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My own favorites from Drishtikone since Aug 2005

Over the years, Drishtikone has had many articles. Of the ones that I wrote, I wanted to pick some of my own favorites. Here is the list. India, it’s history and Polity Gujarat, Modi and Riots The work of the various activists has been explored in detail in the

21 Nov 11 2 min read
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Musings of the Restless, Maverick and Quirky bloggers

When you look around the blogosphere, it seems everyone wants to have a distinction, even if it is to be quirky.  In fact quirkiness is supposed to add a “cool-ness” factor.  So, we have all sorts of people now:  Mavericks, Restless, Reluctant, Random, and all types of quirky titles.  Of

08 Mar 11 3 min read
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Eric Schmidt on News and Blogging

Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s made a speech [http://www.niemanlab.org/2010/04/the-future-is-mobile-and-other-thoughts-from-google-ceo-eric-schmidts-speech-at-asne/] two days back  at the American Society of News Editors conference in Washington DC.  He was trying to assuage the fears of the journalists about how Google is disrupting their livelihood. Well, what he said

13 Apr 10 1 min read
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Death of Journalism vs Rise of Blogging

Are we as bloggers guilty of depriving the world from real and factual news reporting and contributing to Death of Journalism as we know it? It is an interesting question. Specially when even the journalists have taken to blogging and to integrating Twitter and Facebook interactions in to regular news

26 Jul 09 4 min read
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Who reads Drishtikone? A look at the readership

I have often wondered who reads Drishtikone most?  Well, I happened to check the demographics out on the Alexa site.  And What do I get?  Something very interesting!  Compared the internet population, the population that accesses Drishtikone is highly represented by the following types: * Women * 45-54 years old * With Graduate

17 May 09 1 min read
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Subscribe to Drishtikone blogs on Amazon's Kindle

Just wanted to let you know that Drishtikone’s blogs are now available for subscription on Amazon’s Kindle.  So, if you have Kindle and would like to read a unique perspective on topics and issues related to India and the rest of South Asia (including Pakistan etc), please do

14 May 09 1 min read
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Please Vote for Drishtikone on Indibloggies

Drishtikone has been nominated for the “Politics and Current Affairs” category on Indibloggies (Search for “Drishtikone” on this page [http://www.indiblogger.in/nominations.php?id=1]).  For all the effort that is put into the blog, if you feel that it does deserve to be voted the best in

07 May 09 1 min read
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Re-designed User Profiles on Drishtikone

I have been eyeing a good way to show the User profiles better on Drishtikone.  And finally I got the answer in Advanced Profile Kit module [http://drupal.org/project/advanced_profile] of Drupal.  It is not easy to install and I have tried it before but it did not

18 Mar 09 1 min read
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The Trouble with Indian Bloggers

I have a big list of RSS feeds on my Google Reader running into well over hundred.  Now, i don’t read all of them, but I do read some regularly.  For some reason, I have very few blogs from Indian bloggers!  And that I thought was surprising given that

28 Feb 09 3 min read
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Drishtikone is now in top league…

Or so I believe! 😉  Well, we got featured on the India page [http://india.alltop.com/] at AllTop.com – a unique kind of an “Online Magazine Rack” where the best content from the web is “handpicked” by the editors on various topics and showcased.   So, for example on the India

19 Feb 09 1 min read
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Interaction and Comments on Drishtikone

Today, I wanted to discuss one thing that has baffled me and some of the readers and I am trying to evaluate what this blog – Drishtikone – really does for the readers.  I (and others) feel that Drishtikone, despite its good quality posts (despite my humility :)) does not get enough comments,

03 Feb 09 1 min read
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Book launch of "Corporate Blogging in India"

I somehow ran into the book launch of the book “Corporate Blogging in India”, where a panel was there with the two authors: Rajeev Karwal and Preeti Chaturvedi.  Also along with them was the now regular face of Sanjeev Bikchandani, the CEO of Naukri.  Also on the panel was the

