The Journey and the Inspirations

On 29 August 2008, I complete one year of blogging. It has been an exhilarating journey of a world I was quite oblivious to, until last year when one of my friend introduced me to WordPress through her newly created blog. Although her blog is long abandoned at present, she passed the germ to me.
During this one year journey, I came across a variety of bloggers who inspired and awed me in various depths. I haven’t written much posts in the last one year. I haven’t even reached a count of 80 yet but I was able to reach a lot of people. I connected somehow and that is all that matters. So, I would like this opportunity to thank everyone who read my blog and provided their selfless comments. I know that there are people who read my blog without commenting and I thank them too for their support. I love it when someone who has been reading my blog from a while finally decides to comment. I remember Manoj did that and also Preeti. πŸ™‚

I came across many bloggers who encouraged me to go ahead and not give up when things got really tough, because they amazed me with their knowledge and zeal and are now a part of this new facade of my life. There were posts which made me laugh when I was feeling low and there were posts which made me think and ponder. In such a short period, this place has become an essential part of my life. Here is a list of my favourite A list of Blogs –

Ruhi’s Time and Again – It was through Ruhi’s blog that I came in contact with this loony bunch. I saw Ruhi’s post on the Dashboard once and clicked on it. I was wide-eyed and amazed with what I saw. It was my first – most amazing blog visit (although I saw many after that) and I was hooked. She is not regular nowadays but she still pops up at times.

Ish’s Dead End – I still remember my first comment on Ish’s blog : “You are one hell of a kid!!!”. I was so amazed to see a kid maintaining such a fabulous blog. If you are in a bad mood then Ish’s rants can really cheer you up. I remember how I was in splits when I read his “The Ruhi” post. And yes, I was the winner of the PFHOI contest on his blog. How can I forget that?

Nita’s A wide angle view of India – This woman is amazing. She writes everyday and there is not a single day which goes without one of her posts being published. Everything is so diverse and well etched – The topics, the research, the writing style and the professional way in which her blog is maintained. She is a true blue journalist. And don’t even look at her Blog hits. Your eyes will pop out.

Poonam’s Visceral Observations – The Ms Best Blogger!!! She is also quite infrequent with her posts(like me), but writes very informative and hard hitting posts. Her posts are well sketched out and sometimes full of uncountable links(I am talking about her link posts) πŸ™‚ . She writes on two other blogs and juggles between her job and blogging with ease. A true inspiration.

Ashish’s Thunder of the Dragon – He can drive you crazy with his loony posts and his love for Rock music. In most of his posts, I end up writing a comment which resembles a – 😐 but I must admit that his crazy ideas have inspired many posts on this blog. The Randomizer and the Nebula Mindspin were spin-offs from his blog. He calls me – Zero the Hero and he has an illusion(??) of being the Next Geeky Emperor of the World. Rock on My Lord!!

Reema’s My Random Thoughts – The most dazzling debut in the past year. She climbed up the charts very fast with her sometimes sentimental, sometimes bold and sometimes journalistic posts. An intelligent blogger which I feel is stuck in the wrong city (??? πŸ˜€ ) where people are too nosy to be believed. I remember how all of us almost pulled her out of Blogspot’s claws and landed her safely in WordPress. πŸ˜†

RamboDoc’s A twist of word and Mind – The father of all “Don’t take them at face value” posts. Believe me, you can’t dissect humor better than him. You might be fooled in the beginning by the seriousness of his posts, but a few visits and you learn to take everything with a pinch of salt. A doctor by profession, RamboDoc has huge female fans following him his blog. Not to be missed at all.

Shefaly’s La Vie Quotidienne – The owner of the most “profound” blog on WordPress (according to RamboDoc), she is one of her kind. Her posts are thoughtful, deep and scholarly and sometimes have the Tongue in cheek quality which makes them immensely enjoyable.

Nitin’s Nikhil’s Mirror Cracked – The Funny guy on the block. He can make you laugh with his simple daily life experiences served with a comical twist. I remember how I rolled on the floor after reading many of his posts. He is a writer too and his first book is already in the market. To read more about the book, click here.

Arvind’s An Entertainment Blog – The Entertainment Blog owner who is apparently a die hard cricket fan too. His blog was full of cricket centric posts once. πŸ™‚ His blog is a nice mix of personal mumblings and latest news with Calvin and Hobbes splashed in-between.

