5th Annual Blog Pongal – the best posts of 2009


Happy Pongal/Sankranti to those that celebrate it.  We have been celebrating the Pongal festival on the same day since the days of the  Indus Valley Civilization (according to my research) making it a 4,500+ year old tradition. On this blog, we have been celebrating it with a  harvest festival of our own – the annual Blog Pongal – a harvest of the best posts on this blog. Here are the previous editions – 2004-5 , 2006, 2007, and 2008 . 

5th Edition of Blog Pongal – Best posts of 2009

Choosing the best posts out of 48 is a tough task. I have tried my best to present you the best dozen (one per month approx).  Hope you like them.

1.  Ganesh Vaideeswaran’s thought provoking post – American Politics and Religion – on the occasion of Obama’s swearing in, a historic occasion for the USA.

2. In India, Satyam’s Ramalinga Raju created history of a different kind.  Priya Raju’s unusual take on the event – Satyameva Jayate.

3. Slumdog Millionaire created more reams of writing than possibly what the movie making team did. Sibu Kutty with his insightful post on the movie.

4.  I never expected my post Soul of Success to garner so many insights from the community. Personally, a very enriching post.  

5. The Indian elections threw many a surprise. Priya Raju called it the Great Indian Rope Trick  stirring a great debate amongst the readers. Considering the scope and scale of it, i guess only India can pull such a thing off.

6. Dr. Abdul Fakhri’s thought provoking question – does friendship have value in the new millennium.

7. Kumaran ponders the existential question – types of actions and concludes as three buckets of actions.

8. Sultana’s beautiful tribute to the Teachers on Teacher’s Day.

9. My post on the Aha Moment and its connection to Learning.

10. Abdul Fakhri’s provocative post for Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday – what can we celebrate on Gandhi Jayanthi?

11. Priya Raju’s poignant post on the Plight of the Invisible. Hard not to get teary-eyed after reading this.

12. Vamsi Poondla’s superb posts on the Telangana Crisis – Part 1 and  Telangana Crisis – Part 2 – a great piece of research. Vamsi did a timely yeoman service to this community by explaining the problem and the potential solution(s).


Hope you all enjoy reading this blog as much as we enjoy writing it. Many of you read this blog without commenting. May i request you all that read, but don’t comment, to make an exception this time and write a comment on this post, so that our writers get some encouragement? Thanks in advance.


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    Happy Pongal Sukumar. All the above posts are really awesome,i really enjoyed it, keep going….Thanks


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    Thanks Subba for your kind words and wishes. Thanks for being a regular reader and commenter on this blog.

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    Vikram (subscribed) said January 14, 2010, 1:22 pm:

    Hi Sukumar! Happy Pongal to you and ur family! I have been following ur external blog regularly only of late and i find all posts here to be extremely informative!!! Looking forward to excellent posts this year too!!!

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    Sukumar (subscribed) said January 14, 2010, 1:45 pm:

    Thanks Vikraman for the kind words. Glad you like the posts. The credit goes to the writers of this blog as well.

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    Wow. Looks like Priya Raju has taken a clean sweep of the accolades. Congrats to all winners will read all posts soon

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    As usual , yet another year at Sastwingees ! Wishing you all the very best.
    Informative posts one after the other…It’s been great reading all different viewpoints from a lots of readers.

    This year, I particularly liked the fine tastings section.
    Thank you!

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    Sukumar (subscribed) said January 14, 2010, 2:36 pm:

    Thanks Aditya for the kind words.

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    Sukumar (subscribed) said January 14, 2010, 2:37 pm:

    Thanks for the kind words. Thanks for being a regular reader and commenter.

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    Sukumar, thank you for a scrumptious serving of knowledge with your blog. Many thanks for keeping the Telanaga series in the esteemed company of your blog. Have a great Pongal 2010

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    Sukumar – Thank you, I’m honored to see my posts featured in the Blog Pongal. I wish we could motivate Sibu to write more posts. I also miss Sujatha & NK Sreedhar’s posts.

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    Thanks Vamsi.

    Thanks Priya. Yes it would be nice to see some posts from Sujatha and NK.

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    Sukumar – Thanks for hosting the blog and allowing me to contribute and featuring my post in the pongal blogroll. I learn a lot from the posts as well as follow-on discussions.

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    Sukumar (subscribed) said January 20, 2010, 9:43 am:

    Thanks for your kind words Ganesh. Thanks a lot for supporting this blog since its inception with your insightful posts and comments.

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    It has been great fun and learning being a part of blog. Something which made me write. May be I shake off my lazy bones do some more writing.

    Sukumar – Thanks for the nice platform.

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    Thanks Kumaran. Look forward to more posts from you this year.

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