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Very Inspiring Blogger Award for Raag Desh
राग देश  | क़मर वहीद नक़वी By: Qamar Waheed Naqvi
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'राग देश' ईमेल पर मंगाएँ
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Very Inspiring Blogger Award for me! Really?

I was quite surprised when I got a mail this morning from an extremely talented blogger Somali K. Chakrabarti saying that she has nominated me for Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I got introduced to Somali through her blog Scribble and Scrawl and soon became admirer of her sincere writing and passion. And then I googled to find out about this award and its origin. I could see only links of those bloggers who got nominated by someone for this award. Quite amused, I searched more and then got a post from Walk the Wheel by a UK blogger Kelly Tomlin. And I tend to agree with her words, "The Very Inspiring Blogger Award is passed from blogger to blogger, some might say like a chain letter, but I like to think of it as a thread of gratitude, sharing and connection. It links bloggers with similar notions and ideas together; but by similar I don’t mean people who agree. As the title suggests it is about linking people who inspire." My hearfelt thanks to Somali K. Chakrabarti for finding my blog Raag Desh worthy of it. The inspiration behind my writing and the profession in which I am, can be summed up in this beautiful couplet of famous Urdu poet Akbar Allahabadi, who died in 1921.

खींचो न कमानों को, न तलवार निकालो जब तोप मुक़ाबिल हो तो अख़बार निकालो

Please note that Akbar Allahabadi wrote these lines almost hundred years ago when India was still ruled by Britishers and there was nothing like modern day media. What a revolutionary poet he was! The rules of this award require that I write 7 things about me and nominate 15 bloggers for this award. Therefore, following are 7 things about me: 1. Journalist by profession and started learning journalism from the age of 18. I am now now over 60. 2. Hardcore Secular, progressive and strongly believe that all human being are equal irrespective of their religion, caste, creed, race, gender or occupation. 3. I believe that there is a God but I don't follow any particular religion. Don't do any kind of formal worship yet I find my God always with me. I strongly oppose all kind and all versions of religious fundamentalism, revivalism and bigotry. 4. Studied Hindu Astrology from Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, New Delhi and won Gold and Silver medals, did research for few years just to know if Astrology has any substance and now I can say, yes it has substance though it is really tough for even good astrologers too to predict accurately because there is so much we still don't know how Astrology works. 5. A shy guy who always kept himself at back-end, silently working and leading the team away from glam of Journalism. Kept safe distance from all kind of politicians and political parties in order to remain unbiased in my analysis of News and Current Events. 6. Love to teach, interact and mentor young talents. This provides immense opportunity to learn new ideas from them. 7. Love Hindi. And now my 15 nominations for Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I tried to pick blogs from Hindi and English both and there are quite a few blogs which may not be that good but I find their idea and passion quite inspiring. For example, a blog Jeevan Mag is run by a team of few very young bloggers and they write on all serious topics too. Also I picked up two bloggers who write for kids, Aunt Mary's blog Easy Way | A blog for Children and I. B. Arora's blog Poems and Stories for Chidren are really very inspiring initiatives. Jyoti's Hindi blog Aapki Saheli is a good effort for creating awareness about Women Lib and Empowerment. I salute her commitment. Bharat Tiwari is single handedly trying to put forward best contemporary writing in Hindi Literature in his blog Shabdankan e- Patrika. So here is my final 15 list in no particular order. 1. Elixir of Knowledge 2. Maverickbird 3. Joshi Daniel Photography | Images of People 4. Jigyasa 5. Window with a View 6. Shabdankan e-Patrika 7. Frozen Moments 8. The Explorer of Miracles 9. Jeevan Mag 10. Aapki Saheli 11. Easy Way | a blog for Children 12. Poems and Stories for Children 13. Sunshine and Zephyr 14. I News India 15. Ananya Tales I congratulate all of you and wish you the very best. Unfortunately few of very good blogs couldn't find place in the above list, my apologies! The Very Inspiring Blogger Award rules are as follows: • Display the award on your blog • Link back to the person who nominated you • State 7 things about yourself • Nominate 15 bloggers, link to them, and notify them about their nominations
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