Awareness is cure

There are very few bloggers who write keeping the reader in mind. Still very few will gather the courage to write about their shortcomings, agonies and disease for others to benefit from their experience or offer advice to. During my day's surfing I often come across many blogs listed at the Blog Portal or through the blogrolls of other blogs, some of them I could never visit again, and a few strike a chord instantly. Atul U. Nulkar's journal Heavenly Abode is one of them. In posts titled The Diabetes Chronicle Atul has provided a moving account of his discovery of the disease and how he came to terms with living with it. My father is diabetic too and it hurts to see him take the insulin injections to cope up with the disease. When I read about it in an issue of India Today I was surprised to know that the deadly disease can hit at any age. The example of MTV VJ Gaurav scared the hell out of me, I could suddenly relate to why the guy looked thinner and thinner by the day. Though I am an acknowledged hypochondriac, I have this feeling in my mind that given the family history I will sooner or later get the disease, but the later the better. Being aware is the key to fight diabetes successfully.

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Yahoo Groups available again

Seems like the blanket ban on Yahoo Groups imposed by the boneheaded Indian beaurocrats has been lifted. Yahoo groups websites are now again available. Hope they do not repeat their stupidity.

The malicious Banana

Jivha pointed to this unfledged clique in the Indi-blogosphere jeering the Bhartiya Blog Mela. It's called the Bhartiya Blog Kela. Now before I even start please note that I do not have anything for or against the Blog Mela but this is pretty hilarious . The guy apparently “had enough of sanctimonious debates on the social relevance of the mela”. Wow, this guy sure takes things seriously. The “social relevance”, I never really thought about how my blog is changing the world around me, or may be I don't have that electron microscope to have a good look at the impact they are making on our “society”. Hey anonymous, if you started this anti-mela, or “kela” as you call it, grizzling on the “politics” of nominations, ch…ch..too bad. But if your aim is to have fun or look at the lighter side of Indian blogging, then the effort is noteworthy. Reading through the first phase of nominations it seems the guy has got a bit of sense of humour, alas the bile predominates.

I think having such a blog is not bad either. This might help us bloggers retrospect. Moreover, people have been making fun since long for example the Razzies for the worst hollywood movies and performers are handed out the day before the Oscars ( I am not equating the mela with oscars or anything like that). If the blog can go on with malice towards one and all, it could be quite popular. I think Vin , in his comment at the blog, summed it up very aptly:

When experience of reading blogs get jittery, complex, negative, uninspiring, loose, too personal, too serious, too paradoxical, too melodramatic, too politically correct / incorrect, (in short) too many issues to handle for a page hits-savvy Indian, a kela is born.