Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Rashmi O Rashmi, Rush-me, Don't crush me

I have found Rashmi Bansal’s blog(on my blogroll-youth curry) one of my favorites as it has been consistently good. Rashmi Bansal’s review on “Rang De Basanti” is as great as the movie itself and seems to be the unanimous favorite; going by some of the posts “Rang De Basanti” also reminds one of the colorful holi scenes of the immortal classic, “Sholay” where actress Hema Malini is very colorful and boisterous as the character Basanti. “Sholay” got the best film in fifty years award from filmfare last year. It was technically and creatively a true classic, almost perfect from very angle. In every field, there are prodigies or “Sholays” like cricketer Sachin Tendulkar who was made to undergo baptism by fire at the age of 16 and is still playing. Following the “catch them young philosophy” , these people have to be spotted and nurtured early. I had the pleasure of watching the rise of a management prodigy who got three double promotions in one year and went on to build a big business in no time because he was spotted and encouraged by the chairman almost as soon as he joined. (“Rush-me”). I heard that a former test vetran was going to the small towns and villages to prevent the Tendulkars and Kapil-Devs from obscurity(Crush-me). After six months of blogging , I am surprised that none of the top bloggers comment on budding bloggers for encouragement. Maybe they simply don’t have the time or blogiquette is different. A pity in our country which boasts of a “Guru-shishya paramapara”. I have seen Rashmi’s comments occasionally but she plays a symbolic role here as this is directed to the top shots:- Poem Begins My dear Rashmi, It seems that with aspiring bloggers, you don’t want to be chummy, Appreciation to a deserving aspirant is as food to an emaciated tummy. A beginner in any field is like a baby, in need of a mummy. There has to be some talent there, everyone cannot be a dummy. You too were a beginner once, today you may be yummy. Natural Talent must be promoted, whether it is in someone else or you and me. Not doing so is tantamount to blasphemy(Sacrilege).Poem Ends Ability has to be supported by visibility and senior bloggers should facilitate the process.


Blogger Manish said...

hmmm.... kya likha hai... yup... there's need for encouragement in every field to excel as it provides the much needed motivation..... cool...

well here's something for u... you have been tagged visit my blog for details...
till then bbye

2/09/2006 12:17:00 AM  
Blogger emotions said...

Hmmm......manish yahan bhi tum first !! second !!
hi Hiren
a good post with some good stuff n some funny stuff n some rhyiming one too...

all d bst !!
keep writing n keep smiling :-)

2/09/2006 02:12:00 AM  
Blogger the wannabe indian punkster said...

Nicely wirtten...its very will see that a lot of the top bloggers will ignore new talent. your post is sooo humorous!
Keep up the humour!

2/10/2006 02:36:00 PM  
Blogger illusion said...

a very cute poem!
and ya, new talent SHUD be appreciated and encouraged! (am a new blogger myself!!)

2/11/2006 06:08:00 AM  
Blogger vRad said...

Good post. Rashmi Bansal's blog is indeed really good. I read it regularly. However, like in the real world, no one really cares about the upstarts and the beginners. Not when everyone is in competition with everyone else. I think it is important that if you write, you write for your own personal pleasure and do not depend on others' encouragements, because those will be few and far in between.

I think you are doing a great job with your blog, and it seems that our interests also match quite a bit, so I do see at least me visiting this space frequently. Although, you probably should not be too harsh on Rashmi, since she is primarily the editor of JAM,and I am sure that takes a lot of her time.

2/12/2006 04:49:00 PM  
Blogger Gangadhar said...

nice post Hiren!!
And it would be great if you update your blog regularly...I like yoiur writing style..

2/13/2006 09:13:00 PM  
Blogger Nav said...

Hi Hiren,

Thanks for your comments on my one of my posts.

You've written lots of interesting stuff to read..I'm gonna add you and visit your blog on daily basis.


2/14/2006 10:47:00 PM  
Blogger Vikram H said...

Very very true buddy...They most often seem to be content with just visting other people's blogs but find it hard to leave a stamp on them!

2/15/2006 03:01:00 AM  
Blogger Freaky Chakra said...

It's a problem that every blogger who starts out faces. But then again... more than popularity contests (u post for me-so i will post for you), I feel if the content of a blog is good... & if the writer is persistent at networking...

It gets noticed. Sooner or later!

2/16/2006 10:43:00 AM  
Blogger Manish said...

hey you have been tagged again... comm'on man... do some fun stuff ;)

2/16/2006 12:05:00 PM  
Blogger Anand K said...

