The point of Blog Day is to link to 5 blogs which you find interesting. In keeping with the general tone of this blog (which is almost never very serious—-except the times I get into my rants) and stretching the definition of “interesting”, let me give you 5 tongue-firmly-in-cheek recommendations.
1.Mangal Pandey’s blog: Unquestionably, the oldest dude in the Indian blogosphere, Mangal Pandey is living proof that blogging is for all ages—even the 1700s.
Of course, age has been kind to him—-he looks surprisingly like Aamir Khan, India’s cerebral filmstar. Some critics of course claim that this blog is ghosted—-of course duh ! Mangal Pandey was hanged by the British—so yes it is being “ghost written”—-god some people want everything spelt out to them.
Favorite line: However I don’t agree with you when you say that Indian Cinema is not for me and that I should go to Hollywood. I am very happy and proud to be an Indian. And I am very proud to be part of Indian Cinema. Do not underestimate our power and value, and do not be unduly enamored by the west.
Which explains why Mangal Pandey never attends Filmfares but canvasses for an Oscar. Oh I am sorry that was Aamir Khan.
2. Bipasha Basu’s blog: Just what men all over India wanted. A peek into Bipasha’s most sought-after asset: her brain. Of course there is not much on the blog except one post which critics say reads like a promo for her future release “Apaharan” and a tag-board (the bane of all serious bloggers).
There are of course a bunch of well-thoughtout comments like :” pls stick to western wear..u look funny in traditional indian dresses” and ” bips i love you(more than john)” and “well bipasa u only tell the one theing to the indian world that body fitness is the current mantra to get excel in the most havoc creating bollywood industry i or every indian must feel proud you of being an indian atleast i do” .
Needless to say, there are losers with vulgar suggestions and people who think that giving their cell phone number in a comment will tempt Bipasha to give them a call.
Favorite Line: Initially, I was hesitant, since I am familiar with the kinds of film PJ usually makes. All the big words were coming to me — socially relevant, gripping social themes, hard-hitting.In short: Serious cinema. It would be a first for me.
The mind of Bipasha….fascinating.
3. Hawk’s Blog: Accept it. You have, in the course of your life, at least once craned your neck to see a car wreck or a thief getting beaten up by the public. Hawk’s blog, for those of you who don’t know it, is India’s premier trainwreck—–a hate site whose constituency is Westernized, liberated women for whom he has nothing but the most sincere scorn.
Hold it, you ask, aren’t you driving up this guy’s traffic by linking to him ? Yeah why not ! He deserves to be heard and laughed at.
Favorite Line: Of course, more than the women these certain type of men are to be blamed. They should all be collectively nuked for shaming men in general.
4. Parimal Sondawale’s Blog (Save Maharashtra) : A gem of a blog which competes with Hawk’s blog for undiluted vitriol—-Parimal is the shoo-in for the national integration blog award for this year. What Hawk thinks of “chick bloggers”, Parimal thinks of everyone.
According to him, Bongs are irritating Marxists, Tamils are sex-maniacs, Kannadigas are pimps…….
Okay so another hate site—-but what makes it unique (besides the incessant rape of the English language) is his manic style of writing—-you can just feel the froth emanating from his hate-filled lips hitting you as you read through the blog. Which you have to accept is a stylistic achievement.
Favorite Lines: (from a post titled; Bangali pocha!!!!! Sabaka Dadhi Nocha!!!!! )
Some persons(not all) thinks that they and there culture are best among the world.Therefore it should be preserved(There is not even a significant achievment or development in West Bangal since Brtisher left India because they want to cherish the Memories of English culture). In the past we are very much aware that Marxist Bongs have welcomed the attack of China on India! People protest in Kolkata if Tram leaves the stations by time! Forget about the industry….Haratal is there main slogan.Sona kachi -Kolkata is Asia’s largest red light area. Philips is not doing well because the top Management which handles it are all …..Again…i am not saying that all Bong… are same….but some .are……..
You know what, besides the spelling of “Sonagachi” being wrong and the fact that it is not the largest brothel in the world, I think I am basically in agreement with our friend here. Once you forget Satyajit Ray and a few other luminaries that is.
But of course there are a few factual mistakes and weird assumptions —-as one commenter on his blog points out, he seriously should not assume that Shyam Benegal is Bengali (and so favored by Bongs) just because the ‘Benegal” sounds like “Bengal”.
5. Intentionally Left Blank: There were many other “interesting” blogs that I thought would be worth your time but as I mentioned in a previous post, I consider “pointing out” specific blogs to be not exactly cricket. (The first 4 are definitely specific blogs—but celebrities and hate sites are the exception to the above mentioned rule) .
I shall keep this space blank till Parnab Mukherjee or Jackie Shroff (he once had a website) or Mayawati start blogging—-think of this as Rama’s empty throne on which Bharata put his slippers—a place holder till next year.
Happy Blog Day!
(PS: As per BlogDay etiquette, I am supposed to email each of the referred blogs. Alas ! Mangal Pandey, being a devout Bramhin, does not open emails delivered across Kala-Pani, Hawk has mutliple identities and personalities (so do not know where to write to him) and Parimal’s spam blocker blocks all senders with the word “Bong” or “Bengal” in the name field.
Bipasha Basu’s email— I am still looking for)