Posted by: Jeanie F | February 15, 2011

Why “Nawabdin Electrician”?

I am getting a lot of hits on my posting on “Nawabdin Electrian” from Daniyal Mueenudin’s Other Rooms, Other Views.

I’m not complaining, but can anyone tell me why? Is it being taught in schools, or getting publicity somewhere?

Don’t get me wrong – it’s a fantastic story and deserves to be read. But I have gotten more ongoing hits on this particular post than any others, and I’m curious to know why.


  1. I see you’re also on wordpress. Go to dashboard and click on today’s Stats vertical bar. On the right you will see how many hits each post had, but on the left you will see where the hits (in general) came from . Maybe that helps?

  2. Thanks, Lee. That gives the referrer information. I’ve had hundreds and hundreds of hits on this one post from all different “referrers” and many search engine searches. Have you got any posts that seem to get an unsual amount of traffic? Do you know why?

  3. Jeanie, in that case, I have no idea. Can you see which words they searched for? Maybe there is some word in your post that is very current at the moment?

    I’ve had lots of hits one weekend and this was because I was featured on the main page of wordpress (freshly pressed). But I had a look and it didn’t seem your post was there.

    BTW, I’m Judith, my nickname is Dutch, lees-wammes, which does not quite exist but could mean something like a lazy reading layabout.

    • I can’t figure it out. I hope someone enlightens me, but it just might remain a mysteryl

      How did you get your blog featured on the main page??? (and thanks for telling me you name, Judith!)

      • I didn’t! I just found out I was on the main page after I started getting ridiculous amounts of hits (4,000 on the first day 3,500 on the second day). It was a post about bloggiesta and ideas for improving your blog, so I think the powers that be found that really useful.

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  5. I am an English Professor at a college in Newark, NJ and I have used this story in my classes both in Newark and New York City since 2007. I bet that is the case in many classrooms.

    • Sean, thanks so much for your comment. As a retired high school English teacher, I would have loved to use this story. It’s simple and accessible enough for students to read and understand, yet raises enough ethical questions that it lends itself to analysis. Do your students enjoy the story?

      • Sorry for the delay with the response!
        Yes they do. It always sparks a lively debate about good stealing and bad stealing. We also discuss revenge. It goes over well in a community college setting.

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