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Hi! I’m Nita J. Kulkarni, a freelance journalist and writer, and live in India. I want my blog to be a place which people visit to look for balanced and reliable information on a variety of subjects, mostly India-centric. One of the aims of this blog is to present information in a clear format.

However, do remember that these write-ups are more like ‘columns’ and more often than not reflect my own worldview. Also, the pieces may may fall far short of expectations, but do bear with me. You are welcome to provide any additional information in the comment section.

The subjects covered will be everything pertaining to India, its people and business, there will also be other things…about life. Bits and pieces that every human being can relate to wherever they come from. On this blog I will also try to discuss issues concerning India in relation to the world. There will be reviews of movies and restaurants once in a while too. And I will discussing issues as well as my feelings…so all write-ups may not be researched pieces.

When I first started this blog, I added my (already) published articles, but not all have been categorised as I have just started to categorise, starting from September 06. In case you want me offer me a freelance assignment then I suggest you look at the archives of the first three months. After this time I more or less stopped uploading my published pieces as many were outdated, and started writing pieces exclusively for this blog. That is the what I do now. I try to take my own pictures, but when I can’t I do take pictures from newsites, but acknowledge their source and often link the site to my post.

If you wish to use any of my articles or photos for any purpose, it’s best that you drop me a note and ask. And obviously if it’s for commercial use, pay me. My email id is:

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If you want to simply give a link to my post with a few lines from my post, please go ahead.

Some additional points:

1. Splogs are not blogs (weblogs) but simply sites without any original content…they survive by copying complete posts from other blogs. So in other words, a splog is a site with copied posts and spam links.

2. On my Blogroll there are links to some of the blogs that I read. Please note that I do not necessarily subscribe to their views.

3. I do not ‘exchange’ links so please do not ask me. The people on my blogroll are simply there because I like them and their blogs. There are other sites which I admire and find useful and I have added these, but most do not have me on their blogroll. Neither do I expect anyone to reciprocate.

4. I make no money whatsoever from my blog and at present intend to keep it that way.

Thanks.

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148 Comments leave one →
  1. January 17, 2009 3:28 pm

    best of luck nita.. keep posting interesting things.. nice to know about u and ur blog..

  2. March 26, 2009 4:37 pm

    Timethief, in her latest post, has reviewed bookmarking services: Mento, Twine and Delicious. She thinks you may be interested in using Mento. I am just the messenger. She said this, among other things, in the reply to my comment on the said post:

    Also I truly think that Nita might like Mento so let her know the next time you drop by that I’ll hold back an invitation for her in case she wants to join.

  3. Vivek S. Khadpekar permalink
    March 29, 2009 12:44 pm

    About your header image, where exactly is Vikramgad? The image suggests coastal North Maharashtra or South Gujarat. Then, with help from clues such as the liquor shop, the Foster’s Beer signboard and the spelling of “–gad” I knew it had to be Maharashtra.

    But the question remains: Where? And do we get to learn more about it?

    • March 29, 2009 2:08 pm

      Vivek, I have written about a resort near Vikramgad, here. I think you will recall the post, as you had commented there.

  4. vasudev permalink
    March 29, 2009 1:44 pm

    vivek
    reg yr query on vikramgad

    pl have a look at this link:
    http://www.holidayiq.com/destinations/photos/Maharashtra-Vikramgad-coming-soon-rohan-water-park-and-resort-near-vikra-Photos-2.html

    one more cool place facing threat of extinction!

  5. May 15, 2009 1:20 pm

    After the plethora of awards your blog is deservedly receiving, I could not find any other way of expressing one thing:

    Even after the large following of your blog, even after your popularity in the blogosphere, even after being such a ‘veteran’ among Indian bloggers, what I find extremely refreshing in you is your unpretentious persona when you visit and comment on other blogs, even newbie blogs. This is the hallmark of a great character that shows. I salute that!

