Archive for December, 2008

The Year-End Review

I came across this meme across some blogs last year. I changed few questions to suit me. I tag my entire blogroll to do this, if they like. I would like to know in a nutshell what happened to them. :)

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?

Don’t laugh at this one. Drive a car. I finally took driving lessons this year. Guess, it will take me another year to become a seasoned driver in the frenzied Delhi traffic.

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2. Did you keep your New Year resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

This I year I had new year resolutions for the first time. I kept only half of them, here was my half yearly update that has not changed much. :( I would not make any this year. At least, not now.

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Movie Review: Ghajini

Well, I liked it. :) But as Jeetendra loves to say while doling out his sometimes inane comments while judging reality dance shows, Jara namak kam tha. Only jara.

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December 24: National Consumer Rights Day

December 24 was National Consumer Rights Day.

I keep getting queries about where to complain and how to complain about consumer issues from harrassed consumers on my posts about consumer rights. I try to suggest them to file an online complaint at Core.nic.in.  You can seek tips to filing a consumer court here in Interview with Amit, a consumer court case winner. Also, seek telephone counselling at The National Consumer Helpline by dialling the toll-free number 1800-11-4000.

Gujrat, on Wednesday, became first state to launch its own toll-free line for consumers. It  launched the Consumer Education and Research Centre (CERC) on the National Consumer Day.  People in the state of Gujrat will have to call this number  – 18002330222.

Login to Adhikaar group at yahoo here: adhikaar@yahoogroups.com to seek specific queries or advice. It is an initiative closely supported by a consumer court case winner Lt. Col. Rajesh Yadav. You can join Adhikaar group here.

Hope you had a Merry Christmas! :)

Update: A reader commented with this web site for online consumer court. He says after lodging a complaint with this site, they got back to him with a solution. He was facing trouble with a marin insurance from ICICI bank. Try it out! Thank you, you anonymous reader! :)

Related Posts:

December 24: National Consumer Rights Day
Consumer Rights: 5 Random Facts
Interview with Consumer Rights Activist: Amit

Awards and an Interview

Smita awarded me with what she called a PROXIMITY award:

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This award is given to a blog that invests and believes in PROXIMITY – nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

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A to Z of My Few Favorite Movies

Lallopallo tagged me to write A-Z of my favorite movies. I could not come up with worthwhile movies for these letters: Q, X, Y and Z. I might update them later.

I had several favorites, but I have wrote what came to my mind first. That is determined by 2 things:

a) Irrespective of the time I watched the movie, it left an indelible impression on my mind due to story/character/actor

b) I have watched this wonder recently :)  So, forgive me, guys for being partial for I have many, many favorites :)

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Blogswara: Internet Music Album 5 Release

blogswara_logoThis post is to inform you about an Internet music project called Blogswara.

Blogswara is an internet music community which acts as a common platform for musicians (a majority of whom are amateurs) to showcase their talent before the world. They produce original music and share it over the internet. It is also a free-music movement where visitors/listeners can listen and download the mp3 files free of cost.

Blogswara is not a commercial platform. It intends to promote independent musicians.

So far, Blogswara had released four internet music albums. The songs are in multiple languages: Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Hindi. Musicians from abroad have also shown interest in Blogswara.

Blogswara have released the fifth album today. Please visit their Web site, listen to the songs and leave your feedback.

Related links:
Blogswara in News

P. S: How did I come to know about Blogswara? One of the founders, Joseph Thomas, was a judge for Best Musical category in Avant Garde Bloggies Awards.

Avant Garde Bloggies Awards – Winners

Guys,

Without much ado, I announce winners and runner-ups for Avant Garde Bloggies Awards that has spanned for three months and had support from a number of people: badge designer, the judges, the poll managers, the Scrutinising Committee, participants  and several others who contributed in other small ways.

1. Most courageous post

Winner: The Vagina Dialogues
Author: Ideasmith
Runner up: Let’s Talk about Porn
Author: Crazy Sam

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Avant Garde Bloggies Awards – Results Tomorrow

Hi guys,

As scheduled, results for Avant Garde Bloggies Awards will be announced tomorrow on Visceral Observations.

1. For each category, one Winner and Runner-up will be announced.

2. In case there is tie in the poll results, post with highest judges’ scores will be announced winner/runner-up.

3. In case there is tie in both judges’ score and number of votes (as has there been the case), both the posts/blogs/bloggers have been designated as winners/runner-ups.

4. In case of categories where there were only 6 or less nominations, judges’ scores have been added post polls.

Please note that none of award results have been determined by a single individual, not even me.  In each category, there were two impartial judges, with different sensibilities,  to select 6 best posts. After that, polls have been the deciding factor unless there was a tie.

Please consider this as a formal disclaimer for the fact that these results do not represent my personal opinion. My personal opinion, may in fact, differ with the declared mandate as it is always with democratic elections. :)

Avant Garde Bloggies Awards – Last Two Days to Go

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As you know polls are live for Avant Garde Bloggies Awards. Polls will close after 2 days. Please hop on to the Avant Garde Bloggies Awards blog to Vote for your favorite blog/blogger/post in each category.

Results will be announced on Visceral Observations on 11 December, as scheduled.

The Mumbai Seige: Link Diary

A complilation of all the worthwhile links I came across various blogs (like DesiPundit, Smoke Signals, lallopallo’s), newspapers and other internet portals

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Burning Taj: almost has become image of the year

We have all been complaining about the minute-by-minute media coverage of combat operations that took place during terroist attacks in Mumbai. Musician Vishal of Vishal-Shekhar fame has filed a petition about the same. You can go there on his website to sign the petition to show your support to the cause.

All the landmarks of Mumbai were attcked by 10 terrorists, who were armed to teeth. The timely information on Internet portals was well-publicised. Lede blogs updated everyday-progress in Mumbai attacks. Citizen journalists twittered and blogged away. Vinu’s Flickr page, that displayed first pictures of the Mumbai attacks, is being upheld by every blogger and online media.

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