A few days ago, a person by the name of Govind Tiwari began trending on the microblogging site, Twitter. A series of digs at the ‘experimental’ design of his site — govindtiwari.blogspot.com — made their way everywhere. He now even has his own Facebook fan page with 75 followers.
But Tiwari is clueless. He’s beyond all this, and not one to be affected by overnight fame and online fortune. “Someone recently published my picture on their website too,” says the 18-year-old, matter-of-factly. “I didn’t expect it to become this big. I just made the blog as part of my practical examination two years ago.”
Back then, it didn’t have 75 pictures of Tiwari with his eyelids unnaturally blinking in Photoshop sync. Nor did it have the light blue glistening background of a glacial lake. It didn’t have the blinking stars in flash animation on the side either. And we really doubt it had the YouTube links that lead you to various slide shows of the same 75 pictures in different background variations. Tiwari’s picture would crawl on to a slide of a picture of a pelican staring attentively into oblivion, among others.
However, what the site did have two years ago was a host of pictures of a popular Bollywood actor. “Then I started learning Photoshop, so I felt like doing something different. That’s when I decided to put up my pictures,” explains Tiwari, who currently is a computer teacher in Shantipuram, Allahabad, but is contemplating doing his B.Tech. “I did it as an experiment. I didn’t think it would become so popular that newspapers would call me and websites would post my pictures. I’m going to try something new with it, since expectations are high now.”
Tiwari’s fans might be anxious to see what kind of devastation that next level may cause, but they’ll have to wait for a month, after which he promises to post new pictures every Sunday. For now, all you need to know is what his site tells you — “I am Govind Tiwari from Allahabad. I am on Orkut for making good friend.”