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Who is this Local Tea Party?

28th April, 2011

localteapartyYou know Local Tea Party?

The epitome of awesomeness, the ultimate in shallowness and best eye-opener of the pathetic English spoken by many Indians today. A newbie blog that is nothing amateurish: well-set layout, sarcastic approach to writing and negative comments and possibly the best cloak of anonymity by any blogger ever!

That’s what pisses me off: the author is anonymous!

Really? After managing a superb start, coming out with a master-blaster post (’Leave the vegetarians alone I say’), and raking in a horde of rediff-type trollish comments, how can this individual pass off as anonymous? We need a name, we need a face, we need a city to pass off judgements about the author. How can I read all those sarcastic posts without stereotyping the author?

Let’s Find That Bugger, I Say!

So I set off on a character-hunting expedition. My sources of information were good enough: a blog with a plethora of comments and, more importantly, random ranting on a Twitter stream. Localparty must (and can) be unveiled!

(At this point your stereotype is more than welcome to kick-in: I’m male, so I must be hoping that the author is female).
(P.S.: You’re right).

It turns out that I was not the only one. (Even females wanted to unveil localparty).

Some just took the opportunity of localparty’s anonymity to create their dream-come-true-author:

localteaparty - people have tried to figure out 4

Eh? John Stamos who?

johnstamos_twitterFor reference, I’ve put his picture on the left.

It turns out that he was Jesse in the TV serial ‘Full House’ (Remember the ‘How Ruuuuddee’ ?). I couldn’t imagine that this – umm– individual could become a heart-throb in any way.

His IMDB profile highlights his non-exciting career after his 8-year stint at ‘Full House’. He played drums in a band and “expanded his career” by acting in a few Broadway productions. And directing something.

The only closest thing he did to becoming a heart-throb was to marry Rebecca Romijn. Dude. She’s hot.

(Judy Balan, the commenter above, even wrote a blog post about local party and John Stamos and Ice Queens and Dragon Queens. Yea.)

Okay First: Male or Female?

Good question. As you know, my search was driven by not knowing the answer to this question.

Mrpinkpoppin went beyond just the words of localparty’s blog posts and deduced the feminine touch:

localteaparty - people have tried to figure out 2

Shruti did not agree. She even added that if so many girls are commenting, it must be a guy and it must be a guy whose consumed with all the attention that he’s been deprived of for so many years.

Stereotypes, dude. I’m not saying it’s wrong. No sir, I stereotype you back!

So What? Male or Female?

Relax, relax. We have conclusive proof in localparty’s tweet below:


North India or South India?

Before we get to the next stage of building a clearer picture of Mr. localparty, let me confess that I should have stopped at this point. Localparty is a guy and there’s nothing / not much that can change that. The end.

But… What if I could find out just one more detail, his location, I could then group him as Punjabi or Madrasi. (There exists no other Indian). That’ll help me so much!

It seems that I was not the only one in this search:

localteaparty - people have tried to figure out 5

I just left the expert analysis in linguistics to someone else and got my result abhi abhi. Plus, localparty went on to complain about Chennai autos and you know you’re bang on:

localparty = Male from Chennai.

So What Does Localparty Do?

Hey! Don’t look at me like that. You’re a voyeur too. Yes, you’ve mindlessly clicked random pictures that appear magically on the right of the Facebook page. “1 Mutual Friend.” You don’t get to judge me.

Okay, how about a truce of sorts? Let’s collectively judge him! That localparty character! Is he a frustrated teenager hitting on every girl in school? Or a death-metal fan studying automobile engineering in (yet another) Chennai-based engineering college? Or maybe an unemployed chap lounging at home in his checked boxers.

Hint 1:

Office cubicles? Oh god, that’s even worse! He’s a corporate drone!

There! That explains it. Chennai guy sitting in an office cubicle sending meeting invites to everyone. There’s boredom, frustration and all the stars aligned for a steady stream of sarcastic crack-pot blog posts like the ones we’ve seen!

And What About His Engliss?

