Two women...


It was on a slack afternoon in office that I stumbled upon Anita’s travel blog while wandering on the internet, looking for travel options. The year, I guess, was 2006. She had been writing since 2001. I was fascinated by her introduction; it was very different from what I had been reading in other blogs. (She has changed it since then.) The image posted showed her to be a pretty girl with an impish smile, holding her precious cat Kit Kit. In an instant, I was drawn towards her – her effervescent personality, and her writing. Somewhere, it struck a chord with me. At that point, I was a restless person, dying to travel the world, and not be tied down to anything or anyone. She was the person I wished to be. 

Over the years, as I followed her blog, I saw her travel extensively and try newer activities. Her writing was always crisp – she knew exactly what to write and just how much to write, without being overtly personal. Sometimes, while writing about visiting her hometown, she would passingly refer to her mom wanting to see her get married. My mom was asking me to do the same and I found some solace in knowing that I was not alone in the same predicament. Once, in a rare show of emotions, she wrote about her friend getting married and wondered if she will see that day in her life. Suddenly, she was silent for a few weeks. She then quietly announced in her next post, with all the coyness of a new bride, that she had got married. I was mighty pleased for her. She kept on blogging, more about the marathons and cycling trips that she had got attached to. I sometimes wondered if there was any activity that she had not touched upon.


For some reason, Anita disappeared from the blogging scene for the better part of 2011-2012. Just when I was beginning to miss her, she re-surfaced to resume her writing, perhaps not as frequently as she had done in the past. Recently, she was chosen as one of the 25 travel bloggers, out of a comprehensive list, for the Kerala Blog Express and we have been hearing more from her. She continues to be one of my inspirations.

A few years after I discovered Anita’s blog, I came across another gem, diametrically opposite. It was that of Mayurakshi’s, a blog as beautiful and passionate as her name. She is someone who loves to wear her heart on her sleeves. While Anita was restrained regarding her personal life, Mayurakshi poured out her heart on her blog. She dreamt of travelling, too, but perhaps she is more bound towards her family and filial duties. She is a doctor, would you believe it, that romantic girl? 


She loves to lose herself amongst books, and her writing reflects that. Her effortless flow of words, straight from her heart, mesmerized me. While I didn’t have heart-breaks in my own life, her emotions stirred me and moved me to tears. After every misstep, she would try to move on. It was like reading a monologue that she was having with herself, reasoning and logic, and then encouragement. She is a fighter, through and through, and someone who is in love with love. She would delete some of her posts, which perhaps on hindsight appeared silly to her, but I would continue to remember them. Such is the power of her beautiful words, a skill I can never hope to emulate, though I wish to. 


None of these girls know the impact they have had on me. While I may have commented a few times (twice, thrice?) on Mayurakshi’s blog, I don’t think I have ever commented on Anita’s. You see, I have always been that girl who remained quiet and never raised her hand in class although I was the only one who knew the answer. I would have never started my own blog had I not been subconsciously motivated to write down about my own little travels, food experiments and memories, by reading these blogs. Besides my husband, I think Anita and Mayurakshi too had some hand in it. Another fact that connected me with these girls was our love for our sisters. It made me feel as if we were kindred, somehow. 


I have subscribed to a lot of blogs that I love reading. But I have not subscribed to Anita's and Mayurakshi's blogs. I love opening their blogs with anticipation, not knowing what they would have posted. It is somewhat like unwrapping a gift, I guess. I hope they continue to write and inspire other girls, just as they inspired me.





Comments

  1. So lovely to read this, Sangeeta. Do post the link of this post in the comments sections of their Blogs for sure.
    Let them know what they mean for you :)
    Writers love comments :)

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    1. I have left them comments actually, but I think they are not published yet. But it's true, I am so bad at leaving comments, you know. I admire blogs and yet I don't tell them...must change that thing..

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  2. It happens :) When you are so loyal to a Blog, you do open it time to time just to get involved in the life of your fav Blogger. It feels like you are being a part of their life, or vice versa. .. Nicely written post :)

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    1. Thanks, Nupur, and you are so right about that...feeling as if we are a part of our favourite blogger's life, that is.

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  3. Two fascinating blogs and two very fascinating women the way you have described them. I loved this so much :) and sister love....ah totally can relate to that connection!

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    1. I know, I somehow connect more with those bloggers who have sisters, hahah!

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  4. Thanks Sangeeta :-) Always nice to be "written" about! And such nice words too - hope to meet you sometime in the real world too! It was nice to see someone recapture my "online" life but it made me reflect on my journey to the present, so thanks!

    And really, it's people like you who tell me they've been inspired that I write for. And it's been a great journey in that sense because I've met some of these folks who've told me later that they've done xyz or decided to take a step after reading it's possible. A lot of folks who write to me for recommendations (and it's not always I can respond, but I try!).

    My disappearance was mainly due to my hectic corporate life which took up a lot of time. But I'm slowly getting back to what I enjoy most - travel and writing and I hope to be more active now. And continue inspiring people to travel, explore and see more of our wide and beautiful world!

    All the best to you and do leave me a comment once in a while - makes me happy :-)

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    1. Thank you so much for writing in, Anita! I am so glad that I came across your blog. You are an amazing person and I hope your enthusiasm for life rubs off on me, too! Do keep writing...I get to live and learn a lot that way. Cheers!

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  6. Hello Sangeeta. Thanks for appreciating my blog. Last night I came home exhausted after a 16 hour shift at work and sleepily checked my mail. And there it was, your words, draining all my exhaustion and plastering an ear-to-ear grin on my face that has persisted even now. It means a lot to me if my words strikes a chord with someone in the virtual unknown and fosters a bond based merely on words and the familiarity they evoke. And it inspires me to get back to blogging again. Your words had come at a crucial time, when I was steadily losing my enthusiasm to write. I hope to get back to blogging soon and reading up the posts I'd missed on my favorite blogs, yours included. Take care. Keep writing.

    P.S: *ear-to-ear grin*

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    1. I am so glad that you are coming back to the blogging world! I was beginning to despair, not seeing any posts for so long. And yes, I meant everything that I said about you. You are a beautiful writer and you should not give it up. Look forward to your updates, now :)

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  7. And now thanks to you I have found two more blogs. :)

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    1. I am sure you will love them, Sharmila!

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