Thursday, November 10, 2005

I will be famous at the Bombay Bloggers Meet

{PS: Dear visitors, This post has been updated on friday the 11th morning. I didn't write a new post since most of you must have been directed to this post via the link you came in. Please scroll down for the update.}

Thanks to a shy Manipuri student who called himself James who pulled a con on the Delhi Bloggers during the DBM. Read it here. Seems like a Journalist acting as a shy Manipuri guy came in to join the Delhi Bloggers Meet, asked a lot of newbie questions and then, did an article on on the Indian Blog scene. TTG ain't so happy about, neither am I and nor are a lot of other bloggers. For one he could have introduced himself as a MSM guy for all that mattered. Bloggers aren't known for hiding facts or being rude Hosts. Or if he didn't, which was the case, he shouldn't have written the article in the tone that I believe he did.

Does it matter to me that he was a Manipuri character? Well, since it wasn't a terrorist act like this at Dcubed, It doesn't really matter. Oh! there has been another debate at Dcubed which goes like;

In my previous post, I wrote of news items about Muslims condemning the Delhi blasts, and asked: why should Muslims have to prove this every damned time? more

Well, I am not sad that he happened to be a Manipuri, for it could have been any other character from Punjab or Andhra or Bihar for that matter. To me, he was just another guy from the MSM.
And I believe what he did was what was expected of him by the paper since he is not a free lance who sells his stories, and the story wasn't even exclusive one on the blogger's meet. So, if there be any anger, it is at the paper who apparently warped the story to make a better story out of a simple one. And any residual anger might be that someone pulled a fast one my Blogmates. ;-)
And I wonder why he left his phone number if he was doing an under cover story.

Then why am I writing this and why the topic "I will be famous at the Bombay Bloggers Meet".
Well, as many readers would know here, though not everyone, I happen to be a Manipuri called Anthony, not a shy Manipuri Student though. And I am planning to attend the BBM to be held this sunday at Nirmal lifestyles, and I had planned to introduce myself as a Manipuri Bombay Blogger and since I don't know if any Mumbai Bloggers know me, I will be a newbie. And like TTG left a comment on ravikiran's blog here,

OK, for those who came late,
I thought I had do a introductory post here so I might avoid unwanted probings ;-) when I introduced myself. OK, I will post my photo as well so that I might be easily recognised. I have never been an anonymous blogger. And I am not a newbie either, it is just that my blog has been more of a diary and I rarely comment on issues, so my blog circle had been pretty small.

Well, I have been reading blogs for more than 3 years now, I made my first post on Sept 18th 2002 here. Makes me a veteran eh! Well I left the blog dormant as I became busier with my curriculum, then I started using rediffblogs and made my second comming after a year at and made my first post the on 3rd Oct 2003 here while I was at Pune. I started seriously posting on my blogs when rediff blogs featured me at their Sizzling blogs and I suddenly had a huge readership. Again during my first few months at work at Kolkata, I couldn't update my blog and that when people drifted away from my blog. But I updated from time to time and knew some kolkata Bloggers, but unfortunately I missed two kolkata Bloggers meets. Then I shifted to Mumbai. Its only in the last 4-5 months that I started blogging seriosuly again, writing every night at home, posting them first thing in the morning at office, leaving comments etc etc and then shifted to blogspot. My blog on Manipur, got featured in desipundit here. I started having a few but loyal visitors leaving comments again. And I am no Journalists LOL, and no Tintin either.

For easy identification, here I am. I hope we will have a nice BBM. Further introductions, over a cup of hot Latte. As as Ravikiran said, some Hot Gujju-Female view. Mumbai Bloggers, "Are you reading?"

*** Picture removed. Those needed to see it must have seen it by now.******
Updated: This is going to be one good Bloggers meet. Can I bring my Camera. I promise I won't post names, if anyone want to remain anonymous.

And this post was meant for a little laughs as well, but if you ain't laughing tickle urself or read the Best Humour which won the bloggerrati award for humour category.

Update Again: Dear new visitors, since you are here already, Thanks to Desipundit's link, this is a shameless promotion, but may I request that you take a little more time to visit my Blog on Manipur. yeah, its about the place that has been mention more than once in this post. I bet you don't know much about Manipur even if you do know any. Believe me it is very nicely written, with much care. To visit, click here.
Friday Update: As much as I wanted to write a long post today, I am only suffixing a little update because, ( and this "because" is the update)

1) Everybody would come via a link to this post and might miss my post today.

2) I am not much into mud slinging neither aggresively like TTG with a healthy dose of expletives nor subtly like Blogswatch without expletives but slinging nonetheless and not in real life nor in my blog.

:-) One reason, I try to keep expletives and other word to the minimum because search engines tend to have this having of picking up exxpletives from diff parts of the posts and throws up the blog when some creep search for such sites as " baseball + bat + with+ thorns + in +*ssHoles) in search engines. I have had visitors looking for a dose of cheap cialis on my blog ;-)

3) I am not much into the MSM vs Blogs debate, my blog has been more of a Cat Blog as vulturo says here, but I do stand up as I did during the IIPM, for the most appealing things that the Internet have spawned is the community concept ( is my fav site), and nobody challenges a community.

I am not much of a news-eater, nor am a newsmith, the only news I read is business news; M&A's, investments, who's who of Business and I abhor political news, except when it concerns interest rates or tax rates or the market and I really don't care what Natwar is doing. I read only the Zodiac column in a City supplement and of course ogle at the page three babes, and I like Jug Suraiya and Swaminomics and much as I like Stanley Bing. But Politics and Family feuds arrrrg, and so I don't care much what the MSM might be doing or not doing. The only news oriented Blog that I like is K's Presstalk, maybe because his writings sounds very inside. "The Shhh!! I heard this in the grapevines" types. Sad he is not comming to the BBM.