I must say that this guy has built upon how many Indians talk. You want proof? Open any Rediff page (here’s an example) and see the wonderful Engliss for all to see:


This guy has even managed to start a revolution of sorts. I loved this post by another blogger (Chutney Case) written in well-formed Engliss:

Everybody is buying big big camera and saying I am photo grapher I am photo grapher and taking pictures of cow, street lamp, dog and all.

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So, Who IS This Localparty?

I think I uncovered the biggest prize. Without any further time-wasting, a comment from Sunila:

localteaparty - people have tried to figure out 3

Mr. Shah from Chennai, get out of that corporate job and write this blog full-time!

119 Comments leave one →
  1. 28th April, 2011 5:52 PM

    Hmmm…Someones been playing Sherlock Holmes, eh?

  2. 28th April, 2011 7:07 PM

    Heh… I read that post too! 🙂

    Its me Sahay.. why haven’t you figured it out till now? 😀

    • 28th April, 2011 8:13 PM

      All hail the Local Tea Party!

      Anyways, if it’s you, you’ll have to move back to Chennai. Ready to do that? #Muahhaaha

    • 29th April, 2011 11:57 PM

      Its affected me enough. I can write for another 10 years with the experience I have.

    • 1st May, 2011 12:29 AM

      Really? Ouch man .. ouch! Vaise, why don’t you? Next blog post with full on Chennai-bashing!

  3. 29th April, 2011 1:14 PM

    Boy you are obsessing over chai! Don’t you have enough to do in office? And where precisely is your cubicle located?

    I read the one post your recommended – the chai is kadak and the masala is just right.

    • 30th April, 2011 11:54 PM


      Work of late has been of the boring variety. The one that you can brush aside and remember only in the last five minutes of your office timings. You can’t blame me for that, can you?

      The chai is kadak and the masala just right – haha – love your eloquent words over a simple blog post! Really, this localteaparty is gaining some major popularity and that’s attributed to his good work!

  4. 29th April, 2011 6:54 PM

    Hmmm… never heard of him before, but after reading your post, I sure am keen to find out more!

    • 1st May, 2011 12:25 AM

      Oh you should you should! Brilliant funny!

  5. 30th April, 2011 2:51 AM

    Some pretty good analysis on your part 😀

    • 1st May, 2011 12:27 AM

      “Analysis” ? 😀 Thanks for calling this voyeurism “analysis”. I owe you one!

  6. 1st May, 2011 12:34 AM

    Work must be really boring.

    • 1st May, 2011 12:39 AM

      Erm. Yea. The mid-release-cycle week off 🙂

  7. 1st May, 2011 10:31 PM

    Whatever that means. I never released a damn thing. Ha!

    And your blog does not allow more than 2 levels of commenting.

  8. Sidhu permalink
    4th May, 2011 2:31 AM

    Hmm…everything else fits perfectly – but reg. the name I’d read that “shah” from the last comment as an effort at “shyaa” for it is followed by a disappointment. So you still have work buddy 😛

    • 4th May, 2011 11:06 AM

      Aha! I was confused there but just jumped the gun. Too much voyeurism happening!

  9. 8th May, 2011 10:46 PM

    You got way too much vehla time at hand boss… but nevertheless, thanks a ton for introducing localteaparty in such a grand style.. if people weren’t following him before, now they sure will 😛

    • 9th May, 2011 11:44 AM

      I’ve got too much vella time? I am NOT going to deny that!

      Good to know you’ve got introduced to this guy. Any more anonymous bloggers that you can recommend to “sniff” out? Hehe!

  10. 10th May, 2011 11:09 PM

    I din’t know about this local tea party fellow until one of my friends posted the link on FB:

    I was frustrated that a post with such bad language and even worse content has got nearly 500 likes. I asked google to help me understand what the hell was going on. It brought me here.

    I should say, nice post. 🙂

    • 12th May, 2011 8:58 AM

      Hahahaahaa!! I had the exact same reaction as yours when I first read one of LocalTeaParty’s posts. Can our Engliss actually droop so low?

      Anyways, good to know that I’ve been of some help 🙂

  11. 11th May, 2011 10:25 PM

    Now I know who helped the CIA track Osama. You almost got me there. But as Bill Gates would say, “Nope! Not this time!” 🙂

    Nice job man. Am flattered to say the least.

