Link Diary: January 2009

Admist so much furure about accustations of perverse ‘slum tourism’ of the West in Slumdog Millionaire and Adiga’s The White Tiger, I couldn’t have escaped unscathed. Dev aka former lallopallo πŸ˜€ posed this question “Did West take advantage of India’s slums?’ to veteran filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and wrote a complete post about it. Hop over and oblige Dev with your views. He,Β  as an apiring filmmaker, is very keen to know what you think.

While we are at the subject, do not miss this Mumbai’s other side (read slumdog) presentation at Telegraph. Note the title: Mumbai’s real slumdogs Do you find it offensive? Slideshow also has a picture of child labourers making carved belts in appalling conditions.

Here is another telegraph features taht is being currently emailed all over. World’s best passenger complaint to Virgin airlines. This enterprising guy has written a toungue-in-cheek complaint letter about Mumbai-Heathrow flight to Richard Bransan, As per Telegraph, Branson himself spoke to the complainant. How could he not when the complainant has supported each and every complaint with pictures that do not lie.

Now that we are talking of complaints, there is so much we can complain about. First step is to file that RTI (Right to Information) application to proceed. If you are wondering how to do it, I suggest start by reading this basic post about how to file a RTI petition, from JNU research scholar Vikas. Vikas has taken up several RTIs against government bodies. Please bookmark this post and follow other links Vikas has provided in his post.

Did you ever wonder and think of editing wikipedia pages to improve its content? So here is a link to Wikipedia: The Missing Manual that is a now free book, which will provide you with guidelines as to how to begin.

Culture peek of the day is Axinia’s post about Russian men. Ahem Now this is for you women, read the open message Axini provides you.

Now that we are talking about women, (no, I will not talk about Mangalore attack and provide free publicity to marauders) , this piece in Huffington post complains about reviewers’ attitude to books written by women. She does make some valid points.

“America is now given over to a damned mob of scribbling women,” wrote Nathaniel Hawthorne in the mid-nineteenth century just at the moment when many women like Austen had taken up their quills and were writing novels (and were finding big hungry audiences for their work).

Not much has changed since Hawthorne. Although Austen and the BrontΓ«s now get their due, women’s fiction today still struggles to be taken seriously. Romance novels continually get stereotyped as “soft porn for desperate housewives.” Chick lit has been dismissed by the literati as throwaway “fluff” obsessed with shopping and shoes. And even women writers like Jodi Picoult who tackle more serious issues are often labeled “hysterical” and “melodramatic” by reviewers. The book reviewing world even criticizes books for “pandering to female audiences,” as if that is such a terrible thing (yes, Publisher’s Weekly said this about the short story collection, This is Chick Lit

This article was inspired by writer Jennifer Weiner’s post where author has compared gender-discriminating reviews of current booksellers. Its interesting to read, go on.

Last but not the least, free Spanish course online by BBC. I know there are language junkie out there, feel free to learn smattering of Spanish and show off. πŸ˜›

9 Responses to “Link Diary: January 2009”

  1. 1 Nita January 28, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    This Link Diary is a good idea to write about your favourite posts! Good to know that you are back to blogging on a regular basis!

  2. 2 Reema January 28, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Ok nomination for next Avant Garde Bloggies Awards in best link post category

  3. 3 Nimmy January 28, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Please pick your award πŸ™‚

  4. 4 amreekandesi January 29, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Interesting assortment of news stories!

    I read that Virgin mail…very amusing.

    And thanks for the Spanish link..will check it out. Learning spanish has been on my todo list for too long.

  5. 5 Chirag January 29, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    This is awesome dude πŸ™‚

    Slumdog Millionaire, so this is still in news.

    Just read the letter to Bransom, I wish he really reads it till the end πŸ™‚

    Wikipedia: The Missing Manual ya got this one. Hey you know you can download Wikipedia and use it as a HDD !!!

  6. 6 axinia January 30, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Hey, thanks for mentionning my post πŸ™‚ Surprisingly I only 2 comments on this post and was wondering what was actually wrong with it πŸ™‚ Glad to know you found it interesting!

  7. 7 Vikas Gupta January 30, 2009 at 4:39 pm


    Thanks for the link.

    I am confused! Should it be a RTI or an RTI?! ah in R is a vowel sound. I’ll do some research later and/or ask this to BBC English.

  8. 8 Amit February 1, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Your post reminded me that I was supposed to leave a comment on Lallo’s post after watching Slumdog. πŸ™‚
    And about that Virgin complaint, I wonder what the fuss was all about? Can’t he just taste the food?

  9. 9 Poonam Sharma February 3, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    @Nita: Ahem…you just called me a regular. well, dont count on it. I too am not bale to count on it.

    @Reema: Nah, I have written better link posts last year. πŸ™‚

    @Nimmy: THanks so much…..I feel pleased and ..grateful.

    @amreekandesi: Yuo should start saying Gracis soon then! Let’s see, if I learn any Spanish.

    @Chirag: I didnt know I could dwnload wiki as HDD. How? Slumdog will be in news on this blog till I have watched it. There is so much hoopla bout it that I feel compelled to.

    @Axinia: I read all the links inside your post too. I found it interesting to read about a new culture. It was enlightening. πŸ™‚

    @Vikas: A RTI is good enough. Thank you for writing such a useful post.

    @Amit: So what do you think about SLumdog now that you have watched it. Letter became famous because it was tounge-in-cheek, not like usual rants. Not to mention, several of us do rant but never actually complain about it. Who can’t taste the food? Branson? He thought it was award-winning cuisine.

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