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I don't know about you guys but this has been one of the longest weeks ever. With schools closed and work moved to home, this has been a new way of living. When the changes and shutdowns came just before last weekend, there was no time to really process the information. Within days, life had changed. And then on Monday, I reported to work, from my home, with kids also at home. It was when Friday finally rolled along that I felt the gravity of the situation, how we'll be rarely getting out for weeks, if not for months. How schools were likely going to be closed for months. How work still had to be done remotely or worse, there was no work to do anymore due to layoffs or a shutdown. How there was not going to be any dining in restaurants for months.


That was a very sobering thought. I didn't sleep until 1.30am that night.

How are you all doing? What are some of your tips to keep your sanity on while we get through this very difficult time? Some of you are in places that are …

Six year blogiversary | The Sunday Salon

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Six years ago, I stumbled upon the edges of the book blogging world, whose awesome book reviews and fun challenges made me want a piece of that cake. I was in my second year at grad school and I was going through a long spell of disillusionment and lack of inspiration. A lot of non-fun activities were in progress - job hunting, thesis, a couple of dud courses, and some family matters. I was visiting and staying with my cousin's family in LA for the holidays and was on the lookout for a big distraction from all my grad school worries. So when I came across a couple of book blogs, I knew that's exactly what I wanted to do. Also, the year-end was when everyone was talking about challenges, new year resolutions, and reading plans, so the book-blogging community was even more happening then than it usually is at other times of the year.




I didn't have any plan or purpose when I started blogging nor do I have one now, other than to talk primarily about books and occasionally about the other things that happen in my life. And although I've been through phases when I wanted a blogging break and when I've questioned what the heck I'm doing here, I always come back here because it's my little corner of the interwebs where I can prattle about anything but mainly because of the amazing book blogging community.

During the past six years, I
  1. graduated from grad school,
  2. got a job,
  3. got married,
  4. adopted Rue,
  5. bought a house, and
  6. had Shreya.

It's amazing how much life has changed since then but in many ways, things are still the same. I know blogging has changed me immensely:
  1. I no longer read the same books that I did when I first started blogging. 
  2. I didn't use to talk much about books pre-blogging but now I do. A lot.
  3. I used to read maybe a couple of books a year. I have always loved reading but I never ran from book to book. Now, I read as if my days are numbered.
  4. The discovery of readathons and readalongs was like an early Christmas present for me.
  5. I have bought more books over the past few years than in all the previous years combined.

Six years on the blog have resulted in
  1. 874 published posts,
  2. 12036 comments,
  3. 273 reviews, with 213 alone being of fiction titles,
  4. 403 books read,
  5. 154,669 visits since I started tracking with Google Analytics in August 2010,
  6. Most visitors in a single day (205 on Feb 16, 2014),
  7. 1082 twitter followers,
  8. 3930 tweets, and
  9. 11,754 views of my most popular post, Hell-Heaven by Jhumpa Lahiri.

While I didn't think I would still be blogging for six years, I am glad to still be at it. Here's to many more years around here. Also? Thanks for hanging around!


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