Saturday, April 30, 2005

Back with a bang...

Dearest Reader,
Here I am with a few posts to make up for the past few days (alright, weeks) of no posts. I was caught up in some stuff and had no time to post or mail (been off mails, significantly). I was touched when people asked me "Why no posts?". I was laughing when a friend told me "We can write once a week or once in two weeks; you should write everyday"!! Yeah right! :-)
I notice that most people have updated their blogs (no Wookie, removing comments is not the same as updating!! ;-) and enjoyed reading Anu's Bangalore Diaries (very well narrated), Prabha's story and Renuka's rambling and others. Feels like a arriving late at a park with everyone started off on their games and occasionally someone calling you (no Amrita, I haven't found my mobile and I don't plan on getting one.) and asking you "E, aren't you coming?".
I am here to join you guys with a few posts spread over the week. But before I proceed, something I wish to discuss with you.
I have had a few readers tell me that they liked a few of my earlier posts. Most of them picked the "Roll of memory" or "Sweet Nothings" or similar fare. I am glad that you liked them, but I would like to introduce you to what I feel I enjoy while writing. I am not much into writing emotional fare. I am not much into writing a particular style of fiction or faction, for that matter. I am here to titillate and learn new games that some of you play so well. I am here to try this and try that and create a new game called This-That. I could reel out tear jerkers or those "ooooh so romantic" stuff, but I would lose my true self in that. I like you, but not so much that I would like to lose my core... I hope you don't mind.

So what do we have for the next few days? For Saturday and Sunday (23rd & 24th of April) this post should suffice. This post will also provide feelers to what is yet to come into the open. I have spread some stuff out for you over the next few days and you can chose to visit this blog on specific days to read what interests you. So what do we have, for heaven's sake? (The dates below will be transformed into links on appropriate days)

Monday, 25th April 2005: A light start
No point beginning a week with heavy matters (well I am not your employer to think "that's ok"), so we shall indulge ourselves in a light story. A lot of things happen after dark and this story speaks of one such incident. I really wouldn't want to go through that one again...

Tuesday, 26th April 2005: A thousand words
I have a collection of pictures taken on a recent trip and some others too. I shall share them with you. One could put them on a share and let you guys access it, but ...
If you like any of them, let me know and I can send you a copy of it.

Wednesday, 27th April 2005: What we learn and what was taught
A post about pedagogy and revisiting the many things one has learnt about teaching and what matters. SS and M are also interested in this topic and they (apart from a few others) are reason for this post finding itself on this blog. I had written a very elaborate one (on paper) which I shall summarise in this post. It would be interesting to watch the comments that would flow in...

Thursday, 28th April 2005: Haiku Day
I had spent the weekend of 16th and 17th writing Haiku. I had read (again) Basho on 14th and 15th and was fired up to write some of my own. Haiku is basically a form of writing/poetry which originated in Japan. I had decided to write 100+ pieces but managed to write only about a third of that (too many interruptions). I shall pick a few Haiku from the few dozens I wrote and some of renowned poets from al over the world. I shan't disclose which are mine and which aren't... :-)

Friday, 29th April 2005: Show me the money...
This is a dialogue I came across some time ago. I shan't disclose anymore. This post contains adult material, and reader discretion is expected.

Bonus: Food for thought .... and discussion
I was discussing with a dear friend of mine about the suppressed value of tangibles, which, cultures around the world shun as a sign of being cultured and tolerant. But are we really that?

I shall spend the rest of this weekend commenting on blogs which I was unable to visit. I was presented with a wonderful blog by my friend. I would urge readers to visit Melancholetta (at least those who like poetry). Some of the posts are in vernacular languages, and most are a splendid read. A wonderful effort.

So what had you been doing this weekend?

ps: The post title was back with a bag(of posts). God knows how the "n" crept in ;-)
I have really never been good with plans, so let it not be a surprise if the agenda turns out to be a filler for this post :-))


  1. Anonymous1:34 AM

    Hey E,

    Agenda for next week? This is so cool. By next weenend your blog is going to look like an exotic menu!
    I am waiting for the Bonus post though.
    (Start the week with a light garden salad and end with yummy mint ice-cream with chocolate chip.)
    This is going to be an interesting week...

