Monday, 16 February 2015

I CELEBRATE BIRTHDAYS TOO !!


I am not particularly good at remembering names and dates. When I meet someone for the very first time, I skip the usual “what is your name?” question and directly jump in to enquiring about the place they belong to or their thoughts on mint chocolate ice-cream. I am also bad at remembering dates and if you have known me for a while, you would know how I have never wished you on your birthday or the fact that I didn’t give a call congratulating you for getting married until you returned from your honeymoon in Bali. Even if I have surprised you by wishing you on time, you are just plain sure that it was because of the Facebook reminder. Actually it would be justified to state that I have never cared enough to remember milestones, including mine.

Today is my blog’s 4th birthday and this is a scheduled post written a week back because I am sure I will forget about it. Now since I have established the fact that names do not matter to me, I had kept this blog anonymous but never letting that filter out the content that goes on it. If you have been reading me from the beginning, you have pretty much figured me out or at least the kind of person I am. I like being anonymous, not because it helps me write better or because I am scared of being judged, but because this works for me. I am anonymous because I am not a writer and I don’t intend to publish a book. This is just a blog and I am just a blogger. Plus, I find a little bit of mystery, attractive.

There is no story behind this blog being named ‘THE RED HANDED BLOG’ or that there is ‘AN UGLY HEAD’ on its web address. They just came up in some corner of my mind and I found it catchy. Many like to put my blog in the ‘HUMOUR’ category. I don’t know how that happened, especially when my first ever blog post shows me as 21 year old girl who was depressed because college wasn’t treating her well. But over a period of time, humour started to define everything I wrote. There is no creativity in the posts I write, I suck at rhyming words and I never have been much of a story writer. What I am exceptionally good at is self mockery and it has helped me see that life is beautiful if you see it from the right perspective. This blog has made me a much happier person. I am thankful. I also made some new friends through this blog and decided to make my anonymity conditional. These people would forever be a part of my life; of that I am sure.

I don’t participate in contests, I have due to my anonymity not been able to be part of amazing blogger meets and I don’t earn a single penny from my blog, but it was all a personal choice and is something that I hope to continue. I am also not a regular blogger and I am extremely humbled by the readership that this blog has been able to garner. Someone recently mailed me that the only reason I have readership is because I am anonymous. That someone was anonymous too, but without readership. Well, I don’t know why you read me, but I am thankful to you for doing so even if it is only because I am anonymous. Thank you.

4 years of blogging! This is surprising to me because I am the kind of person who loses interest quite fast. My family knows that I blog but have never been interested enough to go online and read. They say why write when it’s never published in print. They ask “What do you get out of it?”  I don’t know. Some write just because they like to.

So to all those who have been reading this blog, regularly or occasionally, I call you family. Thank you for commenting and thank you for laughing at my expense. Your every single comment means a lot to me and I value your inputs. I hope you continue reading this blog.

Dear ‘THE RED HANDED BLOG’. Happy Birthday! I don’t normally tell you, but I love you.

But most importantly, thank you Dad for instilling in me the love for writing.  

P.S- Please appreciate the Photoshop!

P.P.S- Today is also my first day in my new workplace. Coincidence much? 

64 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday 'The Red Handed Blog'! I like reading your blog because its a different take on many topics and I often find it echos what i feel. Good luck at your new workplace :)

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  2. Happy Birthday, Red!!
    Since we don't know you, let's consider this as your birthday too ! :)
    Btw, I disagree that your posts don't have creativity. Itni modesty, birthday pe..nai nai. I still speak like Ambrose,every time, I read any post of yours. The posts about the dark skinned guy Karutappa, or the satire on blouses n tailors, jokes on trophies or the one can do better syndrome, are all art works.
    One of the things that I have always noticed in your posts is the insane number of comments. You engage your audience very well!

    Kudos on four years. If I can make 6,you have a much longer way to go.

    Good luck and congats again :)

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  3. Happy Birthday dear Red (I mean Blog).
    You rock! I literally stumbled onto your blog out of boredom one day and since then have been hooked. Some of your posts, I read over and over just to cheer up my day. Keep writing & thanks for allowing us to laugh. Harita
    P.S I like the anonymity, gives me ample choice to imagine/re-imagine how you look based on your writings.

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  4. Happy birthday to your blog!

    Continue doing what you are doing, and we will do the same. Looking forward to reading lots more of you :)

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  5. Yay.. Happy Blogoversary! Such awesomeness...this place... and YOU!