    • 12th May, 2011 9:00 AM

      Aw, man!

      (Obvious How-I-Met-Your-Mother reference)

      Well, localparty, all I hope for is that you dish out new blog-posts with the same awesomeness as before – and confuse more readers with your awesomeness!

  12. LadyGuest permalink
    11th May, 2011 11:45 PM

    Mr. Shah? What Sunila wrote was the sound ‘shah’, not localparty’s name! 🙂

    • 12th May, 2011 9:02 AM

      Dear LadyGuest,

      First of all, you’ve used possibly the coolest nickname ever in the history of man/woman-kind!

      Secondly, I know I jumped the gun there. How in the world am I supposed to figure out this guy’s name! I’ve got NOTHING about him!

      Help please!

    • LadyGuest permalink
      15th June, 2011 7:23 PM

      Kartikay, thank you for the (sarcastic?) compliment about my name.
      Let me give you one more clue to go by, localparty is registered under one of those unisex names- prasanna, surya, kiran- take your pick. 🙂

    • 16th June, 2011 9:55 AM

      OMG OMG OMG ZOMG!! I have another clue!

      Thank you LadyGuest, thank you. Also, that *is* a very cool name. No sarcasm intended.

  13. 12th May, 2011 11:14 PM

    Bravo! Your obsession has taken you – and us – one step closer to unmasking our local friend. Keep trolling (as we all are); I’m sure we’ll nail him/her/it one day…

    And then we get to fling him to the hordes of indignant halfwits who don’t understand sarcasm or subtle humor. A bloodbath it’ll be, no less. 😉

    I also see a definite the_amit derision-by-imitation influence in Local party’s writing.

  14. 13th May, 2011 12:14 PM

    Hard work Mr. Byomkesh Bakshi. Well done. Now all I need is a face for that profile.

    • 13th May, 2011 9:54 PM

      Haha! Maybe I’ll start reading the advertisements in the newspaper to get a little closer 🙂

  15. Amk permalink
    15th May, 2011 7:26 AM

    Semma vetti sir neenga

  16. Arnie permalink
    16th May, 2011 11:11 PM

    By dead reckoning I can tell you ki this Localparty guy is thin and pure veggie :))

    I am so liking localparty blogs and everything around it.. Thanks for this one, Kartikay!

    • 17th May, 2011 10:02 AM

      How how can you tell ji? Me wantings to knows, Arnie bhaiya!

  17. Arnie permalink
    17th May, 2011 3:52 PM

    by dead reckoning I say!! just jesting :p

    Clue 1. choice of the blog topics..’Leave the vegetarians alone I say’ and ‘Thin guy means you will make fun is it?’

    Clue 2. taking side of veggies and thin people and jeering about the ill-treatment they receive.

    Clue 3. also as you say he is from south..they generally have lean stature. right?

    Bhaiya?!?!! LOLOL..

    • 18th May, 2011 11:30 AM

      Hahahahahaaahahahaa!! Sorry man, the bhaiya bit was my imitation of Engliss. Also, I think there’s a budding Holmes in you – go write a blog post about it, I say!

  18. Arnie permalink
    18th May, 2011 10:32 PM

    Hahaha..I see..I am new to Engliss jargons na..nevermind!

    For Holmes –Thank you! But please let me be your assistant in this curious case.. sir! 😀

  19. Irai Arul Petravan permalink
    19th May, 2011 1:49 AM

    Just when I though I would write a post about this! But actually, I went a step further and nailed who Local Party is! 😀 Basically, dealing with him how much money he will give me for free publicity 😀

  20. preeti permalink
    1st June, 2011 11:08 AM

    Me likings the analysis ! Brilliant 🙂

  21. Shriram permalink
    1st June, 2011 3:39 PM

    Kartikay – If I were a movie maker, I would show the climax first and I’m not sure if I’m too ‘filmi’ to assume that this Local Tea party is your alter ego

    • Dhivya permalink
      2nd June, 2011 1:09 PM

      I too thought the same 🙂

    • 2nd June, 2011 7:54 PM

      Local Tea Party as my alter ego eh? Hahahaha – let me take that as a compliment!

