Wednesday, November 18, 2009

malayalam story - നഗരത്തില്‍

The first story that I wrote in a time bound fashion for Prabhodhini Vayanasaala's Annual Magazine - Vykhari - is now available as a blog post in my Malayalam Blog. I am thankful to my friend Joju for recommending my name and also to Jincy of Prabhodhini who gave me the opportunity to write and published it. I really enjoyed writing it especially with the excitement to finish off within the time.

The story - Nagaraththil -നഗരത്തില്‍ (In the City) - is about the city's indifferent attitude towards the common man. The spark of the story are a couple of incidents that happened in Bangalore city. I had noted it down in my personal diary and made some notes about it myself. When Jincy asked for an article, I didn't think anything but to develop the notes into a story. I hope you like it. The comments and criticisms are most welcome.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

mashithantu dictionary | മഷിത്തണ്ട് നിഘണ്ടു

The online Malayalam Dictionary Mashithantu is now available in a new form. Its more clearer, better and user friendly. This was released on the web on Nov 1st, The Kerala Piravi Day - one of the most auspicious day in the life of a Malayali. The impression the new version gives is much better when compared to the old version.

First up there is Google's and Mozhi's transliteration facilities embedded into the site along with Mashithantu's own transliteration. So it is completely up to the user how to type in the word he or she wants, to search the meaning for.

Then the most important feature that excites me is the fact that even "I" & "You" can add new words or edit the meaning of existing words (if we find it wrong) in Mashithantu. This I believe is the USP of the site.

There is a Thumbs Up/Down feature which is fine tuned from the previous version. Using a thumbs up and thumbs down button, the end user can inform the Mashithantu team whether he or she is satisfied with the results.

Hats off to my dear friend Joju John, Unnikrishnan K. P and the entire Mashithantu Team for bringing this up in the new avatar. I am proud of being an end user, a bit of contributor with words, crosswords, my bit of marketing and word of mouth publicity.

Here is the news about the release in the online version of Mathrubhumi .

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