Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain

When we walked into the screening hall for the movie Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain; there was a hint of restlessness in the air. After all this was a movie about one of the largest manmade disasters in the world. Till date, Union Carbide has not tendered an apology neither have the successive governments tried to make things right.

Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain

Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain

 

It was akin to walking back in time, as the movie started. Rajpal Yadav essays the role of a laborer struggling to make ends meet. His on-screen spouse, Tannishtha Chatterjee, plays the role of a loving and understanding wife very well. It was very disorienting when I met her in person and her Oxford English threw me off balance!

The movie aptly portrays life in a small town called Bhopal. There is no masala, there are no songs. The movie is dark, it’s true and the director has left no stone unturned to make the viewer cringe at every scene.

The film is a ticking time bomb from the word ‘go’; and it’s nothing less than a thriller. The outcome of the movie is something that has been documented enough and sure as hell; the tragedy did happen. You will cringe at the sights and sounds; how the entire state machinery washed its hands off something as monumental as this.

Kal Penn plays his part of a journalist with ease and adds some comic relief; which is surreal at best because there is a bigger game in motion already.

Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain

Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain

 

One thing about the movie which was in stark contrast to public perception is the portrayal of Andersson played by Martin Sheen. He’s shown as a wily businessman who goofed up big time. But the callousness is evident, when, even after all the deaths; all he was really concerned was protecting his public image; the mark of an unethical businessman.

When asked about the reaction in the US about the movie, the director exclaimed: “Anger!”. It’s bound to happen when people worldwide realize the tremendous cover up involved at multiple levels on the part of Union Carbide. If this had happened in Virginia as had been planned at the time the disaster happened, you could’ve imagined the legal implications as well.

So how much did Union Carbide finally pay in settlement? $470 million dollars and $2000 per corpse.

IndiBlogger had partnered with Bhopal: A Prayer For The Rain for a private screening of the film for bloggers in Mumbai.

Make Blog Not War – A Freedom of Expression Training for Bloggers

It’s not easy for bloggers to get credible information about their online rights when it comes to freedom of speech and internet censorship. If you would like to have a better understanding of the situation in India as it stands now, and how it affects everyone of us directly, then head over to the Internet Democracy Project. They’re organizing a day-long training session on freedom of expression and censorship for bloggers on the 25th of February 2012 at New Delhi.

In the course of this day-long program, a mix of short lectures and more interactive sessions will take you through:
–       the history of censorship in India and its current status;
–       the legal framework regarding online censorship and the ways in which it may affect you;
–       debates on difficult questions such as where and how to draw the line where hate speech is concerned;
–       what to do if you are served a legal notice;
–       alternatives to censorship to fight problematic content;
and much more. Throughout the training, we will of course be paying particular attention to how all of this may affect your blog and yourself.

Read more about the project, and people behind it, and how you can support it here.

The IndiBlogger forum has a discussion amongst bloggers about internet censorship here.

Make Blog Not War – A Freedom of Expression Training for Bloggers Feb22

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Announcing the Samsung Mobiler Campaign

Come the 10th of August, Samsung officially launches the Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 in India – and IndiBloggers everywhere are invited to participate!

Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 Launch

So aside from the Samsung Galaxy Tab Blogger meet at Bangalore on the 20th of August which promises to be loads of fun, Samsung is also giving away spanking-new Galaxy Tab 750s to twenty bloggers deserving enough to become a “Samsung Mobiler”!

Samsung Galaxy Tab 750s

Learn more about the campaign here, and stay tuned for the IndiVine contest and the live webcast on the 10th of August.

It’s time to tab, and keep blogging!

Last chance to catch “Yours Digitally, Madras”!

***”As for the acting and script, the audience’s rollicking laughter was the verdict.”***
– The Hindu Metro Plus

If you didn’t catch the first show of “Yours Digitally, Madras”, you can watch the final performance today at 7:15 PM. The show has received great reviews and tickets are going fast!

‘Yours Digitally Madras’ - The Largest Theatrical Collaboration to showcase original plays about Madras.

Short plays about Matrimonials, Police Mamas, God Men, Traffic Jams and everything that makes us Love and Hate this city.

The Reviews

When?
7:15 PM, 13th November (Saturday)

Where?
Sivagami Petachi Auditorium, Alwarpet

Check out the official website at http://www.blogologues.in/

Tickets
Buy the tickets online at http://indianstage.in/EventDetails.do?eventId=1171 or call 9790911711.

