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Saturday, September 17, 2005

The Blog Mela is open

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It took a few hours, but the aching shoulder and tired fingers are worth it. I went through as many blogs as I could think of, and I'm certain you'll enjoy some of these posts. As usual, I've kept editorial comment to a minimum, and categorised posts for ease of reference. I've got more than 100 links in here, which doesn't give me scope to comment in detail on any one. I hope you'll agree with me that there's quality as well as quantity here.

Society: Primary Red of Secular-Right India writes about "the pathology of the powerless." Sonia Faleiro takes us behind the scenes and shows us what it's really like for Mumbai's jobless bargirls. Roshan Paul writes about social entrepreneurship. Shobhna Srivastava expresses her outrage at Pervez Musharraf's absurd comments about Mukhtaran Mai. Sakshi Juneja contrasts marriage and cohabitation. Veena comes up with some interesting questions inspired by "Freakonomics."

Anuradha Bakshi shows us Preeti's lunchbox. Samata Biswas shares some thoughts on culture and caste. Aekta writes about how men look at women in weddings, and the dilemmas of older, married Punju women. Rimi writes about "incest angst and abuse." Annie Zaidi writes about darzis and the changing times. Ash asserts that when it comes to AIDS, "safe-sex" is a more practical mantra than "no sex." Vikrum Sequeira writes about "eve-teasing at 35,000 feet." Kunal Sawardekar gives us "some perspective on the Sania Mirza fatwa."

Culture: Over at Sepia Mutiny, Manish Vij is "thoroughly irritated that desi culture is associated in the U.S. with hippies and New Age." Ennis writes about how Shah Rukh Khan and Lux are bringing about "[e]qual opportunity objectification for men." Shivam Vij wonders: "when will popular culture consume itself?" Plus Ultra tells us about India's "pronounced cultural bias" -- swaying bottoms. Over at Cerebral Proclivity, there's some nostalgia for "The Golden Era" of Indian television.

Business, Law and Economics: Rashmi Bansal writes about why the attrition rates are so high in Indian tech companies. Arun Thiruvengadam examines the legacy of Chief Justice Lahoti in a new legal blog recently launched by Vikram Raghavan. For those who wonder what the Sensex is all about, Nilu has an FAQ. Lex India examines the question of whether a domain name is a trademark in India. Atanu Dey disapproves of the banning of plastic bags, and suggests an alternative. Gautam Ghosh teaches us how to build our organizational quotient.

Music and Films: Krishna Moorthy tells us how Akira Kurosawa's Madadayo "opens wide its arms and embraces both life and death." Jai Arjun Singh writes about watching Werner Herzog's The White Diamond. Falstaff follows this up with a post about Herzog's Grizzly Man. Ravages writes that AR Rahman "would have had far less takers in the 70s and 80s." Arun Simha introduces us to Master Madan.

The Great Bong tells us about a new religion -- Mithunism. Varun Singh remembers some early Indian horror films. (Check out the posters!) Megha Murthy writes, among other entertaining things, about "one of the most disturbing visuals in Hindi cinema -- Asha Parekh being coy." JK of Varnam outlines why Shekhar Kapur's film on the Buddha is likely to be controversial. Soultan of Swing goes on a "a voyage of (re)discovery." Neha Viswanathan finds that Hazaaron Khwahishen Aisi reminds her of her time spent in Delhi University. Aditya Bidikar reviews a few films from the PIFF 2005.

And if you've had enough of text, Thennavan gives us a song.

Books: Hurree Babu fantasises about the joys of an Indian version of the OUP blog. Amardeep Singh writes about "Literary Magazines, Blogs, and the Value of Rumination." Samanth Subramanian writes about the business of books. Karthik Narasimhan tells us why Mma Ramotswe is his favourite detective ever. Patrix discovers the perks of blogging: free books. JAP 2 reviews "The Harmony Silk Factory" by Tash Aw.

