100 follows on the blog. That may not sound like much (I will still be a potential nominee for the Liebster Award, which is for blogs with less than 200 followers), but I have always said that I blog on various topics, which makes it difficult – as things go in blogosphere – to rack up the follows. And that being because I use my blog to show(case) my writing rather than to “attract” followers. So, whoever’s a regular here hopefully likes my writing. Anyway, a hundred thanks and more to all (and future ones) for all the love.
I have been nominated for the Liebster Award. I didn’t know of this until two days ago, when in an FB Indian bloggers’ group, someone posted asking for bloggers with less than 200 followers. I am yet to touch 100, so I went ahead and shared my blog link. So, this guy (Indrashish Mitra, check out his blog here) nominated me among others. Like him, and like others before him, I need to nominate 11 other blogs / bloggers, along with answering the 11 questions he’s posed for me and then stating 11 random facts about myself. Before I do that, I’d need to know the 11 I can nominate. Of course, I can go through my followers’ list here, apart from going on other social-media sites, but it would be great if you could let me know if you’re interested via the comments’ section. That way, I also wouldn’t be nominating someone who isn’t keen.
Below are more details about the award from another blogger. (There doesn’t seem to be an “official” blog / page / site for the award, and I don’t even know what the winner gets, if anything. However, yes, it does get some more eyeballs for your blog and perhaps new followers.)
And here’s an image with the rules of the award.
I know this may sound like one of those chain mails, in this case for blogs, but not to be cynical for a change, it’s about helping blogs that haven’t yet caught fire catch fire, which may be the case for various reasons. One reason my blog doesn’t have “an insane number” of followers – though I’m okay with this, and also grateful to the folk who follow me – is because I write about several things, just as I’ve mentioned in the sub-head of my blog. It is universally acknowledged that the best way to have many followers fast is to write about one topic / category alone (and of course, write well). But that’s okay. I’m interested in showcasing my versatility. 😉
So, come on, get lobbying for the Liebster. And hit the comments’ section if interested…
I’ve hit 100 posts on the blog. (This is the 101st.) Thanks to all who like/follow this blog, and to the many who’ve liked individual posts. And not to forget the ones I follow – I follow you folk for a reason: because I like what you write/develop and also because it encourages/inspires my different interests (writing, poetry, animal love/care, veganism, movies, arts). Now, as the self-ad that the ad guy in me created for the milestone (included as the post image) too proclaims, here’s to irfinity, er, infinity.
And here’s the last one of the new series. And without any more rah-rah, here’s diving into…
Yes, as you might have got by now, it’s a welding of my blog name (in turn, based on my name) and the focus of the series, in this case, my engagement, enjoyment, and enthrallment with those fine endeavours of movies, plays, and books. In Irficianado, I plan to review and discuss anything related to those three loves of mine. (I’ve listed them in ascending order of my liking for them, and unfortunately, in descending order of my level of engagement with them. But hopefully, this series might change that.)
And the logo…
An aficionado (I won’t say I’m one yet, but can certainly strive to be one) takes note of the finer points in the fine things. The logo thus couldn’t be a screaming one. So, chose a classy font – the less-known and less-used Nyala. Especially like the way it makes the ‘I’ in the name look like ‘1’, that too, three of them, as if giving each instance of each engagement a first rank.
The colour had to be a rich one, with shades. Blue always works very well for this. So, used a rich blue for the part of my name in the series’ name and a lighter blue for the other text items. Deliberately meant the lighter blue in the second part of the series’ name to not be easily distinguishable from the first part – for that’s what an aficionado’s role is, to distinguish between the masterstroke and the masterpiece.
Finally, added the hint of gilt glint at the end, to depict the aficionado successfully finding the diamond in the gem-stack.
But for that, I first need to get into that stack…
Any writer worth all the books s/he’s read someday also wants to write them – mostly many, but at least one. We all want to go beyond the thrill of seeing our name as a byline in a print/online article to a big billing in a book. And we want to do that through either non-fiction (typically the first step) or fiction, but mostly the latter, for that’s where the big money is, especially nowadays – when publishers are increasingly looking for a series rather than a single tome and movie-makers are even more frequently trawling the literary space for the next blockbuster. Until then, until we can make enough to buy that house by the sea or in the hills (depending on whether you’re a beach person – me – or a mountain person), we slog, and hope, away…
Somewhere, I guess, I’m no different. Although I started this blog to not lose touch with my writing, I am now keen to see it grow, and thus curious to see the extent to which it could grow. So, while I’m presently happy with commentary, it would be interesting to see if I could push myself to do concoction. This series is an attempt in that direction.
