Thursday, January 12, 2012

5 Years Of Livefist!

Doesn't feel like it, but it's been five years on the blog today! I remember starting Livefist on the evening of 12 January 2007, sipping on cheap whiskey at the studio apartment I lived in at the time in South Delhi, contemplating existence and an offer to move from the newspaper I was with at the time to a television station (I did, two months later). I'd started this milblog as a place to bung defence stories I couldn't bung on air (I'd been warned my hands would be full on TV). But in five years, I think I can say Livefist turned out okay; the damn thing sort of has its space, yes? And I have all of you readers to thank. The encouragement I've received from you folks over the years (on email everyday, through the phone, and on at least three memorable occasions, in person) has been a supreme source of energy. So, wherever you are -- and if it's legal/unblasphemous -- do knock one back on me.

This year is going to be an exciting one, and I plan to experiment a bit more with the blog. I'll let you know all about it once things are in place. Meanwhile, as always, stay tuned and have the best year possible! -- Shiv

62 comments :

Vishal Jolapara said...

Great Job Shiv!

The TOP Man in this (what used to be) shadowy/hazy niche called Defence Reporting.

You've now just settled into cruise altitude, EFTs loaded - Long Way to go ;)

Best Regards - Vishal

Ju² said...

Happy birthday LiveFist!!!!
And long life to you, Shiv!
Really nice job you've done in 5 years. Not so many people could say so.
Thumb up ;)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your daily updates Shiv !
Keep up the good work !

Heberian said...

Nice run Shiv! Keep going!

Anonymous said...

Shiv ur the best. I hopw Live Fist will go on and on and on..

joygoswami said...

Congrats ShivJi. Truely, your reporting has always been spot-on and excellent. Thank You for making Livefist such a success. This is just 5yrs, we still have many years to go. Here wishing, you complete a Golden Jublee.

Kuljeet Singh said...

Congratulations, Great work !!

Anonymous said...

Hi Shiv,

I am a serving IAF officer and I find your blog a refreshing change from the shoddy def journalism displayed elsewhere. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Congrats! keep it up

Shubham said...

Congrats Shiv...and Happy 5th birthday to Livefist!! Wishing you and the blog continued success..

Anonymous said...

Congrats - things can only get better!

Anonymous said...

All I can say is- keep it up Shiv. Your blog is the first page I open every morning.
With best wishes and regards.
A "fauji"

Raviprakash said...

Congrats shiv, and thank you for taking out time from your busy schedule to entertain all defence jingos for a long time with all those breaking news on your blog.

Wish you happy new year and good blogging year ahead...!!!

Anonymous said...

Great job. There are many defence news enthusiasts who visit this blog almost daily (including me). There have been several blogs related to defence news which I have seen in the past. Only 3 remain the best in this game. And you are one of them! Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

HEY SHIV,
ITS GOOD TO HEAR THAT YOUR BLOG HAS COMPLETED 05 YEARS. I HAVE BEEN READING THE CONTENT ON YOUR BLOG SINCE 03 YEARS. THE DEFENCE CONTENT ON YOUR BLOG IS SPECIFIC AND ACCURATE.

KEEP IT UP SHIV.

Victor said...

Shiv, being a regular follower of Livefist, I can assure you that you are doing a fine job in bringing up issues related to the 'delicate' world of the miltary. The fact that you do it based on facts and sometimes trustworthy rumours, well ahead of others, makes it even more creditable. Keep reporting !!

Anonymous said...

Livefist has been a source of knowledge about defence for the last 5 years. Thanks Shiv for your hard work. If possible provide details of other defence related news of other countries also.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't feel like it, but it's been five years on the blog today! i do have the same feeling..I never missed reading your blog till date...
great going ...keep it up pal!!!

Anonymous said...

Shiv, COngrats to you. Just to let you know you are one of the best in this highly complicated Defence arena. Way to go buddy!!!!!!!!!

Sachin

Girish said...

Congratulations!

Keep up the excellent work.

Look forward to many more years from your blog.

Best wishes for the future.

Anonymous said...

Here here shiv, I am greatful for that cheep whisky helping to convince you....what the hey, I"ll start a defence blog!

And as they say the rest was history.

Keep up the great work.

Pritesh
Sydney Aus

Anup said...

Congrates Sir....

Regards- Anup

Anonymous said...

Keep on the good work Shiv. You shall be remembered as one of the pioneers in Defense reporting

Manne said...

Congratulations and keep up the good work!

- Manne

Toofani said...

Keep Walking Shiv!
Good work!

Kobus Savonije said...

Happy anniversary Shiv, and keep up the good work

Anonymous said...

Very interesting blog. Please do continue as we come here for any updates on defence news :)

Vatsal said...

Congratulations Shiv
Keep up the good work
Your blog has kept me abreast with news of both domestic and international events in defence since past 4 years
To another 5 years !!!

Almighty said...

