Time.

You said – I am the biggest tycoon, I own this much properties, I am successful blogger, I have all the trendiest gadgets, my family do proud on me and I have a great girlfriend.
How about you friend?

Friend- Well, I am not as successful but I have time! When loved ones want to talk to me I have time.

Adapted from an old Hindi film dialogue where two friends (brothers) meet at such a point where one talks about own wealth and other just say I have nothing but have mother.
Time is priceless. You can not acquire it, steal it or stop it. There is no past and future for it; it comes and lives only in present.
Again a film dialogue- Waqt kab? Aab. (What time? Now.)
For any starting. For anything. Time is now.

The changing bond.

Today is Raksha bandhan, that fall every year in the month of Shravan month on the day of Purnima. ( Shravan => the month in which rain happens, And Purnima => full moon).

Rakhi, a chaste bond between a brother and sister showed by tying a knot of resham (silk) thread around the wrist of brother. It means now it’s your (brother) duty to protect the sister from all that is evil. And sister prays for the long life of brother.

It’s hugely celebrated in north region of India but Rakhi also happen in different states by different names. The history behind the Rakhi is also worthy to check.
This festival is celebrated by tying rakhi ( earlier it used to made of kaccha Dhaga but mostly its made of silk, silver thread and beautifully decorated with colorful sequins, sandal wood & stones etc. and don’t forget to check this year great demanded rakhis of Hanuman & Krish films characters), performing aarti, sweets and praying. And brother present rakhi gifts (in hindi – shagun). Quite simple but has a long followed ritual behind it.

Last minute Rakhi shopping.

If a reality check is done than pick up this week newspaper, one will see lots & lots of print ads saying- sirf shagun hi kafi nahi (Only giving money or gifts are not enough). Chocolates ads and then all big to small names in jewelry telling if you really love your sister give her this earring and if really want to show more love present her ring too. From radio to TV channels that ringing the ring tone to dedicate your brother this raksha bandhan. It’s the changing lifestyles with the advancement of the technologies.

Now what the people says- another holiday or really a day to follow the old tradition. Youngsters say its lots of fun and a day to enjoy. Few example:- I don’t have own brother but will go out with my cousin, will watch film in a multiplex after all that’s a day to enjoy with family. Yes family. So someone else told I will give lots of chocolates to my younger brother, he simply love it. Ladies are more interested in doing shopping after all monsoon sales is here. Gaudy salwar kamezz from Lajpat nagar, jhooti (a footwear which very much in trend) and buying branded jewelry as there is 15% off. So much is there to buy and too much rush in market. Mouth watering sweets from Haldiram’s and long sweating wait before you reach to buy a handi of rasogulla. There is tremendous joy in buying rakhis after putting mehandi in hands and doing chak –chak with shop keeper (the usual bargaining). This is very common scene in Delhi, you can see it in any local market.

By the way good news the introduction of water proof, wear & tear resistant rakhis envelopes to send your rakhis safely to any part. So many states are already suffering with flood and too many places got red alert. The need of such envelopes was thought by Indian postal department and material (Tyvek) re-sourcing from DuPont These envelopes are available from post offices. It’s a good deal, 5 Rs. Price for a single envelope earlier I thought it’s quite expensive as postage charge extra. But middle class is ready to buy through the awareness about such product is not too much.

Rakhi envelopes- Tyvek.

Blog for the quick fame.

P3P (page 3 people) is an old-age term now. ‘Blogger’ is in. So if on one hand the term got popular, on the other hand the fights between bloggers became more prevalent. Realistically speaking, the addition of the word to English dictionary is not that new. Blogging existed since 1994 but the word became more widespread as internet became more and more popular. RediffBlogs played a big role in getting blogs accepted in India when they came up with their blogging platform. I still remember early days of 2003, when I somehow landed to this blogsphere and met lot of interesting bloggers from India and other parts of the world. The popular blog sites during those days were Typepad, Blogspot & Sulekha - to some extent. Movable Type (MT) came after that, followed by WordPress.The trend of owning a space to blog was on the verge of getting accepted and has become very common now as more and more people realize the impact a blog can make. Different controversies had their role in awakeing the Indian blogosphere, like IIPM Case, where one Blogger had to quit his job at IBM, and another blogger Varna got a legal notice. Consequently, bloggers like Kaps took the initiative to fight against IIPM and the other bloggers added fuel to the fire by blogging more.

