Sunday, March 17, 2013

Blog-anniversary and Contest !


March 2009. It was when the Tsunami of corporate world hit worldwide - Global Recession. People who lost their jobs, people who dint know they lost their job, people who are on the verge of losing their job were some of the main catastrophic categories that software people fell into generally. It was only two months into my wedded life, my husband was then an employee of the most controversial Indian software company of that time, and I had changed my job and location as well. It was a difficult time for me as the mind needed time and lot of pampering to come to terms with a life that had lot of first’s to offer.

One fine morning as I walked into my plush office I met a group of girls seriously in discussion right there at the reception area. Their expressions screamed panic. That was when I came to know that the guy we were reporting to had been fired. Not just him, twenty five others. It was happening. We were a group of new employees who were practically unassigned to any project of course due to lack of it. We were the ones who could be chucked out any moment of the day. The fear had actually set in.

Even though we were on ‘bench’, we still had our own workstations and computers to browse. I was mentally disturbed about the state of affairs and this led me to reading light and entertaining blogs. I loved reading and relating easily to the whole load of creativity that floated effortlessly in various blogs and increasingly grew jealous of them. I had a lot of things to write as well. Why don’t I start a blog of my own? I thought. This thought materialized itself and my first post was born on March 30, 2009. Since then there was no turning back.

It has been four years and no one ever told me to go home, people only tell me to ‘keep blogging’! Is it not an achievement in itself? In June 2011, hours after my son was born, I was chosen for a fifth prize (Rs.10,000) on the topic ‘ The Real Beauty’, a contest conducted by Dove and IndiBlogger. That was probably my first and only prize but it still gives me a high like no other! I made it a point to update my space thrice or more every month and it was always welcomed with oodles of encouragement and criticisms in the form of comments, which always gave me the push to come back and write more.

I recall the days I made every effort to feature in the school and college magazines. My vocabulary was not great, ideas were not new, creativity lower than mediocre, but to see my name in print was the only motive I had in my life (despite the other motives my parents and teachers had for me).

When the blog was kick started, it was topped with consistent support from my parents, husband and sister. Altogether I can tell you, it was a success recipe, though it was the recession which was actually the driving force behind it.

So this is the month of celebration, of four years of existence on blogger. Now it is up to hubby dear to decide whether it is going to be Damas or Joy Alukkas :D

Cheers to all my fellow bloggers and some awesome people who have made it in my facebook and gtalk as well !  I am indebted to you and also jealous of your blog! ;-)

So as a token of appreciation I am conducting a small contest right here.
Suggest a caption for the below picture, in less than 15 words, which by the way is a click by my hubby. I am giving away a prize too, which is a gift voucher worth Rs.200 for your next Flipkart purchase.


The prize is sponsored by Coupondunia, which also has discounts on Flipkart coupons, Dominos coupons, Snapdeal coupons and others. It is a boon for online shoppers. Visit their site to know more so you may save better on your next online purchase.

But first things first. Send in your captions in less than 15 words to anitajeyan@gmail.com with the subject #Caption. Or you may even put your captions on the comments section of this post. I am not going to be the judge, don’t worry, there are better and well-read people who have agreed to shortlist the winner! Send in your entries, please participate, multiple entries allowed !

Contest Closes on March 31st. 

56 comments:

  1. Yaaay! Congrats! Keep blogging! :)

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  2. That's four years of relatively good consistency right there! Congrats on the milestone, to many more :)

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  3. My entry:
    "A bird learns to fish not because of talent, but because of hunger!"

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    1. Thank You. Entry saved for judgement ! :-)

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  4. Congratulations! Here's my caption: "My reflection and I meet at the line between two worlds."

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    1. Thank You Neeru ! Your entry was saved for judgement!

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  5. Congratulations Anita!! I love your style of writing and enjoyed reading all your posts. Keep blogging :)
    Seena

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  6. Congrats Anita ! 4 years is really a long time, hope to read more from you :)

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    1. Yes four years sounds really long on a blogging perspective :-) Thanks a lot. Hoping to hear more from you!

