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Why I blog

Blogging is a new experience for me and I am grateful for it. And no, I don’t blog because I am a failed writer, a lonely person, hate editors, need to get it all out or because I want to make money. So why do I blog?
Captive audience
I blog because I get satisfaction from knowing that a certain number of people read what I write each day. The individual post statistics help. Whether it’s through search engines, blog aggregators, or by clicking on ‘tags’ people who arrive come looking for something. On the other hand when I write an article for a newspaper, I am never sure of anything. Who reads and why.
Blogging is successful because it gives people the opportunity to read whenever they have the time. Why, you can read a post even a week later…archives are easy to access. No messy clippings required.
It gives me a high
I blog because I get a thrill from reading a meaningful comment. Quantity is not the thing here. Even if it is just one comment, if it adds to my article, makes me see things from a different perspective I feel I have grown as a person. This was one thing I never got on the job. This could be because people don’t immediately sign in to their email accounts after reading a newspaper article they feel something about.
Oh, to be free!
I also blog because there is freedom. No, not exactly freedom from editors. I understand that editors have other aspects to consider – like commercial success of a newspaper or magazine, the advertiser’s interest and in some cases the fear of the owner of the newspaper or some heavy weight politician. If I were an editor I might compromise…so no judgments here.
But at times an editor might truly have an opposite view from you. Ideas are subjective. I have often had to sell my ideas before selling my article. And I am proud of the fact that even when I had a regular job, the ideas have been mine 95 per cent of the time. With my blog I don’t have to sell my ideas to anyone. I write because I believe in it.
I want to make a difference
I have one clear objective. I want to make a difference in people’s lives and I feel that blogging could help me there. I know it seems too huge an ambition, and perhaps naive, but quantity is not everything. Even if an article of mine helps one individual in a small way I feel happy. And blogging gives me the ability to find out. :D
Lastly, I blog because I can write on a variety of subjects. I know there are blogging ‘rules’ which say one should not…but if I followed them, I would not be me. I have a wide variety of interests and yes, even several passions. Plus I feel very strongly about most things. If I force myself to write just about a few subjects I will not be being true to myself. And I don’t think I have the capability right now to work on five other blogs.
So readers, bear with me if a particular subject doesn’t interest you. I will try to make you feel with me. Either pro or against. At times you might shrug and go away…that’s fine too. There is always tomorrow.

106 Comments leave one →
  1. paul permalink
    November 30, 2006 9:31 pm

    Hi Nita
    YOu are really gifted with words to take reader into next level of thought process , surely gave me enough material for the food of my soul…to see things from deeper level.
    hope to see more of your writing on the blog
    from
    paul

  2. Sanjay Lavakare permalink
    December 4, 2006 3:39 pm

    Hi Nita,
    Seemed to remember someone with the same name (who happened to be family friends…
    Nevertheless, would like to thank you for the blog. I was able to satiate that irritatingly persistent feeling of having heard Munnabhai’s “Pal Pal” song somewhere, before.
    Got the source (Cliff Richard) from your blog.
    Thanks once again.
    Sanjay

  3. January 10, 2007 10:57 pm

    Hi nita,
    I like your blog, and therefore pressed it too…You are amazing in expressing your thoughts with awesome clarity…
    you Rocks!!

    thanks,
    Anjul Sahu

  4. January 13, 2007 11:06 pm

    Wanted to say how much I liked your “why I blog” entry. It summed up many of my own reasons. Thanks.

  5. January 21, 2007 6:51 am

    Hello Nita,
    I have just started to browse your blog site, and see you have many topics you write about from the perspective of woman living in another country. Reading why you blog, expresses some very valuable reasons to do this activity, and I appreciate your candour. The potential for sharing ideas, musings, and information about what impacts on life are operating for someone else, elsewhere, enriches understanding of the self as just a speck living in a particular environment. I have added you to my friends list, so that I can read what you write regularly, amd will make the opportunity to read through your previous posts.

  6. February 3, 2007 5:46 pm

    hi,

    I have seen, what a gr88 passion u r having to write about anything in this today’s world.

    It’s so nice to be a regular reader. so much gunine categarised content u have wrote.. very good.keep it up. i m impressed.

    Narayan

  7. sam permalink
    March 6, 2007 3:54 am

    hello nita,

    ur snippets made interesting reading. would u be interested in writing a film script? let me know.

    sam

  8. March 6, 2007 5:37 am

    You will have to give me more details. My email id is blog(dot)nita(at)gmail(dot)com.

  9. Dilip Kapasi permalink
    April 15, 2007 10:58 am

    Enjoyed your website. Do you have any script that I could play out in USA. I live in Houston, Texas and am fond of playing – creating a small thirty minutes drama with humor, style, emotionally sensitive, and yet educational and powerful. I have directed small plays already. “Silent Priviledge”. Recently saw Nagamandalam.

  10. Ranjit Jatar permalink
    May 12, 2007 2:08 pm

    Nita and to the rest of the world — This is your cousin Ranjit Jatar writing. My compliments to you for starting this Blog which I saw today for the first time.

    Friends, Nita is one of the most direct, honest and strongly opinionated persons I have known and she has been this way since childhood. Whats imporrtant however is that she is open to changing her views but only if alternative ones make sense.

