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Interesting Tamil Blogs – View from an Outsider

Posted by Snapjudge மேல் ஓகஸ்ட் 14, 2006

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Tamil Blogs

Came across the following statement whilst having a quick peek at the Indibloggies nominations, “Except for Tamil, situation is grim for all other Indian language blogs.” It is so true though, not that I know anything about other language blogs but the Tamil blogdom seems to be pretty much healthy. When it comes to the amount of information in Tamil the net on the whole (not just the blogs), does not cease to amaze me. How many of you here knew that you can do google searches in Tamil? The effort, resources and man hours put in by the individuals into developing fonts and digitising Tamil literature is awe inspiring (we are not talking about any Government funded projects here, as far as I know its just the keen individuals we have to thank for). Anyway here is a quick roundup of some of the tamil blogs you might want to pop by.

In my view the Tamil blogworld is a hell of lot better than the tamil MSM, whether its online or hard copies, the tamil weeklies and monthlies seem to be full of vulgarity & film news (most times its one and the same) and no substance. On the other hand be it humour, sports, politics, story writing or even bickering & fighting, the Tamil bloggers do a better job than any of the MSM I get to read on a regular basis. I shall try and list out some of the blogs I know of, starting with Dubukku annachi’s jolli thirindha kaalam series which seems to have been a big hit recently. There are rumours about him going to Canada to deliver an inspiring and stirring speech soon. For those of you interested in learning more on Tamil pazhamozhi, a visit to thulaisdhalam is a must. In my view the author is the queen of Tamil proverbs, I reckon she knows more than my grandmother:) Of course Rickshawallah Kupps site is a must for the fans of Madras Damil. But be warned that Kosappettai hasn’t been updating his blog as regularly as he should.

If you are cricket fan do not dare miss out Badri‘s blog and the cricket group blog here, Badri is also a publisher and his blog thoughtsintamil is one of the most informative blogs. Meenaks blogs about marketing in Tamil here. If you are fan of Sujatha’s then Desikan‘s blog is the obvious place to head to and if you are Thalaivar fanatic where else but here.

Came across this post by Chandrasekharan thanks to our Desipundit, ladies be warned if your other halves are any good at doing any housework please keep them away from reading it. Hmmmm I have not managed to write a few sentences without making any errors in Tamil, but I might as well atleast point you guys in the direction of some people who do so. Do visit here,here, here, here, here and here for more tamil blogs.

Due to lack of time I suppose I have not been spending much time reading tamil blogs, and I know there are plenty of others who are equally good or even better that I have missed out. In fact a good place to start on the tamil blogs journey would be Kasi‘s Tamizmanam. And I reserve the right to add more as and when I remember more:)

Update: You will find Venkat Kannadasan‘s blog here (thanks Ram) and a list of interesting posts are updated here on a daily basis by Icarus Prakash & Etamil Balaji.


capriciously_me said…
i got this in my mail today…its real nice!


7:10 PM, January 06, 2006  
Vijay Ramamurthi said…
Ore thamizh mayama irukku 🙂

9:32 PM, January 06, 2006  
TJ said…
Thanks for this nice list!! Enough to fill my weekend. 😀

1:38 AM, January 07, 2006  
Aravind said…
Good to know that Tamil ‘lives’ in Blogosphere 🙂

3:29 AM, January 07, 2006  
Sundar Narayanan said…
thanks to you i got to read dubukkus blog..


6:48 AM, January 07, 2006  
visithra said…
i dont read any 😦 sorry i normally copy paste post in english on to word and read leisurely – cant do that with tamil – n then theres the slowness ;(

8:04 AM, January 07, 2006  
fun2fun said…
WA, thanks a lot for the list.. n yeah!! dubukkus jolli thirindha kaalam.. scene-a irunduchu la.. naa miss pannama padichen.. bad tht it got over so soon 😦 but now his alma matter rocks.. 🙂

1:49 PM, January 07, 2006  
Prabu Karthik said…
Thanks for the wonderful links.
dubukku rocks 🙂

4:25 PM, January 07, 2006  
SHEKS said…
i dont wish to kill the already-dying tamil by blogging in tamil.but i feel reading tamil on paper,better.

