About blogging delays…

I was offline for the last two weeks. I live in a part of town (in Pune, India) that is newly developing. All the residential phone lines in our area have been down for so many days. Broadband didn’t work. Roads are dug up by any tom, dick, and harry, for whatever reason, and no one knows why. Some cables were seemingly affected, and that brought all the phone lines down. The telephone repairmen working at the spot looked either like gangsters trying to hide some loot, or a group of men squatting to urinate at a wall. This is the developing India. Sigh!

The comments and responses on this blog during and after the prolonged delays have humbled me. When I started this blog, I never knew and never expected to make so many friends or develop such a readership. I am still taken aback by the entire experience. One of my blogger friends even traced me, got my cell phone number, and called me up to ask what’s the matter, and that (s)he didn’t want to lose a friend like me. Experiences and comments like these make one realize that one is not alone in this world. There are people who care about the same things you do, who think in a similar fashion, who value similar things like you, and that the world is not such a hopeless place after all. I cannot express how humbled I am at all the emails and comments I received.

I am trying my best to put my life in order, such that I will be able to devote some more time to blogging. I have been dragged into several things on the personal front, and dealing with all of them at the same time has been a challenge. But the wonderful experience of blogging – the interaction I’ve been having with you folks – educated, intelligent, sensitive, and insightful – is a rewarding experience that I don’t wish to sacrifice. So I am myself waiting to get active in the blogosphere again. The only request is to be patient with me.

At the same time, I am also missing out on reading your wonderful blog posts. I cannot tell you how many times I think of some of your posts while sleeping at night, and either have a good laugh or empathize with your feelings, or be enriched by your knowledgeable posts. I am looking forward to getting back to reading your blogs and learning from them. You folks make life worthwhile. I mean it.

This post is not composed, orchestrated, or edited. The backspace or arrow keys haven’t been used. It is coming straight from the heart, as they say, and there is no filter. Forgive me if it is not as structured as my usual posts. I know you will. Thank you.

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  • Mahendra: Your first paragraph describes the sausage-making process of economic development. Neither the original nor the metaphorical referent is pretty to watch! 🙁

    About the rest, John Lennon said once: Life is what happens when we are making other plans.

    So you are back and writing, and as you can see, many of us are still here. 🙂

    Looking forward to more posts!

  • I read a few lines of your post and instantly got hooked on the emotion. Thanks Mahendra for these words. It’s important to be grateful.

  • Geesh! I hope your troubles get over asap. When we finally had our phone lines buried in rural Oklahoma Ijumped for joy-before, if the wind blew over 20mph our phones went out.

  • Mahendra: I know exactly what you mean! See you around 🙂

  • This post is straight from the heart.Posts like these are best left unedited.Looking forward to more posts from you.

  • Dude, you’ve left some of the most interesting responses and comments ever dropped on on my little blog… you’re definitely missed, as are the insights and ideas.

  • People have responded to your eloquence,sincerity, and your excellent research and writing. You attract what you give out, Mahendra!

    I’m glad to hear from you, and to know you are plugging along. I’m patient. I think like everyone else, we wanted to know that you were alive and well.

  • Now that the cables have been repaired, will you please return to blogging sir 🙂

  • Oh, man, so you are back?!
    I am taken a-back, too!
    Welcome back!

  • I’m overwhelmed by your comments…nothing further to say.