Thursday, May 30, 2013

And then it turned two...

Time is making fools of us again. ~ J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter authoress.

Officially April 12, 2011 is the birth date of this blog. But forgive me for being so late in writing the birthday post. Since last birthday, there are total of 13 posts that appeared during the last 13 months. But 3 of those were older posts which I posted again for one or another reason. So, effectively the past year had been quite dormant. And there were some compelling reasons for it to be so. Foremost of which is that it was my last year in PhD and I was (or showing to be) concentrating on my research and dissertation. That thing lasted almost to the end of 2012.

 
Time Flies by without us realizing...
Another important factor is the unbelievably torturous frequency of announced and unannounced power break downs. Yes there is this country in the 21st century world having population of 200 million souls, the declared 7th nuclear power and yet remains without electricity for as long as 20 hours a day!

The third problem was that I was in a far off place in my hometown and had very little, if any, access to the internet. The time it takes a webpage to load on our dial-up connection is more than enough for a Sherpa to climb Mt. Everest twice! And that is exactly the reason for the worst traffic jam there at the top of the mountain. As more people were tortured by their slow internet connections so much so that they wanted to jump from the top of the tallest mountain in the world.

The fourth reason is that my whisperer-in-chief, Fatima, did not put any ideas into my head this year as like all PhD students, she was having some unforeseen but inevitable problems of her own.

As a birthday gift, the free visitor’s counter has been discontinued by the company! After all nothing is free in this world. But the last time I checked, there were visitors from some 150 countries and 48000 page views as I write this.

As now all of you have been acquainted with the problems, nay issues as there are no problems in academia but challenges or issues at most, of blogging this year, you can understand why I was not able to read or comment on your blogs.

If I were on payroll of some publisher, I would have long been fired from my job. Hopefully this is my last post before my PhD. Anyways I shall try my best to regularly post on the blog again. I do have more than a dozen unfinished drafts as well as incomplete stories on my dashboard. For now, my personal favourite post in the last one year is this one.

49 comments:

  1. So Good to see you back again. :)

    Happy birthday to your blog!!May it grow well & gain Regular readers.

    You were missed. :)

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    1. thank you very much sunakshi :) i wish you and your blog the same :) have a wonderful weekend :)

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  2. Over the moon to see you back again!
    Happy Birthday Blog - belated as it maybe - and can't wait for more posts.
    You were indeed missed.

    Anna :o]

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    1. now you can come back to earth :) somehow ideas dont pop up in my mind as frequently as when i started..hopefully i get back to regular blogging soon :) have a nice weekend :)

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  3. Congrats, Israar, and Happy Belated Birthday to your blog!
    Will wait patiently for your posts.
    All the best to you! :)

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    1. thank you poetess :) a belated reply :P have a nice weekend :)

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  5. - apparently "birthday" is a wrong term for a blog. it takes two to tango... :-P
    happy blog-day bloggie :-D

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    1. hahaha.. hahahaha... wese there are 3 authors of this blog... but if you wish call it blog day :P have a nice weekend :)

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  6. Well, it's good to know you're alive ^_^ I await the more regular blogging days (:

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    1. i too want to blog regularly..i miss all the fun of reading and commenting on other blogs :( and yes i am alive :) have a nice weekend :)

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  7. Congrats on your blog and your anniversary. Late doesn't matter. Would be good to see/hear more from you.

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    1. thank you sir :) your comments are always a source of inspiration :) have a nice weekend

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  8. Blogging waxes and wanes, and life has a way of intervening. It's okay, you';; write when you have the time and inclination. Good luck with finishing up your Ph.D. I remember well what a huge relief it was for me!

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    1. hahah you aptly put it... but i dont know whether this blog is waxing or waning..lets hope for the better :) relief is an understatement :) have a nice weekend

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  9. Slow internet alone is enough of a reason! but the PhD comes first. Good luck in getting it finished successfully! Things come and go but your blog will surely be with us for a long time yet! :)

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    1. very well said... thank you for your patience :) i hope for the better :) have a nice weekend :)

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  10. I have missed you very much! Your explanations more than cover the reasons for going missing from your blog. A dial-up connection......I honestly do not think I would have the patience for that anymore. What a fascinating post to describe the challenges (beyond a PhD dissertation!!!) that you have faced in the last year. I will be thinking of you as you complete your PhD and even send some early congratulations because I know you will do it! :)

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    1. thank you very much Lydia :) yes I have completed my PhD now :) and yes it is unthinkable but when there is no alternative one has to use a dial-up :) wish to see more of you here :) have a nice weekend :)

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  11. Welcome Back...
    missed your fun posts.. :)
    eager to read again..

    that Sherpa joke had me laughed like hell :D
    Congratulations for PhD and the blog anniversary..

    tckr !!