4:55 PM, January 07, 2006  
Wicked Angel said…
Capri, thanks. Will check it out.

Vijay – 🙂

Tj – Oh do keep me informed if you find any exciting sites please.

aravind – it seems to be thriving

Sundar/fun2fun/PK – Ipdi solradhukku evlavu panam vaangirukeenga neenga ellarum Dubukks kitta? 🙂 Hee hee he certainly rocks, naan ennoda vote kooda inikku pottuten.

Visit – I know 😦 I did think of you and Harish when I wrote this post.

Sheks – Tamil-la blog pannalenna paravalle, but still go and read though if you can

10:16 PM, January 07, 2006  
Dubukku said…
hehe danks a lot guys 🙂

witchy – neenga vaangina athe amount thaan 😛

1:40 PM, January 08, 2006  
Ram.C said…
Have you visited this?


a surprise awaits you there…

5:30 AM, January 09, 2006  
Premalatha said…
I just was thinking of featuring Thulasi akka today. It is a long due one. In fact her blog was the first one I wanted to feature, but got sidetracked.

Thanks for the list. It is useful for me.

9:02 AM, January 09, 2006  
Premalatha said…

9:12 AM, January 09, 2006  
Premalatha said…
you have stolen my list (icarus was going to be my next. suspense is out now!) 🙂

9:14 AM, January 09, 2006  
Wicked Angel said…
Dubukks – Shhhhh

Ram C – I have been to Venkat Kannadasan’s blog. I knew I was gonna leave out some of my favourite accidentally. Will include it now, thanks

Premalatha – 🙂

1:12 PM, January 09, 2006

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The Witchy Angel: Top Bloggers? Get a life guys.

Posted by Snapjudge மேல் ஓகஸ்ட் 14, 2006

Adadaa there is a huge storm in the tea cup in the Chennai blogworld and whats the point of my existence if I don’t open my big mouth and put my foot right in it. So here I go. Firstly, for those of you who are gonna scream saying that I am doing this to generate traffic, please do get a life. I don’t care about the statistics, I started blogging for the heck of it, just to have fun and not with any other aim. I don’t give a damn about the traffic figures.

I don’t even know why anyone would want to be called the Top Blogger. In Kiruba’s case it appears that creating a hype around oneself as The Top Indian Blogger helps him further his career, good luck to him. I suppose there is nothing wrong in that, most of his posts are nothing more than the rubbish that most of us churn out regularly. Nothing better nothing worse either. But it is certainly irritating though, to hear him talk highly about himself constantly. All that PR spin on oneself is extremely annoying. I personally thought the way he handled the Sulekha spamming issue was not very professional. It would have been nice if the General had taken ownership for a decision which I presume he was incharge of rather than letting Karthik Kannan take all the beatings. But then again its their corporate affair, who cares. Before I go any further does anyone know where I can buy soda online, I think lovely Sagaro aka Ganesh needs a crate of it. The poor kid has been defending Kiruba so much in the last couple of days.

Going back to the Top blogger issue, I would be surprised if Chenthil wrote that post for the want of generating traffic. There are million other better ways to generate traffic if thats what one is after, Chenthil’s post I guess was more to do with being irritated with the hype rather than anything else.

Anyway, this led me to wonder who is the top Chennai blogger in my view. Remember this is an award being given out by me, I am the Jury and I am the Judge here so I get to decide with all my prejudice who the top blogger is in my view 😛

My immediate thought was LG, despite his occasional ridiculously sexist posts I do like Lazy. But he doesn’t live in Chennai or in India so he won’t qualify for that crown. After considering Capri, Me, Curses, Prav, fun2fun, Neha,visithra, Kaps, Ramya, the blogger with an identity crisis aNTi etc I decided that either they don’t live in the country and/or they just churn out rubbish as good as mine. (HeeHee, I know this lot won’t get offended but am still keeping my fingers crossed right now). Eventually settled on CCG, but hang on for a second though, what have any of us achieved by blogging? Yes some of us have furthered our careers by creating a hype of being the top blogger, but apart from that its just vetti works for most of us. So after putting Ravages up on that pedestal for a few seconds I decided to bring him down and hand the nice shiny crown to Jeevan. There a number of people I admire in the blog world and Jeevan is amongst them for his bravery, for his enthusiasm and more importantly for his perseverance. I honestly don’t know how I would cope if I was in Jeevan’s shoes, here is to you Jeevan.

