To tell you the truth, I was not expecting a readership when I came back after 2 years of blogging break. I bet a lot of you don’t know that this blog was dormant from Jan 2009 to Oct 2011. I wanted to finish my novel before it poisoned my brain. I had to throw the story out of my system. Yes, it is done and lying on its ass in my laptop since a month awaiting another important decision of my life. In layman’s terms, it is in queue. I have gone through the story so many times that it seems that all that exercise of throwing it out of my system was in vain. It is flowing in my blood now.

Anyways, another thing that happened in those two years of sabbatical was that I met Geet and we got married. We did it the old-fashioned way by not even meeting up before we said yes. Wait! Don’t faint. We had a webcam chat or two and a month of telephonic conversation. It feels surreal now that I write it. What if she had 4 legs? You surely can hide that in a webcam chat. And no it wasn’t a sex chat. So, we got married and moved to Manchester for a year and explored each other (Ahem!) and the beautiful Britain. I spent all my savings and we went to France and Switzerland and bought coats worth 10000 Rs. In short, we lived that year in a very expensive Yash Chopra movie.

While all this was happening, my blog was always calling me back. It was like a wailing, abandoned child whom I have left behind and felt guilty about it. So, when I returned back to India, dust, honks and heaps of people (read Delhi) in 2011, I thought of picking up the child again. It wasn’t easy. The readership was almost gone. My blogging friends of old had almost vanished. But once I started writing in Dec 2011, the joy knew no comments. The dam was broken. I found all of you, one by one over the course of last one year. Some old friends returned and were happy to see me back. It was all exhilarating.

Geet was shocked. She hasn’t seen me giving attention to anyone except her and here I was juggling her with a blog, a novel and a movie novels and watching movies (corrected the sentence after readers thought I was writing a movie script! 😐 ). It took her some time to stop calling MashedMusings my mistress and absorb the juggler in me. I told her that it was like preparing Rice, Rajma, Paneer Makhni, Chapati and Dahi Bhalle all in one go – like I did for her on Karwachauth in 2 hours flat. I bought her a diamond to pacify her.

So, thank you everyone for reading this blog and appreciating what I write. It means a lot to me because I do not think very highly of myself (I keep telling Geet that she must have been really blind to marry me. I say dialogues like – ‘what were you bloody thinking?!?!’ while she gives me a really scratch-head-confusing smile). So, all this appreciation is very humbling.

Now you must be wondering why I am in a self-critical mode today? Well, I accidentally read my Yearly Report Card on WordPress today and felt good and thought of thanking everyone which now that I read it, is more of a blabbering.

Cheers!

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 130,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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About the Author:

Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016.
Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.
He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.

79 Comments

  1. R's Mom January 9, 2013 at 11:58 am - Reply

    heheheh

    Dear Geet,

    Please let Amit have this mistress of his. I promise to report to you if he gives this one a little too much of importance.

    Love
    RM

    • Indian Homemaker January 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      🙂 🙂

    • Amit January 9, 2013 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      I think this is the first time in the history of mankind that such a request is made to a wife. 😛

      • Zephyr January 10, 2013 at 7:22 am

        RM is unique that way, isn’t she? 😀

      • Amit January 10, 2013 at 9:21 am

        Yes, she is! And Geet has accepted her request. 🙂

  2. afshan18 January 9, 2013 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Awesome ! Keep them coming
    Wish u good luck for ur blog book movie and oops also geet!

    • Amit January 9, 2013 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      Thanks Afshan. 🙂

  3. Indian Homemaker January 9, 2013 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    The best thing about blogging is – you can always take a break and then get back from where ever you left your blog 🙂 I was really glad to see you back. It’s awesome to see someone write boldly and honestly about issues that matter to each one of us, specially when such discussions are seen as radical : Congratulations and look forward to reading more of your posts in the coming years 🙂

    • Amit January 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      It was a bit different when I came back. A lot of people have left and I was very apprehensive. It turned out great though. 🙂
      Thanks IHM for all the praise. You have been an inspiration.

  4. Pesto Sauce January 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    I am coming here first time I guess but reading your words I won’t be surprised if its a sold out concert

    • Amit January 9, 2013 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      Thanks Pesto Sauce and welcome here. 🙂
      Well, it was all right I guess. More than what I expected. 🙂

  5. Jas January 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Impressive.. no wonder your blog is for keeps 😀

    Happy to know you Amit.. you are very good with your words.

    • Amit January 9, 2013 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jas! I am happy to know you too. 🙂

  6. Maddie January 9, 2013 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    I am so glad you came back to blogging!! I second R’s mom’s request to Geet 🙂

    • Amit January 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks Maddie. 🙂 Today I will have a lot of talking to do with Geet.

