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.