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when i add this email id,i get the message no such user exists in wordpress.do you use another e-mail id for wordpress?
AMIT!! I read a few of your posts and boy are you interesting! Addding you to my blogroll. hope to see the same action from your side.
And oh… hi. I am Hasit. The new author at YU.
@Hasit : Thanks a lot Hasit. π Welcome to my blog. Keep visiting. π I’ll surely add you to my blogroll.
u havn’t yet. me waiting…
Hey Great Review of Wednesday Movie.
Can I use your review at http://www.indiabolbol.com
I would credit your site for the review.
I think movies like this needs more exposure.
Please let me know.
I would have reviewed it but I have not seen it yet. Hopefully today, I may see it if I can convince my kids to see it.
@Ash : Thanks and Welcome! π
Yes, you can go ahead and use it and do see the movie too. π
Thanks Amit, posted at
Just check if its ok. I have given credit to you and your site.
Nice blog. Being a new bee in blogging, (among the lunatic people who blog :P), was searching some good blogs to add in my blog roll and yours is seeming worthy π
@Rajni : Thanks a lot. π Will visit your blog soon. π
I have tagged you.
@Trailblazer : Where? I am sorry but I don’t even have a pingback. π¦
I brother, I’m really jealous to see your large audience. Will you let me know the secret how can I get this much readers in my blog, too? I’m sixteen and English is not my primary language, possibly that’s why my English is weak and readers don’t stick to my blog and don’t return. Will you teach me writing better English at no cost? π
haha! Well, its not a very large audience. π Thanks! π
I guess, its something you can very well learn by reading books and watching movies. Read English newspapers regularly. π
Also, blogging is not a one man journey. You have to read blogs of other people and let them know about your views. Its more of an interactive platform. π
Hope that helps.
I read a few posts in your blog site. You seem to be interesing. I welcome you to my blog and leave your valuable comments and i like to add your link in my blog.You link back is most welcomed.
Thanks Anand. Welcome to my blog. I’ll definitely read your blog. Give me some time. π
Hope you are doing well! This is Anamika Tiwari Chief Editor at Webneetech.com. At present we are interviewing entrepreneurs and now we are starting another section to feature (interview) bloggers and their blog on webneetech.com
Would like to feature your interview on our website.
I was not able to find any contact details of yours so using this comment box. Please let me know your email id or else contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can send you the questionnaire and feature you on webneetech.com Please visit http://www.webneetech.com to know more about us.
Invited you to my Gtalk. Please don’t reject. π
We have a story writing contest and would love to see you participate. Below are the details :
INDImagβs Katha Sagar Contest. USD $150/- in Prizes
Stories have a way of connecting people and touching their hearts. Like a good cup of coffee, a thriller can stimulates oneβs senses and linger on far after enjoying it, while at the diametric opposite end of the spectrum, a story that your grandmother narrated to you as a kid, soothed you to sleep and filled you with sweet dreams.
Stories, like clay, provide an endless medium of possibilities limited only by the authorβs imagination. We want to unleash a sea of these stories. Hence Katha Sagar..
Hi, i have seen the pictures of the Lake District, and i am currently doing a project in school, and Edexcel AiDA Course, and i am doing a trip based Project, where we have to make digital posters for people coming from another country to our local area, Your pictures are really nice and would like to use them in my school project, but obviously not without your permission.
Would this be okay?
Please go ahead and use the pictures. π
Correction with my email sorry, π
This is the right one.
Hi im working on my ICT course work for GCSE’s, i was wondering if i was able to use your photos in my coursework. If you want you can have a look at the final piece.
Great info and right to the point. I don’t know if this is truly the best place to ask but do you guys have any thoughts on where to employ some professional writers? Thank you π
Well, that is certainly decent, however think about the other choices we’ve got here? Do you mind writing a further article regarding them too? Thanks!
Hi! I liked your blog π
Thanks Palak. π
To all those who wear Atheism on their sleeves (sorry bro, not sure if this applies to you, didn’t read your blog yet):
Please try a post based purely on your beliefs and we shall judge how rational those arguments are. Mocking the believers doesn’t make you rational. It cannot form the basis for any belief system. Admitting that one does not know the whole truth, that one cannot see from others’ point of view, that one is clouded by one’s own mind and its limitations — this is rationality.
