Monday, February 20, 2012

An A-musing story


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Today is A-Musings’s happy budday. Brace yourself for the terrible twos!


It’s tough to write the story behind your blog. How do I make it funny and interesting? What do I add that all of you do not know already? So I thought I’ll start with a candid confession. Till two years back, I had no idea what a blog was. Yes, that’s how ignorant I was. But then I left my job and started writing on a whim. A simple note on Facebook expressed my elation at being free from a clockwork precise life; a rambling that made its way to a news-forum, Drishtikone. The reaction I got for the write-up was overwhelming. I guess, as a woman trapped in a prison of her own making, I managed to strike a chord with many.

Change, is the most difficult thing to accept. Oh, how we refuse to look into its face. But once we accept it, there’s no looking back. Life is too short for us to regret what we could have done, where we could have been.

My blog was born out of desperation. When a Bangalore based forum put the spotlight on me, I realized I had no space of my own. I started with a bang and created 11 blogs for my 11 posts. It’s only when a befuddled reader pointed it out, did I discover my faux-pas and sheepishly made a new one and titled it Musings. That was before I realized that 57302 blogs exist with the same name. A few months later when the husband suggested A-Musing, I fell for it hook, line and sinker.

I honestly didn’t expect anyone to read my outpourings. When I got my first comment, I almost melted with gratitude. My first ever fan (Harsh) and his group of friends will always be special to me. It seemed so surreal, a group of college kids in faraway Lucknow, sitting in their canteen, avidly discussing my write-ups. My Dad is from Lucknow and I have many happy memories attached to the city – of lazy summer afternoons, a bunch of kids furiously planning pranks, the fights we had, the joy of stealing Dusseris from the store-room, the tears that wouldn’t stop flowing every time I had to head back to Delhi. Lucknow became even more special to me.

When I joined Indiblogger, I finally saw what blogs can become. I saw bloggers with hundreds of followers and dozens of comments. I was star-struck. I wrote my first gushy, fan letter to Sharmila (she doesn’t blog anymore) and was heartbroken when she stopped corresponding after a couple of mails. I met so many wonderful people that I am willing to forget the few unpleasant episodes. I lost a friend, the same one who introduced me to blogging. He was a staunch Baba Ramdev supporter and didn’t take too kindly to my pranayam- doesn’t- mix-with- politics barb. We had a nasty showdown and haven’t spoken since.

To me, a blog is not just a platform for publishing your posts. We build a community of like-minded people who become like our family over a period of time. You share amusing anecdotes, fume at the issues they raise, cry with them, applaud their talent and reprimand them when they slip.

I discovered myself through my blog and my friends & family discovered me through my musings.
 
Yes, A-Musing gave me recognition, fulfilment and some heartbreak as well. I take criticism more seriously than praise and it broke my heart when my attempt at fiction did not go down well with quite a few of my readers.

I was approached by a well-known publishing house to write a book. I was ecstatic! This is what I had been waiting for, to be discovered! I got into a tizzy, wrote four chapters and realized it’s not turning out the way I wanted it to. Defeat is not an easy thing to accept and it made me feel miserable. From ecstasy to agony, in three months flat! But now I have made up my mind. I will write a book, if I am ready for it and not because I am expected to.

Two years down the line, writing has become a part of me. It is almost like an obsessive need now. The days I don’t get to scribble my stray thoughts in my diary, I feel lost. As if an important part of me is missing. I still get butterflies in my stomach when I hit the publish button – because I dread letting you down. I still labour over my posts to get the economy of expression, to get the punch lines right. What if I end up sounding funny for the wrong reasons! And I still make the husband read my posts and give his suggestions before I publish – even when he is dog-tired at the end of the day and is about to sink into deep slumber!

I have always avoided mentioning names in my few interviews as a blogger. People who have become dear friends, friends whose opinions I value and respect. What if I forget someone really important? The last thing I want is to hurt anyone’s sentiments.

Zephyr, Snow Leopard, Maitreyee, Samadrita, Alka, Bhavana, Priyanka, Kartikay, Chintan, Suruchi, you mean the world to me. And to those of you who write such beautiful mails to me appreciating my work, I feel honoured. If some of you are upset that I did not review your blog or a post a comment, I apologize. Time is a luxury for me.

