I am quite active in the online world. I have two blogs. I am on Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, Orkut, Tumblr..you name it, I am there…except on Myspace. People may criticize “online friendship” as to be devoid of trust, full of false claims, a sign of having no “real” life etc. I admit there are lots and lots of people out there who cheat , deceive and lie on the Internet and one must always exercise caution while making new acquaintances on Internet.And I am just talking about friendship. Online love is all together a different ballgame.
Blogosphere is a place where various types of personalities meet through their blogs but it is better than social networking sites and chat rooms. Chat rooms are mostly filled with dumb jerks or perverts or desperate guys with girl ids!! Social networking websites have their own set of problems like fake profiles, misuse of personal information etc.
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.
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.
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.