Urban Legend - Urban legends are not necessarily untrue, but they are often false, distorted, exaggerated, or sensationalized.
One of the biggest urban legends in Indian Blogosphere is that Kiruba is India's top blogger. I have nothing against him personally, have met him a couple of times, even had a drink at his home - but I have to say this; He is NOT India's top blogger.
I started blogging in late 2003. At that time, the leading bloggers in Indian blog scene were Jivha (he has left no trace in google), Mahesh Shantaram (he used to blog at techrose.org, but now it seems to be down) and Yazad Jal. Kiruba was more known for his regular inane posts. What Kiruba did and which others did not (probably because they did not want to) was self promotion. I will give that to Kiruba, he was too good at self promotion. If you notice, most of the "Hi Kiruba, that was awesome / great / fun" comments in his blog are from non bloggers. Any one who is a blogger knows well that there are far more representative bloggers out there.
If you are looking at a generic blogger, Amit Varma is supreme. If it is strategy and current affairs Nitin Pai covers it excellently. Movie reviews - you have Samanth Subramanian or Baradwaj Rangan or Sukanya Verma. Lit blogging - there is a veritable list starting from Kitabkhana to Middle Stage to Jai Arjun Singh. Satire - Great Bong to Praveen Unplugged (more chennai focussed). Indian culture specific blogs - Kamat's potpourri. City specific - various metblogs.Kiruba's blog doesn't qualify as a tech blog too.
Heck, Kiruba is not even the most hated Indian blogger - that would be Nilu, The Maanga. Nor has he contributed in galvanising bloggers together - which has been the hallmark of Peter Griffin.
So, what is Kiruba? An inane, indifferent, email forwards posting blogger, who hardly fact checks before posting. But the urban legend is propagated that he is India's top blogger. Newspapers publish it whenever they get his sound bytes. And it gets established that he is India's top blogger. Even if you follow Blogstreet's rating, with all its loop holes, it shows him at no. 3 down from no.1 he was a couple of months ago.
He does run marathons, he does organise blog meets, agreed. And he did organise a donation drive after the Tsunami. But that doesn't make him a great blogger. In fact the worst abuse you can throw on a blogger is "May your blog be as interesting as Kiruba's". The underlying self promotion in all his activities is a constant irritant.
There is no point to this myth debunking really. But I had to say this and I have said it.