    For many more years to blogging, writing and making junta laugh!! Cheers..Dahling.. :*

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  6. Happy blogging anniversary Red! :) Cheers to the many more years to come!
    Also, all the best fro your new job! :)

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  7. Happy birthday to the blog!

    I suck at remembering dates and names too, it takes a while for me to get the names but dates taken even longer. I appreciate your anonymity and get how it works for you. Frankly,I am here only to read what you write, not to dissect why or how you are anonymous.

    And maybe the humor tag fell on your blog because a lot of your awesome posts are on self mockery and humans love laughing at others' misery. Facebook makes quite a business out of it. I admit that I am a prey to the same too. But what I love more is how you are able to laugh at yourself and move on. That's something that I learnt from you and your blog. And that is the reason why I keep coming back every single time here and why I keep looking out of your posts. Love you Red!

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  8. Happy Blog birthday, girl. May you go for greater milestones, irrespective of your memory. Happy 1st day at work, too. Sounds wonderful to share the date. I think even the heavens are trying to do their bit but not stressing you with too many numbers.

    People read you because they want to. They connect on some level. Don't let anybody define you. Stay cool and rock on!

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  9. Happy happy birthday dear Red Handed Blog! 4 years of awesomeness is what you have given all of us :)

    Anonymity works for you, then so be it. Sticking to what you believe and writing what ever you feel like is what I love about you. I know the actual you and this alter ego of yours and I love both equally!

    All the best on the first day at work and plan to meet me soon :D

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  10. Happy Birthday... I love your blog and "What I am exceptionally good at is self mockery and it has helped me see that life is beautiful if you see it from the right perspective." - now i know what to tell people when they ask me what is your blog all about.... :D

    Keep writing... Awesome photoshop.... good luck at the new job!

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  11. Congratulations on completing 4 years of blogging!!
    I can relate to what you have written regarding blogging. I write because it makes me happy, not because I want to get published. I like visiting your blog and look forward to your posts. They always bring a smile on my face. Keep writing Red :)

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  12. Congratulations for completing four years and best wishes on your new job.
    You are popular because you write interestingly.

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  13. Happy birthday, Red handed - The blog. One of the best things to do in this world is to put a smile on someone's face. And you that a lot through this blog. No one cares if your anonymous or otherwise. Your posts make people laugh. And that's all that matters. Keep writing and keep writing more. :-)

    Photoshop kills noted and appreciated.

    Good luck with your new job. And hope that you like our city. :-)

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  14. Happy Birthday to one the best blogs I have ever read!! When I started 2 years back, this blog was amongst the first few ones that caught my attention and I never miss a post here.
    Yes, humor is important but I also like the way you "Red Handed" put thoughts across. Sometimes, I feel I am reading my own mind..
    So, though you may be anonymous, you are loved for what you write and how awesomely you do that!
    :)
    All the best on your day 1! May you shine!!

    Parul :)

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  15. Happy bday Red's blog :) Reading your posts sure makes me a happier person. Please continue to write. Published or not, when you have a gift, use it well :)

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  16. A big Happy B'day to ur blog.... :D

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  17. happy B'day Red's blog :) and many congrats to you on your new job & on completing 4 years on your blog...

    I can only say that I love reading you,& every time I go back smiling which makes me want to come back to it over and over again :)

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  18. Happy Birthday to Red Handed Blog :) Congrats on completing 4 great years of blogging. You said, you easily lose interest. But writing is the only way which connects one to oneself. It's always beautiful. And I wish, you continue for a long long time.
    I haven't been regular here but whichever post I read here left a deep lasting impact on me. Reason is, you come up with some issues from practical life and usual things and in the last you make readers ponder.

    Keep Writing, dear...<3

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  19. I am so glad I came scross your blog... wish you many more birthdays and hope you keep entertaining up with your crazy creative topics :D

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  20. haha happy wala birthday to the blog :') Obviously looking forward to read more from you always! :D
    ps. photoshop appreciated :p

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  21. Happy birthday to Red Handed blog..
    I discovered your blog a little late, but m glad I did.. what you write seems so innocent and fresh.. and it's always fun reading your outlook towards things, which I think many people miss out or just ignore.. I think that is what the beauty of your writing is..

    Keep writing and all the very best for your work..!

