Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Occasionally in life (very occasionally I must add) you meet someone with whom you have a strong spiritual communion, which does not mean you agree on every issue. It means that you are emotionally attuned to what the other person has to say or feels plus you eventually develop such a strong mind bonding that you can transmit by telepathy. Usually that person is the “significant other” that you marry and share your life with. But a few of us get so lucky that we find an additional partner without even a single touch.

For several months I have such in quasi-constant communication with such a person. Harbans Khajuria, a fellow blogger from New Delhi, has dazzled us with his clear, straight yet comprehensive discussions of the major spiritual challenges of modern times. He is a well versed intellectual that has worked in the Indian Civil service and now is in the private sphere; as I rightfully guessed by enjoying his writings, he comes from a long tradition of Brahmin teachers of Hindu culture, the only ancient civilization that has come almost unscathed by the ravages of war and conquest to our times.  He dubbed me “Dr. Sahib” , a sign of respect for the learned in India, and I corresponded by calling him “Il Chiaro”, a moniker of a statesman from the powerful Medici family of Florence.

Thank you my dearest “Il Chiaro” for nominating my humble blog for this great award. Please allow me to shamelessly copy out the requirements from your own page.

(https://harbansinnerthoughts.com/2018/07/01/the-mystery-bloggers-award/)

HERE ARE THE RULES:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
    List the rules.
    Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
    Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
    Tell your readers three things about yourself.
    You have to nominate 10-20 people.
    Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
    Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
    Share a link to your best post

Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.

Okoto Enigma ( https://www.okotoenigmasblog.com/my-greatest-creation-yet/ )

My LINK: (https://drmolaplume.com/)

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

It’s an award for inspiring bloggers with wonderful posts. Their blog possesses magnetism which not only captivates; it also add to the knowledge. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve the recognition that they get. This award is also for bloggers who get inner satisfaction when fellow bloggers comment on those posts. -Okoto Enigma (https://www.okotoenigmasblog.com/my-greatest-creation-yet/

I -Three things about myself

Why did I start my web page and blog?

Initially I started writing articles in order to raise my profile as a marketing tool to start promoting my first book, “Madame D.C.- Three voyages”, published in the Kindle Direct store. In order to organize my work better in a sustained long-term endeavor I decided to chose three major areas of interest: Emotional Frustration, Wellness and Health Care Justice; moreover they constituted the necessary scaffolding to study and write about issues that I will eventually tackle in separate books. The Emotional Frustration series has been enormously successful and has elicited plenty of interesting, challenging commentaries from the educated, concerned feminine public, for which I have decided to start writing my second book called “Emotional Frustration-the Hushed Plague.”  Once you start communicating with readers and bloggers, your mind necessarily opens up to new perspectives and sources of inspiration with their questioning and contributions. Thank you for supporting my writings and grabbing my hand in the journey through the barren desert of the stultifying “modern culture” in order to demand more substance. As many of my readers, I refuse to meekly accept the banality, vulgarity and stupidity of the contents poured over the majority of mass media as a pestilent and sickening sludge. We deserve better. Much better. And we must fight for the mental sanity of our children.

After almost 40 years of uninterrupted medical practice I believe I have the necessary expertise and experience to discuss many pressing Medical and Public Health issues. I believe that the direct communication with readers is a healthy bypass to surmount the mendacious messages of many commercial interests that do not put the patients first. Moreover the daily interaction with so many people from all walks of life has sharpened my sensitivity to their daily difficulties to access equitable and affordable Health Care.

In order to properly address the multi-faceted ailments of our patients, physicians have to learn basic tenets of Sociology, Economics, Psychology, Literature and even Theatre. As the great Spanish physician Gregorio Maranon sagely said in the nineteenth century:

“El que solo de Medicina sabe, ni de Medicina sabe.”

(Whomever only knows about Medicine, not even Medicine knows)

What is the most important asset of a meaningful, attractive blog?

Federico Garcia Lorca, the tragically prolific Andalusian writer assassinated during the Spanish Civil war, was a firm believer in the concept of “duende”, a rising soulfulness that exudes a spontaneous, profound and earthy emotional vitality. Before plunging into literature, Garcia Lorca tried to compose music, preparing arrangements for piano and voice for the Andalusian folk songs and even performing with Manuel de Falla. He conserved his “good ear” for music, which certainly helped to inspire many writings. Some experts have said that in order to write well, you must first try to pay attention to the “inner music” humming in your mind in order to efficiently translate it in words.

