Day 31 of the March SOLSC! #SOL21

I remember those days when the internet was available only to some people. My cousin had internet connection and there was a separate room for the computer and so many precautions had to be taken. In the 1960s Indian Railways got computers from IBM, if I remember rightly. We were in Secunderabad then. My father was among the few people who were selected to get training in working the computer. One day he took us to see it. It was as big as a room! Now we can hold it in our palm. The internet has changed our world. It has brought the world to my house and blogging has helped me come in contact with people from different parts of the world.

I don’t remember when I came to know about blogging. It must have been sometime in 2009. I joined a blogging site called Sulekha and blogged there till 2012. It was a good experience but in the last few months I was not feeling good there and started checking other sites.

I learnt about Cowbird in March 2012. I had a wonderful time there.  In 2013, I came across WordPress and started posting my blogs on both sites. Cowbird closed down in February 2017. They had a lot of problems. They informed all the bloggers that they were winding up and saw to it that we could download our blogs with photos too. That was very considerate of them.

Once again I started looking at different sites. I was posting in WordPress.  I joined Medium and Blogpost too but gave up after a few months. Since 2013, it has been only WordPress.

I am learning so much here.  Photo challenges, learning to write Haikus, word prompts, stream of consciousness, slice of Life and so much more are wonderful experiences. Once some years ago, I took part in poetry writing. It was fun. I had always thought that writing fiction is beyond me. For many months I took part in photo fiction challenges.  I enjoyed writing short stories.
And above all, I love coming into contact with people from different parts of the world. So many of them are kindred spirits. Our lives are so different but there is a sameness in them that is so fascinating.

I have been posting in Slice of Life for four years but this is the first time I am taking part in the March challenge. I have liked each day and there has always been something to write. Here we believe for anything to happen, the correct time has to come. This year something made me want to join this challenge and I am glad I did. 😊👍

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. I did not go there last year. There have been so many changes in our life, we will always remember the year 2020. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

20 comments

  1. Glad you joined us for March. There is nothing quite like it – the combination of a hard challenge and an amazingly supportive community makes for a rewarding experience. It is amazing how much technology has changed in the 60 years since you saw the computer the size of a room. We watched The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes as a family not so long ago. Nostalgicly for the grownups and only the lens of science fiction for our daughter because a desktop is as big of a computer as she comes across.

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  2. You’ve been fantastic, never failing to write an original blog every single day. I thoroughly enjoyed every one them. I shall miss them, but the loss of the March challenge is the gain of Slice of Life.

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  3. The internet has really reinforced the idea that it is a small world after all. I am glad you participated in the challenge this year. I enjoy your posts and learn so much. I also appreciate your comments on my posts. Thank you. See you next Tuesday.

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  4. I’m glad you participated in the challenge this year. It was lovely to learn from you. Hope you join on Tuesdays throughout the year.

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  5. I have enjoyed learning new things from you, Lakshmi – about your beautiful country, customs, and your family. Such a fascinating piece of history here today, about computers! I appreciate most of all how writing ties hearts together, all around the world – we are knot by our stories. So grateful for all of your thoughts and reflections.

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  6. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts and learning more about you and your culture! Please keep it up and do the A to Z challenge! The link is in my blog “Ive Committed” if you want to join. Also, I hate to hear you left Medium! There’s so many different publications surely you can find one for your poetry or something. I’m very active on Medium in several different publications and no I don’t make a lot of money but you’d make a little bit anyway if you were a member for five bucks a month.

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  7. We learn so much from you Lakshmi and it is always informative and interesting. It is true that we all experience life in different ways, but we all have the same basic needs and desires, and I think that blogging helps us to integrate so much better.

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  8. Timing is, if not everything, pretty important. I’m glad the internet and Two Writing Teachers brought us together as I’ve enjoyed the perspectives you bring to your blogging. Congratulations on completing the month-long challenge!

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  9. We have all enjoyed reading your long and informative posts and learnt so many interesting details. I’m sure you should consider a book or memoir or something and put it all together, at least for your grandchildren! That is what I want to do.

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