SINGTAM, SEPTEMBER 12: Blogger Shital Pradhan from Singtam was felicitated by the Sikkim Newa Guthi along with four other distinguished personalities at the College Auditorium, Tadong in a colourful event on the occasion of Indra Jatra yesterday. The other felicitated personalities includedsenior litterateur and Editor Pradhyuman Shrestha, Cine Actor Uttam Pradhan, Painter Dhiraj Pradhan, Taekwondo Player and Police Inspector Check Post Sabitri Pradhan and Museum curator Ruben Pradhan.
Shital Pradhan, a teacher by profession is the person behind “Proud to be a Sikkimese” a popular blog on Sikkim. Pradhan has thanked Sikkim Newa Guthi for the honour and had wished that this honour shall encourage him to do better works in days to come. I am very thankful towards my readers for following my work over the years and I am sure my findings on Sikkim shall always benefit them. I owe my success to Sikkim Express and other newspaper that had always helped me grow as a writer, added Pradhan.
This is my third felicitation for my blog; previously I had been honoured by Sanghrash NGO from Rongli in 2010 and by Himali Sangh, State Level Youth Awarded NGO from Dalapchand recently on June 2011, said Pradhan.
Shital Pradhan is the longest running blogger from Sikkim. His “Proud to be a Sikkimese” (http://sikhim.blogspot.com/) blog is the most popular blog on Sikkim with more than 2 lakhs page views. He had started this blog in May 2007. This blog is more as an encyclopedia of Sikkim. Articles and essays on different subjects of Sikkim along with rare photographs are published in the blog.
Shital Pradhan’s blog Proud to be a Sikkimese” had also won the second spot in two separate categories of the Best of Indian Blogosphere (BoIB) 2010 polls under the category Arts & Hobby Blogs and Entertainment, News & Media. Shital Pradhan is a weekly columnist for Sikkim Express, the daily newspaper from Gangtok since 2009. He is also an editor of “Singtam Basibiyalo” a monthly newspaper from Singtam and “Mile Post”, a monthly Dalapchand Secondary School newspaper.