Tuesday, March 01, 2005

World's first Hindi blogzine

Nirantar is a Hindi meaning 'Persistent'I feel elated in presenting Nirantar, World's first Hindi blogzine. It has been the result of untiring efforts of so many Hindi bloggers, and prominently that of Pankaj Narula, Jitendra Chaudhary, Anup Shukla, Ravishankar Shrivastava, Atul Arora and Raman Kaul but I must say that the fire kindled in the Hindi blogging community for strengthening it provided the much needed shot in the arm. I must place on records my special appreciation for Pankaj, who very patiently handled the Drupal and Civic Space installations and hacks and hosted the zine on his website.

The motivation behind the zine is manifold: consolidating the creative talent of Hindi blogdom under one hood; perhaps convincing others to take up blogging in Hindi (Isn?t it strange that a language spoken by 400 million people and understood by far greater number of people has only 40 odd persons blogging in the language?); showcase the language blogging scenario in general and Hindi blogging in particular and above all providing a wholesome read on a plethora of topics concerning our nation and Indian blogging apart from other for the outside world.

In the inaugural issue of Nirantar, you may read;

  • Best Indiblog winner Atanu Dey's Interview with Nitin Pai
  • Book Excerpt in Hindi  from Rebecca Blood's book "The Weblog Handbook". I must thank her, not only to allow us publish this excerpt, but also to convince her publishers to donate Nirantar 4 copies of her book which we would award at forthcoming competitions at Nirantar.
  • Dina Mehta's analytical take on the Indiblogging scenario, which also happens to be the Cover story.
  • A tutorial on using Firefox

Apart from this there is whole lot of other stuff slated to become regular columns in the zine Photo feature, a competition, Jokes, Blogger profiles, Poll, Links to interesting stories, News roundup, Poems and Short stories, Quotable quotes, Best Posts handpicked by the editors. You are just a click away from this, and a lot more stuff.

If you love Hindi, you sure gonna fall in love with Nirantar! I look forward to your suggestions and criticism :)

Update: Another first 'feather' gets added to Hindi blogging's cap, the World's first Hindi Blog Radio "Blognaad" launched by Jitendra.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Blog strolling - 2

  • Java's friendly mascot Duke has got a blog too.
  • Indic threads has a 3 part skinny on J2SE 5.0
  • Bus Service to Pakistan. Oh no not again! I am sick and tired of these gimmicks.
  • "some countries"..so sweet Patil saheb! India ki diplomacy da jawab nahin!

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Scratching the wounds

Visibly annoyed with its aging dinosaurs and amidst the aspiration scuffles taking its toll in the party, BJP's old turk Govind Govindacharya is scratching the wounds again. The Babri mosque demolition was the "failure of the saffron leadership..to gauge the mood of the karsevaks...a glaring example of contradiction between cadre-based and mass-based politics", says the expat.

An occupying contradiction is entailed in Maloy Krishna Dhar's book. Maloy, a former IB Joint Director, does not agree that the incident was a spontaneous misadventure of the mob. He maintains that it was engineered months in advance by top leaders of RSS, BJP and VHP, a choreographed pralaya nritya with the vandalism handled by the Shiv Sena while Sangh leaders added fuel with their "irresponsible rhetoric". Another occupying observation made by the author is about the late Prime Minister P.V.Narsimha Rao's piteous handling of the issue, who, according to the author, "had regained some jest for life and had started dreaming of short-circuiting the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty."

Monday, February 07, 2005

It's early days!

It is difficult not to raise voice against this seemingly undemocratic move, the recent return of monarchy in Nepal, yet if King Gyanendra's motive of curbing the Maoist showdown holds any truth, I would invest my support for such a move. When the elected representatives are capable to do little, it is futile to justify a weak democratic setup. What scares me is thatsmall nations like Nepal could be completely engulfed with such insurgency in no time. In our own country, we have seen frail political will almost ruin the state of Kashmir.

Interestingly, many analysts interpret this as a clever move of the Himalayan nation to put India and China in a tug of war, for example analystRaja Mohan says,

Gyanendra has also sought to play the China card. After all no one can ignore the reality that Nepal is the geopolitical fulcrum of the Himalayas. Being the bridge between China's Tibet and India's Gangetic plains, Nepal has often sought to play India and China against each other.

Indeed it is difficult to rule outKing Gyanendra doing a MusharaffI still believe that it's early days to predict Nepal's future. As long as the monarch promises basic civic rights and stays on his agenda, I see no problem in the nation retreating to a democratic regime in a year's time, hopefully the Maoist nuisance that was wrecking the country would be gone by then.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

So u got a good memory, huh?