    Cheers.. :)

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  22. Happy Birthday Redhanded! Right from the day you started blogging, I've followed your journey with awe and wonder at how easily humour flows through your words. You are one gifted blogger and please keep up the spirit. Good luck with your new assignment. Personally, I'd be glad if I can actually see you, Red!

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  23. Heyy Red, Happy bday to your blog :)

    Used to be a regular reader of yours in the beginning while I was Cinderella ;) Later the fairytale ended in "Happily Ever After" which I realized later that it just meant you get too busy and tied up with life and yes the fairytale ends there!

    After a break I am back to blogging world with perspectives on real life and a new blog and real identity!

    But I still love reading your blog and big kudos to you for maintaining all the spice in your blog intact for so many years!

    Luv,
    Bilna

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  24. You bring smiles to more people than you can imagine..GOD BLESS YA

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  25. Congrats Red!!!
    I read your blog because you are one amazing, gifted woman and you never fail to uplift my mood:)
    Best of luck in the new workplace!

    xo
    Hopelessly Hopeful
    http://welcometomypartypeople.blogspot.in/

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  26. Happy Birthday for being not just a plain simple blog but a very very interesting, funny, thought provoking and colorful blog. :) Love you and all your blog...

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  27. Happy Birthday for being not just a plain simple blog but a very very interesting, funny, thought provoking and colorful blog. :) Love you and all your blog...

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  28. Happy Blog Birthday, Red! As for people reading you because you are anonymous, well, you already know my thoughts on it.

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  29. Happy 4th Anniversary to your blog. Or is it a Happy Birthday?

    You are creative. Your writings are mind blowing. Now, there! I see myself writing there, downsizing your skills (that's my job. Yours has been to be motivate me and tell that I don't suck that much. Don't copy me.)

    Anyhow, I apologize if I was too forthcoming about all the anonymous thing. I want you to know that I was totally kidding about it and since you are anonymous, I have this habit of poking around trying to pull other's leg. I do that in the spirit of fun. So, I must apologise if that came out wrong.

    Any Which Way, keep the awesome posts coming. Its that there is a long gap between each posts. And I want to be the first one to read, but looks like I am not the only one.

    Oh btw did I mention that you are awesome?

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  30. Hey Red, happy birthday to your blog!
    An honest post! :)
    Forget photoshop, I love the banner of your blog, so much detailing in every nook and corner! :D

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  31. Happy b'day Red! yours is my fav blog and will always be. Cheers to many more wonderful years to come. Hugs n kisses**

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  32. Many many happy returns of the day darling RED HANDED BLOG.
    We are thankful to all the people of your college who made it tough for you so that you finally stumbled to blogging. We are thankful that you consider us you family and that means a lot. We are thankful for all the humor and self-mockery. Belief me! I was planning to take a day off as at work it feels like I stabbed my eyes out. But now that I got your mockery dose, I set to go and bang my head on the desk. Thanks for saving the day. I owe you one.
    And please please do appear more often. We wait for you eagerly.

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  33. Happy birthday Red...
    Why I read your blog, I asked myself...
    The answer i got was that it is simple and sometimes so relatable...
    It is like I-feel-the-same... I-have-observed-this... or whatever...

    Anyways...
    Happy blogging!!!

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  34. What's in a name? We connect and are almost the same blog age. A happy birthday and many more....

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  35. Many happy returns of the day to you blog ... and here's wishing many many more

    Bikram's

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  36. Hey Red! Happy birthday to the blog and to the wonderful girl behind it. Also, best wishes for the new job. May you continue to thrive and entertain us till blouses last. :-P

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  37. My Best wishes for the new job sweetheart :) You'll rock :)

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  38. Happy birthday :D
    You are read not just because you are anonymous, but because you are very good!!!
    Keep posting, there are more people reading this blog than you know :)

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  39. Happy Birthday RED!!! and all the very best for your new job.
    I am a regular reader of your blog though first time commenting here.
    You are very good at expressing your thoughts and you always manage to bring a smile on my face. There are many like me who wait for your posts. Love you girl!!!!

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  40. Happy belated birthday to your blog Red. :)
    i hope the new workplace has that free wifi everywhere which keeps allowing you to blog every now and then :)
    (p.s: I'm a big fan :) - oops, i guess i've said that over a 10000 times already :P)

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  41. Happy Birthday Red. I have been following you since almost 6 months now. You are my one stop for a hearty laugh. I love that you are here in the blogosphere. :) You might be blogging anonymously but you are our dear red. :) Your words matter to us! Keep blogging.! <3

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  42. I should have started reading you earlier! Anyway, Happy birthday to your blog. All the best to your new job! Be happy always and keep writing more!

