some of my rather well read buddies –

Main Aur Meri Tanhai // He cares and it shows all over…

Just Me Annie // Heart felt words reflecting wisdom hard to fathom…

Mehfil // Hyper creative, hyper powerful, good mix of adrenaline and flair…

It’s a War // Neat poetry amidst insightful thoughts that makes one wonder…

So is this some index of decent blogs or wat??? Not really I will let u know when I do figure out! πŸ˜‰ Thinking aloud…

Why blog?

I am such a chatter box, extremely garrulous and equally inarticulate. I read somewhere – “One should stop speaking before the audience stop listening!”. . I never know when and where to stop!!! I don’t when to begin either for that matter! πŸ˜‰

I have this uncanny ability to fail miserably at holding anybody’s attention (“I guess I already lost some!!!;)”). Can’t help but mention the following wisecrack –

“I can accept that the audience repeatedly look at their watches as I speak but it really gets on my nerves when some of them actually take it their ear and shake it vigorously to check if it’s still working” – misquoted from The Hindu – Know Your English.

I iterate n re-iterate n re-iterate stuff… u get the picture?
I iterate n re-iterate n re-iterate stuff… u get the picture?

This is what I love about writing – it gives the audience an option to simply switch to more appealing stuff – blog “surfing”! πŸ™‚

“You still with me??? Not bad at all… This is indeed a good sign!” πŸ˜‰

The amity/proximity with anonymity the medium provides wards some enemity (Eeeeuw – tat was far from witty!!!) – I can get rather offensive/repulsive at times. Nothing beats the fun to see people guess, that is if at all… πŸ™‚

I fancy someone walking up to me and bashing this blog left and right (probably I cud join in too – “how dare (s)he???” and have some more fun!;) ). One can never get an honest opinion from a friend at least not one without euphemism! πŸ™‚ I guess this wud be my means to elicit one… πŸ˜€

Blog or drivel? Choice ain’t so tough even for someone as fickle minded as me… πŸ™‚ Hoping this helps allay the blabber pangs… Bloggery/blogging call it what u may, (I prefer the former – reminds me of jugglery – art, skill, blah blah) seems to be my cup of tea (tea – now that’s something I have been trying to quit for sometime now without much success!!!)…

“You still there??? Boy u must be really patient!” πŸ™‚

Wat bout? Hmmm…

Some of the blogs that I stumbled upon had neatly strewn snaps , some artwork, while others were on topics ranging from food (Hungry kya???) to music, reservation to reservations about reservation (just too many links to include here – looks like everyone suddenly had fit to opine incessantly, me inclusive!:) ), IT Wars to Cola Wars (Wud blog myself sometime on these! :), what not to what not? (Now that’s quite a regular expression ;))

Most of them however, were merely a collage of thoughts in verse or prose or both. I don’t know where I belong…

“Helllooooooo anyone there??? Aha so u r there – Am I good or wat!!!” πŸ˜‰

Mebbe this an attempt to figure just that out. I hope to visit the page oft “when in vacant or pensive mood” (courtesy: Daffodils by William Wordsworth).

A friend told that the trouble with the IT guyz is they have read a lot of stuff (emails, blogs, books, etc) and it reflects in their writings (style, content, etc.). Luckily for me I am extremely ill read – rarely went beyond technical stuff (I guess it’s only too obvious from the grammatical mistakes and incorrect usages!;) )

… So if u do find even remotest resemblance in style or content do let me know! πŸ™‚

My life is too dull to discuss about – u guessed it right a typical s/w engineer stuck in a do…while loop (Ain’t it self evident?). It wud be more like “Aisa hota toh kaisa hota? Waisa hota toh kaisa hota?” The mood wud swing from grave to grotesque like a munky (yucks tat was bad!!!)… wud love to share some really good stuff I come across over mails viz.,

Chris Rock’s “Quote of the Year”

“You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America’s Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn’t want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named Bush, Dick, and Colon. Need I say more?”

Hoping to organize the blog and have separate sections… saves readers the trouble of skimming thru junk to find goodies and avert remarks such as – “Khoda pahad aur nikali chuhiya!!!” (Now u know how I cud be at our national language the only other language I can claim to know besides ‘C’ n english! πŸ™‚

“If u still there… (U know I am quite an optimist!!!)”:D

Can’t resist the temptation to use some cliche here – hope u enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it (Enjoyed my foot… it’s nearing 2 AM and I am still at office!!! !:) ).

Sincerely do hope that you return to the blog… more importantly I hope I do too! πŸ˜‰ On a more serious note – hope u liked some of the blogs shared and bookmarked at least a few (“Wonder if after having read those wonderful blogs if anyone is still here!!!;)” )

Must confess… It is quite a task to type even a line or 2 with your fingers crossed!!! πŸ˜€

Not much thought went into the name while creating it 2 months ago (so unlike the name!;). Wonder if prefixing the famous β€œK” wud fetch a higher no. of hits or numerology wud β€œstir” minds as it did for Rakyesh Mehra of RDB fame! πŸ™‚

I am superstitious about nos so choosing this unique date 20062006 for my very first post (Shucks!!! missed on the time 20:06 hrs (probably its already tomorrow) Hey wait a minute… I think I have completed a year at this job! I can be such a dodo at times!!!:). I think my next post shud be about the 3.5 yrs in the IT industry… I joined my first job on my b’day blah blah… Stung by nostalgia NAAAH!!! “nausea” wud be more like it! πŸ˜‰

Until we meet again – tada, alvida, au revoir, ciao, adios, sayounara, auf wiedersehen, shabba kher, astala vista baby!!! (Tat was one futile attempt to match a friends vernacular ability not to forget her linguistic skills! πŸ™‚ )

Me, Myself & My-stique (hMMM – loadsa folks inspired by the title of the not so nice movie of Mr. Carey… that reminds me I cud write at stretch about movies… but why put IMDB out of bizness? πŸ˜‰ Have fun…

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