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Geeta Padmanabhan is a freelance journalist and a retired English teacher.Happiness to her is exchanging ideas with young people. Geeta lives in Chennai, India.



  1. Hi! Geeta,
    I have always been inspired by your energy and enthusiasm.
    It will be wonderful reading your views regularly.
    Life itself is the best reason to be happy and to celebrate.
    Navin Gulia

    Comment by Navin 'The Terminator' Gulia — September 26, 2006 @ 3:20 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks, pal. The inspiration thing is mutual. Energy comes from being in touch with people like you.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — September 26, 2006 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

  3. Thanks a lot for publishing my ideas in Metroplus yesterday. I have told my students??? to visit your blog. I am sure this is what keeps you young and in good spirits all day long. Wish you all the best Geetha

    Comment by Chitra — October 12, 2006 @ 6:49 pm | Reply

  4. Thanks Chitra. I couldn’t have written the piece without your inputs. You’ll be happy to know the article drew a lot of feedback.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — October 12, 2006 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

  5. I have read Eats, Shoots and Leaves. I haven’t read many of your posts yet but I will do so keenly. Its like going back 14 years and attending a class with my elderly english teacher – Mrs. Subramanian. I love to point out the missing apostrophe in the web address.


    Technology does not bend easily. Does it?

    Comment by Siddharth — October 21, 2006 @ 11:11 pm | Reply

  6. hi…can u do a favour for me??

    Comment by saranya — January 20, 2007 @ 10:31 pm | Reply

  7. Hi Saranya, depends on what it is. Ask away!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — January 21, 2007 @ 10:15 am | Reply

  8. Hi Geetha/Madam,

    I just happened to stumble over your blog and would like to convey that all your posts are clearly thought & excellently written.

    However I feel that your blog posts are much more interesting and effective than the articles published in Hindu. Is uncensored the reason for that:)

    Comment by Jose — February 21, 2007 @ 1:20 pm | Reply

  9. Hi Jose, thanks for stopping by and thanks very much for those words of appreciation. Yeah, I guess you are right, in a way. My stories for the Hindu are not censored and I enjoy a lot of freedom writing those. The regulation is in what I write on, the subjects we choose. Also, we don’t generally write in the first person and that’s where the crossing bar comes down, I guess. We try hard to maintain neutrality, something I shake off in my blog posts. Personal stories are the best, aren’t they?

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — February 21, 2007 @ 11:29 pm | Reply

  10. Hi! Nice site!

    Comment by Wallace — February 22, 2007 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

  11. Hi Wallace, thanks for stopping by. Do bring me sentences that have grammar or usage errors for analysis. I love breaking them apart, a kind of linguistic “reverse technology’. Hope to see you here again!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — February 22, 2007 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  12. Hi ma’am!!

    Just thought I’d drop by and take a peek at some of your blogs.

    Thoroughly enjoyed them….takes me back seven years to your classes:-)

    Comment by Uthra — March 24, 2007 @ 6:48 pm | Reply

  13. Hi Uthra, thanks for stopping by. Good to know our mutual admiration society has been revived! 🙂 We must make time to have those long midnight chats!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — March 24, 2007 @ 10:10 pm | Reply

  14. Hi. I have been regularly reading your blog for the last 3 months or so. I like the posts especially the ones on Grammar. I loved your articles in The Hindu and now I am pleased that I am able to read your articles in this portal.
    I am just inquisitive to know whether you point out to the Editor, the errors in articles published in The Hindu, as nowadays I find more instances of grammatical errors in The Hindu!

    Comment by santhosh — March 30, 2007 @ 6:23 pm | Reply

  15. Dear Dr. Santhosh, thank you so much for those words of appreciation. I started this blog mostly to help students struggling to learn English usage which is not the easiest to get a grip on. I’m glad my posts appeal to you.
    As for The Hindu, there is a Resident Editor in charge of keeping a watch on errors. I see his columns regularly. I’m sure he points out mistakes in writing and in print to the concerned people.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — March 30, 2007 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  16. the intentions of the chennai corporation is definitely very honurable, but they will have to take the ground situation and the views of people into consideration before taking any decision.

    instead bring in cement they can use plants, trees to beautify the beach.
    they can make chairs available, disable friendly toilets, may be a wider jogging track etc.

    they can spend the money allotted in regular collection of garbage from the beach.

    if they do all this and remove the so called governor’s bunglow. The beach will look beautiful & useful.


