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Hi, I’m Nita. All my life I have been struggling to be the perfect mother and the perfect writer.nita-water-colour-2_1_1.jpg
Wrote my first novella – an adventure story of The Secret Three! – when I was eleven. My first screenplay for my favourite TV show The Invaders and The Mod Squad (we were in Nigeria then) at 13. Kept a detailed journal from the age of nine to the age of twenty-six. Have a trunkfull of the stuff now. Plan to publish parts of it one day. Kept writing stories and novellas…but finally, after studying English Literature (at graduation level) and picking up a degree in Marketing (post-graduation level) landed up in advertising. Childhood over.

When I had two little girls within a gap of four years I decided to concentrate on them. Motherhood for me was fulfilling, satisfying and enjoyable. Though I read a lot during those early years I started writing again only when the younger one was two. I started off with ‘middles’ in newspapers about my experiences as a mother and then started to free-lance with the Times of India, Deccan Herald, The Telegraph, and The Statesman. I wrote on a wide variety of subjects. Also, ran around for NIE (Newspaper in Education) where I worked with the Times of India. Here I worked with children, showing them how to get the most from their daily newspaper. I enjoyed every minute of it.

Life became a mad rush as I became a stringer for Eve’s and then in Calcutta, for The Telegraph. Published dozens of middles, several short stories for children. I also contributed other feature articles for the childrens page. It was fun.

When my younger daughter entered the sixth grade I decided to go full-time. I worked for the Advertising &Marketing magazine, the Economic Times, Mumbai, and Business Today. Didn’t like it much and so gave it up.

I am back to free-lancing. If you want to check my (already) published articles, then I suggest you look at the archives of the first three months. I have not categorised all (category link above) as I have just started to categorise, starting from September 06. After the first few months I more or less stopped uploading my published pieces as many were outdated, and started writing pieces exclusively for this blog.

I am also working on a novel.

I am also a serious palmist and have been at it for the last 30 years. I started in school. I do not read the future because just like in that movie Back To The Future I believe that the future changes as we change. I read the inner being behind the palm (sometimes we ourselves do not know what motivates us to behave in a certain way) and there are certain probable futures that we all have. I read palms from high quality digital prints so that I can study the print at leisure. My clients are mostly my daughters’ friends and friends of friends and relatives’ friends. I do take money, but for friends its free.

I have taught English to poor children as it gave me a thrill. Today, due to certain circumstances I don’t do this, but plan to start again.

Most of the day ofcourse I write, write, re-write. Read a palm or two. Cook. Read books. My favourite as a genre are thrillers ofcourse. I have a particular fondness for Science Fiction. When it comes to individual books, there are many, many…

I love to spend time with my two grown-up daughters, one of whom is studying to be a designer. The second is studying psychology.

Then there’s my husband. He is my best friend and my soul-mate.

If you wish to write to me you can write to me at:

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However, please do so under your real name, even if you happen to use another identity online.

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  1. November 27, 2006 8:35 am

    This is a comment I got under ‘My Profile’ but I have deleted that post now and put whatever was in it under the heading ‘About Me.’ Therefore I am copying the comment here as well.
    Hi Nita,
    I came across your site by chance, as I was searching for something on my mother Nergis Dalal, and you had a comment on one of her middles.
    I liked reading your profile, and felt you had something in common with her. I’ve tried putting together some information on her at nergisdalal.blogspot.com and maybe you would be interested to see it.
    I’m a writer myself, though of a different kind. Do get in touch if you feel like it.
    Roshen
    Comment by Roshen Dalal | September 25, 2006 |

    • ingsama permalink
      March 26, 2009 10:39 am

      hey nita i stumbled on some stem cell therapy site thats going in indai and i saw u comment on it i was wondering if u could provide me or help with more information on whats going personally so i have sent u invitation on gmaill and hotmail both ,hope u will accept it thanks

      • March 26, 2009 2:30 pm

        ingsama, I do not have any information about stem cell therapy except what I wrote about in this post, on another blog. I wrote that post when I used to write for a group blog called Mutiny. I write posts on various issues and whatever information I have is there on the post itself.

  2. December 6, 2006 2:38 pm

    I think you are having a wonderful life with palmistry, books, newspapers, novellas, cooking, teaching, psychology….and what more…you could always widen your horizon…wow..amazing!

    Keep it up! :)

  3. December 15, 2006 3:29 pm

    Hi Nita,

    Do you take up any freelance projects? Which city are you based in? Let me know.

    regards,

    Prash.

  4. December 18, 2006 5:30 pm

    Hi Nita,

    I stumbled upon your blog while looking for middles in Deccan Herald. I am also a freelance writer and have started with jotting middles. Got one published in the DH in October. It takes a lot of patience as they don’t intimate if it is selected or not. So you look up every morning to find whether you have made it! I am an MBA but work as a freelance translator. I don’t have any degree in English Lit.
    I would like some advice from you. Do I need a degree in literature to become a freelance journalist? I have contacted TOI and left my resume, but it doesn’t work. I think the only way is to keep writing and keep asking if they like. If you have some tips on how to get published in TOI, women’s magazines, I would be grateful for that.

    It was very interesting reading your write-ups.
    Have a nice time,
    Anubhooti

  5. December 18, 2006 7:51 pm

    Thank you Anubhooti. I am glad you enjoyed my writing.
    I have a degree in Eng Lit, but honestly, no one ever asked. I struggled at first, the same way you did.
    I also started visiting the Times of India office, Bangalore (I lived there then) as well as Deccan Herald and suggested ideas for articles.
    Penning middles is creative writing and that does not make one a journalist. For that you have to write feature articles or news stories.
    Out of say ten ideas I gave, maybe they would approve one or two. If they approved, it meant they were commissioning the article. That’s how I started. Slowly they get to know you, realise you write well, are accurate, willing to work hard and meet the deadlines. Still, as a freelancer it’s always as if they are doing you a favour.
    Be very careful when you quote someone. Take a tape-recorder. Ask if what people are saying is off the record…
    There is nothing like taking up a job in a magazine or newspaper for a few years to get the bylines. But if you have no experience you start at the bottom.
    Editors look upon freelancers with a portfolio more kindly. However, even then, they want you to give the ideas. And they won’t help you write it. If they have to help, they will help their own staff.

  6. January 7, 2007 5:39 pm

    Hi Nita,

    I stumbled upon yr blog… It will be good if you can be part of this blog (mutiny.wordpress.com).. which we have been running sucesfully. If you will be interested in writing that will be great. Please let me know.