    Nita: I think we should start a campaign for changing our constitution with some systemic improvements. For eg there is absolutely no earthly reason why an illiterate person should be permitted to stand for elections. Our Election Commission is a strong and unbiased institution and can conduct objective type tests in all our national languages to assess competency before a potential candidate is allowed to stand for elections. I am sure if our MP s and MLA s were asked questions about the Indian Mutiny for eg, most would give the wrong answers as would most if asked when India became a republic.

    What says?

    Cheers

  11. May 12, 2007 2:21 pm

    Thanks Ranjit. Maybe we could start an online petition for this. But more than anything, first criminals or anyone with a criminal case against him should be banned from standing for elections. In UP’s state elections, six criminals have been elected!

  12. Ranjit Jatar permalink
    May 12, 2007 7:09 pm

    Nita,

    Yes you are right. An online campaign is needed. But we need to think outside the box so that we can compel National parties to table such a resolution. Any thoughts anyone? Remember, our democracy is somewhat at the stage the USA was in perhaps in the mid 1800 s ( remember the wild west movies ??) when thugs were town sherrifs… However we now have media , the internet and a whole new different world. Lets put on our thinking caps. It needs to be a BIG idea.

  13. June 29, 2007 11:26 pm

    Ummmmmmm I dont know why I blog. But I learnt blogging frm my brother and cousins.

  14. July 2, 2007 3:25 pm

    I felt that I was reading blog of someone who thinks pretty much like i do…

    Way to go girl :)

  15. July 17, 2007 12:05 pm

    Hey Nita,

    Your blog is rocking n very interesting.. I enjoy reading it.. I am a regular visitor here.. so keep posting.

    Thanks
    Bharath

  16. July 21, 2007 6:04 am

    Refreshing. I like your “whys”. Blogging is ‘cathartic’ for a family man without borders like me. I’ve learned something from you. “Why I Blog”. It is good to say so even though it appears through your postings . . . just quicker.

    In 1990 visited Patna for 40 days after the monsoon season. That time was for no other purpose than to encounter the culture, history, people, and families as thery rose to meet me.

    My favorite topic was, “What do you think of world peace and an international hiway coming though here?”.

    While there I donated, World Spcriptures (A Compendium) , to the Patna Library, signing a guest book which Tagore Rabindrath signed which read something like . . . “I have seen the sun set in Patna, now I am ready to die”.

    Some Muslims invited me into their home. They wanted to know why I stayed in Patna when I could go to Varanasi where Buddha taught. I remember their silence when I responded, “Of Buddha I prefer to see less in the statues and buildings more in the lives of the people here, now. We smiled silently.

    You sound like an interesting person and hope to explore more of your love of things India.

    Peace

  17. July 21, 2007 7:43 am

    Hi Family Man. You seem to be a very philosophical guy and a deep thinker.
    I love India with a desperate passion (at times I think its because I am from a defence background), but I can be very scathing in my criticism as well. Basically I need to see the reaility, I love India but do not see her through rose coloured spectacles.

  18. July 23, 2007 10:03 am

    Hey Nita, its good to see that you have a lot of things to write about India, i’ve commented on atleast two of your articles. I’m from Darjeeling, and we relate more to the north east of India than to Indians in Bihar or UP or Delhi. It would be great if you could write something about the North East of India. I’ve encountered a lot of racism in Delhi and I would be grateful if you could enlighten my mainland Indian brothers and sisters that we from the north east are not just “Chinks” and “Kanchas” and “Bahadurs”. We’re Indians too !!

  19. July 23, 2007 11:07 am

    Hi Pradeep. Yes, I am aware of the racism that north-easterners face in delhi and in fact when I read about some hostel incident involving girls from the NE in Delhi I almost wrote about this…
    Thank you for reminding me. You are a hundred percent right, the NE has not been sufficiently representated on my blog. The only thing I have written about the NE has been concerning China’s interest in Arunachal.
    I have traveled in the NE a lot (my dad was in OIL India after he retired from the Army) and I have lived in Duliajan (assam) before marraige. I have been to Arunachal, Sikkim, Meghalaya. One of our very close family friends is Assamese (now settled in Bangalore). I have a lot of respect for the NE people and I confess that is partly because they respect their women….
    And about racism let me assure you that there is a lot of racism in delhi, not just towards northeasterners but towards south indians as well.
    Thanks again and in the coming months you will surely see more than one post on the NE here.

  20. July 23, 2007 6:18 pm

    Thank you Nita, for planning to write about NE and also for your opinions. A lot of mainland Indians have a good things to say about the people from NE and i’m glad that you’re one of them. Thank you once and again and may your pen ..oops..may your keyboard always remain busy !! Heres to hoping !!

  21. September 25, 2007 6:12 pm

    Kudos for running a great blog. I guess your ‘why blog’ comes out from your posts and analysis, and much before one arrives at this page. I think blogs have evolved at the perfect time, just when a really large number of Indians are beginning to work/ live in other parts of the world, and bringing back a ‘wide angle view’ of everything.

    Thanks Shankar. :)

  22. sunshineforlife permalink
    September 30, 2007 9:28 am

    Hi nita, been here and there is so much to read. I hope to come by anytime when i can to read more. Keep writing as i can sense you inspire a lot of ppl here daily.

