Hola! We know lot of people are waiting anxiously to read the second part of the Interview with Indyeah. Your wait ends now. 🙂 . In the Second part of the superb interview, Indyeah talks about her favourite 5 blogs, her dream vacation and most importantly about India. An interview you’ll love reading. Go ahead and enjoy. And hey, you also have a new pic of Indyeah, probably not featured elsewhere as yet!
Q: What do you find to be the most gratifying aspect of blogging?
A: What I absolutely and completely love about blogging is that we have a voice. We count. Yes, we used to and still have these very same discussions/conversations/debates in our drawing rooms, in our colleges/offices and cafes…. but it is here in the blogworld that one finds so many more like minded people.
When you see that you are not the only one who is fuming when girls are attacked in broad daylight , that you are not the only one feeling helpless and full of rage all at once. That there are others who too feel the same and are willing to do something about it.
When you can keep differences aside and come together to celebrate the new era of stability, accountability and no more blackmail.
When you share tears, laughter and plain nonsensical fun with friends whom you seem to have known forever.
This and more.. much moré is why I blog. The interactions, the camaraderie ..
Interacting with other bloggers/non-bloggers. It is a fascinating journey. And that’s saying something.
I blog because its comforting to know that I am not alone in my fears and in my dreams. That there are others who share so many of the same with me.
I blog simply because I need affirmation that humanity is alive and kicking.
Q: How, in general, would you rate the quality of Indian blogs? Share your favourite five blogs.
A: I have found Indian blogs to be very diverse as far as the range of topics is concerned. Though I cannot claim to know all the Indian blogs or even the majority of them, but the few I do read make me believe that Indian bloggers write about a wide range of issues. Be it an Indian issue or a global one. Nothing escapes their scrutiny and they switch effortlessly between different topics.
To list my favourite five blogs would be very tough .
I would like to name the group blog NGI or No Gender Inequality that is the result of the efforts of the four of us – Solilo, Ushus and IHM and me.
It is still a fledgling blog. 😀 We are taking baby steps as of now. We don’t have any goal as such. The blog simply is.
It is a space where others can share their stories about women. And so many have already shared their stories about the women in their lives. A mother, a wife, a daughter, or simply a woman whom they admire. One of the stories that was shared by a reader and that moved me and many others was this one.
You already know IHM. A lady who writes passionately and very clearly about what she believes in. Her interview on BlogAdda also reflected her clear thinking. She is the passion behind NGI. She is the one whose blog got us all together, Usha , Solilo and I. We met for the first time on IHM’s blog. A lady whom I love, respect and admire. Her Blog is called The life and times of an Indian Homemaker (Latest post: What do ‘Modest’ women have that their ‘Immodest’ sisters don’t..)
Usha or whom I call Ushus fondly is a darling. She is a magician with words. She weaves words beautifully. They dance for her I think. 😀
I have never been very interested in contemporary poetry as such. Hers is the only poetry blog that has me hooked. Her other blog Overdrive is a place of delight as well. She writes with a passion that delights the heart. She is the soul behind NGI or No gender Equality. Her enthusiasm is infectious. Her sheer zest for learning is something I envy. Her poetry blog is called A Quest, While her other equally delightful blog is called Overdrive. (Latest post: For the Love of Music- Part II)
Solilo is the youngest amongst the three. A young lady who is a dear friend also by now. She is the brains behind NGI. It was her idea that got all four of us together. Its her zeal that ensures that we keep experimenting with new ideas. A creative soul this lady is. From coming up with the idea of NGI to designing the banner, she has been an integral part of it all. She writes with a conciseness thats admirable and hers is the voice of reason and sanity.
So there it is. Five blogs that I love 🙂
Do hop over to NGI as well as the blogs of these three bloggers.
Q: One of the posts we loved at your blog is about freedom! With freedom comes responsibilties. Do you think Indians have devalued the word freedom and have drifted away from the true meaning of it?
A: A quote that sums up the issue for me.
The fact, in short, is that freedom, to be meaningful in an organized society must consist of an amalgam of hierarchy of freedoms and restraints.
~ Samuel Hendel
Absolute freedom can exist in ideal societies. Utopian societies. Since we are not there yet, I would say that let’s handle the freedom we have been blessed with in a more responsible and mature manner.
In India we love to say that we have freedom of expression. Yes, we do. But we express our freedom in the most absurd ways possible.
Didn’t get to give your exams? Burn a bus or two. Didn’t get the job you wanted? All 3o of you? Go break windowpanes and oh yes burn the vehicles too. You see – burning /smashing/looting is the only way we seem to express ourselves.
And whats more the state unofficially sanctions it by turning a blind eye to such incidents. There should be severe punishments for such offences. Make the vandals pay. That doesn’t seem to happen ever. Why cant we realise that its our collective property that we are destroying with such relish?
That said, we also have another side to the freedom issue. The recent SC ruling where the Honourable court refused to quash criminal complaint against a blogger lays bare the truth about how ‘free’ we exactly are.
