Sometime, early last year, the 'MT' set of cousins decided that a group blog was a good platform to exchange views / ideas and keep in touch. They extended their invitations to their cousins 'on the other sides', and, that was how, I came in. Of course, I knew my cousins and had heard of/ met a few of the others as well.
I liked the idea and accepted the invitation. While accepting the invitation, I had half-decided that my participation would be limited to commenting on what the others wrote! Soon, e-chaavadi was born. Chaavadi, in Kannada, is an open veranda. Now seen only in large, ancient homes, chaavadi is an informal, relaxing space for the family members/ friends.
Unfortunately, e-chaavadi didn't take off as expected. Only a couple of folks - folks who already had their own blogs- had contributed. The administrator finally sent a mail to the rest of us - asking us to contribute something.
I do not know how many of us responded, but, I promised to write something within the next couple of days. As my promised deadline drew near, I realised that I had a word to keep and nothing to write about :( Till then, I hadn't written anything apart from letters. I had only read a few blogs and was an occasional commentator in a couple.
I went through the group members' list and decided that I would first introduce myself
(http://e-chaavadi.blogspot.com/2009/05/hello.html). That is how I began :)
After more than a month, I wrote again, and noted that nodody else had contributed in between! By then, I had realised that I could actually think of things to write. Instead of hogging space on a group blog, I decided to start my own blog. While doing so, I made a promise to myself - to contribute to e-chaavadi once in a while - haven't kept that promise :(
This morning, while cooking breakfast, I was thinking that I hadn't updated Alter Idem for nearly a month. That's when it hit me that, actually, I had turned one :) To celebrate, I must try to keep up my promise - at least by the end of next month :)