About this Blog

‘Know Your English’ (“KYE”) published in The Hindu, has been my passion since I started reading The Hindu. In 2007 I started compiling the columns  through ‘blog mode’  so that I can categorise and search the columns very easily.  

To my surprise, hundreds of language lovers started sending me appreciation messages and congratulated my endeavour. 

Each post has a link to the original post in ‘The Hindu’ also so that visitors can check the original post as appeared in the newspaper (mine is an edited version).

Finally I would like to thank The Hindu daily and Mr. Upendran for this wonderful endeavour.


Sunil Jose

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59 thoughts on “About this Blog

  1. Hello Sir,
    Thank you for your great job……….. its very informative to look upon your blog…….. got so many information from your site….
    Hats off to Hindu Publisher and especially to you for your awesome work and effort sir………

  2. heartfelt appreciation to this attempt.
    i would be much obliged if anyone can authetically tell me whether the following usages are right.

    1.many congratulations
    2.extempore competition to refer to a speech competition

  3. This is just to let you know that Universities Press India Pvt Limited have published Know Your English, Volume 1 on Idioms and their stories. The book is priced at Rs 160 and can be bought from the website: http://www.universitiespress.com. It is written by Dr S Upendran and is based on his popular column in the Hindu

  4. I want to take a printout of the whole whole archive. Please suggest me how to do it? Do you have any pdf version available for this whole thing.

    • i am sorry sanjay. i dont have pdf version.

      you may click on each monthly archive and copy it. i know its cumbersome. but thats the only way out.

  5. We like the column ‘Know your english’.Due to concentrating more on Sports & Tv pages i have never noticed the column ‘Know your english’.One day my mother told about ‘Know your english’ column and i read it was very intresting.My mother is a big fan of ‘Know your english’ column & of S.Uppendran.If you have the book of ‘Know your english’ send it by vpp.

    Nakka Ilayaraja,
    Armoor,Nizamabad dt.

  6. I have been a fan of know your English for a long period. But i missed to collect the Hindu paper cuttings. Now i am happy that you have that collection . Thank you so much.

  7. Hi Sunil,
    Thank you very much for the wonderful work, I have been looking something like this for a long time… Whether Know your English available in book form?



  8. Sir,
    I am a fan of KYE.It has become a teacher to all people who wish to learn English.
    “I can not correctly hear the pronounciation of foriegn people in English movies, because of their standard English and they talk too fastly.I can not reply to my abroad friends when they ask me some thing.what can I do? so, reply me the solution for this problem. Because, I have an interview.”

    • sharath

      there is no hard and fast rules.

      People talk differently depending on which part of the world they are from. Being an Indian, you have your own accent ( Indian accent). You are not expected to talk in western accent all of a sudden. It comes to you by practice. It not a good idea to try to mimick western accent if you are not familiar with it. The best thing is to try to learn talking good Indian English. For that you can listen to news on Indian Newschannels like NDTV, IBN, Times Now. For correct your pronunciation I suggest listening to news on BBC and CNN or similar channels.

      Understanding the western accent is also something gained by practice. Listen to western conversations carefully on TV or watch movies over a period of time. This will help you in the long run.

      By the way, I am not a language or grammar specialist. So you need to consult a good English Teacher for expert opinion.

  9. Dear Sunil Jose,
    Your effort is really great and honest, hats off not only to Mr.Upendran but to you. It has become a daily routine in my life to be with your wonderful site for atleast half an hour.
    You have done a wonderful thing for the learners of english.
    thank you very much

    • dear Mr. Sathish

      Thank you for the kind words. I was amazed at the responses I have been receiving to this blog. That shows the popularity of Know Your English Column in The Hindu. What I have started as a private collection of KYE Series has benefitted a lot of people. I am really happy about it

    • dear raj:

      i suggest to read english newspapers on a daily basis. try to learn one new word daily. always check spelling before sending any document.

      daily listen to half an hour news programme in an Indian English Channel (NDTV, IBN LIVE etc ) and in one native English Channel ( BBC, CNN etc)

      Most importantly try to speak in English for at least 5 minutes every day to a a person who can correct your mistakes.

