Skip to main content

Dark - LBC Post

I have missed nearly every post of my group the Loose Blogging Consortium, for the last month.  There are quite a few unfinsihed drafts lurking in my blog, but sadly, I never seem to have moulded them into a finished product.

At the moment, I'm preparing to return to my native Dublin for a month. Although we are not moving for another few days (ten!) we have a lot to do, so I can safely  won't do any regular posts for a while. This is only making official what has been going on (or not going on rather!) for some time now.   I'm afraid my blog has gone dark.  Nothing but old posts and spam comments.

I'll try to post when I get a chance, in case there are any readers left (well, I have at least one, I know that much!).  Hopefully, I'll return from my holiday in Dublin refreshed and recharged.  I've been so jaded lately, all my writing has just come to a standstill.  Maybe a change of scenery is just what I need.  I haven't been at home to Ireland for the last fourteen years, so a trip home is overdue.

So I'm asking my LBC group and anyone else who might stop by to bear with me until I come back in July.  I hope I'll have replenished my well of inspiration by then.

This is the weekly post for my blogging group, the Loose Blogging Consortium.  We post weekly (usually simultaneously) on a given topic and visit each other to see the different takes we have on the same topic.  We are, in alphabetical order, DeliriousRummuser,  GrannymarMagpieMaria SFocdwriterPadmumPaul,Rohit , The Old Fossil and Will.  If you have time, please visit my friends too.  This topic 'Dark' was suggested by Will Knott.    


  1. Have a great trip and travel safe. I will be waiting here for your posts whenever they appear.

  2. Enjoy yourself and bring back some refreshment for me, too!

  3. gaelikaa, funny to think of you so much closer by (less than an hour as the crow flies). Fourteen years? That's a long time. The kids must be excited to get to know the 'motherland'.

    I dearly hope the break from your usual routine will give you what you hope for. Sometimes a well is a little spent (jaded as you put) and needs replenishing. Wishing you a great time. Don't forget to pack your toothbrush.


  4. Have a great HOLIDAY! Don't even think...just float with the tide.

    Take care.

  5. Travel safely and enjoy the adventure. I look forward to meeting you in person at some stage over your time in Ireland.

  6. Hi Gaelika,

    I have been following your blog, but never left a comment. Yours is a very interesting and engaging blog. I have read most of the old posts as well.

    Have a great time with your family.


  7. Do have a wonderful time. Enjoy yourself and come away relaxed and happy. The LBC writers do understand and we will all wait patiently for hearing from you.

  8. Hope all is going brilliantly.

  9. Hope all is going brilliantly.

  10. Hope all is going brilliantly.

  11. Thanks everyone for your good wishes. I'm unable to access my blog right now for some reason but I just wanted to post here - whatever way!

  12. Hope your trip was fun and warm, Maria.

    I am a new to the LCB, hope we communicate when you return.

    Blessings - Maxi

  13. I’ve been a follower on your blog for a while now and would like to invite you to visit and perhaps follow me back. Sorry I took so long for the invitation

  14. Hi Maria. I've been thinking of you and missing you from the old NaBloPoMo days. I googled your name and here I am. Looking forward to your return.

    Syd Perry


Post a comment

Thanks for visiting me. Please let me know you were here

Popular posts from this blog


Many years ago, when I lived in Dublin, I met someone nice and started dating. I wasn't serious, I just thought we could have nice interesting discussions about India, which I found absolutely fascinating, as I was working in the Embassy of India back then. I had no intention of getting attached with a foreigner, with all the attendant cultural problems. I was happy living in Ireland and the idea of marriage couldn't have been further from my mind.

We both thought we could just keep things in control. One day, after a lot of emotional turmoil and denial, it hit us both that we were in love. Truly. Madly. Irrevocably. To the point where we couldn't live without each other. I'd known about the Indian system of arranged marriages and when it occurred to me that he would probably be married off by his family as soon as he returned to India, I felt physically ill at the thought. We are both tenacious and patient people. We realised that bringing our two worlds together would…

Kipling Got it Wrong! Or Eastern and Western Culture - Reflections

What Is Culture?
I’m opening this blog post with a question. What is that elusive concept which is commonly known as ‘culture? Culture is way of life. How we live. What our values are.  Our customs, attitudes and perceptions. And also, I suppose, how we express ourselves in art through, such as music, dance, theatre and cinema.  It’s quite a comprehensive area and not too easy to define, really.

The Journey
I was born in what is commonly known as ‘the west’. I lived in Ireland for the first thirty years of my life. When I was thirty, I married my husband and came out to India to live here with him. That was the beginning of an interesting journey, which is still evolving. I must have had some east/west comparison stereotypes in my head. But in India, I found that the people I met had huge stereotypes in their heads about what they called ‘western culture’ and ‘western way of life’. Not long after I arrived in India, I was struck by the number of people who said things to me like ‘in the …

Five Ways Social Media Has Changed Our Lives

Has social media changed the way we live? You bet it has! I’ve been in India for 22 years and have visited home in Ireland maybe half-a-dozen times. The biggest challenge about this, for me, has always been coping with the difficulty of making contact with old friends and family. However, that’s all over now, thanks to Facebook. I check my phone every morning and read that uncle Ned in Dublin is furious over the biased referee in the boxing match or that my cousin Paula in Dublin went to see Take That in concert (or whoever!). I speak to my cousin Veronica in Scotland every few days thanks to WhatsApp. We haven’t spoken this frequently since we wrote to each other as kids. Social media has definitely changed our lives forever. I can think of at least five ways that social in which it has affected life as we know it.

Social media makes the world more accessible to us. This is a fact. The world is at your fingertips. Find out which of your friends and family are on Facebook and once you …