Kids zone – After being surprised by Ish’s creative posts, I came across many kids who were maintaining some very interesting blogs. Come to think of it, I was not even aware of the meaning of a blog at their age. Be it Allirekha’s beautiful poems, Bharat’s touching short stories, Prarthana’s examination woes, Perx’s apprehensions about his new abode, Priya’s bubbly and creative posts, all of them have something special to say and share.

The Balancers – These bloggers are married(well…most of them), they have a job(most of them) or are in colleges and they still blog. They could have easily shrugged and said that we don’t have time for all this.They are the true Supermen/superwomen. Anand’s Musings, Balu’s Chupchap, Dinsan’s Blog(hopefully he belongs to this group), Mehek’s Mind Flirting with thoughts, Harshasrisri’s blog, Joel’s blog, Lallopallo’s blog, Liju(recently married) Philip’s blog, Manoj’s Vagaries of my mind, RJ’s Especiality, Suda’s Life Love and Logic and Xylene’s Crapbook are such blogs, to name a few.

More Girl PowerLekhni, Sakhi, Nova, Pr3rna and Sulz have their own unique blogs. Lekhni and Sakhi are majorly into Short stories while Pr3rna’s posts are inspired mostly by the current happenings. Nova’s posts are vivacious and spicy while Sulz writes about her own life experiences in her own interesting style.

There are so many other bloggers I wish to acknowledge, but laziness is creeping over me. So please don’t feel sad if your name was not mentioned above. It was due to the yawn dripped laziness I am swimming in right now. I also wanted to award each of the above person and I (almost)promised Shefaly, but the sheer volume of links I have created above sent shivers up my spine.

I will do that. Someday…. πŸ˜›

Till then, a huge hug to all of you.

64 comments on “The Journey and the Inspirations

  1. Aww!! congratulations for ur 1 year completion …
    i am flattered …thanks a lot for mentioning my blog.. πŸ™‚
    i still remember we spend 2 days commenting on my cricket post …
    comments reached upto 200 ..all non sense talks..nothing related to crickets actually ..
    ISh was the main accused though… LOL
    every body got his blog mentioned here.so all would be happy but one..
    change nikhil’s name ..
    u have typo there…. u mentioned nitin there πŸ˜›

  2. ” The Balancers – These bloggers are married(well…most of them)………..Lallopallo’ blog…………..”
    Just want to clarify that Iam surely not among those most of them..:)..
    Btw, congrats for your blog and best of luck for future..I hope you get what you want from your blog..
    I think the fact that you are the only guy ( among all other girls) on my blogroll should speak louder than any compliment I could possibly write from my end about your blog.

  3. thank you for the mention and happy blog anniversary! as they say, it’s quality, not quantity that counts (though i think quantity is a trait good in its own way). your posts always have a purpose, and the effort you put in your blog writing shows.

    and i love your css tweak soooooo much! i love the combination of blue and cream. so tempted to ask you for the css, but i shan’t, haha. πŸ˜€

  4. Ehsaan Faramosh….

    Humare naam kahan hai… Bade, famous aur celebrity ho gaye to apne roots bhool gaye… theek hai iska hisaab to chukna hi padega…

  5. Wow… Such a sweet post!
    Congrats on completing one year!! Way to go, man! I am proud of you!! πŸ˜€
    I’m honored to be mentioned above…
    um..
    At least I think I’ve been mentioned!


    MY NAME’S NIKHIL, NOT NITIN!!!!

    Hehe! πŸ˜€

  6. Hey Congrats!!!!!!!!
    A big Hug to u tooooo πŸ™‚

    hehe…nice to c me in Kidz Zone πŸ˜‰
    bt still im elder than u in Blogging ..hmm ..i completed 1 and a half year πŸ˜‰ ( pls dont see my blog stats )

    Hope u continue this journey along wid ur life journey πŸ™‚

    Once again congrats!! πŸ™‚

  7. Awwww thank u soo much!! I m honored and flattered. *bow* *bow* *with tears in eyes, I want to thank Amit for his generosity. I want to thank xyz, abc, def, ghi and ahh yes u too mno for being there for me* I think I’ll end my Oscar acceptance speech here only. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Congrats on bloganniversary!! BLOG ON!!

  8. wow wow πŸ˜› Thanks for mentioning me. I have to do something about my spordiac reputation.