Different kinds of issues and calamities also helped, in a way, bloggers to blog as much as possible. A lot of us are already familiar with Desipundit which is omnipresent with the best of Indian blogs. Blogging is about posting huge amount of information (bloggers’ views, blog readers comments and links to connects with rest) on any issues - from a C grade film to “Why bush did this”, “Tsunami causes” to “Mumbai blasts victims”, “home fights” and “love stories”. The presence of a good repository of poems and photography (Flickr that made the life easy for every Digi cam holder) and the existence of myspace and other social networking sites on the internet made life easier for avid bloggers. And with all this Techo guys became more geek and non-techie became more technically sound.

I remember when I attended the 1st Delhi bloggers meet in early 2004, there were around 22 bloggers (almost everybody in the group turned up for the event though it required a lot of effort). One of our meets got some coverage in the newspapers and we were on Times of India. Another DBM meet last November saw a Times of India journalist to spy on what do actually bloggers do in these meets. I believe few items in the agenda were to find out the most popular blogger or to find out if only software guys maintain blogs. From that time to till date almost 12 meets have happened. The number of bloggers attending these meets falls down number of times. Our last meet that had 3 people from BBC gave our group lots of popularity and made many bloggers to attend the event. This gave birth to a new concept - of calling a guest (someone quite known) blogger in these meetups. For example, in this 12th DBM Joshua (also member) was expected and around 22 blogger turned up except him.

I was absent this time. And when I asked people about the meet, a few (without taking their name) told you did not miss much. And at the same time, I read reviews with people saying, “absent bloggers - you missed a lot”. But how can I forget a statement by a blogger friend, who after attending the last meet said - I am not going to come for such events in future. It�s always the same. So the question is when there is a popularity of such event, people love to be part of bloggers meet even though internally they feel its more like a socializing meet. And you expect to meet new friends and on getting chances, you mingle up. There are a few bloggers who write to impress their girlfriends or make a impression amongst their friends’ circle. There are others who do a more professional job to prove their technical superiority over others at their work-place.

Coming back to latest DBM, some bloggers who quit the group just recently made a re-entry through this blog meet. What could be the reason? I asked and found nothing much other than “meeting friends” (whom they are in touch) as the reason. So is the agenda of meets really this?

A funny thing is the existence of 2 DBM (Delhi Bloggers meet) groups. Why did they never become one? And what were the issues that rose up for registration and most important what about those bloggers’ opinion who joined both the groups? Is there any difference. Infact both groups organize their meets around same dates (one was on Saturday & other on Sunday). Is it also a propaganda for catching attention?Who are the people who actually do the politics? This blog politics is much more visible if you observe it closely. And everyone is free here, with no one to command or rule. Is blogging more about linking each other � “you wrote this & that” and “Now I will see you in the blog battle-field!”There are more and more portals promoting blogs - recently Sunsilk (a shampoo brand) introduced new website, and a News channel came up with Blog feature. Companies from big names like TIS to startups are promoting corporate blogging. And some of them say that they even look for employee�s blogs for a reference-check. So, if HR is paying attention to your personal views and professional choices through your blog, who wouldn�t like to be a famous blogger? Getting fame by blogging about controversial topics or making an issue out of nothing is also not too rare. I read few mails in my blogger group where someone claimed about gaining popularity - by being on news channel as the leader and talking about each & every issues of interest to either self or others.

Diverting a huge amount of traffic could be done either through a good blog post or by picking up a current subject and talking just the opposite of what others are saying (as in the example few days back when some of blogs were banned in India). Bloggers were upset. Some went to IHC, talked about petition and got media coverage. On the other hand, there were a few who supported the decision taken by Indian Govt. on the banning of blogs and got a bit of argument going in their post. After all, there aren’t many who would be supporting the system when it was evident that there were a lot of people opposing a decision by a corrupt system.

And bloggers are earning a lot too - read here for a very good example. And don't forget to check Hugh’s cartoons. Hugh 's cartoon on blog & money.

Lots of bloggers already mentioned about the different ways to attract more traffic, the general etiquette of commenting, and how to write good post etc. Here is something similar about if want to be popular. You might be following few of them already!

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