Monday, October 15, 2012

A small reason; A small celebration

It was in Class VII that I first got a glimpse of what a lot of people were talking about suddenly at that time - Computers!
For the whole of the school, two computers were installed and a couple of teachers were appointed to teach the students about what amazing things those machines could do.
When I changed to a new school after that, there were more detailed computer lessons there. DBase III Plus if I am not wrong. All my years of schooling, computer education dealt mainly with writing programs in BASIC. The OS had to be loaded first using a CD every time one booted the machine. It was a bit difficult to fathom why one had to write so many damn lines of code to calculate the area of a square or the fibonacci series. It seemed to be a much easier task done manually at least. And for the sake of the public exams we had to remember who invented this and who invented that. There was one I tried to remember by relating his name to my favourite vegetable. Now who was that? Oh yeah, Charles Babbage !
What we all liked best about the course, was that those were the only laboratories that had Air Conditioning. That was fun!
Oh Dear! With all that I guess I am sounding like a person of a bygone era....Oops! No, this was just about 15 years ago.
I entered Engineering and started getting a fair idea of how advanced computer technology had progressed.
And the best part was - I had my own email id.
My naivete was in full display when I asked a fellow student whether it costed more to email people outside India. After all, was it not like STD and ISD?
Slowly I got introduced to the internet and its wonders. Email, Google, Chat, etc etc.
Out of engineering, my job was with a software company. Design, Coding, Testing, Debugging - on and on and on - computers and I were bonded for life.
Being a SAHM after the delivery of my son, I needed means to while away hours and hours of time that I had. My grey cells had begun gnawing at the inside of my skull for want of activity. My darling computer and the best invention of the century , the world wide web came to my rescue like Spiderman. My first blog was the result of that. Initially I was blogging at a women's online social networking site called IndusLadies and then I moved on to blogger.
As I have mentioned in my introduction, I started it for fun and then it became a passion and now its a part of me; an integral part of me!
The joy and satisfaction in publishing a post and the thrill that every comment received provides is something incredible and incomparable.
The best part is I have now got a lot of friends, some really wonderful friends - all virtual but bound by something unique that only bloggers will understand.
Glad to be a part of this network.
Now why am i saying all this and getting so soap-opera-ish?
Well, this is my 100th post ! Hip Hip Hurrah!!!!
Coincidentally for the first time, the number of comments on a post of mine reached 100!!! (Those includes my own replies to the comments of course, but when there is a reason to celebrate, too much justification is unwarranted!

So here I go again - Hip Hip Hurrah!!!!

I extend a huge THANK YOU to every one of you who has extended your lovely support and warmth irrespective of whether the post deserved it or not. Without readers a blog is nothing. Thanks a ton!

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles FreeDigitalPhotos.net

106 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Jayashree, on your 100th. I always look forward to your posts since they invariably either make you think about things that we take for granted or share information that is new for me. And you do it in a simple and easy-to-understand manner. In the process of your writing, you end up creating a new awareness, and it is often reflected in the comments. God bless you, and keep writing.

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    1. Thank you so much Subhorup. Such words of praise and encouragement coming from a seasoned and wonderful writer like you has catapulted me straight onto cloud nine. Thanks again :)

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  2. 100 post and 14605 views..146.05 view on each post on avg...you must be very happy..i stumbled upon you blog on exactly 100th post..i must have won something...

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    1. Oh Boy, I never did that math! :) Thanks Shubham, do keep visiting.

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  3. Congrats for the 100th post and 100 comments! Your followers number is also close to a century, on 94! Great coincidence.
    It was nice to read your experiences with computers and blogging.
    keep writing :)

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  4. yayyy..time to party Jaish.. :) Congratulations girl. keep writing for many more wonderful years to come. Your post did bring back many memories. The first time computers was introduced to me was in my VIII class..hmm..I think I have to start a post now...haha..you are a very good narrator..Happy Blogging!!

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    1. Thank you so much FIF :) Would love to have a related post from you :)

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  5. Yipeeeeee!! ******* Congratualtions and celebrations *******

    That surely calls for some celebration Jaish :)

    Our blogs are a very integral part of our lives and I can truly understand how you must be feeling right now... the bonds that we make here are beyond description rather as you rightly put - only a blogger can understand it!

    Wishing you many more such 100s so that we can stay entertained reading your wonderful posts always!!

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  6. yay on 100 posts!! Congratulations!!! That is a wonderful achievement!

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  7. Congratulations on a cool milestone achievement!! :)
    Wishing you many more lovely years of blogging!
    DBase III Plus... Charles Babbage... emails... Google... that took me down the memory lane... and thanks to all the advancements in technology... can't imagine a life without laptop and internet!! :)

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    1. Seriously Shilpa...Without internet and laptops we'd all go bonkers!! Thanks :D

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  8. Hearty congrats Jaish:) Party time:)

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  9. Congratulations Jaishree for hitting the ton:) May you continue to write for many years to come! It is a pleasure to read every post of yours !