I am not sure about the relevance or your comment here especially when (according to you) you haven’t read my blog. If you have anything to say specific to a post, please leave a comment in that post.
We loved your blog and your style of writing. Would you be interested in guest-blogging for us? Here’s a quick introduction : Everyprice.in is India’s largest price comparison website, and we offer the best deals on your favourite books. Do drop in a mail at email@example.com. We can’t wait to hear from you!
I would be honoured if you can be a guest writer on my blogsite , Any topic is ok , I love the way you write …
Thank you very much for this offer but I am in a bit of a mess right now and am sorting a few things in my hectic life. π¦
So, I am not taking up any guest posts. I hope you will understand.
Thank you very much for all the praise. I am honored.
We’re interested in advertising on your blog / website. Let me know if you’re interested in discussing further about it.
Hi Amandeep. Can you let me know what your company deals with and what exactly are you looking for?
Also, since my blog is on WordPress, I will not be able to put adverts here.
You can mail me if you do not wish to discuss it here.
The only question will be whether you want to keep another title for the post.
I think this one is fine. It fits with the end.
But did you like it? Was it ok?
hi amit, just read your guest-post at khoty mathur’s nevermindyaar.blogspot.com on the zoo of democracy. very thought-provoking read. We imprison people we perceive as dangerous to our living out our lives with equanimity. In our ignorance we destroy ideas that will help us progress to a more enlightened being. And we crush individuals whose ideas make us question our self-image. in a few years’ time the LitFests in this country will end up as a travesty. loved your posts about arnab and indian idle too!
Thanks MS. I think we as a nation should be ashamed of the fact that we do not understand art and banish artists that do not appease all the religions. Art has nothing to do with religions and national ideologies and we must respect that. Instead, we rape it with politics.
Thank you for liking my posts. It feels great. π
How to go about creating a blog of my own
Err…If you go to the first page of WordPress, they will walk you through.
we are doing a blogger outreach for a client of mine ( movies/ celebrities etc ) .
Would request you to share your details with me so that i can get in touch with you and discuss the same
We are looking to empanel your blog to contribute content for a Travel Network.
Let me know if youβre interested in discussing further about it.
Kindly check you email.
How are you? Since this is one of the legitimate ways of getting across to you as mentioned on your blog and it does ensure faster and better results, I chose this one over the other.
I would apologize for any inconvenience caused, if you consider it is as inappropriate. You can ignore it.
However, please do spare a few moments to read it.
This is with reference to the post that you commented on at celestial rays about trolling in general and female sexuality. I am the guy who made asked the question about one of the remarks at IHM’s blog and later posted at celestial rays.
You may also consider me a troll, I am fine with the label but please do read it before you arrive at a final conclusion.
A little history might be necessary.
The remark was made by one of the guest female bloggers in response to a letter-writer (male) at IHM’s blog, a few months back. Please note an entire post had been created out of the letter/email written by that guy.
Many people commented in response to it and one of the remarks made by a guest female blogger and a feminist read as:
I am so sorry to trouble you with all the details, because this may seem confusing trying to decipher who’s who.
An excerpt from a conversation/comments in response to the male letter writer’s/OP’s email at IHM’s blog.
Guest 1: I wonder what the letter writer thinks *he* brings to the table in his marriage/ future, hypothetical marriage.
Guest 2: (in reply to Guest 1’s question): He brings his External Plumbing and Mommy.
Guest 1: That outdoor plumbing line is hilarious!
Guest 3: Thanks for the chuckle, Guest 2.
Guest 4: ………… and mommy” LOL!
All the guest are feminists and all of these comments were greatly liked at the blog and got several thumbs up.
Now, I didn’t like this comment, found it highly distasteful and also a personal attack on the letter-writer. I demanded a reply from IHM and sought her opinion on the topic. However, when I didn’t get any, I asked the same from celestial rays.
Now, comes the explanation.
