I am off on a self-imposed exile. I will return next Friday with the Bharteeya Blog Mela (details below). Call it a blogger burnout or maniac depression caused by the Bush victory (yeah, that one still lingers much to the disgust of all), but a week of Diwali should bring things back to normal. Christmas lights now rechristened as Diwali ki maala already adorn our balcony and makes up for missing my fifth consecutive Diwali. While we are on that topic, Happy Diwali, a prosperous new year and all that jazz to you. Enjoy house cleaning, asian-painting and sweet and farsaan hogging and don’t forget to send some over.
The XXXIV Bharteeya Blog Mela will be hosted next week by Nerve Endings Firing Away. For the ones who are a bit slow, that is right here. The Roman numerals do not mean anything as the originators have lost count of the umpteen blog melas held over the past couple of years and just reflect the stupid Super Bowl number system. Nope, we will not have Janet Jackson performing during the mid-week so get your pron fix elsewhere.
Now the rules,
Nominate any blog entry written and posted between November 11 and November 18, which you somehow manage to cast more than a cursory glance upon. But the condition being that it should be written by an Indian or should be about something India or Indians. If you think that is restrictive, I don’t understand how all-inclusive we can be. Pssst; you can nominate your own post too and get few dozen hits your way. I reserve the right to drop nominated crap, and if you think it is personal, feel free to drop my posts when you host the Mela. But I will accept personal posts too if they live up to the standard.
Send me the permalinks and not the Blog URL. Either drop the nominations in the comment box or send me an email at patrixblogs [at] gmail [dot] com. They should reach me latest by Friday, November 18th, 5pm EST. Varnam has a nice Mela FAQ and the archives of the Mela are posted on Shanti’s blog.
Please also put up a tiny announcement on your blog about the Mela because chances are that you might have more readers than I. So send in your nominations, get ready to enjoy the Mela next Friday, and to lose your twin. I will be back next Friday.
UPDATE: Although this has failed every time I have tried it, I am willing to host guest posts this week. So if you are interested, drop me a line at patrixblogs [at] gmail [dot] com. Blurkers (blog lurkers), this might be your chance to write something more than just comments.