Personally, it’s a day for me to look back on one of the
milestone developments of my life, the day that was the first step in organizing
my writing – July 1, my Personal Blogging Day – with ‘Beyond This Life’, my
And it has been on the job – five years now - since I
started writing a blog – the 5th anniversary of my formal initiation
with blogging – on July 1, 2009 with the ‘Inhuman Humanity’.
By soul, I have always been a development activist and
though it was not planned, in the hindsight, I feel good that my first blog-post
was an article on human rights (in the context of Dr. Binayak Sen’s case who
was released on bail recently and the state’s role in his trial and the role
of state in inflicting greater hardships on the internally displaced persons
(IDPs) in India and it’s surroundings).
How did it all begin: I don’t have any concrete idea since when I had
started thinking about writing a blog. Yes, but the thoughts were there, long
before I began it formally in July 2009. What was not there was the push,
needed to initiate me on a regular writing spree.
It came as a result of some factors that still give me
mixed feelings. Back then, it was concurrence of some events and the associated
emotional assimilations – inspiration, motivation, betrayal, answerability,
reasoning and the subsequent need to look inside – and as more and more
clarity, with its obvious shock and liberating effects, emerged – my writing
started getting more in-tune, in-sync, with me to write more and write
With every year, the ‘consistency’ got more regular,
especially in the last three years.
The journey and the discipline: The five years so far - I say it
a journey because I have been able to be consistent with it and have grown with
it. Living ‘severally alone’ has been central to my existential questions and
writing regularly has disciplined me to realize it in a spirited way.
The 1826 days since July 1, 2009 have seen 1435 posts on
‘Beyond This Life’ (excluding today and this post). Since October 16, 2011,
‘Beyond This Life’ has been consistent with my efforts to get its daily share
of my life.
My blogging discipline has satisfied my urge to write and
write more and has added to my other creative endeavors. I have been writing
and I am writing on whatever I feel I need to write on – from politics to
international issues – to human rights – to social and development issues – to
art and culture – to travel experiences – to communication – to society and
social media – to life and experiences – to philosophy, to individualism, to
religion, to spirituality – to random reflections on the spaces around me and
in my daily routine - whatever that appeals me.
I have written articles. I have written poems as well. Photographs
and quotes are essential to the soul of my blog.
Though English is my primary language, I have been able to
write Hindi poems as well. And many have got good reviews by the people who
know Hindi well.
I have been able to write regularly because I write for
myself primarily. I feel good after writing and subjecting my satisfaction to
my self-scrutiny and feedback. Yes, I do share a part of my writings (and
photographs) on my blogs – yes, blogs, three more that I started later on
dealing with narrowed posting themes – and it is always a welcome development
if others correlate with my writings or stay back to read what I write.
There are ideas and there are words looking at those ideas. There
are ideas generating ideas. And there are words generating more sentences.
Words do fail, as I wrote a poem ‘Words, Almost As They
Fail’, but on my blogs, they come to stay with me and July 1, my Personal
Blogging Day, is the day for me to revisit the days so far to look ahead.
Then, in 2009, it was Wednesday, on July 1. Now, in 2014, on its 5th Anniversary, it’s Tuesday.