1 week and 5 days = time since my last post...at least 1 week will = time until my next post...for I'm going to Mali for a week tomorrow, and I don't expect to be even checking my email while I'm there let alone posting anything on the blog. Since its a work-related travel and not a holiday, I won't be going anywhere other than the capital city Bamako. Everybody thinks of Timbuktu when they think of Mali, and I am no different. However, due to the nature of my trip this time, I won't be able to go to Timbuktu unfortunately.
Anyway, although its been long since I posted anything here, I have in fact been writing, offline of course, for the last couple of weeks. Mainly because most of those writings have been incoherent thoughts, and I didn't want to spend too much time turning them into coherent (and concise) blog entries. And also because a lot of them are very personal, which I didn't feel ready to post publicly, although the boundaries have been moving a lot more inwards lately. I am actually thinking of giving some shape (perhaps in the form of a long story or a novelette) to those thoughts and post it here when I can devote some quality time on such an endeavour. However, judging by the amount of other things that have been lining up on my "to do list", it will be quite a while before I can work on my "non-academic" writings!
By the way, I heard on the radio the other day that the number of blogs that are "dying out" each day number to millions now, as only the "real" bloggers stick to their regular blogging, and all others who got into the blogging phenomena (bandwagon?) because "everybody else was doing it" are now starting to give up. Well, I don't know which group I belong to really - I started blogging in 2002 but don't really consider myself a "real" blogger for I am not as "dedicated" to blogging as "real" bloggers are. Moreover, I am been blogging on and off, sometimes taking a break of nearly a year. But I do think I don't count among those who are "dying out", so that has to be a relief at least!
Well, that's all for this instalment's mindless musings...I don't want to talk about depressing political guffs from home and abroad, about which I could go on and on for a while; but as you probably have noticed lately I have left political commentary to the "real political commentators"...Lets see how much longer I can abstain from so doing!!!
I leave with this gazal by Bashir Badr, sung by Jagjit Singh (Album: Vision) that is currently playing on my iTunes...enjoy...
सर झुकावोगे तो पत्थर देवता हो जाएगा
इतना मत चाहो उसे वो बेवफा हो जाएगा
हम भी दरिया हैँ हमें अपना हुनर मालूम हे
जिस तरफ भी चल पडेंगे रास्ता हो जाएगा
मैँ खुदा का नाम लेकर पी रहा हूँ दोस्तोँ
जहर भी इसमे अगर होगा दवा हो जाएगा
रुठ जाना तो मोहब्बत की अलामत हे मगर
क्या खबर थी मुझसे वो इतना खफा हो जाएगा
सर झुकावोगे तो...