February started with a trip to Pune to celebrate my first wedding anniversary with D. Had thought of posting on that day i.e. 4th Feb but was too busy spending time in the real world I made a video on our first wedding anniversary celebration for my readers Didn’t have time to associate an audio with it.
A blog is a type of website that is usually arranged in chronological order from the most recent ‘post’ (or entry) at the top of the main page to the older entries towards the bottom. ~Darren Rowse
Well that is a “traditional” and “literal” definition of blogging, isn’t it? My first impression of blog was a web-space where people wrote on various topics and everyone had their own web space to do it. So I guess this definition is better :-
A blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from change the world to share your shopping list.
Actually this is a part of my Summer Vacation series but as it needed a special mention I didn’t title the post as Part 2.
7th June 2009 :- Arrived in Pune and after a lot of hotel search, checked into one. It had wonderful surroundings..peaceful and green. And the hotel rooms were good too.
Recently I read a tag about writing 10 things that put you off or get your goat or are emotional atyachaars, at many blogs. No, I am not going to do the tag. Instead I am just going to focus on one habit of many people that irks me very much – Borrowing.
“Neither a borrower, nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.” ~William Shakespeare
So here goes….
1. I have very low tolerance for any sort of chilli in food.But I don’t like bland food either.
2. I am very possessive about my stuff and I don’t like borrowers except my loved ones.
3. Few months back I bought Chandamama Collector’s Edition. This collection features some of the most memorable stories in the last 60 years. Yup! I like Chandamama even now.
Vishesh aka the Smiley Man tagged me to do the Smiley Tag. His rules are :-
So all you have to do is post some funny pics/write something which will make people smile and/or laugh. And ya you have to begin the post with a line of smileys like how I have done
Most of my friends are from my college life. After college, all went their separate ways. Everyone is getting married, some already have. The first marriage invitation I got was from someone whom I’ve known since class 2, who had gone to same college as mine and was my room mate. She sent an e-invitation i.e. a scanned copy of her marriage’s invitation card. After that, many such electronic invitations from different friends followed. Aarghhh!
“The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.” So said Mr.Bill Gates. Through Internet, one is able to befriend people with similar tastes,ideas,thoughts and personalities, chat with them and form strong and sometimes everlasting relations. Some just add up people arbitrarily. People living abroad are able to talk and see their family back home with the help of webcams and Internet. Communication has become lot faster and easier with the help of e-mail. In short, the technology is bringing people and families closer as suggested by the Pew Internet and American Life Project research findings.
Continued from Part 1…
Part 1 was mostly about Doordarshan and cartoon shows. So now coming to non-Indian serials….the top slot is taken by F.R.I.E.N.D.S…what else!!!! I have watched runs and re-runs and re-re-runs so many times that even my Mom knows which episodes I have already watched and recognizes all the characters. But still they make me laugh as if I’m watching for 1st time. And I miss having such a group of real friends. Here some of the best moments from the show.
I found this link in Sulz’s post in which you write your friends’ names and it generates questions to which you write your replies. It was real fun. I know my last post was also a tag but this is so different and fun to do that I couldn’t resist posting it. And now here are my answers to the generated questions.
# Name something you have in common with Amit?
We both are cool bloggers!!
# Would you open a mystery gift Pria just gave you, without much hesitation?
Yes of course!! I love gifts!
# What was your first impression of Suda?
A friendly blogger with technical knowledge and totally love struck!!
# In a race between you, Sakhi and Sandeep, who would win?
Definitely Sandeep!!! Just look at his blog header image. Its self explanatory.
So boys and girls, uncles and aunties; I’m back!! In case you have not noticed my absence [ ] I was busy giving tests over last few days and I have read very few posts during that time. Even if I did, I may not have commented at that time. So if you are missing my comment (I hope so!) on your post, I will read it asap and comment soon. Few exciting things also happened during this time which encouraged my blogging confidence and I was itching to write a post expressing my gratitude with just a tinge of narcissism.
# 1. My post on the different categories of students in any class, with a title sounding like a chapter of biology textbook “Classification of Students” got featured on DesiPundit.com. Thank you so very much Lekhni, for considering my post worthy enough to be contributed to DesiPundit.