There, I managed to sound like an Oscar acceptance speech. And I have yet to thank my dog, Jeejuz, the husband, my daughter (not necessarily in that order).

Let me end with a warning. You can love me, you can hate me – but you can’t stop reading A-Musing! If you do, I will come and haunt your dreams (*insert evil laugh*). Scared you into submission, didn’t I?

137 comments:

  1. :)
    A very happy birthday to your blog Auntius Purbus. Don't worry, you won't have to haunt anyone. Only a fool would stop reading this blog.
    And there will always be people who will criticise you. Why bother about them so much?
    And I agree with you about your book plan. The novel they wanted you to write was not you. The day you write, it will be an international best seller.
    And *sniff* you mentioned me *sniff*
    On a more serious note. You truly gave an Oscar acceptance speech. And yeah, you don't scare me *Insert Evil-er Laugh* :P

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    1. Look! with me you don't have an option. You are tied and bound to A-musing :D

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  2. Such a sweet post and very apt too. You are feeling reminiscent, aren't you? Keep blogging!

    You know I was never into the habit of emailing any blogger, and when I started out, I did not want anyone to read my blog except the few that I had shared my blog URL with. I wanted to share personal details and did not wish anyone sitting anywhere to read it. How naive was I? Till very recently, I did not add any bloggers to FB too because I again felt that it was too personal. But now as I move out from the very personal to the general space, I am happy reaching out and connecting with people. And blogging does connect you to so many wonderful people who care about your life and your opinion and as I've discovered are so very motivating too. I have made some great friends along the way and hope to meet them all personally too some day. The strange part is that my real-life friends and family rarely comment on my blog. They tell me over the phone or email :). I guess, each one of us has a story about blogging. Unlike you, the start of my professional writing career somewhere got egged on by my blogging!

    "I will write a book, if I am ready for it and not because I am expected to."
    These words struck a chord with me personally.

    Blog for whatever reasons you like; you do a great job at it!

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    1. Not naive but fiercely private. Not everyone is comfortable with sharing their views with complete strangers :)

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  3. Happy budday to www.purba-ray.com
    wish You a great Success ahead :)

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  4. I agree, through our blog we do build a community of like minded people...and i always enjoy ur each n every post and admire ur writing style.....

    Congrats for the second Blog-anniversary...:)

    Regards,
    irfaan.

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  5. Guess I have struck early at your fan-infested blog! As I type this here I can see a lone snow leopard but I have this feeling that he's always crouching in the shrubbery around A-musing.

    It is a meditative post straight off your heart. I can identify with the underlying sentiment. You write well enough and I believe I've been dropping in for quite some time now. You can, of course, write fiction if Chetan Bhagat can. I remember having remarked something unkind on one such work of yours. However, I had merely attempted to point the pitfalls on the road rather than having intended to warp you.

    And Purba, I'm already green with envy at the revelation that publishing houses have warmed up to your musings. I am also red, livid with rage, for not mentioning me in that list!

    Never mind, though!

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    1. Geez! Umashankar feel free to curse me. Psst..Colourful cuss words will be appreciated :)

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  6. Purba, In the period I could type and press 'Publish', 3 more have appeared above me! That is truly A-musing ! Incidentally, I had forgotten to wish you in my earlier comment.

    Here is wishing Many, Many Happy Returns!

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    1. With me you don't have to be formal. And thanks you so much for your heartfelt wishes.

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  7. Happies the b'days to your blog! :)

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  8. Purba, love you and your blog. Your strength lies in the fact that you believe in yourself and that you are open about your confusions. From you I have received so open heartedly, that its sometimes easier to forget the writer behind the woman..For you and your words..my love & terrific respect always..hugs.

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    1. The feeling is mutual, Maitreyee. Love you and your poetry.

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  9. Thanks for mentioning me.
    The fact that you have a huge following and have been voted as the Top Blog says it all. Purba, the simplest stories are hardest to tell and you tell them in your engaging compelling style....Wish you all the best always.

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    1. Honestly? memoirs are the toughest to write. I break into a sweat trying to make the mundane sound interesting :)

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  10. Happy Blogaversary!

