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.
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.