  7. January 8, 2007 10:57 pm

    Hello;

    I have just read your article on bollywood/hollywood and I would like to say that I am a western woman of no INdian background and I only watch bollywood and really wish the trend to duplicate hollywood would end once and for all-I can watch hollywood if I chose but I chose bollywood so that I do not have to watch stories that are so void of human emotion, family values/respect and teenage sex. I hope that there is always a good supply to see that do not try to copy hollywood.

  8. January 11, 2007 12:43 am

    Hi Nita, the site is looking great. Thanks for stopping by my essay place and leaving a note, it was very kind and very appreciated. I have a friend who is looking for recipe suggestions from around the world, she just recently posted this: http://clarelmartin.wordpress.com and it occured to me just how much the two of you have in common. She’s a playwright, literary editor and proud mother. She’s of Cajun decent and lives in Louisiana in the United States. Clare and I have been ‘chatting’ for over a month now and I thought you might be interested in a penpal with similar interests…

    This is part of her post:
    “I usually try to prepare one family meal a day in the evening. My family likes lamb, beef, chicken, turkey, duck, pork, shellfish, most fish, legumes, most vegetables, many varieties of grains, cheeses, etc. I rarely deep-fry and I don’t sauce things up for the most part. I am looking for uncomplicated but tasty meal ideas. Husband has agreed to pitch in more too, but I have to tell him what to make and what to do.”

    Whether you head over to Clare’s or not, I want to thank you again for the response. It gave me a… spark.

    Gabriel.

  9. Art permalink
    January 16, 2007 8:50 am

    Nita,
    My wife was molested by an Indian physician in their workplace. It turns out that he has done this to many of the women in the hospital. He was the head of the radiology department and tended to molest young single mothers who could not afford to loose their jobs. This was typically done in the middle of the day during regular work hours but in areas of the department where it would be difficult to witness. This “gentleman” was born and raised in Bombay. I have stumbled upon the issue of Eve teasing when researching women’s rights in India, and was taken back by the discription of this behavior. It seems to describe this man’s behavior. Would you agree? Also is it likely that he would have been exposed to this behavior if he was born and raised in Bombay through his college/medical school years?

  10. January 16, 2007 9:25 am

    This has nothing to with Bombay as such. Bombay is one of the safest places for women in India.
    From what you say it seems that the man is a sicko and is probably been raised wrong. The way these men are brought up – is partly what creates them. At least that is what I believe.
    But ofcourse he could also be a crazy guy…such guys you can find all over the world, not just in India.

  11. February 1, 2007 4:45 am

    Thanks for dropping in
    on my tiny corner of cyberspace
    my virtual haveli
    (or should that be a wigwam?)

    I am amazed at the width and depth of your blogs
    truly awesome that you have achieved this in five months.

    I have found some good blogs sites,
    but am hard pressed for time,
    there is such a lot I want to read.

    You talk of Calcutta.
    Where my roots are
    and where my heart lies.

  12. February 19, 2007 9:31 pm

    Hi, Nita!

    I am not Indian, but an admirer of India (I chose this tag and saw your posts in Tag Surfer). Great job, wonderful blog! I am very impressed by the wide range of topics and hot issues you cover.
    Knowing quite a lot about Indian tradition, religions and culture I found here lots of very importatn information on the modern India.
    THANK YOU! I will be definety reading your blog constantly!
    all ym best, axinia

  13. Sundar permalink
    February 20, 2007 8:57 pm

    I came across your blog very recently. You deal with a wide variety of topics and most of them are interesting. Keep it up

  14. February 27, 2007 11:32 am

    Good blog !!

  15. February 28, 2007 12:42 pm

    hi, i need to email you regarding a freelance writing project.Cannot find your email here. Could you send me a email at funwuni (at) hotmail (dot) com and I will get back in touch with you?

    Thanks.

  16. lucy lindsay permalink
    March 6, 2007 9:55 pm

    I love your blog. So much work. I found it because I was looking up hotels in Matheran and read your piece about the Veranda in the Forest. You mention that it is very quiet and I wondered if that meant that it would be an inappropriate place to stay for a couple of days with our 10 year old and 7 year old. We are visiting India in December. Flying in to Bombay, straight out to Matheran and then down the coast in Maharashtra. we cant wait as we love India and havent been for 10 years.

  17. March 7, 2007 5:30 am

    No it would not be inappropriate at all! However there is no pool or television or tennis courts etc which some other hotels have. In fact I think the place would suit your family as they know how to look after foreign guests and the food would be alright for your family.
    I had mentioned the ‘quiet’ part only because some of the other hotels are unbearably noisy!

  18. Anna permalink
    March 16, 2007 7:13 am

    Is there need for orphanages where you are?

  19. March 16, 2007 8:03 am

    There is a need for orphanages all over India. And yes in and around Mumbai too. Orphanages usually are bursting to capacity because they tend to function more as childrens homes as there are a lot of street children and abandoned children who are taken there.

  20. March 22, 2007 5:20 pm

    Dear Ms Nita
    It was wonderful experience having blog like this which dealt positively on so many topics. You gave problems and at times solutions also.

    Can we make education the biggest issue to have less problems? I went through your various points on education and see you like an activist.

    you are requested to raise the issue of education in movement mode.
    Thanks and Regards.
    binod singh
    09312813193, 09835024536, http://www.oxygenamovement.org

  21. March 22, 2007 9:39 pm

    Dear Mr. Singh, It is wonderful to hear that my posts on education touched your heart. Education is a subject that is very dear to me.
    I went to your site. Indeed your movement is an excellent one.
    I am doing a very little bit by providing for the education of one poor child. I also teach English to poor children free of cost. It is my own way of contributing.

  22. March 23, 2007 12:37 pm

    Dear Ms Nita

    You must have seen responsible voices in newsletter of Oxygen movement. This weekly newsletter has got print circulation of 18,000 copies.
    I request you kindly send 250-300 words write up for responsible voice column on “expectation from eduacated people and education system”.

    Regards
    binod singh

  23. Gautam permalink
    March 26, 2007 1:43 pm

    Hi,

    Its really a different experience; reading your blog. I dont remember how i stumbled upon it, but now i read it regularly.


    gautam

  24. April 23, 2007 4:01 pm

    hi nita,
    i just came accross your your blog on cyber stalking . it is wonderfull. And offcourse the motivating stiry of your own……………..
    i am a lawyer presently working on a project on cyber bullying on the school children. we have created a blog and website too. plz do visit http://www.cyberbullying.co.nr/.

