I am constantly amazed by the way blogging is evolving. What started out, mostly, as private online journals has today developed into a shape far beyond recognition. Blogs today have become a mode of communication, a way of life, a marketing tool, outlets for creativity, and so much more. The importance of blogging in my life, too, has grown over the years. Today, my blog is a part of me, and I am thankful for the ways in which it has opened me up. The friendships I have cultivated through my blog are an essential part of this opening up.
I began reading Deeps’s blog about a year ago, and we knew instantly that we had a lot in common. The way we look at certain societal issues, for instance, or the way we want to bring up our children is almost similar. We haven’t interacted much offline, per se, but have been regular commentors on each other’s blogs, discovering, in the process, shared viewpoints, similar natures, and a shared love for music, food, books and travel.
When Deeps heard I would be in Delhi for a while, she immediately dropped in an e-mail to me saying that she would be there too during the same time. She asked if we could meet, and I said ‘Of course!’ Phone numbers were exchanged, and a tentative plan was made. Once in Delhi, both of us got busy – me with my slow travel and she with meeting her relatives and soaking in the feeling of being back home. We kept our fingers crossed for our meeting, though, and things did fall into place eventually. The OH and I met up with Deeps, her sister-in-law and Nammu Kutty at the Hauz Khas Deer Park just one day before we left Delhi.
Deeps was sweet enough to tweak our initial plans a little to accomodate my sight-seeing and meet at the park, instead of the place we had decided on earlier. And that turned out to be a good thing, because we all enjoyed the park so very much, especially Namnam! Nammu had a grand time running around here and there, swinging, and watching the deer and peacocks in action. 🙂 The rest of us had a lovely walk around the park, chatting and taking loads of pictures.
What a totally relaxed, comfortable and informal meet-up it was! Not for a moment did I feel that I was meeting Deeps and her family for the first time, and that is SOMETHING for me! We talked about each other, our families, Delhi and Bangalore, and what I should absolutely not miss doing in Delhi. We all had fun, without any awkwardness or pressure. 🙂
Thanks to Deeps, I got to see an entire peacock, something I had never seen before! 😀 She is a very sweet and easygoing person, and Nammu is super cute! 🙂
We parted with promises to keep in touch and meet up some time again. I hope we do!
Thank you for the lovely time, Deeps! I am so glad to have met you! 🙂