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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Best of 2009

2009 was not that great. Satyam scandal, not much travel/trekking, not many events, no major happenings. On the positive side got some print mention and earned some little money via consulting and blogging…

Another 2 weeks to go. Advance new year wishes to all. Not planning much posts for rest of the year. Working on a post on Satyam Scam, to be published around its first anniversary. Here is quick recap of some of the posts published in 2009. Just around 108 posts this year compared to 140+ in 2007 and 2008.

Travelogues:

Didn’t travel much in 2009 compared to 2008. Yercaud, Skandagiri & Ooty were the only trips involving overnight stay. Other short visits include Maravante beach, Nandi hills, Kodachadri, Keladi Nagara Fort, Gingee Fort, Alamparai (fort & backwaters), Chitradurga, Hogenakkal, Pulicat lake and some more places. Did very little trekking and cycling this year.

In media:

An article got published in Vijaya Karnataka earlier this year and TOI and DC did quote me on fuel price hike and windows7 respectively later. Write up on Ramanagar Rock climbing and AWPT saw light in Ergo. Ergo stopped its print edition and no major articles in print this year.

Guest articles:

Several guest articles were published this year-Tips for Engineering students by Vidyabhushan Hande, car rally for the blind, Santosh’s account on surviving KSRTC bus accident, and Court Reporting career

Interviews:

Interviewed 3 international personalities (and TED India 2009 fellows): Kamal Quadir,CEO of Bangladesh based Cell bazaar.com, Enda N, the father of Indonesian blogosphere and Andy, French director and founder of clam studio and magazine.

Events:

Attended Article 19 at Manipal Institute of Communication, ET power of Ideas and Live blogged CII Connect 2009. No other major events. A Himalayan trekking and 4x4 Safari plans didn’t materialize.

Product/Service/book reviews:

There were lots of them: Mahindra Xylo, Fiat Linea, Sony DSC H50, Unwind School of Music, The associate by John Grisham, 2 States by Chetan Bhagat, Automall 2009, Mitsubishi great driving challenge, BPCL petrocard

Personal favourites:

Life saving skills from movies, my first consulting income, natural drinks for summer, My Dog Marcus, Improvements needed in PSU recruitment drives.

3 Most Commented posts of 2009: Self Drive rentals * Xylo vs Innova * Mouthshut shuts off

Most viewed: Some of my old time posts still rule the chart-Only 2 out 10 most viewed pages were published in 2009.

You may also wish to read: new year resolutions * Best of 2008 *

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