Yesterday I visited the blog of Ahmad Saidullah, from Hamilton, Canada, after receiving his invitation. Being a lover of literature, that was a most delightful experience.
As I was responding to him by e-mail, telling him something about myself and my work, and providing URL links to some of my articles and related information, it struck me that blogging was just like this.
We learn from and are formed by the internet, we contribute to the internet, we engage in relationships through the internet... Virtuality and reality enmesh.
Since early 2005, I have had a wonderful friendship with Dr Mrinal Bose, a physician and writer who lives in Sodepur (a suburb north of Calcutta). We became acquainted through the internet. We did meet as well, thrice so far. And thanks to him, since late last year I have been reading and translating the short stories of the Bengali writer Subimal Misra. (A couple of the translated stories were published in Hackwriters.com recently, and one of the readers, Mr IK Shukla, from USA, sent the link to Ahmad Saidullah and then forwarded his comment to me. Ahmad has been extremely generous in reading through my stories and giving detailed suggestions for corrections.) In April, Mrinal sent me the manuscript of his first novel, which he completed in 2001. I have been editing that.
We exchange e-mails regularly, mostly serious and reflective, with our dialogue touching on diverse subjects concerning us. This morning I received a mail from him, where he wrote about Haruki Murakami. In my reply to him I copied a poem I had written some years ago. Once again it struck me that I could be doing such things on a blog.
Yesterday I also heard from my friend Lou Gelehrter, who lives and works in Jerusalem and Bucharest. He sent me his blog link. With everybody blogging, it was time for me to start!
So I googled "how to do a blog site", and soon after, this first post. So here goes!
Photo: Jean Cassagne