    Comment by sunandan — April 11, 2007 @ 6:29 pm | Reply

  17. We don’t want any construction on the beach, sunandan, except good toilets. In the survey people said clearly they didn’t need benches, they just wanted to sit on the sand. Anyway, there is a promenade so let’s keep that.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — April 21, 2007 @ 5:01 pm | Reply

  18. Hi Geeta,

    There was a time when I used to regularly collect interesting articles/short stories/columns that appeared in the supplementary papers of The Times of India and The Hindu.My cupboard is full of such papers from the late 80’s to the late 90’s and magazines like the Reader’s Digest from the late 70’s. It’s a hobby that runs in my family actually!

    My favourite writers/columnists used to be(and still are)Mr.V.Gangadhar(Slice of Life)and Mr.Krishnan who used to write the ‘Between you and Me’ column.

    I enjoy reading your articles which appear in The Metro Plus!
    Here’s a request…Could you please maintain an archive for those articles in your blog?

    Comment by pkpingupg — May 2, 2007 @ 9:39 pm | Reply

  19. Hi Kavitha, thanks for stopping by. Thanks so much for bringing in Gangadhar and Krishnan into this space. They happen to be my favourites too! And I’m totally flattered that someone who enjoys their writing wants to preserve what I write! Putting my articles in this blog, man, that’s a great idea! Thanks so much for the suggestion. I’ll get that done in a few days. I may have to talk to The Hindu about it.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — May 3, 2007 @ 9:13 pm | Reply

  20. hi maam ,
    i jus got so inspired by ur talk abt the besant nagar beach, so i strait away went n sat in front of the pc n went through ur article.. it really looks more like an amusement park rather than a beach.. if we had all these facilities here why would anyone want to go to a park or an amusement park . people fail to understand the unique value that each n every place possesses.. looking forward to more of your enthralling speeches …


    Comment by Raghav — May 5, 2007 @ 7:45 pm | Reply

  21. Hi Raghav, thanks for those words of appreciation. We need to preserve that small stretch of beach, you know. We cannot allow corrupt officials to hijack what essentially belongs to the common people. All officials stand to gain through building contracts. Which is why they want to build, build, build. None of them is serious about cleaning up the place and regulating the hawkers! Look at their sincerity in the “beautification”! We cannot allow this beach to be privatised. It is a cheap mode of entertainment and is the lung of south Chennai. Thanks for thinking with me!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — May 5, 2007 @ 9:22 pm | Reply

  22. hi mam dis is 1 of ur student in sriram law academy ,wer ur subject wer quiet intersting n kinda cool stuff!!!!!! pls keep updating wer pple would cme 2 know things wats happening ard …… well tats it lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by dinesh — May 6, 2007 @ 12:02 pm | Reply

  23. Hi dinesh, thanks for stopping by. Tell me now, do you write like this on purpose? Do take a look at what I have said in my post on SMS-ish. You’ll find it under “Language”. Now go ahead and write the error-free version of your comment. I’m sure you can do it!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — May 6, 2007 @ 7:26 pm | Reply

  24. madam, great to find you here… in the world of young wiser thinker are required to guide. appreciate your interest and energy for this.

    and since you said you were a teacher may be this might interest you –

    thanks again.. Yuva

    Comment by yuva — May 9, 2007 @ 6:43 pm | Reply

  25. Thanks, yuva, for your sustained interest in my posts. Do feel free to write in your comments whenever you can. The idea behind blogs is to start a discussion, right? Every one of your opinions is very welcome.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — May 9, 2007 @ 8:50 pm | Reply

  26. have u by any chance written any book?

    Comment by jaideep — May 12, 2007 @ 12:41 am | Reply

  27. your name sounds familiar…may be because you were a english teacher and you share the first name of my english teacher…donno….i keep thinking i know everyone….total chaos….

    Comment by vishesh — May 14, 2007 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

  28. In Chennai I taught at PSBB for four years and at AMM for three years. Were you in one of those schools before 2000?

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — May 14, 2007 @ 10:33 pm | Reply

  29. no…i am in know any of the teachers there??

