Lets Celebrate!!!

Blogging was never a passion to me. My only indulgence in the world of blogging used to be the blogs of my college friends Sravan and KP. But at no point of time, it struck me that I could also start blogging. Maybe the reason was that I was so much preoccupied with my work that I never thought about anything else other than PL/SQL, Forms and Oracle in general. This year probably God decided to show some mercy on me and decided to bless me with very little work. So, it meant more boredom (because obviously you cannot roam all the time nor watch movies 24X7 or the K-Serials 24X7) and a more grumpy nature.  In the midst of all this, Sravan did a post on soul search in 24A.  Well, this got me into some sort of a soul search. I was never grumpy in my life, I always knew to smile in the toughest of times (although am short tempered and the temper doesn’t last beyond 10 minutes) and certainly I was not one person to sit idle. 

So, instigated by all these thoughts, I thought why not start blogging? I setup my blogger account and my very first post came up. Not a very good start but yes I tried to better myself along the way. I started to take part in Blog-a-ton, was dumbstruck by the Blogadda Pick, awards which flowed in from blog friends, never-ending chain of comments, tags and blog contests. A big Thank You to Blog World which accepted me so open heartedly.  And today shonawrites proudly celebrates her 50th post. 

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high 
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.”

What more could express a blogger’s thoughts more beautifully than this poem by Rabindranath Tagore. Truly, Blogging has given me that platform to express my thoughts and opinions in the way I want. My blog is a reflection of me, my thoughts and my actions. It has become that perfect gateway of bliss which I look forward to every day. Is this an addiction or not, I don’t know but it has certainly helped me to fight my loneliness and be happy all the time. It has helped me to discover a “New Me”. In fact, my colleagues now joke that Shilpa sits in a cloud surrounded by her blogs and remains unaffected by all official matters. 

Very true, in fact I found out one of my colleague wants to blog too and we have a really good discussion on blogs, politics, books and everything under the sun. I guess its always easier for like minded people to talk. The same holds good for my blog friends. People whom I have never met but leave their love and warmth on my every post, People who have encouraged me all through these 49 posts and People whom I will remember all through my life. So, here is presenting my Toonbook of all these lovely people who have left their imprint on my blog life as well as my real life. 


I would especially like to thank Anu, Uma and Swaram who have been really very sweet and encouraging right from my very early posts. It was through their blogs that I started to connect with the rest of the blog world. Thanks a lot ladies 🙂

There have been a lot of people whose blogs I love to read:
1. Mohan : Blogs on a plethora of topics
2. Shruti  : Holds the amazing Artsy-Craftsy contest month after month
3. Pree : Her blog is a pandora’s box of house decor and truly yummy delicious recipes.
4. Pixie, Smitha, Pal : All of them write straight from the heart – simple and sweet posts
5. Tavish : Read his fiction and know him better.

Also presenting to you two important people who are the pillars for this blog. Goondi No.1. What would I do without you girl! K has been my right, left, center and all possible directions hand. Low times she is there, High times she is there, Every time she is there. 😀 Poor thing gets tortured by me all the time. She has to read my posts (whether she likes it or not), review it, make corrections and tell her opinion. Sometimes she sincerely does it but mostly she always has a clever way to tell no to me :D. However, she is my PRO and she is doing a good job of advertising my blog in her circle :D.

Make way, Make way for Goonda No.1. Big B has been a very dear friend for the past 10 years who sincerely makes a con call for every festival/birthday to all our classmates and we have a ball of time giggling away to glory. Even though he is a really really very very sincere sincere student, he always finds time to read my posts and comment (According to him in a recent con call he told he doesn’t comment unless and until the post inspires him to). So, I consider myself lucky if I get a comment from him in my posts. 

So, Goondi No.1 and Goonda No.1, heres to our friendship. 
“Ye dosti hum nahi todenge, Chodenge dam magar tera saath na chodenge” 😀 :D. Ye fevicol ka jod hai thootega nahi!!!!

