By D.B.S. Jeyaraj
It was with the dawn of year 2009 that I launched this blog with lots of hope and enthusiasm.
This was how I described my aims in my inaugural blog titled “Beginning to blog after 32 years of journalism”
|“This blog would be one where I post my thoughts and views on different subjects It would not focus on politics and current affairs much. This does not mean that I would not write on such topics. I will.But my main focus would be on other subjects and themes. Sometimes I feel that I’ve short-changed myself by focusing on politics greatly. Nowadays politics disgusts and depresses me.As a person I have a lot of diverse interests. I’m passionate about films and some film personalities.I also read books, magazines. Avidly! I am also interested in things like music, dance, drama, sports, foreign affairs, Human rights,wildlife, history, literature, nature, architecture, archaeology, travel, places of interest etc.So my blog would reflect these wide-ranging interests in the days to come .People, places, events, ideas etc would be a recurring agenda in the blogs. Nostalgia for the past will be a dominant theme as I am rather sentimental.So I think there would be a variety of posts as time goes by. Eclectic! The underlying thread in all these would be my thoughts, impressions and experiences. MY TAKE on these matters”.|
But then something happened or did not happen.
The best laid plans of men and mice go awry, they say.
In spite of expressing my good intentions, the stark truth is that I have not been able to translate those into effective action. Performance has not kept pace with pledges.
This blog hasn’t been updated since February 4th. Thirty days of March have passed and this weblog remains blank.
Hence, this hurry to write on March 31st so that the month would not end without something being posted.
The silver lining, if I may call it that, is the persistent loyalty of my readers. Though I haven’t posted anything on this site for more than seven weeks, they dutifully visit each day and depart disappointed.
I am truly touched and humbled.
From thousands a day in February the traffic has dropped to hundreds daily in March.
Many have queried in e-mails about why I havent written. Except for a few, I didnâ€™t respond to most. I am sorry.
Some have asked directly in person and on the phone, “why”?. I’ve tried to explain but I doubt whether they were satisfied.
There are indeed many reasons for this dismal state of affairs but I think it’s best that I dont try to go into all those. All that I want to say at this point of time is “SORRY” and “MEA CULPA”.
Well, I think I’ve sorted matters out and thought things through. Hopefully, this non-productive interlude is ending on this day.
Yep, I most solemnly promise that I will commence blogging seriously, systematically and above all consistently from this day onwards. I will also try and diversify the theme and content of these blogs as much as I could.
Once again, I thank you all for your patience and reiterate my invitation to visit my blog as many times as you can and together with other readers engage in an amiable conversation.
I do hope you all will say: All is forgiven. Let’s make a fresh start”.
Having said this, let me focus on an important issue that’s been troubling me terribly and causing deep distress personally.
It’s the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka’s northern mainland known as Wanni.
Please check it out on my next posting.