Hi all, I am happy to announce that my blog, This Is My Truth, have been featured on Femina magazine October 2017 issue among India’s top 50 female bloggers, under the women issues section. I am very glad about this after 12 years of relentless blogging, although in principle, bloggers shouldn’t be looking for print media attention or validation.
My blog so far has over 600,000 page views, 500 articles and over 5000 comments. I started writing about personal issues, my struggle with love, sex, desire, men, romance, relationships, friends and family. When I started in 2004, I was a lone female blogger among a crowd of male techies, that too someone writing about personal life. This broke a great taboo as I challenged the stereotype of what women can or do talk about in public. I blurred the line between private and public a line that has kept many stories of violence behind closed doors. Soon after I started blogging, I became an active member of Delhi bloggers community, and thereafter started the Bangalore Bloggers community. I played the role of a very influential role among the bloggers community in both cities, I organized meets (one of Delhi’s biggest bloggers meet still remains the one I organized with BBC World Radio team), online and offline events and campaigns.
For my blogging and community leadership efforts I was awarded the TED Fellowship and there has not been any looking back since then.
This blog has inspired thousands of women, if not millions. I regularly receive fan mails of women who tell me that they feel exactly how I write, but they lack the courage to speak so freely, and that reading my candid writing about my life’s narrative gives them strength. Of late, I write less on personal side, as Facebook has taken that space, but on this blog, I now publish my political views, media appearance, articles and opinions published on other media/print.
I hope my readers have enjoyed their reading journey, as much as I have enjoyed my blogging journey, and will continue to do so. For one, I am confident that Kangana Ranaut surely enjoyed reading my blog, as she recently mentioned me in one of her interviews. On being asked wheather she is getting any support on her very public spat with Hrithik Roshan she said,
“That is not true,” Kangana says emphatically.
“Sanjukta Basu has written a beautiful piece about me (In an open letter to singer Sona Mohapatra who accused Kangana of cleaning her dirty linen in public, Basu wrote on Huffington Post that ‘Kangana deserves applause for talking about her life without being apologetic about it’). She is a scholar in feminism. It is not that people are not supporting me.”
It appears she read my blog on Sona Mahapatra’s open letter to Kangana Ranaut, and found a moment of solace and solidarity in my writing. This is the reason I write. About my life, about other woman’s life.
Here’s to the miles to go.