  7. metherebel January 9, 2013 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Thank God you got back to blogging! Just imagine what we would have missed otherwise 🙂

    Hope you have a wonderful year ahead. May your book be published this year 🙂

    By the way I too am featured in your report card 😀

    • Amit January 9, 2013 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      I know! That would have been a big blow to the blogging world. 😛
      Thanks Metherebel and yes you are featured in the top 5 commentators if I remember correctly. 🙂

  8. Bhavia January 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    A blogging world without you? :-0
    I don’t want to think about it and I’m glad you came back that too in full action.
    OMG!! What all we must have missed if you had decided not to continue 🙁

    • Amit January 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      Thanks Bhavia and yeah, I am glad too. 🙂

  9. nst2 January 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    I started reading your blog only a few months back. I realllyyy love the way you write and blogger, sorry, wordpress is lucky to have you 🙂
    Now do something with your book. We need good work out there!

    • Amit January 9, 2013 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks Nisha. Yes, I am glad to be back. I was missing the action here. 🙂
      My book! It would have gone to the publishing houses by now but it seems there isn’t anything simple in my life!
      January end is the deadline for me to get things straight. Fingers crossed.

  10. Sonal January 9, 2013 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Smiles..Thats all…..

    • Amit January 9, 2013 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      Now that is deep. 🙂

  11. Swaram January 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Gud luck and may 2013 see more attention given to the Mistress thank 2012. And ofcourse to Geet too 😛

    • Amit January 9, 2013 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      Now you have asked for the moon. 😛

  12. Dhivya January 9, 2013 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    It’s great that you have decided to come back or I wouldn’t have known you , I mean your blog. After reading few of your posts I have subscribed by email. Keep writing.

    • Amit January 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      Thanks Dhivya for all the appreciation. 🙂

  13. Su January 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    I knew your period of dormancy. That was the time when my small blog circle started becoming smaller when blogs were falling silent. It was like a closing ceremony of a concert. All noise at one moment and sudden lull afterwards. My blog started sleeping around that time too, and has been continuing with an occasional snore (read : post). I hope that my mistress will throw consistent performances too. But I can’t wait till I get a wife to make that happen. 😛
    Happy for you for your blog. Happier for you for getting a wife like that 🙂

    • Amit January 9, 2013 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      Yeah, I remember that a lot of bloggers went on a break in 2009. It wasn’t a very nice feeling but there are still a few around and I am glad.
      I think you can make your blog your girlfriend for the time being. 😛
      Thanks Su. 🙂

  14. Roshan R January 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Parteeeeeeee 🙂
    And cheers to many more years of happiness for you alongside both your main love and your mistress ( uh..umm.. damn.. cant remember the name of the mistress..oh ya, Geet !! 😀 )

    • Amit January 9, 2013 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      Thanks Roshan. 🙂
      What! What!?!
      Dear Geet, I have no hand in what Roshan wrote. He is probably drunk! 😛

  15. Harikrishna January 9, 2013 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    I started blogging a few months back and you are one among the few I knew then. Glad that it was your comeback session. Keep writing 😀

    • Amit January 10, 2013 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Thanks HArikrishna. 🙂 I am glad too that I came back.
      All I can say are the following lines from a song by Shri Enrique Iglesias – You can run, you can hide but you can’t escape your blog.

  16. pseudomonaz January 9, 2013 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    I started reading your blog i few months back and i’ve throughly enjoyed each of your posts. Thank god you started blogging again or i wouldn’t have known you. Just wish to see your blog here forever. And 1,30,000 views..OMG i can’t even imagine that. Congrats. 🙂

    • Amit January 10, 2013 at 9:08 am - Reply

      Thanks Pseudomonaz. Coming back has been a great experience for me. 🙂
      You must go and see the stats of IHM’s blog. It is not for the faint-hearted.

  17. Akanksha Dureja January 9, 2013 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    You should have wrote this post after sending us a box of sweets each 😉
    Wait, you guys didn’t met until saying ‘Yes’! That is out-of-the-world. And here, I keep on stumbling upon Tom Dick and Harrys with no luck at all. Sigh.