  22. Shriram permalink
    2nd June, 2011 2:00 PM

    Some more analysis: Local Tea Party is not a Southie and being a veggie, must be a Gujju OR a Northie jain

    • 2nd June, 2011 7:55 PM

      Oh he’s pakka south Indian – I can (almost) guarantee you that! His twitter stream just goes on to prove all that I’ve said 🙂

  23. 2nd June, 2011 11:42 PM

    awesome article! good job!

    • 3rd June, 2011 8:06 AM

      Woho – too much too much. It’s a pretty normal thing to do – at least when you’re bored of your work 😛

  24. guru permalink
    9th June, 2011 12:47 AM

    I tried my bit to mock local party.. every one want a piece of him.. I am of course jealous of him ,and yea, frustrated by his engliss..


    I searched for a mock post of himm. and found this.. this is not sooo good.. but ok enough to mock local..

  25. RandomGal permalink
    18th June, 2011 11:42 PM

    I believe that localparty is none other than you! ( Perhaps another personality of yours 😛 )
    Anyways, Awesome man! You rock totally with your detective skills! 😀

  26. 3rd July, 2011 11:50 AM

    don’t spread localparty propaganda i am already trying to take his current writing down

  27. 4th July, 2011 12:33 PM

    Kartikay, God work. You must be really busy 😉 Personally, I believe, the localteaparty wants us to believe he is less intelligent than he/she actually is. Now that there is an ‘antilocalparty’ too, it looks like we can sit back and enjoy the show 🙂

  28. Qwerty permalink
    4th July, 2011 3:40 PM

    Nice analysis! I’m curious myself, which led me to this post. (it was a top hit on Google)
    You can go a step further by analysing the ‘like’s on F
    Facebook, tumblr and the ones subscribed to him on Google Reader. Plot them on a map and maybe find a geographical pattern of the people liking his stuff, and narrow down his location in terms of city and company he’s working for 🙂
    Or, an intuitive analysis based on the topics he writes about.

    • 13th July, 2011 9:28 PM

      Top hit on Google, eh? Not bad 🙂

      With all the suggestions you’ve mentioned, I think I might as well start living his life 😛

  29. 2nd September, 2011 3:00 PM

    I am a big fan of Local Party.. While googling it out, I found your post.. Oh God, dint know its such a big hit!! Kudos to you.. I’m sure you aint getting any less hits on this 😉
    And yeah.. not to forget mentioning, I loved reading this post 🙂

    • 2nd September, 2011 4:45 PM

      Hehe! Thanks for dropping by, Chitranshi! Local Party is awesome – I just wish he posts more often 🙂

  30. Bala permalink
    4th September, 2011 1:43 AM

    I think the blogger is probably Karthik Tmk of the theatre group “Evam”. Why ? He speaks in similar faux-local englipis in some of his plays and some of his twitter friends also acted in a recent play with him. Now, if wonly he would confirm 🙂

    • 4th September, 2011 2:40 AM

      Whoa! People are actually into hunting him down hunh! Any idea who this anti local tea party is ?? 😀

    • 4th September, 2011 7:46 AM

      HAHAHAHA!! Mr. Bala, you do know that I know him? Or do you know that I know him and are just teasing me?

      Either ways, we must get to the bottom of this! Find TMK I say!

      Chitranshi: how about you write an investigative post on the anti-local-tea-party! Yes yes!

  31. 4th September, 2011 8:23 AM

    haha.. his identity is secret no more. i will continue propaganda!

    • 4th September, 2011 8:45 AM

      Pull out your weapons, I say!

    • Swetha permalink
      5th February, 2012 1:52 AM

      haha antilocalparty, nalla vela panringa sir!

  32. Bala permalink
    4th September, 2011 9:43 AM

    Nope , how would I ? 🙂 Should I know you ? 🙂 just started reading his blog yesterday, fortunately there weren’t many posts . Was wondering abt the author hence the quest 🙂

    • 8th September, 2011 8:31 PM

      Hehe! All hail the local tea party!

