the first decade

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(*the picture above has nothing to do with the post except it symbolizes a look back)

This is a customary post, the one that I do every year on this day, mostly. The reason – its the anniversary of this blog, a very special one this time. Its a decade since this blog started to exist back in 2002. A look back of why and how was blogged here six years ago. Even though the blog postings around here have gone south, as I get immersed in the weekly grocery purchases and large data sets, a ray of hope still hangs around that I can keep this going.

Winning 3 Indibloggies could be considered an achievement of this blog but given that we don’t have Indibloggies anymore it doesn’t matter. So having invested thousands of hours in this blog and related discussions, what did I get? To cut that long story short, here are some blogposts that I really really enjoyed (or felt sad) writing and interacting for various reasons. To save your guilt, this is a personal blogpost so I don’t expect anyone to read through this thoroughly. Feel free to read, comment or leave.

The first one for being the start of everything here. The excitement that I had for being able to publish oneself on the web and becoming a part a indian blogger clique which was not more than two dozen in 2002.

On completing 25. You now know how old I am!

I still feel silly writing this. While there are many more silly blogpostings, this one tops them all. Have developed a kind of respect towards artists and filmmakers in the last decade. One that tells me nothing is an easy job.

Nidhi! She had a lovely blog called the Sunshine where I learnt on how to bring the cheer to the blog. She writes no more. That being said, the inspiration to start a blog was defintely Mahesh Shantharam.

The one where I spoke my journalistic career aspirations and stopped such BS after this. But this one is true.

Probably the only post on Indian politics and I think I was wrong about the whole subject. It was never my area of passion so didn’t bother to write anymore about politics.

The first soundtrack review, movie review.

Google finds me.

Watching my first film in US.

Rahman Top 10, as of 2002. As of 2005.

Really loved writing this post on deepavali.

One of the handful cricket posts here.

Pheelasophy 1.

This changed the fate of this blog. One of the most famous posts here, the review on Anbe Sivam that brought more people to this blog than anything else. The number of comments on the original blogspot blog was in hundreds. I actually thought the review was raw and was’t thought through well.

The post that caught Sujatha’s attention.

From lazygeek.blogspot.com to kirukkal.com. Also launches.

A bit of carnatic music – Sanjay Subrahmanyan

Mani and Kamal come by the blog.

Rumbumbum, a dhwanii column starts. I actually only wrote less than 10 columns for them before the site went down.

Turning 26.

Pachai Niramey!

Thangachii!!! A TamBrahm marriage.

One of my favorite reviews that I ever wrote – Kadhal Konden. This one was written with full of joy and passion.

On getting published in mass media. A Kakkha Kakkha review on Rediff. It was badly edited but I liked being published.

A maathiyosi review for Shankar’s Boys.

Veesukindra Thendraley, a personal post repeats time and again. Suprisingly it repeats even now as I type this.

Three friends whom I met through the blog tried our stab at group writing of stories. I never really took off. But a nod to that effort.

The most famous Sethu controversy. A detailed comment flame war. Such silly things we once did.

Winning Indibloggies 1.

Viru Viru mandi Virumandi. A review that got some real appreciation.

On Ajith 1 & 2

A lazy marriage invite. Life takes a turn.

World Themes for Indian Cinema. Anand Chandrsekharan and I co-wrote this series. Enjoyed the change. The entire series.

A post for raaja.

The first ever of Happy Birthday Dude! series. Bharathi, Rajini, Rahman, Kamalhassan, Sujatha, Spielberg and the entire series.

An evening with Ashokamitran, Sujatha, Jayamohan and SR.

RK Narayan and I. An ode to purasawalkam.

A man called Steve Jobs.

Once upon a time a lovely Barkha Dutt.

Sivaji passes away.

This post on cinderalla pattu paavadai ad got a lot of comments, don’t really know why.

Yaar Yaar Sivam.

The Rajini (f)actor. A rajini tribute. Some remember this post even now.

The most famous post around here. Atleast from search engine’s perspective. Still bring about 100 visitors a day for this image. Its all a mystery!

MS Subbulakshmi passes away. One of the saddest days. Blog closed for a day.

A post on the dramatic need in stories. This is the kind of a typical blogpost I wish I wrote all the time. Never happened.

On a personal Tusnami experience. I loved the title.

Ashokamitran, 50 years with the pen. I want to say Indian Charles Dickens.

Leaving India. Arriving Seattle and Starbucksing my life. Netflixing a little later. And mastering a subway sandwich. Finally a HondaToyota conundrum. The HondaToyota conundrum comes back. I get all desified until RK Narayan teaches me a lesson.

Sujatha turns 70, i blog about his rant, he comments. purpose achieved!

The fun of being a naive desi who writes about shallow consumer tech.

Yet another article that had tons of great comments(148 to be specific) – Nayakan on All-Time Top 10 Ten.

Kubrick, a favorite guy.

Death of an abused blog. Really such things did happen int he life of this blog.

And I started feeling remorseful to not being raw, naive and unfettered.

The most personal blogpost. My car, an atheist. Appa said this was the only thing he liked so far. Done deal.

I start to run.

Too much heat for this Sivakasi review. Loved every bit of it.

The brief return of Hemanth’s Teakada.

The blog is wordpressed and ad-free.

Saluting Peter Jackson’s King Kong. Review.

A friendly new year wish.

Lifetime achievement at Indiabloggies aka Mavaney Inimey Ezhuthuvey!

Camel ‘Marudhanayagam’ Hassan. And a trailer for that crazily superhit blogpost.

Blogasm, a quick column for a tamil blog, Gilli.

Yet another personal post, The I and the my.

The beginning of the end of lazygeek, Don’t Read This. Part 2.

Kollywood Car 1. The entire series.

I’m proud for this. A personal all-time favorie.

Hee.hee. Some fun and flame.

Taking a sabbatical from the lazygeek blog. The sabbatical page. Come back exactly after a year.

Starts a Tamil blog, Kirukkal.com.

Really enjoyed writing in this tone, in tamil.

Writer Sujatha passes away. A very sad day. Blog closed. 100s of people leave their touching memories on this page. Acute onset of writer’s block. Sujatha Anniversary 2009, 2010 and 2011. Sujathoughts.

A handmade ideal template for Kirukkal. This is the current template until I find myself convinced to use something else.

First ever published tamil story, Appavin Thanksgiving. The second one. And a fantasy filled third. A weird fourth.

Kirukkal Awards 2007 and 2010.

From Kodambakkam to Kodak Theater. Live tweeted the oscar show.

Ashwin comes around. Life takes another turn.

A pedestal for Selva’s Aayirathil Oruvan. Review.

The etcetra series part 1 in tamilpaper.net. All the 24 episodes.

kirukkal.com and kirukkal.com don’t exist seperately anymore. They are a part of this domain, kirukkal.com. subbudu is a pseudonym that I picked up for the tamil blog and still retain. A link to all the posts on this blog and BTW, Thanks for the journey!

4 thoughts on “the first decade

  1. Congrats, saar! 🙂

    Your blog has provided such good reads and enough interesting discussions to last a lifetime 🙂

    So many real life friends now from the “old blog clique”.

    Thank you!

  2. Congrats Guru, I am an ardent fan of your third eye. You always have a different perspective, and its fun to explore. Kepp it rolling and all the best!

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