Addendum :- Hmmmm how the hell did I miss these blogs when I was thinking of all the vetti blogs in the world. In case you are looking for more vetti works do check these out too Ferrari, Sriram, Syam, Dubukku, Raasaa.


Sharique said…
so u r the judge huh? it would have been nice if u could have given the links to the blogs. btw i request u to be impartial and don’t count NRIs 😛

10:27 AM, August 06, 2006  
F e r r a r i said…
Very good post WA. Half the people criticising chenthil didnt understand the context only!

And good choice on jeevan 🙂

10:44 AM, August 06, 2006  
Nilu said…
appa naan?…cha, heart broken.

10:53 AM, August 06, 2006  
WA said…
Sharique – Danks. Have linked them now 🙂 And as to being impartial, hee hee no chance. Emotions always come into play and also to be impartial and do proper research and decide takes time which I seem to be lacking at the moment. But as I said I have a lot of respect for Jeevan’s perseverance.

Ferro – Danks and how did I forget to include you in that list of people who churn out rubbish equivalent to mine 😀

Nilu – Haha like the rest of the desi blogworld I am too scared to criticise you. Ellam oru mariyadhai dhaan 🙂

10:59 AM, August 06, 2006  
F e r r a r i said…
to copy nilu’s statement. Am also heart broken :p

11:02 AM, August 06, 2006  
WA said…
and don’t expect me to say ellam oru mariyadhai dhaan to you now 😛

11:37 AM, August 06, 2006  
Sharique said…
thanks for the links. I was just wondering about the objective of this award. I mean what purpose does it serves? gives blogger something to write about why he/she was not chosen by u and lot of allegations/cross-allegations!!

12:49 PM, August 06, 2006  
WA said…
Haiyo Sharique do not look for objectives and purposes in my posts 😀 And I dont think any of the bloggers who I’ve dissed in my post will complain. So no chance of allegations and counter allegations. hopefully 😀

12:57 PM, August 06, 2006  
Anand said…
Appaala ootukku auto varum!

1:05 PM, August 06, 2006  
Sharique said…
ok and what about other bloggers? btw is this the desipundit blogger of india award?

1:19 PM, August 06, 2006  
Jeevan said…
I know you have hope on me and you wish my interest should not go down. I really kept you in my sister’s place, you are one who cares on me, and keep on encouraging every time. I am so Happy that i got a good place in your mind:)

2:14 PM, August 06, 2006  
WA said…
Anand – Idhukaaga dhaane I am safegaurding my anonymity so carefully.

Sharique – err….Nope

Jeevan – Hee Hee adutha dhaba keela erakkiyum vidumvomgradhu nyabagathila irukkattum. No, seriously you keep going mate and fingers crossed things get better.

2:19 PM, August 06, 2006  
Me said…
en maanatha ippadi vangiteengalay witchu… cha…total damage…

indha posta nan padikalanu u giving a comment asking me to come & see this…cha cha cha cha ….cha

[…me sits with his hand on his head, looking down seriously thinking neengalam en friend aaa nu…]

4:42 PM, August 06, 2006  
capriciously_me said…
rotfl…adhaana…neenga angeye vandhu unga existence solluveengannu edhirpaathen…engeyaavadhu oru sandai nadandhuttu adhula no uma-va? never 😛

i churn out rubbish? i am heart broken too now 😛

6:53 PM, August 06, 2006  
Harish said…
for once, i agree with u!
for nominating jeevan that is..

as for accusing me of churning out rubbish, that’s it! I’m suing u lady!

6:56 PM, August 06, 2006  
Harish said…
aaaahhhh, that felt good 😀

6:56 PM, August 06, 2006  
WA said…
Me – Still sitting there with your head in your hands or got over it and gone shopping? 😛

Capri – Nethu ore busy and before I could say anything today Chenthil closed off his comment section 😦

Harish – Sue? Kaarthaala Mike pathi pesine, ippo Sue hmmm. Nee nadathu

7:12 PM, August 06, 2006  
Sriram said…
baaaaah.. i wasn’t even considered. i am going to protest!!