    Thanks sunshine. :) – Nita

  23. October 3, 2007 10:13 pm

    Nita,
    Your blog is very informative and is boosted by a direction and focus that is wonderful. I hope it is all right if i add it to my blog roll. It will be a pleasure for me to read it first thing every morning.

  24. October 3, 2007 10:28 pm

    Thank you Madhuri. You are welcome to add me. :)

  25. October 4, 2007 1:48 am

    Hey Nita … rhymes with sweeter.

    I love and admire your honesty, your curiousity and pride in your country.

    I love and admire your unfailing ability to rejoice in your country’s strengths and your unfailing ability to recognise your country’s weakness.

    I love and admire this, because I feel the same about my country.

    I am not responsible for my country’s past.

    I am responsible for my part, in my country’s future.

    I wonder sometimes, if my love for India, is because of the colonial history that our countries share. I say share, with some trepidation … because the heritage for England wasn’t shared … it was taken … from India. But, for me, it is still shared … history. It has led us to, today.

    I think my country is greater, better … because of India. And I don’t mean because of riches robbed, or people displaced, religions separated.

    I think my country is better, because without colonisation … as an ignorant island nation … we wouldn’t have the wealth of culture that we have in my country, without India … without colonisation.

    If the boot were on the other foot … the outcome would be the same.

    I just think that Brits got colonisation first … because we were colonised from the word go. If the history of Britain were considered, then a person would know … every fucker invaded these shores … and, let me say this, without it … we would just be a numpty nation. It made us stronger.

    That’s not an excuse. That’s a reason.

    Neither excuse nor reason will ever be good enough for slaughter. History doesn’t judge, it records.

    As I see it now. Britain has the opportunity to become a multi-cultural society – it has always been this, but because of our ‘island mentality’, we (I say we, don’t mean me) ‘we’ still find the ‘invasion’ idea … a threat … this fear is hereditory.

    I hope, that ‘we’ will overcome this. Look at ‘our’ Royal Family … a bunch of ‘bastards’. There is no such thing as a ‘Brit’ … we are all ‘bastards’.

    Because, of all the nations that have ‘invaded’ … ‘us’ … ‘they’ have only made us stronger.

    That is what I believe lies in Britains strength.

    How can such a small island be so rich?

    I remember the tale of ‘Dick Whittington’ … the streets of London are paved with gold.

    They are not.

    Britain is not paved with gold.

    But in Britain’s heart … I do believe … beats a heart of gold.

    There is such poverty here … such debt … people living far beyond their earnings.

    There is child abuse, homelessness, people who go uncared for and unrecognised … unwanted people – these people are British people.

    But … what scares me is … the borders and the legislation that allow and accomodate … the uncared for, the unwanted, the abused … from ‘other’ countries … are closing.

    I don’t know what to do about that.

    I believe the world belongs to humanity.

    And humanity should go wherever it wants in its world.

    I am an idealist.

    And … the world … apparently, doesn’t work that way.

    Still … I believe, one day it will have to.

    So … as a Brit … an English person … a human … I want a world withouth borders.

    On a personal note … thank you Nita. You know why.

    xx

  26. October 4, 2007 10:10 am

    qweenminx, I read this comment…and the emotion I felt was too much for me to express. I went to the gym. Now I am back and I want to say thank you. its wonderful knowing you. and i think those who know you in real are darned lucky.

  27. October 8, 2007 8:33 am

    Just came across your page. Wish I had seen it earlier. You express yourself very well. Keep up the good work. Look forward to dropping in more often.

    You are welcome Prem. And thanks – Nita.

  28. niruswami permalink
    October 16, 2007 12:34 am

    Really like your why’s. I wrote a few blogs on a different website and just moved to wordpress, and its so gratifying to read a sincere comment from a stranger. :)

    All the best with your blogging!

    Hi Niru. Welcome and thanks. You didn’t leave your wordpress url behind though so I can’t check out your blog. – Nita.

  29. October 18, 2007 10:22 am

    Nita

    I enjoy your posts because you have political sensitivity and pragmatism. “Making a difference” is my mantra too. Check out my post on my blog. Have sent you a mail about the forest rights act.

    Meenakshi thanks. Will certainly check out your blog. – Nita.

  30. Niru permalink
    October 19, 2007 4:02 am

    I forgot Nita! Apparently commenting while logged in doesnt redirect you to my blog.
    humblereflections.wordpress.com

  31. October 22, 2007 12:28 am

    The reason I blog… I tire of misinformed and encoraged by the small voices that almost or start to get to the heart of the issue and settle it once and for all.

    “wish you were here”

    E

  32. December 9, 2007 11:10 pm

    Being own editor is best… because… now a days I believe that every other news source is edited version… Blogs break the news… without any censorship…
    It’s always better to write diff. topics under a single blog.. rather than blogging on different sites for different topics… so your’s a good decision…

    If I have to answer this question,
    I blog to b.l.o.g. (Better Listed On Google)… I write solutions…on how to do kind-off.. It really gives me satisfaction when a visitor searches for something and reaches my blog for solution.
    About displaying ads… so there is no harm if it enables me to pay some bills… I do not ask money for solutions.

    In short,
    funduBytes = fundu+Bytes, fun + du (‘from the’ in music dictionary) + Bytes and fund + u(‘you’ in SMS language) + Bytes.

    Thanks Rupesh. :) Nita.

