Archive for November, 2007

My Blog Portfolio Update

I created a a blog at blogger listing all the blogs I write in. So here is my blog portfolio.

Here are the links to the posts that are now available on other blogs:

Its A Free World

Learn what slum dwellers have to staying about living in the city. What if Dharavi is re-furbished? Here is the link.

UN is celebrating 16 days of activism against gender violence from 25 November to December 10. Violence is on condoned and initiated by the State. Is Saudi only country where women are oppressed? What about India? Let’s introspect here.

Being a Blogger

Featured guest this week is Nita, a journalist who blogs at A Wide Angle View of India. She talks how writing skills can be important for success of a blog, efforts to gain serious readers and her need to communicate with them. Also, how content is much more important than blog theme.

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3 Quizzes That You Can Take

I took this blog quiz today:

18.75 %  

My weblog owns only 18.75 % of me. Hurrah! ๐Ÿ™‚

Does your weblog own you?

Here is another interesting logo quiz:

Logo Quiz

Play Logo Quiz at!


FreeRice is sister web site of world poverty site, For each correct answer that you score in quiz, you donate 10 grains of rice to UN World Food Program. I could only donate 550 grains in first attempt. That is not even 1/4th bowl. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Though, determined me, made few more attempts but could not go further than 1000 grains! It is never-ending quiz!

An Interview with Consumer Rights Champion: Lt. Col. Rajesh Yadav

Some days back I blogged about a consumer rights champion, Lt. Col. Rajesh Yadav who won a case against ICICI bank. Here, read his first-hand account of how things went with ICICI bank debit card and consumer court.

jaago grahak jaago

Hi Rajesh, Welcome to Visceral Observations! Before we begin, let us congratulate you for winning a consumer’s battle against ICICI.

Thanks Poonam. I am delighted to have been invited to share my views on this forum and be able to interact with the enlightened visitors of the blog. I am also thankful that you through the medium of your blog have made my fight known to public at large. I am sure this will contribute towards raising the awareness levels about Consumer Rights in the society.

Letโ€™s start with your little introduction for the benefit of our readers.

I am Lt Col Rajesh Yadav, an Army Officer from Gurgaon. I am a customer of Vasant Vihar Branch of ICICI Bank since last 9 years and have my salary account with them. I had little knowledge about consumer rights like most of us and faced the nightmare as most of us will face when a similar situation confronts us.

Continue reading ‘An Interview with Consumer Rights Champion: Lt. Col. Rajesh Yadav’

Featured Interview at Being A Blogger

BAB logoTodayโ€™s guest on Being A Blogger (BaB) is Bellur Ramakrishna, better known to his friends as Rk (read Restricted Knowledge) ) Rk is the creator of the wonderful blog cartoons I posted few days back on Visceral Observations.

In this interview, Rk talks about how his blog Rambling with Bellur (RwB) has grown with guest bloggers, how he got a nice job break through his blog, story behind blog cartoons, blog addiction and the pleasure of reading blogs.

Read Rk’s interview here at Being A Blogger.

A Small-time Activist’s Diary

Child Abuse Prevention Day18th November is International Child abuse prevention day. Just wrote about child sexual abuse (CSA) at Its A Free World. It’s yet another heart-rending issue related to children. There have been popular references to this serious issues in various movies, books and plays. Read the complete article here at Its A Free World.

24th November
is Buy Nothing Day in UK. Several other countries are celebrating this day to fight consumerism and keep away from shopping. I am buying nothing on 24th November.

Buy Nothing Day

Ragpickers: Hail Them and Save Them!

Girl RagpickerAfter posting this picture of ragpicker girl in my Children’s Day post, it was high time to write about ragpickers in Indian cities. This section constitutes of children and other marginalized poor of Indian society. The cause of ragpickers requires us to take issues like solid waste management seriously.

There will be several shocking facts to learn about this informal (because Indian government does not recognise it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ) ragpicking industry that cleanses our environment and takes care of bulk of recycling.

Learn how insensitively the city, society, police, and municipality treats them.

Read the post here at It’s A Free World.

Happy Children’s Day!

As I am in hurry to be at home today..and would not have access to Internet at are some impressions I have about children in India. I will leave you to ponder over these images today on the eve of Children’s day.

Children at mid day lunch at government school

Girl Ragpicker

Rag picker Girl: Where is her childhood?

Privileged Kids

Privileged are they?

Street Computer A hole in the wall! (NIIT Experiment)

Child Labour 1

child labour 2

Child Labour



Any ideas about what we could do to retain that innocence?

Interviewing A Champion Blogger

Ever since Ish had received 2 lakh hits in his blog, I had thought of interviewing his blogging experience. His blog, Dead End, is a mammoth book in itself (Ish, have you ever considered taking out a ebook out of it?) and subjects range from his personal life, world, books, religion, TV shows to Atif Aslam.

I finally managed to have Ish’s interview this Diwali. Only instead of publishing his interview here at Visceral Observations, I posted it on Being A Blogger, a blog that has aim of interviewing more champion bloggers.

In this disarmingly honest interview, Ishmeet candidly speaks how he wants to keep his blog personal than a money-making venture, embarrassments caused in real life by his blog, the lessons learnt during his blogging journey and more.

Read Ish’s complete interview here at Being A Blogger.

Thank you, Ish. ๐Ÿ™‚

What is Your Blog Readability?

I came across this is sulz‘s Bloggerdygook.

Readability of Visceral Observations is: (Yippie!) ๐Ÿ™‚

Readability of my blog at Jai Hind: Proud to be Indian is:

(Strange considering all posts on this blog are from my Visceral Observations blog.)

While the overall readability of Jai Hind blog is:

cash advance

What does this say, we need to attain elementary school readability at Jai Hind blog to gain more readers.

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