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October 19, 2007


Happy 2nd birthday to The Accidental Blogger, Ruchira.

I'm waiting for my share of the cake and the party hat:), even though I shouldn't be indulging in cake at my age...

Congrats, good work Ruchira et all. Your blog is a clean, well-lighted place in cyberspace, pleasurable to visit again, and again, and again. What were some of your "favorite" posts from the past year? Or should we the readers be answering that? To ensure y'all stick around long after the 2008 elections, I urge all readers to vote for>Rudy Giuliani!

Congratulations on two years, Ruchira and crew! And thanks for your engaged, interesting, and insightful commentary.

(By the way, Ruchira, I also loved this painting—such gorgeous color! When I first glimpsed the thumbnail, I actually thought it might be a photograph. Even after looking at the larger view, the tree trunk looks almost photographic. Whether or not that's what you were striving for, I must say it's very impressive. Wish I'd been there to pick up a copy at your exhibition....)

Here's to another good year!

Congrats on two fine years, Ruchira and co.!


And why only till 2008? Please stick around.

Congratulations. I enjoy visiting your blog and have reccomended it to some friends. I look fwd to your comments on the elections, but do continue beyond 2008. You are doing a great job. Happy blogging.

Congrats Ruchira -- and I second the praise of the painting!

Thanks everyone for the encouraging words. We will keep on truckin' as long as the flesh is willing and the spirit co-operates.

To answer Namit's question about my own favorite posts, rather than root around the dusty archives, let me just say that it is most satisfying (and also harder) when I compose a piece largely consisting of my own thoughts. By that standard, most political articles which are reactive to current events, shouldn't qualify. But some political posts, particularly those written in anger, have been very satisfactory. Most book posts and some cultural commentaries based on life experiences have contributed to pleasurable writing. Posts which generate lively discussions too become favorites when the backing and forthing is interesting, substantive and often humorous. Among the top ten popular posts listed above, the essay on Sinclair Lewis is my favorite.

I am struck, and instructed, by the fact that a piece I saw as a side-dish to my Iran coverage, dealing with geopolitics, energy politics, Iran-US confrontation and such "important issues", was of so much interest to the average reader who was really keen to read about everyday life in Tehran.
For me as a professional journalist, it is a message on the need to remain focused on the most important aspect of my profession-- servicing the needs of my readers/viewers by excelling in my most basic task-- reportage. My own views and prejudices need to be kept under tight control, and are always secondary to my basic duty-- that of reporting-- which I expect will help you shape your opinions. This is, or ought to be, the dharma of a journalist.

Hey Manoj, are you saying that you learnt some journalistic lesson from the blog response to your Tehran article? That piece sure was pure reporting without much editorializing on your part.

The lesson is not general, it is something to do with my own perspective. What I'm trying to say is that while I write on the so-called heavy subjects, the subjects that really make a mark with the readers attention, are the "soft" ones. In other words, sometimes journalists like me, and sometimes our newspapers and magazines, get disconnected from our readers.

Hey Team AB.

Many congrats and hope you continue writing.
All the best!

Congrats to you all!

I'm astonished it's been that long, though only in the sense that I can't believe the point in time when AB first started was two years ago. Tempis fugit. Given Ruchira's energy as "managing editor" and positive noodge (is that an oxymoron? there must be a better term) to her (very excellent, of course) contributors, combined with her will to keep going, I'm not surprised that AB continues to be as enjoyable a place to check in as it was the first time I did so. One of my favorite aspects of it, though, is the high quality of comments by our globe-spanning but selective readership. Congrats to all of us!


It is not an oxymoron. When an older woman (your Mom or your "managing editor") browbeats you, consider it a positive noodge.

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