Tuesday, June 04, 2013

10 Years of Sunny Days (and Starry Nights)

Yesterday was a very special birthday, one that I'd looked forward to for many months. When the day dawned I was surprisingly relaxed about it, though. I gave myself a day out of time, followed no schedules or pre-arranged plans, and spent a lot of one-on-one time with first my son and then my husband. Rahul and I did some fun maths and chatted while I crocheted (my new hobby) and he played with his Hot Wheels. Vicky and I spent several hours watching episodes of Lone Wolf & Cub. As a celebration it was perfect -- relaxed and peaceful.

Ten years and a day ago I wrote this post, my first ever. I was 20 and had just applied to TISS (I did get through despite my misgivings) and was spending a few days with my father's friends at IIT Powai. I had appropriated my hosts' son's room and computer and read my first ever Don Camillo. I did go shopping that day and my wardrobe still houses a thin belt of brown and white leather flowers I bought then. Just thinking about that time makes me smile. It was a good time.

I returned to JU for my Masters instead of taking up that place at TISS and it's at this crucial point in my life that I began writing this blog. All that I have in my life today -- my family relationships, my marriage, my friends, my child -- would have necessarily been entirely different if I had chosen Bombay instead of Calcutta.

Perhaps, in some alternate universe, some other me is writing another version of Sunny Days describing her life from Bombay onwards. In this life though, you and I have been connected through my writing for a long time now and it's a great time to stop and say hello. Tell me who you are, what you like to do.

And wish my grown up blog a very happy birthday.


R's Mom said...

Ten years..gosh thats a long long time of blogging..awesome..wishing you and the blog a very happy belated birthday...hope to see years of more wonderful writing :)

MRC said...

Happy Birthday Sunny Days !

You know, every time I read your blog, I remember my first getting friendly conversation with Sonali, and how the world is a small place indeed!

Priyanka S said...

Happy birthday! I probably started reading your blog round about your fifth birthday and would like to say that it's been a pleasure to celebrate your ten year blogging anniversary with you (ten years - wow!) I have often been a lurker (guilty as charged!) but would like to say that have always appreciated the honesty and eloquence in which you write about yourself and the many shades of life.

Look forward to another ten more years!

SM said...

Many Happy Returns of your blog birthday!! Ten years! The blog is a big girl now :) Havent delurked many times by way of comments, but have truly enjoyed your writing and many posts have been thought provoking..I continue to refer your blog for the madisaar kattu and the inputs that you gave when I asked for places to visit in Calcutta was very useful. Thanks for that again..Cant wait to see the Sunny days grown into a teen and an adult :)

mim said...

and good you are keeping it on...

keep walking, sue

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Anonymous said...

I've been reading your blog since 2006, I think. Your life, as reflected through your posts, struck a chord with my own, and that is part of the reason why I kept coming back to it. Also, that the posts recording the happenings of a day or a week, were very soothing, especially if your own life were topsy turvy at the time. Not to mention that I started reading Questionable Content after coming across it over here for the first time.

Much love.

Sue said...

R's Mom -- Thanks. And the same to you too -- I hope to see years of more wonderful writing from you as well!

MRC -- LOL, yes it's awfully small.

Priyanka -- Thanks. I have no problems with lurkers (some of my best friends are lurkers) but I like to say hello to people now and then. Hello!

SM -- Somebody else said that, about me blogging for ten more years, and I have no idea if that will happen but nor can I imagine life without Sunny Days, so there you go.

MiM -- And you, dear Maid. You blog far more regularly than I do, I know.

IndianTopBlogs -- Thanks. My email id is in my profile writeup.

Romila -- You know, I seem to have introduced quite a few people to QC. Have you read Lone Wolf and Cub? If not, I included a link to online versions in the last post. Check it out.

Anonymous said...

Congrats about running a blog for a decade; its certainly a feat. Thanks for referencing the Don Camillo series; I have enjoyed reading it after learning of it from your post.

OrangeJammies said...

Happy, happy, HAPPY birthday, Sunny!

And Sue, congratulations, 10 years is an achievement worth tooting a really loud horn about. :) I don't know anyone who's blogged for 10 years...you're a pioneer!

Love and hugs. <3

30in2005 said...

10 years is an audible footprint in the blogosphere. Commendable and certainly celebration worthy!

To the next ten...

palsworld said...

Congratulations and Celebrations! You have been blogging for 10 whole years - that is an awesome achievement. I love your blog for its sincerity and your ability to discuss varied topics ranging from Rahul to Calcutta to women's rights.

Belated Happy Birthday and best wishes for the future :)

Thinking Cramps said...

Wow! Congratulations on 10 very special years on the www :) Your blog is one of the few I visit very often, and seeing a new post makes me feel much as I do when I eye a bar of dark chocolate!

Anonymous said...

Wow! So proud of you Sue. I think I began reading your blog a looonng time ago or perhaps it just feels that way and was so sucked into it that I sat one night all thru and read all of your past posts. And then on never stopped looking every couple days whether you had one or not up. I think it's the sheer and raw honesty of your posts that drew me in not to mention you have a special way of putting things across awed me when I came to know how young you were. It seemed strange to me that you'd had so many life experiences at such a young age and then I sort of envied you for having them because I saw how they fed into your writing and perspectives:-)
I think what I miss now on your blog are the longer slice of life posts you once wrote and perhaps thats a good thing- you have many and varied things to do and then write here. Not to mention a son that reminds me of my own:-)

Keep on writing though, you have a gift. A rather rare and special one.


Sue said...

Anon -- I'm so glad to hear that. It's a great pity the books are out of print.

Jammie -- <>

30in2005 -- Thanks. It's good to see you sticking around too.

Pallavi -- Thank you :)

Ana -- Now that's a compliment I'll treasure. Remind me to thank you with dark chocolate when next we meet.

Deepa -- No, you're right, I miss those posts too. I plan them still, but rarely get around to actually writing them. I'm too lazy for my own liking!