I Wanted To Share My Perceptions Too.

Have you ever had a special love for a certain someone?

Of course, you would have had. I am sure.

When was the first time? And who was it?

The first time I adored someone apart from Achan and Amma, was when I was about four or five years old. Or may be that’s the first one I remember. She was one of Amma’s friends, a teacher in the same school. She was bindaas, unlike Amma who was like a flower bud fearing to bloom open. I don’t know if I fell for her because I understood what it means to be brave and confident or it was just a childhood crush. But I do remember that I would have the widest smile when I saw her. Not because she was beautiful which she was even with her dusky skin and healthy body. But because there was certain something in her that I wanted to become. A fearless, honest and happy-go-lucky soul.

After that I have had similar love for many who would inspire me in various ways. Most of them teachers because apart from home, school was the only place we went to. And with Amma being a teacher, we had the good fortune of spending more time in the company of them.

Similarly, there’s someone who inspired me to step into the blogging world. Someone who shared the same school, someone whose mother happened to be one of my favourite teachers and someone whom I adored as her junior in school. I met God every morning in the school assembly through her voice which sang ‘Hum ko mann ki shakti dena’, ‘Itni shakti humein dena daata’, ‘Kani kaanum neram’, ‘Daivame Ninte Divya Karunyam’ and so many other prayers as well as songs. Nightingale she is.

Deepu Di happens to be an alumni of the same school and is the daughter of my favourite teacher Chandrika. Di blogs at



Yes, Perceptions happens to be my first gateway into the blogging world. I started following her blog religiously since I joined FaceBook in 2009 and got in touch with her again. Her words I could relate to. Some of them were so powerful that I wanted to echo them. Some of them resonated a similar sense of longing and pain. Some of them so full of love. And many of them threw light upon our social evils and meaningless (of course, they might have had a meaning when they were instituted) customs.

So it was Deepu Di who inspired me into the world of blogging and later as part of my job requirements, I created a WordPress account and that was The Origin of ‘Dew Drops’

One such post of hers was Worshipping while Menstruating- Why not?

It was like she had spoken words from my heart. Through this post, I was introduced to another blogger who inspired me a lot, Indian Homemaker. For a girl who has grown under the excessive protection of the four walls of her house and under the protective wings of her mother, this voice was a reassurance that not all is over. There still is some hope.

It was also through Deepu Di that I started following Shail Mohan’s Shail’s Nest, Usha Teacher’s A Quest on Over Drive, Santulan’s And I Write and so many more.

Years passed, but Deepu Di continues to be an inspiration for my words.

So, who was that blogger who inspired your own online journey?


This post is part of the WordPress Daily Prompts : 365 Writing Prompts program where the aim is to post at least once a day based on the prompts that they have provided. Today’s prompt is, Share the Love: Tell us about another blogger who has influenced your own online journey.

This is one of the contributions to Project 365 – A Post A Day.


15 Replies to “I Wanted To Share My Perceptions Too.”

  1. Rekhakutty, thank you so so much for those kind words! I’m honoured, truly 🙂
    I’m so glad that you ventured into blogging for I know how beautifully you have evolved as a writer, a blogger. Your words have always connected, struck a chord.
    Blogging has given me a lot, you know! And I am sure you are having a wonderfully fulfilling time writing to your heart’s content, growing as a person, meeting like-minded people, making new friends for life 🙂
    Keep writing the way you do. Keep blogging 🙂
    Hope to see you when I am in Delhi next 🙂
    Take care
    Loads of love and ummas to the girls 🙂

  2. I wanted to exchange views with readers inside and outside my social circle. I thought/knew that no newspaper/magazine will invite a non-celebrity to write a column and a non-celebrity will have to pay a fortune to get his book published, promoted, etc.. One fine day, I realized that there is a solution to this situation: blogging. I don’t have to be a celebrity to blog! And blogging costs little or nothing!
    Quite a few blogs/bloggers have inspired me. I won’t name all, but I will say that you inspire me since you always call a spade a spade, appear to have no hesitation in sharing your innermost thoughts and personal experiences, and you care as much for others as you care for your family and yourself.

  3. I feel myself as a learner in the blogging world, and for me you all are the inspiration….I started my blog with the thought that I’m giving my personal diary a make- over….viola
    It was nice tribute to your blogging inspiration….will surely visit her blog….
    thank for sharing

  4. Love to read thoughts and happenings of childhood days. As a beautiful coincidence I am listening to “Hum ko man ki shakti ….which is one of my favorite songs 🙂
    BTW thanks to my students who inspired me to start blogging on our class lecture sessions despite my reluctance and lack of confidence 🙂

  5. Wow! That’s so cool that deeps introduced to the blogging world! She is such a warm person. Would love to see her blog more often! 🙂
    As for me, my husband’s colleague, who used to read blogs avidly then, (though he is not a blogger), introduced me the the world of blogging! 🙂

  6. You’re right about both Chandrika Ma’am and her daughter Deeps! Was lucky enough to be able to meet Chandrika Ma’am briefly when she visited Kerala a few months back. I got to speak to Deeps too 🙂 I love the gracious, but firm way she writes, passionate in her principles, and graceful in her style! How nice to have had her as your Senior in school!
    Thank you for the mention here, underserving though I feel it is 🙂 As PI has written, you too are a source of great motivation for speaking up one’s mind, and being consistent with posting and regularly updating one’s blog 🙂 All good wishes, Rekha!

  7. Loved this post! You have written about some of the best people I know! 🙂
    They are my friends and every word you have written had me nodding my head!
    such a heartwarming post! 🙂

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