    It's been long yet lovely journey since the first time I read your blog posts. I still remember being instantly attracted to your writing because of one thing that stood out the most:

    correct grammar!

    Seriously! In this world of ellipses and exclamations (and half-hearted sentences in between) your posts were a breath of fresh air. And you've only perfected the 1000-word article over these years.

    Thank you for raising the bar and inspiring a whole generation of writers to outdo their best!

    I hope you're celebrating with lots of champagne!

    Me

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    1. This is one more thing for which I love your blog. No short cut writing. I do not like such writing.

      Your blog is an inspiration for me to improve my grammer and writing skills..Ofcourse along with my hubby as well, he has very good writing skills. you both are constant inspiration to improve my writing..

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    2. @ Kartikay - When somebody told me, blog is but a graffiti with punctuation, I felt offended! But as long as we write posts that read like texts, no one will take us seriously.

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    3. @Bhavana...No one is perfect but the few who realize it are the ones who continue to grow.

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    4. See - Bhavana agrees!

      But may I add that your posts are too jhalmuri to be taken seriously! Haha!

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  11. Hi Purba,
    A Very Happy Birthday to A-Musing.
    "I will write a book, if I am ready for it and not because I am expected to" - exactly what happened to me too. That's why, like you, I keep blogging. I feel there is more satisfaction in blogging which has become a part of my daily life.
    But it looks like now I will have to pull out my hibernating manuscript and try and complete my book.
    All the Best.
    Purba, your Blog is great.
    Keep Blogging.
    Vikram

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    1. All the best for your book! But don't you already have published books to your name?

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  12. Happy Birthday to A-Musing.
    And Yes, a book must only be written the way we want to write it and when we want to write it ..And may the happy blog community we are now a part of flourish and grow more and more.
    Keep writing Purba .. you rock !

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    1. Down with people who think, blogging is on it's way out!!! :p

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  13. Hey Purba, a very happy birthday to A-musing...

    It is an interesting story of how "A-musing" got its name. The name suits your blog very much, it is indeed amusing :-)
    I am really honored to be mentioned in your blog.

    I am very happy to have met you as well. :-)
    Your blog is an inspiration to me.
    I saw your blog for the first time on the controversial "Weblog" forum when they had they to introduce blogs. I saw your blog and I really liked it then and there :-) and I started to follow your blog..

    Keep writing and I wish you all the best for your ambitions :-)

    Hugs
    Bhavana

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    1. I think I spotted you On Bkhush, first. And God willing, we will meet someday :)

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  14. Happy Blogiversary!!
    Confession, I used to use a lot of ellipses and exclamations in my posts. I tried to keep the grammar correct, but didn't put in extra efforts.
    But when I read your interview, I realised these things do put one off! You have a unique writing style and the political satire ones are truly witty. Many congratulations again!

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    1. One a teacher, always a teacher! LOL

      Glad I made a difference :)

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  15. A very big happy Birthday to A - musing :D :D

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  16. Congratulations on completing two years of satirical blogging and wishing you all the best.

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  17. Great going, Purba! Wish your blog gets readers and followers in multitude:)

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    1. Wish I never run out of ideas. A writer's block is what we dread the most!

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  18. Congratulations :) I am sure it must feel great. I love your humor and satire on politics a lot :)

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    1. And yours was one of the first blogs I started reading!

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  19. :D

    That did sound like an Oscar speech. Two years is a long time..and let me just say that for being active for long requires a dedication and a real love of writing..and everything else..which comes with it are cherries on top..

    Your musings leave us enthralled, entertained and enlightened.

    Good Luck for the book and wishing you many blog anniversaries in advance. :-)

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    1. Yes...keeping your blog alive requires dedication and discipline!
      Thank you for your wishes, Kunal.

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  20. Many Congratulations on turning two. i have been quit a regular and have enjoyed your unique style and take on issues. I guess every bloggger has a specific tilt.

    I can imagine, sometimes your written post can annoy/ irritate people. I guess it is part and parcel of game. Yet Blogging opens you up, broadens your outlook and shakes you from your comfort zone.

    I am sure, that book will happen surely. It is just a matter o right timing.

    The very best for future :)

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    1. If and when I have a story to tell, why not!
      And thank you so much Abha, for your encouraging words.

