Monthly Archives: May 2019

A continuing collaboration

‘Open’ magazine has published three of my articles so far.

On the afternoon of June 7, 2018, I received a call from an editor at the mag asking me to do an essay on the Rajinikanth-starrer Kaala. Lucky for me, I was already outside the theatre with a ticket in my pocket. I tremendously enjoyed writing this article because the Superstar, no matter what you think of him, is always fun for me to watch. Here’s the link to the article.

Here’s the review of AR Rahman’s latest biography.

Talking on the phone with the erudite Rajiv Menon was at first a bit scary. Just as I was getting warmed up to him, the 45-minute-long interview came to an end. I will always have fond memories of his courteousness, generosity and kindness. Transcribing this interview was the hardest part. The man spoke quite a lot and I ended up chopping quite a bit of what he said to keep the article to a certain length. Here’s that story.

A little about me

My name is Nandhu. I am 42.

This is to let friends and family know that I have moved to Arumanai in Kanyakumari district. I now have the pleasure of living two hours from my hometown of Nagercoil.

Let me now tell you how I started this blog. I began blogging a few weeks after the untimely death of my grandfather, the prominent Tamil writer Sundara Ramaswamy, in 2005. One of my first posts was a tribute to him. I was working in the Chennai edition of The New Indian Express back then. Most of the stories I handled in my early months came from the interior districts of Tamil Nadu. They were often poorly-written and I had to spent hours cleaning copy.

This blog was born out of that frustration. I wanted an outlet to tell my own stories. Luckily, blogs were happening in India at the time. This was to be my window to the world. How far I have succeeded is for all to see.

I started out on Blogspot and later moved to WordPress. All my blogs are available in this URL. I recently crossed 79,000 hits on WordPress alone.

I have also written extensively for Chennai Metroblogs.

I have also worked in the editorial departments of Sun TV, The Times of India and Deccan Chronicle. I have now worked in the media for nearly 20 years.

I continue to spent all my waking hours on the Internet — oh wait a minute — not on social media or Netflix, but reading the news.

If you have any questions, please do leave a comment.