  25. May 14, 2007 10:10 pm

    hi..

    i came across ur website while browsing.. dont rmbr wat.. :)
    i dont read much but found the marine drive picutre on ur block really fascinating.. curious abt the source.. have u taken the picture urself??? do u have the full version?? cause when i tried to save it, it said cropped.. would really like to c the full version if there is one..

    ur blog topics sound inresting.. at work currently and cant read rite now, but will get back to reading later tonite.. i wanted to make sure i drop in line abt the beautiful photograph..

    jitu

  26. May 15, 2007 7:33 am

    I took the picture on marine drive with a canon 610. I have sent you the full version by email. I am an amateur photographer and that appreciation means a lot to me! :)

  27. Andreia Priyanka permalink
    May 17, 2007 1:30 am

    Hi, I thought I’d leave a few words after reading your blog. I am Indian-Portuguese and have lived in London all my life. I have never been to India (my Indian father died just after I was born and mum never really connected with his side- I don’t think there was enough time) I am 17 now and I have suddenly become very interested in my Indian side. Its sad but Google.com has been my main educator about India and its culture. But at least, thank goodness for the internet.
    Your site is amazing and I assume you are Indian so its more interesting to read articles written by somebody from a country I so want to visit. I have been trying to teach myself Hindi by going to the local chippy which is owned by a Bangladeshi.
    Good luck with your blog :)

  28. Arti permalink
    June 20, 2007 7:35 pm

    Hi Nita,
    I am really impressed by your blog. It looks so professional and covers a variety of topics concerning India and our people. Keep writing.

    Would you be interested in joining http://www.vivartha.com/ It’s a project that aims to bring the best blogs of India together and feedcast their content? Please join if you’re interested since I’d really like it if your blog is listed there.

  29. Ken permalink
    June 28, 2007 2:05 pm

    I think you are right when you say that most bloggers are either IT Cons or Journalist. I relate to this wirh small incidence. If you give a pen and paper. to babies who does not know reading or writing will also definitely scrtch a lot on paper.

    If you give pen and paper to school child he will barely make attempt to right any thing beyond his name unless he has some real passion to write. Obviously kids with that passion become authors and journalist, and most IT cons are those babies who barely know how to write.

    IT cons are too many merely due to their easy access and journalist have reall passion. :)

    I may not be completey right here; but I have seen many blogs of lot of IT cons who stop after couple of posts or months unless they are really good and get plenty of readers.

    Rgds,
    Ken

  30. July 2, 2007 8:19 am

    Happy Canada Day, Nita. 140-years old and we barely look 100.

  31. July 2, 2007 11:19 am

    Happy Canada Day to you too…I am not sure what you mean by ‘barely look 100′ though!
    Hope you had a good long weekend. :)

  32. amar permalink
    July 4, 2007 12:39 pm

    Hi neeta
    Liked your blog.
    Would you care to e mail me some stories written by you which I could read to my son who is seven years old.
    Grateful
    Thanks

  33. Europa permalink
    July 4, 2007 6:24 pm

    Dear Nita,

    I landed on your blog while searching for Adoption process in india. Frankly i could not find a better site that summarized the adoption process. I have spent I think better part of the day reading your blog.

    I thought I should share with you some concerns and ask you to write or give your opinon on what I feel.

    Issue: LIfe in Mumbai

    I have lived in Mumbai for the last 10 years and have decided to go back to my home town. I cannot take this city any more. I feel something is terribly wrong with either my way of thinking since 15 million ( or is it 16?) people cant be living life like this.

    Mumbai has no open spaces for children to play. We have no sewer system in place that works. They cannot be called roads if you stick to the definition. Local trains resemble Nazi concentration camp railway carriages. The air is polluted. I cannot hear the mobile in my hand in a traffic jam. Almost everyone takes at least 1 hour each way to office and more to go back home. Garbage is every where. I cannot differentiate where the stink of human shit begins and fishy / garbagy stink ends. People have no place to go so they crowd the malls and hang out for no reason. Prices are so high I wouldnt buy my own house at the price I am selling it.

    I want to adopt a child and cannot even dream of giving this city life to the child.

    Yet people go on. I do not think this is mumbai sprit. I am sorry. Something is wrong with us. This place by all means is hateful. Dont other people feel it? Are we all dead to feeling? Only people who are from smaller town can see what a hell hole this is.

    Am I the only one feeling like this?

  34. July 4, 2007 6:53 pm

    I understand what you feel Europa and there are many who hate the big city life that Mumbai offers. I guess Mumbai can be pretty bad and what you have described is true. Its terrible that Mumbaikars have no place to go to! What you said about the malls is so true!!
    I have thought of this before…how people just go on and manage to love Mumbai all the same…well, I believe its something to do with choices. You had a choice of returning to a smaller place, which you think of as your home. People mostly do not have a choice. For them Mumbai is their bread and butter. Then there is another class of people who have so much money that they live in an utopia and experience only the good things of Mumbai. Then there are those for whom Mumbai is home, Mumbai is their mother. You can’t hate your mother however bad she is I guess!
    And then lastly, yes, there are some wonderful things about Mumbai. You can put the people of any other city in Mumbai and it won’t be the same. The people do have some spirit…the spirit of Mumbai is the people. I saw it for myself during the July 2006 floods. I could write here about 10 incidents of just personal experiences of people I know. Just compare what happened during similar floods in an American town…and what happened during a fire in a cinema hall in Delhi (Uphaar).
    Yes, Mumbai has a heart, it has a soul, and it has survived the ugliness around.
    I can’t help it – I love Mumbai. But this is not blind love, I am perfectly aware of the warts. Even my home-town Pune s not the same as it was when I was growing up . Development has brought with it some terrible consequences.
    But I have hope. I have hope that one day Mumbai will change, I feel its improving though at a snail’s pace. There are big plans to improve Mumbai and I think this will happen although it could take 10 years.

  35. Europa permalink
    July 4, 2007 8:40 pm

    Wilth all due respects mam, No. I dont buy the 26 July story. I was caught in it too. I am ashamed that we still face the same porblems in the city despite july 26th. Homo Sapiens have terraformed the planet to suit their needs, even destroyed other species, gone to the moon, but I am sure, in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, It will be noted that certain classes have been unable to change a single city.

  36. July 4, 2007 8:53 pm

    I am sorry to hear that you had a bad experience on 26th July Europa. All the people I know (five of my neighbors who were out separately, three cousins who were out separately and two friends, out separately) had all very good heart warming experiences. I guess its a personal thing and perhaps bad luck in your case…there are always bad people out there, everywhere. And at times it gets to one.

