A Touch Of Whimsy – Yet Another Interlude. I Arrogate To Myself…

And so we come to yet another interlude.

I do not classify myself as a writer. Not by a long shot. So, let me just say that I am suffering from something called blogging block. I am also suffering from photography block. My good friend Michelle tells me that I should not put pressure on myself and that I should go with the flow. So, maybe I shall heed her wise advice.

As I have mentioned, I started this as some sort of a corporate blog, and then got bored of that. I cannot, for instance, read magazines like The Harvard Business Review. No doubt, they are very good and present some interesting management concepts. Yet, I find the tone so very boring, and no matter what my dear friend (who is now some sort of management professor in Australia) tells me, I cannot read that stuff, or write like it.

I am interested in topics like climate change, the environment, health, hunger, education and leadership. Plus, religion, mysticism and humanity at large. Indian history as well. Also, the whole concept of corrosion. I love metallic corrosion, which is where I started, however, I am referring to the corrosion of the human soul. Evil is an interesting concept, as is the Dark Side.

Enough, I think. That is already too much! So, while I may try to go about these in some sort of serious pedantic style from time to time, I may fail in the attempt.

Esmerelda the Spider, bless her soul, has been weaving webs inside me, and she seems to be pulling me in the direction of story telling and allegories.

Bismillah, damn his hoary old soul is just sitting on the side lines and laughing. His cackling laughter is enough to scare the ghosts away, but he does not give a damn. Now, there is one inconsiderate fellow if there is one.

For now, I am thinking of arrogating a title to myself. And, like some of the Mughal Emperors, I shall give myself a nice sounding title. Prince Khurram, when he ascended the throne, called himself Shah Jahan – the King Of The World. It is her, by the way, who built the Taj Mahal, and the Red Fort in Delhi (some of India’s best known monuments).

So, I shall call myself The King Of Blah.

In The Mughal Style, I shall replace the word “King” with Shah, and shall retain the Blah.

Shah Blah does not sound good at all.

To make it more specific, in the British style of writing, I shall know be known as (hold your breath):

The Shah Of Blah”



  1. I bow down to the Shah of Blah 🙂 I do like the name Rajiv though, I don’t know anyone else with that name.
    Your style is never boring and I always make time to read your posts. Not blah at all.

  2. The Shah of Blah, I like it 🙂
    I agree with your friend, there’s no need to put pressure on yourself 😉
    As always, I enjoy very much your writing and of course your photography.
    Have a great day!

  3. The Shah of Blah, eh? I like it. 🙂 Blah is better than boring for sure. Blogging block or not, I look forward to all future posts under your new and illustrious title.

  4. hahahaha….am so sorry Rajiv…but am laughing so hard!!! I’ve spilt all my tea!!!! 🙂 🙂 The next time somebody says Taj Mahal I shall have a laughing fit!! …in fact you should let the taxi drivers in Agra onto it….for all you know it starts trending!! 🙂 🙂

    1. Laugh! By the way. If you scroll back a few posts, or look at the page on colour photography on my blog, you will actually find a “tea” post dedicated to you!

      1. Awwwww….there’s tea for me!!!!! I love those photos….that’s exactly the kind of tea stall I love….😻😻😻😻thank you Rajiv ….am just so happy you remembered ❤❤❤❤I sends you a biiiiiiig hug and I shall buy you masala chai whenever you are in bengaluru 😊

  5. OMG I just realized I haven’t been here in a few days! So sorry! My niece have spinal meningitis so I’ll email you about all that is going on but I wanted to tell you….yay for you! Yes go with the flow! I think you have so much inside you and you’ve just scratched the surface! I believe it! You are anything BUT the Kind of Blah!

    1. P.S. I just found your like button and your reblog! I didn’t think you wanted them there but tonight I’m reading your blog! I think I reblogged your flowers but I have to see if it worked. LOL

  6. Good on you Rajiv… or should I say Shah of Blah…
    You made me smile also… go where your creativity leads you 😀

  7. Good on you Rajiv… or should I say Shah of Blah…
    You made me smile also… go where your creativity leads you 😀

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