Interview with Indyeah – Part 1

‘I have left the girl I was supposed to be and someday I’ll be born……..’ says the blogger who is interviewed today. She is an educationist by profession, a dancer and an avid book reader. Travelling around India and eventually around the world is her dream. She is one of the Four Pillars of NGI (No Gender Inequality) and a top blogger. Yes!! She’s ‘Indyeah’ :). Get into the brains behind ‘Consider it Crashed’.

Indyeah



Q: ‘Consider it Crashed’. We loved the title and would love to know more about the story behind it ๐Ÿ™‚

A: Thanks ๐Ÿ˜€ . To tell you the truth, when I first registered my blog this was a random song playing in my mind. The gist of the song wasย  if youย  are ever about to crash I will be right there to hold you.

So the *ahem* romantic soul that I am, I thought to myself hmmm soย  Consider It Crashed ๐Ÿ˜€ (the tagline on the oldย  blogspot blog used to be โ€˜ If thatโ€™s what it takesโ€™ ๐Ÿ˜€ ) Of course it was only later that I realised that this was also aย  unique name for a blog and that search engines threw up this name if anyone typed Consider it Crashed.

Q: What happened back in December โ€˜08 that made you decide to start blogging?

A: What happened? *tries to find a place to hide*Indyeah Quotes

Nothing except that this amnesiac was finally able to remember her password. ๐Ÿ˜€

But seriously, I had grown tired of the social networking sites that I was a part of and felt suffocated. Plus this was aย  beautiful way to know new minds (the minds are what weย  meet donโ€™t we?) without getting funny ‘fraandship’ย  requests. ๐Ÿ˜€

While blogging I could write about anything and everything I wanted.

The beauty of blogging was the sheer freedom it offered. My thoughts were unfettered . There were no doโ€™s and dontโ€™s as such. So it was with absolute delight and a sense of anticipation that I joined the blogworld ๐Ÿ™‚

Q: What topics do you generally blog about?

A: I blog about anything and everything. Whatever happens to catch my fancy.

Sometimes the jumble of thoughts thatโ€™s inside my head becomes too much and there in no other option but to write them down. My blog is more of an adda ๐Ÿ˜€ย  (Ed: We love this word! :)) where friends get together and chat about life, love, politics and more.

Come to think of it, just one word would have answered the question. ๐Ÿ˜€ Life.

Indyeah Quotes

Q: Do you ever get stuck when writing an entry?ย  What do you do then?

A: Well those who have been my friends ever since I began blogging would know that this has never happened.. If anything they have had to deal with long rambling posts. ๐Ÿ˜€

I only write when I want to. So even if a dozen thoughts are churning in my mind and I donโ€™t feel the need to pen them down I donโ€™t. Itโ€™s not an obligation.

I am here to meet new people, discover new ideas. I blog simply because I love the human connections one finds here. Thatโ€™s it.

However if someone is facing a writerโ€™s block the simple solution would be to not feel guilty or obliged to blog. Simply let it be. Keep reading blogs/books, newspapers, watching t.v. In other words, forget that you even have a blog and itโ€™ll all come back to you. ๐Ÿ˜€

Q: What promotional techniques work best for you and why?

A: Promotional techniques .. Hmmm..

I am not sure that I consciously think of it as a promotional technique but yes people are more aware of you and your blog when you go and interact with them. Isnโ€™t that how relationships are formed even in the real world? And so it is the same here too in this virtual world.

I keep discovering new bloggers and I do make it a point to drop by andย  say hello to them. Because I can still remember how warmly I was welcomed when I first started blogging and how those early day friends are still with me on the same journey. So I am simply continuing the circle of love and friendship. ๐Ÿ™‚

Q: How important is it for the blogger to interact with their readers? Do you respond to all the comments that you receive?

A: I think (and this is only my opinion) that it is VERY important for a blogger to interact with the readers/commenters.

No matter how busy one is, it is of utmost importance that one interacts.Indyeah Quotes

If not today then tomorrow but do reply. Because if people are commenting on oneโ€™s post giving a precious part of their day then it becomes important to reply and reciprocate and make them feel that their time IS indeedย  precious and important and that it is valued by you. Not replying makes me feel as if I have been cold to them or hurt them and given them a brushoff.

You know the cut direct as they used to say in good ol England .

Yes, I respond to all the comments I receive. And cannot imagine not doing so. Plus I am a BIG chatterbox in real life so that helps as well ๐Ÿ˜€

That however does not mean that I expect everyone to reply to me when I comment. Its just my personal opinion as far as my blog is concerned.