Every morning I sit down early in the morning at my desk, in front of my computer, after finishing my basic toilet, prepping my loyal companion since my medical student days- the “mate amargo” and praying to God Almighty for several minutes with special thanks to my grandparents, parents and children. Then I gently lay my hands on the keyboard. A tender muse caresses my face, whispers softly in my left ear and frees the “duende.”  Slowly, stealthily troves of childhood, adolescence and adulthood memories show up; they inundate my mind and offer me the necessary life-saver to stay readily afloat. Many of the characters in my novel and the protagonists in my blogs have been partially modeled on them. One blogger recently asked me if the examples in “Emotional Frustration” are real patients I have seen in my medical office. Well…Yes. And no. A few are real, some others are composites of several individuals. And some are pure fiction. What do you want me to say? I’m a novelist. A liar by birth and craft. Specially to women.

Women. In our modern times, the major battleground for socio-economic causes is not the factory or the street but the bodies of our dear women and the LGBT community. Following the instructions of the greatest intellectual mentor I ever had, my father Mario (who was a proud heterosexual) I read authors like Gracia Lorca, Henry James, Oscar Wilde and Tennessee Williams in my adolescence, sitting by the great library he had collected in our Montevideo apartment. He told me that the homosexual writers were the best appraisers of the suffering of women trapped by the retrograde social conventions. I duly followed his advice and I struggled with those authors. But I got a good head-start.

“Gracias Papa por el ejemplo de honestidad intelectual luminoso que nos transmitiste.”

(Thank you Dad for the brilliant example of intellectual honesty that you gave us)

Why is it so critical for bloggers to contribute to initiatives like this award?

Save for a few exceptions, the majority of writers start producing interesting work after living at least thirty or forty years in order to accumulate experience and knowledge. The tragic trifecta constituted by the inexorable passing of time, lost loves that broke our hearts and their painful remembrances in our present is the great motor of Literature. The closer we are to our inevitable demise as a physical entity in this valley of tears, the better and more focused writers we often become. We crave to transcend our mortality.

Garcia Lorca knew that the proximity of Death prods us to produce writings in earnest. In a conference he gave to a rapturous audience in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he said: “the ‘duende’ does not come at all unless he sees that death is possible. The ‘duende’ must know beforehand that he can serenade death’s house…The ‘duende’ wounds. In the healing of that wound, which never closes lie the strange, invented qualities of a man’s work..The ‘duende’ loves the rim of the wound.”

In the Middle Ages ( my favorite period of History) the population of Europe was sharply divided in multiple ethnic and cultural communities that shared two civic features:

1 – Strong religious beliefs and clear understanding of our societal commitments.

2 – Aggregation in professional-artisanal groups with a shared identity called “guilds.”

Our ancestors knew that individuals had little traction in a long-term fight to achieve respected social status and fend off powerful interests, including the Royalty and Church. They united in ever bigger local groups that had a common work-related feature and a civic mission in their communities; eventually they fostered the emergence of the educated, entrepreneurial and dynamic middle classes that extended worldwide. We believe that bloggers must give up the dangerous delusion that they can stay solely on their own, if they want to bring long-lasting contributions to their places of residence.

G.K. Chesterton was the first blogger in the Anglo-Saxon world, for which we dedicated him a respectful blog as an admirer of his numerous articles with simple common sense. Given that he wrote profusely, without much revision, on several seemingly unrelated topics in journals and magazines, he was initially dismissed as a “not so serious writer.” Just like many mandarins of the establishment summarily dismiss us bloggers nowadays. We must support all the noble web initiatives like this “Mystery Blogger Award.” Let’s join forces at the city, county, state, country levels to forge a common identity and fiat; we will surely encounter a lot of resistance and even some ill-gotten discrimination. But our right for unfettered access for our unique voices in the social media and our firm determination to pass it on to our descendants demand some sacrifice. C’est parti!

For the love of my children, Noel Marie and Gian Luca.

“Once you love somebody, the world becomes your foe.” 

Giles Keith Chesterton

II – My nominees are:

  1. Harbans – https://harbansinnerthoughts.com/
  2. Bojana – https://bloggingwithbojana.com/
  3. Brandewulf – https://brandewijnwords.com/
  4. Paola – https://vitadamuseo.wordpress.com/
  5. Antionette – http://ablakeenterprises.com/
  6. Da-Al – https://happinessbetweentails.com/
  7. Geo – https://justreadingmybooks.wordpress.com/
  8. Anita – https://maltanita.com/
  9. Willeke – https://irelandms.com
  10. Nor – https://noorshrfawi.wordpress.com/

III – My questions to my nominees are:

  1. What is the main mission of your blog?
  2. What is the main attraction of your blog?
  3. What is the main limitation of your blog?
  4. What do you like best in mine?
  5. What do you dislike the most in mine?