8:03 PM, August 06, 2006  
capriciously_me said…
haha…i am sure uma didnt expect so many protests…lol

uma, i think u shud close the comments bfore any badmouthing begins 😛

8:24 PM, August 06, 2006  
anantha said…
yakkow.. En peru anantha. Ippo en peru anantha! Ennaku innimel vera endha peyarum kadaiyadhu. Verum Thalaivar rasigan dhaan!

8:30 PM, August 06, 2006  
WA said…
Sriram – Sorry how silly of me not to include you in the list of rubbish blogs equivalent to mine 😛 Done now.

Capri – No bad mouthing here and all

aNTi – Understood loud and clear

9:17 PM, August 06, 2006  
Syam said…
danks for the compliments….arasial vaalkaila ithu ellam saatharanam…apdinu solli samalification uda vendiyathu thaan…:-)

athu sari unga blog ah yaaru serious ah eduthukaraanga nu makkals ellorum heart broken nu sollitu irukaanga 🙂

10:36 PM, August 06, 2006  
Karthik S said…
Idhila enna sokenna (joke..), idhellame oru setup. Konja naala indha kiruba websitela indha anon-nga thollai thaangala. Thalaivaroda kadaisi sila postsum sariyana udans posta ayidichi (nadigai vs tennis star etc etc). thaleevar bejaar ayitaar. bejaar aana enna seiyanum. saidapetai mannara koopidanum illiya.

Adhangatikki namma thaleevar enna paninaru, Centhila kooptaru. kooptu, “dho paaru maame, namma name innum konjam famous aavanum. namma supporterunga ellam pongi ezhanum. unakkum sema publicity kidaikkum. adhunala enna thitti oru post podu” appadinnu sonnaru.

Centhilum poda, andha postukku padhil post kirubavum poda. ivar poda avar poda (che romba asingama keedhu) ore podals than. Indha sandaiya pathi nammala maadhiri aalunga vera niraya post poda ippadi ooru ulagam ellam kiruba and centhil famous ayitanga. Ini enna KCMK than…

10:46 PM, August 06, 2006  
Nakeeran Gopal said…
yabba karthi. nee inga irukka veNdiya aaLe illa. Nakkeeran la serndhudu 😀 neRaya didgu digu report ezhudhalaam 😉

10:52 PM, August 06, 2006  
WA said…
Syam – ejjactly what I was thinking. But makkal ellam ipdi telling.

Karthik S – Apdingreenga, thinking about it I agree you might have a point here. Kiruba Chenthil Munnetra Kazhagam, hmmmmm the more I think about it the more I think you are right.

10:58 PM, August 06, 2006  
visithra said…
Oh gaspp i was considered??? Yayssssssssss

but i so agree on Jeevan being the winner – if we all have learn something from blogging – it would have been jeevans determination

3:18 AM, August 07, 2006  
Ravages said…
Amma Thaaye! Romba nandri ma.
Edho rendu naal oorukku poittu vandhu paartha – Chenthil and Kiruba at each other’s throats, you handing out awards (and might I say, Thanks for giving me 3 seconds or so at the pede-whatever) and Desipundit crying foul, not foul and what not. Hmmm!

5:31 AM, August 07, 2006  
WA said…
Visit – yup totally

CCG – Hmmm I now wondering after reading Karthik S’s comment I do think that the Kiruba and Chenthil episode was a pre planned ploy by them both to increase their traffic and to get noticed. I can’t believe I fell for it though

7:03 AM, August 07, 2006  
Sriram said…
OK madam. linked you too 😛

7:53 AM, August 07, 2006  
Sriram said…
aagaa.. enna vetti-nu sollitte.. idhukaaga protest panni naalaikku oru moonu post poda poren!!! 😛

8:07 AM, August 07, 2006  
Sriram said…
witch-u… appala blogworld-la naatamai post unakku kudukkalaama? :P.. no violence.. adichidadhe enna. 😀

