Blogging in itself is definitely rewarding for those who are passionate about writing and connecting to the rest of the world. Yet, for every blogger, there are some moments that stand out over others. These are some moments that blogging has given me that I will always cherish.

The Only Indian to win First Place in Season 1 and 2 of Write India, India's largest Literary Contest

Write India contest winners at the book launch
 In 2016, I beat out 25,000 entries to be a Winner of Season 1 of Write India, India's largest ever crowd-sourced literary contest. 


Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan (Godyears.net) The Only Indian to win First Place in Season 1 and 2 of Write India, India's largest Literary Contest

In 2018, I did one better, becoming the only Indian to win first place in both season 1 and 2 of Write India.


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 Bragging Rights: Best Blog for Creative Writing in India (2014)

Image: Blogadda
9 February 2014

Winning the 'Best Blog for Creative Writing in India' award at India's first Blog Conference and Awards Ceremony, WIN'14. 


The jury consisted of many famous personalities from across diverse fields including director Padma Shri Shekhar Kapur, Shobha De, Vasundhara Das, Ashwin Sanghi amongst others.

You will find me at roughly the 3:25 minute mark in the video here...


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MY BLOGPOST GOING VIRAL WORLDWIDE (May 2015)


So I wrote a post on the failing Indian medical system on May 15th 2015 with the 'apparently controversial' title 'Why I would never allow my child to be a doctor in India.'

Before I knew it, the medical fraternity had picked it up and shared it across all social media, attracting the attention of newspapers, TV channels and eventually landing me on:


One of my deepest regrets here is that though I could garner so much attention, I could not help change the medical system in India. It still remains broken and in dire need of an urgent overhaul.

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Honoured to be one of the speakers for Changing Tomorrow Youth Summit 2017 alongside celebrities like Raveena Tandon & Sachin Pilot.



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A SPEAKER AT THE 2018 TIMES LITFEST in Delhi



I got to be a part of the prestigious Times LitFest in December 2018 at Delhi. 

I would go on to a host a session on the 'The Young and the Restless' which featured stalwarts including:
1. Natasha Badhwar - the 1st videographer in news television and popular columnist
2. Dr Shelja Sen - TEDX speaker and Child & Adolescent Mental Health therapist.
3. Dr Samir Parikh - Director of the Fortis National Mental Health Program.
4. Nupur Dhingra Paiva - a leading Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist 

It was a truly amazing experience where we dealt in detail with aspects of mental healthcare both from the point of view of the parent as well as peers of young minds. Personally, it was humbling to see my name in a distinguished list of speakers that included the likes of former Presidents, present national leaders, celebrities I have grown up admiring and authors I loved to read.

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OTHER MOMENTS OF PRIDE:


Take Me for A Ride!

1. RENAULT LODGY (2015): 

Was happy to be a part of the #LiveLodgycal experience.

Image courtesy: DeckleEdge

    You can read about my experience with the car here. The overall party atmosphere with the fellow bloggers can be relived here. You can also find me giving my opinion about the vehicle in the two official Renault videos below.


      A lot of fun being a part of Renault's LiveLodgyCal experience in Goa (June 2015).




      2. LAND ROVER (2014): 

      Was a once-in-a-lifetime experience being part of Kerala's first #LandRoverExperience

      Yes. That is actually me!
      Image courtesy: LandRoverIndia

      You can read about my entire experience here.


      3. TATA ZEST (2014):

      Lovely to see TATA evolve and come up with their best vehicle yet in the ZEST. #ZESTUPYOURLIFE was a super fun event.

      Team Awesome : My driving partners and fellow bloggers
      Sneha Sharma and Aseem Rastogi


      Image courtesy: Shilpa Garg
      Don't you just hate it when you are trying to take a group snap
      and India's fastest man, Narain Karthikeyan jumps in at
      the last moment? Sigh... happens all the time, right? 




      4. TATA ZICA (2015)

      You can read about our experience with the Tata Zica here.

      Also, check out the superb blogger pic moments -
      beach soccer, celebrities, karaoke & 5 star luxury, it is all here 


      5. INKTALKS (2014)


      Winning my first blogging contest in nearly a decade allowed me to be part of the elite crowd who got to attend the 2014 #INKTALKS and meet some of the most inspiring people from both India and abroad. You can read my post on it here.




      Blogging also gave me so many opportunities to be besides celebrities whom I would never
      have otherwise met in my life.

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      PUBLISHED STORIES & ARTICLES:

      Till date, over 20 short stories have been printed in anthologies in India and abroad. You can find the whole list along with a description of the stories and the link to buy them here.

      They do not include the 30+ articles of mine that were published in e-magazines, news sites and journals. 

      BOOK LAUNCHES AS AN AUTHOR:

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      Blogging contests

      Over the years, nearly 50 blogposts have won commendations or prizes in various contests, be it Blogadda's Tangy Tuesday and Spicy Saturday or just specific contests. You can see the whole list here.

       

      Kind words from fellow bloggers:



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          1. Lots of good work.. WOW!

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          2. Doctoreee,

            Nalla kalakkan blog aayindu tta :)

            Got to know abt ur blog from Ms Preeti Shenoy's 'Blogticle' about The Fablery book launch. I wish I had seen your blog earlier :)

            Congrats on your being one of the chosen ten :)

            Wish you much much more in life !!!

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            1. haha.. thanks. Glad you liked it. Do come back :D

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          3. Congratulations...great accomplishments recorded here.

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          4. Awesome doc. That was a brilliant list of accolades :).

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            1. Thanks man :) Hopefully there will be a lot more in d days to come...

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          5. Hellow sir.. i am too a medical pursuing student.. i always had a thought in my mind that our field totally restricts us to the surgeries drugs etc.. i was keenly intrested in blogging and getting connected to the world around.. i felt like i could never fulfill this dream of mine as i am a medical student but seeing your work enkindled my passion a lot.. you ll always be an inspiration for me sir..

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          6. Hellow sir.. i am too a medical pursuing student.. i always had a thought in my mind that our field totally restricts us to the surgeries drugs etc.. i was keenly intrested in blogging and getting connected to the world around.. i felt like i could never fulfill this dream of mine as i am a medical student but seeing your work enkindled my passion a lot.. you ll always be an inspiration for me sir..

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