The Hindu: Where Blogs Come Alive

Great Indian Blogologues - Yours Digitally, Madras
More info here.

Can IndiBloggers make the Difference?

Can IndiBloggers make the Difference? – 40,000 kids depend on you or is it just about that?

At IndiBlogger we believe in a code and the code is simple as it’s from the movie Troy; :-) Honour the god(s), love your woman/man and defend your country!

Those days of chivalry are still at hand. We might not fight with sticks and stones any more but we can do so with the power of the collective words towards social causes. Soldiers fighting a war was a social cause and nothing more. India has a huge online community and the huge network of bloggers in the IndiBlogger database is a testament to that fact.

So what are we fighting for? Well its not only the 40,000 kids that GiveIndia promises to educate. It’s the very core of our blogging existence. To understand this, we have to wonder why we started blogging. Was it for the fame or the money or the hits on our homepage or the recognition? We believe it was to make a difference. This is the time for all of us to unite under one banner. We might be from different parts of India, speaking different languages, writing about different things, none of this matters if we can’t help the community.

Over the past two days we have received many blog posts on GiveIndia’s campaign to help win one million dollars that will go a long way to educate 40,000 kids in India. The truth of the matter is that it’s not even close to its full potential. In effect it means that Hector called his troops into battle and 90% of them did not show up. Well, try defending Troy with that. :-)

Imagine the power if we all blogged about this. Words will not be able to describe the outcome of such an event

So here’s what we have to do before the 22nd of January,

Vote here : http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/338730

Do what you do best! Blog about it!

Do you need more information?: Visit the GiveIndia blog.

Do you want to be sure: Send an email, giveindiachase@gmail.com

Do you want to talk about this with other bloggers? Log on to the forum.

In the words of Achilles (Troy again) “Do you know what’s there, waiting, beyond that beach? Immortality! Take it! It’s yours!”

Well that’s what is at stake and here are some of our heroes contributing to the battle; Please do add your blog posts in the comments so we can update the list accordingly!

– Anoop Johnson

  1. http://totalgadha.com/
  2. http://craftisland.blogspot.com/
  3. http://blogeera.blogspot.com/
  4. http://vibgyorhopes.blogspot.com/
  5. http://www.dostanamehfil.com/
  6. http://thoughtfulrandomness.wordpress.com/
  7. http://zombieanoop.wordpress.com/
  8. http://tulsidas.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/giveindia/
  9. http://vinni.co.in
  10. http://www.renieravin.com/
  11. http://www.webtrafficroi.com/facebook-giveindia/
  12. http://planetphoenix.com/2010/01/18/vote-for-give-india/
  13. http://aseems-infinity.blogspot.com/2010/01/one-for-cause.html
  14. http://zillion2ndinnings.blogspot.com/2010/01/support-child-welfare-project-on.html
  15. http://karansguesthouse.wordpress.com/2010/01/19/an-appeal/
  16. http://gopalramanan.blogspot.com/2010/01/help-for-cause-please-vote.html
  17. http://geekydood.wordpress.com/
  18. http://myamusingmind.wordpress.com/
  19. http://rfazli.blogspot.com/2010/01/help-children-of-india.html
  20. http://vu-point.blogspot.com
  21. http://slishacrazy.blogspot.com/2010/01/give-india-vote.html
  22. http://monikamanchanda.wordpress.com/
  23. http://paanchwakhamba.blogspot.com/

IndiBlogger.in – Official blogging partner of Vodafone MTV Splitsvilla 3

Our last announcement of 2009 is an exciting one for all of us in the IndiBlogger team.  We have been named the official blogging partner of the third season of Vodafone MTV Splitsvilla, and we have just launched their official blog. This is our first association with a Television series and it’s great to be working with a brand like MTV!

Check out the official blog here.

We have another announcement to make – however we’ll save it for 2010. :-)

Here’s wishing all bloggers out there a Happy New Year – may your blogs be flooded with traffic like you’ve never seen before!

Blogger contest – The most masaaledaar incident of your life!

Is there a comical genius lurking inside you? Um..No…? Ok then, just a comic? Either way, here’s a wacky contest for bloggers from the guys at TempoStand.com:

Tadka Maar Ke offers you a chance to be a part of the spiciest movement in Indie music in India and grab a few prizes while you are at it. We hereby declare the bloggers competition for Tadka open.