I inserted the words (dick/cock/penis) besides External plumbing when I posed the Q at celestial-ray’s blog. The purpose behind using those words was to ‘jolt’ people out of their senses (I hope this expression doesn’t lend itself to mockery or scorn) and make them realize how distasteful and demeaning the remark is to the guy, his mother and women in general and how it can never pass-off as a facetious remark. This kind of humour is totally inappropriate.
I used the words like dick and cock on purpose, out of disgust, since most people and I normally wouldn’t use it as a part of their polite conversations because it is believed to be of vulgar usage. It was done with the intent of highlighting how distasteful the sentence seemed to be and it is unfair to the guy who emailed IHM with a question and it also demeans women by dragging his mother into it when she is no where in the picture (she didn’t figure in the email of the original letter-writer).
Since I used those words for external plumbing in shock and out of my ire (& I wouldn’t have ever used those words in my conversation) and also to explain what external plumbing denoted, I felt the need to formulate a question with ‘p****’ with asterisks & not spell the same because the readers would take clue and understand.
I treat those words of male genital organ (apart from penis) with same shame & disgust as vulgar words for female genitalia.
Had it been a euphemism used for female genitalia used in a depraved manner, I would have highlighted it & attacked the comment in the same way by using its vulgar equivalents instead.
And, that’s why I also asked those very people (claiming to be ‘feminists’) who chuckled with amusement at the remark – how would they feel had it been ‘a girl bringing her p**** and father to the table in marriage (coding it to use it as euphemism in to bring it the same, intended league of humour as earlier)?
Obviously, quite obscene and derogatory and it would have reeked of misogyny.
Then why did these people fail to apply the same standard to the remark involving a guy and his mother.
Moreover, my question was generic for I said ‘a girl………’ in strong contrast to the remark made which was outright personal (directed straight at the male letter-writer)
It must also be noted that the person (guest 2, a feminist) who made this remark at IHM’s was the one who was also using the euphemism (external plumbing) here while referring to the male genital organ.
The coding had nothing to do with how I perceive the the male sexuality should be – bare, out in the open while female sexuality is mystical and should be/remain shrouded in secrecy.
I also wanted to know that people who claimed to be feminists at that blog could create and feed that remark that actually disrespects woman by dragging the mother into the mire (that’s what it certainly seemed to be by bringing her in the same line and using her as item akin to genital organ to be brought by a guy in marriage) to be used in the such derogatory sense.
I completely understand that no one is pointing at any possibility of incest in the remark. But that in no way justify’s the comment and the digs being made at the expense of a son and innocent mother..
Does being a mother to a son (an adult son) render itself to ridicule?
Can a son’s mother now be made a butt of jokes, a filler and taken for a ride to advance feminist arguments when one falls short of logic?
Don’t such remarks uncover greater prejudices that are being masked by some in the name of ‘feminism’?
How can ‘feminism’ ever have space for any such remark unless it considers that the mother ( a guy’s mother) isn’t a woman? I know that it doesn’t, then how can it be misused?
The LW’s mother didn’t even figure anywhere in his email (that was turned into a post) to IHM but still she was dragged into all of this. Even if his mother did figure in the mail and she would have done something that wasn’t deemed acceptable in the eyes of the visitors at her blog (which again could be subject of debate now given the biased attitude), could she still be subjected to such ridicule for suggestions could have been offered differently?
Would it be civil?
Don’t people claiming to be feminists bear an added responsibility of upholding the dignity of women but instead it is snatched away just because that woman’s a mother to a son?
The guest 3 who thanked for the chuckle at IHM’s blog when contacted by me seeking his opinion on the subject offered very shocking answers as mentioned below in brief:
* who doesn’t like MIL jokes, we all do
* the troubles that personally IHM have been through and how that bitterness spills out in form of such comments at her blog
(I understand that and I empathize with her but that doesn’t give anyone a right to be insensitive , anyway I can still give this one a go because this is guest 3’s perception of IHM)
The blogs are meant to be democratic spaces and disagreement also has it’s relevance. This something that you certainly know better as a blogger. (I hope I haven’t said anything to offend you, please don’t misunderstand me)
The guy who mailed IHM expressing his anguish and disagreement shouldn’t have been personally attacked.
‘Please attack the comment and not the person who makes it.’ – isn’t that a golden rule.
