Thursday, July 8, 2010

In the blogs today..

AVS writes..
AVS is a member of the Comedy brigade that dominates the Telugu Film Industry today. Besides being a successful actor, he is a Director too. Before entering the tinsel world he was a Journalist. Recently, he started a blog - "AVS Post.....". In his latest post, he urged the film lovers to discourage piracy and save the film industry.  With the sort of the comments that it has received so far, it looks AVS is in for a typical, bloggish treatment, first time in his blog.

There is a point in what the commenters wrote. What say..?

A Tribute to YSR 
In its latest post, 24 Gantalu paid glowing tributes to YSR on the occasion of the late leader's birthday.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Bulldozer of Telugu blogs

He enjoys leg pulling. He excels at writing parodies. His criticism is very sharp. He writes authoritatively about Hindu religious issues, social issues etc.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we introduce Malakpet Rowdythe Web Avatar of Velamakanni Bharadwaja, a Software professional living in the US. One of the most famous Telugu bloggers. One of the founders of Malika, the latest of the blog aggregators. One of the active members of (It looks this site is defunct now). But there is another side of him; the more widely known side of the Rowdy. 

If there is one voice that can bulldoze the strongest of the opinions, that can shout down the most vocal voices in the Telugu Blog world, it is his. He is the Rowdy of Telugu blogs. He is a maverick war monger, a born wrestler. His language has power. His sharp expression thrashes the bravest of the opponents. He has been involved in pitched Blog battles and almost always came out victor. The vanquished leaves the battle field bleeding profusely. He enjoyed making fools out of his opponents and proved this mettle time and again.

Anti-Hindu atheists are his most favorite opponents. He proclaimed several times that he has no qualms with a rational atheist, but cannot spare the one who talks rubbish in the name of atheism. He didn't spare anybody, however big they might be. Names like Innayya were his victims. Praveen (the Sarma), Krishna, Krishnasree are some of the lesser mortals who fell prey to him. While Praveen continues to be his most infamous opponent, the latter two seem to have made ceasefire agreements with the Rowdy. Praveen continues to be the gang's favorite whipping boy. The gang has setup an exclusive blog for Praveen - - The Association of Praveen's victims. When the gang is not busy battling, they hang out at this blog.

Gang? You asked about Gang? Here you go..

The Rowdy has his bunch of followers er.. Associates too. Prominent among them are Manchu Pallaki, Ongole Srinu, Ekalingam and, of course, the one and only Sharath. Though Manchu and Ekalingam seem to maintain some distance from Rowdy, they are two of the active members. It looks there are a few others, but camouflaged. Nagaprasad used to be a very active member, but is not spotted around these days. He closed his blog and it looks he left the gang for good.

The followers are very quick to respond when the leader announces the battle. And they respond valiantly and very violently. Together with the followers, Bharadwaja has formed this formidable gang, the fearsome Kelukudu Batch. This gang is one of the most feared and the most hated entities in the Telugu Blog World. At times, it is the most admired one too. Malakpet Rowdy does not accept himself as leader and the rest as his followers. Neither do the followers. But, the onlookers can spot a commander organizing his forces and marching them to make the kill.

The gang works to a precise plan. The battle starts with a brief, innocent-looking comment in the opponent's blog. At this stage, in almost all the cases, the blogger does not understand what lies ahead for him. He responds, of course, innocently. Pat comes another comment over the above response. Generally, it is a one liner question. The response is so quick and the question is so simple, that if the opponent is intelligent, he/she can sense the trouble. But, as it turned out so far, none of the opponents is intelligent.

In most cases, these initial comments are in the form of questions. Rowdy poses the questions and the unsuspecting blogger responds with his answers. In the process, Rowdy sucks the patience out of the blogger and brings out the beast in him. By the time the opponent understands where he is, he will have lost patience. Now starts the real battle. This is the time when the rest of the force joins the Commander. No word is spared, no weapon is left unused. The opponent is overwhelmed by the barrage of comments. History, Religion, famous quotes, Anthropology, Archeology, Computer Science, Astronomy, Astrology -no subject is left untouched no ism is left unquoted until the opponent is brought to his/her knees. The blog turns red with blood.

