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Coffee chat with Jaideep Khanduja - blogger at Pebble In The Still Waters

The coffee chats are back...And this time I've invited members of my VIP newsletter team to share their stories.

First up is Jaideep Khanduja, a blogger at Pebble In The Still Waters. This is more than a blog site. It's an in-depth look at the daily life in India and let me say, it's not the usual trope westerners make it out to be. Jaideep's blog reads like an online magazine, with insightful posts about politics and social responsibilities, as well as posts about technology, travel, and fashion. I asked blog owner all about his motivation for creating Pebble In The Still Waters.

Let's welcome Jaideep Khanduja to my virtual café.

Jaideep Khanduja

DL: Firstly, since this is a coffee chat, how do you have your coffee (or not as has been the case)? And what is your favourite time of the day to partake?

JAIDEEP: A large mug filled with a double doze of black coffee is usually what I prefer. Anytime is good for it.

DL: You have a very organized blog Pebble In The Still Waters with broad topics and well-written posts. It appears similar to an online magazine yet without the ads and scantily-clothed women. Did Pebble In The Still Waters start out as a platform for all your thoughts and ideas? Or did you create it because you didn't like the current trends in magazines? Or is there another reason?

JAIDEEP: Thank you! It is Pebble In The Still Waters ( I never thought of it through that angle that it appears like an online magazine. But yes, I don't want to stick to a particular genre or niche because I feel if I love to write then any idea or topic can pop up in my mind compelling me to create a post and publish on my blog. Hence, you have caught me correctly when  you say Pebble In The Still Waters started out as a platform for all my thoughts and ideas. Another reason for writing on various ideas is it lets me understand what are my strengths and weaknesses in various areas in terms of knowledge and writing skills. Being a Piscean I can't stick to a line for long. I need variance and disruption to think beyond.
Jaideep Khanduja

DL: I know as a writer my blog can sometimes get neglected because it's yet another thing to write. I'd also like to say I blog because I have books to promote, but that isn't entirely true. I enjoy sharing my ideas and stories. What is the most important part of expressing yourself online? Do you achieve that with your own blog? And do you see any setbacks?
JAIDEEP: For me, sharing my ideas and stories on my blog is a top priority. If I skip even a day without writing a post, it creates some kind of irritating void within. The more I write, the more it makes me happy. So it is for my own happiness that I write in a very disciplined manner on a regular basis. You can call it my selfish motive to stay happy by writing regularly on my blog. I don't want to follow any trend on my blog. Neither do I want to become a trendsetter. Every person has his or her own style of writing and expressing. I still wish to gain more readership and higher interactions on my posts. I don't see any setbacks as of now.  


image courtesy Travel Advisor, source Pixaby

DL: What is the one trope writers and film makers use about India or its people/culture that simply isn't true?
JAIDEEP: Poverty, Hunger, and Illiteracy. All three are misguiding factors about India. Our culture is so versatile and rich. People from one state visiting another state have a lot to learn and enjoy in terms of culture, clothes, lifestyle, language, and diversity. Every single place in India has ten positive traits against one negative trait. It is all about other person's understanding and limitations. If you come open-minded to India there is a lot to learn and understand. But if one comes with a pre-set notion in mind about poor India then his focus will stay only in that direction. Tell me, which country in the world, even among the most developed ones, have poor people or with no education. In fact, in most part of India, literacy rate is quite high. And the whole world knows about our strengths in technology, science, and research.

image courtesy bosemanerwin, source Pixaby
DL: What is the best Indian culture that everyone should know about  and why? OR, is there are culture that is fading away due to outside influence/technology that shouldn't be let disappear?

JAIDEEP: The best Indian culture is Unity in Diversity. We love each other because we have different styles of living, food, language, and culture. Our family culture is a known phenomenon. Concepts like live-in and dating etc. have come so late in our country thanks to our solid roots in our culture and heritage. But there is western impact that we see around in terms of fast food, live-in, dating, having sex before marriage, wine, hookah, and so on. On the other hand our youth, especially 'millennials', are emerging as much more productive having sharp skills. They don't hesitate to take risk in trying out new technologies or idea to implement.
image courtesy Cisca1971, source Pixaby
DL: And lastly, are you a biscuit or cake kind of person? And what is your favourite biscuit/cake?

JAIDEEP: I am a cake person. My favorite is Red Velvet.

DL: Thank you, Jaideep, for stopping by. It was wonderful to learn about you and Indian culture. I so often hear that we need more diversity in writing, and its my opinion that true diversity comes from the actual people writing about their cultural issues and experiences, not simply from westerners placing other races and cultures into works of fiction or movies.
Keep blogging, Jaideep, it's a great site. I hope you get a lot more visitors.
Where can you learn more about Jaideep?

On his blog Pebble in the Still Waters. Check it out, it's an insightful blog.

Stay tuned for more coffee chats.



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