My society WhatsApp group has been very active recently. There was an unusual sense of unity during the first month of the lock down. I am not complaining. I think that when there are more than four people in a group, you tend to get into some form of argument or discussion on any topic. That by itself is not bad. But, sometimes depending on your mood and depending on who is discussing in the group you tend to get irritated and explore that mute setting you have forgotten about. The first few days people were united by the fear of unknown. Then they remained united to make concrete decisions. And then, the frustration of the lock down seeped in and the debates about allowing the maids/servants started. Good and bad come out of the WhatsApp groups. Sometimes you also learn new things like I did last week.
Before the lockdown, I had the habit of going for a morning walk every day. Most of the days when I return I used to cross the same guy from the different floor on the same building. We just used to exchange some smiles and a little nod and move on. Neither I am a “social” person by today’s standards nor he looked like one. It has been like that for about 3 years now. He is an ordinary-looking simple guy going about his work. Probably, he is thinking the same about me.
In the WhatsApp group, amidst the heated discussions, people also share their artworks. One person posted a musical video edited by someone named Sreekanth. This immediately caught my attention because it was about the place Sri Rangam where I stayed for 3 years during my undergraduate days. Sri Rangam is known for its Lord Renganatha Temple which is thronged by devotees all time of the year. I spent 3 years right next to the temple taking part in all the Utsav. I enjoyed those three years because of the temple, the friends I had and the stupid things we used to do. This video coupled with the beautiful yet modern rendition of a classical song about the place brought back so many of my memories. Oh, how I miss this place! He had made and edited this video using his iPhone and all the pictures were taken by him in the span of 5 years. I thanked the group and the person replied to me separately that it was good to know that I have stayed in that place. I looked at the profile picture and voila – It was the same person who I used to just smile and nod at for three years. It’s a small world, isn’t it?
The other thing that I learnt the same week was that this person is a gourmet food and wine aficionado and he has his own blog filled with recipes. And to top it all, he has published three Apple books with his recipes. According to his site, he releases an iBook every year on World Health Day, 07 April (another information I learned). Here is the link to his site. Please do visit and enjoy the recipes. No, he didn’t pay me. He doesn’t know that my blog exists.
People are quite interesting and they have many hobbies on the side, don’t they? Many times we don’t know anything about our neighbours and one day when we learn something about them, we are amazed. As I think about it, except a few of my colleagues (ex and present) not many people know that I blog. Some people know that I blog but they don’t have the link to my blog. My family has never read anything here. It’s also partly convenient when you don’t have too much of an audience who you know personally – You can write freely whatever you want to without having the fear of being judged based on your hobby. Someday someone will find my link by chance and I hope, if not amazed, at least they will be amused.
What about you? Do your near and dears follow your blog? Do you have any hobby that not many people know about?