Q: You seem not to like individuals who are hypocritically pious. Attacks all over the world are happening on the lines of religious extremism. What are your views on this? Are you religious?

A: You are absolutely right about that. I donโ€™t like such individuals. This observation was however in context of India . The country where I live and which Iย  know best. More than any other in the world for sure.

By hypocritical people I mean those who judge. I have met quite a few people in the blogworld (and in the real world as well) who on the surface seem to be open to debates and discussions but there is this underlying tendency to judge.

There is this belief that they are saving me from my own โ€˜misconceptionsโ€™ ๐Ÿ˜€

Discussions and debates are fine, it is the arrogant certainty that some individuals have that they will โ€˜convertโ€™ me to their way of thinking by the end of a discussion that gets my goat.

Indyeah Quotes

Ramming oneโ€™s point down the throat of another will NOT work no matter how correct the point might be.

For such people these words are the only ones I have.

“Remember that Iโ€™m Human. Before you judge me or decide how youโ€™ll deal with me, walk awhile in my shoes. If you do, I think youโ€™ll find with more understanding we can meet in the middle and walk the rest of the way together.”
โ€“ Eric Harvey and Steve Ventura: Walk Awhile In My Shoes

When you say โ€˜hypocritically piousโ€™, I take that to mean pseudo secular in Indiaโ€™s context.

I do NOT like individuals or organisationsย  that are pseudo secular. In my book, every evil should be highlighted prominently and bashed up equally. If a person or party A is abhorrent to me because he/she/the partyย  belongs to or is affiliated to certain very dubious principles then person or party B is equally abhorrent to me because they encourage party/person A by their silence and by their long(-est) running and dare I say equally divisive policies/politics/speeches.

As far as religious extremism is concerned the first thought is that this is wrong. Extremism in any form is wrong and more so when it takes lives.
No religion in the world teaches that one should kill. In today’s day and age where tempers are getting shorter and tolerance is at a premium, it becomes even more important that we stop resorting to violent methods when we feel that justice has not been done/or we have been treated unfairly/or that we have been slighted.

NOTHING can justify violence and taking of human lives.

Indyeah Quotes

In my personal view religion should stay out of public life. It should stay as part of private life. The moment religion enters the public arena all the troubles start.

I donโ€™t understand why or how people can justify wearing religious symbols in places like schools. The whole point of a school, the basic premise is that future citizens, young minds will go and learnโ€ฆ no ..not just subjects but also all about humanity. About how everyone is equal and the same underneath all the differences. About how they are there as part of something greater. Something called humanity.

But this drama by adults where they demand that their kids be โ€˜allowedโ€™ to wear such and such thing in educational institutionsย  is mind boggling and ridiculous in the extreme. Religion is a private affair and it should stay there. That said, let me also say that religion too should be respected and not treated like the thousands of other organisations in the world.

Simply because this is an issue that since time immemorial has led to a lot of bloodshed. Religion whenever provoked has led to lives being lost and homes being destroyed.

Ideally, religion should stay out of public life.

Ideally, religion should be able to rise above all petty differences and any attempts to defame it/attack it (whether real or imaginary).

Ideally, people who truly follow the tenets of theirย  respectiveย  religions should be peaceful and law abiding.

That is not the case however. This world is not ideal. Neither are the religions. Nor the followers of all the religions.

So I think it is upto us to strike a delicate balance and see from time to time as to how much the boundaries of religious tolerance can be stretched.

A balance between absoluteย  freedom of expression and religious tolerance needs to be found and found urgently at that.

Q: โ€˜Indyeahโ€™ seems to be derived from India, as you keep on telling your friends โ€˜Iโ€™m an Indianโ€™. ๐Ÿ™‚ Did any particular incident or event in your life made you choose โ€˜Indyeahโ€™?

A: Usually, I keep mum when it comes to identity of any kind. It is a dicey issue and I am never sure if the person in question would be offended or not. No incident has had any effect as such. I think it has more to do with the nomadic life that I have led as aย  kid because my father was in the army. So, I could never identify myself with any particular region as such. It wasย  a beautiful rainbow of colours, languages, cuisines, dressesโ€ฆ ..the list is endless ..and I loved them all.

Yes, when I am asked, I do emphasise on my Indian identity. Not a โ€˜proudโ€™ย  Indian mind you, but simply an Indian. Nothing more , nothing less.

From here, I am still trying to reach that level where I would perhaps be able to call myself a global citizen. Because I know that as of now I do fume when other countries act in ways that seem harmful to Indian interests.

