V-Lokam : Behind the curtain
Barring all the reloaded posts that I put up during my vacation and also those comment disabled posts, this is my 199th post here in V-Lokam. I am done with my 200th post as well and I am pretty excited about it. Oh btw, I had already applied for an anticipatory bail for all the mega leg pulling at some of you in it 😀 😀
I wanted to make my 199th post special too. A recap post with a few of my older posts isn’t a bad idea, huh? Well, I am not going to bore any of you with my old posts. This post would take you to some of the moments that went behind the creation of a few posts that are close to my heart and the ones that had been lauded by some of you.
PS : Click on the title to read the original post (except for ‘When I underwent sex change’ and ‘Stars Scream Awards’ for which the links are mentioned separately). Yeah! yeah! go on! some cheap publicity for my older posts. Pfft !
Working title : 3 shirts and a pant
The whole washing incident mentioned in the post is true. The same clothes got washed thrice in a week and all I wanted was to put forward my stupidity through the post. Somehow while writing the post, it just struck me express the plight of those clothes through dialogues. Even then, I never had intentions to give out a message of racism or inequality through the clothes, but it just happened that way as I wrote it. I, sometimes, start with some topic and that goes into a totally different direction while writing and finally ends up as a post which I hadn’t even thought of.
I was really tensed after publishing the post. I am not kidding, but there have been days where I had been nervous and where I have had sleepless nights thinking about the initial reaction from the public soon after publishing a post. Similar to what all those movie makers feel on Fridays ! 😀 😀 But to my surprise it was well received and even my boss liked it very much. He later mentioned in front of my colleagues that its difficult to imagine vimal the blogger and vimal the actual person ! 😀 😀
Working title and the first title : I wonder…
I was bed ridden for almost two weeks with a strange eye disease and I had nothing better to do. I was lying on my bed and was looking up at the ceiling when a few random thoughts and questions came over in my mind. Got up and immediately jotted down in a word document. That’s it ! Neither an introduction nor a conclusion for the post and not much of thought process involved in the post, but I consider this as one of my craziest best !
Changed the title to Seven wonders when I realized from the comments that I had wondered seven times in the post !
The idea to write a post on horoscope and astrology originated in my mind somewhere in 2008 when one of my educated friends mentioned that its ok to delay ones pregnancy considering the babys horoscope. Don’t know what kept me away from writing it, but what provoked me to publish this post this year in March was the news on that Mumbai business idiot who raped his daughter on an astrologers advise. Simultaneously, the verdict on another idiot who murdered his employee listening to his astrologer also came out.
This post, which according to me is one of my best written till date, happens to be my last serious post on social issues, with no elements of my regular tomfoolery. Its not that I don’t like writing on these lines anymore, I feel that there are better bloggers here to write them. I am going to stick onto my usual way until something really good strikes my head again.
Working title : We need a voice too !!
This post came out from one of my train journeys to Kerala. There was a middle aged woman in my compartment and I accidentally dropped a bottle thereby garnering her attention which according to a notice in the train falls under women harassment ! There have been a lot of instances where we men have been falsely accused on charges of harassment and this post was aimed only at that. Moreover, these days, we men get harassed too; though such cases are minimal. As mentioned in the comments section of that post, its time we used the word ‘person’ instead of ‘woman’ in that notice. Equality, anyone?
When I underwent sex change.
When Solilo tagged me to list down my crushes if I were a girl, I was a bit reluctant to even try it; she wanted us to include SRK and Farhan Akhtars!! Then when I started it, I thought I would do it like everyone else. But the devil in me woke up. This was my first opportunity to hit back at the Don publicly after all the defaming she had done at various blogs prior to that tag. I created a whole new story concept for the tag where in our Don Solilo was projected as a dumb mad scientist who creates a sex change machine, Switcheroo and I become a victim to her experiments. The tag was one in two parts; in the first part I get converted into a eunuch and in the second part, I become a pregnant woman. The only reason why I brought that eunuch part in the tag was to include SRK in the list and irritate his female fans over here. The tag had Solilos lill daughter Peanut in a special and important appearance.
Easily one of my most favourite posts; I enjoyed wholeheartedly while articulating it and even more when I had to respond to all that insane comments. When I knew that both the parts went well with the readers, I included a deleted scenes version of the tag too.
Working title and the first title – I am a murderer
A couple of months ago when I mentioned somewhere (I don’t remember if its in any of my post or in any of your posts as a comment) that these days we write a post even if w kill an insect, I was actually taking a dig at this post of mine. Though the entire narration in the post is a lot dramatized, the actual incident of killing an insect in the same way did happen. After ‘sabotaging’ my enemy who successfully disrupted my peace of mind for a few days, the first thought that ran into my head was, “Woah, I should blog about this” !! Now that the suspense of the post is revealed, you wouldn’t find it interesting to read unless you love going through a lot of ‘build –ups’ !
A few weeks after publishing the post, I was casually checking my stats when I found that someone had landed up at the post through google searching for – “I am a murderer” ! I was curious to know where my post appeared in the search results and so even I googled using the same key words. Surprisingly, there was a similarly narrated post written a year before this post of mine with the same title; but his version had a cockroach as the victim. Guess theres someone who thinks and behaves like me ! I then changed the title to the present one, ‘cuz I didn’t want to face any charges of plagiarism.
Stars Scream Awards 2008
Star Scream Awards was an attempt to recognize the worst performers of the Bollywood fraternity. While writing the post, I made up my mind to make the entire write up different from the previous years Vilm Fair Awards. In Vilm Fair Awards, I declared the best performer awards though the entire post was a dig at the celebrities. The post was neither here nor there.
The two-part post had the celebrities and the bloggers in my blogroll back then interacting, which culminated into an anti-climax involving the Ram Senas.
This would again feature under one of my favs; one because it was tough writing the script combining the antics of some of the celebrities and bloggers and also because I got to know a few more bloggers who are my regulars now.
Working title : Hickery – Cookery dock !
This post came up when a few bloggers wrote posts on cookery and on their favourite sport. I could not even comment properly in any of those blogs just because I didn’t have enough knowledge on any of those 😀 😀 So I decided to write a spoof on either cooking – ‘Boiling Water’ or on a popular game – ‘Hide and Seek’. I chose the former because the latter needed a few more volunteers to complete the post. The photos were taken at around 4 in the morning and the post was published at 5 am. I went to bed with the intention of sleeping but I was up by 8 am itself. As usual, I was tensed and nervous to know how the responses were. But all that tension paid off; Blogadda picked it up for their Spicy Saturday picks and I received the highest ever comments for the post – 423 !!
Btw, I have one more spoof in my mind on one of the popular genres here. Cant reveal now and spoil the fun ! 😀
One such post where we let the pictures speak for itself. The pictures clearly represented my state of mind during those days; blank, confused, dark, and what not ! One such day when I was riding back home from office at around 4 –ish in the morning, I came across that funny sight. I first smiled at it, which reminded me of my life and then, immediately took pictures with the help of my colleague.
V-Lokam : Behind the curtain
Working title – ‘Whats in a title?’
Oh yes, this post itself wasn’t supposed to be this way. For my 199th post, I just wanted to write a post linking a few of my old posts and mentioning their initial/working title. But when I reread the content, I got bored myself and knew that no one would be interested to just know what the original title was. So included the back stage story of almost 20 posts and when it came unto 7 pages, I edited, deleted and boiled it down to 10 posts (excluding this). You all just read the final version, now leave your feedback ! 😀 😀