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.

Heavy Metal Blogger Meet in Bangalore

As some of you many know, all of us in the IndiBlogger team have known each other for many, many years now and one of the things that  bind us all together is our love for rock and heavy metal. Iron Maiden has always been one of our favourite bands,  so how else could we honour them?!

IndiBlogger.in invites all you music lover bloggers to the Heavy Metal Blogger Meet a day before Maiden performs their famed “Somewhere in Time” tour.

Sponsored by Kingfisher Premium, the King of Good Times!

Up the irons!

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Ranking of blogs on IndiBlogger

BinaryDay, one of the most active bloggers on the IndiBlogger Forum, has compiled some interesting stats using the blogs from IndiBlogger.in.

Here are the rankings based on Google PageRank:

Total Blogs studied : 6020
Maximum Pagerank : 6
Minimum Pagerank : 0

Pagerank # of blogs % of total blogs
PR 0 2749 46%
PR 1 731 12%
PR 2 1069 18%
PR 3 941 16%
PR 4 428 7%
PR 5 94 2%
PR 6 8 0%

428 blogs with PR4 – now that’s a pleasant surprise! Although blogger still seems to be the preferred choice over wordpress, with 3976 on blogger and only 741 on wordpress.

Read the complete report here, where you can see the list of PR 8 blogs and other interesting information.

Binardyday has compiled rankings based on Alexa here. Frankly, I’m not a big fan of either PR or Alexa, so I can’t wait for him to complete his analysis which is going to include backlinks, technorati rank, number of social bookmarks and feedburner subscribers. Post a comment on his blog and show your support for all the hard work he’s putting in!

Reviews for blogger meets

We’ve added a section on the blogger meet pages to display links to reviews, pictures, press coverage and videos of the IndiBlogger meets. Check it out on the recently concluded Pune and Mumbai meeting pages.

Hyderabad Blogger Meet – a review

After a successful IndiBlogger meet in Bangalore, the IndiBlogger team headed off to Hyderabad and started off with the second leg of the blogger meets. We didn’t know what to expect in Hyderabad except that we were going to be ordering a few more pizzas than we did in Bangalore. We were not disappointed! In came a crowd of about 70 odd strong, extremely verbose and quite young. The difference between the Bangalore meet and Hyderabad was the fact that the bloggers here came in communities. This was quite an exciting development for us, as we now understood that blogging communities like the IIIT blogroll team were quite interested in this association. They felt that they needed to reach out to more people and Indiblogger.in could help them gain the necessary exposure.

We made a few changes to the agenda this time around. We worked on some of the feedback that we got in Bangalore and decided to set a time limit for the blog introduction. We also looked at giving the bloggers more time to socialize. As the evening wore on it was quite evident that everyone was having a good time. Some experienced bloggers however seemed weary of the fact that this could be a one-off meeting like some other local meets before this. Before IndiBlogger there was really no one who had this level of focus and maturity in dealing with blogger meets. All the more reason for the IndiBlogger team to return quickly to Hyderabad for another smashing meet!

It’s off to Pune now for the IndiBlogger team. We hope to spread the word and ensure that aspiring bloggers like Balaji (who organized the Hyderabad meet) have something concrete to work with in-terms of building the blogger community, educating them and finally the ulterior motive – making the difference! As for the IndiBlogger team, with 120+ bloggers from two cities alone and a flurry of new registrations, we have contributed to encouraging new bloggers, giving purpose and a road map to the more mature ones and finally giving everyone an identity and a place where they and their ideas will always be welcome! Now that’s IndiBlogger.in!

– Anoop Johnson, the IndiBlogger team

We’ve been reviewed

IndiBlogger has received 2 great reviews this week, from eIndiaReviews and Webyantra – our thanks to them for taking the time. Both these sites are great resources to find cool Indian startups, so make sure you check them out.

Onto the reviews:

Review by eIndia

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