Indyeah Quotes

The labels that I donโ€™t understand are those like โ€˜proudโ€™. You know like I am a proud Hindu or a proud so and so.. or Proud (any religion) Proud (name any Indian state), and the list goes on and on.

Because from being proud to feeling superior itโ€™s a very, very short jump indeed. And we tend to forget this. Or maybe we donโ€™t want to remember.

And this is why the name Indyeah. Because Indyeah doesnโ€™t restrict my vision. It allows me to breathe as the citizen of a country and not of X,Y, Z region. Also Indyeah because it seemed uber cool to me ๐Ÿ˜€

That and the fact that it easily rolled off my tongue. Itโ€™s a name that conjures up a mental picture of India. And at the same time its a genย  X kinda name ๐Ÿ˜‰

To be continued…

Super. For the second time, we are forced to split the interview into two parts as the answers are wonderfully crafted, detailed and insightful. ๐Ÿ™‚ In the second part, come back to know about Indyeah’s Favourite Five blogs (and also why she likes them), her views on India, Freedom & Religious extremism and a few secrets. BTW, you can gatecrash at Indyeah’s blog here. ๐Ÿ˜€

Updated: Indyeah’s Interview – Part 2

52 Replies to “Interview with Indyeah – Part 1”

  1. Yippee! thank you Masood ANd Dhiren ๐Ÿ˜€
    (((hugs)))
    I am dancing ๐Ÿ˜€
    *not very elegantly but heck it does the trick! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. hey indyeah,
    interesting blog….
    “ramming one’s point down the throat
    of another will not work, no matter how
    correct the point might be”..so true.
    its just like taking a horse to the pond
    but cannot force it to drink.
    keep it up!

  3. Indyeah! So so proud of you! It is delightful to see your interview here! Waiting (with bated breath) for the next part ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Am loving this 2 part interviews… Its good to see you guys innovating all the time… how about showing some of the latest tweets from the blogger you feature?

  5. sooooper it is…Congrats once again! way to go Indyeah !!! waiting for the second part !!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    (see Indi, another decent comment of mine ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  6. We are overwhelmed with the response. Thank you everyone! It’s nice to know that you enjoyed reading the interview as much as we did! And the second part is very very interesting!

    @Kunal Thank you for your suggestion. We will include that in the upcoming ones!

  7. Smitha thank you ๐Ÿ˜€ ((((((((hugs))))))))) muah! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Monika thank you :D!! (((((((((hugs)))))))) ๐Ÿ˜€ I am grinning ๐Ÿ˜€

    Badz aww..((hugs)))sweetheart ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Vimmuuu ๐Ÿ˜€ thank you
    yeah you can be sober for sometime ๐Ÿ˜€ *for like three seconds?* ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

    OG ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› thank you!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    moi waiting for the second part too! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Smita – thank you (((((((((hugs)))))
    celebrity? *looks around*
    who? ๐Ÿ˜€

    *dancing!!!*

  9. LOVED this interview. Indyeah is one of the BESTEST bloggers around and WARMEST soul I know.

    This is definitely one of the BEST interviews. You will know that from the comments. ๐Ÿ˜€

    We demand a 6 part interview because that is the norm when it comes to Indyeah. Ha..ha..ha..

  10. Congratulation, Indyeah! You have given a beautiful interview, a very meaningful one. I am really very proud of you. You deserve this and much much more.

    Waiting to read the next part. I admire you, Indyeah!

  11. Babes! This interview is so like the way you write your posts! Incisive and very very verbose ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

    *hugs*

  12. Thank you, thank you thank you… Blogadda, for a wonderful person, a blogger, a fine teacher, a lovely soul is featured here ๐Ÿ™‚ One of the warmest persons I know for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

    And Indy… Meg :), this is so so so you… don’t ever change being this awesome person you are! Love you too ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. have read some of Indyeah’s old posts…and I loved what I saw there
    this one’s a delightful interview..especially the long detailed answers she gave to make the point crystal clear

  14. @ Blogadda:
    this was a great interview! and u’ll be helping more n more ppl to join in the magical circle of Indyeah, over at her ever welcoming adda

    She keeps it alive with not only her unfettered thoughts, but also with joy, warmth and genuine love she showers on all her visitors!!

    Indy as a person, as a soul, is unfettered!!! She defines liberation in all that she says, thinks, discussesโ€ฆ.thereโ€™s a sense of belonging yet complete freedom from being around her!!

    @ Indy:
    got just one thing to say (again!)

    I am glad u ainโ€™t the intellectual, serious types Indy!!!

    Coz its tough to tell when somebody fakes maturity and intellectual poise…
    but one knows that its impossible to fake uncanny wit and sarcasm!

