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About

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We’re not exactly a big population group in India! It didn’t go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then.
I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February ’15. That’s when I had my nervous breakdown. That’s a whole saga and I’ve chronicled it in my posts so I won’t go into that here. But I was lucky to come across many, many wonderful people out here who helped me. Even if it was just to post and tell me I wasn’t alone. I can’t tell you how thankful I am for all of you. I’ve tried since, to tel my own story as an attempt at catharsis (didn’t work) and as a means of telling others that they weren’t alone either, not in their depression, nor in their cutting or burning, nor in their thoughts of and attempts at suicide. So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost dark self….but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile!

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101 thoughts on “About

  1. I had to stop by because I love that adorable Calvin! Very much enjoyed reading your humorous puns. Keep on writing, dear.

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    Posted by in | 02/09/2017, 11:14 PM
  2. So great to learn more about you! Thank you for being one of the few that followed me when I started my blog. Also, for being very kind in your comments on my posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Posted by Emily Darling | 01/12/2016, 9:30 AM
  3. Loved going through this “About Me” section. Your writing style is unique, and bumps from absolute earnestness to heartfelt humour and everything in between. I agree with the minority of the community in our country, but there is hope… There are more eyes opening every day!

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    Posted by The Lunatic In My Head | 30/08/2016, 10:32 PM
  4. some of it was very funny. I like your self deprecating style…. I have only read amusing bits, sofar. Your profile is brilliant

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    Posted by looneybitch | 31/01/2016, 8:48 PM
  5. I happened across your Blog and read your ” about me”. I chuckled! ( that was the right idea, wasn’t it?) Gosh yu made me laugh.. although I don’t confess to being an Atheist ( anything but) but I love the way you write and I am going to stalk you for more amusement. Great writing style. I love it

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    Posted by looneybitch | 31/01/2016, 3:58 PM
  6. Wax eloquent * ..Please correct that for me .

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    Posted by priyankamoraes | 09/12/2015, 12:56 AM
  7. Better late than Never , no ? This is the last thing I type before I hit the delete button on my blog. You are and will remain the best memory I take away from wordpress. Your posts are wonderful , your ability to wax eloquence ( remember !) on most topics under the sun never ceased to leave me in awe and most of all your ability to be honest and touch someone’s life even as you struggle with your own troubles.
    H – I hope someday you publish your twisted thoughts and morbid one and two liners .
    Some people affect eternity , they can never tell where their influence stops . You are one of those for me .
    Stay safe .

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    Posted by priyankamoraes | 09/12/2015, 12:14 AM
  8. Happy to be here on your blog. I hope to read your posts and share with you.Best wishes to you and love.

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    Posted by Ngobesing Romanus | 22/11/2015, 10:43 PM
  9. Hello sir, maine abhi abhi blogging karna shuru kiya hai..aur main aajkal bahoot saare blogs padrahi hoon ..i think your’s is one of the interesting blogs I have come across. I liked quite posts of your’s. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Posted by lsamc | 05/11/2015, 9:32 PM
  10. Welcome to the depression club. The nice thing about talking on blogs is that we don’t have to do it face to face, and we can take longer to consider what to say. I find that much easier, and I feel better for having done so. Hope it is working for you.

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    Posted by Mick Canning | 05/11/2015, 8:30 PM
  11. Nice info on your about page!

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    Posted by whimsical90 | 21/09/2015, 1:35 AM
  12. Hello Himanshu, I hope you are enjoying your trip. I have nominated you for Liebster Award (http://lifeintinysteps.com/2015/09/20/liebster-award/#more-522). Please do try to complete it whenever you get time. Have a great day.

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    Posted by Gaurav Luthra | 20/09/2015, 11:00 PM
  13. I admire your courage to speak what is on your mind. I may not quite understand some of your posts but to speak from your heart is to be commended. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Hugs!

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    Posted by mommermom | 22/08/2015, 10:02 AM
  14. You know I just read one of recent re-cutting post and then came to check your about, the thing I loved the most is that you write directly, your words flow. I got a feel as if I am talking to you in a person, it feels so real and so unadulterated.
    Keep Expressing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Posted by preetixd | 19/06/2015, 10:59 AM
  15. I’m coming to this party a little late in the day but hey

    Being pretty new to the world of blogging I’m still navigating my way around and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but your supportive comments during a tough time in my life have been so appreciated.