10 Dec 08 1 min read
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The Breeze IS in Lahore

One day – quite unexpectedly, a refreshing and cool breeze [https://drishtikone.com/?q=blog/memories-lahore-breeze] from the city of cities – Lahore (or so I thought) came our way thousands of miles away from the sub-continent. Through the thick and thin of the sub-continent’s politics, bomb blasts, accusations, rhetoric and

03 Nov 08 1 min read
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Drishtikone stats: July 2008

Want to know the stats of this site? Here is table of stats which shows that no. of visits are now in the range of 30k, the hits are around 350k, and some 10,000 unique visitors visit Drishtikone monthly. Technorati : statistics [http://technorati.com/tag/statistics]

23 Jul 08 1 min read
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How is Drishtikone doing on stats front?

Generally, as I blog, I do not really look for how it is doing from the “commercial” standpoint – as in the hits and unique visitors etc.  Today, I decided to check out my stats using the Awstats functionality in my cpanel.  What I saw is showin below.  The stats don’

14 Jun 08 1 min read
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Memories of the Lahore Breeze

I had written this sometime back when mysite was hacked and offline so I had posted it on desicritics.  I am finally posting it here on drishtikone for the readers. ================= She must have walked on the same streets that were once walked by my father. Maybe the fruits that had

02 Apr 08 2 min read
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My Interview on Pakistani Spectator

Today my interview was published on Pakistani Spectator [http://www.pakspectator.com/interview-with-blogger-desh-d-kapoor/] – a Pakistani blog.  I think it is a great blog to read about things on Pakistan.  Here is an excerpt: > What is your perception about Pakistan and its people? > I think people are always the same but

03 Feb 08 1 min read
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Importance of Drupal – the open source CMS

Ever since I have built Drishtikone as a long term blogging/community platform, for me it was important to have at its base something that was flexible, scalable and powerful.  Drupal is and has been the only one that fit the bill!  Fortunately, there are some who share my enthusiasm

29 Jan 08 1 min read
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25 different styles of blogging..

I think this is a fairly interesting and a VERY insightful deck on the different Styles of blogging and when and how thye can/should be used! source [http://www.slideshare.net/rohitbhargava/the-25-basic-styles-of-blogging-and-when-to-use-each-one/]

17 Jan 08 1 min read
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Changes at Newsvine – a social news networking site

Newsvine [http://www.newsvine.com/] is one of my favorite social news networking sites, where I usually write [http://drishtikone.newsvine.com] as well!  It has changed so much in the last two years.  Yet it is not stopping at growing further on.  It intends to go on with its

21 Dec 07 1 min read
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Changes at Newsvine – a social news networking site

Newsvine [http://www.newsvine.com/] is one of my favorite social news networking sites, where I usually write [http://drishtikone.newsvine.com] as well!  It has changed so much in the last two years.  Yet it is not stopping at growing further on.  It intends to go on with its

21 Dec 07 1 min read
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My story on Wall Street Journal site

I had written an entry on “Benefits of Dividends to Stock Investing” [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=content/benefit-dividends-stock-investing] and somehow – unbeknowst to me – it lands up on Wall Street Journal [http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119664410295611233.html?mod=%28_pageid_%29_leftbox] ‘s web site below an

21 Dec 07 1 min read
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My story on Wall Street Journal site

I had written an entry on “Benefits of Dividends to Stock Investing” [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=content/benefit-dividends-stock-investing] and somehow – unbeknowst to me – it lands up on Wall Street Journal [http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119664410295611233.html?mod=%28_pageid_%29_leftbox] ‘s web site below an

21 Dec 07 1 min read
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Using the new Denver theme for my blog now.

I am now using the Denver theme [http://drupal.org/project/denver].  The issues I had with it earlier was that IE didnt like (that bummer of a browser!!).  I am stupid because I didnt read the instructions on the theme page itself and this was the reason: > You can

12 Dec 07 1 min read
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Using the new Denver theme for my blog now.

I am now using the Denver theme [http://drupal.org/project/denver].  The issues I had with it earlier was that IE didnt like (that bummer of a browser!!).  I am stupid because I didnt read the instructions on the theme page itself and this was the reason: > You can

