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A big thank you to my readers

March 24, 2007

Hi everyone!

Sometime today this blog crossed the 100,000 views mark. This was significant to me. I have been blogging for more than six months now and I always looked forward to seeing this figure. But now that I have got to know so many of you I realised that while this number is significant, what makes me happier is that I have regular readers. I have learnt a lot from the comments that have been left on various posts. I feel that everyday I grow as a person by interacting with such a wide variety of people from different cultures and different countries.  I could never have had this opportunity in real life.🙂

Thank you.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. Queen Minx permalink
    March 24, 2007 5:54 pm

    Hey Nita … we read your blog because what you write compells us to do so.

    Thanks for writing.

    And, you look beautiful in your pic!!

    Happy 100,000!

    Do you get a cake now … I think you should treat yourself.

    xx

  2. March 24, 2007 6:34 pm

    Nita – thanks for being here, labouring away and opening up your world. It sure helps to provide context for considering my “culture” in relationship with one so geographically, historically distant.
    Enjoy and celebrate:-)

  3. March 24, 2007 9:12 pm

    Congrats Nita!

  4. March 24, 2007 11:03 pm

    Thanks Queenminx for that wonderful compliment. And Yeah, am going to treat everyone tomorrow. If you were here, would treat you too!
    And suburban, thank you for your appreciation.
    And hi to you Jo!

  5. March 25, 2007 12:30 am

    Congrats!! and let me tell you “I told you so!!”. When you commented about my blog, I told you that you would surpass me soon in every way. Your writings has conviction in them, keep them rolling and I wish you all the best for future for to have more postive impact and influence on the readers from your pen.

    I am waiting for the treat🙂 (Online or offline?)

  6. Queen Minx permalink
    March 25, 2007 3:39 am

    Hey Nita … as an after-thought … and this is probably not the right place to post this ‘question’ (apologies) … but … have you ever been to the UK … more definitively … England … because that’s where the Colonial history between our countries lies (as in … not Scotland or Ireland or Wales) … I just wonder what you would make of it … or, if you have been here (to England/UK) … what you thought of the differences between Indian-Indians … and British/English Indians??

    I am sure there are second/third generation English(UK)Indians … Indian/English … (English/UK Indians)… younger people who know they have heritage from a ‘different’ country, but know very little about what that means. As in, ‘I know my parents/Grandparents are Indian … but ‘I’ am not.

    I sometimes wonder if this is why, in my country – England … there is such a feeling of ‘Where do I fit?’ … or, where do I come from??

    Personally, I take great pride in the irony that the ‘National Dish’ of Britain today is ‘Curry’ … Chicken Tikka Massala!

    I just hope that somehow … whatever the past wrongs of English Colonisism has caused with Indians … that our countries … can unite … and somehow … be proud of our combined heritage … instead of … I don’t quite know how to word it … instead of it being ‘separate’ … I love that cultures … races … religions … instead of being separate … are coming together … I think that this can ONLY make us … all of us … stronger … as humans.

    And Nita … honestly … the pic today … on your blogging 100,000 birthday … is really beautiful … I like it better than the one that feartheseeds has … only because I can see more of you … and I love your dress!!!

    I am such a woman!

    xx

  7. March 25, 2007 7:23 am

    I went to the UK as a kid, but not lately. But where Indian British or British Indians are concerned, I know a few. In fact one of my very good friend from school has an Indian father and an English mother and I have been visiting their home in bombay for years. As an adult though she moved to London and is happy there. Also I have a college friend settled in the UK as well as cousins. And as for the US, well, half my family seems to be there! And so is my best friend. And other very good friends. I have several friends and cousins in Canada too.
    And when all of them come here we all talk about this difference between Indians here and Indians there and the countries. I guess that is the advantage that we in India have, we know a lot about the UK and the US and now Australia too as that is the new destination.
    Some of my cousins who are second generation americans do have a problem with identity because they feel not quite accepted by the locals and they don’t like India. Actually this lack of acceptance has increased after 9/11. They are americans first and foremost, and have no emotional connection with India and it upsets them to be mistaken for first generation indians. First generation indians abroad usually do not fit in very well and because of their accent and way of living are not likely to mix too much with the mainstream. But many of the second generation ones have integrated very well. However some of them are fiercely loyal to India but none of my cousins. They are completely American.
    In India there is some resentment of those Indians who come to India and compare India to the UK and the US in a negative way. In fact a significant proportion of NRI’s (Non resident indians and all indian amercans)do that. They seem to hate India…its the way they criticize, they seem to tear the country apart. Seeing things critically is different, and thinking up solutions. But many just don’t see anything good here. It upsets me greatly when an aunt who has been in the US since she was 19 comes here and spouts venom against India. And guess what – they spend 6 months here even though they are americans and hate india! Why? Because they reluctantly acknowledge that there is more lonliness there. Here there are people, all around there are people! Families are very close. That what Indians feel about the UK and the US mostly. That everything is wonderful there, far better than in India, but where relationships are concerned its better here.

  8. March 25, 2007 7:38 am

    Many Indian Americans don’t like it if we say why are you criticizing india. they say they have a right to criticize as they are of indian origin and feel something for india. But the truth is that if we criticise america or england they can’t take it! We generally keep our mouth shut, out of sensitivity. But they don’t. It hurts, because these people have left India for good and are not participating in the growth of the country.
    I always tell them, remember, you are enjoying the US and the UK, but neither you and nor your ancestors have built it. Its the ancestors of the present residents who have build the country. and so if india is in a mess today, we are all responsible.
    today india is going forward, the country is not even a hundred years old and was shackled by colonial rule…and then socialist rule. it is only now that we are building our country, the process has just started! And we need as many bright people here as possible.

  9. Anil permalink
    March 25, 2007 9:51 am

    now thats a REAL lakhpati. much more valuable than the monetary kind!!
    looking forward to your being a millionaire next. You deserve to be.

  10. March 25, 2007 2:45 pm

    Congrats Nita!…u always wrote on matters near to our heart…full marks to you..i wish to join the party!

    Cheers

  11. March 25, 2007 5:24 pm

    Congrats Nita, keep it up.

  12. March 25, 2007 5:35 pm

    Thanks JV, Vicky, Anil and Prerna. And why not. One day we shall really have a swanky party! Let me become a millionnaire first.😀

  13. March 26, 2007 1:37 am

    Congratulations, and here’s to the next 100,000.

    This internet thing is neat, huh?

  14. March 26, 2007 9:18 am

    Congratulations Nita. You’re doing a wonderful job at chronicling the incredible changes your country is going through. Your dedication to this blog has been remarkable. Yours is one of the very few blogs that makes me think and teaches me something new every time I read the latest post. Congratulations on creating something that is rapidly becoming very significant to a lot of people.

    Gabriel.

  15. March 26, 2007 12:01 pm

    Yeah, I love the internet Weasel and I am getting dangerously addicted!🙂
    Gabriel, your words have really moved me. Thank you.

  16. March 26, 2007 4:50 pm

    Thats a gr8 achievement in 6 months. You are truly doing a gr8 job. The fact u have achieved this is truly attributed to _ a flat world_.
    Good luck for yr future endeavors. Please let me know if i can be of any help in future🙂

  17. March 29, 2007 12:13 am

    100,000…!!!

    I am still very very faar behind…(unhappy)

    😦

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