8:09 AM, August 07, 2006  
WA said…
Sriram – 😦 If the stupid anons and Kiruba fanatics turn up here calling me names I know who to blame now 😛

8:39 AM, August 07, 2006  
ராசா (Raasa) said…
மாபெரும் சித்தாந்தங்களோடு, சமுதாய முன்னேற்ற நோக்கோடு, மக்களின் வாழ்வுத்தர உயர்வு ஒன்றே குறிக்கோளாக, பதிவு எழுதும் என்னைய பார்த்து வெட்டி’ன்னு சொல்லிட்டீங்களே.. மீ ஃபீலிங் ஒரே பப்பி ஷேம்..!! 🙂

10:57 AM, August 07, 2006  
Balaji S Rajan said…

I do not know about the reasons why others are blogging. If blogging is of great use to someone in keeping him happy, and if someone is in constant touch with friends through blogging, then it should be the great Jeevan. I do not have words to explain his enthusiasm in blogging. You need to listen to his mother to know about his talents. He is shy, and does not speak much but puts more in action. I congratulate him, for being considered. Jeevan Keep it up…

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1:24 PM, August 07, 2006  
Chakra Sampath said…
how could kiruba be called as the top blogger.. shouldn’t it be WA?

3:01 PM, August 07, 2006  
WA said…
Raasaa – Adhe konjam nalla tamil-la solleettu poneengannu engalukku ellam puriyum.

Balaji sir – agree totally

Chakra – Appadaa atlast someone who understood the me me me part of my post. The only problem now is I need a spin doctor, I am no good at it. Namma Tony kitta dhaan advise kekkalaamnu irukken. But lets start of this rumour saying WA is the top Indian blogger, as more and more people say it will become true however silly. Honestly 😀

3:29 PM, August 07, 2006  
fun2fun said…
WA, neega top indian blogger positiion ku ellam chinna pulla thanama aasai padathinga!! unga range ku, world level la compete pannunga!! No 1 blogger in the world.. kekave, nalla iruku la?? [:)] approm ungala vechu Witchu No 1 nu oru padam edutthudarom…

3:56 PM, August 07, 2006  
Ramya said…
I write the crappiest of all crap among the other crapsters !
And blogging la also politics ah? CHi chi, shame on u elders !

4:04 PM, August 07, 2006  
WA said…
f2f – lets aim small first 😛

Rums – Good job you said shame on the elders, I therefore take it that I don’t come in that category 😛

But anyway, now that Chakra has planted that seed of thought in my mind, I am gonna go around claiming to be top blogger now. And girls I expect your support, big time.

4:08 PM, August 07, 2006  
Syam said…
//I am gonna go around claiming to be top blogger//

joke of the year… 🙂

4:37 PM, August 07, 2006  
WA said…
Syam – Shhhh joke-nnu ellam ipdi sathamaa solla vendaam. Being the Top blogger is serious stuff I say 😛

4:41 PM, August 07, 2006  
Anonymous said…
WA : Do you fear that nameless bastard Nilu whom you think might puke on your posts and that interferes with your thinking and blogging what you want ?


1:47 AM, August 08, 2006  
WA said…
anon – of course clearing up the puke is a nightmare, hence I remain petrified of Nilu

7:58 AM, August 08, 2006  
Bishwanath Ghosh said…
Good one! 🙂

12:01 PM, August 08, 2006  
Sriram said…
Grr.. my koshteen not answered again! PROTEST!!!!

8:17 PM, August 08, 2006  
WA said…
Bishwanath – Thanks

Sriram – Dei edhukkudaa ippo indha scene podure? Inaa question answer pannaadhe vittennnu soleettu scene put, aamaaa

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1:17 AM, August 09, 2006  
tilo said…
cha – Tilo did not even make it into your nominees list 😦

1:32 AM, August 09, 2006  
Prince Roy said…
what about a category for the ‘top foreigner wannabe desi’ blog?

Back in the day I would make a case for myself, but now I’m changing stripes. Trouble is, I can’t find a cool Chinese equivalent for ‘desi’.

3:52 AM, August 09, 2006

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