12 Dec 07 1 min read
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Drishtikone has changed!

Friends, a lot had changed on Drishtikone.com – we have moved to the latest version of Drupal and are adding a lot more functionality to the entire site. You will see those features unveiled slowly and steadily in the near future. If you have any questions or comments, please feel

09 Nov 07 1 min read
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Drishtikone has changed!

Friends, a lot had changed on Drishtikone.com – we have moved to the latest version of Drupal and are adding a lot more functionality to the entire site. You will see those features unveiled slowly and steadily in the near future. If you have any questions or comments, please feel

09 Nov 07 1 min read
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BlogBazaar Sampling # 1

Inspired by Ray Richard’s blog [http://www.untwistedvortex.com/2007/09/17/never-give-up-never-surrender/], I am introducing a new series – BlogBazaar Sampling – where I will bring to the readers some interesting links from my RSS feeds that form my blog bazaar!  Here are some interesting links for today: GigaOm [http:

18 Sep 07 1 min read
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Drive more traffic to your blog

There are many ways to increase traffic to your web site.  But I happened to go  to this new way called – BlogRush.  It is kind of like the Amway of blog links.. but useful!  The way it works is pretty simple: * I link upto it by signing up. * Entries from

18 Sep 07 1 min read
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Becoming a Pro-Blogger while being myself!

I have been blogging for some years now.. I started by doing some blogs on blogger from Google and then moved to MovableType.  After a brief tryst with b2e, I finally settled on Drupal.  There is a lot of talk these days on “pro-bloggers” – people who blog as a living!

28 Aug 07 2 min read
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The Great Class Divide of the Social Networking World

How we approach our sites and where we "reside" says something about us and who we are.  I did not quite realize that the social networking sites would end up revealing our "class" and our background.  But a new study [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6236628.stm]

09 Aug 07 1 min read
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Changing layouts

I have recently been experimenting with my layout – as you would have seen – if you were a regular visitor.  For some reason the font in the body of the content had become really small.. which was not acceptable to me.  So, I changed to the blue-marks theme and then another.

24 Jul 07 1 min read
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Get Paid to Blog

Here is an interesting list [http://www.doshdosh.com/a-definitive-list-of-paid-blogging-websites/] that is doing rounds in the blogosphere.. of the sites which pay bloggers to post.  Payperpost has been ranked as the best… so maybe I should think of testing it out.  Anyways you should check it out at PayperPost [http:

28 Jun 07 1 min read
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Which way should Drishtikone.com go?

Hello reader.. I had started this blog site Drishtikone.com in August of 2005, with the aim of writing my thoughts both for others to read – if they found it useful and interesting – and to chronicle our times for future.  Slowly many people joined into this experiment.  I have made

20 Jun 07 1 min read
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Venezuela IV: Nusrat, Mushy-AQ Khan and my Future

Venezuela Series: Part-I [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=node/956] . Part-II [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=node/957] . Part-III [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=node/959] . Part IV [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=node/960] —————— “Piya .. Piya..” (Piya = Beloved) Nusrat Fateh Ali

31 Jan 06 3 min read
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Venezuela III: Of Beauty and Worldly

Venezuela Series: Part-I [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=node/956] . Part-II [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=node/957] . Part-III [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=node/959] . Part IV [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=node/960] —————— The coming week will be my last

31 Jan 06 2 min read
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Venezuela II: My First week in Venezuela

Venezuela Series: Part-I [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=node/956] . Part-II [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=node/957] . Part-III [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=node/959] . Part IV [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=node/960] —————— This was my first week in Caracas,

31 Jan 06 2 min read
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Venezuela I: First Step in Venezuela

This is a series of three posts that I wrote back to my friends from Venezuela in 2003.  I am sharing these with you now.  Do let me know what you think? Venezuela Series: Part-I [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=node/956] . Part-II [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/

31 Jan 06 2 min read

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