    It’s nice to know a bit more about the person behind the posts. Seems like you’ve had a difficult time yourself recently, I hope things are much better for you now.

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    Posted by mangosarenottheonlyfruit | 17/06/2015, 10:24 AM
    • Welcome to the party. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m sure you’ll find much better people here with better and more helpful words than mine. It’s a great place, mostly. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Oh I’m used to depression, it’s a constant friend.. Thanks for the wishes though

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      Posted by hbhatnagar | 17/06/2015, 10:42 AM
  16. I like your blog and that you are a fellow atheist as well. I see that God Delusion flipped you over, thanks to Dawkins for that! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Posted by Uday | 16/06/2015, 6:27 PM
  17. Maybe Indian Atheists don’t blog because I have seen so many around me. Hard core atheists! I mean it!
    I got to know them through Facebook. If you still wish, I can introduce you to them ๐Ÿ˜€

    And good job, Bhatnagar. I now know ‘about’ you ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Posted by Kritika Vashist | 14/06/2015, 7:25 PM
    • I did meet some atheists, but most of us have this smug “better than thou” (can’t be ‘holier’!!) attitude and aren’t very friendly, so to speak. And then there are those who want to turn the whole world atheist by the force of their argument. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Wouldn’t mind getting to know more sane, calmer atheists though.

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      Posted by hbhatnagar | 14/06/2015, 7:39 PM
  18. I didn’t know you had a nervous breakdown. I has one as well too, a few months ago. That’s when I also started to blog extensively. Its amazing how certain incidents and triggers change us for the better. Hope all is much better for you. x

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    Posted by Miss Evelyn | 14/06/2015, 7:24 PM
    • Thank you for saying that. Writing became my only friend for a while, maybe it was the same with you? I hope you’re better now.

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      Posted by hbhatnagar | 14/06/2015, 7:36 PM
      • Yes, writing and interacting with the wonderful bloggers here helped me. I couldn’t find therapists as I have a financial situation. But writing and writing helped me a lot, I’ve changed into the person I am today and I’m happy for it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        Posted by Miss Evelyn | 14/06/2015, 7:45 PM
  19. Thank you for taking the hard step and opening up online with us! It is always great to read your blogs or see a comment from you on mine. I hope we help you as much as you’ve helped me. โค

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    Posted by cloudurchin | 14/06/2015, 7:23 PM
  20. There’s no content here. Just the general placeholder WP words. I clicked on the about link from the drop down menu on your main site.

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    Posted by Sabiscuit | 14/06/2015, 4:45 PM
    • I’m corning WordPress for this! Vengeance is mine! Thanks for pointing it out, I’ll try to set it right.

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      Posted by hbhatnagar | 14/06/2015, 6:36 PM
      • You’re welcome, HB. These things are very “interesting” to say the least. Thank you for posting about updating your About Me page. Because of that, I felt I needed to read mine again just in case something was amiss and lo and behold, two sentences were eaten out of my presentation. Probably when I was scrolling down to edit a photo or something. Now all is mended. I wish the same for you. x

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        Posted by Sabiscuit | 14/06/2015, 6:39 PM
  21. I have nominated your for The Creative Blogger Award – https://tessacandoit.wordpress.com/2015/06/13/the-creative-blogger-award/

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    Posted by Tessa | 14/06/2015, 7:04 AM
  22. So i just nominated you for an award.
    check it out: https://ayushijoshi13.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/versatile-me-okayyyy-let-that-sink-in/
    And let the versatility flow ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Posted by Ayushi joshi | 11/06/2015, 4:58 PM
  23. Hey, tell us about yourself ๐Ÿ™‚ What are you about? Updating the about page can be helpful to gain followers ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Posted by Mon | 08/06/2015, 8:32 PM
  24. Have nominated you for the very aspiring blogger award

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    Posted by alfgarnet | 18/05/2015, 9:14 PM
  25. Hye himanshu. .Just don’t get mad at me but do read this link :p http://beautifullifewithcancer.com/2015/05/07/perhaps-the-atheists-have-it-all-right/

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    Posted by izza ifzaal | 07/05/2015, 11:31 PM
    • Oh I could rip that to shreds! ๐Ÿ˜€
      As for morality and god, I wrote a post on that ages ago, “godless morality”. Do read it if you’d like to. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Posted by hbhatnagar | 08/05/2015, 5:56 AM
      • Acha sahi hai :p tell me year and month I ll find