  33. 8th September, 2011 6:09 AM

    As long as he is not blogging from somewhere near Betelgeuse or is actually Johnny Depp practising to take over Rajnikant; I think am fine with all this invisible Lungi he is wearing 😛

    Ps: During all this voyeurism did you Like Actually get to see something interesting? :mrgreen:

    PPS: The above question doesn’t give you the right to stereotype me as a Frustrated single or married male 😆

    • 8th September, 2011 8:47 PM

      Umm .. whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaattttttttt??

      An invisible lungi!

      That is just epic, Sakshi ji, pure and outright epicness!

    • 8th September, 2011 10:46 PM

      wah wah I just realized we both are showing off our respective curves on our DP’s :mrgreen:

    • 8th September, 2011 11:12 PM

      I know, right! My tond looks really nice in this one 😛

  34. Rini permalink
    3rd November, 2011 4:12 AM

    I know that he works in a bank, not sure if its a commercial bank though. Cos in one of his tweets he said so as a reply to someone when asked if he was a software engineer!

    • Rini permalink
      3rd November, 2011 4:12 AM

      Oh btw, I was curious too who localteaparty is n landed up on ur page 😀

    • 4th November, 2011 9:41 PM

      Hey Rini!

      You are just brilliant! Thanks for this awesome gossip – give me moorreeee!!

      (And we’re all curious, oh yes we are!)

  35. 3rd November, 2011 5:26 PM

    Alright, okay, wait. How did we figure out the Shah part?

    • 4th November, 2011 10:04 PM

      Oh oh. I have upset a Shah. My bad.

    • 4th November, 2011 11:35 PM

      Hahhah, naah, I’m just really curious. Do tell!

    • 10th November, 2011 3:04 PM

      Ah, derived from the last picture up there in the post –

      “Shah, already out of my league you are.”

      I know, this could just be a random “shah” but then I had to jump to conclusions 😛

  36. Anon permalink
    19th January, 2012 2:28 PM

    He lives in Chennai. He works at Ascendas IT Park, Taramani.

  37. Swetha Maledath permalink
    5th February, 2012 1:50 AM

    Oh wait, this gets freaking rivetting. Look, Rini said he works with a Bank. Now, This guy gentleman/lady says Ascendas and all.Maybe near Ascendas s/he meant? Man, could be just true!!

    Karthi, awesomesauce post ya… I so hope your question would be answered!

    • 5th February, 2012 5:25 PM

      Too much, too much! 😀

      Thanks for dropping by Swetha!

    • Swetha permalink
      8th February, 2012 2:53 PM

      Yeah too much right… You dont see the point 😛

  38. 4th June, 2012 6:17 PM

    i know im about a year too late…and kind of going out on a tangent here. but john stamos was actually pretty hot.

    ignore the hardcore americana-ness of that picture, but your reference image shouldve been a younger john.

    PS: any updates on that quest?

    • 3rd July, 2012 12:35 PM

      Hahahah!! Stamos the hottie, eh?

      Sadly no more updates on that quest – just that it turns out he’s a friend of a friend. Ha!

  39. 3rd July, 2012 12:09 PM

    When people leave comments in Hindi, he responds in English = South Indian! And ‘Shah’ in South Indian languages is also used as an expression suggesting ‘unfortunately’. So I doubt his name is ‘Shah’, the lady may have just used the expression in her comment. Moreover ‘Shah’ – the name is not reflective of being South Indian.

    • 3rd July, 2012 12:46 PM

      Hey Mukta!

      It turns out that he’s a friend of a friend – and his name is not Shah. I know when I tried to guess that I was assuming a bit too much. Oh well, that’s what we bloggers do!

      Thanks for dropping by!

  40. anon permalink
    31st August, 2012 10:44 PM

    and in the end none of you know his name yet? even his surname is enough..just tell me.. pleasssssssssssse.. im dying here.

    • 1st September, 2012 1:41 PM

      Here’s the cookie: it turns out that he’s a friend of a friend. I could follow up and do another post about him, but I stopped. Let him have his last laugh, don’t you think?

  41. Rini permalink
    31st August, 2012 10:57 PM

    I think he goes to this lafeteria something that people have started on twitter. If you go there you might be able to meet him!

