Posted by sepoy on April 08, 2010 · 1 min read

Most years this date floats by, but thanks to the CM FAN PAGE ON FACEBOOK (!) I was reminded of that April afternoon six long years ago when I started to ruminate (ahem) on here.

On an escalator at AAS, one wag stated out loud, oh dude, I was reading CM when in high school. This would not have disturbed me, had said wag not just informed me that he was now writing his dissertation chapters. I let the moment pass since a full-blown histrionic fit on abhi to main jawan hoon would have just been unseemly. Then.

You, gentle readers, need to understand my profound gratitude - you have enabled me to host a singular space for dialogue, for mockery, for exposition. So much of "community" aspects of blogging have moved to social networks (and all of the linking has moved to twitter) that this space is almost a throwback. My own commitments have kept the postings sparse, in the last year or two. Blog is dead, they say - ok, I say.

But I like being contrarian. So, hereby I pledge to further the amazing renaissance Lapata has generated on CM recently; to introduce you to more refined sophistry; to be quaint in all the right ways; to keep the internet cafe meme going for all eternity.

I thank you.


Megan | April 08, 2010

predicate thief.

Jonathan Dresner | April 08, 2010

If it weren't for blogs, tweeters would have nothing to link to! Thanks, Manan.

quizman | April 08, 2010

Well done. As a regular reader for many years, I'd like to state that this blog has been very educative. Before you go on to regularly scheduled programming, please, please, as an academic and as a historian, comment on the AMU scandal (Prof. Siras' death). http://news.google.com/news/search?aq=f&pz=1&cf=all&ned=us&hl=en&q=amu+siras

desiknitter | April 08, 2010

Congratulations! Happy anniversary, may there be many more. You have *got* to see the dancing in this version of abhii toh maiN jawaan huuN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvbg4QJ425Y

Sud | April 08, 2010

Congrats! So, traditionally the 6th year anniversary you give gifts of iron and candy. Maybe give her some tech support and dandy up the pic feed? Limited edition iron chapatis? You know, after all these years of eating with you, I don't think once we shared a chapati. Mysterious indeed.

biryanilady | April 08, 2010

so, we're at 'wood' then. a virtual cricket bat to you on (y)our 6th anniversary!

elizabeth | April 08, 2010

happy birthday, and many happy returns: may the wag at the AAS still be reading CM when he makes full professor.

Qalandar | April 08, 2010

The good thing about FIFTH birthdays is, one can at least paste this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsiZC3loArY No such luck when it comes to 6. Happy birthday, chapati.

gaddeswarup | April 09, 2010

I am not regular here but enjoyed some of the posts that I could follow a bit, particularly the recent posts of Lapata. Earlier posts led me to books by Cynthia Talbot (on medieval Andhra), Sheldon Pollock ( on Sanskrit),Richard Eaton,....which I enjoyed. I am glad that the blog has been there so far and look forward to the future posts. Thanks.

Akbar | April 09, 2010

I enjoy this blog. Esp. Homistan,Imperial watch and occasional postings of Faiz Ahmad Faiz's poetry. Happy BD and LONG LIVE CM

Salman | April 09, 2010

Akbar and Qalandar should wish CM happy birthday at the FB page too, where they are sorely missed :(

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Sophia | April 09, 2011

Will there be cake!?