You might remember my rant on a particular book on web design that attempts to guide you on using Vastu Shastra for designing websites. I was surprised to see that the book, WebVastu authored by Smita Jain Narang was featured in this month’s Wired magazine.
The story claims that she is “rapidly becoming one of India’s hottest Web designers” instead of genuinely talented folks. If that is true, I feel sorry for the gullible Indian (and international) people. The article also features her analysis of Slashdot, one of the premier tech sites on the web today. She gives it a thumbs-down and recommends some mumbo-jumbo changes to increase its popularity. Probably she is not aware that although Slashdot may not have a nifty design, it is one of the most popular sites on the web (probably due to its content and not just fancy design). I like to think that the Wired reporter, Lisa Katayama may have sarcastically inserted this ‘analysis’ just to give you an idea of WebVastu’s frivolous claims. If it was meant in all seriousness, then we see a prime example of India’s seemingly mystic and spiritual tag being exploited to make a quick buck.
I hope people see through WebVastu’s dubious claims. My earlier post is ranked just below Smita Jain Narang’s website [on Google search] so hopefully people scroll down and compare two differing perspectives before making a choice. I have already been receiving several click-throughs from the searches on the web.
Update: Siddhartha at Sepia Mutiny takes up the case of Web Vastu but strangely he doesn’t sound as skeptical as I am but nevertheless has load of sarcasm to offer.
Abi at Nanopolitan submitted the Wired Story to Slashdot and the comments (295 and counting) are taking on Smita Narang’s claims.