Friday, August 06, 2010

Blogs #FollowFriday

If you are one of Twitter's 100 million users you must be accustomed to the #followfriday hashtag. If not, this is a good read to bring yourself up to speed. My favourite Twitter tradition. This week I wanted to bring #followfriday to my blog and mention some of my favourite blogs. Without any exaggeration these blogs provide me with more entertainment, information, opinions, ideas, laughs and lots of other nice things than newspapers, magazines and television put together. Here goes my #followfriday

General

Random Thoughts Of A Demented Mind (better known as Greatbong) 

The last word in Indian blogging for me, and many others. Witty, informative, thought provoking and  identifiable among other things, RTDM has a balanced, satirical and extremely articulate view on all current affairs in the Indian scene. Agree with Arnab (the author) on almost all topics, besides Shahrukh Khan, and look forward to the next post with as much anticipation as all of India did for the next episode of the Mahabharata on Sunday mornings in the late '80s.


Technology


Labnol is to the world of Tech blogging what Wikipedia is to anything. Amit, the extremely humble author of the uber popular blog, comes up with the tweaks and hacks for the little tech issues that always bother you but you can never quite put a finger on. It is the best 'Dummies Guide...' in the market but doesn't make you look stupid! The easy to follow step by step screenshots and screencasts are among the most helpful things on the web.



Movies


The former is a simple review blog run by the biggest movie buff - Meetu. She catches almost all (Hindi) movies first day, first show and reviews it in a way akin to a friend telling you about her movie experience. Hardly any use of film jargon and a very keen sense of observation. Her reviews are almost never biased and her inherent love for movies makes them very sincere. So far I have found more people to agree with her reviews than anyone else's. What I especially like about her reviews is that she doesn't try to indulge in unnecessary smart-aleckness and keeps the focus on the movie and not her writing!

The Vigil Idiot is a briliant stick-figure comic movie review blog. The illustrations are simple yet very effusive. If Sahil (the author) doesn't take too kindly to a movie, he can just take it apart with his stick figures spewing the deadliest amount of sarcastic venom. Don't think any of the movie makers whose movies he reviews will get most of the humour! Caveats - his reviews contain all the give always and spoilers and is definitely recommended to read only after you have watched a movie and not before. Also, he doesn't review movies that he likes, so if you're going to find a review of a movie of your liking, come prepared.

Food


I belong to the that class of people who live to it and not necessarily the other way round. However, a major anomaly of my life is that I can't cook anything beyond Maggi noodles in a microwave. So under this category I am putting my favourite food 'review' blog and not  a recipe one. This blog is run by Shantanu Ghosh, an IT professional whose passion for food and love for food photography is phenomenal. He travels extensively all over India  and the world and indulges in ruthless experimentation in various kinds of cuisines. What sets him apart is the immaculate pictures he manages to click of the most delicious dishes without giving in to the temptation of digging in! His work also provides him a glimpse of the high life every now and then, and so he takes you with him in his journeys across the seas in a personal cabin in Business Class, my closest tryst with luxury so far:)

I must also mention my friend, Nagalakshmi's extremely dedicated, well designed and meticulously updated recipe blog - Edible Garden. Pet peeve - she hardly mentions non-veg recipes:( But the blog is brilliant nevertheless.

Also, This Is Why You're Fat! if you're looking for a drool every now and then. Warning - not for the health conscious at all.

Advertising


For the best ads in town, in fact in the globe, you don't need to look beyond Adoholik. Bibhuti (the author) has been running this blog for many years now with almost daily, and sometimes more frequently than that, updates. He finds the choicest of Print, Digital and TV ads and also provides all the basic information about them e.g. Product, Country, Agency, etc. For anyone with a passing interest in the world of advertising this is a treasure trove that must be bookmarked.




Illustrations/Humour


Belongs to the legendary icanhazcheeseburger network of blogs. The simple concept running across all   posts, looking at the most mundane things of life and putting a twist to them, in a graphical format. Could be line graphs, pie charts, bar graphs and mostly the most outrageous of statistical tools. Even if you failed in all of your Stats exams in school you will appreciate the laughs here.




Photography

This category has two picks - The Big Picture (by The Boston Globe) and India Daily Photo

The Big Picture is a thrice a week photo essay on topics as diverse as Afghanistan, World Cup Football, Obama's Inauguration, Spain's Tomato festival etc. The photos are simply brilliant in their content, resolution, form and depiction. These are usually a collection of photos from various photographer's and photo houses like AP, Reuters etc. They follow mostly the current affairs topics for their essays and come up with the most stunning collection week after week.




India Daily Photo is a group photo blog started by some of my colleagues. The theme is simple, one photo a day. It's usually from India and the photos carry a caption and a little description. An honest and passionate effort by a bunch of photography and travel lovers and definitely worth a subscription.




Bangla


The only Bangla blog I follow. Run by an old and close school friend, Tanmay. However, I can say without any prejudice that the quality of content is absolutely top notch. It's mostly fiction with some commentary on current affairs thrown in. If you can read the Bangla script (the last post was mostly in English though) and enjoy short, crisp, witty, casual Bangla fiction you will have to come to this blog for more. 



Quizzing

I will recommend all the blogs under the 'Quiz Blogs I Follow' Category in Inquizzitive.
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