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Monday, August 08, 2005

Tamil Kavidhai (Poetry) Competition and related accusations

Sunday morning couldn’t have begun on a better note. Few comments on my blog made me realize that I had won the third prize in the Kavidhai Poatti (poetry competition) organized by Narayanan. Kudos to Narayanan Sir for organizing such an event. The participants showed loads of enthusiasm and lot of the kavidhais were of very high standard. Thanks to everyone for the encouragement and support. Congrats to Suresh and Rajkumar for bagging the first and second prizes respectively.

One of the anonymous comments that I received for my Tamil post had this to say: - “Aren’t u ashamed of being a Tam as this is the only post you have made in Tamil?”

Time is finite and I don’t have the luxury of maintaining two blogs (one each in English and Tamil). Although I intend to start a separate blog in Tamil, I don’t know the timeframe by which I can venture into it. I don’t need to prove my affinity for Tamil to people like you. People who know me offline know about my affinity for the language. Just because somebody blogs in English, he/she can’t be termed as a traitor of his/her mother tongue. Although there are many good tools available, I’m still not comfortable with the user interface and hence I’m reluctant to start a Tamil blog. Are you a blogger masquerading under an anonymous name? Didn't you know that many of the bloggers who participated in this competition were blogging in Tamil for the first time?


  • kaps...congrats!!

    me thinks u gave too much mariyaadhai to an anonymous comment from a coward who cudnt even give a name!!

    By Blogger capriciously_me, at 2:53 PM  

  • btw...there is news that cisco mite takeover nokia? any thots?

    By Blogger capriciously_me, at 2:54 PM  

  • CM,
    I value comments and criticism....I also felt that others should also know about this.
    Cisco sells routers and switches whereas Nokia is into mobile phones. To me the synergies are not very obvious. Let's wait and see.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 3:00 PM  

  • Kaps,

    Adhellam uLLoor vaitherichal ghoshti's. A la Ramdoss.

    Congratulations sir :-)

    By Anonymous F e r r a r i, at 3:05 PM  

  • Kaps,

    Congrats on the prize. Keep it up.

    Now the world knows about your pulamai in Tmail which only few knew before.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:08 PM  

  • Well I havent posted anything in Tamil till date.. But none of them were in just English alone..

    And these are pretty much the only two languages I know..

    For Ex.. I wont blog in tamil.. bcoz i think the tamil spellings are shitty in the interface and I am able to read tamil in english faster than tamil in tamil

    By Blogger ioiio, at 3:16 PM  

  • forgot to add.. congratz

    By Blogger ioiio, at 3:17 PM  

  • Congrats Kaps...
    I think its better to ignore such comments than to give some explanation... why waste ur time!

    Now that ur first attempt at Tamil blogging has been appreciated, u shud do it more..:)

    By Blogger Nithya Swaminathan, at 3:23 PM  

  • @Ferrari,
    If it goes on at this rate Ramadoss is going to file Defamation suit on all of us.

    Thanks for the nice words. Since there is a good response i intend to blog in tamil as well.

    Danks. I also feel that it will take sometime for us to understand the nuances of the english to tamil font conversion fundas.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 3:25 PM  

  • congrats dude!

    By Blogger puddlefrog, at 4:43 PM  

  • congrats dude!

    By Blogger puddlefrog, at 4:43 PM  

  • Kaps! Congrats!

    Though! I understand your schedule and the time frame u r maintaining (actually dedicating) to blog.

    But still one post per week or month in tamil that too an eight lined poetry would fill the gap and mute ur critics.
    Its my suggestion!

    Meanwhile ur kavithai on Nambikkai itself says that u r having an eye on tamil blogging.

    By Blogger Go.Ganesh, at 4:47 PM  

  • congrats!!

    By Blogger monu, at 4:58 PM  

  • Kaps COngratsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!

    yayyyyyyyyyyy you won!

    err anons shouldn't be bothered if they refused to leave their names.