IV – My favorite blog is the following:

Sorry. I can’t possibly chose because I like each and every one of them. Why? Because my blood, my sweat is enmeshed in each and every word I have written in my page. Please take your pick by perusing with a gourmand’s eye my list of contents. Bon apetit!

 

Thank you very much for your kindness and patience in reading this rather long article.

 

 

26 thoughts on “The Mystery Blogger Award

  1. Hello dear,

    Gracia Lorca, Henry James, Oscar Wilde and Tennessee Williams. You said the magic words. No wonder we get along.
    Thank you for nominating me. I appreciate it. I just don’t have time for it and stopped participating in such things since I’m running an award-free blog. I am, however, more than willing to answer your questions.

    1. I wouldn’t call it a mission. I write about how I feel about the world, its injustices, stereotypes, and prejudices, very often touching upon my past and the challenges I have been facing. If I managed to move at least one person, and I know I have, I’d be pleased (meaning, I am).

    2. The turbulent Balkans/Yugoslavia where I grew up. Sharing what is now history with my reminiscences, as well as how I dealt with the hardships I had to encounter.
    Second would be poetry I recently started writing, which, as I see, has received more than good feedback.

    3. I wouldn’t call it a limitation, really. Maybe the thing that such heavy topics cannot attract too many people. On the other hand, I find comfort in being followed by those who resonate with me, whose opinion and support I greatly appreciate, who are interested in what I write about and how I do it. The bottom line is quality always over quantity. That’s all that matters.

    4. You know I’m in love with your ‘emotional frustrations’ series and that I’m probably your most devoted follower. I’m looking forward to reading more of them in the future.

    5. I don’t think there’s a single thing I dislike about it. I like both the content and the style. I wouldn’t change a thing.
    I wish you could find more free time to read other blogs out there though. Why don’t you start with…..say….mine?

    Have a lovely day, dottore, and talk to you soon.

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    1. Good morning and thanks for your great commentary dear Bo. The purpose of these awards is to consolidate the intellectual and spiritual link between us; you have succeeded admirably by honestly exposing your areas of interest following my questioning. Uh…Wait a minute…You don’t dislike anything about moi? What a liar! I love it!!! Regarding your veiled scolding about not having enough time to reading/commenting your blog…Do you have one? That’s news to moi. HA-HA-HA.

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  2. Thanks a lot for the Nomination!! I feel honored and very happy to have been chosen. Unfortunately my life is a bit upside down right now and I have not time or strength enough to participate and answer to questions. Hope for Your understanding. Best regards // Anita

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  3. Heartiest congratulations Dr. Sahib. I am really thankful to you for nominating me for the award.

    The following is the reply to the questionnaires:-

    III – My questions to my nominees are:
    1. What is the main mission of your blog?
    My main mission of my blog is to spread the message which I get through my interaction with others. This message may be positive or negative that hardly matters. There is a lesson even in negative message.
    2. What is the main attraction of your blog?
    The main attraction, I think is the truth which my blog contains. I am satisfied with the daily response of readers.
    3. What is the main limitation of your blog?

    Although I started blogging in 2011 yet the contents require improvement and I try on daily basis that more and more write-ups on a variety of subjects are contained in the blog. For this paucity of time at my disposal is one constraint.

    4. What do you like best in mine?

    Your blog contains all that is required for improvement of body, mind and soul. Your personal interactions with your patients and details description of variety of cases and how best to tackle them are succulently mentioned in your blog. We love your blog simply because you deal in it the problems of head and heart and also how best to come out of these problems. We wish your blog a roaring success.

    5. What do you dislike the most in mine?

    Till now there is nothing which I dislike.

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    1. Good morning my dear spiritual friend across the oceans and thank you for your answer. I believe that you have been very successful in blogging because your readers feel that you talking honestly and with their best spiritual interest in mind. We wish you many, may years of continued intellectual clairvoyance in your writings for the sake of our minds and hearts. Please do not tell that you do not dislike an iota of my blog because I might start to believe it. A big hug.

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      1. GOOD MORNING Dr. Sahib.

        Thanks for good words, but what I have mentioned about your blog is really from my heart. I do not find anything wrong or divergent to what our societies do not have or should have. Your straightforward enunciation makes difference. It may be about sex, medical know-how and other topics these are always interspersed with several examples. Than how I can anybody dislike your blog which is based entirely on truth.

        WITH REGARDS
        HARBANS

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  4. Thanks dad, for a great article. I love how you’re able to express yourself in your writing. It’s great that you formed this great friendship with someone you’ve never met in the flesh. It just proves that there are people out there in the world as crazy and as intelligent as you. Forza!

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