Monday, June 25, 2012

A Blog down memory lane


Ok, I admit. I'm on a trip. Down memory lane. And the worst (or the best, I'm unable to decide) part is, I've blogged long enough to have a damn post for every memory. Can you imagine? Every time someone says something, or I think about something, my mind goes - "hey, I've blogged about this."

Yeah. That long. About nine years, and counting.


But then, some of you've read my earlier posts, God bless you - so you won't have to sit through this. But for those who haven't - I'm sorry, whether or not you want to sit through these re-runs, you have to. At least for now, till my morbid grey cells get their act together once again and I start doling out those 'scaries' of mine. :)


Ok? Ready for another one? Great. And now you might frown, raise your eyebrows and ask. "Hmmmm, so Phatichar, what memory are you planning on reviving this time?"


It's the origin of this blog (stop frowning, or rolling or your eyes.....or both). I know, I know..not a very original post. People the world over might've knocked themselves out writing about how their blog began, what made them do it, yada, yada,  yada.


But the reason I plan to re-run that post here is - my cousin said the other day - "hey, you've a cool blog. Read almost all your stories. But......Phatichar??? Why that name?"


This is why. Read on. I wrote this when I completed 5 years of blogging. Yeah, a good 4 years back. I know, I'm a Dino.

Just another 'blog' in the wheel...

I remember the first time I heard the word 'web-log' was sometime in '97. I'd arrived in Bangalore, fresh out of post-graduation, and landed a job with my cousin who ran a small multimedia outfit back then (the company's long since wound up). The net had just about picked up - we used to hook up with a dialup; remember the familiar long 'beeeeeeep', and then a series of 'bip-bop-bip-bop'...and then the lights on the modem would turn steady, and we were ready to go. 56kpbs line. Great connection. Wow! The page loads in half a minute. That was fast, man! And while researching some web designs, I stumbled upon this guy (forget his name now), who had designed this very cool (for those days, these days you get all kinds)website he called his 'weblog'. I decided to save it for later and when I found time, just went through his site. It looked more like a day-to-day account of what he did, who he met - he was a designer himself, so it was more of his sketch works, rough drafts, designs, interactions with visualizers, ad guys and such. But he had a knack of making the mundane so interesting, I kind of got hooked to his page. I remember religiously opening his site every morning, just to read what he'd done that day.

That was then. Over the next few years, when Internet started making its way into everybody's home, weblog had turned to a crisper, dittier 'blog', and hey, you and I could have one. I heard about the new avatar sometime in 2000-2001, but I still didn't have that easy an access to the net to be able to blog myself. And not many people had begun blogging, anyways.

When I entered the software industry, and found that the Internet was as easy as a click, it opened a whole new world for me. And it was then a colleague invited me to read his 'blog'. I'd shown him a couple of my printed short stories, so he encouraged me to have a blog of my own.

So, finally in May 2003, I signed up for my very own blog - at blurty. I'd to give it a name. That was a problem. I'd not seen a lot of blogs and this colleague who'd shown me his, had something very simple like 'meandering thoughts' or some such. That wasn't much inspiration. So I went back in time, digging from favorite movie characters, comic book heroes etc. Nothing caught my eye. And then, one day over lunch I cribbed lightly about this to a friend. And he said, 'yaar, tu itna emotional kyoon ho raha hai?' (why so emotional over such a trivial matter?). And it struck! Of course. I'd found my name! I remember long back in school I had this favorite TV show 'Phatichar', and that character had stayed on in my mind for long. Phatichar would always console himself with that line 'yaar phatichar, tu itna emotional kyun ho raha hai?'. I liked it. So I named myself 'Phatichar' on my new blog.

Phew! It's been a great journey so far. I know five years isn't such big a deal. And I've been in and out of here far too many times. But whatever the frequency, it's always consoling to know that whatever happens in the outside world, there's always a place in cyberspace, where I can take refuge. A place I can go to without having to worry about what I am, who I am, about being politically correct. It's my space. Our (us bloggers) space.

Here's to bloggers all over the world. Cheers. :-)

21 comments:

kismitoffeebar said...

I have read your entire blog in 2 days Sri :) I had read this because I was so curious to know why Phatichar !

You really are on a roll (yes, quite literally, down the memory lane), aren't you?

Kanthu said...

I think I read this story of the third time now..:-)

cmus said...

Cheers to (y)our space. :)

phatichar said...

Toffee, Kanthu & cmus: :)

the little princess said...

cheers sirjee!!

this bit you did tell me...keep these rolling...

Mystical Skeptical Me said...

5 YEARS!! :D Wow!! And I think your name is one of the reasons people get attracted to it :D :D And the story...waah waah :D Love to be here! :D

phatichar said...

princess: :D

MSM: Ahem...9 years. This was a re-post; wrote it four years ago :) - soooo, a double 'wow' then? ha ha.. Thanks. :)

Mystical Skeptical Me said...

Isssh! You've mentioned 9 years! :D Yes yes, double waah! Ab toh I am awestruck. :D

phatichar said...

MSM: :) :P

Paanipuri Lover said...

And the mystery unfolds. This has always been a question. Why phatichar? :P

Interesting story. And 9 years? My, that's a long time. I can't carry on barely after a year, now. :-|

Nirvana said...

you know, I always did think why you chose phatichar. But so glad you chose to write.

Uma said...

wow..9 years!!!! that's a great achievement.
and I'd always wanted to know the reason/mystery behind the name. SO thanks for this post :-)

phatichar said...

Paanipuri Lover: Hey, howz ya been, long time. Yeah, 9 years is a long time but I never felt it. Seriously. :)

Nirvana: Thanks, M.. :)

Uma: Achievement? Umm.. :P - hehe..

goingbeyondthepages said...

9 years.... amazing I salute you... and you have been doing this so consistently... Its not been long since I have started reading you and now I want to go back and read each and every piece written by you... don't know if I will be able to do that.. but well done ..

phatichar said...

J: Thank you. Please do... :)

Erratic Thoughts said...

By now, I'd like to think I have read all your stories and some of them twice n thrice just to enjoy them again...
You are such an inspiring writer Sri, God Bless!
Thank you for sharing your short stories with us...
May there be many more such years ahead...
Keep writing...Phatichar :):)

The Meditating Lion said...

Nine years!!! VETERAN!! :D

phatichar said...

ET: My...you have!? Thanks, I think you're too generous with your comments - ab utttna bhi nahin yaar :P. But thanks a lot..am touched. :)

ML: :) Feel old, sometimes :P

milan solanki said...

liked it, confessions of a blogoholic : )

phatichar said...

milan: That's a nice way of putting it! Thanks...

Me said...

A truly heartfelt post... I always wondered why this name but it does add a nice twist to your blog:)

9 years is a pretty looonnng time. and I can understand the emotions you must be feeling now.. Kind off addicted to it now I guess...

Loved it...waiting for your book now!!