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A goodbye…

Well, I have been thinking of shutting down this blog for quite some time now, and I have decided to take the plunge today, finally! There have been several reasons behind my thinking so.

I have loved my journey here, as I’ve talked about many times. I value the things I’ve learnt through this blog and the friendships I’ve forged through it. I have put up each post on my blog with complete honesty and from my heart, and greatly appreciate each one of your comments. I feel I owe you all an explanation before I shut shop here. I don’t know how to say this without sounding snobbish, but of late, I’ve been feeling my virtual and personal worlds getting too close for comfort. It’s all too easy for my personal, virtual and professional worlds to get mixed up, and I don’t think I’d be too comfortable with that. I hope you’ll understand.

I can’t dream of stopping blogging altogether. I love the feeling of discussing things with like-minded people, and I would like to continue doing that. I would love to continue writing, blogging rather, and talk about the various issues close to my heart. So, I’ve thought of writing under a pseudonym. Somewhere, on the world wide web, I’ll create another space and try to make it home.

Of course, I’ll miss this space and all you lovely guys who took time out to read and comment on my ramblings. Maybe our paths will cross again, maybe not. I’ve decided to let the posts on this blog stay; I don’t have the heart to delete them or close up the blog entirely. I just won’t be blogging here any more.

Goodbye all of you! Thanks a ton for all your suggestions, love, and for all the smiles. Have a great life! 🙂

With loads of love,

Priya

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Thank you, Blogsville!

I was not an Internet-savvy person as a kid or even in my college times. We got a computer at home only in 2007, after the whole world had already gone places. I pushed and prodded keys and taught myself about the Internet world, and I’m so, so, so glad I did. It opened up a whole new world to me – one I had never glimpsed before. It still amazes me – the way treasure troves of information open up to you at one touch of a key, how you can book hotels and trains and flights sitting at home, and how you can talk to just about anyone, anytime, from anywhere with a net connection.

I started blogging to make note of those little moments of my life which get lost in the daily humdrum, as well as to give vent to those poems and stories running around in my head. Over time, blogging became an inseparable part of me. It taught me to discuss about various things. It instigated me to pursue those latent interests of mine – like photography and travelling – which I wanted to, but never did. It made me more aware of the things going on around me, and taught me a lot. Some of the most important lessons blogging has taught me are that nothing is too trivial to discuss if it has been bothering you, and that there are always people who have had similar – if not the same – experiences and feelings as you, and that asking for help/suggestions/guidance was never easier. The blogging world has made me read a lot of wonderful books and authors that I would have missed out on otherwise.

Many a times, I have felt that a certain issue in my own life is too trivial, too taboo to talk about, but then, I have seen the same issues being discussed on people’s blogs. That has opened me up to discussing a lot of things, which I never used to talk about earlier. And I cannot tell you about the comfort it has given me to know that there are other people out there feeling the same things as me, facing the same dilemmas as me, having the same issues as me, and feeling the need to discuss trivial issues too – sometimes for the simple reason that discussing a thing gets it out of your system.

In the blog world, I found posts that echoed my thoughts about worshipping while menstruating and the dilemma of wearing a mangalsutra or not (which I never wrote about though it bothered me). I found posts about the everyday frustrations between a daughter-in-law and mother-in-law. And this made me feel that I am not alone. I read about people fighting their fears and succeeding, and that inspired me. I read about book bloggers having a huge pile of unread books and yet feeling the need to buy more books and read them, and I realized that I am not weird. Blogging turned out to be a comfort zone for me – who never really fit in anywhere with my different thoughts. I fit in perfectly in this world.

To quote The Mad Momma, “I understand that people are private and I understand that it hurts. But I also think that communities are built in sharing experiences.….Any taboo topic needs to be aired simply because it brings about awareness, sensitivity, and understanding and takes away the mystery and shame around it.” And I entirely agree with this.

I still have a long way to go in terms of blogging, understanding the Internet and opening up to discussions, but I cannot deny how much these things have changed me and my life. My blog has grown from when I started it, and so have I. I can’t thank the Internet and the blog world enough for that.

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Giveaway at Nishita’s! :)

Hey people,

Nishita of Nishita’s Rants And Raves has a fab giveaway on till December 15. Do check it out, and you could win a copy of one book from her reading list for the past 2 years! And trust me, they are fantabulous lists! 🙂 I’ve posted my entries, too.

All the best!

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The lovely lady Suko…

… is giving away some beautiful bookmarks on her blog.

Pic courtesy: Suko

The bookmarks are magnetic and they are from Barnes & Noble, called Letters From Paris and Classic Cafe. The giveaway is international, and if interested, you need to enter it by 5PM PST on Monday, November 15.

I luurveeeeeeeed them, and have posted my entries. People, do check it out if you love bookmarks, too!

Thank you for graciously giving away these beautiful bookmarks, Suko! 🙂

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Giveaway at Holly’s!

I found Hippie Holly’s blog through The Mad Momma’s, and loved it! Gosh, there’s so much of passion for everyday fashion that it gets  to you, too! 🙂

There’s this wonderful giveaway on at Holly’s blog – a cute goodie bag filled with the cutest of accessories. I heart it. 🙂

I’ve entered the giveaway, and though I am a new reader, am keeping my fingers crossed. Do check out her awesome blog, and put in your entries for the giveaway, if it sounds like fun to you!

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Giveaway at Suko’s!

There’s another fab giveaway on at Suko’s! This time, it is a book on poetry by Sweta Srivastava Vikram – called Kaleidoscope: An Asian Journey Of Colours. Suko’s review of the book indicates that it is a beautiful book on the significance of colours in the life of Asians, and sounds like an interesting read!

There are two copies of the book to be given away, and the giveway is international! I’ve entered it, and am hoping for the best! 🙂

If the book sounds like your cup of tea, do click on the link to go to Suko’s blog, and enter the giveway!!

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It’s award time!!

Kals, who writes here, has passed on the Premio Dardos Award to me.

“The Prêmio Dardos is a way to acknowledge the importance of bloggers committed with spreading cultural, ethical, literary and personal values, showing their thoughts are alive through their letters and words.”

Thank you so much, Kals! I am honoured! 🙂

Now, I need to pass this award on to 15 blogs. I selected some:

1) The Mad Momma

2) Kals

3) Anupama

4) Veens

5) Monika Manchanda

6) Lotus Reads

7) Suko’s Notebook

8 ) Kiran

9) Vaishnavi’s Dust Jacket

10) Shweta’s Book Journal

11) Book Lust

12) S.Krishna’s Books

Thank you once again, Kals, for the lovely gesture! 🙂

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