    • July 7, 2009 8:45 am

      That is so true Mahendraji! When she had come to my blog for the first time, I was kind of surprised to see her because I never expected any blogger/writer with such popular following to follow ‘me’. She is an avid reader and commentator on so many blogs. She has a pivotal role in blogosphere. I often suggest newbies to just visit this blog for the greatest start and to make great friends in the blogosphere. :)

  6. Nitin Mahajan permalink
    May 29, 2009 6:13 pm

    Hi Nita,I was away from your blog for a while.Just been browsing through some of your recent write – ups.They are, as always, very informative and the amount of work you put through each one is quite incredible.Thanks for a wonderful blog.Hope to visit more often in the future.Cheers

  7. Puranjay permalink
    June 22, 2009 2:32 pm

    You don’t write for the supra pathetic Times of India, do you?

    I did at one time, in fact worked for them. Now I don’t write for them. – Nita

  8. August 18, 2009 6:05 pm

    Hi Nita: A friend of mine bought me a copy of the magazine and mailed from Dubai. Now I have the hard copy too. Thanks for quoting me :-)

  9. August 18, 2009 11:42 pm

    Hi Nita,
    I like your writing.You have the best voice for your readers.
    Lot of thanks and best wishes to your contribution for the society.

  10. August 20, 2009 8:54 am

    Nita, you closed comments for the looking glass article, but have you heard of this party ?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Womanist_Party_of_India

    I dont think they have won any seats but that is the kind of mobilization Indian women need if they want to put Indian men in their place.

    Vikram, sorry about that but had to do it due to some trouble with a commentator. However I have added this link to a previous comment of yours. After a few days I plan to re-open the comments. – Nita

  11. Vinod permalink
    August 25, 2009 1:56 pm

    Nita, the text ‘Wide Angle View of India’ is no longer clickable. It used to be the way I used to refresh the blog page. Could you make it clickable and point it to http://nitawriter.wordpress.com ? Thanks

    Vinod, this time I have uploaded an image on which I wrote the title (this theme has the title on top of the photo and at times it obscures the photo), but for those who need to use it to refresh the page there are other options. For example, on the right sidebar at the top, just above the search button, I have added a linked title. Another option is to click “Home.”

  12. August 26, 2009 1:33 pm

    The new theme: WOW!

    I voted for Sakhi [short stories] and only then saw your entry! :(

    That’s sad! :( :( I need the votes as Sakhi’s blog is known for short stories! I guess she is going to walk away with the votes. However I am not giving up hope yet. And yeah, it’s a cool theme isn’t it. One can change the background colours to match the photo, and that is why I love it. – Nita.

  13. August 26, 2009 2:43 pm

    Boring background color!!!! It should look fresh not dull ;) or we may be forced to assume that you have dull choice in colors :D :D

    • August 26, 2009 5:22 pm

      Suda, my background colours keep changing according to the photo. A few days ago the background was a deep red and now it is a dull blue. I will experiment with all colours, to match with the photograph. But yeah, I personally do not like very bright colours! :) But I made the link colour saffron. That looks good doesn’t it!!

  14. August 26, 2009 4:32 pm

    Hey wonderful choice with the new theme. Very neat.
    Your page looks like a proper news website now at first sight. :)

    - S

    thanks for the compliment Shubhendu. :) – Nita

  15. vasudev permalink
    August 26, 2009 8:17 pm

    went there but regret could not vote since it seems only b-loggers can log in their votes (even though you had stated that upfront, i did not realise one actually needed to have a live blog). so sorry!

    thanks vasudev for trying. I really appreciate it. :) – Nita

  16. sad permalink
    August 28, 2009 2:08 am

    Hi Nita, I liked the blog so much that i’m just glued to this. I’m really sorry for just replying to this blog in a harsh manner. I apologize. It won’t happen again. Actually i got so emotional after reading comments from some who keep criticizing indian traditions, custom, rituals and don’t seem to appreciate any of our social values that we are all proud of. So much so that some don’t like to give any credit to india’s social values for its low divorce rate. Again i apologize.

    sad, I had to delete your comment on the other post because you were harsh on a commentator. Anyway, I published this because you regretted that one. However I find that your email id is not genuine. If you truly want to participate in this forum, where you can air your differing views, you need to provide a genuine email id. However, if this is a one-off comment, its okay. Thanks. – Nita

  17. Kowsik permalink
    September 21, 2009 3:27 pm

    How do i follow your blog. I find what you write really interesting and since i am a new blogger i would like to follow your blog but dont see any option of doing so. Please help.

