This,That and the Other

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In the good old days before Facebook,Twitter,bbm & what have you’s took over our lives ….if you were the self expressive sorts who liked to pen down your thoughts you’d write a diary & then guard it zealously from everyone … Because that’s what diaries were meant to be .. Secret !

But now it’s become almost mandatory for everyone to “express” themselves & that too publicly !

So whether you have a thought for the day or not … Write you must … Cause you have to update your bbm status, putΒ out 140 characters on twitter & make sure something cool happens to you so that you can put up a picture & write about it on Facebook . So they write the ridiculous sometimes … Like what they ate … Or they try the sublime by quoting the Dalai Lama or Paulo Coelho or Β maybe even retweeting Mr Bachchan’s thoughts if they’re film buffs.

I have to admit I’m guilty of some of the above … But I try not to say anything on Twitter till I really have something interesting to say & on Facebook I’m largely a voyeur ! I love reading all the stuff that everyone puts out & seeing their pictures . And after that I feel Β like my life is very boring ….. So then I go on bbm & put up a picture & change my status message everyday (sometimes 2/3 times) & then I feel alright πŸ™‚

And nowadays everyone seems to be blogging ! There are blogs on every conceivable subject from cooking & travel to more esoteric stuff . I follow some blogs of people I know ,like Maria (Goretti) who writes about food & her experiences … Very nice … I can almost taste the food & hear her laughter . Then the one just started by my friend & fellow school mum Shunali (Shroff) . She used to be a journalist earlier & has a great sense of humor so her blogs are usually funny & witty .

Couple of others on books like Unputdownables & Reading on a rainy day .

And I enjoy reading all of them & I seem to be drawn into their world .. Almost as if I’m reading their diary .

One day my Mom , who’s not very net savvy but getting there shortly ( She’s just opened a Facebook account … Mr. Zuckerberg , I bet you never knew how popular your FB would get!! ) asked me “what’s this blog thing ? ” I said , Mom it’s like a diary .

Since I seem to enjoy reading other people’s diaries (blogs) & since I’ve always wanted to write like my father does (he writes plays ) I have decided to enter the world of public self expression & write my very own blog πŸ™‚

I’m planning to call it ‘This,that & the other ‘ which is pretty self explanatory & will allow me to basically write about whatever I feel like … I love food & I love reading & traveling … So basically this & sometimes other stuff like religion & politics ! Nah I’m just kidding .

It’s my little world & my thoughts about it & I hope you enjoy reading it .


  1. Wanted to be the first one to like n comment on your blog !!! I can safely say that u have the makings of a superb writer judging from the quality of ur blog!! N I love the name of ur blog- this that and the other! How cool!!! Proud

    1. Thank you dear husband πŸ™‚ Praise from you is very welcome because as you know we both are each others biggest critics !

  2. hi manasi- i completely agree with you. in my early years i loved writing my diary and it was “mine”. hidden away in the back of my almirah behind a stack of clothes so that my sisters could not venture upon it and have a great time times have changed. sharing your thoughts publicly on a network is not only cool but gives one the satisfaction–feeling of a celebrity status.however its a phase. when sad — i lie low. but when happy i am infectious πŸ™‚

    1. Priyanka,I also wrote what I thought was a “secret diary” in my childhood & hid it in my cupboard but my enterprising or rather snoopy brother found it & then I had to suffer the ignominy of him recounting everything that was written in it!
      So scarred was i by this (lol)that I never wrote a diary again ! And now that I have started writing again , I’m making sure that it’s in the public domain so I’ll never have to hide it from my baby brother again πŸ™‚

  3. Dear Manasi… I lovvvvved it and so happy you are doing this… Loved the name and enjoyed reading it too… Look fwd to more ! :)) ..

  4. One liner “Great expression of thoughts by compiling good words”. My sugesstion (may be not correct) u should keep on expressing thoughts..

  5. Manasi,super debut:) the title of ur blog is soooooo much part of our daily lives..Very apt indeed!! N very well scripted first piece…way to go!!!!

  6. Welcome to the intoxicating world of Blogging πŸ™‚ Its like a whole other world with a whole new set of friends you will make in due time… people who will love your blog and whose blogs you will love πŸ™‚

  7. Congratulations Manasi. This had been coming a while and am glad to see that you have launched yourself into the blogosphere finally, that too with a very interesting subject – personal diaries in public domain. Unlike you, I have gone and pasted every little thought of mine in the social media. When that was not enough, I turned to my BB DP and eventually to blogging. I am shocked by just how comfortable I am my life in a self constructed glass house. But those of us who write, are also blessed with an innate cunning. We reveal even as we hold back and hold back even as we reveal. This is going to be an interesting journey for you. All the best.

    1. Thank you Shunali…was inspired by Maria & you :)I love the line … Reveal even as we hold back & hold back even as we reveal … So true in every aspect of our lives !

