The Decade Gone By
From what I gather, most of the bloggers participating in this bloghop were in their twenties or thirties at the beginning of the last decade. I on the other hand was forty-four. I married very late, when I was forty and my daughter entered our household when I was forty one.
In 2010 myself and my wife were still savoring the happiness and joy of parenthood. As a family we were still coming to grip with ourselves when I ended up in some very deep trouble in my office. I have a very mercurial and hot temper and sometime in July of 2010 I lost my temper and shouted at one of my superiors in the office.
My organization threatened to terminate my employment. It was really a tough time for me as I simply could not afford to lose my job at that particular juncture and that too in bad grace. I was served a show cause notice and that was when I had to summon every bit of whatever writing talent I had and reply to the notice. Fortunately my reasons for my temper tantrums were accepted and I managed to save my job. So the past decade certainly did not begin very happily for me though I managed to avert disaster by the skin of my teeth.
The next few years were really good. My daughter was growing up and it was fun hunting for a school for her. Her innocent questions, regaling her with stories from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and the tales from the Bible and other religions during bed time was fun. You see, both myself and my wife were determined that our daughter should imbibe ideals from as many religions as possible.
I was still having a tough time officially because my health was also not up to the mark and in the IT field one needs to work long hours with hundred percent concentration. But when I came back home, my daughter would come running up to me and jump up and hug me yelling ‘Daddy’ and that made it all worthwhile.
For the next three or four years, I was happily wrapped up attending to the needs of my family, attending to office and teaching my daughter science, social studies and other subjects which was great fun. I think most of the people who are part of this bloghop are in their twenties and thirties and have experienced parenthood early in life but I realized what parenthood is in my forties and that makes it especially unique for me.
Now let me come to the other great development of my life in the decade gone by. The year 2017 was extremely special for me and it was because of an accidental event in that year that I am writing this blog post today. In our organization every year they celebrate the founding day function of the company. Several cultural events would be conducted. On these occasions I would attend the program and have dinner and come back.
But in 2017 my colleagues insisted that being the senior most employee, I perform on stage. I was totally at a loss about what I would do. Then I asked my dear friend and colleague Piyush if he could suggest something for me to do. He said, ‘Why don’t you present a poem on stage Jai?’.
Frankly I had never fancied myself as a poet of all people. I dismissed the idea offhand. But that Sunday I sat on my laptop and wrote a poem based on my ten year old daughter’s mischievous antics. I presented the poem in the cultural event of the founding day function and it turned out to be a huge hit.
Well, I put the poem in a blog and that was how my blog was born and today I am writing this post. Initially I had planned to write only poetry but soon I ended up writing everything including fiction. For the first one year my blog was completely in the wilderness with very little readership as I did not know what and how to write interestingly.
But soon I joined Indiblogger (which is sadly closed down now) and the readership picked up rapidly. In the meanwhile in 2018 I was second runner up in a blogging challenge called SuperBloggerChallenge.
Later as part of Blogchatter’s A to Z challenge I wrote my first novella in the thriller fiction genre titled ‘Eighty Hours To Save Karen’. This was followed by another novella titled ‘The Krishnapur Kidnappings’. Both are available for purchase in Amazon.
In the last one month my father’s health took a turn for the worse but he has recovered fully now and is able to walk around and is back to his normal self. The most important decision I have taken for the next decade came in the final year of the last decade i e 2019. I have given up my job of fourteen years to concentrate fully on writing. Initially I was looking for opportunities in content writing, but that somehow has not come through and is now in the back burner.
At the moment I am working on a novel, again in the thriller fiction genre set in the seventeenth century. I also have plans of writing academic books on programming languages based on my long experience in the IT field. I also plan to take up teaching small kids. After teaching my little one I have come to realize nothing can give a person more pleasure than teaching little kids.
Sorry folks, I am rambling on about my plans for the next decade. So signing off here as this post is already around a thousand words. I hope you enjoyed reading it.
“This post is part of the ‘DECADE Blog Hop’ #DecadeHop organised by #RRxMM Rashi Roy and Manas Mukul. The event is sponsored by Glo and co-sponsored by Beyond The Box, Wedding Clap, The Colaba Store and Sanity Daily in association with authors Piyusha Vir and Richa S Mukherjee”