This controversy wouldn't have been such but for the fact that TTG did a hate post, and blogswatch responded with similar profanity sans expletives.
If at all there were to be a MSM Blogger dabate, I shall write later about what Information Dissemination will start moving from a broadcast format, where a few individuals control the broadcast medium that broadcast to a million audience, to a network format where the point of dissemination won't be single and controlled but there will be multiple with self moderation where collectives will come in to correct the wrong.. and like a pagerank, the truth and the truth shall rank the highest. And the day is not farway. News will never be the same again and those don't believe this will do so at their own peril.

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Blogger thalassa_mikra said...

Don't worry Anthony! I'm sure most Bombay bloggers would know you well enough to banish any such silly thoughts from their minds. As for the "shy Manipuri guy", I think the clue to his identity is on one of your blogs :)

10/11/05 12:03 PM  
Blogger Anthony said...

This post was meant to be taken as semi-humour. We havn't had a laugh for a long time now ;-)

10/11/05 12:26 PM  
Blogger thalassa_mikra said...

Anthony, I think Tarun's post and many of the comments left on his blog calling the journalist names are totally uncalled for and in very poor taste. I haven't read the article so I have no idea how flawed the piece is. However, what Tarun describes does not justify the extreme reaction.

A lot of journalists go undercover for their stories, it is established practice. And so he got a few facts wrong, does that call for the verbal equivalent of collective lynching?

10/11/05 1:21 PM  
Blogger TTG said...

Thalassa, Tarun agrees with you. So his post has been refined somewhat.

10/11/05 2:44 PM  
Blogger anthony said...

We could be more sensible, we are not journalists after all.
Anyway, jokes apart, from what i collected after a fren read out the article to me, seems like it wasn't an exclusive article on the meet, but the pseudo-expose' was just a part of an article. Maybe Bozo was sent to get the interview undercover, to uncover what the scheming Bloggers are upto this time. I mean it was not a story he went out on his own to dig. Eh! or did IIPM paid for the article , just a thought!!

10/11/05 3:09 PM  
Blogger Kaps said...

have fun at the meet. Toi's act is disgusting.

10/11/05 3:29 PM  
Blogger anthony said...

This is going to be one hell of a fun. Isn't my topic apt.

10/11/05 3:32 PM  
Blogger K said...

You are actually going to go to Mulund!!!! I would love to meet up, but argh!

10/11/05 4:45 PM  
Blogger anthony said...

haha.. it is just a change of two locals K..

Luckily I stay just there ;-) office is in New Mumbai

10/11/05 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DT correspondent's take on the sting operation on elite bloggers at

10/11/05 7:39 PM  
Blogger Parna said...

where is the blog meet? till date i think there have been 4 bombay blog meets. hope the bombay blog meet site gets updated with the details of the same

11/11/05 1:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey so bmb shud be a nice time


11/11/05 1:15 AM  
Anonymous Ricky2Tony said...

Blog-controversy. Yea, we all sadly tend to judge people based on race, caste and religion more than the individuals that they are. It's good to clarify your point of view. But, what that guy did was a breach of privacy but it seems to be the new "in" thing in Indian Journalism...

11/11/05 3:01 AM  
Blogger Patrix said...

Don't worry, Blogger Meets are great fun but expect to be made fun of but then, its all in the name of fun.

I don't think Saket's Manipuri reference was racist but was merely to identify the journalist (for lack of a better classification). Have a great time at the MBM. I should be there for the December meet.

11/11/05 3:05 AM  
Blogger anthony said...

@ anon, I have seen it and foubd it to be at bad taste sans expletives.
@ Ricky, KI didn't see any classification on caste or creed in the whole thing. This post like I said was an attempt at humour, which I have stated before the controversy got larger.

11/11/05 9:31 AM  
Blogger anthony said...

@ Parna- visit ravikiran here.. It is going to be at the cafe cofee day at Nirmal Lifetstyles, mulund

11/11/05 9:34 AM  
Blogger anthony said...

@ Sonali.. Thx a lot Sonali..

@ Patrix, I know there was not a racist angle to it.. he only said "a Manipuri student" and which exactly was the INSPIRATION of this post too. and Unless someone calles me a Nepali( With due respect to Nepalis, I have nothing against them but I feel insulted when I am nopt recognised as a Manipuri to the Boot), I feel PROUD when someone refers to me as a MANIPURI..which is why my blog on Manipur as well. Ah.. Its so nice to be a Manipuri LOL, and feel great and elated when someone asks me if I am from Manipur.. and believe me some people do know just looking at me that I might be a Manipuri.

Don't feel I might have taken it otherwise, and it was nice that vulturo had to clarify it as well. I owe you a treat there. LOL

11/11/05 9:41 AM  
Blogger Navjot Kashyap said...

See my blog now. I have made changes. Is it appearing fine now?

11/11/05 12:17 PM  
Blogger Deepak Jeswal said...

Enjoy the meet...too many links in this post, becomes confusing to read, and till u read them half the things dont come thru :(

11/11/05 3:56 PM  
Blogger anthony said...

haha.. ok I will remove the link.. I believe in editting my own posts from time to time

11/11/05 4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please keep flagging so the blogger team can take it down with it's misleading facts soon!

Thank you!

11/11/05 6:52 PM  
Blogger visithra said...

Does raise concerns that there could be a faker at future meets but looks like u guys had fun ;)

15/11/05 12:20 PM  
Blogger anthony said...

@visithra we sure did..

15/11/05 3:49 PM  
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