Favorite anonymous blog

I used to (and still do) read a lot of blog posts. But, I remained loyal to only those by authors that I personally know of.

There was only one anonymous blog that I followed regularly: Prem Panicker’s Smoke Signals, and he is not an anonymous blogger!

I tried hard (from my perspective) to follow other blogs, but I just could not. I resigned myself to believing that one of the many reasons is that I want to put a known face to the blogger (I refrain from using the word writer here); Smoke Signals is an exception, since I read it for the excellent views on cricket!

Until … One fine day, I hit upon Litterateuse Gauri’s adorable 42.  Once again: first name – Litterateuse, last name: Gauri. Blog name: (Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything)

I do not know if Litteratuse gave a lot a thought to authoring a blog and then decided to develop a style, or this is just the way she thinks (I believe writing captures the way a person thinks).

After some thought, I realized that 42 (Litterateuse) is differentiated from every other blog(ger) I tried, by way of two simple features:

  • Impressive writing style. This is clearly a master of words blogging! Every sentence is a joy to read; however, some posts are so cryptic that I have given up reading or understanding them.
  • Perfect length of a post. In general, I take about 20 seconds to decide if I should continue reading any web-post. I have seen some very well-written blogs, but most of the times, the length of their posts is excruciating long (takes more than 10-15 minutes to read and understand) or small like tweets (10-15 seconds)! 42 feels just the right length for me to get me interested and keep me engaged.

I can re-read most posts at 42; it is similar to watching  good movies like Sholay,  His Girl Friday, or Arsenic and Old Lace! No number of repeated watches has reduced my enthusiasm to watch these moves repeatedly!

I envy the way Litterateuse can write; I wish I could write that (or half as) well. Maybe that is why I keep reading 42.  And, in this case, I have always wished that the anonymity of the author remained, else, I have to go back to the drawing table and wonder why I cannot follow anonymous blogs :-)

My daughter’s favorite songs

My daughter absolutely loves two things: Taking a book in hand and speaking gibberish, and listening to/watching some songs. Here is a list of some from Bollywood that she listens to and/or watches

  • Gulmohar Gar Tumhara Naam Hota
    The audio used to be an absolute favorite;  I would sing this when she received her shots and she would be silent! Not any more
  • Koi Yahan Aaha Naache Naache
    She shakes her head (left-right) at the Naache Naache
  • Chaiyya Chaiyya
    Audio and Video; dances up and down, and gives out a beautiful smile as soon as she hears the start, “Jinko Sar ho …”
  • Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo
    Audio only; dances up and down
  • Ajeem-o-shaan Shahenshah
    She loves the drum beats
  • Maine Tere Liye Hi
    Audio only; loves the part – Chhoti Baatein.. used to be mesmerized in the olden days
  • Kitni Khoobsurat Yeh Kashmir Hai
    The audio used to be a favorite in the olden times
  • Jaanu Meri Jaan
    Audio alone is not enough
  • Deewana by Sonu Nigam
    Absolute favorite; she remains mesmerized by this one, audio or video!