Guest post by my daughter

June 26, 2020 at 6:22 pm 10 comments


I think Appa started Chapter18 in 2010 or 2011. I was all of ten years old and frankly, too worried about my middle-school friendships to care or even attempt to understand what he wrote. The most distinct memory I have which reminded me of the existence of this blog on a daily was the sound of Appa switching off the lights in the living room at 2 am or 3 am and coming to bed happy and content with what he wrote. How I know he was content? He wouldn’t sleep if he was not.

I have been taught by both my parents to put 100% effort into whatever I do. I have never quite seen Appa put that into practice until this blog came along (sorry, dad :P). He would read books, articles and have conversations with people only so that his writing is rooted in reality and resonates with the people reading. However, like all good things come to an end, this did too. In 2012 when our family hit absolute rock-bottom so did Appa’s will to write. He no longer had the insatiable desire to tell stories to the world and no one in his corner would push him or motivate him to. In retrospect, I wish someone did.

The road to start writing again took a very long 5 years. It took perseverance and determination. By me. To convince him. He would usually retort with “What should I write about? Onnume illai (there’s nothing)”. I thought that was a bit rich coming from someone who dedicated an entire blogpost to the saree (you can read that: https://chapter18.wordpress.com/2010/07/17/the-great-indian-stitch-less-garment/). After months of bickering he finally started writing consistently in January of 2019. And thanks to the God he keeps asking me to pray to, there hasn’t been a dry spell since.

The Narayanan of 2020 is a much more relaxed man than the Narayanan of 2010. He no longer has a teenage daughter to worry about, no dog to take to the vet (you can read about Viju: https://chapter18.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/an-eulogy-for-viju-our-pet/) and he has always had an independent and self-sufficient wife. He spends more time learning, reading and cooking than ever before. And he does it so that he can write about it. So that he can share stories from his childhood and his household with everyone.

Chapter18 hit 100 subscriptions on 26 June 2020. Appa very proudly shows his statistics to Amma and I. “I have people reading my blog from Italy, Pragya!!!!” This blog has been a constant source of inspiration and joy for me. I often read out my Appa’s blogposts to my friends and feel an irreplaceable sense of pride. So, thank you to all of you. For reading and learning with Appa. We now know that if 2012 were to have a re-run we will have 100 others in Appa’s corner motivating him to write.

Yours,

Pragya

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Simranjit Singh  |  June 26, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Very interesting journey. Keep writing blogs.
    All the best.

    Reply
    • 2. chapter18  |  June 26, 2020 at 6:39 pm

      Will definitely do… thanks

      Reply
  • 3. Hemalatha Ramesh  |  July 27, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    I don’t know why, but this post got me into tears…🥺❤️

    Reply
    • 4. chapter18  |  July 27, 2020 at 9:22 pm

      My daughter wrote it with much reflection..

      Reply
  • 6. Namrata  |  July 31, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Very nice and remind me of my dad… 😊😊…. Please continue your affection for writing…. we will always like to read….

    Reply
    • 7. chapter18  |  July 31, 2020 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks…my child…

      Reply
  • 8. Namrata  |  July 31, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    😊😊

    Reply
  • 9. Renugha  |  September 4, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    Keep writing sir.. From now on I will read your blog.. Your daughter had written with more emotions and lots of love for you..

    Reply
    • 10. chapter18  |  September 4, 2020 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you 🙏

      Reply

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