    Comment by vishesh — May 15, 2007 @ 11:32 am | Reply

  30. No Visesh, I just visited the school once to judge some competition, that’s all. I do believe you are in a great school. Make the best of your years there! All the best!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — May 15, 2007 @ 8:52 pm | Reply

  31. Dear Ma’m.

    I am one of your ardent fans, I never miss your stories in Metro Plus. I report for vincent’s neighbourhood paper, Arcot Raod Times, another third, not though as renouned as the other two. I do the work in simple English.
    Just wanted to express my liking. Crave to write as expressive as you and Vincent!atleast 10%. As some one had suggested here, it would be great compiling what you wrote all these days in a blog like Vincent’s. I u’stand you are preparing for that!

    Comment by Rani — May 26, 2007 @ 7:26 pm | Reply

  32. Hi Rani, thanks for stopping by. You know what, I wish I could write like Vincent! In fact I wish I could write like a whole lot of people whose writings I admire! Since I can’t do that I do the second best – develop a style of my own and pray that people will like it. Keep reading and writing, Rani. Practice, practice, practice! There is no substitute for reading and writing to improve. And definitely proofread what you write. Spelling errors are a big no-no in any writing. Don’t believe those who try to persuade you to think otherwise.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — May 26, 2007 @ 10:32 pm | Reply

  33. Hi Geeta,

    I have read the account of your South Africa trip – Kruger Park in Metro Plus. Could you please let me know what we should take from India for PURE vegetarians. I am planning to go to South Africa in Aug 2007 for 15 days and would like your advice. I will be in Johannesburg & Durban.

    Comment by shanthi — May 28, 2007 @ 3:22 pm | Reply

  34. Hi shanthi, thanks for stopping by. Well, I’m a vegetarian too, though I’m not sure if my vegetarianism falls in the “pure” category. My tour operator was the cook as well and put together quick meals during the day and cooked a hot dinner when we wound up for the night. Breakfast was cereal, milk, fruits, french toast, plain toast, baked beans and coffee/tea. We were served cold lunch since the tour op had to drive us around in the morning and then come back to cook. Lunch was cheese/veggie sandwiches, fruit juice,fresh fruits, bun and of course tea/coffee. He cooked a veg dish if we had time. If we were on the road, we stopped for lunch on the way. You could order a vegetable hamburger.
    Dinner was a hot meal. There was pasta, boiled vegetables, fried vegetables,hot custard and fruits. I don’t think I ever went hungry. I did not carry any food with me. I bought biscuits on the way, but that wasn’t necessary since the tour op served us biscuits as well. This tour op called Epic Enabled said he could cater to all food preferences – even vegan.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — May 28, 2007 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

  35. Dear ma’am,

    Can u please, please send me ur email address or phone number ma’am?
    I have a few queries on something. Please do reply!
    Yours sincerely,

    Comment by Nithya — June 3, 2007 @ 10:21 pm | Reply

  36. Hi Nithya, Here is my e-mail ID. I check it at least half-a-dozen times a day. So fire your queries away from your keyboard!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — June 4, 2007 @ 5:46 pm | Reply

  37. dear mam,

    can you give me tips on how i can improve my spoken english.


    Comment by sunandan — June 9, 2007 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

  38. Hello Mam ,

    Can you please help me ..
    I came across your name and your blog when I was browsing across ..
    I have a 4 1/2 year old boy studying in PSBB .
    He is not good in story telling..
    I believe the stories are taught in a very lengthy and action oriented manner (that is what I observed when I was allowed to participate in the class room session once) .
    So he could basically understand the story and narrate it back in Tamil.But when I ask him to repeat the sentences which were taught in school he is unable to do this..
    How can I teach him well the short/simple version of the story effectively ..
    And I also it would be more helpful if you can share me the tips of how can I improve his oral communication skills..
    Pls also reply me to my mail id.

    Thanks in advance,
    Best Regards

    Comment by Kamaladevi — June 23, 2007 @ 4:05 am | Reply

  39. Hi Ma’am…
    I have been a regular reader of your posts for some time now . Came to your blog via Rajesh ( I had met you during blogcamp 2006 .I am taking the liberty of tagging you for a meme that i recieved from a friend :

    thanks in advance

    Comment by Ranjit — June 24, 2007 @ 7:38 pm | Reply

  40. Hi Ranjit, thanks for stopping by. And I love your URL – fly and crash!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — June 24, 2007 @ 7:54 pm | Reply

  41. nice blog………

    Comment by Salman — August 4, 2007 @ 5:06 pm | Reply

  42. Hi Salman, thanks for stopping by.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — August 4, 2007 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

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