Congrats on the feat Shiv. You have been superb as a defense/security journalist, and your blog is among the top in this field in India(along with Ajai Shukla's)

And well, congrats on your increased role in Headlines today as well...its a pleasure to watch you in action :)

Congrats and all the very best in the future.

Mr Singh said...

I have been following your blog for 5 years, now this is the first stop on web for me.Wish you all the success.

Tapas Dutta said...

Dear Shiv,
5 years past...and every day you have been spending hours to visit places,taken pictures with what ever you had on your hand(even with mobile phones to take snap/pic) and post latest updates along with those pics...on this Livefist..just for us/readers..who wakes up every day and eagerly log in to Livefist to start our day.
Hats off to you for your this sincere and quality effort ..you have been putting on for us.

Please keep up this great work...

Warm Regards,

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Shiv! Never let this success get in your mind. Be humble, Be Firm.

You are force to reckon with in the indian defence scene and we have seen several instances where global vendors/analysts have directly acted based on your blogs.

Anonymous said...

Shiv - echoing Tapas Dutta's sentiments.

It will be nice if you can write one blog about what a typical day (if there is one) for a journalist looks like...:-)

Anonymous said...

congratulations, keep up the good work Shiv

Anonymous said...

Congrats Shiv

Anonymous said...

So how much is your Blog worth?

Manaj said...

Congrats shiv, its really wonderful to witness the evolution of livefist.. I have been following this blog for about 4 years and now its an integral part of my life.. Thanx for all the effort. I hope you will scale greater heights in life.

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work Shiv !!
With recognition comes more expectations, which I'm sure you'll keep up with. Thanks again for this valuable piece of WWW

Ashwani Kumar said...

Great going ! Good luck for future ! :)

Pratik Das said...

Congratulations, Shiv!

Thanks for your hard work. You put quite a lot of effort into your compiling content for your posts and wording them so they aren't misconstrued. This leaves more to discover for the careful reader or the returning reader.

A lot of fun!

Bhushan said...

I am usually lazy to comment on things you post but i do admit that i have not missed a single post of yours during the last few years. Please keep the good work and god bless !

sents said...

Congratulations. My best wishes for the future.

Mr. Ra said...

Best wishes.

Ravi Khanna said...

Congratulations Shiv!!! Hope this year also goes in excitment and please be the first one everytime for Great news!! All The Best,, From: Ravi Khanna... :)I am a great fan of your's...

dexy said...

Great job Shiv, congrats on this anniversary, and wish you to celebrate many more that will certainly come!

Joy said...

Good job! Keep it up.

Guru said...

Awesome Job. Let me take the opportunity to congratulate you on completing 5 years of LiveFist. Having followed the blog regularly over the last two years, all i can say is....the cheap whiskey was worth its price.

Jokes aside, continue the good work and yes, do try to respond to folks who comment-the intelligent ones. Not all of them are two bit keyboard warriors, you know.

Regards,

Guru

Anonymous said...

Whatever happenned to that elusive taxpayer guy, hmmmmmmmmmm hey porki? you reading this?

Cheers,
Bhushan

Jith said...

Logging into LIVEFIST is the first thing I had been doing for the past couple of years, once i an in front of my PC.
Thanks a lot Shiv for giving us rapid updates and awesome pics.
ALL MY BEST WISHES and KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!

Anonymous said...

ShivJi, Many many congratulations to you and your live fist for completing 5 years.

Siddharth

Twinblade said...

5 years, darn thats long !!
Kudos for the great work you have done and keep it up in the future :)

PS: You deserve a bottle of Old Monk :)

Sujan said...

Congratulations, Shiv. But why make it Dutch?

Girish said...

Hats off to you Shiv.
You are doing great service to nation.
Keep the good work going. Your website is even referred by Service people as authentic reference.
Jai Hind.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the 5th anniversary of your blog. I am also hooked to this blog since last 4-5 years. I have a habit of surfing over the TV remote, but whenever I find you on headlines today, I don't change the channel until you have finished. I came to know later on, that you had covered the Anna's agitation at MMRDA ground for headlines today. If I knew that you were also there, I would have definitely tried to meet you.

Mihir said...

Lil' LiveFist is now five?

I knew it when it was just one :)

Congratulations!

Brij Sen Gupta said...

All the best Shiv Sir. You, Tarmak, BR... Well, we are really lucky. Thank You.

avd said...

Congratulations Shiv, you are really doing a remarkable job. Keep up the good work.

P.K.Chaudhuri said...

Congratulations.

P.K.Chaudhuri said...

Congratulations.

Dinakar Peri said...

Congrats Shiv on the milestone! We will remain the patrons of Livefist and wishing all the very best...

Anonymous said...

hi shiv. first off, congratulations on this solid achievement. was off the net for sometime so i dont know if u have done it or not, but i had asked you a while back the reason for the name LIVEFIST. you had said you would put up a post.
regards...

Benjamin Smith said...

Happy birthday LiveFist!! congratulations for this wonderful job.keep it up !