Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Me? Thinking Blogger?!


Since coming home after the summer holidays spent with my parents in Kerala, I had been overcome by a kind of apathy wrt my blog. I just did not feel like putting thoughts, feelings into words. I’m not sure as to what could be the reason. Perhaps there is so much of clamor within me that to put them into words would be sheer torment. I just could not feel inclined to sift them, sort them out or even dwell on them. I was left with an overwhelming sense of futility wrt expression of my thoughts and musings. Its not that I’m particularly down or unhappy, just felt that the whole exercise was kind of pointless. Fleetingly I even considered deleting my blogs, and then decided I couldn’t be bothered to do even that. I just let it be suspended in a state of limbo- doubtful if I’d ever feel like resurrecting it.

However, this indifference wrt to blogs was restricted only to mine and I was actively catching up with others’ blogs. Most of the time I came away without leaving any footprints. Some days I did not even check my page and was sure I was slowly sinking into oblivion in cyberspace. Did I care? I don’t think so.

Today was different though, I clicked my page to visit the blogs on my blogroll and I see new comments on my last post. I saw that Gauri had tagged me and that too with the Thinking Blogger award! My first reaction was that of disbelief. Now I had seen this award doing its rounds in blogdom and it was one tag I was sure that I would not be tagged with. It had not occurred to me that my musings would ever be considered as a ‘thinking blog’. Nevertheless, I’m pleased. Thank you Gauri. My ego has been pampered. :- )

Now that Gauri has honored me with this award, I decided to break through my cocoon of apathy. The other bloggers on her list would’ve been on mine too, but let me now consider other options. There are many blogposts that have made me ponder, wonder at various occasions…still let me stick to five here as per the requisites of the tag.

Srijith Unni

I stumbled into his page on blogdom from another blog and have been a regular reader of his posts since. I’ve found his words – be it prose/commentary/ poem very sensitive and thought provoking. I like the way he thinks and expresses. I even like his replies to the comments.

Punds

Got to read him first through Sulekha. His posts- stories/ random musings/ nostalgic memories are disarmingly simple and touching. The kind of earnestness throbbing in his words startles one by its sheer intensity of feeling sometimes. His posts have often made me wonder about the persona behind the words and thoughts. His stories have a wistful tone about it and sometimes make me wish I had a magic wand with me.

On The Ganga Mail

This is one blogger whose posts I’m eager to read- I’m eager to know what topic is it that he is going to write about next. His honesty and forthrightness is so refreshing and charming. His posts are laced with mischief which sometimes makes the reader chuckle, at other times one wonders if he is daring the reader to refute…there is definitely a zing to his posts! And then there is that random poignant post which touches the reader and compels one to pause and wonder…

Heartcrossings

Her posts, I find it hard to define or categorize. She talks about so many things presenting facts sort of objectively- mostly that she encounters in the daily business of living- she adds her own perspective and then leaves the reader to his/ her own interpretation. I rarely comment but her posts most often gets me into a self- conversation mode.

Vivek

His poems astonish me with the clarity and spontaeinity of thought. The flow of words are sometimes so spontaneous having that impulsive raw/casual touch to them that for a moment one is almost deluded to thinking that they might have spurted forth from one’s own heart . The characters in his stories are often so well etched with details- physical/ emotional – that one tends to feel that one knows them. The theme keeps running in the back of my mind and I find myself toying with the possibilities and probabilities getting sucked into a vortex of ideas…

I’m not sure if the above bloggers would be interested in taking up the tag.

If you choose to pass this award on, these are the Thinking Blogger Award rules:
This award was started here.
You have to award five others whose blog you think deserve this award.
Should you choose to participate, please make sure you pass this list of rules to the blogs you are tagging.
If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think.
Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.
Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote.
Please, remember to tag blogs with real merits, i.e. relative content, and above all — blogs that really get you thinking!

4 comments:

Gauri said...

".... I decided to break through my cocoon of apathy."

My sentiments exactly, Ardra :-) Don't deprive us of your linguistic abilities. Do keep writing.

Thank you so much for taking up the tag.

Full2 Faltu said...

Thank you Ardra

I don't think I deserve that much but thank you. I wish I could show my friends this. :)

"His stories have a wistful tone about it and sometimes make me wish I had a magic wand with me."
I Wish too!

I will take up the tag soon

-Punds

Vivek said...

Ardra-ji,

Right from the opening word of this blog, where you debate about the value of putting your thoughts on paper, you manage to provide us and hopefully yourself a reason why you must - you manage to articulate complex emotions and thoughts in a very simple, straightforward manner. Your written word is no longer your own, it lives in the head and heart of us readers. (Also your translated word).

You do me an honor by speaking so highly of my writing - I think I will reach this level in a few years, and so your present remark, I hope, is a prediction.

I will take up the tag, but in a few weeks - research has its own vortex, and I am getting sucked into that these days.

Thanks

Srijith Unni said...

Thanks a lot, Ardra.. It gives me immense pleasure to read your generous words. If I were to prepare a list, i`m sure you would be right up there.! Your pristine thoughts and brilliant creative dabbles can take up a full day of mine..!

Keep Writing, have FUn, Take Care and God BLess!

With Best Regards,
Srijith.