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Blog Love. #BlogChatter

Blog Love. #BlogChatter

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I take on the baton of Blog Love from Bushra (dewcool).

The Journey

8 years, 720 Posts, 6000 pageviwes, wordpress says 380 followers, but I highly doubt that, 400 odd comments!  It has been a long way, don’t you think? So, it all started in 2009. It seems like yesterday, though. I guess I have told this story a million times over, even though my total number of posts are just seven hundred posts, in total. Whoa, right? Not exactly. It might seem like I have come a long way. I might have written great many posts. I might be an expert at this thing. But, in all fairness, I am not. Now, I have heard people say, “Don’t belittle yourself”, “You are a great writer” (Okay, I agree they just meant ok-ok, not great), “Your English is complicated”, “I can’t write like you”, “What’s the correct pronunciation to this word?”, “You have to ask Ajay about that” – all this because of blogging. As much as I would like to brag about it, I can’t. I am more of a realist. I take into the facts and my overthinking-assumptive-and-destructive-mind into drawing conclusions. And in all possible scenarios, they are still facts.

I have been writing for quite a while, as you can tell. I started writing because I was kind of fascinated by a cousin of mine who wrote excellent stories and even more deep abstracts. They just blew my mind away. I started blog right after that as a step to improve my English, because apparently I had too many English books and still had no proper English. You shouldn’t be surprised if I told you that I still don’t know the names of the tenses and what comes where and the difference between an adjective and an adverb. But in all retrospect, I seem to have a little command over my grammar, don’t ask me how or what tense I am writing this in! You are in shock, are you not? I will give you a minute to let it sink in.

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Anyhow, in all these years, I have tried great many things in my blog, from poetry to fiction to haiku to abstract. Some were good (I mean ok-ok types) while a great many were bad, obviously! And amidst all this, I went into hibernation for a while because of that famous term we writers use : “Writer’s Block” ! I was getting no where with that. So, I decided to change pretty much everything. I kind of restarted my blog, on a completely new platform, which I had hoped to be a great success. But ain’t I the one reaching for the stars buried 5 feet deep? Having said that, some of the best things about blogging over the many years are :

a. I came across great many people, the bloggers specifically, who have become good/nice friends.
b. Though I know great many bloggers, quite a lot of whom I interact on a general basis, a great many of them are yet to visit my blog. These are some serious writers and write mind boggling posts and articles. I don’t usually get to comment because what I wanted to say is already being said, or there is nothing much I have to add to it.  So, it is understandable that these celebrity bloggers would be kind of busy cooking their awesome posts.
c. The best part in my opinion of all this is when my friends address each other with the names I gave them on my blog. That, I consider as an accomplishment, to be very fair.
d. Other accomplishments include 700+ posts, three blogs, my own domain, my own hosting, no revenue.

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So I guess it all comes down to one question, why do I write? Why do I like love writing? Why do I love my blog? Ofcourse, I love my blog however bad my writing is. As a matter of fact, every blogger here can reciprocate the same about their blog. It is our own personal space with a passion for writing, where we create stories, have stories to be shared to the whole world;  where we want to be heard, where we want to inspire people  in our own small way. It is the diary at the end of the day, a journal of adventures, the pillow to the tears, the punching bag to our frustration and more importantly, it is the solace to the mind.

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This post is written for Blogchatter prompt #BlogLove  for Valentines’ Day. 

And, I pass on the baton of #BlogLove to Mayuri.

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Λκ, mmxvii 

I wish I were…

I wish I were…

I wish I were a dream 
An epiphany of a mystery,
Surreal, as it may be
For the protagonist I would be.

I wish I were the time,
A companion in might
A reminder in sight
Always moving, ahead.

I wish I were the spring,
Reminiscing the past mistakes
Reviving the lost phases,
Humbling new, better beginnings

I wish I were a  heartbeat,
A rhythm in sync
Drowning in the elusive harmony
Of togetherness and love

I wish I were the horizon,
Endless and mythical
Plentiful, yet much to learn
Even more to explore

I wish I were the sky
With endless dream and countless stars
An inspiration of a lifetime,
And a destiny for a few

I wish I were the ocean,
Hiding the treasures
Beneath the bed of mysteries
A enigma… to be explored.

– ak, 2016

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This post is written for BlogChatter prompt of the week : I Wish I were

P.S. I am late, a week late in posting. But I have/ had to, mostly because …umm I just had to. You ask why I was late? Actually, I had something else in mind to write for this prompt, which seemed too harsh, or too soon for people to know. Also, if you have noticed, I have written about a couple too many things I wish to be, which just means that I am very uncertain of what I want. No surprises there! What? Did you say something?

