the SMILE !

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the SMILE!

  SMILE! The other day I was sitting in my office with my childhood friend Mr Suresh Sarwade who is a famous photo and videographer in our area. His son Itihas was also there and we were discussing about his future career. Meanwhile during the meeting I showed them my Blog, I was talking to them regarding the Posts, the Follow, the Stats and almost everything regarding this ‘Blog World’. I think, in a way I was telling them and was rather patting on my own back. At the tail end of our discussion and meeting, his son asked me a question- “Uncle have you ever invited those friends of yours in this blogging world to visit our place? That question was something sarcastic for me and I just smiled. I did not know then as to why I Smiled. In response to my smile, poor thing he also smiled. There was no exchange of words between us regarding that.     It was night and we parted. The next day I was thinking about the question what my friend’s son asked. I was questioning myself as to why I smiled. After a long and healthy confrontation with my own self, some thoughts poured into me as follows:

  1. a) Almost on a daily basis I tend to be in the Blogging World and keep meeting so many people, with no discussions; many times from either of the sides.
  1. b) We, at both the ends may meet at the same time or not, but we do have interconnections through the Net.
  1. c) Through their Photos on respective blogs or Images on the Gravatar,

We have them in our minds as to whom we are speaking through.

  1. d) As far as my observation goes I see bloggers with indifferent names or they have given different names than what their actual name is. Some of them cover their faces, some of them make the photo blur, some of them give their favourite picture, some of them a clear cut image of what and how they actually look like, some of them show a tree, some of them a wall, a cartoon picture or something that has come into their minds, some of them ……..

Seeing to all this I was talking to myself. That was really interesting and the outcome of the talk was: On a daily basis I tend to meet so many people on their blogs. They would speak through their blogs; they share thoughts, life experiences, anecdotes, feelings, their achievements, their travels and the like, through their own prose and poetry or photos they have clicked. They would even want to know what would the person on the other side feel like, they would even expect a like or a comment, which would make them happy for having shared it. None of us would want to meet in person unless except in exceptional cases; where bloggers would want to meet on exceptional purposes. We all know that there is a human being on the other side and is responding in some way, by a like or a comment. Some may even not do it, they keep silent. But they want somebody to see and share their feelings and thoughts; it might be a one way traffic which may be, they want it that way. Some may meet once, put a like or comment and will go so far as to not meet once again. I was thinking of all this, this, which has been a way of living in these times (in this century for that matter). We may not meet at all but a sort of satisfaction or happiness we derive is commendable. A society that has been formed and is set to be lived in this way, I feel it is the interactions between souls. After the analysis and pondering of those thoughts, once again I had – the SMILE!  




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30 thoughts on “the SMILE !

    Annette Rochelle Aben said:
    June 17, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Thank you for this most generous compliment. It is my honor to share the light from within and I am humbled that you have chosen to include me in this bright, shiny post. Much love and many blessings to you.

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    bethbyrnes said:
    June 19, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    It was kind of you to include me here. I consider everyone in my community to be a friend and when they visit and comment, it is a bonus. Thank you for doing both and for honouring me in this way. Have a lovely weekend! 🙂

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    lucydanvers said:
    June 19, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Thank you for the lovely mention. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and I think you write very well. I really appreciated how you approached me when you discovered my blog, and I think your blogging etiquette is really good.

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    LDG luciledegodoy said:
    June 19, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Heartfelt thanks for this lovely and generous inclusion of my smile on your post.
    Sending more smiles your way! Have a beautiful weekend.

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    Deb said:
    June 19, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Wow thanks Shiva what a great post. Wouldn’t it be fun if someday we all did meet each other in the real world, what traveling we would do and what cultures we would learn. That’s really quite an insightful observation you had and how fortunate are we to be able to communicate with you and read and share your thoughts and ideas. You make me smile and also make me feel honored and proud, thank you for that!!! I wish all the best to your childhood friend Mr. Suresh Sarwade and his son Itihas and of course you!!!


    Deb said:
    June 21, 2015 at 1:39 am

    I have nominated you for The Creative Blogger Award…check

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    scottishmomus said:
    June 21, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    There must be something in the ether this week calling for this reflection. So many kindred souls musing on the connections made here. The sharing of selves in so many ways, hopefully for the betterment of our world. I smile here on a daily basis at so many so willing.

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    Alok Singhal said:
    June 21, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Thank you so much, Sir…it is indeed great being connected to fellow bloggers. No matter where we are in the world, we all have sort of an emotional connection.

    Your post brought ‘smile’ on my face too.

    Cheers to all of us.
    Thanks you so much for mentioning me….it is an honor.

