Friday, July 26, 2013

Tring - Tring, the phone rang…!

"Tring- Tring, the phone rang…!" 

I got a call today...
No, not from the bank
No, not from my family
No, not from my friends
No, not from my colleagues
No, not from the courier company
No, not from the telephone company
No, not from the credit card company
No, not yet from God (I still have my share of time on Earth!!!)
OK… So now that you’re losing patience (Almost like when they announce the winners of TV reality shows. And trust me! I don’t want to lose you as a reader.) and wondering who called me, let me spill the beans.
I got a call today from Z. Z is someone from my past. Someone whom I have known from several years of my life. Someone who probably knew me better than I knew myself at some time in life. Z found the link of my blog. And no, I did not send Z the link. Neither have I sent the link to anyone remotely associated with Z – I have been extra cautious about this. Neither have I been overly aggressive in marketing the blog in question (At least, Not the way I have done with the other blogs of mine). I don’t know how Z came across this blog. See that’s the thing about your past – “It keeps coming back at you when you least expect it in ways that you can never imagine.
It was an unidentified number. I am yet to figure out how Z got my number – That’s a mystery which I should solve wearing my ‘detective hat’. Anyways these days, I almost never pick up the phone if it’s an unidentified number. To be honest, there are so many times when I am unable to answer the calls of even friends and family. Now that’s another change that happens when you become a parent – You simply can’t talk to whom you want when you want. And anyone who knows me from childhood will know that the telecommunication department and I share an “age-old deep bond”. But anyways, I did answer the phone.
I heard the “Hello” and I knew who it was. See that’s the other thing about your past – “Something’s never change.” Voices will remain voices till eternity. It’s been eons since we spoke, but still the voice was just the same. Just as I knew it. Just as I recall it. Just as I will always remember. [OK, so now I can add this to my “Reasons why I love blogging” – “You get calls from unexpected people when you least expect it.!!!”]
And this is what Z said to me “I have been reading your blog. And I must confess that I love the way you write. I did not know that you had this talent. I could never imagine you would ever turn out this way. It’s like you're not the same person I knew. In fact, I don’t know you anymore. Though I don’t always understand what you mean in your writings, I sure do look forward to your next post…
Hmmmm… OK. So far, So good. But anyone who knows Z well enough will vouch for the fact that any conversation with Z is incomplete without Z’s talk about the glory and success of Z’s life (which I call the “Tom Tom Tom” time ) and Z’s ever so generous advice (Hmm.. which mere mortals like me could use anytime!!!)
So next came the “Tom Tom Tom”  time – About how Z is so happy and successful in life.  About Z’s time at Harvard (OK, Full credit for this!!!). About how Z has the most exciting and phenomenal professional life. Next the personal life - About how Z’s spouse is the very best. About all of Z’s newly acquired material possessions (from the new swanky car, to the beautiful new house, to the new holiday home, to all the hi-fi gadgets). About how Z is able to pursue other dreams, hobbies and passions (From travel all over the world, to sculpture, to fine art, to golf). In summary, all’s going perfect in Z’s life.
And now it was time for Z’s profound advice (& I do value feedback from any reader). “You know I have a few comments about how you can improve – You should keep writing. May be write a book. But keep it simple so that there is mass appeal. After all, your words should reach the masses. Sometimes, it seems to take forever to comprehend what you are trying to say. You should get your work published. You should use more visual representations - pictures, videos, etc. You should make your page more attractive...”

OK. Very valid feedback and suggestions.. But then should I do all these things on the blog...???

Hmmm.. And just before I forget  why I started this blog, let me end with this question “Why do you blog?" – Is it for YOURSELF or Is it for OTHERS?
Pause and Reflect…

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda

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