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    1. Thank you so much Rahul. As always you have filled my heart with extreme happiness with your generous words of praise. Thank you again :)

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  10. Congratulations!! Wishing you many more such celebrations :)

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  11. Congrats....Keep going
    Loved the way you explained your experiences with the computers :-). Even I had the same experiences.
    Happy blogging!

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  12. Congrats Jaish:) Looking forward for more 100s

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  13. Congratulations Jayashree on achieving the milestone of 100 blogs. You were fortunate to have been exposed to the computers during your school days, for in my times even during the engineering college we just had a subject Analog Computers and that too in the final semester. I still remember of the time i first saw a computer and it was a year after engineering while visiting IIT Kanpur...it was quite huge !!! By the way a nice post Jaish !!!

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    1. Thanks Engram. Every generation has some invention that fascinated them and left them spell bounded I suppose. And actually those who get to live in times when things get introduced know how it was without them and how it is with them and hence are in a way lucky! :)

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  14. Congrats Jaish. 100 posts and you write like a pro. :) Care to coach me??
    And 100 comments; that is another wow :D

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    1. Whoa! Like a pro? Thanks a ton Bhagyashree :)

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  15. yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy on the 100th post.. kya baat hai ji .. chakk te phatte Century maar di .. wah ji wah

    I learnt to use computer adn all this internet business when i came ot uk, I had no clue and did not know how to use them.. so you are not alone ..


    party party partyyyyyyyy

    Bikram's

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    1. Hi Bikram

      Thank you so much...I am not really sure how one should respond to the 'kya baat....wah' part :D In Tamizh it would be 'Mikka Nanri' meaning Thanks a Lot. :) Yeah! Party! Party! :)

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  16. Congrats on you century. *claps* :):)

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  17. Congratulations, Jaish on the milestone. Its been a privilege reading your blog and will continue to do so in future. :)

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    1. Thanks for the never ending support buddy :)

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  18. congrats!!! *Standing ovation* :D :D

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    1. Oh God ! I am overwhelmed . Thanks Hari :)

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  19. just the beginning, dear.. just the beginning.. i wanna see the same words at post 200 :)

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    1. Hope ur words become true Roshan :) Thanks :)

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  20. Congrats Jaish! Good that I did not miss this one...been too busy for blogs the past few days!

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    1. Hmm ! Thanks for taking time to read and comment Suresh . Glad to have gotten to know u thru blogging . Your posts are simply amazing :) Brighten up many a day of mine :)

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  21. Hip hip hurray! & many congratulations to you for all the work you have put on for this. It's an achievement every blogger could relate to. :)

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  22. That is a lot of reasons to celebrate. Congratulations Jaish. Keep it going strong.
    It is lovely having gotten to know you too. Congrats again. :)

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  23. Congrats, Jaish! May you have many hundreds more. I remember my uncle from the US asked my mother if we had email when I was twelve( in 1992) and we had no clue what that was. I quit my job to have a baby seven years ago. What a pity that I discovered blogging only now. It is such a joy to get to know wonderful people such as you. ~Hugs~

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    1. Hugs to you too Shankari...Thanks for the wishes and comments :)

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  24. Congrats Jayashree!! Amazing achievements for your blog. :) And I was enjoying every word of your post because that is how I remembered my introduction to the computers too. It is difficult for today's youngsters, to imagine the exultation we felt at that time.

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  25. A happy 100 :) I was wondering where this post was going :) congratulations buddy.

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  26. Congrats... I wish to see more zeroes on the RHS in d near future! ;)

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  27. Congrats Jaish .... you have around 150 views per post ... Thats great ...

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    1. Hi Amit, As I mentioned in another comment I never did that math! ha ha! Thanks a lot

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  28. Congratulations, Jayshree. 100 posts show you have dedicated time and effort to your blog, the rewards of which are quite evident.

    Great build up to the fact that this is your 100th post.

    Congrats again :)

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    1. Thanks Vishal. Glad that you liked the build up :)

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  29. Way to go Jaish! You rock! One superwoman you! What more can I say? :) Keep writing girl! Hope to see you published soon!

