Blog Day is here again. On this day, we are supposed to link to 5 blogs from cultures different than ours.
I have to accept—I do not read many non-desi blogs and consequently my list of 5 blogs are all South Asian.
- [PakPositive] A blog that highlights some of the positive things about Pakistan. As the blogger explains in his About section:
One fine evening, after browsing dozens of websites and blogs, I realized that I had not read a single piece of general-interest news about Pakistan. All I read about Pakistan or any of our cities was in relation with terrorism, hatred, violence, bigotry, intolerance, bomb-blasts, Al-Qaeda, extremism, etc. At that point I truly craved for some ‘ordinary’ news from Pakistan. After all, we are a living, breathing society where something ‘civilized’ must happen, or ordinary people aren’t always killing each other to rid Pakistan of them! That’s when I decided to start PakPositive
- [The Scientific Indian]: An Indibloggies winner for the Best Science Blog 2005, “Scientific Indian” represents the rarest of species in the Indian blogosphere: a discipline-specific blog. With so many personal journals, random rants and movie review carrying blogs around, that is indeed a welcome change. Now if we could only have a medical blog, a legal blog…..
- [PutVote]: Though technically not a blog, I include this Digg-wannabe in this list because of its focus on blogs, cool graphics (the mark on the thumb as you vote is a nice touch) and the “Sabzi Mandi” English.
- [The Collage]: A good attempt at collaborative story-writing by a bunch of 20-somethings that has unfortunately gone silent since June. Hope that changes soon (the rhyme with June is unintentional) I really liked the premise of their story “The Letter” though not necessarily the ending.
- [The War For News]: Perhaps the most popular of all the others referenced here, this blog, supposedly written by a few anonymous “insiders”, gives us the dirty dope of what’s going on in the dog-eat-dog world of the network television news media—leaked emails, liaisons, who’s in, who’s out, who’s got a dressing down from the bosses and assorted other scandals. Needless to say, people love it—-their last post has, to date, 417 comments !
- [Sportolysis]: I had meant to add this very serious sports blogger to my Blogday list but when I compiled the list, his name had slipped my mind. My bad. So here’s my sixth Blogday recommendation: Pratyush Khaitan’s “Sportolysis”. Pratyush maintains Sportolysis with almost-missionary zeal, covering a wide variety of sport topics with diligence and equanimity. If you love sports, this is one blog that definitely warrants attention.
Happy Blog Day everyone !