On Thanksgiving, I Thank IMBB
By Surabhi Surendra
“Let us be thankful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our sould blossom” – Marcel Proust
I don’t believe in Thanksgiving, I mean I find it weird to say thanks to people on any one day. Life is full of Thank You’s and giving and we should be grateful for every small thing and every single day rather than accumulating it all and pouring out on the occasion of Thanksgiving. But to contradict myself, Thanksgiving is not about saying thanks on one day of the year and being ungrateful for the rest. It means that we should think of all the good things on this day and thank the people, God, community and everything and everybody around whether we thank them otherwise or not. So, this Thanksgiving, I am also taking the opportunity to thank IMBB. Why only IMBB out of all the things in the world? Here is why.
- IMBB happened to me in Andamans – when I came to Andamans, I got a culture shock. As a foreign MBA graduate working with IBM in Kolkata, I landed in Andamans after quitting my job. I thought I would find some ways to work. Basically, I did not want to make my impressive CV sound lame, but within a week, we got posted to northern most part of Andamans. No jobs, no college, no decent market, no decent internet, breaking network and what not. I was upset and wanted to go back to mainland. I even looked for opportunities to run away from here. But my husband always managed to keep me back I desperately wanted to do something to unleash my spontaneity and to interact with people outside phone and Facebook; that is when IMBB happened.
- It gave me a purpose – I have written for many blogs other than IMBB. IMBB is the only beauty blog I write for but I generally write on several other blogs on self help, motivation and marriage. While all these other blogs have also been very helpful and encouraging and co-operative, IMBB is the one that gave me purpose. I was (and still am) a no-makeup woman and I want to stay like that. No hatred towards makeup, but I love to live life as raw as possible. Maybe which is why I am also a simple, no-pretence person. But IMBB got me to try different things.
I don’t use blush, concealer, etc., but I have always applied lipsticks; IMBB told me to choose right shades and apply it finely. Other than this, when I do DIYs, it is a big challenge for me as I do not get many things here but then this is what I enjoy the most and this is the purpose I am talking about. I try to do DIYs with the less(est) or least of things available and whenever I do a DIY, it is such a spirit booster for me.
- It connected me to the world – some of you who have talked to me on phone know how difficult or broken network lines are here in Andamans. And Facebook is not a networking place for me anymore. I am on it because I just want to stay updated. With absolutely no company here, the very social Surabhi in me wanted to connect with people and that real connection comes from IMBB. It is like a networking site for me. Every morning, I open it once and open it 2-3 times again and I know what other similar-aged women or younger or older are saying. Commenting is not a mere task here, but to genuine find talkers and listeners.
- It gave me a job in an isolated place – my friends and family proudly used to tell about me that Surabhi knows how to live. Which I found so untrue when I came here because I was bewildered. Then IMBB came to my rescue. I get paid for every article that I write and though till date I have never cross checked whether I have been correctly paid or not, deep inside I know my work is being respected here and I feel safe that at least I have a job!
I tell people here that I write for India’s biggest beauty blog and all I see is exclamation! Writing from Mayabunder? Internet hai? Products kahan se milte hain? Do they pay? No, its not about paying, but so nice you are engaged with something, ohh.. now we know why you enjoy Andamans! So true.
It is not about Andamans, it is about finding solace in some place because of a virtual network. I am thankful to IMBB for giving me that very bit of confidence when I thought no, I don’t know how to live. I can not live in this secluded place.
I thank IMBB for letting me be me as a writer. Till date, not a SINGLE article of mine has been returned or not put up. Once Rati wrote back saying the review had only a few words but other than that, each time I write an article, it is put up in no time.
Writing for IMBB is probably the easiest thing to do. I just write in flow, what I feel, take a few pictures and see the work published. I don’t take nice pictures because IMBB doesn’t accept blurred ones, I take clear ones because I don’t want a blurry picture attached to my name! and same goes for my words.
I thank IMBB (and Rati particularly) for asking about my whereabouts in days of my absence from IMBB. Many a times, when I don’t write too often here or don’t comment because my net gets down, I get a mail from IMBB to check if all is okay with me. I know this is more like a formal gesture but initial formalities build the solid foundation of a strong bond later.
And lastly, I thank Jomol (on behalf of everyone) for making newcomers very comfortable here on IMBB and to the entire gamut of readers and commenters who make this place a safer and healthier place for interaction.
Rati, Sanjeev and Jomol and Neha.. very good job!
Here is my heartfelt thanks to you all and that is the reason, I am writing this post as blogger who first came to IMBB a year back and not a regular writer that she has become
( And guys can my article be complete without a signature? I mean…. Pic of Andamans.. hihihi.. so here you go! )
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