Happy Birthday!! err Belated………..


The familiar feeling of breaking out into cold panic stricken sweat when you know you have forgotten something vital, doesn’t happen to me that often anymore……I’ve over the years realized that much of what we think is life altering….isn’t so actually…. I could never remember to bring the right text book to class…..when the teacher would ask us to take out our english grammar book, I would rummage in my bag only to find I carried the poetry text…..and then break into cold sweat…..did I also mention that I was painfully shy and would never be able to muster the courage to ask my ‘bench mate’ if I could share their book…..forgotten homework, forgotten games uniform, forgotten test dates, even once forgetting that the scheduled exam was social studies and not science that I had studied for!

I can never remember where I kept the receipt of the electricity bill….and in one shot have “misplaced” my school certificates, voter’s id and driver’s license….which I still haven’t “found”…….forgotten birthdays and anniversaries are another story and will be an unending one……so let me not even get there!! Sure I can always say that I am not the kind who believes in “date wise celebration”……I am more of a “celebrate when in the mood for a celebration” kind of person….and it suits me just fine!!

So let’s just say that forgetting things is part of my DNA…I wouldn’t recognize myself if this changed!! And in a bid to better this trait , I have trained myself to be a little better organized…………I have to do’s and lists and reminders…..and I pretty much try and finish vital stuff immediately so that I don’t forget and screw up!!

Why am I telling you all this?? Because sometime last week I realized that I have been blogging for over a year now……how did I remember?? It was around my birthday last year that I began posting with a little regularity though I started this blog in march……I turned a year older last week…..and as a result also remembered that Escapades too turned one in the very recent past!!

I had been reading several blogs for a whole lot longer than I would like to acknowledge…..totally in awe of what I saw….and often spent time trying to figure out what kind of people wrote them….what they would be like… like a star struck fan….exotic people who whipped up terribly creative stuff, took fantastic pictures, and wrote such good prose…….so even after I began blogging here, for a long time, whenever I posted something, I did so gingerly……like an imposter…..like someone would shoo me away…..i remember the ecstasy when I got my first comment …. when the hit counter registered the first thousand visits to my world……I crossed several milestones since…..i wondered if I should celebrate the number of posts and the number of modest hits……but I guess I haven’t outgrown my painfully shy self, despite the façade….. I still have a really long way to go…..but i feel almost compelled to acknowledge this year gone by…..

I am still nowhere near what I want this to be….infact I don’t quite know what I want it to be…..I remember just wanting to have a url in my name, and I couldn’t do it on another blogging portal and so I turned to wordpress…..i had no idea about widgets, hit counters and category clouds…..i still don’t claim to know very much more than when I began…..

However, this spot in cyber space has become many things to me…..Escapades, really is my getaway….where I have spent obsessive hours in front of the laptop, and sometimes gone without a trace for weeks on end…..it has taught me many lessons….but most importantly, it has allowed me to be myself……to come here and write what I want to….……

Personally and importantly it has helped me shed several ill begotten notions about many things……food sort of does that to you…opens up many worlds……breaks barriers real and imagined………..it has made me a definitely better cook…..it has broadened my vision about food, the people who toil to put it on my table, the ones who cook it and the flavours that burst through your senses……it has made me more sensitive to the world I live in….it makes me think about what I buy and consume and how and from where and at what cost…..

Blogging has infused a lot of joy and happiness into my world…..and somehow calmed me……all my life I had battled people who had some really weird notions about my “type”……the kind who try to put you in a box and stick a label…..This made me so mad!!……I think Escapades has made me calmer now….because I just channel all that energy here…… on the way I have met people I now call friends …..i have received gifts, had a peek into the lives of many I admire, and discovered many more blogs whose writers are people of serious talent……plagued some of them with unending questions that they have always answered gracefully…..

And all the while Escapades imposes nothing on me….i come here to write and post as I want ….yes at some point I did obsess over it, but that too taught me that if I turned this into a chore, it would just die on me……

Coming to think of it, I didn’t think I would last this long……

So cheers to you Escapades and Happy birthday……… I am really sorry you are totally at my mercy!! And thank you all – friends, bloggers and readers for coming here and stopping for a while!!

17 Comments Add yours

  1. arundathi says:

    Happy Happy Blog Day Babe! 🙂

  2. Swapna says:

    Hi Dear, I think an old classmate of ours – BG, is having fits seeing all the goodies u r dishing out… i think he will visit u very soon 🙂

    I have not ventured into baking at all……. I soooo want to…. but not at all confident about it… seeing all these lovely things u r making….is as great as seeing a beautiful painting or scenery…love it

    And please keep posting…now for me visiting ur blog has become a part of the good things in life…


    babes!! can you actually imagine BG having fits!! it will be a sight to behold…you are really so generous with your praise….which i will ofcourse lap up!! and i will highly recommend baking….till a few months ago i was thinking the same thing you are…..its fabulous….only thing to be careful is that all baked stuff seems to aim straight at the waist….!!

  3. Aparna says:

    I didn’t know you and your blog sort of shared a birthday. Happy blog anniversary and looking forward to many more here.

    thanks aparna… 🙂

  4. Karishma says:

    Belated birthday wishes, Arundati, and yes, happy birthday to your wonderful blog too 🙂

    thanks kary…..when do i finally get to see you?

  5. bee says:

    congralatulations and wish you many more blog birthdays.

    thanks bee…

  6. Raaga says:

    Happy birthday to you and your blog 🙂 My blog was started around the time I took up this job… so its easy to remember as well 🙂

    this post was because of you….i was wondering if i should / shouldnt and i mentioned it to you and you said i should….so here it was!! thanks for everything babes!!

  7. Sarah says:

    Happy belated birthday! I almost forgot mine too 🙂

    better late than never….thanks a lot Sarah 🙂

  8. loved reading ur post arundati!! it is so true what u’ve written, but i am still a budding one! 😉 belated happy birthday to u and ur escapades!! ride on!!

    i often tell k he isnt the only one to have his food obsessively photographed!! thanks JZ!!

  9. Jayasree says:

    Belated b’day wishes to you and Escapades. The post made a good read. Wishing you many more glorious blogging years ahead.

    thanks a lot jayasree

  10. Divya says:

    Belated Happy Birthday to you and to Escapades..Great going..!!

    thanks Divya

  11. notyet100 says:

    mny mny happy returns of the day,..to u nad escapades,…

    thank you very much

  12. bhags says:

    Many happy returns of the day , to you and Escapades……hope u had a great time

    thanks bhags…yes i did have a lovely time….

  13. sig says:

    That was a great read Aundati….. I’ve always enjoyed reading your ramblings, you have a way with words which makes this a delightful place to stop by…. Happy blog birthday sweetheart…… Wishing Escapades many many more years of blogging glory, she(?) is lucky to be at your mercy 🙂

    oh!! thanks so much sweetie!!

  14. sra says:

    Happy Belated BirthdayS, Arundati! Enjoyed reading this post and need I say the photo is awesome and scrumptious! Keep up the good work.

    Dear Sra, thank you so much 🙂

  15. sailaja says:

    Happy blog anniversary, Arundati.:)

    thanks sailu

  16. Srivalli says:

    and hey you better stick to this for many more years ok…:)..Many Many happy returns to your wonderful sweet blog…and I like your types very much….hheeheh….but seriously don’t think you are like that!

    thanks valli…. 🙂

  17. easycrafts says:

    Belated wishes to your blog…wishing u many more fun filled blogging years

    thank you so much EC

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