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    1. thank you very much jyoti :) now i have to write regularly :)
      thank you once again for your wishing for my phd :) wish to see more comments from you on this blog :) have a nice weekend :)

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    1. thank you philo :) have a nice weekend :)

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  13. One of the best blogs ive seen so far.
    Many many congratulations on making it so popular and successful.
    Best wishes.





    p.s so good to see you back too! :D

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    1. thank you very much for reading and liking :) i wish you become a regular reader :) wese i have not seen you lately? are you alright?

      have a nice weekend :)

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  14. Personally I loved your eidhi post. Well that was only one of the many genres that you write. But that was inspirational.

    And the rest of them all are great in their own way, wesay.

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    1. thank you for your wishes and reading all my posts... yes I liked that very much but technically i had written and posted that one earlier and this year it was only a repeat so therefore I did not count that one :) have a nice weekend :)

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  15. Great post :)
    Wanna follow each other?
    Summer giveaway on my blog, check it out :)

    xx Sofie

    Your Princess is in Another Castle

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    1. i think i am already following you no? thank you for your wishes :)

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  16. Your combinations of reasons are justifiable :) Happy to get you back Israr:) Happy blogging again:)

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    1. thank you very much nasnin :) i am glad you read it :) have anice weekend...

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  17. My comment got disappeared here :P

    I wrote something like "Your combinations of reasons are justifiable. Happy to get you back Israr :) Happy blogging again :)" :P

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    1. oh.. i am sorry but i had to turn on the moderation because there were too much robots/SPAMs and i was tired of deleting all of these so i had to moderate... i hope your comment is online :)

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  18. Ooops!!! "Comment went for approval" :P I didn't noticed it :) he he :)

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  19. happy anniversary! *late greeting*
    hehehehe

    as long as you come back and post
    Good luck on your PhD

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    1. thank you for your wishes :) and i guess i am replying very late? :P thank your for your wishes for my PhD and I finally did it :) have a nice weekend :)

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  20. oh man,,,Its really nice to see ur blog after so long,,,I wish to see ur brainy analysis on many issues soon... and one thing from the blog,,, I really wish we could have just 20 million souls in Pakistan ;) and me and you would live like the Arabian Kafeel ;) hahahaha

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    1. thank you adian.. you are one of the very first few readers of my blogger and infact you are a senior blogger so it is a compliment from you :) i wish i could write more about the current affairs but i dont want to :) hahaha...yes arbain kafeel....hahahah... one can wish..have a nice weekend :)

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  21. Happy late anniversary lol you have a great sense of humour.
    I so enjoyed reading your post Hope I can come back one day for more

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    1. thank you marja :) i am glad you liked whatever i wrote :) and i think i am replying very late? or is it? :P
      have a nice weekend...

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  22. Dear Israr,
    Belated congratulations on your Blogoversary! I see that time (and age) have not dampened your wit or sense of humor! (lol) I can see why the "Fashion Guru" post was your favorite too...you looked pretty dapper even if I might say so myself! ;-)

    Thanks for the visit. It was nice to hear from you. I've been absent from blogging and social networking myself to concentrate on more pressing matters. I still write & post, just not as frequently as before. I hope all is well with you and your studies. Wishing you a wonderful weekend & thanks again!

    Thoughts Of Beauty In The Stillness Of Dawn...

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    1. thank you very much Andy :) hahah i am not that much aged :P but with time things certainly change but i hope it is only for the positive :) and i dont know where have you gone? i dont see much of your writings/comments on blogger? hope you get back soon... thank you for your good wishes as now i have finished my phd :) have a nice weekend...

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  23. Hope you write more now that you are finished :-)

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    1. hahaha..how can i write if i am finished? :P thank you for your wishes :) have a nice weekend :)

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  24. Good to have you back :)
    Take care!

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    1. thank you margie... i wish i get back soon :) have a nice weekend :)

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  25. awesome post! hoping for the best with that dissertation and i'll be one of your loyal followers waiting until you get your PhD. : )

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    1. thank you for your wishes.. :) I got my PhD :) and i have written a post on that as well :) have a nice weekend

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