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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Chutzpah?


nay...not the least!
In fact, dear blogger friends, while I’m so grateful to all the kind souls who considered me worthy of these wonderful awards, I’m on the other hand ashamed of my incapability of receiving any of them in the right way.


I was on cloud nine when I received my first one about this time last year, and started working on the obligations right away. But I soon felt a stress building up on finding there was no answers to some questions asked by the giver or I did not want to reply to some others...which in turn posed a bigger problem when I understood that the friends nominated by me might find themselves in the same fix!


Within a couple of weeks I received many more, adding to my predicament of fulfilling the riders.
I also faced a traumatic dilemma of who to give and who to leave, for there were lots who I wanted to give away to but there always was a restricting number of prospective receivers.
And then they were like pouring down...there was one or two every third day! Ego fanning it definitely was but a realization soon came as a price: I couldn’t cope with the fact that I have received so many of them so many times, and the blogs I adored most had none! It was like savoring delicacies with deprived friends around.  Adorning my blog with awards and seeing those I loved without any was an excruciating pain, resulting into my failure of being game!


As if all this was not enough, I noticed some awardees mentioning the number of times they received it beside an award, which somewhat appeared as an obscene display of superiority, and at this point I decided (although I had accumulated a dozen by then) to steer clear of this quandary, and excused myself by deleting all the homework I had done to properly accept and nominate for my awards.
As I have received more than 20 in last one year, and still regularly get nominated by nice friends I believe it is my duty to tell you all the facts behind my having not continued the chain and my reasons of sitting on the favours bestowed upon me. I have so many wonderful blogger buddies and lovable blogs around that I just can’t pick and choose.


Your kind visits and lovely comments are my awards and rewards, and I value YOU more than anything else. Your loving support motivates and encourages me always, and I hope you will continue being with me at all times!
Warm regards and hugs J
-Amit/Safarnaamaa


PS: My sincere apologies to generous friends who gave me these awards, but I couldn't accept  them!

62 comments:

  1. Can understand your predicament and respect your decision.

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    1. Thank you for your kindness, Meenakshi!

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  2. I endorse your sentiments.
    Best of luck!

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  3. I second that.

    http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.in/2013/02/colours-of-maha-kumbh-mela.html

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  4. It is true that awards entail a lot of hard work & dilemma.All that you have said about the matter rings a bell.I too have decided to now desist from continuing these chains--not that i am being flooded by them as you are.

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    1. The number is not relevant when one loses interest..I shall never mention that after this post. Thank you for your kind words, Indu:)

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  5. Dear Amit: You have built your blog slowly and steadily and deserve all the accolades :) Awards or no awards this is one blog I like to visit again and again.

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    1. Slow and steady...it was because I love to create and blog, not to win any race as the gospel says.
      I hate competition of any kind...it's a sickness!
      A wild flower rejoices in its being, it doesn't yearn to become a Rose or a Lotus!!
      Thank you, Prasad, for your generous words:)

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  6. i wrote an award post when i just started blogging because i was delighted to receive couple of awards and i wanted to share the joy with others. however, with time i realized that one cannot be 100% honest while giving these awards and hence i stopped. i wouldn't mind writing posts about my favorite bloggers from various genres though or some of the posts I loved most (i have already done that once).

    but i would like to tell you something. you deserve all the awards you get.

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    1. ...your kind words and love being biggest of all! And I am lucky to be blessed with them!!
      Thank you Deb:)

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  7. I completely agree with you, Amit, and I made the same decision nearly three years ago! The ones I received when I first started blogging were fun and made me feel really good, but then there were just too many and I felt the quality of my blog was falling short in an attempt to respond to them all. Your awards are indeed well deserved though!!! Hope your week is going well!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Sylvia:)
      Have a nice time:)

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  8. Very meaningful..I'm sure you feel lighter..

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    1. I never displayed any awards on my blog without fulfilling the pre-requisites to save myself from a feeling of dishonesty...however I sure was carrying some guilt that I failed to come up to the expectations of all those lovely friends who gave me the awards.
      And now with this confessing post I definitely feel lighter!
      Thank you for your kind understanding, Sindhu:)

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  9. d biggest reward is d dear audience ,,which indeed you hav in plenty,,simply bcoz we luv yr post ..keep blogging cheers :)

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    1. ...God's grace and friends' love, Saikat!
      Thanks a lot:) Cheers!

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  10. Congrats on the awards and all the friends you made here.
    Keep going strong, Amit. :)
    That's a lovely post.

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    1. Your thoughts are lovely, Divya!
      I never expected anybody will find/call it a lovely post:)
      Thanks a lot:)

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    1. Thank you for your kind understanding, Meoww:)

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  12. I am touched, Amit, by your erudite view on the subject. I love visiting your blog to read your poems, and see some of the awesome photographs you post.

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    1. Oh, so weighty an adjective to my humble views...ha..ha..ha:):D
      Thank you Dilip, for your kind words and support:)

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  13. Well said...attimes I wonder do these awards carry any significance? But to each his own!
    Audience reactions is one of the greatest reward one can have!

