Thursday, May 26, 2005

The "This" pointer

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.

24 comments:

Murali said...

the THIS pointer i know abt...:(
that which i learnt in my previous sem.....oh my gawd...had a tuff time stuffing the concept into my head on the eve of the exam...

Kaps said...

Congrats on the 10,000 hits....way to go. You will get more publicity by being featured in Teakada!

Arvind said...

heck....blooody heck....I care like hell if u believe me or not...I think that "High school exam" got published some 4 yrs back..and i was in 12th standard and read that thing and loved it very much....but dint care to notice the writer's name in that article...Fast forward...zzzwwwing....4 yrs hence ,One of those lazy mornings which every guy who did his engineering will experience....yea..the so-called "project-hols"- where the only project i did was "sociology behind the blogosphere"- , reading every single blog...I got a link from somewhere about this article "Movie Gods r smiling:Clash of the titans"....It was wonderfully written piece...ANd i kept returning to that blog again and again....Liked the Mumbai Xpress review , admired the Ilayaraja blogpost and loved that "sexiest time" in ur box....and wantta get that guys autograpg after reading that "University paper " stuff....

I read most of the archives...those campus intervie stuff..those down-memory -lane stuff etc....and somehow got this feeling that is that the same guy who wrote that article in Hindu 4 yrs back...cos the style was too similar...and the little-value attached to the contents,that extra bit which i cant explain but only feel...i thought it could be the same guy...

And now there u r...small world!
And I care 2 hoots if u believe this!!Keep bloggin' Especially abt ur school and college days....cos i cant take it,when u talk intellectual stuff...lol.jus kidding.

Anonymous said...

master oru strong tea..oru somas..oru wills filter

Anonymous said...

Do post stuff on Teakada, but keep this blog space alive n kicking too....it sure does provide for some good reading and entertainment for people like us :-)

Ram said...

Hey, I thought that the Decentralization article was really your best! The only regret being, you did not praise Ganguly enough! :-) I never realized that you had so many articles published in the Hindu over a period of time. Cool... you are right, it is anyone's dream come true to see their name in the Hindu, whether in articles written by themselves or others.

Hawkeye said...

Optimist,

ya! i actually never knew what it meant until a long time after i started working :-) so u are okay :-)

Hawkeye said...

kaps,

thanks!

Anonymous1,

annen intha butermax light eppadi annen eriyum !

Hawkeye said...

Anonymous2,

I am writing here only. Pitched a tent here.

Atta Girl said...

Your posts always make me think...

"The journey up the escalator" is so relevant in today's setting... The countdown to leave has begun

Hawkeye said...

Ram,

ya! actually you are right! the feeling of seeing ur words in print is super! i think it rocks even the 2nd or 3rd time. i got so excited that while telling everybody i knew abt this article i put all their email i.d's in the cc list instead of bcc list. And one of my friends caught on to the fact that they had screwed up my initials. and so he did a reply all asking me if i was trying to impress a girl by posting someone else's article and then a big reply-all marathon started... well it was just embarassing.

Hawkeye said...

Arvind,

sure i believe you? why. between astrologers who predict for money and people who do it for passion, I listen (listen..not believe) to those who do it for passion. because the latter have no motivation to claim something false.

similarly there is no reason for you to claim such a thing falsely.

it is just that when I have such intuitive brainwaves my mom and my wife laugh at me..hmm

Hawkeye said...

Arvind,

sure i believe you? why. between astrologers who predict for money and people who do it for passion, I listen (listen..not believe) to those who do it for passion. because the latter have no motivation to claim something false.

similarly there is no reason for you to claim such a thing falsely.

it is just that when I have such intuitive brainwaves my mom and my wife laugh at me..hmm

Hawkeye said...

Arvind,

sure i believe you? why. between astrologers who predict for money and people who do it for passion, I listen (listen..not believe) to those who do it for passion. because the latter have no motivation to claim something false.

similarly there is no reason for you to claim such a thing falsely.

it is just that when I have such intuitive brainwaves my mom and my wife laugh at me..hmm

Harish said...

More ppl wanna read ur writing, coz well.. it rocks! :)

me enjoys the way u write. check the tooltip of ur link in my blog for proof! :P

congrats on the 10k! :)

Anonymous said...

me enjoys what you write too!
Basically coz some blogs are hilarious also coz most of your views echo mine.
But ever thought of "one cutting here one cutting there"!
( basically editing the length)
Anu krish

Arvind said...

Thats pretty cool, Bharath!! There are a number of folks from my family who read your blog regularly through the link on my blog - they all enjoy your articles very much. Kudos!

fieryblaster said...

Congrads Bharath on reaching the magical 10,000. Though there is very little reason to wonder. A site containing writings of this much quality is sure to get even more hits.

anantha said...

Congrats on the magical 10,000. Keep writing. :)

Hawkeye said...

Arvind, Anti, Vasumathi

Hawkeye said...

Anu Krish,

thanks for your comment. You have a valid point there. In my other life I have been writing business kind of things where I have to be very strict in word economy. Writing those things contantly have deteriorated my writing skills..

this is a place where i can be a little ( okay a lot) loose with word economy.

relax. take a coffee settle down for a big read. :-)

Hawkeye said...

Atta girl,

yes I think there is definetly some amount of sadness that you will feel when you leave the country. I am sure you will write and let me know how you felt :-)

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tilotamma said...

Is there - I was so thrilled to be leaving home :-)