  37. Phantom permalink
    July 5, 2007 4:43 am

    Nita – its a tad hard to survive the daily rigours of the hard life that mumbai offers, driven only by the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing that during the floods one year people actually helped each other. I dunno…..but in my book, people helpin each other should not be a trump card, it is expected, its a given. In moments of strife, it is natural that people will help each other, cos I guess people do have a conscience.

    My point is – the day to day drudgery of a city like mumbai (the traffic, dirt, pollution etc etc) needs to be balanced on a day to day basis, in order to truly provide a rewarding life to mumbaikars. Sure, the rich residents of juhu, malabar hills, cuffe parade, lead an enchanted life, they live the best of mumbai without suffering any of its worst. But what of the mjority of the population who dont live that elite life ???

    Do u live in bbay? Or do u hyst visit regularly???? Am asking only cos for a visitor, even a frequent one, bbay is a city that presents an alllure, it has character, it has pace, it has bollywood. Different matter once u start livcing there :)

  38. July 5, 2007 6:43 am

    Phantom, I live here. And I love it. But yes I am lucky enough that I work from home, and do not live in very bad conditions! But yes, I’ve been there….hot sticky train travel, everything!

  39. Europa permalink
    July 5, 2007 10:06 am

    I dont intend to rant on about this post of mine… but you got me wrong Nita. My experience of july 26th was very touching. It was not bad. But I also see the daily traffic road rage in the same people. I also remember on-lookers simply walking by a guy having heart attack on churchgate station. We no longer report the bodies on tracks.
    I agree with phantom that after 4000 years of history (more actulally) , helping each other should expected from mature people. I feel bad that the collective conscience of Mumbai has failed to do anything to improve the living conditions. Its the amorphous nature of responsibility, the narrowing focus of “my home and building is great” or “My- kids school is nearby” mentality and/or the hope of good money that keeps us glued here.
    There needs to be a mutiny. We need army Generals here. Keep the laws. But get the army to implement them.
    I admint I am runnign away from calling Mumbai my home or Mother. I could not have been able to watch her robbed like this. From europaandio (at) gmail.com
    No offence meant to anyone.

  40. July 5, 2007 11:16 am

    Just a thought, but maybe — Europa and Phantom — there are local newspapers and magazines and news programs on television where you could be raising these issues…

  41. Sandhya permalink
    July 8, 2007 5:07 am

    Hi Neeta!

    I got so busy reading posts, that I had to go back to google to find how I landed here :) (ans: searching for info on NIE). You have some very good writing out here…all the best, to keep it coming!

  42. Aryan Khanna permalink
    July 10, 2007 8:48 pm

    Hi,

    I am from India. I need some advice from you. I have an offer of employment from Beijing but when I was reading on the net about it, I found that it has very high level of pollution and is one of the most polluted cities in the world. I live in Mumbai now and am no stranger to pollution but I read Beijing is even worse than Mumbai, especially during the winter. I also read that you can get lung disease there.

    What has been your experience? My office will be in the Haidian district. Is it true that it is very polluted and congested? Please reply soon as I have to reply as soon as possible. This is a very important decision of my life so please help me.

    Thanks
    Aryan Khanna

  43. July 10, 2007 9:38 pm

    Aryan, are you going to be in Beiijing city? Well, we were there recently and its difficult to breathe without your eyes smarting and nose watering! And I live in Mumbai too. I have experienced pollution in almost all cities of India, but nothing like Bejing. But remember sometimes pollution differs even within a km radius! For example at Saki Naka in Mumbai the pollution will be far more than say in a quiet suburb of Versova so it depends on where you live, how you commute, where your office is.
    Also there are different kinds of pollution, particle matter, different gases etc. I am not sure what Beijing has but one thing I can tell you – there are no birds there. I heard they were killed due to the pollution…but again there are no facts available. You see, the Chinese govt. is very secretive. Recently a world health orgn report talking of pollution in chinese cities was suppressed due to the political clout of China. They insisted that release of the report would cause social unrest in the country. So at the end of the day – no one knows the truth.
    Everything depends on whether you have small kids. And how your own health is. If you or any family member is prone to respiratory diseases, Beijing is out! Thats my take on it.
    But again, sometimes there are other considerations. The decision is yours to take after weighing everything. I hope this helps.

  44. July 12, 2007 9:31 pm

    Hi Nita,
    I have been visiting your site fairly often – I have absolutely no idea how I discovered it but I don’t think that really matters. The point is I don’t read many blogs but I do read yours.

    You have a great sense of humor – I like how you noticed supermarkets & multiplexes have better security than commuter stations but for entirely different reasons! And I admire that you are a true patriot – not the kind that wears their 100% Khadi ‘Mera Bharat Mahan’ T-shirts in all three available colors – but one who sees both the good and bad and desires to see more of the former. I find all your articles fair, balanced and very professional.

    I am by no means a ‘serious writer’. I do enjoy writing the occasional senseless article about nothing to give my friends something to laugh about as I shamelessly try to mimic the style of my idol – the Amazing Ben Thompson.

    I do have some short stories that I wrote back in college (some were to impress my future-girlfriend, some were screenplays for my friend who was making 3D shorts, some were screenplays for short films that starred me & my bonehead friends). I feel like reworking them and putting them online. You can check it out on my site in the ‘Fiction’ section – I hope to add all of them soon.

    With that shameless plug, I will sign off and wish you well. I look forward to more of your posts; just remember to do the eco-friendly thing and remember to print them all on 100% recycled bytes. Al Gore is counting on all of us.

    Rock on.

  45. July 12, 2007 10:16 pm

    Hey Nouman. Thanks for the appreciation. :)
    And yes, fairness and truth matters a lot to me and I’m glad this comes through in my posts.
    And er…the recycled bytes thing…I am totally non-techy, so will have to figure that out…

  46. July 25, 2007 8:50 pm

    Nita – I am tagging you for “Thinking Blogger Award”. Your writings enrich and inform, take me out of the narrow confines of my experience and thoughts, and hence are invaluable to me as a citizen of the world. Your blog entries are treasures and should be read by many people!
    Please propel the meme forward by nominating 5 bloggers who make you think, make a post of your choices and append the “Thinking Blogger Award” logo to your post. if you go into my “About” section, under Steve Danko’s comment he has provided the link to the logo. i am unable to figure out how to load it into my blog entry – even my husband, who is computer literate can’t figure it out as we are having major frustrations whith photoshop. :-( G

  47. July 27, 2007 9:07 am

    Hello Nita –

    I wanted to let you know that I finally updated my links page and put you on it. Will you pop over and make sure that you are o.k. with my description?