    By Blogger visithra, at 5:51 PM  

  • @Puddlefrog,

    Will definitely squeeze in some time for Tamil posts.


    Thanx. As u said, if we give too much importance to such Anons they will think high of themselves.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 6:07 PM  

  • Tamil blogs or not, we're all fullblooded Tamilans! People must understand the difference between comunication ideas and communicating the culture. Its not hard to start a Tamil blog, but there is always the problems of getting the typeset, fonts and the problem of readers viewwing the corect font.

    By Blogger Ghost Particle, at 6:17 PM  

  • By the by, congrats on the prize!

    By Blogger Ghost Particle, at 6:18 PM  

  • Congrats-prize on your first tamil blog is great.

    By Anonymous vasanthi, at 7:04 PM  

  • I for one feel no guilt in talking about Tamil in English.... in fact doing the same thing even now. I after all, am bilingual and need to appreciate that. Those of us who live outside Tamil Nadu know the value of being bilingual. To tell you the truth, my affinity to Tamil has increased ever since I landed in Britain, so much so that I constantly keep talking about classical Tamil poetry to most of my parangi friends. They know very little about Tamil culture, and so seem fairly surprised about the wealth we guys come with! So keep it up dude! The effort is always worth it.
    Another thing, I find it terribly difficult to read Tamil trasliterated in the Roman script. I'm rather comfortable reading Tamil in Tamil (fonts and encoding problems apart)!

    By Blogger Anand, at 8:33 PM  

  • kaps,

    Thootruvaar thootruvar... Potruvaar Potruvar !

    And he/she did not even have the guts to put in his/her name...

    Motta kadhudhaasi thaaney... Kizhuchu podunga !!!

    I guess such criticisms are part of every individual who shares a lil bit of celebrity status...

    And congrats on your achievement !!

    By Blogger Somu, at 9:03 PM  

  • And btw, even I blogged in Tamil for the first time just for this potti... The anon commenter is most welcome to drop by and vent his spleen .. heh heh !

    By Blogger Somu, at 9:05 PM  

  • Kaps,
    Congratulations. Ignore Mr(or Ms.) anonymous. I think the success of this competition was that it got a lot of English bloggers to write in Tamil and hats off to Mr.Narayanan for that. And well done!

    By Blogger WA, at 10:43 PM  

  • kaps, congrats on winning the prize. it was well-deserved.
    and these kind of anon comments deserve to be given the silent treatment :)

    By Blogger Balaji, at 2:42 AM  

    congrats da! do not pay heed to these comments, you rock dude!

    By Blogger ROBBIE, at 4:30 AM  

  • Chinna pasanga, kaps.. vittu thallitu, adutha tamil kavidhaikku ready aagalaamee?

    By Blogger Ram.C, at 7:43 AM  

  • congrats kaps!

    By Blogger Me, at 11:16 AM  

  • Frequently a regular visitor to your blog. you are doing a wonderful job. keep it up

    By Blogger Ananth, at 12:55 PM  

  • @GP, Vasanthi, Somu, Uma, Balaji, Robbie, Ram & Me,
    Thanks a lot

    Thanks for dropping by

    My affinity also got increased after moving to S'pore. My grudge being that local Indians are more passionate about the language whereas the expat Indians don't have the same amount of love and affection for the language. I would prefer to write in Tamil font instead of writing Tamil in English font.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 7:09 PM  

  • kaps,
    Congrats da.Think this must be the comment of a burning stomach, which lost the competition.Vittu thallu...

    By Blogger sen, at 1:16 AM  

  • hi!!!

    more than that ,
    it is necessary for one to start typing in tamil to keep the tamil spirit alive
    do it using http://quillpad.in/tamil
    it will peacefully help in converting your script to tamil by just typing in english you can have fun peacefully :)

    By Anonymous maadi, at 6:53 PM  

  • Guys just FYI there is a Tamil website called www.tamilthatha.com/forum and they are conducting online kavithai & Nagaichuvai competition. Interested people can participate and win prizes.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:14 AM  

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