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  7. Congratulations Anita! Four years and super-prolific at that. Hats off! It's been an absolute pleasure reading you :)

    And as for a title, how about "Riding the waves"?

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    1. Considered and saved for judgement , Blunt !

      Thank you so much for leaving a comment. Your blog is STILL one of my favorites! Note the word 'STILL'. ;-)

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  8. Congratulations Anita :)

    Here's my entry: "Wish I could have my wings across the sea"

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  9. I was referred to this contest by your sister Anjana. Really good to know about this contest you're running on your blog! So here's my entry as a possible caption for the wonderful picture clicked by your husband: An encounter with the shadow

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    1. Yes she told me. Thanks for visiting. Have saved your caption.

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  10. Congrats on finishing 4years!

    My entry "Pencil Dive"

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  11. Congrats on getting the blog up and running for four years!!! :) :)
    My entry for the caption competition is
    "Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime"

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  12. A sea so blue and gold, within it a million stories untold.

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  13. Hi Anita,

    Congratulations on the 4th year anniversary!

    Below is my entry for the caption contest. :)

    Your waves, and
    my wings
    move up and down.
    You and I are one,
    love.

    -Vinay

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  14. Great job Anita! I suppose I should be suggesting a caption,, but I was so caught up in your writing. I'll come back when I think of something apt ;-))

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    1. Wow ! You made my day ! Thanks for that comment :-)

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  15. Congrats Anita for completing 4 years (this reminds me that even I might be nearing 4 years). Have to check :D

    Nice pic by your hubby. Here's my caption - "Between the endless skies and deep blue seas, I tread my own path".. :)

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    1. Hehe Binu this blog anniversary is a third reason to celebrate - apart from birthdays and wedding anniversary !

      Thanks , will convey the message .

      Have saved your caption entry.

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  16. 4 yrs!!!! U r a veteran!!!!
    Keep blogging like ur frnds said..and I am sure many more prizes are on their way!!

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  17. many more congratulations Anita .. keep blogging!

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  18. Heyy!!! congrats on the blog-anniversary!! That's super cool! As for the caption , I stared at the pic till my eyes turned blue (ok ,red!) and still have not come up with anything ... hopefully the creative juices will start flowing soon...

    Lily

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  19. I love your blog and read everything you post. May be not comment very often :)
    Congratulations on your blog anniversary and here is my caption for your picture.

    The Sea - Mirroring my thoughts or just my reflection?

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    1. Thank u so much .. for visiting and reading :-) Dont stop!

      Saved your caption.

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  20. Cheers to you girl and your lovely blog! And winning a contest is some achievement - especially when the competition is so tough.

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    1. Thank you so much Purba ! Yes and thats why I couldnt believe it for quite some time !

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  21. Congrats on the milestone....it IS special.
    Lame I know but where it matters most, words usually fail me:-(. But I'm thinking my name on top of 'ur top commenters' list is enough proof that your blog is one of my favourite places to visit.

    God Bless:-)).

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    1. Thanks a lot for your words, Nancy. Your comment is the first thing I read today. I know my day is going to be good.

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  22. Hey Anita, congratulations on the blog anniversary and here's wishing you many many more! I absolutely love reading your posts! Good luck and keep writing :)

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    1. Thanks a lot DJ ! And I absolutely love reading your posts !! I am a big fan !

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  23. 4 years!! WOW Hats off to you, girl!! You are the only blogger in my list who still blogs regularly..and by blogging I mean someone who actually writes and not just pastes random videos or pictures, like many bloggers I know. Congrats babe and may you have many more!!

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    1. Thank u thank u thank u Shanu !! :-) * hug*

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  24. Ohhh, I saw this contest and thought I'll reply later. Totallly forgot about it!
    Anyway, happpy Anniversary to your blog! Keep writing :)

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  25. Congrats for the blog anniversary.

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