The best way to know the self is feeling oneself at the moments of reckoning. The feeling of being alone, just with your senses, may lead you to think more consciously. More and more of such moments may sensitize ‘you towards you’, towards others. We become regular with introspection and retrospection. We get ‘the’ gradual connect to the higher self we may name Spirituality or God or just a Humane Conscious. We tend to get a rhythm again in life. We need to learn the art of being lonely in crowd while being part of the crowd. A multitude of loneliness in mosaic of relations! One needs to feel it severally, with conscience, before making it a way of life. One needs to live several such lonely moments. One needs to live severallyalone.

Tuesday 1 July 2014



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 first blog.

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 regularly.

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. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -