Why do I blog? Because it calls. Beckons. How long do I spend daily? 30 minutes to an hour. I respond to comments from my mobile phone when I am on the road. Why do I never read through my posts again for spelling/grammatical mistakes? Correcting grammar mistakes and spelling is for school assignments. Not for sharing thoughts.

This blog is now 4 months old. For some strange inexplicable reasons, it continues to have readers. For even stranger reasons, it keeps getting occasionally desipunditted (4 times so far). My immediate blogging social network (blogrollers, commenters) have become good friends.

So I thought it might be a nice idea to do some Jalsa and Jilpa historical analytics.

The ancient past 

It all started when I lost my purse in Bangalore. Purse Matter. The first commenter on my blog was Mr WordPress, who so very politely reminded me,

Hi, this is a comment.
To delete a comment, just log in, and view the posts’ comments, there you will have the option to edit or delete them.

The first post that got any sort of attention was Rucking Fules . I managed to get hold of a scanned image of the ID card from one of the most notorious jails in Chennai. For some reason, they continue to call it an Engineering college.

The first post I really enjoyed writing was An Advertising Case study . I did not want to make open fun of the creative geniuses who design political ad posters in Chennai. I wanted to read their minds.

The first post that attracted a major comment debate was Who is a Hindu (anyway)? Frankly, it was a pompous and opinionated piece that was thoroughly unfunny. But then, I hadn’t entirely embraced the profound philosophy of the absurd fully yet. Not that I have now, but I’m improving.

My first movie review, Ettukkaal Peter

The first time a commenter said “hilarious”. Tulsi Tulcome Tulconquer Tuldie

The first time I thought I had really got creative, but the blogosphere didn’t think so. You’ve retro-got mail 

The first restaurant review. Soul Food

The first really popular post. Madrasi Machi . Seemed to touch a chord with all South Indians who have had to fend off incorrect generalizations thrown at them by certain uninformed North Indians.

The Desipunditted posts

Random Soap serial concepts.

Comic strip dedicated to his holy hawtness himesh.

An ambience based classification system for restaurants.

And the unexpectedly popular Priestly Matters

The really bad puns

In case one didn’t notice, quite a few post titles are highly contrived puns. English language enna paavam pun-niccho teriyala, it seems to have become a bad habit of mine. What, in your opinion is the worst title pun of all time? I’m too lazy to link to each post. So plis excuse. My 30 minute quota is coming to an end for today.

Comfortably Onam?

Inhi Logo ne?

Some Orkut some are bad.

Purse come purse served?

Saree state of affairs?

Clutch Clutch hotha hai?

Deccan, but they usually don’t?

Auto Paato Kondaato?

It was the best of times. It was the vaastu of times?


16 thoughts on “Furlongstones

  1. yes yes, much wonderphulness.

    we demand immediate post on the following subject: which Tamizh hero was the inspiration for your latesht profile photo?

  2. Oh, yeah, I forgot to tell you: your new photoo does completely gel with the general coolness of this blog.
    And, really, this blog is truly outstanding. Except that it occasionally dips a little too deep into Tamiliana (mostly), but I can get it, so don’t care about that!

  3. tell me, mother promise, father promise that you really just dash it off in thirty minutes without composing, editing or agonising over it like how some of us lesser mortals do.

    If so, get your agent to talk to mediadreamz and pitch a script for a cool comedy complete with all the characters of your past posts.

  4. Soundar,
    There is absolutely no structure around any of the posts. In fact, one will notice quite a few missed words (conjuctions, prepositions) because I struggle to keep up my typing speed with what Im thinking of writing. I just type them as they come. Ofcourse, some posts need image manipulation and that takes time, but the average text only post is a 30-60 min job based on length. I must mention that the ideas for everyday’s post tend to come at different times, and I usually note it down in a file called “Toblog.txt” on my mobile phone. So later in the night, I pull it out, and start typing.

    Mediadreamz? He he. Not sure this is that good 🙂

  5. Congratulations for being 4 months old and a sincere thank you for your wonderful blog that keeps us laughing!

    And I agree with Marc, the Orkut one was your worst pun!

    Wish these furlongstones continue for long! 🙂

  6. Congratulations, man.

    Anyways, since you’re in the mood to talk about the history and the mysteries of your blog, can you please tell us why you have that microscopic smiley on the top right corner????

  7. auto patto etc — gets my vote.

    Since you are in retrospective mode, here is what I have to say:

    Your blog surfaced when the other good Chennai-centric ones were getting stale. J & J is like a breath of fresh air .

  8. Bikerdude,
    That line was first mouthed by the legendary T Rajendar. So credit should go to thim

    Thank you. Yes. Some puns orkut, some are bad 😉

    You are a eye-poking-snake I say 😉 I hadnt noticed at all. Let me investigate.

    Thank you.

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