Friday, August 29, 2008


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Many many thanks to Dottie and Mammamia for giving me this award. I think of these awards usually as something that just spreads a feeling of cheer and good will - no matter what the different kinds of awards are. So in some sense, I take it lightly - neither get too excited nor too sad if I get/don't get an award that I see going around. I don't particularly feel affected. Although when it comes to passing on awards, I really feel like including a lot of people who I enjoy reading - no matter what the purpose of the award is. It could be a most frequent blogger award - but I would still feel like passing it on to every one I like, no matter how infrequent they are at posting, in the spirit of spreading happiness and joy! :)

In some sense, when I saw this award, I really felt like, "Who me?!". "Brilliant weblog"?! I couldn't believe it because I don't post often enough and assume only a few people read it - so I felt a tiny bit undeserving of such an award. Nevertheless, who can deny feeling good about any praise about something you do?! In particular in this case, it is not even the award that made me feel good but the warmth in the words that came with the award. And especially coming from who I think are awesome writers whose posts I enjoy thoroughly.

Mammamia, I started reading you only recently when I chanced upon your writing while reading your namesake's. I think you write really well and to think you have actually read some of my posts and enjoyed it and think me worthy of an award makes me feel good.

Dottie, I think I have been reading you since your very first post. Dottie, not to gush over with emotions over this - but what you wrote is something that made me feel really happy.

"There is something about noon's posts that is very, very honest. No pretenses here. Always look forward to reading her blog".

Those are the kind of words I would like on my tombstone! Because it is something I strive to be but find difficult at times. Difficult because I feel at a loss when I try to be "normal" and "unpretentious" but still get mistaken, or not appreciated or just taken for a ride. And difficult also because I know people who are fabulously smart yet completely down to earth and some people who are so sincere in what they do even if their work is not glamorous and are so untouched by the flashy world around them. I strive to be like them - I really feel at peace when I am around such people. Now, let me not sound like a victim of this cruel world with that first line! :) This is a happy Oscar speech. But point being made is that, those words struck a deep chord and you may not know it!

I pass this on to - well, I am passing it on in spirit back to you both as well. But aside from that, I pass it on to:

Neera: She writes from the heart. There is such simplicity and warmth in her writing. Her life is an open book - well to the extent a blog can be - she says things without any strings attached. As is. Her recent post about her neighbors is testament to that. Very willing to appreciate people for who they are.

Usha: I love reading her posts. Quite often I read her posts and think - that's such an every day topic but it is so interesting when someone writes about it and that too in such an interesting way. There is a RKN kind of home grown/simple feel to her writing. You relate to it instantly especially if you are an Indian. But even if you aren't, you still relate to it because of the universality of some things that all people go through.

Terri: She has a unique style of writing. Nothing bombastic about her writing. Simple words strung together so elegantly. Her writing is so witty and different. And yet you can see the compassionate person (well, canine let's say) behind the writing.

Krishashok: I tried to not mention people who have already been awarded. But I am making an exception on this one - just so people who know my blog also get to read his blog posts. I don't even expect him to know he has been awarded yet again since I have not even commented on his posts. I don't particularly feel bad when I don't comment for the power bloggers (in my book - they post frequently, are quite dedicated to blogging and have a ton of people reading and commenting on their blog posts). In any case, the purpose of this award is to also promote other blogs. And for this reason, I wanted to put it in this list. I read his blog posts the first time one night and I found myself laughing loudly in the dead silence of the night. He is a brilliant writer and his posts are so incredibly different from any I have read so far.

Deponti: Some one with a zest for life and it shows in her writing. Variety of topics, different emotions, incredible pictures, poems, translations. I really enjoy reading her posts.

Poppins mom: She writes such candid posts - emotions, point of view, what ever it be - she says it as she feels it. And she writes in detail and you feel like you were there for that moment in time witnessing that slice of her life. It often reads like a story and I enjoy reading such posts. And she usually takes the time to respond to a lot of comments on her posts and it makes it all the more enjoyable to read her posts.