Here then is Irfiction. And as is wont, here’s about the name and logo…
As the baseline too suggests, the series will feature stories by me. Again, the name is derived from my name – just as the other series here and the blog name.
Again, designed by the ad guy and visual-design lover in me. The blue in the initial parts of the name is the same as that in my blog logo. The ‘F’, being between my name and my intended action, is a gradient of the two colours it is between. The letters after that are in a vivid red-pink, as fiction is designed to be vivid and also as a departure from the more pastelish colours I’ve used in the other logos so far. Finally, the curved line below represents the side view of an open page and also a bird in flight, indicating the flight of fancy that fiction is meant to be. (Or at least, my visual-design-loving flight of fancy.)
Now, for the stories. I think these are still going to take me some time, for as I said, I’m comfortable with the commentary bit I do. But I also wanted to have this series and logo in place so that they would push me to come up with that first imagination. However, I believe I know which spaces I’m going to be navigating: my keen interests of animal love/care (including veganism), human/humanistic interests, and spirituality/philosophy.
So, as they say, watch this space…
Will soon be starting a few new series on the blog. Here’s the first of them.
Irfilosophy. Me getting philosophical, as in posts like these: Melong.
Until the first post in the series, here’s about the name and logo. The ad guy in me has to talk about these, you know.
As with all the other series (Irfanvertising, IrfindingVegan, Irfanimals…), this too is based on the name of the blog, which in turn in based on my name. Blame this on the branding and digital marketing guy in me.
Again, like the other series and the blog, have done this logo myself. (And this blame on the visualophile in me.) Here’s a bit about it…
Firstly, included some more colour/imagery this time. The predominantly white background of the previous logos was getting a bit too bland.
The reason for keeping the name right at the bottom of that box – and I hope people get this – is to indicate that these are deep musings: thoughts and writings that are not at the surface but further inside. (Hopefully again.)
Since the name is a portmanteau, have tried to treat the design similarly: have given two colours for the two parts in the name. Have also given the two sub-names the two extreme colours (white for one part and black for the other), and have given them a grey outline. The idea being to indicate that here I plan to look at all things black, white, and grey.
And finally, the baseline of sorts at the lower bottom, just to explain what this is about.
Now, await the first post…
So, I’ve entered a poetry, verse, or at the most base level, a rhyme phase in my blogging. Will it last? If so, how long? I’m not going to sit and ponder over that, especially as, going by Buddhism (which I follow to a fair extent), nothing is permanent. This post then is about the why – why or how presently, in my writing, I am seeing ‘rhyme and meter / in every centimetre’.
In the morn / Poetry is born
I wake up very early, before the sun wakes up. I do so for my pre-walk warm-up, physiotherapy exercises, and finally meditation (which I’ve been practising for some time now). After my freshening-up, I go stand in my balcony for a few minutes. And am immediately taken in by the lyricality of the morning. The first ray opening its eye; the stars preparing to hit the cosmic bed; the cool, whispery breeze taking one last lap across the trees; the birds, stirred by the breeze, letting out a literal relay of sounds… How can anyone not be inspired by this? (So, I guess, if I were a late-night person, all my poems would be about owls and howls.)
Theatre of the word
Poetry is perhaps the ultimate play of thoughts and words. With prose, you’re “only” trying to get your idea down in the most magical string of sequential words. With poetry, you’re stirring the word soup in your cerebral cortex, and your emotional vortex. First, the idea’s in place, but not the words. Then, the words stack up, but the idea is missing. You’re playing a semantic and ideatic Rubik’s cube before things finally go ‘click’. All sides are now colour-coordinated. The six lines on the computer now match the lilting idea in your head and heart.
On the sombre side, and almost every writer will say this at some point in time, writing is very cathartic. If so, poetry is the semantic salve. Much of my writing is about my high passions of animal love/freedom (and therefore, veganism), and to some extent, about spirituality. When I’m unable to do something for some animal in human-caused distress, or about some society-nurtured anomaly, I take to putting it down. With also the hope that it echoes with and inspires someone else, somewhere else too.
And on a lighter note, if nothing else, penning poetry can always help me write ad jingles.
So, now, off I go / To pen some mo’.