    Also, Its not Nitin’s Mirror cracked, it is Nikhil’s MirrorCracked. πŸ™‚ Correct it before he reads it. πŸ˜›

  9. Haa, Nitin’s Mirrorcracked πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ , Ohh Ohh Nikhil πŸ˜› πŸ˜› what a pity, what a pity.

    Congtarultions….. conragulations…. bah… cheers for anninverssery… err anniversoery, well you know, cheers!!! πŸ˜€

    Thanks for mentioning me. And just FYI, I show myself as one of the elders, but actually I can fit in senior kids zone πŸ˜› And you landed me in *Most of them are married* section?
    wah wah πŸ˜€

    Cheers
    Rock On (or like Reema said… blog on!!! )

  10. this is really kinda emotional for me. thanks would be a mild word for this generous praise.
    as for Nitin, er Nikhil, I actually thought I had made a mistake and his name was actually Nitin! I can be very absent-minded at times and in real life also mix up people’s names.
    about reaching the one year milestone, don’t stop blogging amit. they say on an average one year is when people tend to give up blogging, and I hope you don’t start distancing yourself from your blog. I find you are very mature for your age (I assume you are below the age of 30) and I hope to keep reading posts from you.

  11. @ Amit

    Such praise? I am profoundly touched πŸ™‚ Thank you!

    Well done on completing one year of successful blogging! This, despite keeping 4 hour commutes (7 on some days) for the last few months, is especially commendable.

    I am not always able to read everything I wish to but I have found many of your posts very insightful. I believe for every 10 years of age difference, people have very different perspectives which is why I read several blogs by Indian bloggers in the early to mid 20s – my guess is you are 24 – for some reason:-)

    All the best for keeping up!

  12. @Pr3rna : Thanks a lot. And you are welcome!!!

    @Arvind : Thankyou and you are welcome. Oh yes!!! The comments section of that post was looking like an Orkut scrapbook. πŸ˜† But it was fun. And I am missing all those off track comments now. 😦
    And OMG!!! What have I done. Nitin??? Nikhil is going to kill me. 😦 Guess I was too sleepy…

    @Lallopallo : Well..that’s why I wrote – Most of them. Thank you so much for your wishes. Initially I started writing just for fun but it seems that the Blog has a mindset of his own. He is taking me on another journey…
    Yes, that’s a big compliment.

    @Sulz : You are welcome and thank you so much for the kind words. And of course you can get the css. Its already in your mailbox. Haven’t you checked? πŸ˜‰

    @RXK : Sir, I thanked everyone who read my blog. You don’t expect me to name everyone and thank. Do you? 😐 By the way, Thankyou. And best of luck for the trip. And please let me know if I have to switch on my webcam.

    @Vijaya Bharat : Thank you sir. Didn’t I?? Hmmm…Don’t feel bad about it. You have full access now.

    @Nikhil : OMG!!! OMG!!! Disaster!!! I want the Earth to open up and swallow me!!!! 😦 How could I do that???
    A million apologies. Guess I was too sleepy when I did the proof-reading. 😦
    And Thankyou so much for the wishes.

    @Allirekha : Thankyou. Yes Ma’am. You are senior to me. I too wish to continue till the end of my life. Amen!!!

    @Anand : Thanks a lot. Yes, I guessed that much. Thats why – most of them, in brackets.

    @Priyank : Thanks Priyank.

  13. @Reema : πŸ˜† You are welcome. Know what, I wanted to create my own set of Awards and give to everyone but couldn’t get time. 😦 And I have to publish the post on 29th otherwise it would have been too late. 😦 Well…you don’t get to do everything in life. 😦 And Oscars??? I never knew you were interested in acting?? πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    @RamboDoc : Errr…never thought about that. 😦 *Panics and sweats*

    @Poonam : The pleasure is all mine. And, he read it. 😦 How could I make such a mistake?? Shame shame!!!

    @Suda : I corrected it. But it was too late. He read it. 😦 And I know that you are not married. That’s why – Most of them. And thank you so much for the wishes.

    @Sakhi : Thanks Sakhi. And you are Welcome.

    @Lively : Thank you so much. I don’t know about accomplishments but I definitely feel happy. Guess, that matters the most.

