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June 29, 2004

I Don't Want My MTV!

Legendary ad man George Lois, who created the I Want My MTV campaign for the network in 1982, now describes MTV as 'total garbage,' he says in the June 17-24 Time Out New York. 'When I started working for MTV, the VJs would really analyze things, and it was educational. I sometimes joke that I've helped destroy world culture.'

Who pays for the date?

And what does it mean...

June 28, 2004

Something fishy about this mouse

Oh good, it's an optical mouse with a built-in fake fish tank

Promising career for Sammir Dattani

Believe it or not, he is listening to two script narrations a day, says indiainfo.com

June 26, 2004


You can search for local soccer bars where you can enjoy a beer or two while watching a live Euro2004 game. India, unfortunately, has only one bar listed, in Delhi.

June 25, 2004

Moving pictures

Tom Stoddart recently produced a powerful yet disturbing set of images from the famine in southern Sudan. Thanks to Jewella C Miranda for the link.

June 23, 2004

Want to shut down someone's Hotmail account?

Just tell the Hotmail's abuse team the account has been used for spamming!

June 22, 2004

Man has 20-feet long hair

A Vietnamese man who hasn't been to a barber in 31 years is vying to get in the Guinness World Records for having the longest hair.

Smoking wipes 10 years off life

Prithviraj Hegde, Shishir Bhate and Ramananda Sengupta, please note.

June 14, 2004

This room is for me

In fading light, the murmur of a cool stream soothes your jangled nerves. Your back is slowly massaged, stretching muscles exhausted from the long commute home. Before you know it, you're fast asleep.

Lynn Menezes is back

Says the rediff.com/India Abroad Designer: How have you been? Just uploaded some photos of our trip to Himachal, take a look at these 3 places when you have the time.

Dear www.ddinews.com

Will someone tell the guys handling the Doordarshan news site that their sizing of photographs is terribly wrong.

On the road with Audioblogger

Blogger has always been about giving you a voice on the web. However, until now we only meant that figuratively.

June 13, 2004


Have you ever played a videogame... with your mind? Have you ever played a videogame with your mind.

June 09, 2004

Google's take on Venus

One of the things I like best about Google is that we're the kind of company that, when a user writes in to suggest that we honor the once-every-122-years Transit of Venus on our home page, we actually do it!
-- Dennis Hwang

June 08, 2004

Uff Kya Jadoo Mohabbat Hai

I hope Sammir Dattani makes it big with this film at least. Have known this brat since nearly eight years and he does not seem to have grown one bit older. Incidentally, when I knew the kid (he was in school then, with my wife Belasia as his tuition teacher) he was Sameer.
PS: When I wrote about him many years back, the editor said it was a 'plug' and rejected the article.

There's something about Harry

Everybody's talking about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Some were disappointed: it's too long (like Part II); they did not show the prison; the film did not follow the book!
While others were excited: Oh, what lovely special effects; It is a story for kids which adults too can enjoy!
My kids Annabelle and Craig are also very excited about wanting to see the movie. I will have to take them for it. Sssssssoooooonnnnnnnn!

Congrats Aziz, Arthur, Paresh!

Three India Abroad/rediff.com staffers have won SAJA awards 2004:

Outstanding editorial/commentary/essay/op-ed on South Asia or South
Asians in North America
All media
1. Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek, for The Arrogant Empire: Why America Scares the World and What to do About it. A cover story that explained the world attitude to the US on the eve of the invasion of Iraq. This is Zakaria's third SAJA Award.
2. Anindya Mukherjee, Bloomberg News, for series of commentaries on the economy and finance of India and Pakistan.
3. Aziz Haniffa, India Abroad, for True Labor of Love. A column that highlighted the need for enlightened philanthropy in the Indian-America community.

Outstanding coverage of South Asians in the United States or Canada by
an individual journalist, 1994-2003
1. Viji Sundaram (India West) for her outstanding reportage on a variety of major issues affecting South Asians in the US, including a scandal involving a Berkeley landlord; how senior citizens are treated; and a national exclusive about McDonald's use of beef extract in its french fries. This is Sundaram's fourth SAJA Award.
2. Arthur Pais (India Abroad, India Today and elsewhere) for profiles of celebrities and non-celebrities; and for stories about South Asians in various walks of life.
3. (tie) Ashfaque Swapan (India West) for stories about topics such as politics and the backlash against South Asians after the 9/11 attacks and his annual roundups for the year's events from an Indian American perspective. This is Swapan's second SAJA Award.
(tie) Gaiutra Bahadur (The Philadelphia Inquirer, Austin American-Statesman, Newsday) for stories about topics such as hate crimes, immigrant workers, chutney-soca music and more. This is Bahadur's third SAJA Award.

Outstanding story on any subject
New Media
1. Anita Wadhwani, The Tennessean, for Sacred Strands. A four-part special report about how hair donated at temples in India makes the journey to Nashville for a variety of uses.

2. Leela Jacinto, ABCNews.com, for Acid Test. A report on how Bangladeshi victims of acid attacks struggle for justice. This is Jacinto's fourth SAJA Award.

3. Paresh Gandhi, rediff.com, for Jindal's Final Push. A photographer's chronicle of the final 40 hours of Bobby Jindal's candidacy for governor of Louisiana.

rediff.com/India Abroad also won a joint special recognition award for 'outstanding coverage of the death of Kalpana Chawla on the space shuttle Columbia.'

June 07, 2004

Your passport details on the Net!

This incredible link is from colleague Coomi Selod.

For Anita Bora

Cats... big and small, for download.

Shiv Sena tilts at windmills

Protesters in Maharashtra's Satara district are threatening to destroy over 1,700 windmills in the region, which tap wind energy for the power-strapped State. They believe the giant blades slash through clouds and fragment them, affecting rainfall. If that is not bizarre enough, the State Government has added more dust to the gathering storm by appointing an expert panel to sort out the issue.

June 06, 2004

One helluva President

This time, I suppose, the bromide would not have turned yellow.
Earlier post: Poor Mr Reagan

June 05, 2004

Poor Mr Reagan

Journalists are busy preparing obits and profiles on former United States president Ronald Reagan. How sick you may think. Reminds me of the time when I was at The Indian Post and Pathan political leader Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan was serious for many months. We prepared his obit and kept it ready on a bromide, ready to paste, not to delay the edition.
But when he finally died, the bromide had turned yellow. We had to take out a fresh bromide and the edition went to bed at the same time.

Which came first?

Chris Pirillo has this flash image of himself transforming from real-life to cartoon. Uttam Ghosh and/or Sanjay Sawant had threatened to do an illustration/s of me many months back. I am still waiting for it/them. It/they need not be as flashy as Mr Pirillo's.

June 04, 2004

Why this blog

I am back with me, myself and my ego, after my danto.rediffblogs.com got deleted.
Hope you all enjoy it.
As all my posts on the Danto The Dumbo blog are no more, there may be some thoughts which will be back again. With more spunk, I hope.
Who am I? I am a deputy managing editor at India Abroad, a news weekly for Indian Americans. India Abroad is a rediff.com publication.
Previous jobs include:
Free Press Journal
The Daily
The Indian Post
The Daily (again)
Mid-Day (Mumbai)
Mid-Day (Pune)

Without doubt, the best time of my life and career was at The Indian Post.
My wife's Belasia, my daughter Annabelle and son Craig.
Food I love? Fish curry and rice.
My poison: rum.