Last but not the least, Daddy this is for you:

Words of wisdom, you taught me
Good and Bad, you guided me
Strength, I imbibed from you
Independence, I gained from you
Tough times, you held my hand
Good times, you let me enjoy it
Bad health, you looked upon me every hour
Good health, you made me gorge like a demon
Education, you gave me all
Life Partner, you left it to my choice
You look upon me for advice
But I am still the small kid who may stumble and fall!!
Be always by my side Daddy!!!

Now, moving away from the sentimental things, to some lovely awards that my blog friends have passed on:

Thanks Priya
Thanks Priya

Thanks LEB
These awards are duly passed on to every single person mentioned in this post.

And do you remember the “Cool couple contest. I finally decided to announce the winners. And the winners are:

1. Comfy says

The song I would sing: Kuch is tarah teri palkein.. because well the song says it allhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQDv25a8i7Y

He would probably sing: She is always a women to me.. because women confound him because how quickly and often we change and I am all of that..but through it all I am his woman to him and he loves me just like that..

2. Priya says

For me… there are a lot of favorites but 2 songs that immediately come to mind are
Aisa sama from Zameen Aasmaan
Kishore Kumar’s Aise na mujhe tum dekho

Comfy and Priya heres your “Cool Couple” award.

P.S. I have already mailed you all the toon picture. So, please go ahead and display them in your blog. A token of love and appreciation from me to you.


50 thoughts on “50!!!!!!

  1. LOL. 🙂 Congrats on ur 50th post 🙂 brilliant toon slide!! I’m totally ROFL. Its soo apt. U study ur bakraas very well. I abs loved lost world’s and swaram’s entries. LOL. hope u get to ur 100th, 200th n 1000th post very soon.
    congrats to the other winners too.

  2. Hearty congratulations for reaching the first half century. 🙂
    Loved all the toons!! 😀
    And congrats on all your awards.
    Wishing you a great time in the blogosphere!! 🙂

  3. I luvvved all the toons .. esp. Ums and Vimmuuu’s, other than mine that is 😉 😉

    LOL @ Sands and Saumyas’ 😛 Thanks so much Shilpa for all the lovely words 🙂
    Congrats on ur 5oth post and here’s wishing u many more half centuries and centuries on this ground 😀 Cheers!

  4. Congratulation….yippeee..loved your toons and the post too..

    You are so observant…you have described the bloggers so well..

    Many wishes that you celebrate many such Blogging landmarks 🙂

  5. Congratulations Shilpa 🙂
    Wishing you and your blog many more happy blogging milestones in the years to come 🙂
    That toon book turned out superb 😀
    Loved this beautiful post!!!

  6. Congrats!!! this is absolutely fab!! loved it….as i keep telling you, its time to chuck your job and look for an alternate creative career that will allow u to do this full time, and make money too!!!!

  7. Shilpa, Congrats on your 50 !!! Am so happy for you !!! 🙂

    ROFL @ all the toons – Swaram & Su, Vimmuuu and L – kya jodi hai yaar !!!! Actually, Su & Swaram – the words are made for each other !!! Fab !!!! You’ve touched everybody’s heart by this simple gesture and deep appreciation from the bottom of my heart. 🙂

    That poem touched me deeply – nice one.

    Keep going, this is only the half century…many more centuries coming your way….happy blogging…we are there always together….

  8. Swaru, you liked my toon. But I loved yours – its the best – the loving relation told perfectly. God bless you both – Su & Swaram – Touchwood on that loving relationship. 🙂

  9. Lovely 50th post Shilpa! Loved the toons 🙂
    Congrats on the milestone. The blog world feels magical and the blog friends are so real … in that they are with you every step of the way 🙂
    Thanks a ton for the cool couple award!Its a pleasant surprise!!

  10. Congrats on the 50th post Shilpa 🙂 🙂 Wishing you many, many more 🙂

    ROFL @ cartoon of Swaram & Su and Vimmuuu 🙂 🙂 and yeah thanks for the toon on me and for all the awards… I am honoured 🙂 🙂

    Keep rocking 🙂

  11. Now thats one helluva celebration !!! Congrats for the half century and I hope you keep this passion of blogging alive.