Creative Writing: The 55-word story meme inspired by this has been taken up superbly by a number of bloggers, including Rajesh Advani, Nilanjana Roy, Megha Murthy, Sunil Laxman, Rahul Bhatia, Michael Higgins, Karthik Narasimhan, Anand of Locana, JAP 1 and Sybil. (And some more from Rajesh: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7; whatta guy!) Ammani, in "A Quick Tale 67," writes about meeting an old rival. Pradeep Ravikumar writes about "Dental Irony." Bridal Beer tells us, on a new blog she's started, why we should read books. The Compulsive Confessor writes about chameleons. Shoe Fiend celebrates the discovery of a new species: The Lollipop (Bimboentess Anoerexius).

Sports: Gaurav Sabnis joins "the chorus of voices asking that Sourav Ganguly contemplate retirement." aNTi sums up how things stand at the end of the Ashes. S Jagadish tells us how he felt when England eventually won, as does Ajay Bhat. So does Navin, who believes that this is a year of "era endings." Arijit Sett shares with us what he overheard in the Team India locker room. Kaps of Sambhar Mafia bemoans the "[l]opsided sports coverage in India." Vikram Arumilli points out that the AP government is giving handouts to the wrong sportsperson.

Technology: Digital may be "the way of the future," but Anita Bora is happy with her old camera. Neelkantan B takes shaving blades and razors down the slippery slope of innovation. Suman Kumar reveals some dumb ideas people have about computer security. S Anand tells us about "an automated (and lazy) way of finding interesting sites." Saket Vaidya compares blogging services. Gaurav Bhatnagar tells us "what MSN should have learnt from Windows." Lazy Geek blogs about Meebo. Reuben Abraham gives us a technology update of the past few days. And to go a little further back in time, in his new history blog, The Palm Leaf, JK tells us about Wootz.

Places: J Ramanand tells us how Pune has been "exposed as a bit of an upstart, a one-hit wonder." Sunil Laxman presents "little travel nuggets from various trips in Southern Tamil Nadu." Rahul Bhatia tells us what he does when there is time to kill at airports. Zainab Bawa hangs out at Marine Drive.

Education: Vivek Kumar writes about the new JEE format. Uma Mahadevan-Dasgupta tells us that if she had to choose an alternate profession, it would be teaching. Satya examines the strategy of GEMS, the Dubai-based school chain, in India. Charukesi Ramadurai welcomes IBM's move to encourage their employees to become teachers. Govar reacts to the news of the next IIM being in the North-East.

Miscellaneous: For all those of you who got those emails comparing New Orleans with Mumbai, here are some responses from Govindraj Ethiraj, Shanti Mangala, and Sriram R. Joe Katzman tells us about India's submarine capabilities. Nitin Pai writes about "China’s anodyne position on Kashmir." Abhishek Toraskar tells us about some wierdos in his office. Gawker comes to the conclusion that there is no God. Aparna of News in Limerick tells us about the end of the Aquil gang in.

Harini Calamur writes about why she likes the newspaper, DNA. Arzan Sam Wadia is miffed at a campaign against Bangalore. NS Ramnath writes about the Hindu's inverted commas. Mandar Talvekar tells us "possibly the best chicken-and-egg joke ever." Leela Alvares finds herself growing a beard. Amrit Hallan tells us the story behind his self-reliance. TA Abinandanan considers some writing advice. Sidin Vadukut documents a shopping trip. Sujatha remembers 9/11. Sagnik Nandy reveals to us little baby steps of horniness. And Samit Basu gives us some alternatives to blogging.

Not had enough of blogs? Well, I recommend you go over to Amit Yadav's site, Indi Blog Review, which is a series of profiles and interviews of Indian bloggers. And for a 24/7 ongoing Blog Mela, there's always Desi Pundit.

One of the tasks I've been postponing for a few weeks, and which this Blog Mela brought into focus, is expanding my blogroll. Too many of the wonderful blogs in this Mela aren't on it, and I intent to add many of them when I next get enough time to do so. Have you expanded your blogroll recently? No better time than now to do so. Spread the link-love.

The next Blog Mela will be held at Dynamic RAM. Roll on over and leave your nominations there.

Previous Blog Melas hosted by me: 1, 2 and 3.
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