A final good bye
A journey began 15 months ago. Slowly the journey became my song of life. Reaching out to the masses it was, but i chose to ignore the protocols. A true social networking site, which helped me grow as a person, helped me rediscover myself, gave me an identity, a voice which i will never part with.
Twitter knows me as Aagan86. Since 5 May 2009 i have slowly built up a brand. I have voiced my opinions on everything under the sun, with elan, and over the time evolved with the ideas that shape my life now. I had a share of flips too. Slammed a “terrorist”, “traitor”, and very recently “paid tweeter” for not conforming to hardliners’ ideologies. But i took them in my stride and chose to do what i do best. Tweet.
Twitter has made me much more confident than i was even a year ago. It helped me brush up my literary skills. Twitter inspired me to start rewriting my blog. Twitter gave me the audience that i always wanted. Fun, serious discussions, “jhagra” it was all here. Twitter was the place to be.
I joined twitter when i felt lonely in a crowd in my class, and today i wave my final good bye to twitter for the same reason. Rampant chatter,copy-pasted quotes, “witty” lines that border on being obnoxious, news feeds, mud slinging, celebrity worship and pseudo intellectual pursuits represent twitter today. A medium with a huge potential has become hostage to mediocrity. (I dont claim to be a Tagore on twitter, #tweetslikeaagan86 was just my brand, i did have a great influence on people in my own small way).
I have followed more than 500 people during these months on twitter and gained over 1000 followers (not sure how many are real) but the people i interacted with were handful and i cherish every fun time i spent with them. My earliest friends here Aditya, Shakti, Neha, Siddharth, Stephen, Mohak have been the ones who have followed me from day 1 of my “active” tweeting. Followed by Bedit, Furhan, Amol, Subhro, Somesh, Pritam, Tina, Maulik, Sourav da, Yasshwant, Bhumish, Gaurav, Anirban, Souvick, Sumanadi, Punit, Dibya, Bibhu, Abhishek, Abhisek, Aditya, Naveen, Tathagata, Arka, Prerna, Sanjukta, Nitin, Sudhir, Saikat. And how can i forget Anwar, whose hospitality i enjoyed when i went to Gurgaon for an interview. There are several other tweeters who had become inactive over the last couple of months whom i miss a lot on my timeline.
The post would be incomplete if i did not mention two special persons. Ashik and Rudra. They both are very special.
In the end i would like to thank these people who i had just started interacting with and could have blossomed into a great friendship : Manoj, Chandan, Nirav, Debsuvra, Nabeel. I will definitely keep in touch with you all on direct messages and facebook 🙂
In the end, two lines by Tagore which i like to quote :
Sesh Nahi Je, Sesh Kotha k bolbe?
(End is an illusion, for nobody stays to say good bye).