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  21. Yay! Happy Birthday to Blog-vanti! :)

    When I started writing, it was Kartikay who first went Ballistic about a post you'd written, about corrupt politicians. I haven't stopped reading your blog ever since :D I love reading your posts. This month, i've been baaad and not read any, but i will catch up.

    Thank you for all your timely advice Purba! Really helped me when lots of things were pirouetting (new word i love) in my mind! :)

    Can't wait for the book to be published! I have a feeling its going to be awesome!

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    1. LOL@ Blog-vanti! Now I have to go hunt for my Viru.

      Btw, I am looking forward to meeting you in Bangalore.

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    2. Its a done deal! :)

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  22. Thank you so much Purba di for mentioning me in the post, even when yours truly has not written a single word in the past 2 months. I am and will be a fan of your writing, even if I don't get the time to comment. Also expect me to be among the first buyers when your book comes out! :)

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    1. You have exams looming over your head and your priorities are very different. But for me you will always be the few talented bloggers I admire. In your age group, you stand head and shoulders above the rest!

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  24. Happy birthday to your blog. And please don't fret the next time you are about to hit the publish button...you do the job of your satirical humour too well. It is always fun reading your posts. I hope you continue to derive your regular supply from your source of inspiration and continue to inspire us all!

    PS: A nice Oscar speech btw :P :D

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    1. Humour is a serious job. I dread the day when I might have nothing to say at all!

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  25. and that's the power of blogging.. you can love or hate it but can't escape it.. :)

    Weakest LINK

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  26. Purba,
    In the short period of getting to know your writings both as a blogger as well as a tweeter, your satire and humor has been most addictive. Its like PNPC about the society (in a good way though!)
    :)-I am not a literary addict but yes you are the perfect musing for my otherwise mundane look into life outside :)
    Cheers!

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    1. And you are a lovely person, mature and sorted out.

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  27. Happy Second Birthday dear Purba and A-musing. Very interesting and honest insight into your world, apart from blogging. Good luck and wish you many more laurels!

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  28. Wonderful!! You have talent and persistence, a heady combo. Looking forward to many more posts. Congrats and best wishes!

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    1. And we have been following each other since The Big Bang :D

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  29. Happy birthday to A-musing, meh Purba! You have a way with words, and as a result, a loyal fan who's hooked on your blog. Be careful, one day I'll have you hooked on mine! *evil laugh*

    Happy blogging! :-)

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    1. And I look forward to that day! Hail the power of words.

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  30. Happy B'day for your Blog ! Loved reading your posts, and will always keep comming back for more !

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    1. And this addiction comes without a statutory warning.

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  31. That was a piece steeped in humility which is rare to find today and least of all in blogosphere. Love you for that Purba. In Tamil we have a saying, 'The full pot never splashes,' while describing those who are wise. May you gather followers by the thousands and continue to A-muse us all. I feel warm and loved when I see that my name is in your list of friends. Love you and love your blog, strictly in that order :)

    Here's to wishing that I will soon be invited to that book launch of yours.

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    1. And I glow in your warmth. Thank you so much Zephyr for being what you are.

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  32. Hey Purba,

    You are two and I've just about entered this world. So next year we'll party together :). Call it coincidence but yours was the first blog I read and (hic hic )loved....The name got me hooked and the rest I am left to read is the history which is pretty darn addictive.....see I am back for more already.

    The greatest story comes from within us and treating it with the utmost sincerity is a gift few have. Super 'showing rather than telling skills'...........looking forward to your teens.....as the terrible twos set in....Good luck......and God Bless.

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    1. And you write beautifully! Enjoyed reading your first post. Welcome to the addictive world of blogging :))

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  33. Congrats Purba! and what a fun post - great way to celebrate :))

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    1. Thank you Manreet, for your wishes :)

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  34. wow stupendous success in 2 yrs-congrats
    love your posts...i m glad u chucked that rut.

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    1. Didn't someone wise say, change is the only constant in life?

