A Fresh Start!

July 12, 2008 at 4:34 am 21 comments

During the last few months, I’ve received a few e-mails, scraps and comments asking why I don’t blog any more. One of the most recent ones even asked: “is life no longer funny or have you found yourself a girlfriend, or worse gotten married (which, acc. to most guys, sucks all the joy out of life).”

The answer is, in short, no. In long, however, life continues to be immensely funny. Every movie I watch, I want to make fun of it on the blog and most things I see and experience daily, I want to point out the funny side here. But there is one major obstacle to this activity: the internet. Everytime I have an idea and sit myself down to type out a post on it, my mind is constantly telling me, that just one click away, is:

  • Youtube (with its magnificent collection of videos starring Vijaykanth, Balayya, T. Rajendherr and other members of the Sam Anderson school of acting)
  • Facebook (where multiple hours can be wasted on absolutely nothing)
  • Porn (which obviously needs no further explanation)

The internet is thus a major obstacle to what I need in order to come up with a post, namely a couple of hours of peace and quiet. And this just cannot happen if GTalk is constantly telling you someone wrote on your wall, or someone compared you to their friends and decided you have less mother potential. This is why Shakespeare was so successful. Seriously, if you think about it, all the great writers were around only when there was no Internet. Then the 90s arrived, the World Wide Web was invented, and BAM! We’re left with Chetan Bhagat.

Nevertheless, every now and then, there’s something I see or hear that I just HAVE TO blog about, and so I shut out all connectivity with the rest of the world and sit down to type. Like, for example, the end of 2007. I felt I just had to write a year summary and so, I started typing, “By most accounts, 2007 was a fascinating year. These accounts are, to use the correct technical term, wrong. Schoolboys of the future, when they read about 2007 in their history books, will regard it with a great deal of affection, because it will be the shortest chapter. And also because it will feature pictures of Britney Spears without her underwear.”

Now, as a blogger who takes his work very very seriously, I would never, NEVER make statements that are factually incorrect.* So obviously, I needed to verify my statement about Ms. Spears. And so I connected to the Internet again. And within seconds of typing out the required search string into Google, the unfinished post was only a distant memory. Now you see what happened there? This is how the World Wide Web slowly creeps up behind you, sucks you in and holds you by your sensitive parts till you promise you’ll never ever try to escape it again. That’s how hard this blogging business is.

The end result of all this is that I have a number of word documents on my computer that are about one paragraph long. There are maybe a couple of longer ones, but that’s only because my London neighbour, whose wireless Internet I was stealing, had turned off his router one evening. The rest of the time I just didn’t have any decent ideas. That’s why this blog is named ‘Mostly Thoughtless’.

However, I firmly believe, or at least want to, that this dry phase is over, now that Britney Spears has gone out of the public eye, and that the new distraction-free me will try to blog whenever he can. All those of you who still regularly check up on this blog, I cannot thank you enough. I needed a fresh start, and that’s why I’ve moved to WordPress. Do keep visiting, as always! Hopefully, things will get livelier from now on. Take care, everyone. Cheers!

* except when it suits me.

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21 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Shanim  |  July 12, 2008 at 6:48 am

    I know how u feel dude…the internet does seem to take us for ransom lately….sigh…Web 2.0 i tell u…it’s a curse!

    Reply
  • 2. Njan  |  July 12, 2008 at 7:07 am

    Well..

    She’s planning on a world-tour with Madonna! 🙂

    The start looks OK-OK!

    Reply
  • 3. Ramanujam  |  July 12, 2008 at 7:18 am

    Nice to see u back!

    WordPress…welcome move…. but why don’t you get ur own domain.

    Reply
  • 4. sundar narayanan  |  July 12, 2008 at 7:35 am

    glad you are back.. or at least think you will.

    🙂

    started wondering along the lines of…

    If Vinod is coming up with this great stuff when he is thoughtless, what will he come up with when he is thoughtful?!

    🙂

    Reply
  • 5. Aditi  |  July 12, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    don’t think britney spears is as much a threat as some b-grade movie stars who you and are there abt, like whats her name…that ram gopal varma’s chick…argh…nisha kothari!

    Reply
  • 6. Thomas Masun  |  July 12, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Dear Uncle:

    Come to Goa.

    Kind regards,
    Thomas Masun

    Reply
  • 7. Kaushik K  |  July 12, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Nice to have you back! Hope Krish Ashok may finally have an active competitor!

    Reply
  • 8. R.Shantaram  |  July 14, 2008 at 5:07 am

    Good to see you back to blogging, Vinod. Was wondering if your life had become one long quiz…. Cheers!

    Reply
  • 9. Karthik B.S.  |  July 14, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Thala, glad that you are back.

    You need internet to blog. But when you are about to blog, the internet distrupts you. It’s catch-22, buddy.

    Reply
  • 10. karadikutti  |  July 16, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Glad to see you blogging again. Been a while since your last post..Keep up the good work.

    Reply
  • 11. bobo  |  July 21, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    a fresh start with the same blog title and only an expanded name? heh.

    then again, you said fresh, not new. 🙂

    Reply
  • 12. Sneha  |  July 23, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Hey Vinod,

    Long time.. Happened upon this blog.. What have you been upto?

    London neighbour?? In t. nagar? Or have you shifted continents recently?

    Nice that you’re blogging again..

    Reply
  • 13. Vinod  |  July 24, 2008 at 2:12 am

    Shanim, Karthik B.S.,

    Catch-22 it is! Pretty depressing!

    Reply
  • 14. Vinod  |  July 24, 2008 at 2:18 am

    Nijan, Sundar Narayanan, Kaushik K, R Shantaram, Karadikutti

    Thanks! 🙂

    Reply
  • 15. Vinod  |  July 24, 2008 at 2:18 am

    Ramanujam,

    Yeah, bought the domain. Will migrate shortly.

    Reply
  • 16. Vinod  |  July 24, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Aditi,

    Nisha Kothari is unbelievably cute. I’ve been a fan since she made her debut in ‘Jay Jay’, as Amogha. 😀

    Reply
  • 17. Vinod  |  July 24, 2008 at 2:20 am

    bobo,

    Yes, just a fresh start. Was getting tired of the old one.

    Reply
  • 18. Vinod  |  July 24, 2008 at 2:21 am

    Thomas,

    I’m afraid I can’t. The Russian Mafia scares me.

    Reply
  • 19. Vinod  |  July 24, 2008 at 2:22 am

    Sneha,

    Hey! I’ve been good.. was in London for a while six months ago, that’s the reference. Currently in Chennai only.

    Reply
  • 20. Gautam  |  August 20, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Glad that you are back!
    I check your posts now and then and had not checked it for a while. Keep up your great work for entertaining us!
    Best regards.

    Reply
  • 21. ledzupprulz  |  December 13, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    hello .. i happened to see ur blog post ” One of the mistakes of my life? ” and i dont really need to say how an amazing guy you are.
    Enjoyed reading ur posts.. i have spent quite a time with it.

    Cheers.

    Reply

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