    @Nita : You are welcome. No, its Nikhil. I don’t know how I did that mistake. I think I wrote it wrong and then while proof reading I didn’t noticed it because it never crossed my mind that I can make mistake in names. 😦
    I don’t intend to stop blogging at all. Although its a little harder for me after shifting to Delhi. 😦 Yes, I am below thirty, but not for long… 😦

    @Shefaly : You are most welcome. Yes, its been an uphill climb after shifting to Delhi but I am managing somehow. You are right that perspective changes after every ten years. In fact nowadays it changes in 5 years. And nope, I am not 24 although my pic might be giving such an impression. Just add a couple of more years. πŸ˜‰

    @Vishesh : Thank you so much Vishesh.

  14. @Shefaly : That’s me!!! That’s me!!! Its my pic with some color adjustments. πŸ˜› Yes, you are quite close. Lets say that I am in my late 20s. πŸ™‚

    @Nita : Oh yes. I understand. Believe me, I was surprised that I did such a mistake. πŸ˜† Well, being optimistic, that at least spiced up the comments section. πŸ™‚

  15. @Nikhil : Yes. You are being discussed like a celebrity. πŸ™‚ All thanks to me. πŸ™‚
    And I don’t think I am going to forget this name. Ever. πŸ˜€

    @Mahak : Thankyou. πŸ™‚ And Welcome!!

  16. Kids Zone!? KIDS Zone!? You make it sound like the toddler section of some departmental store. Hmph.

    I like the internet because here I am not constantly associated with my age and judged accordingly, it gives me a certain measure of equality which is lacking in real life. I don’t like being put into age based compartments.

    So yeah, whatever, happy birthday to Mashed Musings and congratluations for having been committed to it this long! πŸ˜€

  17. @Nikhil Hmm isnt Nitin your brother’s name?? Maybe u dont write your own blog and Nitin does that and you being the typical elder brother (like Smita defined) take the credit. And Amit knows the truth….so it was kinda Freudian slip on Amit’s part?

    @All Conspiracy I tell u!!!!!! Let us set up a committee to investigate.

  18. Congarts for completing a year πŸ™‚

    And thanks for listing all the blogs as Oxy says it is a one stop solution for newbies like me πŸ™‚

    @ Reema, I guess you are bang on. These are the typical traits of an elder sibling πŸ˜‰

    Am all game for the committee πŸ˜‰

  19. Congrats man. Your posts are different and lively. I read a few books after seeing them on your shelf.

    Well you put some in the Kidz zone, some in the married off (uncle’s) zone and some under the spotlight (with minor mistakes like their name changed) πŸ˜€

    I started blogging(2 years back) before I got married (one year back). I still have the blog and the wife. πŸ™‚

    Loong way to go…. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for mentioning my blog.

  20. @Oxy : Thank you so much. πŸ™‚ Yes, you can use this post to check out all the blogs. I haven’t thought about this advantage at all. πŸ™‚

    @Bharat : πŸ˜† Don’t get angry. Yes, I agree that on internet, your brain and age are not related but isn’t Kids Zone kinda cool?? πŸ˜› πŸ™‚
    Thankyou so much for the wishes.

    @Reema : How do you know that!!!!! That was a long lost secret. 😯 I can’t say anything more on this. God save Nitin…oops…Nikhil.

    @Smita : Thankyou. πŸ™‚ I am glad that a personal post like this can be helpful. πŸ™‚
    Regarding Nikhil, can’t say anything. This was the best kept secret since Mary Magdalene. 😦

    @Xylene : Thanks Xylene. πŸ™‚ Hehehe. Married off doesn’t mean Uncle and I somehow knew that you are not above 30. So don’t worry.
    Yes, exactly, long way to go…Amen!!
    And you are welcome. πŸ™‚

  21. Beta, jara apna page upar se niche tak dekho ek bar…..
    Haaa…..
    Now tell me, why so many 😦 smileys ? Most of them from you and I thought this was a Happy Page πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  22. @Reema
    Aaaaaaaargh…!!! How could you? After all the sweat and blood that’s gone in to making this blog! Sigh! 😦
    Committee, indeed! Bah! πŸ˜€

    @Smita
    Hahaha!! See? A typical, untrusting, sneaky younger sibling you turned out to be!! πŸ˜›

    @Amit
    Sheeeesh…!!!
    You had to goof up!! πŸ˜€

    @All
    I am the author of MirrorCracked and not my terrorist younger brother! Oh, and do not read the reply addressed to Amit in this comment! πŸ˜€
    πŸ˜€