  33. December 10, 2007 8:27 pm

    Hi Nita,

    This is the first time I’m coming to your blog. I am a student and was doing some research, and when I came to ur blog, I just couldnt stop myself from reading some more of your articles. I think we need more opionionated women like you around & I wish you were a politician so I could vote for you or something. Keep writing! as a writer myself, I can understand how satisfying it is to see people like your work.

  34. December 10, 2007 9:16 pm

    @S:

    Thanks S. You are right it feels good to hear positive feedback like this because I don’t blog for money. Feedback like this makes me feel more motivated. Thanks for coming here and dropping in a line. :)

  35. December 22, 2007 3:51 pm

    I just found your blog. Now, will keep visiting forever. Good work. Keep it up!

    Thanks for your appreciation and do visit regularly! :) – Nita.

  36. Sahil permalink
    December 23, 2007 4:09 pm

    Hi Nita

    I’m really enjoying your blog. It really covers a lot of relevant issues facing India today and I would be looking forward to future posts..especially on new topics. One small temporary request though- you’ve put my comments through a moderation phase??? Yesterday they got published directly. Please take note I never resort to personal attacks or violate any other blogging policy. I’m an experienced blogger (though I participate in forums and Yahoo Answers more often). I have also carefully read your blogging policies -can you end the moderation phase for me, please? If you want more personal details from me, I’m willing to email you.

    Regards
    (I’m just looking for a blog which allows me more freedom and is also relevant to India’s current issues)

  37. December 23, 2007 6:30 pm

    @ Sahil:

    Thanks. It is good to have someone like you on my blog as well, someone who reads seriously and responds. You are welcome to email me but in any case I am taking you off the moderation list. But first let me explain something.
    I put anyone who responds to a post on my north south india post on ‘moderation’ because I have found that the most gentlemanly people tend to get a bit het up out there. Unfortunately I do not have an option to put people on moderation on that post only. But as you say you are an experienced netizen and do not flame others (you would know this term flaming which is used commonly by bloggers) I shall remove you from the moderation list. I don’t like my blog to be used to vent people’s anger and frustration and nor do I like fights on my blog.
    Let me reiteriate you that you have never given me any indication that you will do so, it’s just my fear because of my past experiences on the north south post.
    Also you will notice that I have not changed a single comment of yours, nor have I ever removed/changed even a word and nor have I deleted a comment of yours.
    You will always be welcome to my blog Sahil.
    Thanks.
    p.s. I must also add that I have put some general words on the moderation list and at times even those bloggers who are not on my moderation list at times go in there as even ‘inside’ words get taken into account. Also anything with a link goes into moderation. Also at times a comment just disappears, which means it has gone into spam. So if any of these happens, it’s not personal. But mainly, I have taken your IP address off my list.

  38. Sahil permalink
    December 23, 2007 7:16 pm

    Thanks for freeing me from the moderation phase (it’s a real pain)- and also for compliments (very sweet of you thanks).

  39. January 5, 2008 11:08 pm

    Nita, you used to have a widget of your recent posts (last 7 or 10?). I don’t see it anymore. Did I miss it? If not, then please consider adding it back – it’s useful to view the comments as the comments widget sometimes doesn’t go that far back re: posts and is limited by the number of comments. Thanks.

  40. January 6, 2008 7:58 am

    Amit, I have kept the recent post widget back on the left sidebar. I had removed it because I felt that it wasn’t useful. thanks for your feedback.

  41. January 6, 2008 10:16 am

    Thanks Nita. :)

  42. January 31, 2008 6:17 pm

    Hi

    I came to your wonderful blog while searching for Preeti Vyas Giannetti .
    Am hooked, nice narrative , easy flow of words & the right mix of information .
    Your work on NIE reminded me of my experience during my stint in the Circulation dept of The New Indian Express …its a great initiative strictly going by the objective

    Keep up the great work

    Best Wishes
    jm

    Thanks jm. hope to see you here again. :) Nita.

  43. wahi786 permalink
    February 22, 2008 6:51 am

    Hi Nita,

    Way to go!… You have got a very intersting site (blog?) up here… I loved it the moment I stepped in.

    Thanks Wahi and welcome. – Nita.

  44. March 13, 2008 2:50 pm

    Hi!
    Nita,
    I am glad I found your blog, accidently !!! – and do not want to loose it.
    You said,
    “I want to make a difference
    I have one clear objective. I want to make a difference in people’s lives and I feel that blogging could help me there. I know it seems too huge an ambition, and perhaps naive, but quantity is not everything.
    Even if an article of mine helps one individual in a small way I feel happy. And blogging gives me the ability to find out. “

    My goal is the same like yours. And that is the only precious thing which we can offer to INDIA, which has given me a colorful life with full of flavors and deep understanding. But, I do not have the effective skills like yours.

    Please keep up the noble work.

    Direct or indirect way I will be always in touch with this exciting blog. For 20 years I was not becoming the U.S. citizen because I could not sacrifice my love to India. But because of certain unavoidable obligations, finally I got …..
    Behind a great success in U.S. is a great nurturing in India.

    I like your excellent way of “India – centric” blog with patriotic shield. Several times I thought of writing to TV channels, News papers or to the governmental departments but, my ideas were just like paper boat in the ocean. – So, I dropped the hopeless idea of wasting time and efforts.

