August 25, 2010

FOUR

I have been blogging for 4 years now!

August 2009 to August 2010 has been important in two ways for my blog. One, I recorded passionately, a long-cherished dream coming true. It may sound silly for someone living in any of the developed countries with all their luxuries, but for my situation, it was no mean task. With the help of children, I developed a garden in a disputed part of my building complex that resembled a junk yard.

My blog space was an outlet during this time, and I poured out my apprehensions, recorded the hesitant steps and then celebrated the colour that slowly crept into the garden. There is much improvement since, and now work in the garden involves pruning and trimming! We have even laid out a lawn this monsoon! Yes, I need to post an update.

The other important thing I want to record here is that I met three people during this year, who I made friends with through this blog. Lakshmi Prabhala, who lives in Hyderabad, has become a friend and I now once in a while go on photo-shoots with her. I feel privileged! In December I met Anita and Amit Vaccharajani, the writer-illustrator couple (and their daughter Nayan) in Mumbai. Anita and Amit have written and illustrated several children's books. Their home is a treasure-trove of children's books, and we could have spent 2 days in their home just browsing! And then I met Bishwanath Ghosh who came to Hyderabad to conduct a writing workshop; it was great meeting him, and I got him to autograph a copy of his book, "Chai chai".

I wonder if this period looks 'pretty' on my blog. In reality, it was not. I was quite stressed out and 2010 began with more personal challenges, which I am spending the whole of this year trying to address, so that I can write more humorous posts in the next blog year! This season, I am enjoying recording the weather, because rains have been more than good, and have given us a feeling of well being, and the thought that something somewhere is happening right.

With the popularity of FaceBook, I have a feeling that visitors to blogs have become fewer, and there are fewer comments too, simply because a blog comment is not as easy to post as a comment on FB. Which is okay...for, I reiterate, I really write for myself. But I do know that my mother and father read my blog, and miss it when I don't write regularly. So, yes...I write for them too. And if you are reading this, I write for you, dear reader. Thank you for visiting. It would make a difference if you didn't.

Lens and sensibility is just like any other part of my life now. If I don't update it, I get a nagging feeling, as though I haven't done something important. It continues to reflect my life...those aspects that I like to and can write about. I have now given it a new, fresh green look, for nature's colours are really what I like to live with.

In the coming year, I hope to write more funny stuff, and real stories and anecdotes from my large and very interesting family, so that they will be recorded here for my children and whoever else would like to read them.

I am so glad I started blogging.

8 comments:

Sugunasrimaddala said...

Happy Birthday Lens and sensibility! Have a great year ahead!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Sadhu,
I am so glad you started blogging again. That means a lot and says a lot.I was missing your blogs.I had stopped opening your blog.Now I will.Happy blogging.

Sadhana Ramchander said...

Thank you, Sugunasri. I read and enjoy your blog too!

Sadhana Ramchander said...

Thank you, Ma. To write anything, one needs time and peace of mind...sometimes I have neither and so, don't even attempt to write. Thanks for being a faithful reader.

Votre ami said...

Hello Sadhana,

After a loooong time! Remember me? Think :)

Lovely blog! Thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Reminds me of our days in Arts College where you wore the mantle of our college magazine editor. And, I wrote the article, "The principal business of life is to enjoy it".

Our paths crossed again in Hyderabad. Guess me?

Sadhana Ramchander said...

Est-ce que mon ami s'appelle Sunil?
Hey! If this is Sunil, great to reconnect with you...let me know if I identified you right!

Arundhati Jayarao said...

Belated greetings- I do read your blog - though you are right about the darned FB!

And I love your photos and photo challenges. That is indeed interesting that you made such great friends through your blog.

Sadhana Ramchander said...

Thank you, Arundhati, for being a regular reader.