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A little space for me in Indiatimes

The following is a letter received to me.

Dear Mr Nair,
I got your reference from Mr BRP Bhaskar. I am a journalist with the Times of India, Delhi and am doing a story on elderly people blogging in India. I have a few questions to ask.
1. When did you start blogging and what prompted you to?
2. Why did you choose to blog in Malayalam? How easy is it to blog in an Indian language?
3. What do you like most about blogging?
4. How old are you and did you find the new technology complicated to get used to?
I would really appreicate if you can send me the replies as soon as possible. My deadline is Thursday, December 13, evening.
Thanks,

Meenakshi Kumar
Special Correspondent
Times of India
New Delhi
My answer to the above mensioned questions are as follows:-
1. When did you start blogging and what prompted you to?

1999 onwards I started to publish in English which was difficult to handle. I published firstly in 4me web’s free template provided by Britek at Technopark. After getting problem on that 4me web I started publishing in Geocities with Guest book Facility with Malayam images of contents. Finally I came in to Blogger and started blogs in English. From there I learned and published Malayalam blogs with the help of Varamozhi editor. Now I am using mostly wordpress which have a wonderful dashboard.
My motto- Mainly I was well known about many details and findings of Natural Rubber in my knowledge. I tried to share my knowledge to the World through blogs. I have a deep relation ship with Agriculture in my whole life. Thus my blogs are mainly related with Agriculture and using my nick name as keralafarmer. (Search keralafarmer – you will get many links related to me)

2. Why did you choose to blog in Malayalam? How easy is it to blog in an Indian language?

I have blogs in Malayalam, English and in Hindi . Now I am trying to publish in other World Languages which is unknown to me or I can’t read and write them. To write Hindi a support of dictionary required for spell check. To write English I have a need of support of some body to correct my sentences. But Malayalam is a well known language which I can publish without any help. Always some body is available in the net to clarify doubts through Gmail chat.

3. What do you like most about blogging?

Without editing and censoring we have the freedom to publish blogs. Within seconds responses will come as comments. By pointing out the mistakes we can correct them and can re-publish. A World wide relation ship or friend ship through blogs of an unknown group who are not seen face to face. These are the reasons to like blogs.

4. How old are you and did you find the new technology complicated to get used to?

I am an ex-serviceman and a farmer aged 58 years with qualification Metric. New technology is not complicated to use. Because we can find out so many helps through searches. Unicode Malayalam is equivalent to English in searching and obtaining results. Inscript Keyboard is helpful to type many languages by using the same keys. Google provides a wide range of free helps including Analytics as dashboard. Now I am able to help the new bloggers too and I published a blog with all details to obtain.
My poor standard of English may be a problem.

S.Chandrasekharan Nair
Shri Raghav, Perukavu, Peyad-Po,
Thiruvananthapuram 695 573
Ph. 0471 2283033 Mob. 9447183033 or 9495983033

Finally Meenakshi Kumar published an article Old hands at blogging in Times of India with two other bloggers from Thiruvananthapuram.

BRP Bhaskar, 74, started blogging regularly since April this year, though he created his first blog way back in 2005. A retired journalist, now settled in Thiruvananthapuram, Bhaskar’s blogs carry his writings, political views and comments on current affairs. His other blog is specific to Kerala. And last month, he created a third one in Malayalam. “In the absence of standard Malayalam unicode, blogging in that language poses some problems,” he says. What started as a way to keep his friends and relatives in different parts of the world informed about his writings, has now become a serious activity.

The same holds true for Chandraku-mar, 64, also from Thiruvananthapuram, who started blogging this year. His blogs in Malayalam are a hit with fellow Malayalees. A retired government officer, he spends three-four hours on it daily.

Interestingly, Chandrashekhar Nair, 58, has been blogging for close to four-five years. A former serviceman and a farmer, his blogs are on agriculture. “What I like most about blogging is that one can get a response within seconds of publishing a blog,” says the Thiruvananthapuram-based Nair, who blogs in English, Hindi and Malayalam.
Thanks to Meenakshi Kumar and India times.

A response received on my Malayalam blog post as under.

Sebin Abraham Jacob said

December 19, 2007 at 2:27 pm

The views expressed by BRP Bhaskar as reported by Meenakshi Kumar in India Times are a factual fallacy. Unicode is a standard of all of the major international languages and Malayalam is not an exception. There is no problem with rendering or display of text, provided, proper instructions are followed. One must use the right input utilities and should set the system and the browser, Unicode friendly. What problem does he find with the standards? Of if he is referring to the grammatical arguments for display of ‘ന്റ’ or ‘റ്റ’, that is a headache of linguists and software developers, not of a layman who is into blogging.

Chandrakumar & Chandrasekharan nair

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