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  43. Lovely post! Wishing a very happy b'day to one of my most fav blogs <3

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  44. Happy blogging anniversary Red! :) keep blogging and Shining like red :P :D
    Also, all the best fro your new job! :)

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  45. Hahahha.. Happy Birthday and I am definitely appreciating the photoshop :D :D

    PS : Its your lucky day because I have tagged you for a Liebster Award :P
    http://www.indianscrewup.com/2015/02/awards-and-random-facts.html

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  46. Awesome work at photoshop!

    Many congratulations on the milestone. I am so like, I don't remember dates and names. When officer at US Embassy asked me about my anniversary, I said with confidence 21st Sept, 2011. Have no idea what happened that day. No one can beat me, I don't remember my own anniversaries. :P

    You are very popular and we all love you. Stay like this forever.

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  47. A very happy birthday to the blog that never fails to make me laugh. You have a wonderful style and I love visiting it every time there is a new post. May you write for a thousand years more :-)

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  48. Dear ‘THE RED HANDED BLOG’. Happy Birthday! I am happy to be back here :)

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  49. Happy Anniversary!!! Hope you keep writing and prove yourself wrong by publishing a book!! :P

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  50. Happy Birthday Red handed blog!!

    I am a loyal reader for blog :) and I love you .. it been a 2 years journey with u not missing any single post :)

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  51. Wishing you many more years of happy writing, Red!

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  52. My Gawd...i thought it was me speaking...not the happy birthday or the dad part but most of it. Especially about being a blogger and mocking oneself and thus finding life quite livable. Thank you Red Handed and yes happy birthday for your blog too...of course i too am bad at dates and names. That's why i said i felt like i was reading myself out. Best wishes too for your new work place. :)

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  53. Firstly Happy anniversary and hope u have a rocking start at Bangalore. THIS RED HANDED blog along with making u happy has made many like me happy too !
    Never change but I hope that on one fine day I may come across U and due to some telepathic capability will realise its u;) I will not say hi or embarrass u but I will be glad to meet u
    U r an amazing person who has inspired me during many phases of my life when I was love !
    Ur blog is my daily humor ka dose . If I need a break at work I open ur blog. If I feel monotonous I open ur blog and read old posts too. U r a house hold name at my place :)
    we all love u
    have a grt time

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  54. Happy Blog Anniversary! <3 ... This space makes us happy too.. So keep writing. :)
    I have a family too who asks, "What you get out of it?" .. Guess pure happiness and chance to meet some beautiful like minded souls like you.

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  55. That's way too many birthday wishes already, should I add to it? You decide.

    New workplace! Hope it is going well!

    :)

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  56. Congrats on the Blog Anniversary and Congrats on the new job :-)

    It's always been a pleasure to read your blog and I feel happy everytime I read a post from here :-). And as per the pic you'd shared, in this age when people are sharing so much information, being anonymous does make is more interesting :-)

    Cheers! :-)

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  57. I have just started reading you, but I find your thought process to be unique, uncluttered, and very real. Whether your anonymity has something to do with that? Maybe, partially. I would have appreciated your views and opinions even otherwise. Anyways, I know I am very late for the wish, but belated birthday wishes to the 'Red Handed Blog.' Would love to read more from you, Red. :)

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  58. Happy blog birthday! Keep writing lovey
    xx

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  59. Belated birthday wishes for your Blog, dear girl!
    Super Photoshop pic! I love the green-eyed beauty & your Blog's Header photo. Your posts are really nice & so real. We can identify with you write in your candid style! Keep it up!
    May you & your Blog celebrate many anniversaries & may your Blogging family-members increase!
    Keep rocking!

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  60. Happy birthday! I hope I can blog for 4 years and continue being anonymous. And awesome :D

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  61. Happy Birthday ! Red Handed Blog :-) .I just happened to hop through your blog.Your blog is simply AMAZING.Keep Writing :-)

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  62. Happy wali belated budday, Red handed. Keep rocking and keep blogging more often to make us smile:)

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  63. laptop for a while and I'm late reading this, but havent been active in the blogosphere for a while...You have changed your blog design! And I love the new look :-D It somehow resonates more with what you write and your anonymous self....And oh, belated happy bday blog :)

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  64. Belated happy birthday to one of the most awesome blogs ever! :) You rock Red!

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