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  35. Hi, I haven't read a lot of your blogs, but, I think i'm gonna stalk them now! :D
    I love your writing style, and personally feel, I can learn quite a lot from you. I'm new to blogging and indiblogger in particular. I can relate so well with some of the sentiments, you've mentioned.
    Oh, and this post, is truly wonderful. It makes me feel good! :)

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    1. We all have our unique style. Just be true to yourself :)

      Delighted the post made you feel good, even though I have no idea why :D

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  36. Happy Happy Budday.. :)
    It's always fun to read you.. :)

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  37. Good haiji. Mithaiyans and badhaiyans!

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  38. I almost alwayse enjoy your posts. Keep writing.

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  39. Edge is just a nember. Keep rocking, Purba!

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  40. Happy birthday to A-Musing :) Great going Purba..keep us entertained like you always do :)

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    1. Entertaining for the right reasons :p

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  41. i'll be the first to buy your book :P:P:P

    Happy budday to A-Musings!!!

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    1. Nooo...I am not writing one....

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  42. I was smiling throughout the post but by the time we reached to the end and I saw my name-I think I've died and gone to heaven...you have 639 followers to this blog-men and women who are wise n techy n aware n what not and I find my space here-you know what vanity you just bestowed on me:-)

    I look upto you Purba-you and Alka are like how bloggers should be-dignified, aware, beautifully sarcastic, witty and yes so funny...such rare combinations. I am glad you write and happy that you consider me so. Just a handful of female bloggers I love and I love you so:-)

    Happy Anniversary and may your magic never cease:-)
    *hugs*

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    1. Guess what! I was just going to message you when I saw your comment :)

      Thank God! she read it.

      Your beautiful comment is my award.
      *Is now misty eyed*

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  43. Well, I just read through all the comments and whatever I wanted to say has already been written above so I will resign from writing another long appreciation :) I am already a fan of your writing and I sincerely wish the charm of A-Musing gets spread to the hearts of millions of good readers.
    All the best!

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    1. And I am glad to have made your acquaintance through our blogs.

      Pleasure is entirely mine.

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  44. Wishing A-musing all the best on this day! I am a subscriber to your blog and enjoy reading your posts! So - keep sharing:)

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  45. It really made a very good read! Congrats on the 2nd anniversary!
    Wishing you more success ahead!!
    -amit

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  46. Everything what I wanted to say has been said. I have spend like 45-50 mins..reading your other posts and you make me smile and think.Just started discovering Indiblogger yesterday and it has thrown in the best at me. so happy to be here.
    Looking forwars to more reads from you,
    cheers,
    Kajal

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  47. Firstly, congratulations!

    Now, let us get to the post and exhume it bit by bit shall we? Nay, just kidding! I'd not trespass sacred grounds.
    It is really amusing and delightful experience to read what you have to share. I was never (and don't intend to be so) a great fan of what happens around, especially with the political system of India (Though I understand it is very irresponsible of me to be this way). I gather tit-bits of info from here and there and then when I read you morphing them into an intricate pattern of humourous posts in a well organized manner, I really feel good. Many times, you bowl me out with the wit and punchlines.

    I hope your long lost friend (did you say you lost him in a Yog Shivir? :P) reads this, and understands that what is, is, and not believing in it like cocking the head into the sand like an ostrich won't make it go away.

    I wish you success, and dearly await the time when you really write down a book and publish it.

    Warm regards,
    Anshul,
    Blasphemous Aesthete.

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    1. Anshul, even if the state of your country, the rot, our inept leaders disgust you - you cannot shy away from reality. You and me are part of this system!

      And my long lost friend was not a friend in the first place :)

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  48. happy bubbly birthday dear bloggie. kppe your owner purba happy foreva!

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  49. happy blog birthday!!!1

    purba you express so well and its always a pleasure to read your posts!!....glad we met in the blog world(and indiblogger meet too!!)

    http://sushmita-smile.blogspot.in

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  50. Happy happy birthday to Your blog .. sorry i am late ..

    Its always been a pleasure to read what you write and I am sure i have said earlier too I have learned a lot of things from your blog the way you write , what you write so thank you for that.

    and I doubt if anyone will ever stop coming to you blog. and dont worry about critics What do they know haan.. they get into limelight becasue they write like that otherwise who will know who they are ..

    Have a great year ahead and heres wishing many many manyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy years more to come .. .