Kodi's mom: I love reading her posts about Kodi and Plane papa (recent addition). She writes with a gentle touch of humor and communicates the love she feels for her children in an understated way. I love understated emotions for some reason because I feel in some ways it conveys the strength of the emotion even more than plainly stated words. And the fact that our children are of a similar age group makes it even more enjoyable for me to read her posts.

Oh dear - rules rules rules every where! I am posting the rules at the end of this post - pass on the award and spread the cheer! :)

This award is for blogs whose content and design are brilliant as well as creative.The purpose of the prize is to promote as many blogs as possible in the blogosphere.
Here are the rules to follow:
1. When you receive the prize you must write a post showing it, together with the name of who has given it to you, and link them back
2. Choose a minimum of 7 blogs (or even more) that you find brilliant in their content or design.
3. Show their names and links and leave them a comment informing they were prized with ‘Brilliant Weblog’
4. Show a picture of those who awarded you and those you give the prize (optional).
5. And then we pass it on!"

Phew - I managed to finish writing this post before one of the kids wakes up crying for me in the middle of the night. But I am too sleepy to sit and edit this post. Am posting it as it is - forgive me please!


Kodi's Mom said...

aww, noonie sweetheart! such kind words you have for me, thanks for the you said I treasure your words more than being considered "brilliante" :)

Girl Next Door (gnd) said...

first of all, Congratulations! I totally second Dottie's reason for nominating you! There is a vibe of calmness and peace that I get about you everytime I read your posts.

And yes...KrishAshok's blog is the most creative and hilarious I've read. I've even left a couple of drooling comments :)
Even his post acknowledging this award the award was simply "bril"linat!
Anyways, congratulations again for a well-deserved award!!

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

Dear Noonie,

I absolutely agree with you about spreading the cheer and goodwill. That is why I felt touched and misty when I got mine. And i think that's what this award is meant to do. It's our way of patting each other on the back and giving cyber-space hi-fives.

I'll be going through your list of awardees soon! Sigh! My list ends up getting bigger and bigger? Whenever will this Mamma get any mamma-ing done?

Preethi said...

Congratulations... and let me tell you you deserve it.. I absolutely love your posts and zest for life..

Anonymous said...

Oh thang you :) Ofcourse I know because Wordpress lists trackbacks to my blog, but technicalities apart, I am not a power blogger and all that. I blog once a week, and I usually get ideas during my pani puri eating sprees (I eat Pani puri at least once every day)

Usha said...

Thank you noon. I feel the same as Kodi's mom - that your description of my blog is worth even more than that award.
Thanks so much.

Neera said...

Hey ..thanks so much Noonoo. Congratulations first of all, absolutely deserved :)
About the being mistaken/taken for a ride in spite of being your true self and unpretentious, it takes a gentle soul to recognize another one. I understand ur feeling of loss - i feel very angry myself (when my husband explains to me the meaning behind someone's actions or words, I myself don't even get it many a times!!) but get over it soon and maintain my distance from such people which I am sure even u do.

Anyways thanks so much for the award and ur lovely words for me :) And without a doubt even my reaction is who me?!

Mama - Mia said...

a well deserved award for sure!! :)

way to go!



DotThoughts said...

here's to many more posts noonie :)

Poppins said...

Thanks sweetie ! More than the award, its your words that touched me !
You know that you are one of my favs too. You totally deserve the award.

noon said...

KM - thanks! :)

GND - Calmness and peace - I wish I could really be that way! :)
And KA - man, he is just crazy funny - I can't imagine where he comes up with all that stuff!

MM - I know - when will be mamming if there are so many good blogs to read! :)

Preethi - thanks, esp coming from you! :)

KA - wow - I should start eating pani puris - if that will make me come up with hilarious posts! You are a celebrity blogger even if not a power blogger - people just love your posts!

Usha - thanks!

Neera - and yet another reason why we are (adopted) sisters! :)

Abha - the ever smiling - I always remember that about you somehow - all your photos - you are so happy! Andyway - thanks!

Dottie, Poppins - thanks!