Some times the battle field is set at the Rowdy's blog. At times, it might be the blog of one of the followers. Wherever they fight, whoever be the opponent - it is the gang that wins. It is the opponent that bleeds. Admirably, Rowdy rarely loses his cool.

Some times, the battle is carried remotely. The opponents never come face to face with each other. But the battle goes on. It is a one way battle. The opponent is dragged into the field through impersonation. The gang members under the disguise of the opponent write comments that fuel the battle. This is one of the few inappropriate acts of the gang, while 'using inappropriate language' and 'attacking the friends of the opponents'  are the other significant ones.

During the battle, no onlooker raises the voice in favor of the poor opponent. This could be because of two reasons. In almost all the cases, the gang is more rational, more logical and more reasonable. Second reason is the fear -fear of the gang. If any stray voice is heard, it is drowned in the din.

For now, Malakpet Rowdy and his Kelukudu Batch rule the Telugu blogs. For some, the gang looks undemocratic. But the gang says they are more democratic than many and claims that they brought democracy to Telugu Blog World.

Political power shots

Two blogs, famous for the political commentaries are out with new posts today. One is Chaduvari and the other is Chakirevu.

Chaduvari took exception to the reported statement of Sharad Pawar, requesting the PM to divest him of some of his responsibilities to bring him some relief.

Chakirevu criticized Jagan's statement about his impending tour of North Andhra, in which he mentioned about following the footsteps of his father.

As usual, both of them went along their established styles.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Telugu Blog Aggregators

Telugu blogs are growing in numbers. There are several aggregators which capture the feed from these blogs and present to the readers promptly.

Following are the details of the aggregators.

Koodali ( This is the oldest Blog aggregator on the scene. Veeven is the owner and Administrator of Koodali. Started in 2006, Koodali dominated the aggregator scene, and it continues to do so. Pleasing User interface is the most important positive aspect of Koodali. Being the long standing player in the field, it is the most widely used aggregator. But it lacks a few important features: Delay in appearance of the posts and comments. There is a huge lag of upto one hour before a new post appears on Koodali. This is the biggest drawback of Koodali. It uses Python based Planet feed reader software. Koodali constitutes for about 50% of the total aggregator traffic to the blogs.

Telugu Bloggers ( was started almost at the same time as Koodali. It was setup by Chandrasekhar Vallabhaneni. He is the least visible owner of all the aggrgators. He never really put explicit efforts to make it popular, which is, perhaps, the reason for its less popularity. It runs on Wordpress.

Jalleda ( Jalleda was started in 2007 and is the first to show individual statistics regarding the posts and comments. The people behind this aggregator are not known. There are many technical issues with this browser, mainly because of the huge amount of database calls that it makes. perhaps, it is time they moved to a virtual hosting, if not a dedicated hosting. Jalleda is also slow to capture latest posts and comments. One annoying issue with jalleda is that the comments appear repeatedly. When you go the the Author comments page, this repetition increases telescopically, if not exponentially. The first comment appears once, the second one twice, third one thrice,.. etc. It needs a correction immediately.

Haaram ( Haaram came into being in 2009. This is the only aggregator which runs on Microsoft technology. This is probably the fastest of all the aggregators. Bhaskararami Reddy is the man behind this site. Haaram is one of the fastest to show the posts and comments; they appear almost immediately.

Malika ( Malika is probably the fastest to show the latest posts and comments. This aggregator is the outcome of a tussle between Koodali and a few bloggers. When Koodali expressed inclination towards blocking some blogs based on the content, there was opposition from few people. That opposition led to the evolution of Malika which is a collective effort of Bharadwaja Velamakanni, Ekalingam and others.

Besides the above, there are two other aggregators:
A2Z Dreams ( by Haranadh Kandulapati
Telugu Web Media ( by Praveen Mandangi

There used to be another Aggregator -, which ran for more than a year from 2006. It was shut down after the untimely demise of Kalyan, one of its promoters. Kalyan started a Tamil blog aggregator which too was closed.

As the Telugu blogging is still in its infancy, the aggregators continue to capture all the new posts and comments, and the readers are able to see their favorite blogs without missing any. But, when the number of blogs increases beyond these levels, the latest posts move down fast and disappear quickly from the page, and readers will lose site of their favorite blogs. To counter this, aggregators need to come out with user-customizable reading lists. Or, users should move to personal feed readers like Google Reader.