'The situation is like the joints in a piece of bamboo: if one joint is ruptured, then all the joints will split.'
I have been doing my best to imbibe this spirit for quite a while, and I sit to write this post with a balance of gratitude and determination. After nineteen months of living precariously, in December (provided everyone pays up) I would have for the first time sustained myself and my family through my earnings as a writer. I entirely write what I am driven to (which rules out a lot of stuff), and for me, this is a big achievement. If there is one thing that has made it possible, it is the faith, patience, strength, support and love of my family.
There have been several breakthroughs in terms of blogging and writing, most of which I have shared with you here. These include blogging awards, traffic milestones, and of course, extremely heartening interactions with fellow bloggers. For those who are chancing upon this blog for the first time, you might enjoy my "Greatest Hits of 2012" post that I did recently. Back to the subject of this post.
In December, I witnessed the fruition of eight long years of planning to share my love for fine tea with the world. This is the first step towards my dream of – some would call it true welfare state, others would call it world peace and happiness – let’s say, humanity. It is, for those who have missed on my babble on this earlier, an online curated catalog of premium tea. It is the finest tea that you can lay your hands on, and this is just the beginning.
The entire operation is green. It is brown, metabrown actually, but the kind of brown that is green. The business goal is to get you to drink fine tea and become healthier and happier and to encourage the culture of growing and making tea. The site is scheduled for a January 14, 2013 launch.
The small group who made this possible – we are terribly excited, like little children really, about some of the thinking that we realize we can make real as we go forward. You know that I will be sharing the revolution right here, on Subho’s Jejune Diet. So don’t go away. Here is a sneak peek at the logo till then.
December saw me out there in the public as a digital graphic artist, with a cover design, and some graphics work for the tea project. I wanted to share this primarily because I work almost entirely with basic and free tools rather than powerful professional equipment and apps. I use a compact camera, the lightest and the most basic Irfanview for painting (it is free and comes with a Paint type of toolbar too). Some of you might have noticed my recent photography showing up as a cross between vintage and lomo; well, it is deliberate, and maybe someday I will grow out of it. Here is the book cover I designed for the first volume of my mother’s autobiography.
December also saw some of the finest minds I know agreeing to write on Subho’s Jejune Diet, people that I have looked up to for the quality of work they do and their dedication to it. I had made a very brief list of three or four people that I would love to have my readers read, and on one weekend, sent out a note to each of them. I was mistaken in my cynicism. I know you will love the experience of reading them here.
In December, the hand-holding period of a social experiment in jazz listening came to an end, and the movement now becomes a truly organic one. The Hyderabad Western Music Appreciation Forum is a group of jazz and western classical listeners and learners who have been meeting every alternate Sunday to share annotated playlists aimed at new listeners. While the “listening posts” have been moderated by Pratap Antony and Joe Koster, now it is in the realm of the users. If you are a jazz or classical lover in Hyderabad, you need to check this group out if you are not already aware of them.
|Photograph by Joe Koster|
There has also been a poetry group, with an agenda that is presently slightly haiku-centric, shaping up with the exuberance of the spirited Linda Ashok. This is one of the several literary groups that are coalescing in Hyderabad with the growing awareness of their existence. If you like poetry, especially Haiku, you might want to look up the facebook page for the group.
|Photograph by Basabdatta Talukdar|
So that is what my year end looks like. What is not so apparent perhaps is the fact that each step of the way was a step of victory, some I could recognize then, some others I recognize now, and I am sure there are those that I do not yet recognize. How has your year end been? What are your resolutions going forward? Do let us know. Thank you for reading me, because it is your reading that makes me try and improve my being. Thank you for changing the world with every action, word and thought of yours. In 2013, may our intent for a more compassionate world manifest in each of our lives.