  8. Wow! Congrats Mansi. Like father, like daughter. You never know some day a prominent publications house will approach you to make a serial or a movie our of your blocks. All the best. Cheers! Sumit

  9. Hi Mansi, I remember you came over to our warehouse to pick up books . So I guess books and writing is a passion we share . I’d say “Well begun!”. Will keep in touch with your this that and the other! Welcome to this exciting world and all the best. Micky

  10. really good…….i must say…u n rohit….ideal couple…
    even i use to write dairy….i really love the movies of your production on zoom….will be looking forward for it ……. loads of love…….

  11. Hi Manasi,
    I can so relate to what you’ve written..I’ve always been a diary writing person and even I’ve recently started writing a blog. Its amazing how technology has taken over or lives and you’ve simply put it down without criticising any aspect of it.

    Looking forward to reading more from you.

    All the very best!

  12. I myself write alot. N hv bn out of touch wid my blog fr quiet smtym nw. Bt reading ur blog hs inspired me 2 resume now! Vry nice.. I simply luv thngz I cn relate 2. Way 2 go..! W8ng fr more frm u.. πŸ™‚

  13. I myself write alot. N hv bn out of touch wid my blog fr quiet smtym nw. Bt reading ur blog hs inspired me 2 resume now! Vry nice.. I simply luv thngz I cn relate 2.. Dis ws one of dem.. Way 2 go..! W8ng fr more frm u.. πŸ™‚

  14. Vow! Absolutely fantastic…All the best as you start penning down such beautiful lines on ‘this, that and the other’… We all have lots of things to share…some prefer to guard it, some prefer to share it…Sharing the ‘good’ only multiplies other’s joys and you have begun doing that..I am sure like me, many enjoyed reading your maiden blog and we look forward to reading many more of your interesting thoughts on all the blogs u put up. Wish you all the best as you share your journey with us! God Bless!

  15. Great start Manasi!! love your ability to keep it simple,sorry but can’t resist a quote here “Easy reading is damned hard writing”– Nathaniel Hawthorne.
    p.s- will be waiting for more πŸ™‚

  16. Didi.. You are good at everything you do.. Each time you are inspired.. You create magic.. And make it work too.. with “this that and the other”.. Simple straight relative easy and honest..
    Love you.. Want more of you here..

  17. Manasi for the oh so many years that I have known you, story telling was always your forte….you had things to say about something, everything, even nothing….you also have a sense of humor…so the stories, talks, lines, paras, whatever you want to write will be perfect to read…so, start writing and I promise that I will keep reading….

  18. Late response.. 72th to be precise..;-) BUT nevertheless….

    Beautifully written. So clean and simple from the heart just like your personality. I do not read any blogs… And am i glad i have started with this piece…

    Great work again..

  19. heyyy my veryy own Ms Google joshi roy-has some thots on this that n the other…yayyyy cant wait..bring in on…loads of words n thots n humour n this that n the other 2 u.xoxo

  20. Hi Mansi , good work from a beautiful person in and out so good to connect with you after so many years….keep up the good work
    loads of best wishes.Blessed to know the best family in the whole world..:)

  21. I am sure everyone can relate to this and feel the same way. You’ve expressed it in a simple yet very interesting way! Way to go Manasi.. πŸ™‚

  22. Hello from a random person πŸ™‚
    I must say very impressive! Definitely love the topic you’ve touched in this blog…”Status Update”
    Interesting blog and I wish you all the best and looking forward to more!

    Best Regards,

    Saman H.

  23. I will never call you ‘blogger’….
    Because a ‘writer’ never blogs!
    You are a brilliant ‘multimedia writer’…..
    As paper has gone to the dogs!

    So keep on going dear M……
    Write till the end of time….
    There’s joy in it for us others….
    And more for yourself you’ll find!

    Good on you woman!

  24. Simply Beautiful, Manasi! Your thoughts, feelings and action are super aligned and this clarity reflects in your writing.. Way to go! Bestest wishes now and ever!

  25. Hi Manasi wow loved the Name “this that and other ” its as Pure and Simple and Innocent as U are…Ur blog Name reflects “Beautifull” you..U always have been very talented for the last 14 years that I hav known U and hav always bn n love with ur simplicity and upfront innocence..all the best and will wish u gr8 success always and will look forward to keep reading “this that and other” as u ritely presented πŸ™‚

  26. Hey Manasi……very well written & must say however much we dont wanna admit it, the inner self knows it all……we all want to be known, seen, be popular, famous etc etc but we should have the same feelings from within which can then be seen without trying to be someone else when your not……

    well really good work & keep it up….. will see you at my wedding, invites on its way πŸ˜‰

  27. my most favourite person in my life ,its amazing what you are doing now, you have been always a woman of substanc,and I am sure you will surely keep us amused by writing and sharing your pre-conceived thoughts.keep it up . love you –Pishi

  28. Hi Manasi,

    saw your movie love meets cute with harsh chaaya. Both of you are great artists and I liked your role

  29. it was good..sometimes i feel that i am in some allien’s world..
    Facebook is ‘live Wikipedia ‘.. people’s update are about eating, travelling (sorry to say but no symbol of bus and train are available ;-)), watching, reading,listening bla bla bla….
    sometimes i feel it is a nice “JUGAAD” to to making with everyone..but at the same time we are decreasing the moral of our real relationship with families..
    ohhhh sorry…
    very far ahead from this topic..

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