Wednesday, March 18, 2009


I discovered Frankie Anon's blog, Object Wisdom, quite by accident. A bloghopping binge, incessant clicking, blog after blog, post after post, and then suddenly, one lovely vignette of a great aunt and uncle transplanted from America's hinterland into the Sri Lanka of the 50s and 60s. The part about the bhikku delighting in the forbidden taste of sugar at her grand aunt's dinner table was mesmerizing. I was hooked.

Frankie has stories, the kind I like to read. And she has the wonderful ability to tell them in a way that is objective and loving at the same time.

So I was (and still am!) thrilled that she thought to pass on the Sisterhood Award to me along with four other bloggers. Thank you Frankie!

The award, though, comes with a catch - I must pass it on to five other women bloggers. A catch I'm only too happy to fulfill! So here goes.

Ra - Is a thinker. I admire her passion for social issues and her commitment to righting the wrongs she sees around her on a daily basis. If there were more Ras in this world, we could all rest a little easier. I only wish she would write more!

Curiously Strong - Writes about a wide range of topics, some will throw you for a loop, some will make you nod in recognition. A blogger with incredible heart and love of life. I wish some of that would rub off on me!

Winkie's Way - Mostly writes about the adventures of the growing-up years of her two darling boys. Her posts are bathed in spirituality and have the ability to make you feel connected to her, her boys, and no matter what your belief or faith, to the grand scheme of things.

ChoxBox - Chox and I have such a similar outlook on things - the stuff we do with our kids, our ideas on schooling, on how social issues affect our kids. It's great to be able to read her thoughts.

Last, but not least, Nino's Mum - No matter if she's writing about something very personal or about the goings-on around her, Nino's Mum's writing has that wonderful lyrical quality and a depth of feeling. I know I could never write like that, but it's just lovely to be able to read someone who does it so well.

I am the luckier for having these kindred spirits (and you too Frankie) in my circle. I know I've said this before but I don't mind repeating it - we have all had such different lives, growing up far away from each other in diverse cultures, but it is just so amazing that we recognize so much of ourselves in the other. At the end of the day it's a powerful feeling to know that we're all in the same boat, that none of us is alone. And for that I'm grateful. Thank you.

If you have a few minutes to pass the thought along, here's how to do it:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 5 blogs which show great ATTITUDE and/or GRATITUDE.
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link this post to the person from whom you received your award.


Tharini said...

Suj! Coming from you, this means the world to me. Grateful!...and fully requited! :)

Will pass on the love..tho you already named some of the people I would have chosen! ;)

Sylvia K said...

It is amazing isn't it how we have all found so many like minds and hearts in this world today? I feel that "my world" has been greatly expanded and I look forward every day to finding more, learning more, enjoying more from all of you. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Suj, how extraordinarily sweet and kind. Thank you. Am overwhelmed and feel very humbled. As for righting what I think is wrong, I seem to be a spetacular failure even at efforts towards that, but thanks anyway. And I will write more (when have I said that before ? :(). Have a lot going on at the moment (non-blog writing) and trying to balance it all out! All the same, it's very flattering that you want me to write. I am very happy reading you :) and shall get very worried if YOU stop.

Anonymous said...

this seems to be interesting...wil check out frankie's blog. thanks:)

Frankie Anon said...

Sujatha, your kind words both make me blush and make me want to live up to them! It has been such an unexpected pleasure to find so many unique, gifted voices out there, jewels hiding among all the celebrity mania and other nonsense on the internet. I'll delve into the blogs you mention, because I know if you recommend them, they must be wonderful.

Altoid said...

Suj :-)

Thank you for the kind just made my day and week and month and all the times I have wondered if there was point to my writing :).

Now, to spread the love!

Have a nice day!

Choxbox said...

Thanks Suj. Much honoured!

Ardra said...

Suja, I've found my way into many delightful blogs through such tags...aha, the prospect of exploring more excites me...

Nino's Mum said...

Like T said, coming from you, this means the world to me. And who are you kidding about me being a better writer?
Thank you so much Suj, if you were here right now, I'd give you a bone-crushing hug. and one wet sloppy grateful kiss, Nino style.

Sujatha Bagal said...

@ all you nominees and Frankie, quit blushing and start writing! :D Y'all deserve all this and much more!

@ Ardra, it's so cool you call me Suja! :) Thanks! A friend in college used to call me that and only the husband does that now.

@ Sylvia, agree, 100%!

@ NM, enjoy!

@ Debbie, thank you!

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Ardra said...

Suja (shall I continue calling you that?)!
Actually, my instinct had been to address you as Suja from the 2nd or 3rd comment on our posts- and I would consciously change it to Sujatha- thinking that perhaps I shouldn't- this time, I forgot to change it :-D it just flowed out of my mind- onto your post through my fingers...

Sujatha Bagal said...

Ardra, of course!