More Blogging Awards

Is it just me (not receiving any) or has it been quiet on the awards front?

Anyhow, it is time for me to repay some debts (of gratitude, before you start getting ideas!!) for awards received in the past.

I am being lazy, I confess, and thanking all the award-givers “in one fell swoop”. As a result, thanks (for the award) and apologies (for lumping them together) at the same time to:

Mr. Mary of http://aspoonfulofsuga.wordpress.com/ for the Candle Lighter award. Actually I chose the award as he laid out a buffet and let nominees choose.

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He says about my blog:

“His posts are as reflective as they are entertaining and informative at the same time which is an achievement Ankur will humbly deny. I look forward to his posts and maybe one day we can collaborate on something, I would be honored.”

Corngoblin of http://corngoblin.wordpress.com/ for the Sushine award.

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He says about my blog:

https://darkofficehumour.wordpress.com/ writes humorous things, and has a book too. Lucky. I wish I had a book. Though I dont have one due to lack of trying. Maybe one day…”

Lopa of  http://lopascribes.wordpress.com/ for a bunch of awards. These are:

The Super Sweet Blogging award

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The Kreative Blogger award

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The Sushine award

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She writes about my blog:

“I really like the way you write, the themes on which you write, and the brilliant satire that you add to your posts. I wish i had this insight!”

To respect nomination by two peers, I will follow the rules of the Sunshine award, which are:

  • Answer some questions about yourself
  • Nominate some of your favorite bloggers
  • Let them know that they have been nominated
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you

Answering the questions:

Love or Money?

Money, of course. Is there a choice? Talk about rhetorical questions…

High salary or job satisfaction?

Considering I left employment over a year back in search of “job satisfaction” which I am still searching for, it is definitely “High Salary”.

Favorite Book?

There are many, but a few which readily come to mind:

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The “Sudden” franchise by Oliver Strange

and, of course, my own “What happens in office, stays in office”

Television character that you simply adore?

Rahul Dravid, a cricket player, Lionel Messi (since Maradona is too old to play), football (soccer) player and Roger Federer, tennis player, since I mostly watch cricket, football and tennis on TV.

Favorite Music

Loosely classified as 80s rock, with names like Eagles, Pink Floyd, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, etc., and the music and songs of Indian musicians like S D Burman and Bhupen Hazarika.

Favorite type of movie

“People” movies with “people” characters and “people” emotions, as opposed to movies with aliens, vampires, monsters, bats, wizards, cartoon characters, mutants and generally things which make-up 99% of the stuff produced these days. Whatever happened to “people” movies?

List of Nominees:

I think I have been stingy with praise, unlike many other bloggers who never seem to tire of praising and liking other blogs. These nominations give me an opportunity to make partial amends. Nominees can pick-up the one they like from the various awards displayed above and follow the rules of that award. If in doubt, pick-up the Sunshine award and:

  • Answer some questions about yourself (like I have, above)
  • Nominate some of your favorite bloggers
  • Let them know that they have been nominated
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you

I have largely stuck to the straight and narrow path of the written word for the blogs that I follow and recommend. I would like to, however, deviate from that self-defined straight and narrow and begin the nominations by conferring this award on two photography based blogs I have recently been introduced to, run by two very old friends:

Rohin of http://rohin-arora.blogspot.in.

This is a NatGeo quality blog based on his many travels around the world. His pictures and comments smack of an honesty that comes from having no pressure to sell or impress.

Richa of http://www.photos-by-richa.com/.

She tests the limits of Black and White photography, with some pure B&W, some pretending to be B&W some trying hard to not be B&W. Beautiful (not necessarily pretty) pictures captured in a variety of milieus.

Emily of http://incurablycurious.com/.

Provides a new perspective on what I think we can only call “social etiquette”.

Surindernath of http://snatsleepwalkers.wordpress.com/.

If verbal calisthenics were an Olympic sport, he would get gold every time.

Metin of http://turkischland.wordpress.com/

Always interesting to know about lands and places one does not get to hear about very often.

Fromagreekangle of http://fromagreekangle.wordpress.com/

For similar reasons. Also, a chance to hear from “people” behind the headline news we get which always scream about “Erozone woes” and “Debt burden”.

Lifelessinthemiddle of  http://lifelessinthemiddle.com/.

As he says blithely, he does not know what the blog is about and wants readers to tell him if they can make out what it is about. Take a shot if you would like.

Raowords of http://raowords.wordpress.com/

The theme is often similar to mine, except that his posts seem more personal.

Thesandytongue of http://duhmerica.wordpress.com/

About everyone’s (at least in the rest of the world) favourite whipping boy (nation). Even better, racially insensitive and politically incorrect.

Jacqui Murray’s http://worddreams.wordpress.com/

Shares practical tips on writing. The kind of practical that makes sense.

The “One Lovely Blog” Award

A heartfelt thank you to Lopa of http://lopascribes.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for this award. This is what she had to say:

“I am honoured to nominate you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Please pick-up your award at http://lopascribes.wordpress.com/. Copy and Paste the Award to your blog and follow the rules of acceptance. I am very aware that some people do not wish to participate in Awards, and I completely respect that… no strings! But in any case, Congratulations, you have a Lovely Blog.”

Lopa, short for Lopamudra, which is a lovely Indian name, writes about a variety of subjects, and occasionally brings forth hidden facets of the history that is commonly known, which make for interesting reading. My complaint with her blog is that she is irregular in posting. I hope she is able to contribute more regularly.