Share with us ‘the most masaaledaar incident of your life‘ and the top five most entertaining posts, as decided by our judge, Sidin (whatay.com), will get a 500 Rupee gift coupon courtesy Flipkart. Don’t worry if the incident you are going to write about happened with a friend (who may or may not be imaginary). Yes, you can submit more than one entry but you can win only one prize so submit your best ones.

..did we hear you asking ze word limit? ney! this is not for any newspaper, just let your thoughts flow (but dont send a manuscript)

Timelines
Are pretty simple. Final date of receiving url’s to your blog posts is 25th Nov.
Results will be declared on Nov 30th.

How to Submit

  1. Submit your post to the humour category on IndiVine.
  2. Send an email to tadka@tempostand.com with the url of your entry on IndiVine (or) tweet the url with the hashtag #tadka.

Prizes
There are not one or two or three or four but five!
Five gift coupons, each worth INR 500, courtesy Flipkart.

Don’t forget to visit http://tadka.tempostand.com/ for more updates. Good luck, and keep blogging!

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NASSCOM Product Conclave – a report

The NASSCOM conclave this year ended last week at Bangalore, and IndiBlogger was one of their blogging partners. The crowd this year at the conference was much higher than usual, with more than a 1000 people participating in the event. The NASSCOM organizers did a great job this year of connecting with the community via social media and generating a lot of buzz online. We also feel that the past recession (yes… its gone now) brought in more entrepreneurs!

Either way, the conference was a big hit. There were a lot of companies showcasing their products and services. We’ll soon be writing about a few here. Day 1 started with Mr. Guy Kawasaki’s key note on “Art of the Start” where he spoke about how to run a start up company and why not to go to a VC right at the beginning. It was an interesting key note which was credited as “a scitilating performance…” by the presenter! (We briefly wondered if Guy had started with a Bollywood style dance!)

This speech was then followed by various other unsessions and workshops. After a couple of sessions like Saas, Marketing and branding strategies was lunch. The food at the Lalit Ashok Hotel was great throughout the event!

Post lunch, we attended a workshop on “The art of writing a business plan” by Mr. Naeem Zafar. It was an extraordinary discussion and there was a lot to learn and look back at your work form this session. Mr Naeem, who is also a faculty at Haas Business School at University of California Berkeley, spoke about how to create a business plan and running a startup successfully.

The evening continued with a cocktail networking session where the IndiBlogger team relaxed a while and spoke to various bloggers and other start up chiefs.

On Day 2 we attended Guy’s twitter session for a while and visited the expos. There were lots of products being displayed. We will provide you with a write up on a few interesting ones soon. Some of the interesting products that we came across were, Vizual – HR management solution, Fusion charts, Yopedia etc.

The IndiBlogger team also met with several startups, and we met Nirav and Harish from Blogadda. We were also live tweeting the event, for which pictures are available here.

Overall, the NASSCOM conference was organized very well and our congratulations to the NASSCOM team. Thanks for inviting us, and it was an honour to be your blogging partner!

NASSCOM Product Conclave 2009 and a contest

UpdateHere’s a cool contest for all bloggers and tweeters who are in or around Bangalore. NASSCOM counts down to Product Conclave and Expo 2009 with a special contest through IndiBlogger.in where one can win NASSCOM Product Conclave T-Shirts, and free passes to the event itself!

The event is to be held on October 27th – 28th at Hotel Lalit Ashok, Bangalore.

So what’s the deal? All you have to do is write or say something about the following topics on your blog, on twitter or on NASSCOM’s facebook page. Be as imaginative and wild as you want! Just remember to add the tags #indiblogger and #nasscompc. A lucky winner with the best ideas, whacky comebacks or thought provoking one-liners will be chosen every day.

The topics?

  1. Do you think Entrepreneurship can be taught, learned or is it an instinct?
  2. Do you feel Indian Education system needs to focus more on Entrepreneurship?
  3. What is your favorite product startup from India and Why?

So go on, tweet about the topics, blog, comment on this post or post your thoughts on NASSCOM’s facebook page.

UPDATE: 2 passes have been given out already to @sangfroid and @santoshp via twitter. Congratulations! 3 more passes to go!

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