Who Am I? Why Am I here?

Salut! Hallo! Ciao! Hola! Shalom! Namaskaram!

To the few old-time readers, much of this post may be familiar. To the new friends who may stop by from Blogging 101, thank you for hopping over.

I have been blogging for about 10 years now. The idea of an About Me is fascinating. From the time I started with Blogger and went through many iterations of this blog, my descriptions have undergone many a change. From a straightforward ‘this is who I am’ complete with pictures to the current cryptic peek into what I believe in.

So, when the first prompt for Blogging 101 at WordPress showed up in my email last night, I was not sure how I wanted to go about it. Here goes:

I am a bohemian trapped in a matron. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I am that mother who embarrasses her children by public displays of affection. I am that friend who still has the half a heart of the BFF pendant decades later. I am that bookworm who reads Pride and Prejudice a hundred times. I am one of those people you pass a million times on your way to work and can never really remember. A fly in the wall. A wallpaper.

In real life terms, I am a mother to three. A work around the home person. I love to cook. I hate to clean. I champion equality in every form. I have an opinion on almost everything but I will hardly voice it. I abhor confrontation. I love adulation.

I maintain a personal blog on a public forum for many reasons. One of those is that I like to write. The topics I write best are the ones where words tumble and fall from my head before I can capture them on paper. Most of them have to do with me and by extension my family, my friends, my work or lack thereof. The ‘me’ and ‘my’ I speak of has evolved over the years I have blogged. They have gone from bored to angsty to content. The topics I have written about have been about being an immigrant in an adopted country, about finding my place as a partner in a relationship, about infertility, about pain and loss, about becoming a mother, about adoption, about pregnancy, about being a working professional, about being a stay at home parent. The things I talk about have changed as I have. The core is essentially the same.

Every once in a while I get a note from a reader saying something I wrote resonated with them. I have met kindred souls, formed lasting friendships and most of all found myself through my words. For that alone, I continue blogging.

As I wrap up this introduction, I have a favor to ask. If you stop by here, would you take a moment to acknowledge me and say hello? Leave a note or a link to your post and I would love to say hello.


Author. Parent.

23 thoughts on “Who Am I? Why Am I here?

  1. Even for an old timer and a friend, this is a refreshing read Enkay. That’s what I realize too – some people express themselves through art, music, dance but the only way I know to express myself is through words. I love the fact that the words out there, so many millions of them, and we can pick and choose the ones that allow us to articulate ourselves the most!

    1. Summer, thank you for stopping. I read your post yesterday and had typed out a comment on your post which I lost to the vagaries of my phone. I loved getting to know you. Looking forward to reading your other posts.

  2. I have come to know your blog through http://kowthas.me/2015/02/24/adoption-story-so-whats-her-story. I have read more than 100 posts on your blog in the next one week. It was like reading some biography that was so well written that you find it difficult to put down. I almost read your blog like a book. This reminds me, after seeing your review/introduction to Island of a Thousand Mirrors, I read it and liked it.

    But, let me tell you; there is very little that is common between my life and the content here. I have not faced the same struggles; I am not a voracious reader; I am not of the same gender; I am not in the same age group; I am not a parent; Though a south Indian, I am of a different mother tongue/slightly different culture (I am sure there is a better word to say what I am trying to say, but cannot quite get it now). Yet, how the moments are captured, slowed down, and allowed to gracefully flow at a pace that your readers can see, through your posts, is just amazing. The video of this song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9yoTiVTsDk) might say better what I am trying to say.

    Thank you. I will be reading.

    1. Ramesh, Thank you so much for stopping by and giving me a peek into what it is like for someone discovering my blog for the first time. I was so wowed by your comment that I had to go back and read a few posts of mine in succession to get an idea of how it feels. Thank you for helping me start my day on a high.

      I started to watch the video but got sidetracked by my kids. Will go back and watch now. I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know what you think and am glad you liked the Island of Thousand Mirrors.

  3. Hello! I’ve just come across your blog via the 101 blogging thing, and really enjoyed reading these first two posts – I will definitely read more! It helps to read such thoughtful, reflective words 🙂

    This is my blog – https://playdoughcrazy.wordpress.com/ – completely in its infancy in comparison to yours – I have so much to learn about all of this! Abi

  4. Hi Lakshmi, I somehow bumped into your blog a few years back and have been following you since. What an amazing journey! I am a fellow Tamil and enjoy reading your writing which is so open and honest. All the best to you and your family. Cheers, Marilyn

  5. Hi Lakshmi


    Have been reading you for many years now. Was following your old blog, through your lows and highs and experienced so much happiness as you went through adoption. Missed your writing when you closed down your old blog and was so excited the day I unexpectedly discovered your new one! And though I am a stranger, I teared up on the day you wrote about being pregnant. Your writing is brilliant and seems to flow so effortlessly! Wishing you all of life’s best and lovely memories with your loved ones. Lots of love.

    1. Satori, thank you for writing in. I realize after this many years that I do love writing and probably should do more of it. It is comments like these that make my day. Hugs!

  6. Hi Laksh,
    I got introduced to your blog a few days ago through a blogger friend who shared one of your posts on FB. I’ve been hooked ever since. You’ve a way with words and your writing is extremely engaging! Good with your book.

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