    Thanks.

    Aikaterine

  48. July 27, 2007 9:15 am

    I love your description. Thanks.

  49. July 27, 2007 9:41 am

    Great, the thing that I love about your writing is that it is applicable to other societies. The questions you raise might by Indian in scope, but their breadth is universal. Or did I say that backwards? Oh, you know what I mean.

  50. July 27, 2007 7:39 pm

    I read your post about the northeast of India, and it reminded me about what some men from the US think about Latin American women. Maybe as humans we project what we take as our dark side on the other, the foreigner. You do present a lot to think about.

    We seem to have writing and motherhood in common. If you have time, please visit my blog at http://mariacristina.wordpress.com

    Congratulations on your Thinking Blog Award from Suburban Life, where I discovered your blog. Very nice!

  51. amla from adelaide permalink
    July 28, 2007 5:53 am

    hi nita,

    finally the w/end! i had to come back here! although the last time I was here I did not go through the other aspects of your blog, merely added comments to the other one. I reckoned I should know who I had been talking to, since I enjoyed and appreciated your POV. Now onto your articles which have been praised tremendously on this page… I now I won;t be disappointed!

    BTW, on TOI do you write nationally on in the bbay city ed? I am a big fan of Jug Suraiya! Maybe you can do an article/colum for bbay the the way he did for Vasant Vihar?! Just a thought….

  52. July 28, 2007 6:58 am

    Thanks for coming back Amla. I enjoyed talking to you too!
    About TOI, I have more or less stopped writing for them now. Just tying up the loose ends. They pay too little but expect a lot. I didn’t care at first as they are such a prominent newspaper…but now I want to concentrate on my novel and also this blog. I am getting some online work though which I am planning to take up.
    Btw, freelance journalism pays very little in India. I have heard that in developed countries if you sell 1-2 articles you can live out the whole month, here after selling 1-2 articles you could probably just buy chocolates for the month! Anyway, I have had such a long career, and have written for all the major newspapers in India so now I feel I can take a step back.

  53. July 28, 2007 8:14 am

    I’ve had a couple of full time reporting jobs where chocolates were a luxury item… the most I’ve ever received for freelance work was $1/word for a few 1200-1500 word pieces, they were for a tech trade magazine… trades, the quality ones, almost always pay more than the daily papers. On the other end, when I was just out of college I wrote a “Year In Review” piece for a tech/business paper. It ended up being a little over 18,000 words. I was paid $350 for it and they left my name off the whole thing.

    I have a few friends who did pretty well living on freelance money for a few years, but I’m horrible at it. There’s just too much discipline involved… and I need at least one meal a day. I did a piece for an American magazine that was pretty lucrative. A friend of mine who worked at one of the tech magazines I worked for started writing about golf and managed to get his pieces in two American magazines on a regular basis… that’s where the cash is.

    Have you tried freelancing outside India?

  54. July 28, 2007 8:46 am

    I guess if I wrote for international mags or papers I would get plenty of money by Indian standards! For you a $1 a word is nothing but for us its quite a lot. :) I know a few people who do it and they are very cagey about their contacts. One thing I am pretty bad at and thats begging…
    I am trying to negotiate a deal with a company to maintain their blog, but its not getting anywhere. They say they want me (a writer) but right now they have a techie managing it.
    And yes I too have had experiences where they have (inadvertently they said) left my name out…sigh!
    Over here PR is very important if you want freelance work, I don’t know about there. But you need to keep visiting, keep calling and sucking up to greenhorn reporters and frankly I am sick of it. Not that I was good at it at the best of times! In fact the best time I have ever had was when I was on the inside. Thats when I realised how they treat free-lancers. As some sort of rivals who need to be kept down. There is a completely lack of professionalism in the journalism industry in India and the only reason I have not written a post on it is that I know I will offend a lot of people, like my former bosses and others whom I do respect. I know some stories about what goes on that will make your toes curl!

  55. July 28, 2007 9:38 am

    Oh no, a buck a word is pretty rare here. Unless you’ve got some academics and a few books on your resume there’s almost no chance of getting more than that. From memory the average here would be $0.25 for a daily. Most of my contracts were for (roughly) $0.15 to $0.25/word. Believe me, if I had been receiving a buck a word on a regular basis I’d be flying my personal jet over to India for a vacation.

    I hated pitching the ideas as well. I’ve had more than a few end up being written by a staff writer. With the tech trades I already had a few years with a couple of tech trade magazines so I knew a lot of the editors, it made it a little easier. But getting outside my comfort zone in terms of topics and issues was nearly impossible.

    If you want to write the book, change the names. Then again I would think quite a few people outside India would be interested in how journalism is keeping up with the changing social structiures… is Indian journalism helping or hindering the changes? Has there been a greater access to reporting from outside India? One thing I’ve been curious about for quite a while is how the Internet is being used… basically, what is the Internet doing to help people engage in democratic and capitalist reforms? And what about the social reforms? It’d make an interesting story.

  56. July 29, 2007 8:06 am

    Gabriel, I am quite incapable of writing a book about the journalism industry here because I do not have the width of knowledge required.
    but I can answer some of your questions. TV journalism is just about coming of age here…and globalisatoin hasn’t yet happened. There are also heavy FDI (foreign direct investment) restrictions in the news industry here, to protect our ‘national interest’ as they say! But this has led to less competition and therefore a certain amount of a lack of professionalism. In those industries were FDI is allowed we are seeing healthy competition and world class products.
    Internet usage is minimal here and only a small section of people use it. You rarely get riff-raff internet users in India, as the internet users do not as yet represent the whole population. Many of them are the elite and they are mostly young bright students or IT professionals.
    Whenever anyone has troubled me, that person has invariably had an IP which is outside India.
    However internet usage is going to explode they say in a few years….its already started. Online media here has almost no presence in terms of audience (I wrote about this in one of my posts) but it will all change they say.

  57. July 29, 2007 9:38 am

    We’ve got the same kind of ownership restrictions, it’s impossible for an “outsider” to buy into Canadian media, so the status quo is never threatened. Which means mediocrity is safe and no one needs to push boundaries, we also share the same kind of competition issues.