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        Posted by izza ifzaal | 08/05/2015, 10:01 AM
      • I’ll send you the link as soon as I find it. Don’t take it the wrong way though, I’m not out to offend you or anything. Like I keep saying, I’m the most non militant atheist you can throw a brick at. ๐Ÿ˜€

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        Posted by hbhatnagar | 08/05/2015, 10:12 AM
      • http://wp.me/p1yn2L-3g
        Hope you like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        Posted by hbhatnagar | 08/05/2015, 10:19 AM
      • I know you ll be like yeh kiya peeche parh jati hai ๐Ÿ˜› but I dont care about that because you think me as a friend and i ll act like one ๐Ÿ™‚
        Quick question:
        What made you an atheist ?
        though I am office right now and I have to give your post a thorough read again ๐Ÿ˜›

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        Posted by izza ifzaal | 08/05/2015, 11:41 AM
      • Oh I don’t mind it at all. I was never a fervent believer, my family was never too religious. I read “the God Delusion” and that got me thinking and I became an atheist.

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        Posted by hbhatnagar | 08/05/2015, 11:44 AM
      • Himanshuuu !!! just after reading a book :/
        God is all about believe in the unseen..You know why I have been fretting over this issue is because I need you to get out of depression or whatsoever that disturbs you and believe me all your torment will end when you find another book and see which tells about God’s existence..But don’t you think its the time to act an as adult in real not a 16year boy anymore !
        Your wish wisher always!
        -Izza

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        Posted by izza ifzaal | 08/05/2015, 12:10 PM
      • The best books force us to think and reconsider. Yes, I’m a nerd! ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜€
        I can believe in the unseen, I haven’t seen a quark for example, but not the unproven.
        I’m not doing what I’m doing out of childish petulance, believe me. I wish I could make anyone see, but I know that’s impossible. I’m old enough to have had a 16 years old boy, if I’d started young! Thanks for caring, and I believe you mean well. I really do.

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        Posted by hbhatnagar | 08/05/2015, 12:16 PM
      • Yes! I have not been in your shoes and i am acting unrealistic ..maybe you consider the bad situations in your life a bad omen or what but it was just that I have had my share of blessings and sorrows which makes me ponder on every tiny detail of why this is happening to me or does it leave a bad impact ..No matter who much worsened my situations were ,I got the stamina to deal with them ..
        Nevermind ๐Ÿ™‚ I am glad you didn’t freak out..I can pray you get the best of both worlds and maybe in future I can explain my tough times to you ๐Ÿ™‚

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        Posted by izza ifzaal | 08/05/2015, 12:24 PM
      • You’ll always have a ready ear here, whenever you want to vent or just talk. And thanks for the prayers. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        Posted by hbhatnagar | 08/05/2015, 12:43 PM
      • But I feel like I intruded your space and maybe not venting out should be my thing from now onwards.I do apologize..
        I cant expect somebody to act like me just because I do this!

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        Posted by izza ifzaal | 08/05/2015, 12:50 PM
      • Oh that’s perfectly alright. You are a welcome intrusion. ๐Ÿ™‚
        Do vent, it helps. It really does. And we shouldn’t expect everyone to act in the same way, everyone has their own coping mechanism. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t share ours! ๐Ÿ™‚

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        Posted by hbhatnagar | 08/05/2015, 1:01 PM
      • okay I can share mine :p
        your email id ?

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        Posted by izza ifzaal | 08/05/2015, 1:04 PM
  26. I’m glad this is an example of a WordPress page ;). Anyway, I really enjoy your blog, and just noticed you’ve been writing for years! I’m glad you’ve shared your perspective and support. Even if you feel small most times, you’re making an impact. Keep going…

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    Posted by woundstofeel | 11/03/2015, 8:55 AM
  27. Thanks!

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    Posted by hbhatnagar | 15/06/2015, 6:49 PM
  28. You’re most welcome and you know I love doing this. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Posted by hbhatnagar | 24/06/2015, 8:51 PM
  29. Thanks Kritika!

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    Posted by hbhatnagar | 23/08/2015, 8:11 PM
  30. Thanks J, and always glad to help. Best of luck with your book! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Posted by hbhatnagar | 01/09/2015, 6:15 AM
  31. Thank you Visakha! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Posted by hbhatnagar | 12/01/2016, 6:35 AM
  32. Thank you, Amy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Posted by hbhatnagar | 29/03/2016, 7:29 PM

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