Our blog has garnered over one lakh views till date, in just around 5 months. This is stupendous by any standards. Especially for a niche blog that initially started only with purely historical posts on Mughal and Rajput history.
As it started getting popular, and, based on readers’ demand, sections were slowly opened for discussing popular historical dramas on TV, including Jodha Akbar, Maharana Pratap and, most recently, Chakravartin Ashok Samrat.
Today it has around 130 subscribers and 97 Twitter followers. Fabulous, isn’t it?
The main reason for the amazing magnetic pull of this blog is indubitably Abhay. He pursues research diligently, has an easy, flowing style of narrative that instantly conjures images of what is written in the minds of readers, and is extremely patient in answering the most inane doubts over and over again.
I met Abhay just about a year back via his posts, to this month. At that point in time, I had little interest in history and was primarily watching the show Jodha Akbar for entertainment. But he is a persuasive and persistent guy and he doesn’t rest till he has converted everyone he comes across into a history aficionado. It didn’t take me long to believe in the magical love story of Akbar and Harka Bai, after reading his painstakingly but lovingly compiled history posts. And my own love affair with history and esp the strong women who played their roles in a sterling manner, continues to this day.
There’s a very interesting story behind how this blog was born. A chance decision, that disallowed him from posting on historical themes on the erstwhile platform, planted the seeds of this blog in Abhay’s mind. And the support he got was unbelievable! It won’t be an understatement to say that all of you, each one of you has contributed in the birth and growth of this blog through your unstinted support, encouragement, selfless sharing of information, and invigorating discussions. This blog is not just Abhay’s baby but it’s ours too.
I have been witness to Abhay’s journey as a historical researcher and writer over the past year. As a friend pointed recently, there’s been a sea change in Abhay’s writing and discussions during this period. He is more professional, calmer and more sure of himself now. Yet he is only in his early 20's! It never ceases to amaze me that such a wise and mature head should rest on such young shoulders. He will cross many such milestones in the future, with the help of beautiful friends like you. Hoping you will continue to support him the way you have done so far and take this blog to newer heights and global audiences.
All the best to Abhay and this scintillating blog for the future!
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