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    1. Oh God Deepa!! Superwoman?? ha ha....Thats a whole lot of generosity in your comments :D Thank you so much buddy. Glad to have gotten to know you. You rock too :)

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  30. Wow Jaish :) Way to go, you've come a long way, 100 posts :)
    I'm sure this journey was full of learning and new experiences :)
    Keep it up Jaish, waiting for the 200th post now :p :p :p

    Regards

    Jay
    http://road-to-sanitarium.blogspot.in/

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    1. Definitely a whole lot of learning and new experiences Jay. Thanks :)

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  31. Hey Jaish, Congratulations! And One more for hitting a century in the comments section also! Great going, I truly love whatever 'Jaish Writes' and I wish Jaish goes on to hit many many more centuries in the years to come! Way to go :)

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    1. That was such a sweet comment Arti. Thank you so much :)

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  32. Yay... 100TH POST. That's Incredible! PARTYYY!!
    PS: I am still at #25 :D

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    1. I was at #25 a little time ago Sammyyr :) Keep writing :) Thanks :)

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  33. Congrats Jayashree! Your blog is a great read! Always something new and a lot of variety! Keep writing!

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  34. HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS!! on completion of a century!!
    Heres wishing you plenty more!!
    Cheers!

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    1. Thank you so much Deepak . You are one of the regular readers of my blog and I thank you with all my heart for all the support and encouragement :)

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  35. Congrats on your 100th post Jaish! Look forward to read a lot more from you :)

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  36. " The best part is I have now got a lot of friends, some really wonderful friends - all virtual but bound by something unique that only bloggers will understand. " That was well echoed... I second your feel... somehow even I have got lot of virtual friends who do not expect anything in return still read and comment on the posts... and you are one among :) :) :)
    Wishes.

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  37. And so are you Sathish . Thank you so much :)

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  38. Lovely!!! Hearty congrats, jayashree...keep writing and achieving higher milestones :-)

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  39. great post using real-world examples. Keep it up!

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  40. Hip hip Hurrah from my side too. 100th post, congrats and hugs.
    I hope I am one of those virtual friends you were talking about ;-)

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    1. Of course you are :) Hugs to you too Ghazala :)

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  41. Congrats on your first century! May you have many more of them. Happy writing :)

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  42. A century of posts.....now that calls for a party...at least a virtual party online.......and by the way, same pinch- i come from the DOS/Basic generation too...kids these days will laugh if we talk about how we used to boot from floppy discs....

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    1. Yeah! Virtual Party sounds great...:) Thanks Ganesh and same pinch ha ha...There was a time when mobile phones did not exist!! Unbelievable today!

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  43. A person essentially help to make seriously articles I might state. That is the very first time I frequented your web page and to this point? I surprised with the research you made to make this actual publish amazing. Fantastic job!

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  44. Congrats Jaish! :) Many more such milestones awaits your way!

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  45. Congratulations!! I totally agree about the thrill that writing a blog gives :)
    Wish you all the best for more such milestones

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  46. Ahhh… you brought back memories of those good old days. I still can’t forget sitting in the A/C computer room and waiting for my turn to write a BASIC program. And yeah… how can one forget the Fibonacci series and I have also wondered how easy it is to calculate the area of a triangle manually rather than debug the erroneous code for half an hour. Anyways.. I think our evolution has been quite significant and now the computer and the internet are integral parts of the life that we lead.

    I am really glad that I started to write and that has given me a lot of satisfaction and happiness but more than that it has given me wonderful friends like you. You are a wonderful writer and it is an absolute delight to read your stories and articles. Each one is unique and filled with a lot of heart and soul. So many of my days have been made by reading your posts. And wow… 100 posts already. You are simply rocking. That is super fast. Many many congratulations on your 100th post. I know it has to be a really special feeling. I have yet to experience it but I can feel your joy, happiness, pride and contentment. Keep writing many more and I will be looking forward to reading each and every one of your works.

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    1. I am also glad that you write Raj :) Your posts are so creative and I await them with a lot of eagerness. Thanks for all the support and I am sure that very soon you will hit a century as well :)

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  47. Congratulations on 100th post.
    I think computer education is same even now in scools.

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  48. Congrats Jaish.. 100 posts.. Is indeed a great achievement! Keep writing more and more. I look forward to read your 1000th post soon :)

    Someone is Special

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    1. Whoa ! The rest said about 200th post...You have gone way ahead buddy! Thanks :)

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  49. Woo hoo !! Congratulations girl ... I am so glad you started writing .. way to girl .. :)

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    1. Hi Sangeetha

      Thank you soooooooo much :D

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  50. That must a land mark (100 comments)
    And funnily enough, some of the comments are more interesting than the post (at times)
    What you said about the computers/ net / email is very true. Communication has grown so rapidly and it is so cheap when compared to the number of stamps you had to stick on a letter so that it will reach the other side of the globe.

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    1. Yeah !but when post first came into existence it would have been a boon for people to hear updates from their loved ones in their own writing !

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  51. Hi Jaishree, Congrats on a great milestone. you have written them all -- poetry, analysis, nostalgia and more while achieving this. Keep it up and keep smiling. Love your profile pic :)

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