Save your goodbyes because things are about to get weird

It is true that all good things come to an end. They simply must. Otherwise, bad things will happen. And then, we will be running around, as though fire ants were snacking on our brain tissues, wondering where it all went wrong.

This blog has been a very important part of my life since 2014. More than whatever else I may have gone through during that time. The failures, the triumphs, the injuries, and the unexpected outcomes. It is not just a portfolio to give my career a boost. Or a journal to record my midlife crisis. I have interacted more with you – the reader – than with people in the outside world. Those, who have been here from the start, probably know me better than my closest friends. Because I have found it much easier, to be unfiltered while herding paragraphs and verses. About my experience with birds. My estranged perspectives and insignificant problems. It has been a bonfire of my vanities. I am surprised that you have been coming here as often as you have. In fact, I have been silently judging you for it.

Haven’t you had anything better to do?

Well, I am sure that you have. But, you took the time anyway to read my posts, hit the “like” button and share your comments. Whether I babbled about my trysts with birds, mammals, reptiles and insects or regurgitated the inane details of my childhood, you were always there to inspire me to keep writing.

I have said this before, but in case you missed it – I am deeply thankful for your encouragement and support. I am still amazed that despite better judgment – over 5800 people have agreed to receive email updates from me. More importantly, without your participation as a reader, bird-watching may not have played such a huge part in my life. In some way, shape or form, you have helped me to become the person I turned out to be, over the past few years.

You have been the comma in my sentence. A pleasant surprise of a raisin inside my slice of garlic bread. So, no matter the person that you may be, even if you are the sort who soccer-kicks blind kittens in their shins, I offer you a lungful of my love.

Thank you for being there for me. I hope that I have given you something to think about or at least, have made you curious abut the lives of birds. I am grateful that some of you discovered the joys of bird-watching after stumbling upon this blog. And I urge you to pass the love around.

Now, this may sound like a sentimental farewell letter. A proclamation that the end is nigh for the VerseHerder blog. It sort of is. Because I will no longer be posting photo essays about bird-watching and human behavior. Instead, VerseHerder will be a gateway to newer material for a few months.

Last weekend, it just hit me when I was watching Greater Flamingos as they foxtrotted on shallow waters. It suddenly dawned on me that I needed to spill my creative juices on new canvases. There was no drama behind the decision. It took me about 20 seconds to be sure of it.

Ever since I got over my speech impediment, I have had a secret desire of becoming a creepy, middle-aged and soft-spoken radio jockey. A few weeks ago, I was told that I could be a loud-mouthed, middle-aged and aggrieved podcaster. Thanks to my good buddy – Shuveb Hussain, I will be a co-hosting a soon-to-be-released podcast called Nothing In Particular. We will be publishing weekly episodes on our own website, as well as on iTunes. It is a show about…. prepare to be amazed… nothing in particular.

Thankfully, Shuveb is a cat-like wizard and a knowledgeable human – with a baritone made for podcasting. Or luring in unwitting victims into an abandoned warehouse for the slaughter. We will be featuring guests from different walks of life. We have even snared a reluctant bookworm for episode 2.  As for me, I laugh like a Kookaburra with laryngitis, yell incoherently, and try my damnedest not to use explicit language.

I am also excited about kick-starting a webcast on my YouTube channel about movies, and a new WordPress blog that may not have anything to do with birds. But, I will be posting the updates here for a few months so that you do not miss out on any of them.

Because I would be thrilled if you can continue this journey with me by subscribing to the podcast, and following me wherever I go.

And, you can continue to share my love for birds on these platforms:

Twitter: @verseherder

Instagram: @christy.bharath

Facebook:  christy.bharath.3

So, in the words of Truman, “Good morning, and in case I don’t see you, good afternoon, good evening, and goodnight”.

Together,
we quiver,
like dry leaves,
with rust stains
of charcoal brown,
humming scratchy
sandpaper melodies,
like old LPs
from those
savage days.

(Photographs: Chennai)

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22 comments

  1. Dear friend,,

    I am grateful for all the stories you have shared which have brought me both smiles and the pleasure of knowing new worlds. I am excited for your new journey and look foward to hearing about your continuing adventures. If you ever visit San Francisco, let’s connect.

    Namaste’

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    1. Ahh, tio, I am extremely glad that you got to read it. I thought about you while writing this because I remembered that one of your first comments was the reason why I had started posting regularly. Thank you (in my best “Appu from the Simpsons” voice) a thousand times. I am happy that you are going to be a part of my new adventures!

      I extend the same offer to you, dear friend, if you ever find yourself in this part of the world – you know who to call (big smile).

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    1. Awww thank you for being a reader so far, I really hope you will stick around for what is around the corner. Please do visit my other social media profiles because I shall keep posting about birds in those spaces.

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  2. Haven’t commented much but been following your blog for almost two years. Appreciate all the posts and photographs. Hope to catch you soon in your new adventures 🙂 🙂

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  3. I so thoroughly enjoyed your wit, your photos and your shared vulnerability. I wish you the greatest success. It is true, all things come to an end…only to make room for wonderful new things. Blessing!

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    1. Thank you, comrade. Your encouragement over the years has given me a lot of impetus to keep at it in this space, and also a gigantic head. Just the thing I needed to match my large nose.

      Looking forward to many more episodes with you! (big smile)

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  4. Alas, something of value, something meaningful, something unique and special will now be missing from my day.

    While I support your endeavors in all ways, I must confess that I suspect you will sooner rather than later, return to these pages and archives of your own making. What you have created here is much more than you may realize. Through your naked sincerity and passionate love affair with the written word, you have attracted and developed a very diverse and devoted readership which has come to depend on your willingness to openly share the innermost bits and parts of yourself in a way that we all can somehow, relate to. This is no small accomplishment my friend! The way you have seamlessly woven the subject of birding into a tapestry of the thoughts, emotions and experiences that are your life, is as masterful as it is brilliant! It takes true talent and a high degree of intellect to do what you have done, seemingly with ease. To do a difficult thing and make it look easy, this is the literal hallmark of a Master of the Art.

    So, enjoy your temporary hiatus my friend, revel in it and cherish each and every second. Drive it like you stole it and when you finally park it, make sure the engine is blown and the tires are still smoking! But never forget my friend, this is merely a part of the process of continuing your greater true craft. May these words ring in your ears so that you are constantly reminded of; Where you belong.

    (Listen closely Christy, do you hear it? That’s the echo of your own thoughts and beliefs you hear reverberating in my words.)

    I, we, all of us…look forward to your triumphant return.

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    1. Gosh, doc, firstly – what a generous, beautifully-worded, and lovely thing to say. Thank you from the cigarette butt-stained bottom of my icy heart. You stole a fragment of it, with your kind words. I am really really touched and honored.

      Secondly, please get out of head. You are starting to worry me. Primarily because you’ve convinced me that this may end up being a hiatus. Either you’re good at this or I am not self-aware at all, and I have wasted the time of my readers hehehe I kid. But yeah, I shall remember, fondly, these words of yours when the tires burn, and things come to a screeching halt.

      We shall dine again on these minced matters of utmost importance, dear friend.

      Much love and gratitude for your indulgence over the past few years.

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  5. I echo many of the comments of your “herd.” I’m not really a podcast person, so this might really be goodbye, but you never know. Good luck, Christy! You’re right–we all have something better to do. And yet we don’t.

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