Why my blog is called This and That, Here and There

I started writing and established myself within a few years as a freelance journalist. I explored roles as editor, creative writer, story teller for adults and children, storyboard creator for an educational organization, a culinary editor and writer, an explorer of traditional food and its goodness, explorer of traditions, country lore, adventure and leisure travel, temple history and so on and so forth.

I was given assignments to focus on travel, tourism, people, events and a whole gamut of subjects ranging from cooking, food and restaurants to hospitals, medicine and doctors to fashion, marketing spiels and products and imaginative pieces. This really gave me a wide canvas. My first online experiences was with Sulekha.com and then I explored other sites.

My blogging began with blogspot and then my brother Ramana introduced me to wordpress. I am an impulsive labeller and somehow the words just pop into my head. I call it as a gift and the Grace of the Vedic Goddess of Learning and Wisdom, Saraswathi. Her vehicle is the swan that symbolizes the power of discrimination. The swan is reputed to have the ability to separate milk and water…that is its special power to absorb the goodness.

So over the years through my work…I will not call it a career i have been exposed to a great deal of variety in experiences. I have travelled, i have read, i have met many, many people from the ordinary auto-rickshaw driver to Stars, politicians, VIP’s and interesting people like you all in this Group.

So my blog was named This and That as I write about anything and everything…Here and There…that includes my armchair or office chair in front of my laptop and There…places all over the world that has given me such interesting visuals and memories that pop up in my mind’s eye!!

P.S. The Here includes my husband’s writing. He does not want his own blog but will not write why he doesn’t want it…in case he starts one at some future date and will have to explain why he is now opening his innings as an independent blogger!!

This is my take on this week’s Friday 8 On 1 blog post topic. The other seven bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday or thereabouts.

We are Maria. SanjanaRamana,  RajuShackman Srinivas and Conrad.  This week’s topic was Conrad’s curiosity.

Do check out their blogs to see all about their blogs and the names under which they publish. 







About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!
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14 Responses to Why my blog is called This and That, Here and There

  1. rummuser says:

    I have watched you all the way and have admired you for your tenacity and the depth of research that goes into your articles. Your blog posts are not quite comparable to your articles that you write or have written for various magazines. I hope that this temporary glitch will pass away soon and that you will get to writing regularly again for magazines.

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  2. Conrad says:

    Your eclectic writing experience does not come as a surprise and it finds elegant expression in your posts. The naming does indeed seem apropos!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Conrad says:

    I think it fits both your eclectic writing background and your free spirit. Now, as Raju, he’s just on ornery, let’s face it.

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  4. Conrad says:

    Test to see if you can see me.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. shackman says:

    you certainly do have an eclectic writing display and you make it look effortless

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Maria says:

    You have unique life experience and it comes across in your writing. It’s really rich in wisdom and insight.

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    • padmum says:

      Thanks…I was given the opportunity and environment…for a girl and then woman in a traditional Indian Brahmin family…to spread my wings according to my capabilities. I think that has been the biggest impetus and inspiration for me….and meeting such lovely people like you and others through this forum.
      I remember you with 4 small kids learning to become the Bahu…today your son is out of your nest but you continue to watch and worry…soon he will be bringing you a Bahu!


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