What happened to zatang.com ?
More than 6 years ago, zatang.com was a popular website, having many sections catering to various hobbies/activities like quizzing, trekking, cooking, movies and even on religion. The sections were authored not by zatang staff, but by anyone who was interested. The owner of a section was called ZZar.
What lured me to become a zzar was the prospect of getting a zatang.com T-shirt. Those days, my only job was to play contests, quizzes, whatever on the internet to get a gift or a prize. Zatang.com offered a cool t-shirt to anyone who became a zzar and owned a section. Fresh from college, the only real hobby i had was solving the hindu crossword. So, i mailed to them saying that i would start a crossword section. Within a week , my request was approved and i had my own place on the internet. I was thrilled !
I wrote few pages on crossword solving by including lot of examples from past Hindu crosswords and also some of the ones which i had seen in crossword competitions in college. Shown on the left is the photo which was included on my page. Well, the copy-paste work from the passport-sized photo which i had submitted wasn’t too bad, except that i would have sent a better photo , if i had known that they would be doing this!
After i started my Hindu Crossword Blog (not regular in updating it now, because I have been busy in extra-curricular activities at work!), i wanted to include these tips and tricks also in my pages. But, zatang.com was not to be seen. The latest that i could remember seeing zatang.com was in early 2005, when they had revamped the site. Then i started searching for zatang on google, hoping that i could find some news on it somewhere.
Then, during one of the searches, i chanced upon the internet archive. I had used this long ago for searching puzzles from defunct websites for The Hunt. I didn’t realise that this site could prove so useful in my search. I was able to recover all the content i had written for zatang, way back in the year 2000 !
So, here they are, the tips and tricks for solving the hindu crossword or for that matter, any cryptic crossword.
I agree with you, I loved Zatang.com. I was working there as a Content Specialist and had fun putting up new Zzars everyday. I remember putting up your section. All those email correspondence….It was me! 🙂 In fact I was a Zzar too…for Grooming! I really wish Zatang gets back!
Last year, zatang had gone for a facelift with all the old sections including mine moved under “Old Zatang.com”. It was a good site with lotsa info abt lot of things! good, if it surfaces again 🙂
Yes…For a while I thought it was going to resurface with a bang! Well…good things never last long..do they?
Thanks Rajaram for remembering Zatang so fondly. 🙂
Brought back some great memories.
its true Zatang.com was one of my fav site
i found my first chat friend on this site
and yeh shez still wid me
(10 years )
well i was a zzar too and i was publishing articles about in dance..its been several years now…who would have thought that i d be typing in this blog after so many years?lol!Wish zatang would get back in form…..