    U are an assortment of innocence, profoundness, insight and wit!!!

    Am proud to know u! and i hope more people “discover” the spirited joy who’s popularly know as Indyeah!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    *crafty ponders at her comment…..as long as a post….good…must keep long comment tradition alive* ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    Luvya!!!!!

  15. Thank you,Blogadda for such a treat of a read. And Indyeah,congratulations again.You deserve every bit of this recognition ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. SOlilo !! ๐Ÿ˜€
    (((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))))))I knwo how you are feeling ๐Ÿ˜€
    muah! ๐Ÿ˜€
    *Indy dancing all drunk on Solilo’s words* ๐Ÿ˜€
    *working on the 6part Interview now* :mrgreen:

    *Indy’s friends start dropping like flies * ๐Ÿ˜†

    muah SOlilo! ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. Amit Thank you ji ๐Ÿ˜€

    Vichu ๐Ÿ˜€ arre!you are here too ? ๐Ÿ˜€

    Mandy thank you!!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    (((hugs))) muah! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Sandhya (((Hugs)) you are a sweetheart ..
    all your words make me smile ๐Ÿ™‚
    muah! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Winnie aww ((hugs))
    incisive*Indy is happy*
    verbose??

    no!no!
    wait! you said verbose? ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

    muah! sweetie pie ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Shail thank you ๐Ÿ˜€
    ((hugs)))

    Ushus!!!!! yippieee!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
    muah! ๐Ÿ˜€ muah! ๐Ÿ˜€
    (((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))

    *Indy dancing coz Ushus came* ๐Ÿ˜€
    muah! missed being called Meg ๐Ÿ˜€
    love you too ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Praveen thank you so much ! ๐Ÿ˜€
    and now will hop over to your blog( actually I did that already yesterday ๐Ÿ˜€ )

    Vichu next week! tantananaa! ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. Crafty
    alle!such a long comment!? ๐Ÿ˜€

    *Indy’s KRS strikes again! *

    love you for all the words ๐Ÿ˜€ thank you! I feel overwhelmed with them Crafty ๐Ÿ™‚

    I truly do…

    innocence? *Indy wonders if this innocence will get her some more toys from Crafty :mrgreen:

    Crafty?
    I am feeling blue… ๐Ÿ™„

    and only that cutie pie of a dog..no ..calvin..no! no!wait! um…*thinking hard* those two turtles will help Indy in getting rid of these blues…. ๐Ÿ™„
    *bholu face *

    *waiying to see if Carfty has fallen for it*

    *sigh*
    Crafty is smarter
    (Indy’s krs na?)

    (((hugs))
    luv you too ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. excuse the typos Crafty ๐Ÿ˜€

    Deeps aww this is so sweet of you:D first at my post all those words that were so so overwhelming and now here ๐Ÿ™‚
    (((hugs))))
    thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Congratulations for being interviewed. Your replies were remarkably and clearly mindblowing and insightful. I like your positive attitude – it shows in your Ind-“yeah”, an aspect you did not mention, though. With many like you, India will really be Ind-Yeah!

  24. Wow! what a lovely interview!
    You go! Indyeah! Always enjoyed lurking on your blog ~ and now its great to see you in the limelight! May all your dreams come true.

  25. Thank you Usha, Crafty Shines, Deeps and everyone out here. It’s wonderful to have you all here and nice to know that you all enjoyed the interview. It’s great to have your comments. Do come back again this Thursday for the second part. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Congrats !! Indyeah. Very nice answers and from-the-heart as usual ;-). I liked your comments about being an Indian although I am not sure I agree with some of the things about religion. But great interview overall. Will be waiting eagerly for the next part.

  27. Gopinath SIr:-thank you so much Sir ๐Ÿ™‚ your words really pep up one’s spirit ๐Ÿ™‚

    Amen to a place thats the India of our dreams ๐Ÿ™‚

    Vidya :- aww thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have seen you at Corinne’s and the bond between you two:) its cute to see ๐Ÿ™‚
    thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Oorja- thanks sweetheart ๐Ÿ™‚
    second part is out! yippiee! ๐Ÿ˜€

    NN- thank you ๐Ÿ˜€ I knew the religion thing would be something we wont agree on whole heartedly ๐Ÿ™‚ but then its better to meet somewhere in the middle as you always do ๐Ÿ™‚ so its a pleasure to discuss things with you ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. ‘religion should stay out of public life. It should stay as part of private life. The moment religion enters the public arena all the troubles start.’

    So true, Indyeah, religion should stay inside the family.

    Now, will read the second part, Indyeah!

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