Hey there!
Nice write-up Hiren. I am new to blogging as you know, but I was very surprised (and pleased) to find Greatbong's comment on my blog.... just a few hours after I left a comment on his Valenttin'es Day post. It was only later that a longtime blogger pal of mine told me of blogiquette in mutual commenting etc. I guess some of the top bloggers adhere to it... but I get the impression that some pioneers don't have the time to go beyond these old-boy networks. Nothing malicious IMHO. (Well, how many blogs can one read in a day for that matter.... and there are sooo many good ones!)

Keep Blogging,

PS: I'm a Rashmi fan too.... especially after that IIPM thingie. Man, those guys are getting such a sound thrashing from the Desi blogsphere(Just like Parnab Mukherjee). Those rare times when you feel sympathy towards your routed, wretched enemy..... Remember that scene in Lawrence of Arabia when the British artillery is PLASTERING the Turks at night, literally raining death on them. The Arabs who are sworn enemies of the Ottomans are watching this inhuman destruction dumbstruck. El Kharish (Omar Sherif) goes "Allah help them!" to which Lawrence replied "But they are Turks". Sharif repeats with almost a Shakespearean sigh, "Allah help them!". (Oops, here I go on tangent again!)

2/16/2006 10:33:00 PM  
Blogger nandini said...

Hey, nice commentry- on blogs, bloggers, and another eclectic mix of subjects- hmm... didn't realise it was a matter of blog ettiquette to return comments- did it as a matter of courtesy- come to think of it its the same thing isn't it?

2/20/2006 05:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its very nice to hdar from u.
u hv a great sense of humor...most importantly its very tough to make others laugh in poetry & u hv done this..hats off!!

I also like ur way of changing in gear in finish line...its very rare kinda personality...carry it up, but be prepare bcoz u kinda poeple never get understood by mass poeple.....all the best!!
hope u hear u more..

2/20/2006 08:07:00 PM  
Blogger Kaps said...


Although there is a need for top bloggers to comment in new blogs there are multiple issues involved here -

How does one discover another's blog. A comment or a blogroll is a easy way, but other than this there are very limited ways of discovering other blogs.

Further, time is finite and you can't expect everyone to comment on others blog. However I have seen people (including top bloggers) commenting selectively - especially when they agree / disagree strongly about a particular topic.

2/20/2006 11:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Hiren said...

Thanks Manish,emotions,Megha,Illusion, Gangadhar, Vikram H, Nandini,

@Varun, Kaps- I write for my own personal pleasure only. Maybe the top bloggers do not have the time but one expects them to reciprocate once in a while at least.I know poetry forums where you are not allowed to just submit your poem and leave.

@Nav, thanks but its impossible to make daily posts at this stage. I feel flattered, Nevertheless

@Feaky Chakra- You are bang on target about Networking

@Manish- I am not good at such games. No tags for me, please.

@Roy- I didn't know that wrting humorous poetry was so creditable. Thanks.

@Kaps- I hope a good Indian Blog Directory comes soon.

Thanks for sharing the interesting story, anand K. You seem quite well read.

2/21/2006 05:21:00 AM  
Blogger sebia said...

Well true..tht its against blog manners to not to encourage..others..its just tht smtime ppl r so short of time..thn posting ones own post is like so difficult:(no no..u r much time does it tk..2 does..cuz ppl like me dont comment just fr the heck of it..with typical 4 lines..
thoght provoking post..
oh dear u write s well
thnx alot fr cming 2my blog
sheesh its soo cliche..its like insulting the othere person w.t reading wht he weaved..
(atleast i m in a btter position 2 comment cuz i read :p

2/22/2006 01:23:00 PM  
Blogger Deepti said...

Very nice post!! And quite true.. but then in the world of an acclaimed blogger ...visiting 53 blogs a day would be quite tiresome ?? ;) just a thought!!

2/23/2006 03:57:00 AM  
Blogger LAK said...

Hi Hiren, your writing comes thru as heartfelt. But I don't think one can expect so-called top bloggers to encourage beginners. After all, the word blogosphere itself connotes a round-table kind of idea---no heirarchy. Yes, some bloggers may have been around for much longer than others, and some may have many many visitors, but I don't think that they are obliged to reply to a comment, unless it really stimulates them. The very concept of "you comment on my blog, I'll comment on yours" takes away fom the freedom of blogging.

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