Thanks again Lopa.

That was, incidentally, the first part of the award process, which is “give credit to the awesome person who nominated you”. Since Lopa’s blog speaks for itself, that was the easy part.

I will now blithely overlook the uncomfortable second part of the acceptance process, which is “describe 7 things about yourself” and move directly to the third, which is “nominate 15 other bloggers”.

Here they are (in no specific order):

sorryiamnotsorry at http://sorryiamnotsorrydotcom.wordpress.com

mrmarymuthafuckingpoppins at http://aspoonfulofsuga.wordpress.com

HaLin at http://haphazardlinkages.wordpress.com

Carl D’Agostino at http://carldagostino.wordpress.com

Hilarius Bogbinder at http://awhitelephant.wordpress.com/

Rob Rubin at http://www.themainland.net/

Eric at wp.me/1YE83

Barry Parham at http://barryparham.wordpress.com

downsizingandothertruths at http://downsizingandothertruths.wordpress.com

Grumpa Joe at http://www.grumpajoesplace.com

Chester Crump at http://cheesewillsetusfree.wordpress.com

Princess Laila at http://itsmythoughts11.wordpress.com

corporateavenger at http://corporateavenger.wordpress.com

Sue Fenton at http://fwordsblog.wordpress.com

gingerfightback at http://gingerfightback.wordpress.com

The rules of the award are what have been passed on :

1. Give credit to the awesome person who nominated you.

2. Describe 7 things about yourself.

3. Nominate 15 other bloggers.

Through the short period I have been blogging, I have had the opportunity of reading some unique and wonderful creations, on a varied set of subjects. I hope to spread the joy and pleasure that I get from reading their blogs by nominating a few of them for the One Lovely Blog Award and hope that readers who stumble upon my blog will also find a way to theirs.

Though unrelated to the Award, I also want to make a general request to all readers to try and leave comments on the posts they read and which touch them in some way.

The Versatile Blogger Award

Have hesitated on this for many weeks, but am ready to finally give it a go. I was in mortal fear of having to write about me and, fortunately, always had other important tasks cropping up just as I was about to.

Having finally, and only recently, realised that that was not a show-stopping requirement, next time, which is now, when I sat down to write this post, for some strange reason, no other important task cropped up.

So, over to the award.

Firstly, thank you to my fellow bloggers for nominating me to this award and opening up my Blog to their audiences. I hope some of my readers make the effort to visit these unique bloggers and their distinctive styles.

This includes :

Mr MuthafuckingMaryPoppins at aspoonfulofsuga.wordpress.com who seeks to administer dosages of reality, in his own inimitable way, by softening it up, breaking into small pieces, and many other ingenuous devices.

sorryiamnotsorry at sorryiamnotsorrydotcom.wordpress.com who enjoys taking a lighthearted look at love and life through her Blog.

HaLin at haphazardlinkages.wordpress.com who explores linkages that make life interesting (and liveable) in a manner that makes the humorous, humorously serious and seriously humorous often undistinguishable.

Through the short period I have been blogging, I have had the opportunity of reading some unique and wonderful creations, on a varied set of subjects.These include seasoned bloggers blogging from before blogging was invented to others who started only yesterday.

I hope to spread the joy and pleasure that I get from reading their blogs by nominating a few of them for the Versatile Blogger Award.

These include (in no particular order) :

Carl D’Agostino at http://carldagostino.wordpress.com for prolific cartooning output on a wide variety of subjects; democrtisation of cartooning if ever there was one.

Hilarius Bogbinder athttp://awhitelephant.wordpress.com/ who has been writing about subjects I would call meaningful. Has been inactive of late. I hope he gets back to what his readers enjoy most; his writing.

Rob Rubin athttp://www.themainland.net/ which, with its bite and sarcasm, manages to even get through to ardent non-followers of American politics (I mean other than American politicians) like non-Americans.

Eric at wp.me/1YE83 who has been bringing snippets from the life of Mechanic Leigh from the Singapore of sixties onwards, including some poetry.

Barry Parham at http://barryparham.wordpress.com/ for high quality humour. The subject can be anything he chooses to write on.

“A British expat living in the Algarve” at http://downsizingandothertruths.wordpress.com/. Very close in subject to my own with his version of happenings at The Firm. Has been a little quiet these last two months. I hope he gets going once again,

Grumpa Joe at grumpajoesplace.com. A versatile blog on a variety of current events and Grumpa Joe’s family.

Avtarit at http://avtarit.wordpress.com/ who, I believe, is a recent convert to blogging and writes on subjects similar to mine, i.e. the empty spaces in large corporates. Occasionally, he also writes on other subjects.

Five Reflections at http://fivereflections.wordpress.com/ for plain old-fashioned good writing and poetry.

Martha B Mills at http://prettyfeetpoptoe.com/ who, once again, can write about a variety of subjects with equal aplomb. She was one of the first non-family/friend visitors on my Blog and also left a comment which indicated to me that I was getting through. I am indebted to her.

The rules of the award are what have been passed on :

Firstly, the nominated bloggers should make an attempt at carrying on the tradition and nominating bloggers of their liking, in turn.

Secondly, they should contact the nominated bloggers and let them know about the nomination.

Thirdly, they should display the “Versatile Blogger Award” on their Blog.

Though unrelated to the Award, I also want to make a general request to all readers to try and leave comments on the posts they read and which touch them in some way.