Thousand Miles -The journey so far…
It was on this day i.e 24th April exactly one year ago when we published the first issue of our e-magazine Thousand Miles. What started out as a simple idea, an urge to nourish the creative spirit by providing a platform in the form of a web-magazine, has turned out into quite a success. We have now 345 likes on our FB page and add to that the 2.7 lakh page views and an average of 100 reads per day. You may call it bragging; but the stats speak for themselves. However, at the same time, we’re wary of committing the mistake of resting on our laurels. That would be blasphemous! We have lots of miles to cover before we can sleep. In the words of Robert Frost from his famous poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
“And miles to go before I sleep
And miles to go before I sleep…”
As I look back on the past year, the journey so far hasn’t been a walk in the park as it may seem. The conception of Thousand Miles took place a few months before the launch date. It was one fine afternoon, at the fag-end of the month of January, our Founder and Publisher, Rathin Dutta and our former Chief Editor, Daipayan Bal were engaged in an informal conversation regarding literature at the CCD in our university. Being Mechanical Engineers, most of the time at the university is usually spent outside the classes rather than inside (Veltechians can vouch for that!). And so, while they were at it, suddenly an idea cropped up in Rathin’s mind about an online magazine where budding writers and photographers can showcase their talent. The idea was like a spark that ignited the dormant creativity in three other friends- Mukunda Madhab Dutta, presently working as the Feature Editor, Devarshi Bhargav, our Art Director and yours truly. Thus formed the core TM team of five members. Unfortunately Daipayan Bal, had to leave us mid-way in this journey under unavoidable circumstances but his good wishes and advice continue to inspire us to this day and will continue to do so in the future.
Honestly speaking, when we started out, we weren’t aware what we had signed up for in the first place-the finer things that go into the creation of a magazine; an online mag at that. Coupled with the fact that we had no previous knowledge of website building, let alone build an online magazine, we had a daunting task at hand. But what was amazing was how we rose up to the occasion. We have grown from strength to strength. The sheer zeal to realise our dreams, a strong will and determination united us in our march through the highway of creativity. There were times when we were disheartened by our failures, when we felt everything crumbling around us, we stood our grounds in a firm, resolute manner defying the impediments and potholes on the way. That is what defines Thousand Miles-a never-ending journey undaunted in the face of adversity, striving for excellence and growth in the field of creativity.
On course of this journey, we were joined by four new members-Nithya Nair as our Poem Referee, Akshay Vyas as our Photographer, Bikash Mahto as our Cartoonist and last but not the least Shruti Sarma Hazarika as our Article Referee which makes it all the more special!
On the occasion of our first anniversary, we would like our followers to know that Thousand Miles has recently launched its T-Shirt line. We hope that our followers would accept this new venture with the same enthusiasm and love which they showered on our magazine. In the near-future, we would like to incorporate Thousand Miles as a company-something on the lines of Facebook. Well, why not? They too were once small and had to make a start somewhere. Quite frankly, we are following our dreams. To some, it may seem far-fetched and dismiss this as idiosyncrasy, but we’re inspired by the words of the Former President of India, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam-
Dream, dream, dream
dream transforms into thoughts
thoughts transform into actions