    Internet usage is definitely going to explode soon… it has a tendancy to push into open societies exponentially. One of the more interesting things I was reporting on way-back-when was how certain countries were adopting technologies by leapfrogging… like areas in a country which had never had landline phones suddenly having cellphones. There are so many cutting edge technologies being introduced for the first time into non-tech places… like a village in China jumping straight to LED lights, never having to put up with a light burning out. We kind of take it for granted, but the Internet is a massive leap forward… here in Canada, not too long ago, the Internet was a toy almost completely unused by business and government, but fifteen years later a huge chunk of our economy is service based and revolves around the Internet. It’s not the stuff we can see and use as individuals — blogs, websites, music downloads only make up about ten percent of the Internet usage — that’s the revolution. It’s the distribution networks, that’s what’s going to revolutionize Indian democracy and the economy. It’s having Global Positioning Systems in delivery trucks so packages can be monitored and tracked. Pop machines that can call home base and tell the pop company it needs a refill. Traffic models and CCTV to monitor traffic… basically it’s the UPS model of Internet-based services that’ll be the real revolution.

    Anyway. Funny… I was just writing about you for my next Cultural Snafu post. Thanks again for the tag, it’ll be on my site tomorrow.

  58. July 29, 2007 9:46 am

    Hey Nita,

    Your views on online media in India are very accurate..

    When I ask someone about their favourite 10 websites.. in most cases they hardly answer all 10. That’s surprise.. In general most people just know Google.. or Yahoo.. or rediff.. or Indiatimes or few more..

    But I I saw on TOI a year back saying India is 4th largest user on Internet!!

    and True.. It’s gonna explode soon.

    Bharath

  59. July 29, 2007 10:14 am

    Bharath, we are not the 4th largest. You can check out my post on
    internet usage in India. In that I have mentioned that we are the fastest growing, but not anywhere in the top 5.
    India is ranked eighth in the world in terms of number of internet users, but lets not get excited about that because the country is not ranked amongst the top 10 countries in terms of average monthly hours online per unique visitor. Lot of people just about check email.

  60. July 29, 2007 10:38 am

    I remember Times of India saying on it’s main page: India is reached 4th position in terms of internet users. I will try to locate that article & will send you.

    Check out this article saying India at 4th position -> http://www.itfacts.biz/index.php?id=P5801

    I was excited by this report.. http://www.iamai.in/book.pdf

  61. July 29, 2007 10:59 am

    Bharath, the source of the stats is imp. Mine are from IAMAI (Internet Usage and Mobile Association of India). They are the ultimate authority. Did you check out my post at all?
    Also we could continue this discussion on that post as in the About me section, it gets very irrelevant. Thanks.

  62. prerna banerjee permalink
    July 31, 2007 11:29 am

    hi mam
    i am a class 12 passed out students need ur help related to stray dogs i have 3 stray dogs at frm the last 9 mnths they r wth me but my ooposite mneighbours are not allowing me to tame thm bcoz they get disturbed they have problem wth aall the stray dogs of our colony if u can help me thn plzz main me ion my mail account if there is any home made fr the stray dogs plzz

  63. August 12, 2007 8:26 pm

    ha quite inspirational :)

  64. madhav rao permalink
    August 16, 2007 2:18 pm

    hi Ms kulkarni,
    remember me.i am 26 year old computer engineer by profession but a writer by heart. i write for myself. i am an avid thinker.i do consolidate my thoughts and write it. off late i have been thinking of publishing it but my articles are too heavy in thought content.since you are a writer so i just thought to share my interests with you. my favourite topic is religion,woman,politics,philosophy,psychology,society,godhead,hindu and life.happy writing bye…….

  65. Anirudh permalink
    August 16, 2007 4:48 pm

    Dear Nita,

    I have been goign through your blog for the last two hours and I have been reading up yours and your readers’ comments relating to various topics. I have a few random questions for you.

    Firstly, I have been offered a job in Mumbai. As a lifelong Bangalorean, I am frankly intimidated by Mumbai. It’s such a big city compared to Bangalore, and I have heard legends about its relentless, ruthless, unforgiving lifestyle. I have looked through the flood-time reports for the last 2-3 years, and everything sounds revolting – the floating squalor, the filth, the risk of waterborne diseases and so on. Perhaps Bangalore has spoilt me to that extent. In spite of all the development, Bangalore is still a laid back city that has been inundated by an inflow of techies and cars. I have lived in Delhi for a while, and I figured that I could identify with the ethos of the city, in spite of the awesome distances and the obvious concerns of personal safety. But Mumbai is a completely different sort of beast. I want to ask you for some tips that would be useful for a first-timer in Mumbai.

    Secondly, I was going through your post and the connected comments on salaries in India. I am quite surprised to see people expressing the view that a pay of a lakh or more a month is needed to “survive” in Mumbai. I am equally surprised to see some views that 5-6 lakhs aren’t really enough. Have we all forgotten that the average man/woman in any of India’s six metros earns nowhere near that sum? Is a “good” salary defined solely by the ability to live in a beach-facing condo and driving a C-class? Shouldn’t we be defining the mean/median salary in each of the cities, and using that basis to define a “good” salary? True, the elite five percent of the urban population lives in unimaginable luxury, but that obviously shouldn’t be the benchmark for calculating a good salary. Perhaps everything in that post stemmed from the astronomical figures allegedly earned by IIM graduates, but these guys are a miniscule, negligible fraction of job-seekers in India. In my opinion, a good salary for the rank and file isn’t really whether a 2500 sqft penthouse is affordable, but whether he/she has the means to pay the rent for a liveable flat, eat healthy food, buy comfortable clothes, watch a movie over the weekend, afford an annual vacation, and have some savings after all this. Don’t you think around 35-40k a month is sufficient for all this in Mumbai?

    Cheers,
    Anirudh

  66. August 16, 2007 5:16 pm

    Anirudh, 35-40k is more than enough, in fact good enough for a luxurious lifestyle but I assume you are talking of cash in hand? You will not get a decent two bedroom house in a good locality in Mumbai for that much. As I am sure you will agree with me, a good house is imp. I do not know if you are married, but even if you are single, you need a certain minimum space. About living in Mumbai, I can say that most people who lead a good lifestyle in Mumbai (without the horrors you described!) are those who live close to their office, and near the sea. The first ensures minimum commuting, and the second ensures sea breeze because unless you have an ac house the heat and humidity is going to bother you a lot as you are from Bangalore.
    Mumbai is a throbbing vibrant city, full of life and full of fun. Lots to do and lots of interesting people here as you get people here from every part of India. You just need to have a decent place to live in! And I guess thats why poeple feel that you need more money…but no its not like Delhi, where people tend to look at you only from the point of view of your weatlh, though I feel its slowly getting like that.