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    Ipuna Black said:
    June 23, 2015 at 4:44 am

    Sorry for my late response! Life has been busy for me, and I’ve missed my blogging world! I love what you said in this post, and I completely agree. You made me smile tonight! Thanks!

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    Beatriz Portela said:
    June 23, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Lovely post. There is nothing like a smile….

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    Anggie Retno said:
    July 30, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Dear Shiva,

    I am really honored to be part of this profound thoughts you share through your post about The Smile. I realize that people smile less and less today while in fact it makes us feel good actually, and it’s free (you don’t have to pay for smiling).

    Keep the good writing coming up. I’m trying to get back to my blog soon as well.

    Good day.


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    dawnlizjones said:
    August 12, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Great! My thoughts and attitudes are also evolving with this international connection.

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    Ngobesing Romanus said:
    September 22, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Lovely post. I actually enjoy reading this post. It is about all of us. We meet people through our blogs who mean far more to us than many people we know in person. They show us love; they are supportive; and we learn from them. Thank you for this post. Have a great day.

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    Sonnie Amadi said:
    September 23, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    This made me smile, well done Shiva!

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    Erika Kind said:
    October 12, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    That was beautiful, Shiva! Our friends here, the interaction, the posts, the comments, the replies. It all makes us smile. Or we smile while commenting and replying and that shines through our words and spreads that smile. I also love your thoughts of how different everybody presents themselves. Thank you for sharing this.

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    Geetha B said:
    October 27, 2015 at 8:17 am

    A smile is always welcome. Interesting what you mention about the way communication has become so personal and detailed yet the person communicating has become so Anonymous most of the time. I guess that if you live in Truth and if you live what you debate then you are never ashamed of showing your face because the “Truth sets you free” as goes the saying. It is very rare that bloggers don’t put their pictures but have a very raw and real way of talking. Obviously there are those who are living a personally challenging situation where there is a split between their values and beliefs and how this relates to their social circumstances but aside from these or other similar circumstances, I believe you should stand for what you believe in and be open to the world regarding who you are. Thanks for stopping by my blog and allowing me to discover such a candidly sincere and loving human being. Keep well always. G.

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    Isabella said:
    December 5, 2015 at 7:54 am

    😀 to you Shiva all the way from Norway.

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    Fourth Generation Farmgirl said:
    January 19, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    This is a beautiful post, and your words ring true. It’s the connectedness that’s such a part of our human experience. Actually, stopping and getting to know a person–having a conversation….and sharing a smile. 🙂
    Thank you for a thought-provoking post.

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      Shiva Malekopmath responded:
      January 19, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks Tonya
      I loved the way you put it.
      Since then, I mean after I put the Post I have seen so many people smiling in this blog world.
      Thanks once again to all of them who have smiled in grace in my Blog.
      Keep reading.

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    Nisthur Anadi said:
    January 20, 2016 at 10:53 am

    It’s awesome dedication!


    Radically Distinctive said:
    March 25, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Hi Shiva, thanks for your visit & like both, I highly appreciate it, I have just come across your blog, I am highly impressed by reading your blog, as by reading your thoughts I noticed you are so kind & emotional person, who thinks about others also. I am overwhelmed, in this competitive world very few people think about others, I am glad to know, that I am not the only one, who thinks about others too, I am also a very emotional person.. and I too think from my heart…

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    windowcolquhoun810 said:
    May 20, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    An interesting post and I had to read it as I am a natural smiler and whilst I am not sure if it is an inherited trait, I am so very grateful that I have it. Thank you for visiting my blog. 🙂

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      Shiva Malekopmath responded:
      May 20, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Wendy Robinson!
      It does mean that you have browsed my Blog and because of this quality of yours you have read this post by its title and have enjoyed it. See such a beautiful quality you have which many do not possess, it does not take any money for that. I loved to know about that.
      May you always be so Smilingggggg!!!!!
      Fondest Regards,

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      Shiva Malekopmath responded:
      May 20, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      One more important thing is you have not put your like on the post, I request you to please put your like apart from the comment.


    levishedated (Robert C Day) said:
    May 31, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Super! 🙂


    Jonathan Caswell said:
    December 25, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

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    penneyvanderbilt said:
    November 3, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Reblogged this on Crazy Pasta Child.


    swamiyesudas said:
    May 20, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    good article, my dear Shiva. i think i smile a lot tho i ponder, perhaps too much, on the evil in the world. …about inviting you to my place… would like it very much, but my already poor place is too dilapidated now. can’t visit you either, (age and health), but, as you say, we visit each other (one another) thro our blogs. thank God for that. …more later. love n regards. 🙂


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