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Tilak Rishi, born in India, has been working as a career corporate executive, after doing his MBA. Passionately pursuing his hobby for writing, he also remained a regular contributor to newspapers in India and the U.S. Many true happenings and characters he came across in life, including interaction with former president Bill Clinton, inspired Paradise Lost and Found, his first novel. A family saga, it starts from Kashmir, when this paradise on earth is lost for the tourists who thronged in thousands every year to enjoy its scenic splendor. Terrorists have turned it into one of the most dangerous places in the world. The family is not only a witness to the loss of this paradise, but also to another tragedy of much bigger magnitude. In the aftermath of the partition of India, along with millions uprooted from their homes in Pakistan, the family leaves behind all that it has in Lahore. Starting from a scratch on the difficult path to progress, it still has many joyful moments when along the way it makes a difference in many a life. The survival-to-success story climaxes in California where the family finds the paradise that was lost in Kashmir.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

1000 Bows For 1000 Blogs!

Dear Amitji,

Thank you so much for your wonderful 1000 blogs in 1000 days on www.bigb.bigadda.com. Blogs which have been a remarkable resource of new ideas to your regular readers and fans, honored to be addressed by you as your Extended Family. You have proved Weblogs have a place in society that's as strong as their place in decentralizing news gathering and reporting. And there's more. All you are doing is lowering the barrier, making it easier to get in. That's a big deal of course, because every year, and each time through the loop, it's bigger, and it gets easier. You, I have felt, place no restrictions on the form of content being posted. It can be anything: a passing thought, an extended essay, a quick reflection on some subject or another, or a rare childhood recollection. Everyone could publish, a thousand voices could flourish, communicate, connect, nothing less than an outbreak of self-expression. Each is evidence of a staggering shift from an age of carefully controlled information provided by sanctioned authorities, to an unprecedented opportunity for individual expression on a worldwide scale.

Your readers, by virtue of simply writing down whatever is on their mind, are confronted with their own thoughts and opinions. Commenting often, they become more confident writers. A community of people has sprung up around the public record of their thoughts. Being met with friendly voices, they gain more confidence in their view of the world; they begin to experiment with longer forms of writing. As they enunciate their opinions daily, this new awareness of their inner life may develop into a trust in their own perspective. Accustomed to expressing their thoughts, they are able to more fully articulate their opinions to themselves and others. They remember an incident from their own childhood when you relate a memory. They click back and forth between blogs and analyze each reader's point of view in a multi-blog conversation, and form their own conclusions on the matter at hand. Doing this, they begin a similar journey of self-discovery and intellectual self-reliance. The beauty of your blog is that while you have done a bit of work many people contributed useful comments and links which greatly increases the value. I thank all who have commented and contributed. It was always an exciting moment for me whenever I read your real life experiences and thought-provoking comments. Thanks everyone!

Oh, well when people say your blogs changed their lives – they are absolutely right! Your site has been both a practical and inspirational tool for them. It has been one amazing…really amazing experience with your readers! Blog grown from nowhere to quite impressive size in 1000 days! It has been a lot of work and a lot of fun. We enjoy reading and writing. Personally, I may have relatively less time to spend on the blog. But for me, the spirit of helping people and to enjoy life by seeing people benefit from this site are the very core enjoyment I have in my life. It is part of my value and my life. You are indeed my mentor in my own blog writings and I'm ever thankful for the 10 most important lessons that I have learned from your blogs:

1. Blogging is not ‘writing a blog’. Blogging is linking and commenting. Any writing is a bonus.
2. Regular posting is important…
3. But quality posting is even more important.
4. First knowledge, then analysis, then ideas.
5. A picture is worth a thousand words.
6. The best reason to blog is not to show everyone else what you know, but to find out what everyone else knows
7. A blog doesn’t open doors for you, it just gives you the idea to try knocking.
8. Do what you do best and link to the rest.
9. Leave posts open ended if you want people to comment.
10. Blogs are far more ethnically representative than mainstream media.

Staying consistent enough for 1000 posts and over 3 years worth of info is an accomplishment when most others, especially from your fraternity, are quick to drop out if results and response aren't immediate. This is an impressive feat and more importantly, you have provided an incredibly valuable service to all of us with class and integrity. You should be extremely proud. And we too are proud to be part of it. While looking forward to your next 1000 posts, we applaud you with 1000 bows for 1000 blogs.

Regards

Tilak Rishi