Little did I know that I am entering whole new world full of people with ideas, where the pen was mightier than sword, poems sweeter than the best fragrances, humorists that could tickle a funny bone ,or create political satires funnier than reality ! There were fashionistas, travelers who had seen some exotic places and shared their tales, painters, photographers vividly displaying their creativity and experts offering advice on what to buy! The review of books and movies are helpful in deciding what to read or watch.
The journey has been very rewarding as so many people became friends in a matter of time, posting their words of encouragement constantly. Some of them were generous to give me a place on their lovely blogs to contribute. I had never seen such love elsewhere and regardless of their age, we continue to be friends. Just a few months into the blogging when a region wise blog contest was held, a group of young bloggers, Anukriti and Stephen AK, approached me to be a part of their team called, Mumbai Bloggywood. It did not matter that I hailed from Northern region but to be a part of young team bubbling with energy, always ignited the same enthusiasm to contribute to this team!
A prominent blogger Zephyr, invited me to contribute to her blog’ The Cybernag’ that came as a pleasant surprise. She was very exact in terms of what she wanted me to write about and to learn from someone like her is an experience difficult to pen. Even without meeting her once, I felt she was around. Recently when I had lost my father, I got a mail from her to share the grief, which showed the humane side of the gem of a lady. It gave me the assurance that there are still people in this world who have a huge heart and are magnanimous! Like wise another blog friend, Alka Gurha from Gurgaon whom I have just met once has shown me what kindness is all about when she sent me a message as to why I had not posted on my blog for almost a month! Saru Singhal the poetess who lives in New Jersey has continued to climb the ladders of success with her lovely poetry, has a heart of gold too! I have learnt a lot from the creative writers like Purba Ray, Rachna regarding the finer nuances of blogging.
|With Jaish Vats in Singapore|
I posted articles on travel to some destinations I had been, and bloggers like Ramya who works in Bangalore , and her husband became friends and approached me when planning their travel to Srilanka and Thailand! This was the first time I realized that I could be a travel guide too, a reward which remains unmatched. I got so much in return to learn about their culture and how easily she gives back to society by supporting causes that matter in helping the poor and needy children. My only regret is that I could not attend the wedding of her sister ( another blogger)in Bangalore for which she had invited me.
While traveling in Srilanka I got an opportunity to meet Asamptha, a Srilankan travel and fashion blogger and her family who exchanged notes while basking on the shores of tranquil sea in Colombo. Last week I was in Singapore and was fortunate to meet another writer Jaishree Srivatsan ( Jaishvats!) who pens some very stimulating stories! I could never imagine that young Jaishree blessed with a seven year old son and a cute two year old daughter would travel all the way to have coffee with me and chat, leaving her family at home on the weekend of Chinese New Year! I laughed heartily when she mentioned that her husband wanted her to be sure before I met her, lest I turn out to be a stalker!
The blog world has reduced the distances and it feels good when some one in the fraternity posts a comment sitting in a remote end of US , Latin America or in Europe! The virtual world becomes real if one is lucky to meet a blogger in another part of the world. Sometimes the blog entries in contests get rewarded by way of prizes or some souvenirs. The most cherished perk of the blogging is the association with like minded people and the continuous opportunity to learn. One can seek their advice in their areas of expertise
PS- There are many more bloggers hugely talented whose names I could not mention but are instrumental in sustained support to my blog.