Blogcamp Chennai is on!

Barcamp ChennaiBlogcamp, said to be the biggest blog unconference in India on the lines of barcamp, has started at Chennai. The two day event scheduled over this weekend is being attended by many known names. There is an interesting line up of sessions. You may keep a tab on the event through their wiki and Technorati and the live bloggers. What’s more, you can even chat with people there and there is even a live broadcast live here.

Best wishes Guys, I wish I could be there!

18 Million Indians read blogs

The Recently released India online 2006 survey has revealed that of the 21.4 million net users* in Indian a staggering 85% (that’s roughly 18 million people) regularly check blogs. The study conducted by Juxt consult, New Delhi also revealed that there is a 22% rise in number of Indian net users from last year’s figure of 17.7 million. The users are mostly urban and most of the blogs, the report says, are maintained by net savvy people. A recent Economic Times report, published during the blanket ban on blogs initiated by the government, had cited that there are approximately 40000 Indiblogs around (not too far off my own little hunch).

A heartening fact highlighted by the report is that a lot of people who check blogs do not necessarily blog themselves, surely a big respite from the general conception that the blogs mostly thrive on bloggers “scratching each others’ backs”, that only a close group of bloggers generally read each other’s blogs. Another fact, that only solidifies my faith in the Indicblogs is that 42% of the Indian netizens also read blogs websites in Indian languages.

* The CIA Factbook thinks there are 50 million internet users in India.

Ban Ban

For last several days, probably more than a week I was unable to access my geocities sites, I thought that it might be momentary,Bloggers Banned even thought that my office people might have filtered them off. The inaccessibility of blogs was thought by many as a maintenance issue. But now it’s pretty much understood that the Indian government, apparently irritated by its recent intelligence failures, has decided to put glue-tapes on the lips of its citizens. Some say it’s only momentary, as some tracing is going on; others are frustrated as I am.

I hope things come back to normalcy soon, we are proud to be an emerging IT power, of being a tolerant democracy and I don’t think our “intelligent” beurocrats would think of such stupid ways to tackle terrorism. If only something good comes out of it!