  67. August 20, 2007 11:36 pm

    perfect mother and the perfect writer?
    Ask ur kids – im sure they like u just the way u are !
    just like i like my mum i believe no one s perfect but hey in our imperfections lie our inner beauty and will to grow or else to me life will be too boring to survive

    on blogging ur a great blogger – way better than me
    on palm reading hey when do i send my scan ?

  68. August 21, 2007 8:41 am

    Thanks Prax. :)
    You are right about the trying to be perfect bit. Actually I am far from perfect…I just try hard to do things perfectly and that actually just causes me a lot of stress! Actually even perfectly is a wrong word I guess. I should say something like try to do things well, as perfection is impossible to achieve. :)
    About the palm reading, if you are serious I will write to you and explain what sort of print I need.

  69. August 21, 2007 8:54 am

    I never thought of that… send me the requirements as well.

  70. samarth permalink
    August 23, 2007 3:17 pm

    Hi Nita

    I really cherished reading your blog .The whole myriad of emotions that you have invoked with your writing is amazing.Being a mother of two yet so active with your writing is definitely a big achievement.I look forward to read more of your works.

    Great work.Keep it up

    Samarth

  71. saniya permalink
    August 26, 2007 10:59 pm

    hi nita, i liked your blog, got it while searching cnn-ibn stuff.since you freelance for certain newspapers.i would love to know what should reallybe done to be a good journalist.i am a student studying journalism.a question which always intrigued me about journalists(freelance or either) is that how much time in a day they spent on writing and reading tons of newspapers and books.kindly respond to this and advice me something which help me to advance in this field successfully.

  72. August 27, 2007 7:36 am

    Sania, as a free-lancer it depends on how much work you take on. The reason I freelanced for so many years was because of other personal commitments. But as a freelancer in India, one has to constantly keep in touch with people in newspapers, visit them in the office etc. ALL your ideas have to be your own, as no one in the paper will help. Frankly I am sick of free-lancing now and have wrapped up my pending assignments. At the moment I am trying to concentrate on my book and this blog.
    If you are a student I guess you will start your career in a job and a job as a journalist means very long hours. Late nights are common specially if you work in a newspaper.
    About how much time being spend reading, well, I always loved reading so I read or write ALL the time! :) Even when the milk is boiling, and when I was feeding the baby, or even now when I sit in front of the TV. Its very individual, but what is absolutely necessary is keeping in touch with what the major newspapers and mags in your particular field of journalism are saying. The more you read and write, the better you will be at your job. A curiosity, and a nose for a story is a must if you have to be a freelancer. I did well as a freelancer for years only because of this. You need to be interested in life, in almost everything, and be able to spot interesting angles to stories. You have to be brimming with ideas. This comes with practice, but an innate curiousity helps.
    Like in any other job, practice makes perfect…or near to perfect! In other words, hard work!

  73. sunflower permalink
    August 27, 2007 4:25 pm

    Like many others who commented here, too just stumbled on to your blog…. have only read your profile and it seems quite intriguing…. looks like you have has a great life so far, enjoyed it to the fullest…. *knock on wood*

    will be back for sure….

  74. August 27, 2007 6:01 pm

    Hi Sunflower, and welcome to my blog! :) Yeah, I love life. My life is not really very extraordinary, but yes, its peaceful and I enjoy living. Basically I love people and I am very lucky in my life to have great people around me. Fantastic parents, a wonderful brother, sister-in-law and nephew and niece, great friends and cousins and other relatives too….and ofcourse a husband a girl can only dream of! Two of the greatest girls in this world – who just happen to be my daughters.

  75. saniya permalink
    August 29, 2007 12:07 am

    thnx alot nita. keeping writing :)

  76. krenim permalink
    September 9, 2007 5:34 pm

    Hi,
    A few suggestions for more posts(I need Indian opinion of the following):

    1.The 126 aircraft MRCA contract, the biggest order for new jets since the end of the cold war what are the requirements,what are the specs what is the budget.I know whats printed but what do Indians feel about buying from the west(Traditionally a defacto client state of Russia as far as aircraft are concerned)

    2.Is India on its way to become another brazil i.e 20-30% first world and the rest living in poverty?I mean your country has just put a satelite in orbit using more or less home grown te ch but India has a higher instance of malnutrition than sub saharan africa…

    3.Does India see itself as a natural ally of the west sharing common values of democracy,rule of law and tolerence for other religion and similar threats such as the rise of China and islamic extremism?

  77. September 9, 2007 7:34 pm

    Krenim, all the subjects that you mentioned interest me deeply. The first because because I have a lot of family members in the defense services, including the airforce and have been party to some discussions on the subject. The second because its something that I keep thinking about…not the comparision with Brazil, but whether we will ever achieve truely first world status for all our citizens. Tthe third because this is what is currently going on a lot…in fact today a very eminent person, someone whose writing I admire very much has written exactly on this subject! Swami Ankelsaria Aiyer. Well, not exactly the same subject, but something near to it…I wil definitely discuss his views on the blog. I find his views on the subject very clear and thought provoking.
    Let me do a little research on this before I write.
    Thanks for the suggestions. All are subjects which I want to write about and think about more deeply.

  78. pallavi permalink
    September 10, 2007 7:24 pm

    hey ita can u plz write some aritcle for me on marriages r made in heaven,…..i m a huge fan of you and your article…… i have just started a blog..
    http://www.marriagezones.blogspot.com

    can you wrie soething for me on this blog…thank

  79. September 10, 2007 7:26 pm

    Dear Pallavi, thank you very much for your interest in my blog. I have replied to you on your email id and I hope that is alright with you.
    Regards,
    Nita.

  80. September 14, 2007 1:47 am

    Hi Nita,

    I went through your blog and was particularly impressed with the clarity in your writings as well as the causes that you seem to write on.

    We have just started a website that would highlight the plight of the common man in India. We have also started a blog highlighting the same issues and we would be really grateful if you could write on our blog as a guest.

    Please drop me an email at: khan.areeb@gmail.com so that we can take this further.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Areeb Khan
    http://www.purdafash.com
    http://purdafash.blogspot.com/

  81. September 26, 2007 6:45 am

    Hey,

    I came across your article while doing some research on safety of women in India. I must say, I really liked your article on eve teasing.

    Keep on writing!

    Jaago Bharat

  82. Yonghui permalink
    September 29, 2007 9:39 pm

    Hi Nita!!

    Thanks lots and lots for your help!! :D

    And thanks also to all the other participants on this blog too!