    • Amit January 10, 2013 at 9:10 am - Reply

      I will put up a picture of sweets here. 😛
      We met for the first time on our Roka. No one in his/her right mind would have done what we did but at that time both of us were sure that it was the right step. 🙂

  18. Maxims January 9, 2013 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Congratz definitely in order!
    And the way you have with words its no wonder,
    That you have reached yonder. 😀

    • Amit January 10, 2013 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Thanks Maxims! 🙂

  19. purbaray January 10, 2013 at 3:41 am - Reply

    And you’ve earned yourself a loyal readership that loves to laugh, outrage and snigger with you 🙂

    • Amit January 10, 2013 at 9:14 am - Reply

      We all are sitting in a roller coster of ups and downs and twists and turns. I hope the ride goes on. 🙂

  20. ddeepa January 10, 2013 at 5:34 am - Reply

    I didn’t even know that you used to blog before! I only started reading you recently and I remember thinking, where did this guy come from, you know with most of the people in my blogging circle knowing you or sharing your links! You write some real food for thought stuff, so do keep writing! Good luck with your novel! And stop exaggerating about the Rice, Rajma, Paneer stuff 😛

    • Amit January 10, 2013 at 9:20 am - Reply

      I started in 2007 and it turned into real fun in a year. You won’t find a lot of bloggers here who interacted with me at that time. Then the break happened and a lot of them ended up being my Facebook friends. 🙂
      Thanks Deepa. I really want the novel to proceed to the next step by the end of January. Fingers crossed.
      And I did make all that stuff in 2 hours! 😛 The thing is that Geet cannot multitask in the kitchen. With me, all the four burners are on and I cook everything simultaneously. The first time she saw this, she could not believe the jackpot she had hit. 🙂

  21. Zephyr January 10, 2013 at 7:28 am - Reply

    It is good that you decided to pick up the wailing child, else you’d have had the authorities set on you by your readers 🙂 And what movie? Don’t tell me you are also producing a movie? Wowie! And congrats for the awesome WP stats.

    • Amit January 10, 2013 at 9:24 am - Reply

      Yes, I am glad too that I picked up the child.
      Err.. no movie. I have corrected the sentence now. Producing!?!? With my Home loan, I am on the verge of begging! I am eating chapati with onions nowadays. Ok, that was an exaggeration.
      Thanks Zephyr. 🙂

  22. Rachna Parmar January 10, 2013 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Congrats on the amazing stats. You deserve them for the sheer quality of your writing and the blazing intensity of your emotions. Interesting, your story of meeting Geet :). I am sure, she will learn to live with this virtual mistress of yours :). I didn’t know that you were blogging back then. I have been blogging since 2008 but only found your blog in the last year! Looking forward to your book. Movie? Now are you producing one or writing the script of one? Wish greater heights to Mashed Musings and Amit Sharma in 2013!

    • Amit January 10, 2013 at 9:31 am - Reply

      I think the stats are all right. They are more of people landing on my blog when they google – ‘Aishwarya Rai Fat’ or ‘Megan Fox real eyes’ or ‘forced incest’. 🙂
      I started blogging in 2007. It was fun for a long time till I decided to get deciplined about writing the book. I hope I push it to a logical end this year.
      Err…no Movies. I have corrected the sentence. All I wanted to say that there was an avalanche of movies that we watched after we got married. 🙂
      Thanks for your wishes Rachna!

  23. Latha January 10, 2013 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Wow…you are writing a book and a movie? That’s some news…waiting to hear all about it…As I started blogging only an year back, I didn’t even know that you blogged before…it was wonderful to come across your blog, Amit. I really enjoy your writings and my son loves your snoring tower of pisa :)..thank you for sharing your story of How you met Geet…And pls don’t leave this wonderful mistress of yours in the years to come…or else we all will miss her.. 🙂 Happy Blogging!!!

    • Amit January 10, 2013 at 9:34 am - Reply

      Just a book. 🙂 I have finished it. Just waiting now to get my life on track before I send it to a publishing house.
      I started blogging in 2007. 🙂
      Thanks for all the wishes Latha and I am glad that I found so many like-minded people here. And yes, Geet is making her peace with my mistress. She doesn’t have a choice. 🙂

  24. pixie January 10, 2013 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Keep writing!! Im sure Geet understands! 😉

    I wish 2013 is the best-est year for the both of you!! 🙂

    • Amit January 10, 2013 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      Thanks Pixie for all your wishes. 🙂

  25. wrldthrumyeyes January 10, 2013 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Hey Amit!

    I started reading your blog couple of years back n then gradually started reading blogs of people commenting on ur posts and then stopped reading blogs when U stopped writing them (one other reason was I too got married n was busy setting my new world) 🙂 and now that U R back I m back reading blogs too.
    … 🙂

    • Amit January 10, 2013 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      Hey Pooja,
      Thanks for writing this comment and letting me know. It really feels great when I read something like this. 🙂

  26. kismitoffeebar January 10, 2013 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Am so glad you have a mistress 🙂 There, I just went into Geet’s shun-list 😛

    Very happy to read your work and look at those awesome sketches and paintings you share! I am a newbie here and yours is a very inspiring blog 🙂
    Hope to read more! And one signed copy of the novel for me please?