      All the best

    • thank you…i am really happy to know that this compilation which i started for my personal reference benefitted a lot of people.

  10. Hello all,
    I am currently looking for someone capable of proofreading various scripts that are translated from various languages in English.
    While I was googling today I came across this blog and I though this might be a good place to find one ^^
    If anyone is interested please email me at claudia.caty@gmail.com

    I would really apprecite it

  11. I don’t know If I said it already but …Excellent site, keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..Tony Brown

  12. Dear Sir,

    Close Proximity – Reg

    Instead of using as far as, it would be better to say, so far as, and the former can be confined to denote distance.



  13. Dear Sunil,

    I am from Madurai presently at Dubai and extremely happy to note that you are having the collection of Know Your English. I am an ardent fan of KYE since 1984 when I was doing B.Com. Even I had cuttings of Know Your English and applied KYE when I was conversing or writing epistle. My friend even had an Album of Know your english. After some time due to the preoccupation i was not able to collect it. I am really happy that you have a collection of this series. Best wishes to you.


  14. Hello All,
    The first thing I read in Tuesday’s newspaper is the “Know your english” column by Upendran. I even wrote a mail to Upendran requesting for the repository of this column from the begining, no luck as yet. After reading your reviews, got to know that it is available online.

  15. A. MURUGAN



  16. dear friend, your efforts are commendable. you are spending your valuable time for the noble cause of spreading knowledge everywhere. knowledge, give and spend god will send.

  17. Hi Sunil,
    I appreciate ur effort on KYE collection and for making it more accessible. I think there is a book published ‘Know your english’ by upendran. I contacted Hindu yesterday about the print. They said upendra published personally , not from hindu. Books are available in walden and odessey Book stores. If any one is in hyderabad, Walden is on Banjara Road 2. within a KM of Brand Factory.


  18. hi hindu..
    know ur english part is very informative and helps me use my language elegantly and effectively..
    it ll be very helpful if d whole compilation is available online..
    hindu is really doin a innovative and great job.!!

  19. Hi Sunil,

    I also have collection of ‘Know Your English’ articles from 2000 to 2008. It is available on the site of ‘The Hindu’. I am having craving for articles before 2000. Can you please post them in your blogs. I will be highly obliged to you.

    Avinash Goyal

  20. Unfortunately i dont have the complete series with me. As you may know, KYE series after 2001 is available online… and i will upload what ever available before 2001.

  21. Hi… I also regularly read KYE. I learnt many new words. I have taken some paper cuttings and filed them and missed many of them. Could you help me with all the collections you have from the beginning till date of the KYE series for my reference.

    Thanks in advance.
    Gayathri Rajesh

  22. I am the die hard fan KYE. and i really appreciate your efforts to make it possible to know the others as well to know about the articles. It will be great if you place other good stuff as well into your blogs. Thanks.

  23. I am Karthikeyan from Madurai. I am regular reader of KYE for more than 12 years. I am having the collection of paper cuttings of KYE for more than 8 years. I know it’s also available in the HINDU official website. But still I collecting the KYE for my reference.

  24. I am a big fan of KYE and have been collecting the paper cuttings since I don’t know when. It’s great to see all the material online and that too in a structured manner. amazing work Sunil. you’ve made my day. I can’t thank you enough for what you’ve done.

  25. hello sanjana:

    Thanks for the comment. You can see here posts from 2001. I do have collections dating back to 1999-2000. I may post it later….

  26. Hi Sunil,

    I am also a die hard fan of the Know your english article. However, i really feel bad that I have missed a lot of this article as i got to know about this only from 2003. I do have a couple of paper cuttings, would be really indebted to you if you can help me with all the collections you have from the beginning till date of the KYE series.

    Its very useful and i have an addiction towards it. Would appreciate your kind help.





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