  18. Lakshmi permalink
    October 14, 2009 7:16 pm

    I am so glad to come across your blog. Very informative and greatly organized. I will be reading the archives slowly.

  19. November 9, 2009 11:29 pm

    I guess you may be knowing that free wordpress.com blogs like ours have ads on them [Yours must be generating a lot of income for WP]. You can see a snapshot of ads on your blog here ( I’ve done a post on this): http://wp.me/pgUnT-RW

  20. November 9, 2009 11:32 pm

    Err, you of course know that. You have a disclaimer on that in your sidebar too.

  21. January 5, 2010 1:07 pm

    Nita, since comments are off on the latest post, I am commenting here.

    I am on a break from my blog too though I blog hop from time to time. I don’t get enough time to read everything so commenting takes a backseat. I am a regular reader of your blog just like millions of your other readers. Take your time and comeback only when you really want to start blogging here again. Please never think of deleting this blog.

    All the best and wish you a very Happy 2010!

  22. January 5, 2010 3:29 pm

    Nita

    i have always been reading your blog and am little sad on your decision to stop blogging, however am sure you must have taken the decision after giving a lot of thought.

    i have always enjoyed reading your blog as well as comments from your regular commentators…. but something in me feels that you will return to blogging at some point.. may be with much less frequency.

  23. wishtobeanon permalink
    January 5, 2010 6:36 pm

    Hi Nita, it’s sad to hear this news. Wish you luck in all your other commitments. Well, actually, I did not know that blogs existed until I chanced upon your blog accidentally while searching for some news item. So you are kind of indirectly responsible for introducing me to the world of blogs. Funnily, I also felt like I had a friend in you though we haven’t interacted a whole lot.
    I hope we’ll get to read more new posts from your blog sometime in the near future.

  24. January 5, 2010 7:00 pm

    Great things does not come to end rather other larger things gets prioritized, so if you have to take this decission there might be a reason for it. Good luck.

    I would have hardly commented 1-2 comments so far but I think this would be a meaninful comment to wish you best luck in whatever activity you are into. Take care.

  25. Lakshmi permalink
    January 5, 2010 8:49 pm

    Feeling little blue by your latest post, but then again you got to do what you got to do. Wishing you a happy new year and hope to see you back soon Nita.

  26. January 5, 2010 8:55 pm

    Offline life is much more important than the online one.
    And as they say that stone age did not end due to lack of stones….I believe your life will have great things in store for you.
    Good Luck Nita.

  27. January 5, 2010 11:49 pm

    Best of luck Nita ! I understand your decision, thanks for all your insightful writing and sagacious management of comments and discussions. You have inspired and influenced many !

  28. January 6, 2010 9:11 am

    I have turned to your blog many many times to know what you would say on an issue… I will miss you now but I understand. I can imagine how painful this must be for you. My warmest wishes to you for your offline life.

  29. rags permalink
    January 7, 2010 1:07 am

    I’m going to miss this blog very much!
    I have learnt a lot from your blog and from the diverse views of so many intelligent people who comment here. I guess real life is more important but I hope you will be able to come back sometime soon. All the best! Will miss you and all the regular commenters here.

  30. January 16, 2010 12:10 pm

    To everyone who responded to my latest post, I am sorry that I did not reply earlier. It was just that I was finding it difficult to come back to this blog, it was something emotional. I have replied to all those who wrote emails to me. But now it is time for me to respond to all of those who wrote me a note here.

    Solilo, thanks. I won’t delete the blog, but I don’t know if I will ever come back. For the simple reason that I was completely addicted to this blog. If I can distance myself and write, then perhaps I could come back. But then my blog wouldn’t be the same!

