Well, this blog post may seem like a boasting of my achievements but I found it inevitable because in this present world, one has to sell himself/herself to see themselves get what they want. If you are not good enough to do it, you end up being the loser. I decided to do 1 blog post which would showcase my achievements and this post would be updated every now and then to add other accomplishments in the future too.
**** Please note that this isn't an exhaustive list and I have highlighted only a few I could remember at the time of writing this blogpost *****
Who am I?
I can say I am a Blogger, Author, Poet, Reviewer, News Correspondent, Socialite,Marathoner, Blood and Organ Donor, Numismatist, Philatelist among others.
To start with, I feel proud in producing my organ donor card below:
I started writing when I was a kid. I was 7 or 8 years and by then I also had developed a liking onwards reading books and when I say it, I mean it. I use to read not less than 100 books in a year, if not any. When I was 13, I also had my own lending library. Ref: My School Friends who hired books from me(I am not mentioning their name or other details for privacy but can be given on request).
This could probably be one of the reason of me interacting with renowned authors when I grew big and got their autographed books too.
These were the books which bears the autographs of the respective authors and some with personalised messages too. This includes the likes of Jeffery Archer, Ruskin Bond, Salman Rushdie, Yuvraj Singh, Ashwin Sanghi, Chetan Bhagat, Amish Tripathi and more. Few more books were added to this list an due to the constraint in space,those were not included in this. I may post a separate picture later with different set of books altogether.
I have had the opportunity to interact with many authors online and offline. One such amazing Author is Ashwin Sanghi who was kind enough to do a video interview with me when he came down to Chennai.
You can see the other videos too on my You Tube Channel -> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfa5pLbBJbPCA9PYGWwrOxA
Mr Ashwin Sanghi is also printing one of my story in his anthology.
I have also published an eBook which can be bought at - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/606637
My other blog www.daffodilstouch.wordpress.com has been read in 108 nations out of the total 196 across the globe which constitutes 55% . I feel really proud and glad to have reached more than half of the globe through my blog.
Continue reading to find out more about me.
Appreciation from President of India:
This is something I would cherish for my life.
An Appreciation Letter from the then President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam - sent from President's Official Residence
Certificates Online and Offline:
I am a Fellow Member of United Writers Association of India since 2001.
Being a blogger, I have won various contests in PAN India level from various platforms.
I keep receiving WOW Badge for my blog posts from Blog Adda.
Ever since I started posting for the WOW Activity, my blog posts always found a place to be mentioned on the TOP.
The one that is mentioned below is the recent blogging contest I had won with Club Mahindra Holidays (1/9/16) where I get to experience the BoatHouse in Munnar soon.
I hold a Gold Badge for an Influencer from www.blogmint.com
My Review on "Songs of the Mist" being published by Indiblogger.in
I had also won the 2nd Place in Times of India - AMD "Future Is Me" contest for which I was awarded with a Sony Vaio Laptop.
As a Twitter Jockey for Star Vijay Television:
I have been associated with Star Vijay TV since 2013 and have been covering their reality shows/live events like Airtel Super Singer, Jodi No.1 and Vijay Awards. I was selected after few rounds.
On the Red Carpet for Star Vijay Awards:
Covering the Airtel Super Singer Program:
Covering Jodi No.1 Program:
Covering Filmfare Awards:
I had covered Filmfare Awards too
The other thing what I feel proud is to see my articles being published in some of the magazines.
When I was quoted in The Hindu on a half page article, it was a defining moment for me.
The link to the article is given below:
Prior to this, I was featured in Times of India which is defining.
The link to the article is given below. Having been featured in the Top 2 English newspapers of India is something I would cherish in my life though there are many more to come for sure in the future.
I was quoted in couple of books as Acknowledgements too. These were "A Minute to Death" and " A Sip of Love and a Sip of Coffee" by Ganga Bharani.
Being featured in Chequered Flag Magazine - India's only magazine for F1
Columns and Articles:
In Eve's Times:
In Times of India:
When my wishes to Pele were delivered to him by Times of India
My take on the column under the head "Why Travel Far?"
As Times Of India Citizen Reporter:
Following are the articles that were published in Times of India as a Citizen Reporter.
In The Hindu
A Full page ad in The Hindu featuring me under winners column (extreme right)
In Daily Thanthi (India's leading Vernacular Language Newspaper)
In Mangayar Malar Magazine (Tamil Magazine for Women):
Personalities and Events:
Not many would get the chance to interact with personalities but I was lucky enough to. Shown are some of the events I was part of:
Kabali Event -
When I played with Stan Wawrinka in Chennai Open -
When I played with Virat Kohli -
When I was the Brand Ambassador for Fosters which has garnered 263K Views - https://www.facebook.com/fostersindia/videos/10154594147182306/
I reached the highest motorable road with Team Fosters.
I am a Marathoner too...