    • Amit January 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      What is this world coming to when people are glad that other people have mistresses? 😛 🙂
      Thanks Kismitoffeebar for all the nice words and for that you get a signed copy of the novel. 🙂

      • Zephyr January 10, 2013 at 3:56 pm

        Hey and what do I need to do to get a signed copy too? Not fair, not fair 😛

      • Amit January 11, 2013 at 9:37 am

        Zephyr,
        A signed copy for you too if it ever gets published. 🙂

      • kismitoffeebar January 10, 2013 at 7:13 pm

        Now I must quote the greatest philosopher of all time – Calvin: Values are relative. Every system of belief is equally valid and we need to tolerate diversity. Virtue isn’t better than vice; it is just different.

        😛

      • Amit January 11, 2013 at 9:38 am

        Profound thoughts! My mind is in upheavals. 😛

  27. forgottogrowup January 10, 2013 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    i love your blog. Your posts make my husband also laugh….which is really a big deal…:D…unke yahan hansne pe generally “kaaran batao”notice mil jaata hai..:D..:D..
    Anyways, keep writing…cheers…:)

    • Amit January 11, 2013 at 9:35 am - Reply

      Thanks Deepti. 🙂 The way you have described your husband, I think I have achieved something in my life. 🙂

  28. Priya Sreeram (@priyasreeram) January 11, 2013 at 6:31 am - Reply

    keep the wifey happy; the mistress will keep us happy 😀 You have written a book- wow; hope the publishing house gets in a queue mode to gets its hand over the manuscript. Have a rocking 2013 amit, am glad I stumbled in to your blog

    • Amit January 11, 2013 at 9:39 am - Reply

      Thanks Priya. 🙂
      //Publishing houses in a queue? Yeah, dream on! 😛 🙂
      You too have a great 2013.

  29. My Era January 14, 2013 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on the cool stats and I must say your mistress keeps us fully entertained & enlightened 😉 😛
    Good Luck with your book 😀

    • Amit January 15, 2013 at 10:06 am - Reply

      Thanks My Era. 🙂 My mistress is indeed very entertaining. 🙂

  30. Revathi January 16, 2013 at 7:13 am - Reply

    I read “male feminist” and went, here goes another pretentious slob..
    But then whipping up Dahi Bhalle for her while she fasts for you, I doff my hat to you, good sire!

    • Amit January 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm - Reply

      Thanks Revathi.
      I would have fasted with her but I cannot stay hungry for the whole day. God knows how she does that. If I had my way, I would have abolished the custom from my house.

  31. scribblehappy January 16, 2013 at 10:24 am - Reply

    I was so glad to discover your blog a few months back, Amit. The humour in your posts makes me guffaw like crazy and I also love the way you don’t mince words on issues you feel strongly about. So here’s to your mistress, I am sure Geet loves her too 🙂
    Congratulations on the awesome stats and happy blogging 🙂

    • Amit January 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks Scribblehappy. 🙂 I am glad that I have such readers who relate to my thoughts. 🙂
      Geet secretly loves her (*gasp*) but she will never admit to it. 😛

  32. Rahul January 18, 2013 at 11:50 am - Reply

    A lovely post Amit ! Absolute pleasure to be here:0

    • Amit January 19, 2013 at 9:11 am - Reply

      Thanks Rahul 🙂

  33. Deeps January 20, 2013 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Congrats on the impressive stats! Been a pleasure reading you Amit! Look forward to reading more from you 🙂

    • Amit January 21, 2013 at 9:40 am - Reply

      Thanks Deeps. 🙂

  34. Manoj January 21, 2013 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Good to see you back, Amit. I stopped blogging too after marriage, lol!. I hope I will come back to blogosphere from this alien world as soon as I get a space shuttle from the time warp. I did check your blogs couple times those 2 years and inquired about your novel. Good to see you back..Hope to see more of your movie suggestions too! Take care 🙂

    • Amit January 22, 2013 at 9:46 am - Reply

      Good to see you too! 🙂
      Well, I have finished the book and so have time for my blog now. Just tying some loose ends before I send it to the publishers.
      Hahah! It seems you are stuck in married life. 😛

  35. umashankar January 23, 2013 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Sorry to be coming late to the Barclays Centre. Yet, i seem to have missed none of it! That was indeed a power-packed performance. Here is wishing a million sparkling starbursts to your mistress!

    • Amit January 24, 2013 at 9:44 am - Reply

      Well, I guess the performance was all right. 🙂 Thanks for enjoying the show Uma.

  36. Rahul Aggarwal January 26, 2013 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    awesome stats Amit !

    always a pleasure reading your posts .. so keep them coming !

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