    Vivek M, thanks for that faith in me. I have valued your presence on my blog, although we have argued too! :) Maybe you are right.

    wishtobeanon, I count you as a friend too! :) You are one of my oldest readers. Do write in sometimes.

    Lakshmi Rajan, Thanks for your wishes. As you said, prioritizing is what is important. If I had another 5 hours in a day I would definitely continue with the blog!

    Lakshmi, thanks, and happy new year to you too!

    Dev, thanks for that assurance. When you say that “Offline life is much more important than the online one.” you hit the nail on the head! I need to get back to real life. Really badly!!

    Vikram, thanks and it was great having you as a reader and commentator!

    IHM, thanks. Will visit your blog off and on.

    rags, I am going to miss all of you. Am already doing so!

  31. Pie permalink
    April 1, 2010 6:01 pm

    Nita,

    As i was reading to your blogs I feel the gut to ask your help to at least give me an advise. I am a Filipina who happens to find my first love through chatting with an Indian guy from Kerala. Our relationship blossomed from friendship and into a special love for more than 2 years already. His family knew about this and mine too except for my dad. But lately, one thing I knew he had a 3 month relationship with a girl in Dubai when he worked there a year ago. I knew only this accidentally and confronted him. He told me everything about the girl that she was just a “pass” time since it is the girl who had made the first move. What to do? I love him so much . He asked for a 2nd chance and i have forgiven him. But the past keeps on coming to my mind and now i am always in doubts and worry that it will happen again.

    dear Pie, From what I read you seem to be in a long distance relationship. If you ask me I can only give you my personal opinion and that is that long distance relationships are always difficult. They can work if a strong bond already exists between the two in real life. If not, they cannot work. – Nita.

  32. Asmita permalink
    August 18, 2010 7:47 pm

    Hi,
    I have a very sad and negative experience about my first marriage. If any one has read a book NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER , then I will soon be dipicting another edition of it naming ONLY FOR MY DAUGHTER…. More or less similer. I have a daugher and she means THE WORLD TO ME…Had been going through alot becoz of my first marriage.Tried alot to reconsile it…but there was a VAST cultural differnce…Now every one in my family wants me to get remarried and get resettled…Our society as it is makes a woman feel Insecured without a man…here I am a divorcee and that too with a Girl child with me…..

    I wish to work and looking forward for some helping hand, some suggestions, some kind of support. Please let me know how can I make myself Independent.

    Thanks & Rgrds
    Asmita

    Asmita, you are certainly on the right path. You need to be financially independent. Depending on your skills/qualifications, apply for jobs. That is the only way. If you wish you can approach women’s organisations in the place that you stay for advise. – Nita

    • Asmita permalink
      August 20, 2010 7:47 am

      Thank you so much neeta,

      Would certainly do that. Meanwhile coul you also please advise me with some support system, or organisations as on net I am unable to search it through.

      Once again Thanks & Rgrds,

      Asmita

  33. Kavita Wakade permalink
    October 4, 2010 2:38 pm

    Hey enjoyed your blogs specially on travel…and puneri patya…

  34. April 14, 2012 8:18 am

    Hi Nita,

    You are doing a great job out there. Keep at it. We need more of you…

  35. Naveen Bhardwaj permalink
    May 12, 2012 1:05 pm

    Dear Hita, do check the pic of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award shown in your blog/website. The picture actually contains “Param Vir Chakra”. There should be Ashok Chakra on one side and Mr. Rajiv Gandhi’s pic. on the other side. Do the needful at earliest.

    I checked but did not find any picture on the site of the Khel ratna award. This is the post:

    http://nitawriter.wordpress.com/2008/02/13/we-want-to-know-who-the-jury-is/

    I am not sure which other post there is . – Nita

  36. October 11, 2012 1:25 pm

    Wow! Nita! This is an amazing blog and have loads of information.

  37. October 20, 2012 8:30 pm

    Amazing !!!!!
    What a wonderful blog.
    Quite informative.

    and life smiles.

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