Monday, November 23, 2009

The Indiebloggies

You could've knocked me down with a feather when I saw this

I have been nominated for Best Humourous IndiBlog. I don't know how much of an honour that is in absolute terms but I am rubbing shoulders with
which are four blogs I follow with a microscope, and being on the same list as them is honour enough for me. Each one  of them is a gem.

I don't know how the voting works but I'm going to vote for all of them, creating multiple ids if required (following in the illustrious footsteps of great leaders all over our country, especially UP and Bihar).

Doing Jalsa and Showing Jilpa (by Krish Ashok) is about the most intelligent blog around, in addition to being truly funny. His posts are like Rahman's music - they get better every time you read them.

Son of Bosey (Anand Ramachandran) is my personal favorite - the best satire I've read anywhere, not just online. It satirizes without ridiculing, which is such a difficult thing to do. And it is guaranteed to make you laugh till your sides ache.

Bengaluru Banter is particularly funny for me because its author, Biker dude, is a superb observer and mimic and imitates the Bangalore argot very well. I travel often to Bangalore and I hear all that Bangalore speak often enough to laugh really hard. He is also a sensitive writer. Some of his posts are literary gems. Sadly, he doesn't post very frequently.

Coconut Chutney is one of the wittiest young ladies on the net. She has just the right balance of wit and irreverence to make you laugh. She is really gifted with words.

It's a tough choice, but it has to be one of these four. Krish Ashok or Anand Ramachandran for my money, but it could easily be Bengalooru Banter or Coconut Chutney. There are other blogs on the list at Indibloggies but I haven't been really following them. Didn't look anywhere close to these four at first glance.

I realize I'm not exactly plugging my own blog but the fact is that merely sharing the stage with these guys has made my day.  My posts are cute but I tend to (consciously, I confess) imitate Wodehouse which doesn't do much for originality. And my themes are pretty jaded too - the missus oppressing me, aided and abetted by the kids - and here, the reason is that my thinking machinery is very rudimentary and I am terrified it will pack up entirely if I make outrageous demands of it, such as originality.

So I hope you go ahead and vote wisely. Remember, if none of the candidates are handing out free booze, vote for the best one.



Siddharth said...

Congrats Naren! I love your blogs!

Praveen G K said...

Nice :-)

sandeip said...

narendra, i saw the shortlist (which were really a very very long list- if you consider all the categories) and it was something which made me glad. i read your blog regularly, and i like it for precisely the reasons you said in your own critique- because you write about what i think should be the simpler things in life. jaded topic or note, wodehouse inspired or not, i enjoy reading your writing, and far as i am concerned, that is all that matters.

narendra shenoy said...

Siddharth - Thanks!

Praveen - Thanks!

Sandeip - Thanks! I like writing and in my Walter Mitty moments, I often dream of winning the literature Nobel. Truth of the matter, however, is that there are better guys around. But as you put it so well, if you like it, you like it.

Anonymous said...

Will create another account other than the 4 (your idea :D) and dutifully vote for you too!
Come on, I love your blog! :)


buddy said...

my vote has already been purchased, but the fake id vote totally goes to you!
wodehouse or no wodehouse, I love reading this blog

Mr. K Bodhi said...

You are the best!

maxdavinci said...

narenji aage badho, hum aapke saath hain!

I've offered my services to ashok, but then I'll offer you the same deal.

we shall rig the polls by spoofing IPs and multiple mail accts. Bas humare sar pe bhi aapka ashirwad ho!

yes yes, i know shamelessly bartering votes here, but then i'm not a fab campaigner...

Bea Walker said...

Oooh tough choices...but congrats on keeping good company! I will be very quiet and devious about my methods to rig the vote, haha....could I bargain with you about my vote - more votes for more frequent posts? :) of luck!

V said...

Good stuff. Congratulations!

Sneha said...

Your posts are hilarious! You deserve to win :)

Dhruv Shanker said...

Discovered your blog via Google Reader about a month back and I must say - I'm a fan! Love your writing and the Wodehouse-esque touch.

Congrats on making the list! I'm rooting for you to win!

Chethana said...

Naren: Congrats! You deserve the company.

PS: You can be sure my vote can't be purchased with free booze.

Naveen said...

Congrats .... u sure deserve that & much more ....still waiting 4 china P-II

Anonymous said...

Why this humbleness or humbility? Need a dose of Buck-U-Uppo? Of course you deserve to be on this list.


Anonymous said...

i can't believe folks as old as you (almost grampas in waiting :P) are so excited over an award that is not even tangible.

your blog pwns irrespective of award.

and i think this blog ought to be on that list at least:-

gauri said...

...and very deservedly so! :) Congratulations - good luck!!


Spaz Kumari said...

being extremely objective, i'd say you are as good as bengalooru banter, better than coconut chutney, better than doing jalsa and showing jilpa, and not as good as son of bosey, making allowances for bosey on off days.

(krish ashok is nice and witty and all, but his newer posts often try too hard. this is speaking as a fan of his.)

it is true son of bosey is funnier than you, but you do not attempt the same sort of humour as bosey, so you should have as good a chance of making it as him.

beshtu aaf lucku pa. :)

Aruna said...

Congratulations. As I was reading that you had been nominated for the best humourous blog, I went on reading the nominations where I came to know that my daughter Priyanka's photo blog Delhi Photo Diary has been nominated in the Photoblog category. Thanks to you that we came to know of her nomination. I have already cast my vote and now I am canvassing for my daughter. I do hope you will cast your vote for my daughter.

Vinay said...

Awesome Naren !! ur at the blink of celebrityhood :)cant believe i din take ur autograph when i met u last week :(

Keep these gems coming.. They are hilarious !!!

Amrita said...

Congrats Naren and you got my vote by the way. Truth be told I was really happy to see my faves get multiple noms because that way I got to vote for all my faves.

And you're right, that kind of company alone is an honor. Esp when it comes out of the blue.

niks said...

Naren, your blog is an inspiration.

Congratulations on being nominated & Best wishes!

Coconut Chutney said...

How did i miss this?!

You rock, Mr.S. :) Really.

Coconut Chutney said...

And I have this major feeling I got included only because I'm a girl. some reservation rule they follow, I think. :D

TOo much modesty Mr.s! I have a feeling its only between you and Bosey. And it's awesome if either of you win cause I get free booze anyway. :D

Chriz said...

liked your modesty.. many dark horses there.. riding for glory.. i am one among them too "chronicwriter they say :)

Deepak Gopalakrishnan said...

Surely, there is some dark motive behind the capital h in your cheers? ;)