A Clutch of Awards…

19 Dec

…is particularly welcome when one’s spirit has been lolling in the gutter for a while.

So many thanks to generous souls D and M4 for their kindness.


This self-explanatory honor needs to me to pay it forward to 10 other bloggers, which I will soon, after some consideration. (Yeah, okay, it’s 2 a.m. and I’m bloody lazy, alright?) I’m especially thrilled that I received this for “calling a spade a spade”, as D insightfully put it, because that is OJ’s offline persona as well.


I love how this sounds like one of those foreign knighthoods or honorary degrees that Bollywood stars receive for their “contribution to world cinema excusemewhileIbarf”. What makes it way better than the fraudulent Ph.D.s is that this little cookie acknowledges “the values that every blogger shows in his/her effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary and personal values every day.”  And rah, rah, I’m all for values. Erm, as long as they aren’t numerical.

So thank you muchly, ladies.

D, I’ll pass on the bling soon and will update this post as well.

Warmly and wisely,

Your lady in neon nightwear.


Updated to add: And we’re ready with the links! The Butterfly Award for the coolest blog I ever know (or 10 of them) goes to……….. (drumroll):

  1. Circles in the Sand: Poignant text, aesthetically delightful visuals and the brevity to hold my bouncing-off-the-walls attention span.
  2. Fight Back: We all claim to say no to gender violence. But to band together and keep this daily injustice in the public eye takes a special kind of effort. Bravo, FB!
  3. Gaysi: A space for gay desi women that is supportive, inclusive and, from what I know, the first of its kind. Even among all matters gay, there’s a distinct bias toward males and their stories and I’m hoping this blog becomes a platform for hitherto unheard female voices.
  4. High Heel Confidential: My go-to place after a long, hard day. It’s fun, sassy and so easy on the eyes. (Well, mostly!)
  5. Two point three children, six point six ideas on raising them: I imagine maidinmalaysia as a frizzy-haired mommy running through libraries in a purple smock, tripping over the rugs, arms windmilling wildly. In case you didn’t guess, that’s a compliment. And anyone who makes me giggle is worthy of an award.
  6. The Key Bunch: Oh-so-stylish, with little tutorials that look so easy, they almost make me believe I could be artsy and craftsy.
  7. The Nino Effect: is a good effect. It is a blog I look forward to visiting, just like one would a new, interesting friend. As someone who takes a stand, speaks her mind and does such fun stuff with her sonny boy, Nino’s Mum is a woman I’d love to hang out with and if it’s only virtually possible, then so be it.
  8. wordjunkie: Her love for books and words drew me to her page. Her gorgeous daughter keeps me going back.
  9. Where the Mind Wanders: When Nitya casually strolled into wordjunkie’s living room and sat next to me on the couch, I hadn’t a clue who she was. Now I do. And I’m the gladder for it.
  10. Thinking Cramps: An old favorite who claims she lives in the past, Anamika’s snippets of life never fail to amuse and prod the mind simultaneously. Her online and offline personas have such a basic sense of decency and honesty about them that you can’t help warming up to her. Oh, and she’s a foodie!

Congratulations, people. Enjoy the glitter and have a wonderful holiday season.

19 Responses to “A Clutch of Awards…”

  1. grimescene December 19, 2008 at 10:03 am #


    Thought I must say what better an award for a writer than an audience frantically searching through their RSS feeds first thing in the morning, desperately seeking the latest nugget/absurdity which would affect a great start for the day….

    Wholly deserved…

  2. Nino's Mum December 19, 2008 at 12:10 pm #

    congratulations and celebrations and lets all, hic, hic, hic, say hurrah!
    hungover hugs.

  3. D December 19, 2008 at 12:23 pm #

    Accepting an award such as this becomes a tad tedious when you have to come up with ten deserving candidates to pass the award on to. I know. Take your time!

  4. Mamma Mia! Me A Mamma?!? December 19, 2008 at 3:52 pm #

    You soooo deserve them. Enjoy!

  5. Orange Jammies December 21, 2008 at 12:57 am #

    grimescene: What better award than a one-person audience who says such sweet things. 🙂 I don’t quite hear the stampede, but you’re compensation enough.

    Nino’s Mum: You like kiwi margaritas?

    D: Thank you for understanding. I’ve been having access trouble, to add to it.

    M4: Thank you again. 🙂

  6. maidinmalaysia December 21, 2008 at 11:31 am #

    yay! yay!! yay!!!

  7. shail December 21, 2008 at 4:15 pm #

    Congrats OJ! You deserve them!

  8. the snowed in girlfriend December 22, 2008 at 9:11 am #

    yaaay:) make that two person audience no? not quite a replacement for you in person, but i love your blog updates too!!! xoxox

  9. Orange Jammies December 22, 2008 at 11:45 am #

    maidinmalaysia: and yay!!!! (note the natural progression of the exclamation marks. Yes, I’m anal that way. 😉 )

    shail: Thank you, Shail. 🙂 Glad to be connected through Twitter.

    the snowed in girlfriend: Send some snow my hot-flushed way! I messaged on Saturday night…you got?

  10. SwB December 23, 2008 at 1:23 am #

    Thanks OJ. A happy holiday season to you too.


  11. Nitya December 23, 2008 at 9:30 am #

    Dear OJ, I am so honored! That more than cheered me up!!! Thank you!

  12. Thinking Cramps December 23, 2008 at 10:26 am #

    I’m in august company 🙂 Thanks OJ! Really appreciate that and am humbled and honored at the same time.

    Christmassy hugs!

  13. maidinmalaysia December 23, 2008 at 11:27 am #


    between the time i first read you gave me an award up until now, i checked your site every half hour….! and a full twenty hours later my name’s still there!!!

    *oray shock! * as they would say in my homestate…


    *does a quantum leap* …

    (the residents on the seventh floor now have a maid-in-malaysia- shaped hole in their living room)

    will post a celebration post shortly!

  14. Nino's Mum December 23, 2008 at 1:06 pm #

    holy cow! yipee!
    you know you’ve done me a lot of firsts, right? thanks so much, OJ, you just totally, unexpectedly and wonderfully made my day!

  15. Orange Jammies December 23, 2008 at 6:08 pm #

    SwB: You keep posting, y’hear? It’s a right shame we don’t get more of you!

    Nitya: So glad. 🙂 Enjoy.

    Thinking Cramps: You’re actually in July company but you can ignore that terrible ‘joke’ and pretend it didn’t happen.

    maininmalaysia: lol@”oray shock” 😆 Just for this dramatic reaction, you should be awarded yet another shiny badge.

    Nino’s Mum: So I read on your blog. 🙂 I hadn’t realized. Saaru chhe.

  16. wordjunkie December 28, 2008 at 7:18 am #

    Just got back last night, after three days of gaping wonder-struck at snow… to see more butterflies on my blog!! Thanks, OJ.

  17. Orange Jammies December 28, 2008 at 11:19 am #

    wordjunkie: Tell all, tell all! You know what I’m dying to hear. 😀

  18. maidinmalaysia December 30, 2008 at 6:36 pm #


    your butterfly pic is finally up on my blog!!!!

    come , come, come, quickly take a look — it might flutter by, else

  19. Orange Jammies January 2, 2009 at 11:20 pm #

    maidinmalaysia: Flapping right over!

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