I did tell you folks that I am going to be taking part in Project H earlier this week. And guess what, my post was the first one to get published as part of the project. Woohoo!!! When I woke up this Saturday Morning, I was so thrilled to see the post published and the comments. Its been a long time since I started blogging. And its been quite a while since I started on WordPress. But everytime I participate in such projects and get to do something other than what I usually do at my blog (mostly photographs nowadays) it is very exciting and thrilling. I also have that small fear about how it would turn up. But once I get motivated to write, I just go with it. There is no right or wrong. It just is. I am eager to see other people’s posts about their ‘homes’. Its going to be an exciting month at HarsH ReaLiTy 🙂

Post for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “long.” Use the word “long,” any definition. Enjoy!



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Returning Thanks

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. – James Allen

OM aka Jason (I don’t know why but I have never been able to call him Jason ever since he announced his real name) is moving to a new place in the blogosphere. I think it is my duty (as the quote above says) to return my Thanks to him for all the ways he has helped me with blogging. Its been three years and even though I have already said this before in some older posts I would like to say this again that he is the first person ever who made me feel comfortable to actually open up and speak to other bloggers through comments.

I was quite shy when I joined WordPress. I had a blog in blogspot  (the blog is still active but no action takes place there)  but I wanted a better blogging space hence, I moved to WordPress. I was my quiet self, observing and checking blogs and enjoying the blogosphere in my own silent way. I am never a conversation starter. It always was the other person’s work.  But that changed a bit when I started following OM. I felt comfortable to voice what I think, even though it may be something quirky, something unimportant or just a plain smile. If you have been following him, you would know that he does write posts on how to blog without fear. Well, something must have rubbed off on me, because I started slowly and steadily to check out more blogs, comment on them and even interact. I also made some friends online. Go figure!

Then he started a project called Project O (O for Opinion). I was very hesitant, but then he gave me the courage to join it. It was a real fun experience to be able to interact with bloggers from so many different places and their views on various questions related to opinion. It also gave me boost not only in terms of personal encouragement to be more active with my blogging, but also a lot of followers. I also found a lot of fellow minded people whom I still follow, even though a couple of them blog no more.

I have also had the pleasure of being his Guest Blogger a couple of times and they were fun too. It is quite intimidating for me to be able to post something for such a big audience. But since I use images rather than words, I know my poor grammar skills wont be noticed 😉 I know that he is one of those bloggers who blogs not only for fun but they also build a platform, a community and encourage others in the process. I know that he is an inspiration to a lot.

His work of building the platform that he has now with his blog might look like an easy walk, but it was quite an hike. There were some skids and falls but as the quote goes ‘It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.’ he has always got up, got up pretty fast and kept treading on.

Moving to a new place isn’t all easy and nice, even though it is quite exciting. I wish him all the luck with his efforts and hope that it works out well for him and the transition goes smoothly. I will still be following him in his new domain but I wanted to make sure I don’t forget to let him know how much his personal efforts to build such a comfortable space in the big world of blogs has made a lasting impact on one of the bloggers and how grateful I am for those efforts.

Thank you OM 🙂 and God Bless You!

HarsH ReaLiTy Challenge!-Daily Life in Bangalore

When I saw OM’s HarsH ReaLiTy Challenge! and thought of may be trying it, this is how I felt.
So here we go with a very short version of my daily life here in Bangalore 🙂

When I woke up today, the day was so bright and sunny (above 30 C) (at 9 am in fact),

IMG_20150303_094041500 but guess what, it had just rained a few minutes ago. I did indeed get up because of the constant pitter patter and got to see the above picture.

IMG_0377 Last week it was very cold and the temperature was within 20’s and this week its supposed to go beyond 35. Yeah, we wake up to some crazy weather here in Bangalore. The day I decide to use my two-wheeler it pours , go figure.
Why am I always so tempted to work from home (aka wfh) (other than the reasons that sometimes I don’t want to see anyone at office and just concentrate on my work, or just because I can do a wfh just for the heck of it) , it is this. The crazy traffic out here IMG_20150219_182541423 Yesterday my return journey at 9 pm took me an hour for 4 kms. Yeah.. you do the math.

That doesn’t mean Bangalore doesn’t have its perks. But most of the weekday life is spent on battling the weather and the traffic 🙂

My Guest Posts

As part of trying out new things, I did 5 guest posts in HarsH ReaLiTy. It was fun even though I was slightly nervous. It felt like I was on stage 🙂 (Thank God, it is good that it is online and I really don’t have to speak out, because right now I am stammering a lot due to the stress at work and lack of sleep)

Here are my posts in order.
Guest Post – In house models
Guest Post – Love on top
Guest Post – Ruins and Ruminations
Guest Post – A little R & R
Guest Post – Of Festivities and Farewell

Please do check these out and let me know what do you think of them. It is mostly based on my photography, but I did try to do a series of sorts to show case the places in India and its culture.

It felt good to do that.