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Thanks to Hindusthan Times

Firstly I am thankful to Sri. BRP Bhaskar who introduced me to Riddhi Shah.

An article about me is published in Hindusthan times written by the reporter Riddhi Shah on 09 June 2008. What ever be in my mind had been opened in front of the reporter for the public.

CHANDRASHEKHARAN NAIR (59) Nair has gone from being a humble farmer to an Internet personality just through his blog. This Matriculate blogs in three languages and has picked up the technology through sheer tenacity.

F ORGET LONG-WINDED confessions and kiss-and-tell-all memoirs. For 59-year-old Chandrashekharan Nair, the blog is much more than a personal confessional – it has become a tool for unprecedented professional growth.

Eight years ago, Nair was known to those around him as a humble rubber farmer, an ex-army havaldar who had nothing more to his credit than a simple Matriculation degree. But then he started a blog and changed all that. Today, Nair maintains blogs in three languages, analyses statistics on rubber farming and shares them with like-minded people around the world. And when he writes, the blogosphere sits up and takes note.

“Blogging is an amazing tool. You can connect with so many people around the world. I had studied a lot about rubber farming and this gave me an opportunity to share all that information,” says the Thiruvanthapuram-based farmer in halting English.

And while he admits to having had trouble with the technicalities of maintaining a blog when he first started, he says that what always helped him pull through was the presence of the vast virtual community of bloggers. “You can get an answer to any of your queries in just two hours,” he says.

Nair spends between three and four hours every day on his blogs, arduously analyzing the daily statistics published by the Rubber Board, finding articles about rubber cultivation and writing. Recently, he even managed to use the Right to Information Act to find disparities in the export figures published by the rubber board. “I’ve also written about the solution to a previously incurable rubber disease called Brown Bast,” says Nair, known in the blogosphere as Kerala Farmer. And with his English blog (http://www.rub having received as many as 20,000 hits, it’s clear that his efforts aren’t going unnoticed. “I’ve been receiving regular emails from an MBA student in Gujarat who tells me how much my analysis helps him in his studies. It feels good,” says Nair.

Not one to sit and rest on his laurels, Nair has decided to team up with other Malayalam bloggers to promote blogging in schools and colleges around Thiruvanathapuram. “If I can learn the technology and become a blogger, anyone can,” he says.

2 comments to Thanks to Hindusthan Times

  • I emember the seven-eight consecutive mornings of two months back, when this seasoned, frothy stud of the farmer blogger community would rap me with the coutesey call ‘ pathram is ready’ before dashing off to pound the udders of the dozens of mammoth cows squirming to be milked (hahaha) !

    What an avatar of a peseverant blogger !

    He has also compulsively confessed to me alone that he had downed a 100 pakis in hand-to-hand combat. When asked to recollect the year of the war, he happily ceated his 200th wordpess blog ‘ the rubber wars’ instead !