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    1. We all have different attitudes and views. Fellow bloggers who are fascinated by them might be correct too in their own right...no issues!
      Thank you for your kind understanding and support:)

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  14. thats so nice of you.. I agree your view..

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    1. Thank you, Meera, for your kind words:)

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  15. Amit Ji, Nice to read your post and I agree with you.
    Keep blogging.
    Regards

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    1. Thank you Rupam, for your kindness:)

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  16. We understand your views Amit ji

    and the reasons given by you show a modest person who cares about his friends and friendship.

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    1. Thank you for your kind understanding, generous words and support, Rajni:)

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  17. Hi I am already follower to your lovely blog through GFC. It really feel pleasure meeting new awesome bloggers like you, I would love it if you follow me back

    my blog: www.wilsontom.blogspot.com

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  18. Amitji, you have aptly said. The best award for a blogger is the visit by his blogger friends and its a bigger honor for receiving comments on his posts. That love and friendship is more than any award.

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    1. Thank you for your kind understanding and agreement, Fayaz:)

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  19. Amit Sir, for a blogger of your calibre and repute, I am sure awards like these do not mean as much as for those who are just starting out and feel encouraged by appreciation from fellow bloggers.

    That said, you are quite correct in saying that after a point in time, saying that you've received an award N number of times reduces its significance, particularly if it has been given by someone who is not a regular reader of your blog, or does not genuinely follow your posting.

    Your humility shines through your words, Sir, as it is quite clear that you are happier when people read your posts or see your pictures and share their thoughts with you, even though you are aware of the appreciation and adulation you've received and more than deserve all the accolades that you get.

    There is a lot to learn from you, Sir :)

    But I will not desist from congratulating you on your numerous well-deserved awards.

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    1. So true, Meenakshi! I couldn't agree more!
      I only dared to express my feelings and views without any supporting arguments in my favor. Definitely there are friends who like them and the riders, and I genuinely wish them a perplexing number:):)
      My best wishes that they receive them to their heart's content.
      Thanks a lot for voicing a different thought, I honor your views, Meenakshi:):)
      PS:..and there's nothing to learn FROM me, as I am learning myself! Let's learn together:):)

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    1. Customarily I'm supposed to thank you, Indrani, but since these awards don't belong to me I would rather thank you for your valuable time and dropping by:):)

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  21. I couldn't agree more... I too was happy to receive my first one last november but now the number is increasing and I am unable to answer them. So I haven't accepted any till date.
    Congrats for winning so many Sir. :)

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    1. Thank you, Manjulika, for agreeing:)

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  22. You are right, Amit. It's better to be free from the burden of awards.

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    1. Seriously, they were causing me stress:(
      Thank you Matheikal:)

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  23. Ah! Amit! All the awards and more are richly deserved by you.

    I am of the ilk who does post award posts regularly - as you mus be aware. I see the awards as more a gesture of affection than of the quality of my blog. I receive and pass on the awards - at the cost of perhaps alienating friends - but I try to pass it on the people who are not known to my own circles. After all, good blogs deserve to be advertised and this is my small way of introducing new bloggers to my own circle.

    That said, I do respect your own decision. I am currently struggling to write an award post - it does take a lot out of you :) and, yes, it could seem like you are boasting of your accomplishments even when you are not inclined to do so.

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    1. Nice gesture, Suresh, I value it!
      You're frightening me with your upcoming post on me and the likes:):D Ha..ha..ha.. but even then I welcome it since it is going to be from a great humorist with a golden heart:) I'm dead sure it won't be malicious even though we nurture different views:) Thanks a lot:)

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  24. Amit, I hate to be critical, but let me tell you- these awards are helpful for the newbies--or, for bloggers who have less than 100 followers! Maybe, for popular bloggers... these Oscars make no sense. However, for me, motivation doesn't come easily...so, I love these laurels!!:)))
    Congrats on your Blog awards. No surprise to me. As an admirer of your blogs, I obviously see a lot of potential and enjoy the quality of your writing. Hope you don't mind.
    Aah, now I know why I didn't see your comment on my 'award' blog :P

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  25. I do agree with this other side too, Panchali, but still couldn't take good care of the awards somehow:( which I sincerely regret:(
    Admitting my shortcomings I wish there were more like Suresh and you, spreading happiness:):)
    ...and I'm terribly sorry for having missed your award post inadvertently or due to my absence!
    Otherwise I always congratulate the receivers:):)
    Thank you so much:)

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  26. Congrats on the awards. Whether you receive them or not, it's a prove that many love you :)

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    1. I'm grateful to all those loving friends who gave me the awards, and thank them from the depths of my heart:) Thank you too Saru, for dropping by:):)

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  27. Congratulations on these beautiful awards.

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  28. True that Amit..I am with you :))

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    1. Thank you Alka for your kind support:)

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