At Pizza Corner (Now Papa Johns)
At Cream and Fudge-
KFC Kitchen Tours:
When I was featured in Maggi India Cover:
Meeting up with US Consul General Ms.Jennifer McIntyre:
You know how much difficult it is to meet up with US Consul General in India but I had the opportunity to meet MS.Jennifer McIntyre not once but twice. The first one for winning the 2nd Prize in the entire South India back in 2010.
The results for this contest were published in US Consulate Website as well:
I was then invited for the celebrations of Social Media Presence of US Consulate General,Chennai.
TedX Mylapore Award:
With Rich and Famous:
With Actress Genelia
With ex-Chief Minister of Pondicherry - Mr Vaithialingam
With Cine Actor / ex MP Mr.Ramarajan
With India's Leading Author Mr Ashwin Sanghi
With Author Mr Sashidhar Sharma
With Author & M.D. of Deutsche Bank Mr Sanjeev Sanyal
With Chess Champion GrandMaster Mr Viswanathan Anand
With Airtel Super Singer Nikhil Mathew
With Golden Elephant Award Winner Director Kamal Sethu
With Actor Jayam Ravi
With Mr.Murali - Journalist - Business Line
With Movie Director Perarasu
With P K Sekar Babu,M.L.A
Receiving Graduation Certificate from Shri Venkaiah Naidu,Union Minister of India
When the Director of Chelsea Football Club wanted to connect with me on LinkedIN
With Social Media Analyst Amit Panchal
With Twitter Celebrity Tinu Cherian
With VJ of Star Vijay Television Erode Mahesh
With Airtel Super Singer Diwakar
With Choreographer Kalyan Master
With Bollywood Actor Sonam Kapoor
With Actor Prabhu
Last but not the least,when Mr T G Venkatesh Babu MP,North Madras had come to my wedding reception.
As an ex Traienee Staff Correspondent of The New Indian Express:
I had the opportunity to cover few events which were then attended by the Ministers of Tamil Nadu Smt Gokula Indira and Shri B V Ramana and the Mayor of Chennai Shri Saidai Sa Duraisamy.
(Did not give the full letter due to confidentiality in the information)
I am presently freelancing for Times of India as Citizen Reporter.
Writing a Fairytale on a Post Card:
Association with Madras Medical College (MMC):
I get the invite on a regular basis to be a part of the Annual Celebrations of Madras Medical College (MMC)
When I got an invite to test drive Honda Jazz in BIC - India's only F1 Circuit.
My Tweets being displayed in few places across the Globe:
Social Media Presence & Endorsements:
FB - 3362 friends https://www.facebook.com/sarathbabu.s
Instagram - 2129 Followers https://www.instagram.com/sarathinstagram/
Pinterest - 1048 followers https://in.pinterest.com/sarathn8/
LinkedIN - 2312 connections https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarath-babu-05287376
Klout - The Pic says all. I have always been having a score of 77 which shows my dedication and reach on Social Media Channels.
I also have a public page in the name of Daffodils Touch on Viber Chat which has 1K Followers. This is given only to Celebrities and Influential People on Social Media and I did manage to get one :-)
Swarm - I use to use the Swarm whenever I have checked-in to any place.
Zomato : An active member in Zomato as well reviewing restaurants
Lists on Twitter:
On Twitter, I am a member in 215 Lists.
Speeches in Events:
Annalaya Restaurant Launch
Kola Pasi Restaurant Review
Arab Street Multi Cuisine Restaurant Review
Uttar Bhojan Chaats Review
Urban Tree Homes Launch Event
Madras Song Launch Event
ASUS Indiblogger Meet,Bangalore
Chennai Open Coverage
TigerAir - Your Singapore Launch Event
NISSAN GT Event
Murugappa Madras Quiz Coverage
Adidas Originals Shoe Promotion in Prasad Mall- Hyderabad
The Yellow Festival - Film Launch
Flipkart Outdoors Indiblogger Meet - Bangalore
Ridley Bikes Launch
Suzuki Access 125 Launch
Life At Ramco event
Old Madras Baking Company Contest
Dinner At Deccan Event
N Computing Product Launch
Aircel Bloggers Meet
Yaanum Theeyavan Movie Audio Launch
Book Launch Event
Viveks Warehouse Sale Event
Quoted by Social Media Agencies:
I have been quoted by various Social Media Agencies too..
I had also won the Power Digital Users Award from Tech Divine.
Few things I cherish:
Ex CEO of Microsoft Mr Steve Ballmer's Personalised Autographed Pic
Mr Steve Ballmer's Pic came directly from the Head Quarters of Microsoft in Redmond,USA
Autograph of Benoit Paire
Autograph of Gary Pallister
Autographed Team Bats
When I was on the Profile page of Wiley India FB Page
When Vin Diesel sent me a message in 2009
When I was invited for Nokia KKR Chill Party post IPL Match in Chennai
Last but not the least, my name appeared in my school journal for being the Topper in CAEC group.
Disclaimer: All the information provided above were correct and true to the best of my knowledge as on 20/2/2018