I strongly feel that the time has come to do this job. And someone had to do this. I hope this is not out of order.
I am sure some of us are aware of one Mr. Harikumar .I am unfamiliar with his 20th century writing medium (also known as the print medium). I am more interested in what he has to contribute to the community and to the world at large. We being an informal collection of thinkers, writers and crackpots have welcomed such individuals into our fold before with open arms. Somehow this time things have gone terribly wrong. I do not want to get into the details of hows and whos and the whys. Believe it or not, but there exists certain unwritten codes of conduct on the blog. Paramount among this is the right to freedom and the obligation to respect the others freedom. Mr. Harikumar was not aware of the democratic nature of the Internet. nor was he aware of the socio-political landscape of the ബൂലോകം.
He is someone who stumbled into the Malayalam blog with a rather poor understanding of its workings. He took the liberty to equate this populace with his existing captive audience. We should remember that he works for an institution that has difficulty accepting the idea that the prominence of ink on paper is fast fading. Mr. Harikumar's outcry is only a symptom of this much larger issue. He has unknowingly become an unfortunate victim of the pampered and encapsulated condition provided by the miserably primitive publishing and print industry in our country.
I would request my fellow bloggers to show restraint for a moment while Mr. Harikumar recuperates from the wounds sustained by his unexpected "blog shock". Yes my friend there is such a thing called "blog shock". Its a state of shock sustained by unwary Mallu writers when they are confronted by the real readers of their writing on the Blog. If my memory serves me well, there hasn't been a case this severe.
If he continues to be entertained in this manner, he may quit the blog altogether. He will return to his day job and bad mouth this very young collection of thinkers, writers and crackpots. That , my friends, will not do us good. Let him stay. Let him read some of the finer works created by our collective. Let him appreciate this wonderful medium. Give him an opportunity to learn the mechanics of this system. Let him see the highs and lows of our creations.
And to you Mr. Harikumar: Your opinions are important, just like mine, his and theirs. But they are not final. Its an ongoing process. We are not here to compete on knowledge. We are here to share. I honestly believe this sudden acclimatization to Web 2.0. will dawn on you soon. Perhaps the coming months (or years) may fine tune you to be a better writer than what you were. I wish you luck.