serendipity...how it all began..

'Serendipity'-I remember it as a definition I learnt in 11th,viz,'a good discovery made by chance'...
a movie by the same name made me realize even love could have a touch of serendipity....and of course,the wiki definition....
Having lost count of the number of times serendipity has rubbed him the right way,the author's decided to dedicate this post to this very phenomenon which touches each of our lives but still goes unnoticed rarely getting its due,ie,an acknowledgement....
But for serendipity,this blog,which incidentally has been one of the best things to have happened to me ever,would never have existed....
So,on the first anniversary (I'm late by a good 10 days,sigh)of THE BLOG OF (SM)ALL THINGS,sit back and enjoy(hopefully)the story of its creation(if you can call it one)...
Caution-it ain't no Zuckerburg-facebook story if you are expecting one....:D
After that rather lame attempt at humour,here we go......

April,2010 had been a month of traumatic firsts for me....had my first experience of life as a patient(read it here)...didn't know how to react coz believe it or not I had never ever been hospitalised before...(I know it seems incredible for my wiry frame,but thats the way it is)...

Bouts of fever spread across a month and generalised weakness(a checkup in hospital revealed I had lost over 10 kgs of weight) turned out to be much more serious than I thought and I got hospitalised that very day when we were supposed to leave for Manipal...heartbreak it was...missing out on an oppurtunity to represent college is always disappointing...

Contrary to what I believed,life in hospital turned out to be hectic....tests,tests and more tests...it was getting on my nerves...and to top it off,doctors seemed clueless about my condition...symptomatic medication wasn't of much help either...my fellow patients were curious as to how I could fall ill being a doctor myself??(for god's sake,I'm only a medical student,I'd tell them..with little effect although)

HEY WAIT....wasn't it supposed to be the story behind this blog??
yes,yes!!..thats what it is....just some background-building(the author's got a penchant for terms that he creates and uses himself ..)

Lying in hospital without an idea of what struck you is bad...more so,when your friends are going for some outstation masti and the doctor seems as clueless as you...
"सर!!इसकी complaints तो बड़ी अजीब सी हैं....except for the fever part,nothing else is consistent"..the Major treating me seemed perplexed...I had been taken to the HOD of the DEPT. of MEDICINE...the man gave out a sly chuckle and gave me a good stare...
"binge drinking??"...
"no sir!!...no drinking at all" I shook my head...
"सच बोल दे"...he urged.....
and my head movements increased in vigour...
both laughed in unison and the HOD mumbled some terms incomprehensible to my neonatal medico mind...
(Later I was to know that it effectively meant a month's stay in hospital)

With some test reports to come after a good two weeks,I was subjected to what seemed a never-ending wait...
With plenty of time to kill,I was surfing the internet,going through the BCQC blog...finding no new quizzing news,I was about to logout when serendipity..strike#1...noticed a link at the top of the page saying 'next blog'... clicked on it out of sheer curiosity and landed at (now defunct)The unified blog of everything...that was my first foray into a general blog...and I loved it...some rip-roaring reads were followed by some real good laughs and I was no longer the gloomy person I was sometime ago...
but still,starting a blog of my own seemed quite some distance away...
However God certainly had other plans...
My daily diary,which lay unattended at my hostel room,was delivered to me by a friend,mistaking it for a notebook...serendipity...strike#2...

Itching to update my diary I had been wondering...what to write??
Memories came to my rescue this time...not much time having passed since that serendipitous train meeting(read it here),I couldn't help recollecting those memories and with a swift dash of fiction,knit them into a story....since the meeting itself was Serendipity at its best..it had to be serendipity..strike#3.....
It later made its way to DHANVANTARI-the AFMC magazine and the walls of some  faraway hostel room(wink wink)....both very treasured achievements(??)....however,the story's rough draft still remains etched in my personal diary in its original,unedited form...never failing to bring a smile to my face even now :)

Around the same time I came across this garrulous,old man occupying the bed next to me...a retired sailor,he was a son of a....err...the dad of an army captain.....suffering from deep venous,ulcers on both his legs,he had been advised minimal movement which meant I was the sole person he could talk to...over the next few days,he drove me nuts with his long-drawn conversations which had only one speaker,he himself...more on him(read it here)...frustrated and irritated but still not able to express my displeasure,I decided to write something on him and present it to him the day I left hospital....serendipity..strike#4
My hospital stay extending well beyond 45 days,it stirred me to write some more pieces,viz,thumbnails-a collection of almost everything that transpired in those 2 months...and the turnaround-my first tryst with human behaviour that made it to my diary....

'Trains,facebook etc' and 'The Hijacker' (the post on Uncle),if u might have noticed,were one of the first posts on this blog....
As different as chalk and cheese in the underlying emotions but still so much contributory towards the inception of this blog...desirous of sharing these stories with more people I stumbled on to a blogger account...and the rest,as they say...no its not history...its THE BLOG OF (SM)ALL THINGS :)


Attempts at lame humour apart,recently the blog turned one...8th april,to be precise...
(DRUMROLL....APPLAUSE...)
some fireworks...the author would have arranged for real ones if not for some hefty fines imposed in college which have left him broke :'(


thanks to you,the readers,who've encouraged me to write more..through comments,through visits and at times by not visiting at all...
recently the visitor count crossed 2500... at last count it stood at 2670....
thanks to the inspirations behind this blog....I reckon they'll know when they read this...
THANK YOU READERS....the ones I know as well as the anonymous ones....your comments are valued ...


P.S.-someone once asked me...why 'The blog of (sm)all things'??...
       "go,read the sub-title"....that was my answer...

Comments

  1. So the first anniversary with virtual fireworks!!Virtual cake would have added more value to the occasion.

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  2. a virtual cake??...ask me how many b'days have I celebrated with cakes and my answer would rest at one...that too when my friends in hostel got me one as a surprise...I'm not much of a 'cake guy'...however,I certainly don't mind others getting me one ;) :D

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  3. "don't mind others getting me one":Date please!!By the way it is raining in your hometown.Hot n humid days but drizzling Evenings.

    Missing something.............??

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  4. 'date please'..now,how do I interpret that??...
    1)you want to get me a cake??..really??...you are most welcome ;)
    2)If you want to know when this happened??..then this happened some 6 months ago on my last b'day :)

    Its raining in my hometown??...WOW...my memories of JSR in the rains are treasured and many...the most cherished are the times when I got caught in the rains while cycling back from tuitions,got drenched on purpose and had hot steaming idlis,samosas and jalebis at a joint near the TATA MOTORS gate-its still a favourite ...loved those times..and yes,I miss them too :(

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