My name is Nandhu. I am 42. I live in Ooty and am a freelancer. These days, I write mostly about film. (Ooty is a hill town in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu in south India).
I started this blog a few weeks after the untimely death of my grandfather, the prominent Tamil writer Sundara Ramaswamy, in 2005. One of my first blogs 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.
On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, IV Sasi died. The obit I wrote for the Malayalam cinema’s box-office king was published in The News Minute (TNM).
I attended the film festival organised by Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image. My article, with short summaries of all the films I saw, is here.
Most of the articles I wrote for TNM are here. Click through to read them. As many as 12 articles were published between July 7, 2015 and October 25. 2017.
I began blogging a couple of years ago with the impression that it is a loser’s past-time. Instead of the night-out at Satyam Cinemas or a disco like my friends, I sat by the computer, hour after hour, making sentences up. Only the pleasure of misusing my office computer kept me going. I began, rather clandestinely I imagined, writing for anybody who cared to read. Continue reading
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That might sound like I am embracing all my readers with open arms. I am a bit hesitant to do such things. I wanted to move to WordPress long ago, but was delaying because I thought the move might affect my meagre readership.
But now, finally I have summoned the nerve to do so. You will notice plenty that is wrong with this site. Do write in your comments. I promise to consider your comments and if necessary change things around.
This site is under construction. All my old post and comments are already here. But I have not added feeds and filled up the About page for starters. But, so that you know, I am working on it!
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