IF ever a journalist took it into his head to interview me and he started off with the all-time-favorite journalist’s question “So how do you feel……. after a year of blogging?” would I say that I’m feeling on top of the world, that I’m enjoying every second of it? I would. Because I am. While I feel all this and more, frankly speaking, I think he should go ask my friends and relatives ‘how they feel’ about my blog? Because, while I find the whole thing great fun, their reactions are even funnier and worth a chuckle or two.
Some of them admit that they are wary of opening their mouth within hearing distance of me, some others add disclaimers every time they say something to me, and yet others slink out the back door when I enter up front – all because they suspect that they and their words or actions might end up as a mention in my blog. On record for posterity, so to say!
And I really don’t blame them. Honestly, ever since I started blogging, I’ve gotten into the habit of looking over everyone and everything with the keen sharp blogger’s eye; 😉 mentally recording all of it as possible ideas for future blogs. I think I’m going around with a glint in my eye. Not sure. Need a selfie to check that out!
A fortnight back, just half-an-hour after I published a candid, straight-from-the-heart post about the self-styled Indian godman who was convicted and packed off to jail; the loved ones from back home called to remind me that while I may be ensconced in the safe secure Gulf environment far away from the bling Guru’s trigger-happy sidekicks, they weren’t; so could I ease up a bit and leave such topics for the pros?
A few days later, last week in fact, a couple of friends helpfully brought my attention to the fact that writers are being targeted in India for speaking their mind and bullets were flying high and low in broad daylight. I couldn’t help feeling a mild frisson of apprehension. So what if I’m just an amateur small-time blogger? I’m a writer all the same aren’t I? So should I ask for Z category security? For me, and for my readers too possibly? No? Ok at least one bodyguard for me, with an AK 47? Not entitled to that either? Fine then, should I enroll myself in a martial arts class? Or, I think I’ll just focus on writing about innocent mundane topics like nature and the birds and the bees, or the crows and the pigeons maybe? Er – no, not the Bs and Bs either. Strike that out please…. I can foresee that leading to some embarrassments.
After some serious intense thinking (I hope I don’t have to do much of this – it brings on the headache) me thinks the crow or the pigeon seem to be the safest bet as blog topics. And if these little winged guys are offended at any time, and set out to avenge themselves, by dropping their stinker bombs on me, all I have to do is skip nimbly aside and all should be well! I’m still quite agile of the mind and feet, so I fancy I could manage that!
So readers and well wishers, after taking into consideration your safety and mine, your peace of mind and mine, I present to you my most inoffensive blog……. Do check it out!
In the meantime, I’ll just nip out to investigate a little matter of something sticky trickling down my head. Now whatever could it be….???