This was on my to-do list for a long time. A self-referencing this pointer was in the pipeline for sometime and it just came out now. I would like to post three things about me that are relevant to this blog.
- A long time ago ( and no I won't say "in a galaxy far far away".. oh! I already said it) some of what I wrote actually came out in "The Hindu". Although I have no pretensions of being a Nirmal Sekhar, I still am happy about that fact. The problem with the online version of "The Hindu" is that it does not contain everything that comes out in the actual paper. The other problem was -- unless the editor, whom I correspond(ed) with, sent me an email saying "here see... your article" kind of url, I sometimes didn't even know if my stuff got published. My parents were never in Madras when I wrote these and so they wouldn't spot some of the stuff either (because they appeared in Metro Plus - Madras edition).
In the era where Hindu comes online ( which is much different than the morning coffee-sipping Subbulakshmi-suprabhatham Hindu-reading era - which was when I thought that writing for "The Hindu" is the most adventerous-thrilling thing anybody could do), I have managed to spot URL's of 3 of my articles. The first one was about high school exams, which happened to be my favorite topic of discussion. The second one was something more personal and I remember feeling good when I wrote it but reading it now I feel slightly embarassed. The third one was back again to my favorite topic of engineering syllabi. I remember this one creating some amount of controversy and people did not take very well to my rather..blunt views. So much that the editor I spoke to requested me to tone down my future articles. People who knew me sent me personal emails telling me I did not know stuff. I just took everything as a sign of encouragement :-). Reading this now I still feel I was right and the article is still relevant.
I heard from a few friends that they saw another school related article in metro plus (since it is June this is apt now) but I never saw it online. I just assumed it was not published. I also heard from 1 other person that he saw an article of mine regarding a Sathyanarayana temple that is close to my house but I never saw the online url. I don't think I even have the word doc with me to put it in my blog. I remember writing another one on campus interviews but that too lost into oblivion.
Oh! and how can I not write about cricket??!! This article, which would make the English teacher(s) who taught me spelling turn in their grave (or in their beds due to nightmare- which ever is applicable), was published in Rediff.com. It actually was flashed in Rediff's main page and then was the main cricket news item for almost a week. At the time I wrote it - I remember being very angry then that people did not understand Indian Cricket in the correct perspective. I guess my emotions got better of me ( and my spellings) . Reading it now ( at a time when I don't care if anybody understands cricket or not) I feel it reflects what was relevant at that time. The only regret about this article being - I praised Ganguly too much unnecessarily.
- Now, I see my sitemeter telling me that the number of hits to this blog has crossed the 10,000 mark. There has been some remarkable ritcher-scale-level activity in the past few months, especially the past week.
- One kind gentleman from teakada website has asked me if they could syndicate my blog. Although I know little about teakada and even less about the word syndication that is outside of X-Files, I am intriguied by the word teakada ( which I guess means Tea Shop). After watching thousands of Goundamani-Senthil comedies where both of them have fun in-and-around the Tea Kada area, I think it is worthwhile being syndicated (like I know what it means) by teakada. I am not sure what still remains for me to be syndicated by teakada ( I guess I just need a worn out lungi and 75 paisa to gain admittance into a real tea-kadai) so all this may be premature. When I started out, I wanted this blog to be a good diversion, from what I was doing in my other alternate life ( as Superman or Batman saving lives can be demanding). I remember writing because.. I just wanted to write. I am surprised (pleasantly) that now more people want to read it.