# 2. A very old blogger (not age wise!) with like 513 readers reading his blog feed and a faculty of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Abi (or Mr. T. A. Abinandanan) has mentioned me and two of my posts – “Education Boom or Education Doom?” and “All In A Day’s Work” in his post about links. Thank you very much Sir for taking the time to read my posts and finding them worthy of mention.
As I have said in my “about me” and as time proves to me again I’m really too gullible and I trust easily and care too much even for an acquaintance. I even consider them to be my friend. I have been lauded and appreciated for my post on blogging friendship and on my blogger friends but I never thought within a week I’ll be proved wrong and that after all one can’t trust online friends. One may say I’m really stupid to care for and trust someone whom I have known for just few weeks. It doesn’t mean my caring was wrong. It just means, my friend, you didn’t deserve it. You didn’t deserve me talking to you in the first place.
As I have also said in my “about me” that I’m sarcastic if provoked..unforgiving if hurt; I will never forgive you, my friend, for betraying my trust and hurting me. I may seem to be sweet and all but that’s just one face of me. I don’t take shit from anybody. And one thing I hate most is betrayal. If I vent more I may reveal that two faced person’s identity so I wont say anymore. I can’t pretend on surface that everything is fine like you do. I behave outside exactly according to what I feel inside. With this post I sever all my ties with you. Goodbye.
I have been writing about various aspects of the act of blogging. In last few days another aspect that struck me was the friendship we form, friends we make via blogging. Recent bomb blasts in Ahmedabad & Bangalore where some of my blogger friends live and mysterious disappearance of a fellow blogger/chat friend from Internet are also the reasons behind this post as they made me feel genuine concern towards them. Blogosphere is the meeting place of alike minds and sometimes even clashing ones but it always scores over social networking sites and even chat rooms. Chatrooms are mostly filled with dumb jerks or perverts or guys pretending to be girls!! There is quite a lot of hesitation to trust enough to be a friend in the first place and to extend the friendship to real life like exchanging phone numbers or even meeting. Social networking websites are facing their own set of problems like fake profiles, misuse of personal information and even murder. Whereas in blogosphere we get an idea of the blogger’s thoughts and persona as a person from his/her posts and more so when he/she uses real identity. I believe one can’t carry a facade of one’s personality for so long. Its not possible to sustain an image of what you are not in your writings for long. And then if we meet someone of our mental wavelength & liking, we can befriend them. Its easy to interact with such known persons and if we feel comfortable enough, one can exchange phone numbers easily. Then bloggers even meet up with each other personally or in bloggers’ meet and enjoy. [In some extreme cases like Nikhil experienced it can grow into blogoromance too!! ] One may not understand the concept of online friendship at all or may do an unfair comparison with real life friendship. Blogging friendship of course has its limits and may not achieve that depth and “being there” stuff like the real thing but it does provide something which we strive for – some light hearted chit-chat, little concern, a smile on our faces and relaxation of mind. And even a good argument stimulates the mind!! Now for the fun part. On this day I award my blogging friends (whose blogs I read most) with titles according to my perception. And there is a Mr. Best Blogger and Ms. Best Blogger too!! *Drumrolls*
WARNING :- Its a chick flick and I seriously doubt whether men would like it. Those who do..well…their girlfriends/wives are lucky to have such men. Also this post isn’t a review. Its my pondering about the movie and friendship. So skip if you want.
I feel those who have seen the series “Sex and The City” on television or atleast have the general idea about the characters & story and liked it are bound to enjoy the movie. But for those who have not, its like watching “Harry Potter-13 years after” without having seen from Sorcerer Stone to Deathly Hallows. One may enjoy the special effects but still miss being really hit by the movie (in a positive way).
As for me, I watched the episodes whenever I could and in many of them I liked the way in which the workings of a female mind were quite accurately depicted and some questions regarding love & relationships were raised which I’d asked myself at some point in my life. Also it made me glad that we live in a society free from such stressful and demanding dating scene. Thats one good point of a not so liberal society..saves its people from lot of mental stress.