I was curious to find out who this person was after she posted a comment in my blog. It was her name "Raden Galoh" that piqued my interest.
"Raden" is royalty among the Javanese, and being Javanese (on Bapak's side), I wanted to know more about her. I clicked on her nick.
What a surprise. Raden Galoh is a breast cancer survivor. Having lost two sisters to breast cancer, I found her blog, "onebreastbouncing", insightful. She tells us about how she is coping with life since discovering she had breast cancer and post-treatment.
Although she was already known to a lot of people, I did not know who she was.
About a month back, I thought she finally decided to "come clean" when I saw her real name on her profile.
The next day, it was gone. I thought I had dreamt it all.
Then, NST columnist Rehman Rashid made baseless disparaging remarks about women bloggers. I posted something in response and, in it, mentioned Raden Galoh among the many women bloggers who were nothing like what he had recklessly described.
Raden and I have "connected" since. E-mails, smses and phone calls. The wonderful thing about blogging is you get connected with people like Raden Galoh.
Another thing is that it proves what a wonderfully small world we live in.
I don't call her Raden anymore. I call her by her real name -- Dalilah Tamrin. She came clean about two weeks ago.
What made her finally decide to reveal her identity?
"I just felt that since I am writing about my life, then people should know who is the person writing," she told me.
And how did she think of the name Raden Galoh?
Raden Galoh Chandra Kirana, a Majapahit princess, was an ancestor, said Dalilah who is Javanese.
This was told to her by her grandmother.
It is a good nick, Dalilah.