Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Close to a couple of years ago (can't believe its been that long!!!), I was up on the online matrimonial mart. I alternated between anger and amusement at the proposals that were coming in, and I so desperately needed to vent that I even started up a separate blog for the purpose (taken offline now as its no longer relevant :))

A few days after my first post, I received a comment from a stranger ...... well, not a complete stranger, as I later found out. Preethi arrived at my blog through our mutual friend Thought Warp (who is incidentally the person who persuaded me to start blogging, by the way). Preethi gave me some very sound advice (thanks again!!!), and naturally I then went on to check out her blog and eventually became a regular reader.

While scrolling through her comments form after one fine post, a comment by another blogger caught my eye, and so I went to check out her blog. I instantly felt a connection with Reflections because she's a Potter-maniac like me (the first post I read over there was about the incredibly brilliant JK Rowling). And like most people, after a few of her posts, I couldn't help but become a regular reader there too.

Through Reflections, I found Renu and ISH. Renu's blog is a very comforting place for me ...... something about the way she writes reminds me of my mother and home. And about ISH, man, I wish I could write with as much spunk and punch as she does!!!

I was curious about another blogger whose comments I'd seen on these three ladies' blogs. The name Deeplydip intrigued me, and when I checked out her blogs I again liked what I saw. Styalogue is such a cool platform for sharing thoughts on fashion!!! It feels great to read and share thoughts on style, and it reminds me of all the fun times with my gal pals :D

Another fashionista I really admire is Agnes. This lady is all about effortless style, and so much more. The work she and her husband do is truly worth commending, so all the very best to you guys!!!

You might ask, what brought on this wave of flashbacks?

Well, yesterday a new friend - A - sent me some sunshine with The Proximidade Scroll Award. It meant a lot, considering what the award is for:

This award is given to a blog that invests and believes in PROXIMITY – nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers!

Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award

I have always loved writing. Even as a schoolkid, writing never fazed me the way it did a lot of my classmates. Because I loved reading too, writing seemed to me to be a wonderful way of self-expression. So you would think that when the blogging phenomenon took off, I'd have immediately joined in. I didn't.

Because somewhere over the years, I started struggling with the words. I had to do a lot of writing for my studies; project reports and things like that were easy. And so Thought Warp was after me for a long time to start a blog, but somehow I just couldn't find the words, the ideas needed to do so.

Even when I did start this blog, I struggled for a long time to get into the writing zone. Initially there was a lack of time (along with a lack of ability!) So I basically just read a lot of blogs, rather than posting anything in my own.

But somewhere along the line, the more I ventured out into the blogosphere, the more I read each of your blogs, the easier it became to write. Each of you has inspired and motivated me with your words, and now writing has become fun again!!!

Most importantly, I have come to know some terrific people I now consider friends, so in this spirit of friendship, I give all of you this award (I know some of you have already received it, and A, you gave it to me, but so what??? You all deserve it!!!)








Thought Warp

(Whew!!! After all this writing, I just don't have the energy to link up all over again!!!)


  1. :) Congratulations. And what a lovely post.

  2. wow...congrats!! and thank you once again!! will put up both the awards asap...this post has brought a smile to my face :)

  3. a smile to my face as I read and re-read it. It just amazes me everyday, how we can be friends with people we havent even met....then again, we are bound together by the human thought process and the fact that we always like someone else whose emotions echo our very own. It is such a beautiful thing, friendship..gosh I am getting nostalgic.. :)

    Cheers to friendship. :)

  4. I cant help but echo Mumbai Diva's comment.....lovely post...its very easy to put up awards but to explain & put down what u feel...touching too.
    Thank U!!!!!!

  5. This message is for Agnes. I felt she may not read it in my comments section.
    AGNES: I'm havent been able to get into ur blog with my lousy dialup just seizes whenever I try.
    It will take a few more days b4 I get my broadband connection....till then:-)).
    Hope this explains it!!!!!!

  6. Anonymous9:00 PM

    Thanks -- this is such a nice post I am smiling ear to ear:-))))

    P.S.: Nancy, you're so funny :-)))) Thanks for letting me know.

  7. yay. congratulations!!and thankyou so much.. how i love the words u have used fr me :)
    and linking.. yeah talk abt that.. been there ,done that ;)
    here's to US ,loads of writing and many more awards :D

  8. muahhhhh....that was brilliantly written. the flow of words was so smooth and touching. i'm glad i stumble into your blog :). my heart is filled with sunshine :D


  9. Mumbai Diva - thank you :)

    Deeplydip - thanks & welcome!!! Always happy to be the cause for smiles :D

    Smriti - "we are bound together by the human thought process and the fact that we always like someone else whose emotions echo our very own" ....... beautifully said!!!

    Reflections - thank you!!! For this post especially, the words came very easily :)

  10. Agnes - glad to know that :D

    ISH - thanks and welcome!!! I'd drink to the lot of us any time :D

    A - seriously, all of you have helped me to get that flow and that thought process back, so all thanks to you!!!

  11. Anonymous1:40 PM

    Hey Shalom, Congrats :)

  12. congratulations and it was nice to know the thread of events :) will be visitn the mentioned blogs whn time permits

  13. Swats - thank you!!!

    Amrita - thanks!!! Yes, plz do visit these blogs, they're all worth reading!

  14. Congrats ! and beautifu is the only word i can say for the way u have put the beads(bloggers) in the thread of ur writing.
    and Thanks Shalom ! I am very very happy and honored with the words u have written for me:).

  15. Renu - thank you and you're very welcome! I have only written from the heart for everyone :)

  16. you've been tagged girl. do it at leisure