6 Years! 6th blog anniversary!Feels long and fabulous. Not because blogging is a chore but a really fun hobby for me. I wrote when no one read me. I write now when some people drop by. Rachna says is my alter ago. This creation of mine has given me so much that it is even impossible to list down. But most of all, she has given me some amazing friends. People who started out as being folks who came to my blog and commented like many others but those who have moved beyond the blogs and have become a part of my life. Some of them don’t blog anymore, some others intermittently and many don’t even comment any more here. But the friendship and warmth we share is real and extraordinary.
So today on her 6th anniversary is also time to express my gratitude to each one of them for being a part of my life:
Zephyr: I met her a few years back, a blogger whose simple writing, wisdom and sense of humor appealed to me right away. I connected with her both on and off the blog. One of my dearest friends – she is also a philosopher, guide, a maternal figure and a critic. I am fortunate to have her love me and my family the way she does!
Kavita Saharia: A blogger with unbelievable warmth and love, we have grown close in the past couple of years when she has been off active blogging. She and I swap kiddie stories and fun tales. Yep, we love our long phone calls. We have a connect and I haven’t even met her yet.
Subhorup Dasgupta: A fine writer but an even better human being, Subho, is a person I look up to! Always warm, welcoming and supportive with a kind word, he is the kind of friend everyone must have in their life. I learn from his writing and have learned from the feedback he has offered me. His family is now family friends for us.
Rickie Khosla: A brilliant writer and a person with a crazy sense of humor, Rickie is a buddy. He is a sounding board, someone I can rely on for accurate feedback. Warm, intelligent and reliable, meeting him in person was like meeting an old college friend. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend!
Ruchira Shukla: A girl I have known for some time now. I met her first through Indiblogeshwaris. She is polite and well-mannered and takes her own time to open up. Warm and caring, she is a gentle soul, and exactly how she is in her online interactions – genuine. Meeting her for the first time was like carrying forward a previous conversation. In every way, a friend I cherish having in my life.
Vinita Bahl: I started on the wrong foot with her but luckily time rectified that. Not only is she a talented writer, she has the most awesome sense of humor and wit. What she neatly hides is an extremely caring and loving nature. She loves you with her all. She will be on phone the moment she judges a minor change in your mood, she is that clued in. She also has the same high moral standards and ethics that I connect with. You are special, Vini!
Janaki Nagaraj: She is a gentle, beautiful lady who will floor you with her niceness. I have met her umpteen times and have always got love, support and affection from her. She is a great person to know, a sort of an anchor that one will feel blessed to have in their life.
Alka Gurha: Sweet, simple, down to earth and a cracking writer, Alka and I share a lot in common. She is someone who is calm and quiet but is full of warmth and concern for those she likes. It was a pleasure meeting her recently after being in touch with her for years.
Purba Ray: As a blogger, Purba is someone I have always admired. Supremely talented, extremely hardworking and completely down to earth, she is someone I am yet to meet but share a very affectionate friendship with. Extremely funny, she can brighten your day. Reading her twitter updates never fail to bring a smile on my face. She is one person the newbies and the oldies alike in blogging can learn much from. She takes feedback very seriously and gives it generously and truly. I completely adore her!
Prudhvi Latha: One of my most ardent readers, Latha is fun loving and naughty. Mother to two kids, she has always been warm, kind and loving to me. We bond over routine chats, intense personal tales and stray phone calls. I look forward to meeting her soon.
I am also very fond of Dagny Sol, Vinita Kherdekar, Colleena and Sharmila Kulkarni; they have been nothing but warm and loving to me.
Apart from these exceptional friends, I would like to thank my oldest readers: Destiny’s Child, BKChowlaji, Shilpa Garg, KP Parthasarthi Sir, Bikram Mann, Bhagyashree Bharat, Rahul Bhatia, Ramesh Iyengar and others. A big hug to all my wonderful Guest Posters who have shared their best work on my blog! A special thanks to my blogger friends in Bangalore – Vidya, Indrani, Nabanita, Suresh, Karthik, Asha, Seeta, Anamika, Farida and Sid for the kinship, the lovely ladies in Indiblogeshwaris and Women Bloggers’ Network of India, my fabulous mommy blogger friends Roshni, Jas, Swapna, Pratibha, Poornima, Priya, Poonam and so many others who have shared themselves openly and warmly.
Thanks also to Indiblogger that has given me a large network of bloggers to interact with, some fantastic meets, prizes and awards and to the special folks behind Indiblogger.
Finally, a huge thank you to all those who read me whether you leave your imprint on my blog or not! She is very grateful to you!
Of course, the people who have always taken pride and encouraged me in this endeavor – my husband, my sons, my siblings, my father and my dearest friends (you know who you are).
Here’s to the 6th blog anniversary!
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