pins & ashes

There are so many factors that affect the making of the blog post. Like the one I am writing now, you are reading at the moment took a lot of thought. A lot of thought and a lot of effort such that I slept off thinking about it the entire day …..and then all of a sudden this seemed to be the best thing to write about.. because it is ultimately about the festival of words, words meeting people, people meeting people, and then people meeting words all over again.. isn’t it not..

….write a post, somebody reads, somebody comments, and somebody writes again.. and in this way, some people actually meet outside the virtual word world which ceases to be virtual and the real anymore….many who are not embedded in this kind of virtuality never can comprehend our love and passion of each other 🙂

I was out there on the footpath more than a few years ago waiting for my first virtual friend, a blog friend, to turn up in front of a Ganesha temple somewhere in Sec’bad, If any of you know the map of Hyderabad it is a prominent landmark even the auto rickshaw drivers knew without asking for directions or giving the passenger a second quizzing glance…

That was my first ever blog meet …

and there a has been many more, many times over… 🙂

The fact that one writes in itself makes all of us a ‘hatke’ category because people who write, have a certain amount of observation skills, some amount of creativity, a lot of words inside us that are queuing behind every pore in our bodies to come out sometimes in a disciplined way, many times impatient…. blogs being our outbursts.. serious, trivial, lucid or fun or all the above.. or/and something else…

The first set of scenes in Karnad’s play Nagamandala comes to mind.. have you read it… anybody.. it is an experience, the Hindi film Paheli starring Sharukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee was loosely based on the play.. but the story of the wicks of the lamps I don’t think was portrayed visually by the team …..

Imagine this..  the many individual wicks which light the homes from dusk to night fall meet later in the temple outside the village to share the news of the families they are a part of, technically gossip 😛 😛 .. The very concept of shutting out light but in fact the light transforming into another form, the form of darkness… while the energy behind the  light travels to the temple to meet their friends.. to chit chat.. just keep your imagination running to take in the scene… the night life of the wicks and flames’ groups of little flames, flames from the candles, the oil lamps, the kerosene watch lights walking, strolling from the different corners of the village to a meeting ..

Likewise, we come from different places, view points, occupations and preoccupations to connect here… to read, like, comment, reply, meet…. we meet on most days herr, … we may eventually meet in person someday.. blog meets take place often..after which the blogs become an excuse to dial a number, talk, chat, pen letters, send goodies or just post, participate in prompts … or make noise in secret group 🙂 😉 


words meeting people,

people meeting people,

people meeting words..

and the journey continues…

My festival of words begins here..


Welcome to Pins & Ashes. Vaayadi Pennu when translated into English means the chatter box of a girl. This  Aquarian Pennu (girl) is as crazy and creative as it gets, she talks and writes a ton when in the mood, if not you’ll not know she exists.. 🙂




57 thoughts on “pins & ashes”

  1. Hey. I’m glad I stumbled upon your page. We seem to be having similar trajectories. I too had a blog called ‘chowmiaow” which in Marathi means little things to nibble on but my daughters thought it sounded more like a dog food company! So obviously I had to change it and now I blog at Mumbaionahigh, NappyTalesandMe and of course my food blog

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  2. Hey ashu, came here just today…. rather my cursor bumped on it and I clicked open when I saw ‘about’….. wondered for a sec how I hadn’t noticed it before, but then I’ve never looked for it either before… …was happy seeing and knowing you through your regular posts! The natural that you are I love your profound expressions…… someone with loads of loads of thoughts and words, uninhibited to display the same on board…. And about this ‘about’ page, gotta read ‘Nagamandala’ soon ……you’ve triggered interests, but I’ve gotta wait till Nov!


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