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Of words and a chain made with them…

When words end up being stringed, they make a lovely chain for the readers. Some can be just cast away and some preserved. The best chains are those which are seen again and again and worn close to the heart.
Okay.I am talking about blogs. Blogs come in many forms and need not always relate a story.
Something that catches your attention , though with a few words can still achieve the status of a blog.
But what one should always bear in mind is the fact that there is readability when one posts a blog. It should sustain the readers’ attention to the end.
We all love to write. To me, writing is akin to breathing. I love to read and write. Reading good literature improves the style and language beyond our expectations. I am in short, a book worm.
I said , I love writing. Though I started writing in my college days, the passion for writing surged only after marriage.
P G Wodehouse was a great influence on me. I loved his language and style. I did need the dictionary near me when I started reading P G W. Of course, my father encouraged all of us siblings to read and we read a lot.
I must mention here that Shree Garimalla Rao ( now he blogs as G V in Sulekha.com) was one of the mentors ( though he does not know this) and I am grateful to him for honing my language.
He commented on my blogs in Sulekha and wrote once
” The blog is very good and interesting. But I find that you are using too many exclamation marks and dots after your sentences. One dot is full stop and three dots reveal the continuation of thought process. You should not be having too many dots after the sentences. True/ I have (tried) cut short on my ” exclamation marks ” and ” my dots” too.
I personally feel aghast when I read blogs that have not the required conjunctions or prepositions or proper punctuation marks though the contents are great. SMS messages like ]
” English ” has started flooding the blog sites. Aw. I feel that Good English is going for a six.
At this juncture I am reminded of my Veena Teacher who taught me to play the instrument some sixty years ago. He earned his living by giving tuition in Veena. He was a B Grade Artist with the AIR, though he was a great Veena Player. He shunned recommendations and did not seek one to promote himself. He was also not a person who would “adjust ” himself to the Concert Hall Procedures by
” hanging around ” the secretaries.
I still remember the day I told him very proudly that I have learned to play the Keerthan Bhavayaami Raghuraamam. I wanted to surprise him.
He asked me
” Where did you learn it from ?”
I said
” I learned it by listening to M S Subbalakshmi.”
He told me without batting an eyelid
” Unlearn what you have learnt. Immediately. She kills Ahalya each time that she sings Bhavayami. “
I was shocked. I knew that he loved to hear M S singing the Dharmavathi Raga and the Bhairavi raga ; but this?
He said
“When you learn Sanskrit songs, you should understand the meaning first. You should adjust the songs according to the “maathraas” ( pause between the letters) . You just cannot sing breaking up the words where you want them . It is not “vanaracita subhahumukha vadamahaya paavanam” It should be vanaracita subhahumukha vadam Ahalyaa paavanam ” You are killing Ahalya instead of the demon when you sing this way ” True !!! To him, a mistake was certainly one whoever made it .
Some of the apps which appear these days on my husband’s phone are terrible! Anybody and everybody sings Sanskrit slokas without proper pronunciation or break up. My teacher must be turning in his grave.
But then, who bothers ?
Life goes on .
It is a pleasure to read blogs that have good content and good language too.
That reminds me. Did you all know that there are “ghost writers” ? So called, ” content writers ” who write many of the blogs that appear on the net?
Well, my niece is one- a content writer – for one !
After marriage and two kids, she quit her job and started doing this . She says
“Aunty, there are people whose style of writing is not that good. And also some don’t have the time. But they wish to post blogs. I write for them, and they supply me with the facts…like Temple travelogues. articles etc. ” I was shocked.

Okay..this is my first blog in this lovely site and I assure you that this is cent percent authentic. No “Ghost Writing.” :))
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2 years ago

First of all…Thank you very much for coming here and being the first to post here. There are too many dots here too after all 🙂 Yes, you are right. To me, a blog or a text without exclamation marks and dialogues looks rather prosaic. The inclusion of dialogues and all the exclamations add to the text like assortment of dry fruit topping on sweets that you love so much. I also agree with your music teacher’s love for accuracy. Somehow, I can’t appreciate a song sung by someone if there is even one note off the original. Sometime I think, I am being too severe, but that’s the way I am. Some people can enjoy the whole song, without understanding the lyrics, but I can’t, nor can I ignore a word whose meaning I don’t know while reading an article, I must look for it before proceeding. Now it is much easier because you can immediately punch the keys on your smartphone and find the meaning and the pronunciation, but we have been through the times when bulky dictionaries had to be consulted, but that’s from where we got in to the habit of looking for the meanings.

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