the only thing common in these two blogs is that they have 3000-4000 posts. other blogs loading fine have around 1000 posts.
i have seen bigger wordpress blogs with no problems. can this be a size issue? i tried moving the tables from a common database to a fresh database for the news blog. it seems to have improved things just by a margin.
what kind of logs should i check to see problems?
the basic fact remains, only the homepage of the blog is slow. inner pages load fine. amazing!
my htaccess file is the newer version which was introduced in recent 2.x versions. i did upgraded to latest 2.0.4 version just to see if that could help. no use ;)