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You light up my life: 5 years and going strong!


Wishing everyone a very happy Diwali!

I hope that your life is lighted up, the way you light up mine!

Those of you who have stumbled upon this page by chance, those who visit this page once in a while, those of you who have been silent readers of my blog for a while and those of you who always come and leave me a nice and encouraging word! I’d like to thank each one of you.

I thought I’d especially acknowledge the silent types who just check my page and go away! I recently received a mail from a blog reader who said he has been reading for the last one year, but never commented. But he did finally mail me after a year, and it really good to read his nice long mail – in fact it made my day!

And I realised I complete 5 years of blogging this month! I began way back in October of 2001. Strangely, like many other who started around the same time, I haven’t felt like quitting yet. Blog burnout is common but somehow it’s evaded me. I’m not quite sure how or why this has happened but I still feel as enthusiastic and excited about it. Of course, I can’t post that often because of time commitments and the fact that I also maintain around 3 other blogs.

But I think what I’ve got back from blogging is definitely worth all the time I’ve spent on it over the years. I’ve met some wonderful, amazing and fascinating people through this and my other blogs and it’s been one hell of a great journey! Many of these bloggers and blog readers, I’ve got an opportunity to meet in person and many I hope to meet in the future. What can I say? Here’s to five more years at least! ๐Ÿ™‚

I had a most lovely day today (it was a holiday and it sure felt like it!). The roads were relatively peaceful, with many folks obviously leaving town, since it’s a long weekend. Had a long lazy lunch at the Belgian Cafรƒยฉ where it felt almost sinful to be enjoying waffles on a Friday afternoon! That extended to almost 5 pm, topped off with coffee at Barista. And then went and had a yummy dinner at Shiok to end the day.

This morning at 5 am I leave on a 3 day road trip to the beautiful hills of Chikmaglur. Meanwhile, do have yourself a great Diwali. I don’t like the noise and the crackers so it will be nice to get away. But I do love the beautil lights… Have a great one!


  1. Wow! Five years is super! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good to know there’s no mention of the ‘q’ word anywhere, and no signs of burnout ๐Ÿ˜€

    Happy Diwali, Congrats and here’s to many many more years of JALS ๐Ÿ™‚

    Enjoy your weekend!

  2. That was a great post to mark the 5 years of blogging and ya I have been one of the silent readers of your blog since a few months.

    Keep the enthusiasm to blog for many more years to come.
    Had a silent and no-cracker diwali too:)
    Have a good vacation!!

  3. 5 years is truly a long time in blog-time. You are definitely one of the grand old ladies of desi blogging ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. shub: i’ve been tired at times, but haven’t thought of the q word yet! and thanks for the wishes ๐Ÿ™‚

    thanks dr arun, kannan.

    thanks saraswathi, always nice to hear from the silent ones!!

    patrix: grand old lady makes me sound really old ๐Ÿ™‚ but thanks!

    thanks mehak! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Ha now I know one place where someone is older than me…hehhehe to the “grand old lady” in the blogworld.
    You are amazing. here’s to 15 more years!

  6. Hi Anita – hope you had a great weekend of celebration – we certainly did here in London! All the best to you and yours.

  7. ๐Ÿ™‚ smiles again… Thanks for sharing your world with us all these years… looking for many more to come… keep up the good work… hope u had a great Diwali and funfilled Chikmaglur trip… waiting to read u’re next post soon!!

  8. belated Happy DIWALI to you. Hope you had enjoy a lot & it will store as your one of the sweetest memory.

  9. @ usha: hehe, but i can never catch up to you!!

    @ jag: thanks so much! i still remember this time last year ๐Ÿ™‚

    @ kalyan: thanks and same to you ๐Ÿ™‚

    @ divs: thanks! hope you had a great time too. have posted about the trip ๐Ÿ™‚

    @ rajesh, kool, aravind, kishore, abhisjek: thanks for all your wishes!!

  10. Congrats on your completing 5 years in the Blog world. I guess I have been one of the silent reader/ admirers of your blog. Truly love your writing and amazing pics. Way to go…here’s to many more years of success in blogging.

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