Hava Nagila!

Everything does pass, and we can endure and we can survive!! – Rahul Dravid

The 101st post

Periyorgale, thaaymaargale, nanbargale, ennai vaazha veikkum deivangalaana thamizhaga makkale…. Ella pugazhum iraivanukke…. 🙂 🙂 It is time for speech making.

Nearly 5 years, 100 posts in 15 categories, more than 50 comments, 3700+ visits on my blog, 5000+ visits on my youtube videos. I must be doing something right.

I think this is a decent achievement.

For nearly 5 years now, my blog has been the recipient of my feelings, thoughts and words. I have mostly just poured out my emotions, sometimes I have launched an angry tirade of words, blabbered and occasionally I have surprised myself by writing a few very well thought out articles. Whatever, I have it all on print!! And I am happy about it.

I intensely care about what I write, essentially because I love writing. Whatever else the articles may be, however lengthy or irrelevant they may be, they are never badly written. That is something that I pride myself on. I love to see my name associated with the articles that I write. I take immense pleasure in saying that they are mine.

I haven’t got here on my own. Throughout this phenomenal journey of language that has now reached a hundred posts, I have had some great help from some genuine people. I owe them at least a few words of gratitude.

I would like to thank my maternal grandparents, especially, my grandfather Sri.R.Narayanan, BA, BT, Retired Headmaster from Tirunelveli. I take pride in saying that he is a recipient of the prestigious National Teacher’s award from the hands of Dr.M.G.R, the then Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, that, without any recommendations. “Thanks” is a very small word for the sacrifices he has made for me, for the insults he has borne for me and for the English knowledge he has imparted to me. I might have spoiled it along my own journey of life but if there is anything in what I write that can be called English, it is his. He introduced me to King Lear, The Merchant of Venice and Wren and Martin at the age of 3 when those who were 5 years my seniors were still with paati vada sutta kadhai. I thank his innumerable stories and his pure love that has made me what I am today.

I would like to thank my English teachers through the various schools that I studied in – Mrs.Hema (for introducing me to the Oxford Dictionary), Dr.Tessi Mathais and the CBSE Main Course and Workbooks (for giving me a flair for modern writing) and Dr.Uma Prabhakaran (for showing me good usage and for having motivated me).

I owe a lot to the innumerable authors whose books and stories have increased and fed my love for English. Specifically, Chakravarthy Rajagopalachari, Shakespeare, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, P G Wodehouse, Wordsworth, Tennyson, Jeffery Archer, Khaled Hosseini and J K Rowling.

I thank my friends – especially Aditya Betala and Shyam Sundar Sivaraman (Shyam’s). Without their encouragement, my blog would have been one among many whose sole reader was the creator.

I have also been inspired by a few blogs – Palaniyappan Vairam’s கற்க நிற்க is by far the best I have seen, Karky’s has been great and Asal Tamil Penn’s is always a delight.

I thank all my readers who have motivated me with their comments and blog visits.

Thanks to the person who invented blogs, wordpress, the technologies and techies, hosting even my writings has become possible. Getting readership has become simpler than it once was.

Moving on from blogs, I desire to take my writing to the next level. Writing a book has always been my ambition. I expect I will get there some day. I have the drive and the skills to write a book. Only, I have not been creative enough to come up with a great story. Like the legendary actor Nagesh says in Kaadhalikka Neramillai, “indha kadhai, adhu dhaan enga irukku nu theriyala”.

Whether or not I succeed in penning a book, I hope to continue writing till the end of my life. I also hope to live through them.

Thanks and Regards,

Meenakshi

Chillax Studios, Chennai

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4 comments on “The 101st post

  1. Anonymous
    April 6, 2012

    Love Ur blog! Keep Going! Congrats on this milestone! 🙂

  2. Gopal
    May 5, 2012

    What happened? There has been no updates.

  3. Meenakshi
    May 15, 2012

    writer’s block! 🙂 🙂 will get over soon and write a few…. thanks for asking, it means a lot!!

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