Saturday, June 07, 2008

Two

I remember a lazy Tuesday in the first week of June in 2006. P and I were curled up in bed, with her legs on my thigh, and her face inches away from mine. The conversation was fairly insignificant and I was cribbing as usual, whining about how work was repetitive and life was slow. And how I desperately needed to prevent myself from slipping into the mental coma which had been heading my way for a while now.

And as is also usual, she was bored to death with my unending saga of self pity. But she was nice enough to pretend and listen. After a while though, she looked away and began staring at the ceiling. And at some point, without her realizing, I stopped talking.

After a couple of minutes though, by when my attention had drifted to the Leonard Cohen song playing in the background, she squeezed my arm and exclaimed with a look that accompanies an epiphany,"TS! You should start a blog!"

I responded with an expression so blank that the next half an hour was spent in her explaining the meaning of the word 'blog' to me in great detail. And once P thought she had gotten through to me and of course convinced me to start a blog of my own, she took me by the hand and led me to the computer where with the click of a few buttons, we conceived The Wander Years .

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That was then.

But over a period of time, The Wander Years has transformed into an idea that defines my life.

Maybe that's why &. magazine's June issue of 2008 is also themed 'The Wander Years', in continuation to an article in the May issue, which talks about how the youth today are running away from the all things conventional and attempting to redefine their idea of life in general.

And today, as this little corner of the blogosphere completes two years in existence, I hope there is reason to rejoice. Not because it has sparked any intellectual revolution or uncontrollable laughter or worthy debates on social issues, but because while The Wander Years was catalyzing my redefinitions, it may have also given all of you a few reasons to smile in agreement with a post or a comment and whisper to yourselves, "I so know that feeling".

42 comments:

Suchintya said...

I hardly ever came here in empathy, thereby probably missing the whole point of your writing.

I keep returning for the simple brilliance of expression.

Still waiting for the book. Hopefully I will get a signed copy. [;)]

Arcane Crapper said...

I know that feeling. :)

Although, sometimes, it's about more than catalyzing redefinitions.

Spunky Monkey said...

Happy turning two years. Here's to more.

J' said...
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J' said...

It was a pain to read your post... Its difficult to read with your laptop balanced on your poor concussed ribs... Its even more difficult to write...

I was ignoring the 'RSS Feed' email for last 2 days... I don't even know why I am still reading you..

But... grudges apart... you still write well...

Sadly, you've been ignoring a very positive side of yourself... this blog..

Take care TS.

Anand Sarolkar said...

Hmm...2 years! So...What Next?

Gauri said...

Congratulations on turning 2!!
I hope the quest, the resultant evolution, and your expression of the same continues to engage us.
Good luck !!

siropdevanille said...

Hope you have your epiphanies and manage to complete that post soon...

Happy 2 years! And just so you know, I did go awww, and "I so know that feeling" and smiled and sighed and laughed while reading this blog. I also re-read the poetry. :) Keep on writing... for redemption?

Serendipity said...

yay! Happy blogbirthdayy lol.

On a serious note, and one which would rather flatter you (though you mustnt be )...you had a post on some good ol childhood things (cannot recall which one).. and someone had stumbled upon your blog, and about 3 of us spent 10-15 mins reading the whole 'campa cola', 'gold spot' bit and saying 'oh yaaaa...remember that time' or 'oh mann i totally remeber that jingle'.

:)

Priya said...

Aha..baby's 2nd b'day...

Best Wishes :)

Dreamy post

Ujjwal said...

I agree with the last line fully - though another thought that brings me back is to know someone through his blog when I missed knowing him all these years at Modern.

Keep up the good job.

MAN IN PAINTING said...

Congrats!The best thing i like about blogging is the democracy it puts forward.
i am a new blogger.
liked your blog.
Congrats o the second birthday...

MAN IN PAINTING said...

Congrats!The best thing i like about blogging is the democracy it puts forward.
i am a new blogger.
liked your blog.
Congrats o the second birthday...

Art said...

Articulation

p said...
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pri said...

happy birthday ts! you have got to blog more though.

R said...

Happy Birthday! :) We demand you spend more time here to celebrate!!
Ok, we beg, just blog more!!

sigmund said...

Dropped by on cyber walk...good reading and happy birthday !

Madhavi said...

Good job TS, u shud write more often!!! and o ya P you can actually claim credit for the birth of this one, proud of U!

Absolutely Normal Chaos said...

Happy Birthday to one of my favouritest blogs. :)

P.S. - Im back :)

Nomad said...

Yeah, you bet it has, more than that, it motivates me to stop writing crap and attempt to write honestly.
Haaapy Birthday, i hope the blog has many many more.

Nomad said...

Oooh... We should make a mini tv series outta this or something!!!!!

The Darkling Thrush said...

:) congratulations TS. here's to many more super moments.

take care. and keep wondering, wandering, writing.

Angad said...

Hey man,

Sorry, i've read this twenty days too late. While it suggests that that I don't read your blog that often, you would know that I don't read much anyway... but whenever I do want to read something.. I visit the wander years.

Happy 2 years.. I'm sure greater glory lies ahead!

imperfect said...

Happy Birthday Blog ;)

Outsourcing Professional said...

hey you should write more regularly...you can write very well :-)
http://mathuag.blogspot.com

Ujjwal said...

Why does the Wiki page on Modern School list you as a famous alumni - and that too a writer? :)

TS said...

I don't know, you tell me?

I'll check it out.

harish said...

came here through Preeti's blog (Mother of Two)

all I can say is...

Thank god you bored her that day!!

will return soon..

:-)

TS said...

Thank you Harish, your words are extremely encouraging.

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