  2. E,
    I was hoping that you would respond to the last comment I made in your previous post. But I shall wait for your post on wednesday. A'right dude bring it on.

  3. Dear SS,
    As I had said in my post I was off commenting, blogging, mailing for the past few days. I will be replying to your comment and a few others as well... Sorry for the slow response rate :-)

    Dear M,
    hahahaha :-)) Mint ice-cream with chocolate chips? I don't think my post can match that as a lip smacking delight!! I hope I can make it an interesting week for you...

  4. Eroteme,
    Nice line up and good to see that all plans are up, for one whole week! - Is that why your post is dated (Saturday) Apr 30, 2005? :)

  5. Dear A,
    Smart girl you are... :-) I had to put it for 30th so that it remains on top and lets people navigate to the posts from here...

  6. Oops I forgot to say- Nice shades of (fading) pink for those date lines..:)

  7. Dear A,
    They would be fading shades of purple... But you are getting there ;-)

  8. Hello E!

    First time here and I really liked the idea of the dateline and the neat introduction to a whole week's fare.

    Will stop by and taste the items on the menu.

    -Another E

  9. Pardon me! But I got this very amusing feeling when i read your plans for the week. Kind of feeling when I used to view my college and school timetable, few years back.but then your timetable is far more interesting, I must admit The other thing I got reminded of is of Harry Potter novels..I know it sounds funny, but it sounds like one of those timetables where there are periods of defence against dark arts, divination, herbology...the entire variety of 'MAGIC!'

  10. Hey Echo,
    Nice to see you here. I hope the dishes are dealt out right!! The chef's not been well of late... :-)

    Hey A,
    Why seek pardon? Reminds you of school and HP? :-o Is that good? Well, I have a long story for you... let's see if it is to your tastes...

  11. Really Eroteme! You cannot live without "regimes" and "planning" can ya??? ;-)

  12. you know how to create suspense in the reader's mind and you deliver well-worth the it seems with the Monday's story.Ever considered writing mystery novels/stories?
    You know I read it somewhere that the anticipation of something makes the whole process of doing the thing more enjoyable.It's like you place an order at an ice-cream joint(yup picked the cue from M thou' mint ice-cream with choco chips is a big NO for me) and while you wait for it to arrive,your brain sends signals(with pictures+smell+taste) & your all prepared for the hot-chocolate fudge or the chocolate truffle even before the waiter places it on your table.Makes sense?No?Bottomline-good story.

  13. Dear W,
    :-) Suspense is the stuff which keeps people turning pages. Thank you. You are generous. Not much into the mystery novels/stories business.. I write without adhering to a genre.
    You observe a fair amount. What you say is quite true (and I say this because it makes sense to me ;-) and its the titillation that is a greater culprit than the sensual object itself...
    Thank you. I am glad you liked the story (did you read it completely?)

  14. "titillation that is a greater culprit than the sensual object itself" very true.
    Yup read the story completely.

  15. Dear E,
    I think you kinda outdid yourself this time around. Like a buffet you gave your readers too much to digest and too rich a fare to take in everything. You see, I trust that many people like me read a post once or twice before commenting and you just didnt give me enough breathing space :)) With tight time restraints it was tough ;) Someday soon I shall. Until then ciao.

  16. Why did I suddenly mention this? It kinda shows in the number of comments in each post doesnt it??? :)))

  17. Dear SS,
    I totally agree with you. I was experimenting something and it was fine with me. My posts are still up for anyone to comment so I am ok with absence/delay in comments...

    "With tight time restraints it was tough ;)"
    You're telling ME about tight time constraints??? :-O I barely met the deadlines I set... :-)

  18. To admit frankly, I never expected you to set out an agenda and stick to it. Thanks for proving me wrong..... Nice to see the fequency of posts. Keep up the tempo.

  19. Dear D,
    Well, I really didn't prove you wrong; I didn't post one! I am glad you enjoy seeing the frequency of posts, but I am not sure I will stick to it unless I plan on getting fired and staying back home jobless!! :-)