    How can we stop criminals becoming an electoral candidates , who misuse the power and still have immunity once they are elected?

    When seeds are rotten, how we can expect a tree of honest governance?

    In a nutshell, I can see the perfect reflections of my thoughts in your blog.

    Thanks,
    Pravin

  45. March 13, 2008 3:57 pm

    Pravin, thanks for your comment. It is always wonderful when someone appreciates the purpose behind my blog. About your comment ‘when seeds are rotten…’ well, in a way I feel that’s not so. the seeds lie in the electorate who are poor and uneducated. I don’t blame a poor man who sells his vote and unless we educate our population, democracy will remain a farce in our country.

  46. Sonu permalink
    March 26, 2008 8:00 pm

    Wonderful….
    Your reasons for blogging are so genuine and it feels that whatever you write, you write from the bottom of your heart.
    Keep up the good work. Do stop by my blog and feel free to post your comments.

    Cheers! :)

    Thanks Sonu, but you forgot to leave your website. It needs to be typed in the box named URL. – Nita.

  47. Sonu permalink
    March 26, 2008 8:26 pm

    sonalismrules.wordpress.com

  48. Rani Baxter permalink
    March 27, 2008 4:40 am

    Nita,

    I think you’re doing a wonderful job. You’re creating awareness and encouraging debates on issues that people thought were transparent and obvious. It really helps to get a minority say. I always look forward to your posts, and keep up the good work!

    ~Rani Baxter

    Rani, I really need encouraging comments like yours! Thanks! – Nita.

  49. April 15, 2008 3:16 pm

    Chanced at your blog, and I think you are just amazing! Keep up the good work!

    nrsl, thanks. sorry to reply so late but had missed this comment! – Nita

  50. April 29, 2008 5:53 pm

    cool blog, will you mind, if i add it in my blogroll??

    Now why should i mind that? :) – Nita.

  51. June 21, 2008 2:13 pm

    nice blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!………….i ve ever seen………..keep it up………
    after visiting ur blogs i am thinking of continuing my blogs.
    u may comment in mine……ok?? i ‘ll wait 4 u………….

  52. June 23, 2008 1:41 pm

    O, I do like your blog so much! I have decided to begin visiting some of the “friends” in the blogroll at “thistimethisspace” since I’m listed there and it seems fair to say hello to some of the others.
    Your “Why I Blog” essay is fantastic. You touched on all the reasons why I began my blog in February, and especially why I blog on what I fancy to blog about and not one general theme. I started this thing to kick-start my writing and if I imposed the constraint of narrowing my topics I’d be back to writer’s block in no time.
    Of all countries, I’d love to visit India. What a pull it has for me…

  53. Hema permalink
    June 26, 2008 3:49 pm

    reached this page for Aamir movie review, frankly i read between the lines as i am damn sure the movie will be good ;)
    read ur posts like “women have feeling like men do” , “devaluation of cooking” very interesting..may be that interested me because i am on the verge of becoming so called “super woman” which i do feel bullshit , great thought there..

    Thanks Hema. Hope you visit again. :) – Nita.

  54. June 30, 2008 10:20 pm

    Dear Nita,
    Thank you for the wonderful blog- each post is worth a re-reading. Its been an hour since I stepped into your web territory and I’m hooked already! Its hard to find socially conscious and responsible writers who would take out a few minutes each day to provide food for thought. I’m an amateur writer too and I’m truly inspired!
    Best Always
    Shuchi Kalra
    http://www.shuchikalra.com

  55. July 1, 2008 2:02 pm

    I liked your last reason for blogging to make a difference.
    You ARE making a difference. Was delighted with your response to Uttam Dave’s marriage counseling :)

    Thanks Indianhomemaker. I do hope you are right and I have convinced some men to see it the way I have – Nita

  56. Vivek permalink
    August 8, 2008 6:24 am

    Good work, Keep it up.
    We are a free society and need diffn points of view. We can all learn from the discussion.

  57. raghav in geisterstadt permalink
    August 13, 2008 4:06 am

    Being in a foreign land , i always had to explain others about India and Indians. That often left me searching stuff over the internet. That’s how i landed on Nita’s blog.

    The issues and the quarrels of my mind about India, world and myself may not have a ready made solution but blogging is a platform for discussion to find those solutions.

    Moreover, bloggers educate each other and the average opinion coming out has better quality, maturity and reaching
    towards non-prejudiced.

    Most imp., a creative way to vent out pressures of the mind.

    Last but no the least, the wordpress having the quality and punch to capture the masses is also a very big reason.

    Welcome to my blog Raghav. – Nita.

  58. raghav in geisterstadt permalink
    August 13, 2008 8:12 pm

    Thank you, Nita.

    For me, more than the quality of your blog is the way u deal with
    ppl and i adore the way u repond us.

    You make us feel that our opinions are imp. n we r not jus sumbody else.

    Raghav, that is just about the best thing anyone has ever said! Thank you. – Nita.

  59. wishtobeanon permalink
    August 19, 2008 8:40 pm

    I agree with what the reader, Raghav says in his last comment about you!

    Thanks for saying that wishtobeanon. I love communicating with all of you but at times it gets hard to reply, not because I have nothing to say but because it takes a lot of time which I don’t always have. At times I find myself replying in my mind or as I am going to sleep but don’t have the energy to type it out! – Nita.

