(Welcome, Instapundit readers.
Get yourself a cup of coffee, and set aside some time for reading all these
It’s Blog Mela time again, as we present the best posts from Indians and
about India/Indians. This is also the first Blog Mela of the new year, which is
of course a meaningless statistic.
As you would expect, this week’s reading is heavy on Japanese 101, as the
word "tsunami" is introduced to thousands of people who had never
heard it before.
This past week, bloggers have supplemented the regular and mostly repetitive
news coverage with their own account of the disaster, and some of these have
been more revealing than what the newspapers dished out.
Sameer has an overview of what
a tsunami is.
While we don’t typically accept whole blogs as nominations, Amit Varma’s India
Uncut has tons of reading, written while visiting the tsunami-affected
(Update: Amit is churning out reports faster than I can read them. Some outstanding writing there.)
Amit’s travelling companion, Dilip D’Souza, too has plenty
to report. I recommend you set aside a big chunk of time to read everything
Kiruba, who normally sticks to very "bloggy"
stuff on his site, changes gear to write long accounts of the relief efforts. He
also takes photos, which is helpful.
Suman Kumar, who has suffered a bandwidth
tsunami on his site due to being mentioned in the New York Times (with a little
help from yours truly), is trying to do his bit with the relief. He has a tsunami
site of his own.
Alpha is upset over the
loss of life, but is more upset at the lack of news coverage in the USA.
disagrees with Alpha. He thinks the media is being particularly insensitive
in its relentless display of dead bodies and suffering people.
Rhyncus has a
strange rationalisation of why God is needed because two tectonic plates
causing the earthquake is not satisfying enough as an explanation. In part
2 of his article, he says he’s got a rock which he calls God, and it’s an
extension of his parents.
Yazad has some thoughts on depression
caused by the tsunami.
Ramanand thinks the media
is being unfair in its criticism of cricketers for supposedly not doing
enough towards the relief effort because they make an easy target.
And now, on to the non-tsunami stuff…
Vivek draws some parallels between Don Quixote and the Nasruddin Hodja
legends in the middle-east.
Sharma says "A human edited product news feature is never going
to happen at Google" because he thinks Google is primarily a technology
A lady known only as "Medium Latte" says that she prefers
not to accept help given just because she is a woman, although it’s
That’s it for this week, folks. I know some Hindi blog entries were
nominated, but I’ve left them out of this mela, not because I’m a snobbish
bastard, but because:
1) I studied Hindi for 10 years at school, and speak the language fluently, but haven’t read any big chunks of
Hindi since 1990. So my reading speed has reduced to a crawl.
2) The thin strokes of the text coupled with the low resolution of a PC
monitor made it even harder to read the entries.
3) Some of the spelling mistakes (mostly misplaced matras) didn’t help
My apologies to you all. Perhaps we should start a Hindi version of the Mela
soon. Shanti, what do you think?
I’d like to remind you that my web links blog, in addition to being on this
page, also has a separate page of its
own. Even if I don’t write longer entries, the links blog is still updated
almost daily. Check back often.
The next Mela will be on Nilesh.org