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 Sainyam.in (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 et.al. 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 - Pra.Pee.Sa.sa - 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.


  1. Wow, somebody has been observing us all along! Some of the observations are impeccable. Thank you!


    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.

    This has been a problem for all of us. We tried to trace the people who posted those comments. Some have been requested not to do it, while the others couldn't be traced.

    For now, Malakpet Rowdy and his Kelukudu Batch rule the Telugu blogs.

    Not at all - nobody RULES the blogs. We just have that equilibrium where everybody has enough space to post the stuff.

    By the way Sarat was the last president of Keblaasa and that post is still vacant. So until the new leader takes over, he continues to be the official boss!

  2. హహ... తిట్టారో పొగిడారో తెలియకుండా చాలా బాగా రాసారు.

    ఒక చిన్న సవరణ,
    నా వరకు నేను వేరొకరి బ్లాగులోకి వెళ్ళి గొడవ చేయలేదు/గొడవ చేయను. ఏమైన ఉంటే ఆవేశంలో నా బ్లాగులోనే రాసుకుంటాను. కొన్ని రోజుల తర్వాత తీసేస్తాను. ఎందుకంటే వాటివలన ఎవరికీ ఉపయోగం లేదు.

    ఇక, ఇక్కడ ఎవరు ఎవరిపైన అధికారం చలాయించడంలేదు, బ్లాగులను ఏలడం లేదు. అలాంటి పరిస్థితి రావొద్దనే మేము కోరుకుంటున్నాము.

  3. హహ్హహహ్హ ... బాగుంది కధ ! కానీ ఎనిమిది గారు, ఇక్కడ పోరాటాలు లో ( అ మాట కి వస్తే జీవితం లో జరిగే ఏ పోరాటం లో అయినా ) గెలుపు ఓటములు మనం చూసే కోణం లో వుంటాయి. మొత్తానికి నేను కూడా పాపులర్ అయ్యి పోయాను, అట్‌లీస్ట్ విలన్ గా అయినా :) నా వరకు నేను ఇంకా బ్లాగులు నాకు నచ్చినట్టే రాస్తున్నాను. నా వాదన లో లోపాలు వుండవని నేను అనుకోను. కాకపోతే " waiting for godo" అని ఒక కధ వుంది. అందులో ఇద్దరు వ్యక్తులు తమకి తెలియని ఒక గొడొ అన్న వ్యక్తి గురించి మాట్లాడుకుంటారు. ఒక విధమైన ఉబుసు పోని వాదన! ఇద్దరికి ఆ గొడొ అన్న వ్యక్తి తెలియదు. ఇక్కడ కూడా భరద్వాజ , నేను వేదాలు అయితే చదవలేదు గాని, వాటి పర్యవసనాలు మాకు కనిపించిన రీతిలో మంచివని, చెడ్డవని వాదించుకున్నాము. అవి చదివితే ఇంకా బాగున్ను. నా అనుమానాలు ఆయన , ఆయన అనుమానాలు నేను తీర్చే వెసలు వుండేది. కానీ ఒకటి. పని గట్టుకుని ఒకరిని రెచ్చగొట్టడమో, లేక అనవసరపు వెగతాళి చేసెవారు ఎప్పుడు కరెక్ట్ కాదు. తమ తప్పులు ఒప్పుకోవడానికి అయినా కొంత నిజాయితీ వుండాలి. ఆ నేనెదొ వేడిలో అలా అనేసాను అనడం కాదు, వేడిలో అలా అన్నా క్షమాపణ అడగాలి. మరేమిటో కొంత మంది అలా వుండరు. అలాంటి వారిని నేను కూడా పట్టించ్కొవడం మానేసాను.
    ps: వేదాలు చదివి తీరాలి అని నాకు అనిపించినట్టు చేసినదుకు భరద్వాజకి కృతజ్ఞుడిని. కానీ ఒక భయం, బహుశా ఒక pre conceived notion ఏర్పరుచుకుని నేను వాటిలో లోపాలు మాత్రమే చూసి మంచి చూడలేను ఏమొ అని! గాఠిగా ప్రయత్నించాలి:)

  4. Thank you guys, for your generous responses.

    @Malakpet Rowdy & ఏక లింగం: Malak and Ekalingam - I stand corrected on the points you noted.

    @krishna: Good spirit! :)

    A clarification: The article is not a nitpicker. It is not aimed at judging the Mr. Faulty or the Mr. Right. All the observations made here, are from the onlooker's viewpoint. I shun to say I did a perfect job, but surely, I have been one of the keen observers of this -game, if I can call it one.

    Thanks again.

  5. You forgot another guy from this gang who pulls strings from the background. He seldom comes to the party but when he does, it will be like rubber hitting the rod. He goes by many names. Guess who?