Though he might have known, he was foraying into a difficult territory as he chose to voice an opinion different from the general consensus at that blog, he didn’t do anything to warrant such vicious personal attacks.
I strongly feel that his family should have been left out of it and intimidating any guest at a blog by resorting to such attacks of personal nature goes against the general rules of civility.
I am not related to that LW nor I am acquainted with him in anyway, but I do feel for him strongly for he was subjected to a treatment that he didn’t deserve at a public forum.
People might consider me to be a troll but they should remember only when one’s disagreement is silenced and then, the opportunity to offer clarification is also snatched away (by deleting his comments) at a blog, it is only then he is forced to move to the blogs of other visitors to make his voice heard.
Thanks, I don’t know if I will take up this issue with IHM again at this point of time. This was meant to be a personal letter .
All the facts are there in front of you now.
I don’t blame you. π
See you are hurt by all that is not related to you .Similarly women get hurt who have no fault of theirs and still taunted opressed made the butt of jokes etc…probably same happened to you….Like rapes or sexual assauly unecessarily unknown for no reason any women or even a baby is picked up for that crime and whole female class is scared and controlled may be may be
…contd this same stuff rebounces….equal and opposite reaction…law of physics…i dont support but it happens…
Humiliating and unleashing a terror campaign against mothers (females) of random guys in public by none other than people who claim to feminists doesn’t serve as an antidote for oppression by way of heinous crimes like sexual assaults against women.
Doesn’t a ‘mother’ being robed of her dignity at a public blog ( a feminist blog, actually) belong to that entire female class?
I know that it **** does , then how can it be misused?
oops, left out the remark though it has been repeated in the my original comment as a part of the conversation:
Many people commented in response to it and one of the remarks made by a guest female blogger and a feminist read as: ‘He brings external plumbing and mommy.’
Nice blog Amit ! Good work π
My hubby has the same name .
Thank you Sweta. π
Came across your blog today….
I can’t state in words how much I adore your perspective…
Thank you Swati. π
Loved your Sita-Drau convo. Can you do the one on Ram and Krishna since Sita did say they were seen talking
Why Carry a Gun?
My old Grandpa said to me, ‘Son, there comes a time in every man’s life when he stops bustin’ knuckles and starts bustin’ caps and usually it’s when he becomes too old to take a whoopin’.
I don’t carry a gun to kill people; I carry a gun to keep from being killed.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil; I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the World.
I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government; I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry; I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.
I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone; I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.
I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man; I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.
I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate; I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.
I don’t carry a gun because I love it; I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.
Police protection is an oxymoron: Free citizens must protect themselves because police do not protect you from crime; they just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.
Personally, I carry a gun because I’m too young to die and too old to take a whoopin’!
A LITTLE GUN HISTORY
· PLEASE DON’T THINK FOR A MOMENT, THAT THIS COULDN’T HAPPEN IN OUR COUNTRY ALSO !!!!!!
· In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control:
· From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1911, Turkey established gun control:
· From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Germany established gun control in 1938:
From 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
China established gun control in 1935: From 1948 to
· 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Guatemala established gun control in 1964:
· From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970:
· From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956:
· From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
56 million defenseless people were rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control.
You won’t see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.
· Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.
With guns, we are ‘citizens’; without them, we are ‘subjects’.
During WW II, the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!
· Gun owners in the USA are the largest armed forces in the World!
· If you value your freedom, please spread this anti-gun control message to all of your friends.
· The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense.
· The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either.
· SWITZERLANDISSUES A GUN TO EVERY HOUSEHOLD! SWITZERLAND’S GOVERNMENT ISSUES AND TRAINS EVERY ADULT IN THE USE OF A RIFLE.
· SWITZERLANDHAS THE LOWEST GUN RELATED CRIME RATE OF ANY CIVILIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!!
· IT’S A NO BRAINER! DON’T LET OUR GOVERNMENT WASTE MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE ALL LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS AN EASY TARGET.
· I’m a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment! If you are too, please forward this. If you’re not a believer, please reconsider the true facts.
This is history; not what’s being shown on TV, sanctioned by our illustrious delusional leaders in Washington.
Copy and Paste this on Facebook to let the facts be heard!