    Bikram's

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  51. It was wonderful reading the story and the person behind A-Musing. It has been a great journey and I am sure it will only continue to get better.

    I have really enjoyed reading your posts and I admire the satire that gels so well with a powerful thought which makes a compelling read. I still haven't read a lot of your old posts but I plan to read all of them gradually. :) Keep writing and a very happy bday to your blog!

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    1. How do you ALWAYS manage to comment last (well almost). But it's always a pleasure reading what you have to say.

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  52. Happy b'day to your blog! I am new to commenting but I do chance upon your posts time and again from comments you post on others' blog or from indiblogger. I saw 105 comments and figured oh you wouldnt miss mine, but heck, you've gotta wish a writer a b'day when her writings are liked,dont you think? \

    "I discovered myself through my blog and my friends & family discovered me through my musings." I read that sentence like three times, and it rings so true for me as well. Following your blog now :-)

    -Aarathi.

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    1. Of course...I have slogged my a%$ off all these months and I deserve all your lovely wishes :)

      And commenting can be a pain especially when you know you can't get away with a "nice-post" :)

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  53. And this becomes one of the major reasons for which I curse my busy schedule. I wish I got more time just to read blogs.
    The pseudo-Oscar speech was perfect. Happy Blog Birthday, Di. :)

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      Thank you so much :)

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  54. Belated birthday wishes, Purba.
    You should definitely write a book - need not be fiction. Why not humour pieces?

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  56. :) I dread hitting publish button so much! If I do not receive comments with in first three minutes, I know I have gone wrong. This trick has worked without fail.

    And, I can not tell you how much it means to see my name in this blog post! Purba, I am still in awwww with the time we spent in Gurgaon. After years and years, I got to laugh like a maniac with someone who I completely adored and wasn't scared of being judged.

    Blogging rocks!

    Books or no books, we can always carve a niche with different ideas and ways....Do something that others don't ;) And, inshah allah, book will happen when you are ready...

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    1. Readers! you can never take them for granted. Some posts are slow starters (especially serious ones) but become a roaring success.

      That's the beauty of it - success comes when you least expect it.

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  57. Congrats to you and Happy Birthday to your blog.

    It's really amusing and amazing!

    I have it blogrolled and drop by often. Don't always leave a comment, though!

    Keep rocking :-)

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      Visited your site again and discovered RAJA IS BACK WITH A BANG!

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  58. Happy burday to you, happy burday cos you're two.
    You write so many things I relate to, happy burday to you.

    Lovely post. Wish you all the best with your blog and your book. "almost melted with gratitude" - your musings are so true and so darn a-musing!

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  59. Purba,

    Your journey to blogging told so well. It is almost same with me as I too write to satisfy my urge to write. One should write what one feels is right as per own conscience without any fears, I find your posts mostly that way. Please do keep up your independent flow of thoughts, editing by your husband included.

    Take care

    PS : I was without internet for over a week.

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  60. Hi purba, you write very well and it always is an enbalming experience to go through your blog. I suppose a blog gets differentiated from the scribble of a graffiti only on two counts - style and discipline. You fare well on both. Kudos

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    1. I do manage to stress my readers once in a while. Especially when I am angry or feel helpless :)

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  61. -Good piece of information.

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  62. Congrats on turning two A-musing!

    I visited your blog from a comment on Uncle Jack's blog which i liked. but then ever since I've been enchanted by ur writings and always miss this lovely blogosphere world.

    Here's to another year of nonstop blogging to the blogging goddess!

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    1. A comment led you to my blog? How sweet is that!

      Goddess? I just died and went to heaven :D

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  63. Belated Happy Budday A-musing....

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  64. though I started reading your blog late...love reading it. Blog on!! belated wishes on blogversary :)

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  65. I am late in wishing u happy birthday for your blog.But the way u engross readers, displays ur exemplary skills in writing:-) Wish u all the best for the book u wish to write. U rock!

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  66. I came to your blog very early, about mid-way last year, when i connected to Indiblogger, but couldn't read on a regular basis until very recently.
    You truly have the observation skills and humor glands of Charles Dickens :) Also, the poignancy, as it reflected in this post.
    And i'd love to read the book, if you choose to write one...

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