This is not a thank you post. This is not even a blog filled with gratitude. Well it is filled with gratitude. My whole life is! But this blog is just me trying to track down my journey and figure out how blogging began for me. So if you’d like to track it down with me, you are very welcome on Planet Inaaya! (:
Laying on my bed with my eyes wide open, I stare at the ceiling fan and wonder “When did it start?” “How?” “Why?” Let’s go back to the beginning maybe:
A five year old sketches Alice from her bedtime story book and writes a little note for her mother before sliding it under the door of her mother’s locked bedroom and tip toes outside the house to play.
An eight year old asks for permission from her father if she can read the Harry Potter books he got for her elder brother and ends up writing her first fantasy story.
At age fourteen, she writes about her first love and at sixteen, her first heartbreak.
Let’s fast forward to age 18:
Although writing has always been a part of who I am, the journey from writing in my diaries and school note books to writing on the internet was a long one. 2011, December is when my first piece of writing made it to the internet while I’d been writing for as long as I can remember! Poetry, short stories, notes to my loved ones, diary entries-all of it has been a part of my daily life indicating that I have always been using the pen to jot down my emotions.
Anyhow, 2011 was when a personal blog (www.loveforinaya.wordpress.com) was started with the hope of writing a book. Isn’t that how most teenagers who can pass an English essay test think? “I can write half decent so I will be a writer one day.” It is easier said than done, though. I was no different. (By the way, if you are still reading this and haven’t run to the immature blog link of an 18 year old I mentioned above, please know that I am grateful!)
For me, writing and sketching have always been therapeutic because I would end up taking out my anger, frustration, happiness, breakdowns and sadness on pieces of papers and then forget about them. It was a creative distraction, you could say. However, writing about fashion did not happen until I joined my alma mater, NIFT Mumbai. It was here that the bug to write about current fashion trends bit me and this is where the journey truly began. The journey of discovering a whole different profession altogether: Fashion Blogging. This is where in depth research for a mere college article sowed the seed of fashion blogging in me. The year was 2012. The article was titled “The Rise of Fashion Bloggers”. I remember being mocked by one of the jury members who was definitely not from the digital era. She told me “You should have titled your article “The Rise and Fall of Fashion Bloggers” because this monkeying around in crazy clothes will not last for long. People will switch back to traditional media soon enough.” I wish I could see her face now. 🙂 Instagram has taken over the fashion industry and the very same fashion bloggers are ruling the industry! Anyhow, that one snide comment did not dampen my spirits or belief in this new found passion. And while I continued reading and following international bloggers, I also knew that I won’t start with a Fashion Blog until I am able to give it my 100 percent. With college and being the nerd kid that I was, I decided to concentrate on my education first. For some reason, I always knew that I would do this later and it could wait. It was thus in September 2015 (three months after graduating) that I mustered the courage to finally come in front of the camera and talk about my personal fashion style. I haven’t looked back since. Well I lied. I have looked back. But only to see how far Inaaya has come! 🙂
It would be unfair if I said I did it all on my own because I couldn’t have and I didn’t do it either. I had help at every point in my life. I was blessed to have the support of a family that believed more in me than the community we come from, my friends who pushed me every time I faltered, and you, my readers, for always loving me for who I am. It’s been two years since this journey started and it deserves to be acknowledged because today we are a family larger than I’d ever expected and more beautiful than I could ever ask for.
My heart fills with a fuzzy blanket kinda warmth and my eyes are getting all teary as I type this:
Photos: Rushabh Shah