  23. @Suda Errrr I see only πŸ™‚ or :)) or πŸ˜€ smileys by Amit!! U r smiley blind πŸ˜›

    @Nikhil U forgot beer along with sweat and blood. Dont forget the drunken post in which u posted that girl’s pic. πŸ˜›

  24. @Dinu : Thanks a lot. πŸ™‚ It took me quite a while to tweak the color combination. And thanks for clearing the confusion. πŸ™‚

    @Suda : I second Reema. 😦 Smileys kaha hain??? Its a very happy page. Believe me. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    @Nikhil : I tried my best. *sniff sniff*

    @Reema : So, is the committee on? πŸ˜€

    @Smallstar : Yup. I am doing good. How are you? *Hugs*

  25. Ooh, congratulations!

    And thenks too. I’m so happy you came across. It’s been so much fun discussing completely unrelated and unrequired things hasn’t it? It’s been just 1 year but it feels like I’ve known you for centuries. Cheers Anna! πŸ˜€

  26. Congratulations! I also felt exhilirated when my blog reached its first year. Keep it up! I will be reading more of your posts since I do find your posts interesting.

  27. @Ish : Thankyou. πŸ™‚ And Welcome. πŸ™‚ Yes, we have gone completely crazy discussing all the nonsensical things in the comments section. And, I am glad that we know each other outside WP too, although its not that frequent jitna I would have liked. 😦 All thanks to my hectic job. 😐 Haan, ek saal hi hua hai, par it feels like a lot many years. Strange na?

    @Den : Thanks Den and welcome to my blog. πŸ™‚ Please keep visiting. πŸ™‚

    @Perx : Ohh!!! Thankyou so much. πŸ™‚ Gem??? Wah Wah!!!

    @Smallstar : πŸ™‚

  28. A very nice post Amit… πŸ™‚ Thanks for all the appreciation… I dint know my posts were spicy πŸ˜› lol… thanks πŸ™‚

    And congratulations on the blogo-versary

  29. @ Nikhil

    A typical, untrusting, sneaky younger sibling ???? Who me???

    Nah, Well I would re-define it as the natural instincts of a younger sibling.
    I can smell it if the elder one is creating some trouble πŸ˜›

  30. Ok So people we have 3 people in committee.

    Chairperson – Me
    Members (co-investigators) – Smita, Sakhi

    To investigate into the reality of MirrorCracked and submit the committee’s report to the court. We shall start with Amit’s interrogation.

    Ok so we need more investigators and one judge. Come on! volunteers!

  31. Mr. Best Blogger, you certainly are !!
    Congratulations!!

    Going by your posts, I thought you were blogging for quite some time now!! πŸ™‚
    One year and Mr.Best!! Thats great!!

    I’m a kid?! At 17?! Yess!! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  32. @Nova : Thanks Nova and you are welcome. πŸ™‚ Yes, they are spicy. You can conduct a poll for that on your blog. πŸ˜€

    @Sakhi : I would say whatever I have to say in the hearing. 😐

    @Reema : *Gulp* 😦

    @Priya : Thankyou. πŸ˜€ That’s very kind of you. πŸ™‚ Believe me, at 17 you are a kid. You will know that in a few years. πŸ˜› Yeah, about Nikhil, all that started with a silly mistake in the post. πŸ˜†

  33. Congratulations for completing a year, Amit. πŸ™‚
    May u celebrate many more Bloganniversaries like this.

    And yeah, thanks for compiling the Blog List.

    Happy blogging!!!!!

  34. hey………….oks so its been 1 yr.keep it going young man!!!!
    and by creating links..you have opened me to lots of posts…………………..gud for me!

  35. It would be an understatement if i said tht u did a commendable job! I can understand the pain, it takes to create so many links. Nevertheless, your effort was a lovable runaway hit! I am humbled at the mention and thankful for giving a mirch-masala-ishtyle reviews of various blogs i haven’t been to, before.
    I go to college and am not married… yet. (damn this Time for not moving fast enough to take to me to a marriageable age soon… πŸ˜› )

  36. @Su : Thankyou so much for the kind words. πŸ™‚ And yes, that line – “some of them” was written keeping you in mind because I knew that you are not married. πŸ™‚

  37. Good one, Amit! I would take this post a chance to tell you that your blog was my inspiration to start one of mine too πŸ™‚
    I read you blog for many days and suddenly decided to post comment one fine day! πŸ™‚

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