I generally don’t do something unless I have to. Even though I indulged in creative writing in school, I wrote only if it had to be done as an assignment. Contributions for school magazine was voluntary, and, as you can guess, I never sent any article/story.
Once, in my 9th Std. my Tamil teacher specifically asked me to write an article for the school magazine. Since it was requested, I had to do it. I wrote something (I don’t remember what it was about) and sent it. It was published also. When I got the magazine in my hand, I was surprised to see the name printed as ‘Radhesh’ instead of ‘Rajesh’. It was a mistake! To compound my bad luck, there was a guy in my class called ‘Radhesh’!! 😛
During college, I applied to the ‘Student reporter’ program in a Tamil magazine called ‘Ananda Vikadan’. I was required to send an essay, and I was selected. I went to their office and was given some psychometric tests. I was selected in that too. Then they asked us to go out and bring a story.
Initially I was clueless, but then I spoke to a few people on what they thought about going abroad. For some reason, people replied enthusiastically to me! I collected some interesting points, wrote it as an article, and submitted it to them. I was selected in this round too.
Then came the final round. Questions from the MD of the magazine. He asked me ‘What do you want to become?’ I replied ‘I want to start my own website.’ (Think of it – that’s what I am doing now! Wonder how we get to know these things before so many years, that too while studying engineering!!). I was promptly rejected. Maybe they were looking for people who wanted to become a reporter and join them. . . .
Fast forward to now. I was contacted by someone from ‘The Hindu’ newspaper and I was asked to give a quote regarding the Tower park in Anna Nagar, Chennai. I replied what I knew, by email. That quote was published in a supplement titled ‘City’s Pride: Anna Nagar’. I was waiting with bated breath to find my name on print (at last), but, the name was printed as K Ramesh instead of K Rajesh!! In my haste, I had mentioned the name incorrectly in the email! Anyway, here’s the mention (just below ‘Down Memory Lane’) –
Hmmm . . .
On an (un)related note, I was more lucky in a slightly different print medium – printing on cloth! Have a look at my new T-Shirt ~ 😀
😛 🙂 😛