Celebrating A Year Of Writing by Subhadra Jayaraman

The story began with a virus, a budding idea, and three women in the same boat. The virus was the cause, the demon that set the stage. Entrapment within our four walls, an existence we were forced into because of the raging pandemic, was the driving force. The idea was like Gandalf or perhaps, Dumbledore – always there, ready to be realized, but could only be used to its full potential because of the newfound dire situation. And the three women, well – let’s call them the protagonists of this story for now. They were the ones doing all the work – dealing with the virus, developing the idea, and bringing it out to the world.

We all have whimsical wishes – to be a guitarist, a video game tester (oh what a life that would be!), to be a judge on Masterchef (bliss!), to be featured on the cover of Time, to be an artist, an arctic explorer, an award-winning actor, or perhaps a writer? One year ago, the trifling wish we had was to write and make our writing reach people – to start a blog. We wrote for ourselves as much as we did for others. In the process, we learnt more about blogging, writing, maintaining, and more importantly, a lot more about each other. We could portray in writing, what we couldn’t just by musing or having conversations. We learnt the power of collaboration, sharing ideas, sharing efforts, and sharing the benefits. The women were having a gorgeous time, indeed!

Now, it is the circumstances and the society that make or break an invention, a thought, or a concept. In 1925, when John Logie Baird, a Scottish inventor publicly demonstrated the use of a television, he was pooh-poohed off by the radio pioneers, and even 20 years later, film producer Darryl Zanuck proclaimed that ‘people would soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night’. Today, more than 1.7 billion households in the world have at least one TV, and on average an adult in America spends more than 4 hours a day watching TV. This same story applies in different forms to many other theories and inventions including the light bulb, automobiles, the telephone, and aircrafts. When there is an idea and it is materialized, it is not the inventors or the ideas that hold power, it is the users.

Coming back to our story, there was an important element I saved for the end, one that made the story complete – the readers. While the virus pushed, the idea propelled, and the women drove, it was ultimately the readers that made this blog move, accelerate, and maintain a smooth, noiseless pace. It would not be far-fetched to say that the readers are the real protagonists. Thank you for reading and thank you for starring in our story! 🙂 

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