  60. Rashid Faridi permalink
    September 11, 2008 11:48 pm

    just found your blog and i think i will keep visiting.

    welcome here! :) – Nita.

  61. pss4005seh permalink
    November 25, 2008 5:46 pm

    bt now it seems some more reasons have also added in it…there is a little difference in your blogs nw…:((

  62. blueandgrey permalink
    December 10, 2008 8:14 pm

    Dear Nita,

    You are super cool and truly gifted… :mrgreen: God bless an angel like you… keep up the show…! cuz u rock harder than anyone i know… :wink: :lol:

    That is a sweet thing to say!! :) – Nita.

  63. December 12, 2008 1:13 am

    Hi Nita,

    Really your views are strongworthy. . . . Carry on. . . .

  64. January 9, 2009 1:11 am

    Yes, you are right in many ways when you say that it gives you a high, a personal satisfaction on what you want to right. Unlike in print or electronic media where the content has to be very carefully laid out for public consumption. it is not so with blogs – you can write with your heart.
    Bravo
    Prashant

    PS – if you want to use more pict. on your site you can contact me.

    Thanks Prashant! And I just might contact you for a photo! :) – Nita.

  65. January 29, 2009 12:27 am

    Hello Nita,

    First time on your blog and I’m impressed. You are no failed writer as you mentioned. You have a gift. I’m just getting to know the joy of blogging and hope to have a “Captive Audience” and I “Hope to make a difference.” Thank you for this viewpoint; they are very sincerly said. Keep blogging. God Bless!

    http://www.venusmoonboy.blogspot.com

  66. February 1, 2009 7:05 pm

    Nice blog, Nita… am unfortunate not to have noticed your blog before… Some really nice posts there, keep writing! :D

  67. February 6, 2009 2:03 am

    hey nita–u r a crowd puller..i was simply lookin here for blogs and i found urs..no doubt u r a good journalist :-) cheers..and may i know for which news paper u write?u r very good in expressing.i like it.. :D

  68. February 25, 2009 7:43 pm

    Hi Nita,

    I regularly follow your blog and find quite balanced. You have a good deal of posts on social causes as well. On that note I thought of taking your help in spreading a word about the cause we are working for. This link http://gmfreekarnataka.wordpress.com/ might give you a brief idea.

    This is a campaign handled by AID Bangalore, Sahaja Samruddha and Green Peace to fight against the entry to Genetically Modified food in India as they are not properly tested for human consumption and they make farmers dependent on MNCs for patented seeds. Also for India, being developing country, it’s impossible to have rules for giving consumers a choice of their food (GM or Non-GM), so it’s directly affecting the rights of food-consumers too.

    You can also find scientific evidence here : http://gmfreekarnataka.wordpress.com/about/

    I hope you will be able to spread the word about the cause.

  69. Milind Kher permalink
    March 5, 2009 6:43 pm

    Nita,

    Feedback is the breakfast of champions. So, if one of your reasons for blogging is to seek feedback, it is a GOOD reason.

    I do plan to explore your blog because what you have said about yourself, and the philosophy coming across here is interesting.

    • March 5, 2009 8:27 pm

      Thanks Milind and welcome to my blog. I have written about a variety of topics on this blog and I hope you find it interesting.

  70. vasudev permalink
    March 30, 2009 11:04 pm

    Read your views about blogging. Blogging is a serious occupation taking up most of the time of a dedicated blog master. Many blog sites have failed to make any impression chiefly because the blog owner does not devote sufficient time nor does the person have an imaginative mind (you are able to recycle at the rate of 2 topics per week! which is pretty high). Also quite cleverly you are able to sense the bloggers mood and divert their attention (blow hot blow cold). Now how do you keep the pace considering that you might be a working lady, a house wife, a mother?

    • March 31, 2009 7:09 am

      Vasudev, thanks. Just about 6 months ago I was doing 4-5 topics a week and it was too much as my wrists had started to ache and I had zero leisure time. That wasn’t good for me and now I have cut down. Yes I do have a busy schedule but I want to find time for at least 2 posts a week. I love blogging and I think I can manage this much unless I am traveling.

  71. Rashmi permalink
    April 10, 2009 9:24 am

    Hello Nita

    I think it is needless to say that your blog is excellently captivating! :) You must have received tons of such compliment s to far! So let me add my bit of compliments in that ocean! :)

    You do write very consistently with a detailed research on each topic. So I am just wondering – when do you get time to do this much research? As a working woman, i find very less time to peruse my hobbies and i barely manage to devote time to it (blogging has become a recent one). So I really appreciate the amount of efforts you put in!

    -Rashmi

    • April 10, 2009 9:33 am

      Rashmi, thanks. Earlier I had given up all my leisure time to blog but now I have realised that this doesn’t work! So now I don’t blog more than once or twice a week. One has to make time from one’s leisure time but ofcourse if one works 6 days a week and 9-10 hours a day it’s not possible to blog or pursue any hobby.

  72. May 25, 2009 9:55 pm

    Nita Ji, As u think about “why i blog” really very nice opinion. I hope i will find your opinion last long.