    All your information and arguments here helped me alot in my research & I managed to finish my essay on time. :)

    Keep it going!

    Thanks again!! :D

    Best Wishes & tk care~
    Yonghui

    You are welcome Yonghui – Nita

  83. Haley permalink
    October 16, 2007 3:21 am

    Hi Nita

    In researching Mumbai I came upon your site and I’m hoping you can help me. I am American and have been invited by a friend to Mumbai for a few week stay. What I am wondering is how safe is it for a woman who has not been outside of the United States? What do I need to know and what can I expect should I decide to go. I will be spending time alone in the city and even though my friend is wealthy and lives in what he calls a safe area I have been told by many people that it is not safe for a young woman to travel there. I have also been told that he could take my passport and make it impossible for me to come home. And what is communication like, can I still reach family back home once I am there? I would love an unbiased opinion and even though you live there and love it ,I hope you can give me some information that will help me make an informed decision.

    Thank you Kindly

    Haley

  84. Shakir permalink
    October 16, 2007 6:54 am

    I love your blog. It has been great reading. You should write a book.

    I will be back to read more.

    Thanks Shakir. – Nita.

  85. October 16, 2007 7:26 am

    Haley, Mumbai is one of the safest places in India. But like any other city going to an isolated place late at night can be dangerous. Also there are incidents of molestation if one gets stuck in a huge crowd…but it’s unlikely that you will do any of this.
    As to whether your friend will take your passport I cannot say. Frankly the fact that this doubt had entered your mind shows that you do not trust him and my advise to you is don’t come here alone. Come with a friend and stay with the friend in a hotel.
    Your question of whether you will be able to contact your family after you come here is one I do not quite understand. If this man kidnaps you or confines you in his home, clearly you will not be able to do anything.
    if you have any other doubts, do email me.

  86. Sandeep permalink
    October 27, 2007 5:38 pm

    Ours views may be different but atleast we have one thing in common. I am a SF buff and I think they are an endangered species especially women atleast in India.
    So who are your fav. authors in this genre

  87. October 27, 2007 9:31 pm

    Sandeep, I am not sure about the women remark but my favorite is asimov. I have read all the foundation books about twice each. :) But ofcourse have read other stuff too like hitchhikers guide and a whole load of short stories.

  88. Sandeep permalink
    October 29, 2007 11:09 am

    Thats y I have said atleast in India, actually before you, I had yet to come across a women who was Interested in SF, maybe I had a limited experience.
    Have you Tried Dan Simmons yet – Hyperion is one of the Best SF I have ever read, I have young daughter and I felt instant connection with one of the characters.
    If you have not read it yet, I suggest you grab a copy today I am sure you would not be dissapointed.

    Thanks for the recommendation Sandeep. Have not read Simmons but will pick up a copy. Nita.

  89. December 25, 2007 7:40 pm

    This might sound funny, but the other day I had read a few of your posts before going to sleep and I saw you as a ninety-hundred year old woman in my dream!!

    So I just came in here to reread your ‘about me’ :D

  90. December 26, 2007 8:29 am

    @ Anand:

    Now I am not sure whether that’s a compliment! :D But I think I prefer take it as one. :)

  91. Abhiroop Banerjee permalink
    December 29, 2007 10:57 pm

    Hi there!
    Great blog . The variety is amazing!
    I’ve bookmarked your site and keep coming back often. Great food for thought.
    Wish you a smashing 2008.

    Thanks Abhiroop. And wish you a great 2008 too! – Nita.

  92. Rajesh permalink
    January 10, 2008 3:03 am

    Hi Nita..

    Today I had a tough day in office and thougt i will look for a job change. When I googled ” when should one leave a job”..got your beautiful blog. It made me think a lot giving lot of perspective. I have three years experience in my curent job out of total 8 years. I hav deceided to be patient and hang on till I feel I badly need a change.

    Thanks a lot for making this wonderful platform with great depth of insights.

    Thanks Rajesh. Glad to be of help. – Nita.

    • vasudev permalink
      March 27, 2009 12:25 am

      Nita…

      could you please burp this one for me? I mean the blog regarding ‘when to change your job’…an email link will do fine. Thanks.

  93. January 18, 2008 6:19 pm

    Hi Nita: As if you do not have enough work, I tagged you for a meme.

    lessons of hindsight releasing a meme

  94. February 21, 2008 7:30 pm

    I wonder why I never got to read your About page, usually this is the first page I like to read because it gives the background and some perspective about the blogger. Lovely reading, I still keep a journal btw ;)

    Yeah, that I can see. The details you have in your travelogue are amazing! Btw, I too go to the About Page of blogs before I start to read them If I don’t find an About Page, I rarely visit that blog again. – Nita.

  95. nirveda permalink
    June 15, 2008 6:23 pm

    Hello Ms.Nita,

    I am here through a series of links,somehow!!What an interesting personality you are..Its been great going through your blog.Could you please visit mine at nirveda.wordpress.com and let me know what best could be done to that budding blog..my prime reason for taking up blogging was to improve my writing skills and keep a track of my ideas.Hope to see you there..Good day!

  96. July 18, 2008 4:41 pm

    Namaskar Nita

    I came across your blog, while searching the tag Indore, and I read your review on websites of various bus services.

    It is really pleasing to read your blog.

    I am new to blogging or rather say writing..

    Your blog has helped me in more than one way, for instance I became a memeber of Indiblogger and claimed my blog on technorati as well.

    Your Why I blog page is also very impressive and yes you were very true when you wrote “I blog because I get satisfaction from knowing that a certain number of people read what I write each day. ”

    Impressive is the word which comes after reading your blog.

    One question.. Can I put your blog’s link on my blog?

    Regards
    Sharad Bapat

    Sharad, ofcourse! And thank you. :) – Nita.

  97. July 29, 2008 1:34 pm

    I came across your blog recently and liked your recent posts very much. I had been an occasionally published hobbyist writer generally into “observational humour” and other observations in language and life in general.

    Do visit my blog at http://whatnonsanz.blogspot.com/

    I plan to list your blog in my favourite blog list.

  98. September 1, 2008 9:12 pm

    Agreed. Nice blog! Gonna be in my favorite list.

  99. josh permalink
    September 2, 2008 9:00 pm

    One million hits and counting? Blistering barnacles! You got to be kidding. Hearty congrats Nita. Wish you the best in your writing..

  100. September 14, 2008 1:03 pm

    Hi Nita, did you publish your ex articles for children in this blog? Did you collect them somewhere in the net? I ‘d really love read them! :)

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