19th July 2011 – a date I won’t forget! A good one hour siesta, & a cup of hot tea later, as usual at around 5p.m, I sat at my system & opened my blog.
In my latest post “A couple & an office” I noticed there was a new comment. As I read, I was ….! Still! And then, there was this big flutter in my heart! I was overjoyed!
Am I really seeing this? My name listed in the Directory of Best Indian Blogs! My blog is one of India's best blogs? It had names of established writers like Shobhaa Dee, Shekar Kapur, Rajdeep Sardesai….oh my! I found it incredible.
No, I didn’t want to pinch myself because I didn’t want to wake up to reality! If it’s just a figment of my imagination, so be it. What an imagination! But it was true. I was also thrilled to see names of bloggers who I religiously follow like Rachna Parmar (whose blog was rated Excellent, isn’t that great?) and B Log.
I immediately rang up Sathya & told him about it. He didn’t jump with joy. How do I ever get him to be excited about my writing endeavors?
Anyways, I did the dishes in the evening, with a song in my heart. Usually, it’s a very mechanical act. But today was different. I swear I could’ve endorsed Vim, Sparkle, Sabina, Mr. Muscle, any liquid detergent brand you name, with great gusto. I was a professional dishwasher.
I was touched, because all this while, my blog was only an escape route, a ‘vent it out’ medium for my crazed brain. I realized that writing wasn’t as easy (yes, even if it is to only rant & rave) as some people think or assume it is. I took to blogging a full One Year after I quit my job, at age 33! It was simply to fill my time & days. I am no writer; so never in my wildest dream did I ever think that I would come this far.
I am humbled.
I know I am saying way too much & feeling way too much but for ME, it really is way too much!