Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Ghumakkad turns Five

Ghumakkad's blog-- your own blog-- completes five years on 25th May 2017. It is each one of you who has helped us sustain this exciting journey. A journey of exploration, adventure, thrill and discovery. When we started off, we never knew we would reach out to so many netizens. With just 234 page views in first 12 months in 2012-13, your blog has now crossed 92,500 page views. 

It took three years when 'Ghumakkad crossed 25,000 mark'.
But it took just one more year to reach the 50,000 milestone. And the next 42,5000 page views came in this year taking the count to 92,500! Credit for achieving this landmark goes to each of you.

Numbers don't matter. What gives us a kick is when someone travels all the way to Port Blair or Africa based on our picture stories and gives us a pat on our back! We feel humbled in adding happiness to your lives.

Over last five years, you have liked and appreciated more than 6000 photographs in this blog taken around the world--spread over 230 posts with 30 embedded videos.

Of course, the journey continues. As we said earlier, 92K page views in cyber world is no big deal. But for a non-commercial, non-political, non-religious and non-celebrity blog it means a lot. It is truly a humbling experience for me. 

Credits: Many readers have given regular feedback to enrich the blog. Please allow Ghumakkad to mention few regular readers (please pardon us for omissions if any!):

(Late)Manorama Bhargava
PSP Sarma (Octogenarian)
Trixie Asirvatham
BD Bhargava(Octogenarian)
N Sridhar
Pramod-Helga Lakhotia
Umesh Dhyani
Pramila and Mani Thomas
Rajendra Singh
Sunil Sud
M Sitaram
Manasi Panigrahi
Aditya Jain
R Raghuram
MV Vasudevan
Suchitra Chowdhury
Raj K Mehta
Vinod Dhanuka
Avinash Tiwari
Supradeep Sen
Pradeep Mohan
Ashok Kota
Masthanaiah Aluru
Arun Dhupar
A Ramnath
Rani PAR Kumar
TJ Master
BU Vuppala
Lakshmi and NR Ravi
RB Dhavare
Vinay Prasad
PG Bhat
K Gopu
M Ramesh
Anand and Farida Jain
Kirti Sharma
JA Rama Moorty
Kingshuk Nag
Brijesh Kalra
GR Nair
Swati-Swayam Mishra
Vasu Iyer
BK Nagaraj
Pradeep Siwach
C Raghuram and many more

Credits are also due to: CD Sawant,  RRN Chowdary, Deepti Thakur, A Mohandas, LV Mohandas, S Santhanam, AVS Madhav Rao, Sangeeta Agarwal, V Ramachandran, Chaitanya Shiroor, Vijay Bal, Umesh Kumar and the entire Bhargava clan spread  around the world. 

Time for a quick recap. Our first story five years ago was titled 'Exploring Bhutan Part-1: The Team'

We started off as a travelogue. Change is part of our life and soon other subjects got added. The flavour of the blog has thus changed. We invite you to sample some of the stories spanning various aspects of our life. You may click to browse any of the posts hyper-linked in parenthesis:

You can also search within the blog for any topic of your interest.
Once again we would like to thank each one of you for your continued support  and encouragement. Ghumakkad hopes to bring you more pictures, more stories and more insights into our life.

Hope you enjoy the blog as much as we do creating the stories for you.
Thanks for browsing and being part of our exciting journey.

   - Harsh-the-Ghumakkad with Neeta Bhargava/ 25th May 2017/ 

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