When the freedom to express oneself is held to ransom by criminals or those who certainly seem like one (in this case the party that slapped the case on this particular blogger) then one can only begin to imagine what India will be like a few decades down the line.
India is a country of extremes. It is almost as if we know no in-betweens and don’t even want to. We swing to and fro constantly between absolute freedom of expression and very less in some cases .
The only way forward is to find a balance. But the balance has to be found by us. Rules will not help if the will to follow them is absent.
Q: You have described about India in such a beautiful way! What one thing about India would you like to change, not change and why?
A: Thank you so much for the kind words. India is indeed a beautiful country. It’s her people that give her heartache at times.
One thing that I would love to change about India or rather Indians is our petty mentality. I know I might get a lot of brickbats for this but I really, REALLY believe that we are a VERY racist country. If racism means being prejudiced, biased and oppressive then we are the top contenders for the title.
We even have regional racialism (if there is such a word) where we have now started looking at and judging people depending upon which particular region of India they belong to.
The marathi manoos issue bugs me. Uptil now I had only heard and read about how people from Tamil Nadu were targetted a few decades back. The victims may have changed but the script remains the same. Tomorrow it could be someone else. Some other group.
The same victims could turn into aggressors. Such is India And Indians. This is us. The ugliest side of us.
And this is what absolutely baffles me. The fact that Indians have derogatory names for each other on the basis of region/facial features and what not makes me fume and makes me despondent in the same breath.
Ghati, chinky, bhaiyya, madrasi the list is endless and it bothers me like hell!
Caste based discrimination. Something all of us know about. The plight of the lower castes is pathetic in India even today.
Having said that let me also say that we are also the top contenders for reverse racialism.
SO what happens between this racialism and reverse racialism?
Petty feelings thrive, racialism becomes a part of our DNA, we love to club ourselves as part of X, Y, Z group.
As long as there is someone to hate we feel secure. Also if someone could come up with a ghutti (tonic ) to cure us of our infamous ‘chalta hai‘ attitude we would be deeply, eternally, forever grateful. 😉
What I would not ever change is the oft repeated but very important concept of ‘Unity in Diversity.’
I don’t ever wish to see an India where we have a uniform language, a uniform dress, a uniform cuisine. It has become a cliché I know, but unity in diversity is the only way India can work. This is the only way this country can survive and prosper. To even think of anything else would be folly. Like I said somewhere, India is in my blood. It has seeped in too deep for me to think about anything else or be anything else. Not region, cuisine or language per se but just India.
India is an idea. This idea cannot be defined or written down to a T. So long as the idea remains in our hearts and in the hearts of little ones, India will endure.
Q: If you could vacation anywhere in the world expense-free, where would you go and why?
A: I would love to go to Africa. Why? Simply because I want to experience the land of Elsa for myself. I have been fascinated by this strange and almost mystical land where history has been passed down orally and where they say time stands still. Just as they say that India seeps into the blood before one even knows it, so they say too about Africa. So the continent is on my top priority list whenever I do travel around the world.
Q: Do you earn revenue through your blog? How does one go about it?
A: No, I don’t. And to be honest the idea doesn’t appeal to me.
Q: What is your advice to someone who wants to start a blog?
A: Well not advice as such 😀 but yes write honestly from the heart and that should work. No matter what you want to write about, honesty should be the key factor. Because with all the archives of your posts, as well as the discussions, debates, the comments that you reply to, comments that you leave at other blogs.. with all of these merely a click away.. the best and infact the only way is to be honest. If you are not, believe me you will be found out sooner or later.
Write from the heart, write honestly, write what you feel strongly about and nothing else is required. You dont have to be a good writer or a Shakespeare.. no none of that… just a passionate one and an honest one.
Q: Let’s conclude off with a few favorites.
Color: Vibrant colors
Movie: Cry Freedom and well I cant be done with just one movie 😀
Lagaan (do spare a thought for this cricket buff please) 😀
Before Sunrise, Before Sunset .The ease with which the characters in both the movies converse is breathtaking.
TV Show: Would have to say none as such. They all slide into mediocrity somewhere down the line.
Book: This is planned torture! 😀
I simply cannot name any one. Keep a track of my book posts (which I now will have to write *sigh*) and that should be answer enough 😀
Time of Day: Night time is the most relaxing. Its almost a spiritual experience. The whole world is in a deep slumber and it seems as if you are the only human being in perhaps the entire world who is keeping vigil.
Watching, waiting, thinking…
Night forces one to come face to face with thoughts . Thoughts that one had been running from in the light of day. The night seems gentle and calm and does not seem to judge. That sounds crazy but there it is.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate in this feature of BlogAdda. Also a big thank you to the team at Blog Adda for actually taking the time to go through the posts and coming up with relevant questions. This attention to detail made this interview a thought provoking experience and one that I really enjoyed.
Keep going guys! 🙂
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