    Loved the comics on everyone. That cartoon in the comic looked like me too 😀 :D:D

  12. Theorem: Shilpa = S-grade
    Proof: 50!!!!!!
    Corollary: S-grade = Shilpa

    Bravo! ” Ellaarum sendhu Shilpa-vukku oru O podunga” … “Ooooo O” Keep them coming! I will smash a pumpkin to get rid of the bad spirits and jealousy eyes!

    @Toon: “Why am I hearing my boss’ voice in the football field?” hilarious! Reminded me of Golmaal movie!

    Here is my dedication to you!

    Thozhi oruththi vandha piragu vinnaith thodalaam undhan siragu
    vaanukkum ellai undu natpukkillaiyae
    inbam varalaam thunbam varalaam thozhi oruththi pangu peralaam
    kalloori natpukkillai mutruppulliyae

  13. So its up! Have never ever read a 50th post in any blog that matched your excitement & happiness levels! Congratulations on your awards & accolades. Hope they spur you to keep it going.

    Your cartoon is a huge hit. I am curious how you got this innovative idea. LoL @ Shilpa’s list-making tendencies & the others too (uma, swaram). Bang on!! Thank you for the mention .. and for making all of us look so hep & sexy. (yea I noticed Shilpa 😉 ) Heehee.. Wonderful post. I am definitely gonna show-off my cartoon in my blog. Thank U once more!

  14. That toon book had me in splits Shilpa 🙂
    Would love to show if off at PNA, of course, u have given me a new dimension 😛 😛
    Loved Vimuu’s and Swar & Su and Ums.. All of them… LW, LR & Mani haa 🙂
    Such a sweet gesture and the effort that went into the planning…
    Thank u and wish u loads of enthusiasm to continue blogging 🙂
    May that writer’s block never touch your pen or paint

  15. Dai…. unakka yethana vaati sollaradha….. My kutti brain doesn’t understand pure tamil na…. so if u writing in pure tamil…. pls translate also.. okva…..

    “O” podu…. hey o podu…. and did you smash a pumpkin….

  16. Thats so true Priya….Blogging has opened me up to a whole new set of friends….
    And congrats on the awards… and thanks for putting them up too 😀 😀

  17. Geee…. Thanks Uma 😀 …
    Haan woh toh hai… Swaram and Su.. made for each other … touchwood… and actually to create the cartoon for her… I didn’t even think twice… 😀 😀

    Have I touched everybody’s heart…. hee am so happy happy 😀

    Poem… I decided to thank my dad this time… my poor daddy 😀 😀

    Thank you once again for your wishes …. 😀

  18. Happy 50th post Shona 🙂 You’ve done amazingly well in such a short time… and did ‘Pal’ mean me???? If yes, THANKKKKKKKK YOUUUUUUUUU. If not, then … er… *** sheepishly grins*** OK fine 🙂

  19. Neeyum kaththupennu pakkuren! hmmm …
    Ok! translation!
    Friend-u oruththi vandha appuram sky-a touch pannalam nee! sky-kku kooda limit irukkudhu aanaa friendship-kku illa! happy-a irukkalam sad-a irukkalam friend-kitta dhaan share pannikkalam! college friendship-kku end-e kedaiyadhu!

    @Pumpkin smashing! I am waiting for Halloween, only then we will pumpkins and I will choose a big one, yenna un blog-a ulagame padikkuththu ella drishti kazhiyanumna periya pusanikkaya dhaane odaikkanum!

  20. Congrats Shilpa…I have also been one of your ardent blog followers till now ( rem i read all your lovely post), though i don’t comment on anyone.. well, this is my first comment
    You inspire me alot 😉
    Keep blogging 🙂

  21. 50th Post..wohooo.. congratulations Shilpa and here is me wishing many many more to you. Loved the cartoons and thank you so much for passing such a cool couple badge..

    Made my day 😀

  22. Hey congrats..:)
    Replying to your post very late.. But ya it’s great to find my name there on the toon book.. 🙂
    Thanks a lot.. 🙂

    Continue ur journey lady.. Eager to read the 100 post from u..:)

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