  73. Madhu permalink
    June 9, 2009 6:28 pm

    Nita,
    Yesterday was the first time I visited your blog. I must say I am really impressed. I cannot stand the discrimination and unfairness girls receive in this society and the fact that it does not bother anyone. I can feel the same tone in your articles. You have chosen and excellent medium to express. Readers are with you. Keep blogging.

  74. August 4, 2009 7:46 pm

    How are you, Nita?

    You may remember me; you may not. It doesn’t matter much :); I’m one of your regular readers.

    On going through the about page today, one line struck me: you say that you want to make a difference in peoples’ lives through blogging.

    I’m curious to know: to what extent do you think you have or have not been successful in this objective? Have you been able to effect a positive change in somebody’s life/lives?

    I know you are a busy person and there’s no mad rush to answer. I also know that you do get around to answering most people at some stage :).

    So…. will wait and see what you say. Cheers!

    • August 4, 2009 8:11 pm

      mummyjaan, ofcourse I remember you. your name is such that it remains in one’s memory! About your question, I do not have to think too much to answer it because I keep thinking of it off and on. And the answer is yes, although it may not be anything dramatic that has been achieved. I have a lot of emails telling me that my such and such post has helped them and some people comment too. Often these are people who come to my blog just once or twice. And if one person is writing to me and telling me that I have been of help, then it means that must be at least 10 others who hesitate to write but probably feel the same. I often get mails from very young people, just 14 or 15. Just recently I got one from an American boy in India who wanted a sexual relationship with an Indian girl of a similar age who was his friend and he came searching for information on Indian society. He then wrote to me and we must have exchanged many emails over a week and finally he told me thank you but he has decided not to go ahead.
      Many people say I have helped by clarifying their thoughts on certain issues or by giving them confidence, and I also get people who thank me for helping them with information which they do not find easily on the web. Also by highlighting certain issues I think I am raising awareness of important social issues which often the media does not tackle with that much interest. This is also a kind of service I am doing to society, I think. My job is that of a writer, and I feel if I have a blog I should try and raise awareness and also present things in a way that people find interesting and want to read.
      These things may seem minor and I have probably not saved any life but I think I am doing a little, whatever I can, as a writer.
      And as for my regular readers I think they come back for a myriad reasons, but mostly because they find the blog interesting.

      • August 4, 2009 9:53 pm

        Thanks for replying, Nita. It’s nice that you were able to help people in the way that you mentioned.

        It was an impulsive and curious thought on my part, so I asked.

        You definitely have raised my awareness on a number of social issues. Thanks!

      • vasudev permalink
        August 4, 2009 10:59 pm

        nita…
        maybe we can try a topic on whether ‘indians really respect their being indians’ or ‘are indians destined to be ruled’ or ‘is it worth calling yourself an indian’?
        cheers!

  75. Moss Malone permalink
    August 7, 2009 4:32 am

    I just stumbled upon this site while searching for anything that I could seek solace from regarding the goings-on in my beloved country, Nigeria. Isn’t it sad she has been left behind to gather dust by countries like India and China even though her capita income was at par with those counties 49 years ago? You used an expression that astonished me: ‘Nigeria has been left behind, even by India’. The phrase, ‘even by India’ really took me aback. I take that there’s a hint of respect for the historical achievement of Nigeria in 1950s?

    Fast-forward to 2009. The world and his wife know that something has gone askew with my country but the twisted little sadists of leadership would have us believe everything is hunky-dory and something must be seriously wrong with anyone that pleads the cause of economic mismanagement in Nigeria. The hard chilling fact is that there appears to be no end in sight. That is why my heart misses a beat and my stomach churns with with pain every time it crosses my mind every minute of the day.

    Did you know that to be on the path for economic development a country must have 60 percent of its population educated? India is the only country in world that was able to achieve that with about 40 percent educated populace. I doff my hat for India.

    PS
    By the way, I don’t believe the profess that surfers privacy will be respected and that their emails will not be published. We know sooner or later they (emails) will be passed on to a third party. This wouldn’t be done gratis.

    • August 7, 2009 7:15 am

      Moss, you are right there, I do have a fondness for Nigeria and I think it is partly due to the fact that I lived there for over three years when I was young. I know something about the culture and later as an adult when I was in Tanzania my daughter’s best friend was Nigerian. I always thought that Nigeria was ahead in many ways but I don’t know what happened to it later. I guess a few bad leaders took it down that path. And where India is concerned, we have a long long way to go.
      And don’t worry about the emails. They are never published or sold to anybody as WordPress is a very reputed site. No emails are ever given out by them and certainly not by me unless the person himself requests it.

  76. November 16, 2009 3:46 pm

    Nina, when you find time, could you write about arrange marriages in India ? I live in Munich and I have had a number of Europeans ask me about it. So I wrote this – http://sowmyagopal.blogspot.com/2009/11/arranged-marriage-dying-system.html

    My views however are restricted by the circle of people I interact with and I would very much like your opinion on the topic.

  77. Sneha permalink
    December 8, 2009 6:07 pm

    Hi Nita,

    I liked the whole website very much. I am a house wife and use computers just to surf the net [ my son has taught it to me :)] ; I love writing / reading, which i had to leave behind 15 years back , to do my duties as a mother and as a wife daughter in law. This blog makes me feel I should also start writing again. Bravo Nita , you have very good writing skills.

