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Written by: Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Each and every Monday for the past three years or so I await the arrival of 'Monday Mail' to start my week. It is an e-mail newsletter with a cornucopia of articles, images, jokes and helpful hints from around the world. This newsletter seems to have no bounds - it keeps on going without pause.

Last year my family and George's family met in Kochi (India) for the first time. It was a wonderful meeting- meeting his wife, sons, and mother and seeing their home, their dog and some beautiful sites near to their home in Kochi (India). In our meeting, we also discussed the wonder of Monday Mail. I wanted to be able to share some of the interesting question and answers of Monday Mail with you here and encourage you to also subscribe to George's Monday Mail.

George, when did you start Monday Mail and what inspired you to start it? 
George Says: I am working in a bank and I learned html and Internet design by myself, as it was required to design a data CD for the bank. Since the launch of my personal website in June 2000, I used to get a lot of information, jokes, news etc. from my friends. Instead of forwarding them to others, I thought, why not send them in regular interval as formatted text. That was the birth of Monday Mail. The first issue was released on 29th January 2001. When I found it clicked well, I decided to continue despite my busy schedule in bank. 373 issues have been released so far. And now, I realise that Monday Mail stands in a class of its own as a non-commercial, fast-loading, html-based, weekly, e-magazine.

You have opted to maintain Monday Mail from Internet browsing stations. I find this fascinating and most intriguing. What are some of the benefits and challenges of maintaining a website from a browsing station? Do you think you'd face these challenges if you could maintain it from home?
George Says: Believe if you can, I did not own a computer when I started Monday Mail. I made use of computers available in Internet Browsing Cafes. I keep address list, templates, materials and photos to be published in my folders in geocities.com free server so that I can access them from any browsing station in the world. I take less than 15 minutes to create and mail an issue. In 2003 I bought a computer for my children. Only then my family came to know about Monday Mail. I seldom use home PC. I prefer to use Internet Stations for various reasons. The main reason is that I do not want to spare the limited and precious time I get to spend with my family.

You have a wide variety of voices from all over the world on Monday Mail. How do you recruit writers? Have writers been asked to be included in on Monday Mail?
George Says: Most of the materials published were received from my friends around the world. Many writers send their articles for publication. In that case I use to mention their name and a few lines about them.

What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you because of Monday Mail?
George Says: Great network of friends from all walks of life around the globe.

What are the greatest achievements or milestones of Monday Mail?
George Says: Uninterrupted publication of 373 issues so far on every Monday. Do you have any vision or dreams for the future of Monday Mail?

Do you have any vision or dreams for the future of Monday Mail?
George Says: A community of Monday Mail readers. May be a blog or group so that they can interact one another. I am working on it now. Thank you for your time, George in participating in this short interview.


This post is a one in the series of Inspirational Blogger Interviews


Image in post used with permission from George Thaliath. 

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