“Drifting, what am I like?
A gull between earth and sky.”
-Du Fu / Vikram Seth
The more I think of Internet as a huge river where blogs float like boats, the more I am overtaken by the faithfulness of the imagery. Like boats, the blogs come in all shapes and sizes with varying contents and intents. Rafts, dinghies, gondolas, kayaks, houseboats, powerboats, ferries, yachts and cruisers: they all mill around to complete the verisimilitude. Some are propelled by flashy sails, bearing colours of life and the like. Some boast spinnakers that gather breaths of fantasy and yet others cruise with the steam of technology. Then there are some who are just pushed by oars.
Over a period of time their paths cross and some take a liking to others, revelling in the moods and movements of their co-travellers. Some become foes too.
Some like to put their mark of affection on other boats who in turn are expected to spread the gesture further among the travellers of the river.
My friend Suresh of Life is Like This, the one with an upside down face, and the gondola that sways in peals of humour with each move, has honoured me with one such Mark. He has tossed at me a hive of eleven questions too that I must answer. I promise I’ll be brief in my deposition so that you may quickly leave to savour more interesting waters.
Q1: What do you think is your best post?
Q2: Which of your posts do you think was most under-appreciated?
Zinfandel Moments. I believe it deserved more love. Do read it.
Q3: What genre are you unable to attempt and wish to?
Writing a tag post! Fortunately, it has never been on my wishlist.
Q4: What is the one unachieved dream that you look forward to achieving?
हजारों ख्वाहिशें ऐसी कि हर ख्वाहिश पे दम निकले
बहुत निकले मेरे अरमाँ, लेकिन फिर भी कम निकले
Q5: What is the aspiration that you think you can never achieve?
Being a master of Kung-fu.
Q6: What is most important to you – Values, Relationships or Money & Fame?
You have already put them in the correct order! I am proud of you.
Q7: Which do you prefer – a peaceful life or a life of passion and turbulence?
Suresh, life is like light. Split it and you have the colours of a rainbow, right from the violets of silence to the passions of red. I want my peace. And I want my passions too.
Q8: Which place in India do you most desire to visit?
Goa. I have rather fond memories.
Q9: Which place in the World do you most desire to visit?
Q10: What is it that you like the most about India?
It has been my home.
Q11: What is it that you dislike the most about India?
It is a false nation.
And now I spread the Mark, in no particular order other than alphabetical.
Alka Gurha, of Freebird. She is a past master of irony and satire and what I love about her posts is that she hits the bull’s eye each time even as she remains ‘tongue-in-cheek’.
Devajyoti Ghosh, of Facts and Nonsense. Forces of nature like dogs, crows and unsightly neighbours are part of his lore. Many dish out self-deprecatory recipes of humour but few can match Deb’s punch.
Giribala Joshi, of The Grist Mill. She has an uncanny ability of bringing the funniest to the fore on whosoever she puts her finger on including herself. Unlike God’s, her mill grinds quick and grinds extremely fine!
Jas, of Going Beyond The Pages. All I can say is that her posts truly go beyond the screens and panels we read them on. Potent and cogent.
Jayadev Menon, of Sales Coach. You not only need to sell yourself in the business of life, you need to hard-sell! Learn the art at his side.
Rajagopalan Ratnaraj, of A Beautiful Mind. The poet at heart who writes in prose. A passionate artist who can reverberate the atoms of his reader’s heart.
Richa of The Roaming Diaries. Feel the freshness of seas and the joy of verdant greens at her very naturally written travelogues. She writes cute book reviews too but that is her other kayak!
Suranga Date, of Strewn Ashes and many more blogs. She is the undeclared poet laureate, whose pen wafts through the consciousness of vegetables, animals and bipeds with equal ease and power. She can write breathtaking epics within the space of a single page.
The Fool, of Lucifer House Inc. A peerless artist of fantasy and science fiction, he can take on the philosophy of life with the ease of a Nietzsche.
In case some of you are moved enough to pick up the Mark, here are your FIVE Questions that you must answer!
1. Which is your own favourite post(s)?
2. Which are your favourite posts by others?
3. What would you do if you were barred from blogging?
4. If you were to be limited to just 5 music albums for the rest of your life, which ones would they be?
5. If you were to be limited to just 5 authors for the rest of your life, which ones would they be?
6. (Didn’t I say five?) Correct. You may frame one question of your own choice and answer that.
They say you must pass on the Mark to the others out there. Use that image if it appeals you. May Gods bless you all!