It’s Not This Time of Year Without…

It’s Not This Time of Year Without…

… without stars hanging in our houses, driveways, shops, restaurants, or just anywhere as a matter of fact.

 © ajaykontham 

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It’s Not This Time of Year Without…
A weekly photo challenge prompt by The Daily Post. 

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NaBloPoMo November 2016

I am participating in #NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) and this is Day #28 post.

It’s Not This Time of Year Without…

It’s Not This Time of Year Without…

...without reindeers flying into the sky of endless stars.

Phoenix Mall, Bangalore, 2015
© ajaykontham 

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It’s Not This Time of Year Without…
A weekly photo challenge prompt by The Daily Post. 

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NaBloPoMo November 2016

I am participating in #NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) and this is Day #27 post.

5 Things to smile about. #WebShadow

5 Things to smile about. #WebShadow

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Smile is a curve that sets everything right.
Phyllis Diller

I am sure each and everyone one of us agree to it. Because come on, a smile is contagious, whether you/anyone agrees or disagrees, when we see someone smile, we kind of forget about the innummerable worries that surround us and just join them in their joy, a distant stranger we might be. But in all practicality and accumulating the past experiences, I believe in Yin-Yang. The balance that needs maintaining. Just like everything, happiness is “sometimes” trainwrecked with an equal opposites. Do you belive in the balance, of life? Having said that, here are certain things that I believe bring a smile :

a. Friends, undoubtedly
The people I meet on a daily basis become a reason for my smiles somedays. Or the people whom I have come to known online also become a reason for the smile. Mostly, because the leg pulling of each other we do, or I do of the people I know online. But it’s not the same case when they try to pull my leg. No, not funny at all. It’s a one way street people. Also, if I am able to do this, it could only happen because of the trust I have with these people and I know that whatever I do, they won’t get offended, easily. Those who get offended can’t really make into the list of friends, can they now?

b. Photography
Please note that I am a novice to Photography. I have had a camera for almost over five years and I still don’t know any functionality. I seem to have understood the basic mnemonics and then again, it so happens I don’t remember even a single thing. And then it comes to taking photos, I just randomly take. So, besides knowing nothing and being very very bad at it, when people say that they like the photos and even ask me a question “Why are you still working here? I thought you might have taken up photography as you profession?” does make me ponder over the possibilities and well make me smile at the irony

c. Comments
I guess every writer and blogger could relate to the feeling of getting a comment. Even if it harsh or otherwise, a comment is a comment and that happiness or sort of content that it gives knowing that someone has actually dropped by and spent some time reading and even more so, they left a comment, it just leaves one elated. No, copy pasting ‘Nice Post’ is not a way to comment. I might be writing a worst post ever and that comment just makes sure that the person doesn’t really care about what you write, and that the person just looks for a lookback (to their profile helping them with the valuable page views) and also that the pretension that they care about what we write. So, just don’t. I would actually advice people to like as well without reading. I want to know what made the post I wrote for you to like.

d.  Instagram
Like I have already mentioned that I am no photographer, but then again I try to find that validation that is not even there. So, I fool around with hashtags to attract people of certain genres. And once in a blue moon, it so happens that certain hashtags and the time of the posting culminates a huge inflow of likes from people all around the world. I just like to see the number of people liking go over 100, but it never does, so a close 90’s is the next best choice. I know this is stupid, but little joys, I guess.
Anyhow if you are on Instagram follow me there at { ajaykontham } and add some points under your good karma. 

e. Books, Movies and YouTube videos :
Books need no introduction. I guess most of us can relate that these are a bundle of joy. Though, of course, if the books are text books, then please don’t drag me into it, please. Being a movie fanatic, I guess I enjoy watching the movies I really want to see, which apparently are all, because I go out of things to do in the spare time. No, I don’t have spare time, I just make spare time by doing nothing. 

One of my other full-time things is watching YouTube videos when I am taking a break from reading a book, watching movies and TV Series. Please note that ‘taking-a-break’ here means that I have binge watched a TV series and then completed watching the current weeks TV show episodes & the movies and have nothing else to do. I usually tune in to the Stand Up comedies or Late Night Shows. I follow all, but I guess Ellen DeGeneres does a commendable job at finding great talent and common people doing extraordinary work. Just awesome.

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This post is written for the weekly prompt ‘Write about 5 things what makes your happy and gets a smile on your face?‘, shared every Wednesday under #WebShadow (Week 3) by Ruchie(forfoodiefamily) and Romila (Novembers Child).

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NaBloPoMo November 2016

I am participating in #NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) and this is #Day23 post.

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