Very few organisations would go out of the way to provide additional facilities to their customers. Obviously Paypal is one such organisation. It gives you the facility to, guess what, forget your password. So if you were too proud of having an elephant's memory, accept the challenge ;)


Thursday, January 27, 2005

Hindi blogzine : The time has come

It seems the Hindi blogdom will soon realize its dream of creating a Hindi blogzine, "Nirantar". The monthly blogzine on the anvil has the mission to chronicle the blogdom in general with an emphasis on the Indian language blogging scenario. However, the magazine, hopefully, would not be confined to topics related to blogging alone.

We are currently soliciting material for the inaugural issue of 'Nirantar', I look forward to contributions from all. Do not bother if your material is not in Hindi; as long as someone among us can comprehend the language, we will handle the translation work. Click here to know the kind of publication material we are looking for. Contributions and suggestions for the blogzine may be sent to patrikaa at gmail dot com. A prototype of the zine is available here.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005


Months of activity, loads of brickbats (ranging from bad template -- despite the excellent work by Chugs, poor management, disagreement with the methodology, rigging at the polls, being partisan to Hindi blogdom right unto being pooh-poohed on my anonymity and bad English) and now a breeze of praises, organizing Indibloggies was arduous compared to the last year's event. Thanks to all those who pitched in and all who visited the blog, I am sure the Indiblog community gained something from all this. On hindsight, I marvel at the spirit of Internet where such an event could be organized solely based on free resources, apart from my time and few bucks on surfing there was nothing that I had to create myself. My salaam to the spirit!

I have always been maintaining that for me the outcome of the award is not the poll result but the list of nominees and this year it has come-up with a good showcase. I am sure it you would added many new blogs to your blogroll (Sepia Mutiny, India Uncut and many others have been pleasant additions to mine). Despite of my own initial apprehensions, I think peer review was fairly successful in uncovering the forerunners in Indiblogdom. This also resulted in the right mix of blogs being nominated. Indian language blogs were no doubt poorly represented due to insufficient representation in the jury.

All in all, I am delighted of the outcome and motivated for the next. I have been receiving suggestions and the quick-poll conducted on the blog last fortnight revealed that most of us feel the current process is quite apt. However, I would surely ponder on improving the same, one of the idea being registering the blogs for the event throughout the year and let the jurors classify and select from amongst those blogs, this would perhaps put an end to the complains of blogs not being considered for nomination. 'Register if you want to participate' would be a good standpoint.

Thanks to all the Jurors and sponsors. Thanks also to all those who nominated the blogs and voted from them. Hearty congrats to all the nominees and the winners. I am sure through this event we will come closer as a community.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Confessions of a copycat ;)

All my sites have been abused by people trying to transfer money to Pakistan, people like scientology publishing posts for gathering funds in the pretext of tsunami relief etc... and not to forget me being 'branded'
all this and more from Rohan Pinto, the copycat in limelight who confesses thanks to an "angelic" call he got.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Adamant on copying

Chandru emailed me about this guy called Rohan Pinto who has his own domain and has been plagiarizing the blog posts, verbatim, without perhaps ever worrying about it. Now I can understand his urge to be a noted blogger when blogging on pretty grave technical topics but what could be the rationale for blatantly copying an innocent post that appears here, notice how the copycat cleverly replaces "husband" with "wife" and voila he has something to publish. That's a cute way to get rid of the blogger's block or is it the case of a pure blockhead?

Update: Wait, wait, wait...in the fury of the moment I got carried away and did not notice the post dates. It seems the lady here stole her post dated Jan 12, 2005 from Rohan's post published Feb 10, 2004. While I take back my utterings, I cannot help wonder on this. There is no dearth of copycats and this seems a case of copying from the copycat?

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Hindustan times' ePaper

News paper giant Hindustan times has come up with a new ePaper concept. The catch is, it is a premium, subscription based content where they promise the replica of the print edition would be available online even before it would reach regular reader's doorstep. The concept is one coined by Bodhtree who are apparently servicing other publication groups as well.

Honestly, I find such moves fairly stupid. The only plus it seems to offer (for people accustomed to reading online) is the keyword search. Now, with Google news, that hunts on headlines from news papers all over, even that is an overhead. IMHO, for the rustic feel there is no substitute to the print medium. As I have to leave early for work, I miss my morning skimming but I always compensate it with a cozy evening read, even though I subscribe to various newsfeeds. Also, as far as I know, a similar venture of the India Today group never saw the light of the day.