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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.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Bow To Big B On Completing 3000 Blogs in 3000 Days!

Dear Amitji,

On behalf of all of us here on this pious and prestigious platform, you're very dear Ef, heartiest greeting and congratulations on the eve of your completing 3000 Blogs in 3000 DAYS - the great feat no one from your fraternity can even imagine to achieve. This amazing success, indeed, makes us feel all the more  sentimental and proud, as we have been part of your posts DAY after DAY, continuously and keenly awaiting for it every day to appear on our screen, so that we can  rush our response to be No.1 to post your comment on the Blog of the DAY. It’s like coming on top of our class during school days when all other classmates would congratulate us for our outstanding achievement. The contents of the comment did not matter for the one standing first, it could be as simple as “Hello Amitji” or adding to it “I love you”, as attempting any further addition of words could deprive the coveted top position which so many others must be trying to deserve by hurrying their “Hello” the same moment. Wow, what a unique way of  expressing  our unlimited love for you right in the beginning to read the DAY’s Blog. But that is only the beginning. As you proceed further on the post, the overflowing love for you is clearly visible in every comment, so much so that sometimes the Ef cannot hide their anger on anyone amongst us who is seen as not so respectful to you in his/her response as should have been. A recent example of it was when our very dear Arshad Khan, who in no way loves you less than any of us, as is apparent day after day from his comments full of love and admiration for you, inadvertently compared you to his favorite leader in the current ongoing campaign for the U.S. election, who is not favorite of most others amongst the Ef, being infamous for his vibes against women, latinos, immigrants and so many others. OMG, what an outburst of anger against Arshad Bhai on the post that day, beginning with a very angry response from Jasmine Jaywant and rejoinders from so many more. The tempers came down only when Arshad Khan explained that he was only comparing  the leader with you for his outstanding quality in pulling crowds and otherwise that leader was nowhere near your great humane qualities. The whole episode shows how much we all love and respect you and how far we can go in our dedication to protect your honor when there seems an even an iota of disrespect from anyone of us, not to speak of outsiders.  
The outsiders, especially of the media, are most perplexed by this bondage between you and us on the Blog posts, and often ask you how so much love and affection is possible, especially on your part, for us, the Ef, and are speechless on hearing your blunt answer:   

“Well frankly I care a damn how .. I only know that it cares for all those that give concentration and contribution and love and affection and heart to this here, this page this empty whiteness, filling it with the colors of dedication and togetherness ….they are my “extended family”. They confide in me. They show affection and concern. They get upset at times and reprimand me. They share their dreams and ambitions with me… they miss me when I am not there on time. Are not all these wonderfully domesticated attributes? They enrich my life by their honesty and frankness. By pulling me out of my closet at times and showing me a mirror. By critically analysing events and moments. By educating me on my faults.”

Sir, thank you so much for your wonderful words of appreciation and affection for us, so obvious in your above answer but also expressed by you almost every day in one form or another in your unprecedented  3000 blogs in 3000 days.  Blogs which have been a remarkable resource of new ideas and energy to us on expressing a passing thought, an extended essay, a quick reflection on some subject or another, or a rare childhood recollection.
The following excerpt from your post sums up your motivation to keep moving on the blogging path for as long as possible:
"The joy of connecting with my friends and well wishers even at the late hour of 3 a.m. is worth.... Once you start you never want to stop."

We too would never want you to stop blogging. May God bless you a long healthy life to keep connected with us as you have been during your 3000 Blogs in 3000 DAYS!

With regards and best wishes from all of us

Tilak Rishi