    • 1st September, 2012 1:43 PM

      Oh really? Hmm. I have a doubt now. Are YOU posing as the LocalTeaParty? Are you? ARE YOU?


  42. 28th November, 2012 3:45 PM

    His name is Raja Sundaran. He works in a firm just outside Chennai, but lives in the heart of this city with his family. A proper, open minded Chennaite with abundant knowledge and concern for the society, this Raja aka Local tea party. previliged to have known him, though he’ll be a little upset, his identity had to be revealed this way!

    • 28th November, 2012 3:51 PM

      He does look like John Stamos btw. Surprised that u guessed it right. And, to the awe of many ppl here, he doesn’t own a FB or Twitter account, but a long standing member of WordPress. His interests are so real, he doesn’t even hit the social networking sites. But if you do find his Phone number and if ya try calling him, his Number will always be busy. He is a charismatic Human and I am not gonna reveal his age coz he’ll kill me if I reveal too much about him.

    • 28th November, 2012 4:14 PM


      EPIC Revelation. However, I’m going to behave like a wannabe-journalist here. I’ll have to confirm through two or more sources that you’re correct.


  43. Local Tea Party permalink
    17th December, 2012 8:34 PM

    Interesting details about me 🙂

    • Pulipaandi permalink
      18th December, 2012 3:37 PM

      Change you gravatar and post before 7.45 p.m to prove me wrong 😛

    • 28th February, 2013 4:07 PM

      TCSer in Chennai? ahem ahem

    • 5th March, 2013 11:32 AM


    • 12th March, 2013 3:35 PM

      Maybe Kartikay himself is the Local Tea Party and this whole article is just to add to the mystery

    • 12th March, 2013 8:18 PM

      Whaaaaa? You love conspiracy theories, I know that for sure!

  44. Rini permalink
    5th March, 2013 11:40 AM

    This article got mentioned in the Hindu!! In the article about local tea party he mentioned this post n said people are on the look out for him .. I think I might have tweeted to him this link. Not sure if that’s how he got to know about this though.

  45. Madhusudhanan.J permalink
    16th April, 2013 6:04 PM

    Have you found him yet? Or is the hunt still on?

    • 17th April, 2013 10:45 AM

      Ha – I’ve come to think that this person loves his anonymity 😀

  46. 13th August, 2013 6:10 PM

    The hindu article link posted a few comments ago says “localteaparty” is an unmarried 31 year old gentleman and the article was dated 25 Feb 2013. Are you still a bachelor? 😛

    • 19th August, 2013 4:06 PM

      Ha! No no! I’m not this chap! Nooo!

  47. Sindhuja permalink
    3rd December, 2013 6:21 PM

    I know who he is. 🙂

  48. Prakash permalink
    5th November, 2014 2:36 PM

    You may want to check this out:

    Humour blogger Balajee.G.E, who writes the popular ‘Local Tea Party’ blog, says blogs going niche has coincided with the likes of Twitter and Facebook offering easier ways to publish. “Blogs tend to have a backend interface to manage and can be cumbersome. Also other forms of expressions like Memes and GIF images with text are becoming popular and going viral.”

    • 5th November, 2014 7:23 PM

      Ha! I can’t believe it! It’s been 3 years since I posted this blogpost, and I’m so happy to see Balajee.G.E is out!

      Thanks so much Prakash, this is definitely a time to party!

  49. 10th July, 2015 6:20 PM

    Shah, I believe, was not a name she was referring to. It’s an expression in tamil that couldn’t possible be spelled in a better way in the english language. The closest equivalent would be sh-a as opposed to sh-ah! It means ‘Oh crap’ or ‘damn’. Too bad, but nice try =P

  50. vani permalink
    2nd June, 2016 11:25 PM

    I think i have figured out who this guy is!!

    Read this

    and then see this

    There are many parts in the blog which match with this chap Aravind”s stand up episodes. So there are only two possibilities. Our beloved Tea party fella is Aravind OR some plagiarist.

    I have seen Aravind”s stand up tamasha. I am fairly sure it is the same chap.


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