    Snehalata

  78. nikhil permalink
    January 6, 2010 2:33 pm

    priorities change.. :)

  79. vasudev permalink
    January 6, 2010 11:20 pm

    Nita…for me it was a great place to come and at one point of time i had your blog ON even in office. but then one must move on to other things as time progresses. wish you the best in your future ventures. with fond regards, vasu

  80. January 16, 2010 7:34 am

    Nita, you may put ads here. WP is testing ads on blogs see this page for more http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/

    They wrote:

    “We are testing a feature called Ad Control that lets WordPress.com bloggers with a lot of traffic and appropriate content turn on AdSense for their blog and split the resulting revenues 50/50 with us. If you’d like to apply to try Ad Control and you get over 50k page views per month, please email ad-control@wordpress.com .”

    I suggest you apply. Ignore if not interested.

    Vikas, thanks for writing to me about this. I am getting well above 50,000 hits a month (68, 711 in December last year) but I don’t know how long it will last as my blog is now closed. If this had come earlier I might have thought about it. In any case this blog was taking up too much of my time and I doubt that I would earn much from ad revenue. – Nita

  81. January 17, 2010 10:44 pm

    Nikhil, not necessarily. One can do the same thing in real life. I am off this blog because I want to live a real life, not a virtual one.

    Vasudev, it’s been great having you on this blog and I apologize for this late reply. As you said, one has to move on. And the worst thing is internet addiction. Do you know I have developed a pain in my wrist and hands! I had to even visit a doctor for the same. So it isn’t just a mental requirement, to move away, but also physical.

    • January 18, 2010 6:33 am

      I agree internet addiction is deadly!

      I had also got wrist and neck pain two years ago but things are smooth after I took care of ergonomics.

      I also feel blogging is quick gratification. I could have written more than one book in this much time! I can’t quit blogging just the same.

    • Vivek Khadpekar permalink
      January 18, 2010 6:37 am

      Nita,

      //I have developed a pain in my wrist and hands!//

      Was it diagnosed as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)? This is a common condition arising from long hours spent especially at keyboards with ergonomically poor design. If you go to an orthopaedist or a neurologist, and [s]he recommends surgery, take a second and a third opinion. With rest to your wrists and simple exercises, the CTS can in some cases rapidly vanish. A good physiotherapist, particularly if you can find one concentrating on sportsmens’ problems, can be a tremendous help.

      • January 18, 2010 7:58 am

        Vivek, it has not progressed to that, but I have a swelling on my wrist for several months now and and chronic muscle aches near the elbow. I have done everything about the design, got a wrist rest as well. Even changed my pc table as I have been having this problem for the last 6 months. But in January when I was on the internet for a lesser time has been of great help as the swelling and pain have reduced. If you want to reply to this message, do it by email!

        Vikas, you put it well, blogging is quick gratification while writing a book is a long term thing. I need to get back to that, writing the book.

        • January 18, 2010 8:55 am

          I had a personal computer only 2.2 years ago (I never had it before I was so busy with exams). I got serious neck and shoulder pain in 2 months due to excessive sitting on the computer/net. The ortho doctor said after neck X-ray that it is tilted permanently! I took a break, lot of regular exercises and all was fine (and other docs laugh at what that doc had said!). JNU docs are often….. (you know what to fill here).

          You have tried all medical and posture help, then a long break is what you need. All the best for your book.

  82. February 25, 2010 5:26 pm

    hi Nita
    this is murahari, iam looking for feature writers fo a Lifestyle magazine so can you help me in that way …for further relation we will discuss.

    Please write to me on my gmail address which is given on this blog with your requirement and payment per article and I will let you know if it is possible for me. Thanks – Nita.

  83. March 21, 2010 11:10 pm

    Today only I found your blog And today only I read you stopped blogging.
    I wish you to writer again if possible.
    All I say: Best Wishes

  84. May 17, 2010 12:29 pm

    I miss having you around Nita… whatever you’re doing I hope it’s making you happy… and a lot of money. But mostly happy.

    • May 17, 2010 12:48 pm

      Good to connect after a long time Gabriel. Yeah, I’m happy though crazily busy. I hope to get more time to myself after about a year when I finish the projects I am working on. Hopefully after that I might make some decent money! I plan to start my blog up again, maybe sooner.

  85. jatin adhav permalink
    July 17, 2010 11:45 am

    need to ask you more about the story pls mail me on jatinadhav@rediffmail.com when you have time.

  86. September 17, 2010 11:09 pm

    Hi Nita,
    came to you blog searching for “mtv enjoy hey jawani video”. thanks a ton for a detailed interview of cyrus oshidhar. what is the connection to people named cyrus and TV? anyway, it was nice to see that you are blogging to make a difference in people’s lives. What a wishful thinking! continue the good work, as they “only the foolsih and stubborn think they can change the world. but if anyone can, it would be them!”
    regards
    Lawry

  87. Jackie Paulson 1966 permalink
    April 19, 2011 12:17 pm

    I have to say I love your blog and I admire how you write. So it is true you don’t blog anymore?
    I have to stop blogging so much as my life took a different direction now. I hope you are a doing well. Jackie your fan.

    Thanks Jackie. I too had to stop blogging as it was draining me of energy! – Nita.

  88. Arun permalink
    September 4, 2011 4:42 pm

    Waiting for your return Nina :)

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