BJP Trolls Pull Out 8 yr Old Tweet To Shed Fake Tears For Mayawati

The amount of efforts right wing troll are putting in to 1) Intimidate me 2) Question the credibility of my entire identity and opinion, I wonder is it even worth it? Have I really done something so significant that BJP is so rattled? I woke up today to see they have spread another blatant lie [...]


What have Sanjukta Basu Said About Virat Kohli, Dick and In What Context?

Much sanskari outrage over a tweet I made a year ago, in which I question a vengeance seeking masculine mob blaming Anushka Sharma, for the bad performance of Virat Kohli. As if, he was playing cricket with his dick, instead of sporting skills. The right wing trolls dug out the tweet from past and used [...]

No Raveena Tandon, You Have Not Been Trolled, And Ramayana is Not History

Raveena Tandon the 90s Bollywood actress is the new Hindutva icon in town. She is following the foot steps of her fellow Bollywood celebrities who have recently been blessed by BJP party tickets, national awards and Lok Sabha seats for toeing in line with the establishment. After a recent incident where she was trying to, [...]

Social Media Ethics, Safety and Privacy issues – Guftagu at Azad Foundation

First published on my social media start up Samyukta Media. Experience from series of talks to marginalized women at Azad Foundation.

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I recently delivered a series of 2-3 hours talks, something we call a Guftagu (chit chat) with groups of young women from marginalized background as part of capacity building initiatives by Azad Foundation.

Guftagu with Azad Foundation

Founded in 2008, Azad Foundation is an Indian NGO empowering marginalized girls by providing them formal training in commercial driving and also providing them jobs via their sister entity Sakha Consulting, a social enterprise.  Over a period of 5-6 months, these girls are trained not only on various aspects of being a commercial driver but also other life skills they might need in order to be fully independent, self-confident and realize their full potential as strong empowered individuals.

Alices in Social Media wonder land

The Azad Foundation girls mostly come from very patriarchal regressive background with very little experience of even stepping out of their home or talking to male strangers without supervision let alone…

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Facebook’s Promoted Status Updates | Pay to promote brand ‘You’

“Promoted status updates! That’s the lowest Facebook have stooped.” If you haven’t already met someone online (I am assuming you no longer meet people offline), shrugging their virtual shoulders and typing those words on their social networking walls, doors and windows - you soon would. Because ever since Facebook introduced 'Promoted Posts' for individual users, [...]

Speaking at the Ithaka workshop on Creating High Impact and Digital Initiatives in India

I am leaving for Bangalore tomorrow to participate in an workshop where I will be speaking on Social Media and Web Strategy. The workshop ‘Creating High Impact and Digital Initiative in India’ organised by ITHAKA with support from the Ford Foundation and assistance from the American Institute of Indian Studies is being held from 8th [...]

Mention in Sunday Guardian and TED Fellows Friday

Season's Greetings to all my readers. Hope the festive season has greeted you well so far and shall keep you warm and cozy through Eid, Diwali, Christmas and all other special days to come. I just came back from a month long vacation to West Bengal, revisiting my native land almost after 15 years. The [...]

I was interviewed by TATA Tea’s Jaago Re initiative

The nice fellows from the TATA Tea Jaago Re initiative took my interview on the Importance of Social Media for Non-profits. I must have said something really nice, considering 67 97 people liked it by clicking on facebook thumbs up button. Though the opening line has a mention to the Bell Bajao campaign, the interview [...]

Delhi Bloggers Meet with BBC World Radio May’2006

This event took place exactly 4 years ago, in May'2006 when I had completed one year of blog. By sheer work of fate BBC World had reached out to me to talk about the use of internet amongst Indian youth. Back then there was no social media, blogging was the only cool thing. I organized [...]

Launch of Samyukta Media: My small step in a big world

Samyukta Media is alive and kicking, please visit website for more updates So it has been about 3 months that I have quit and an update is much needed on how has life been without a job. Life has been good, more importantly,  it has been exactly the way I planned. Sometimes I get worried when [...]

Technology and Breakups

I wrote this on 23rd July 2007 originally. Am republishing it today with some additional updates and copy editing. Enjoy Technology, Breakup and post break up syndrome in the web2.0 style. --- [Note: Men Heterosexual men reading this post may replace the masculine words with feminine to be able to identify with the content. Non-heterosexual [...]

To the cynics with love: An Ode to Twitter

My sister is a complete opposite of who I am, she is more like dad and I am more like mom and since mom and dad have nothing in common sis and I were bound to be different. She belongs to this ‘old is gold’ school of thought, like those conservatives who think everything new, [...]

Survey by TCS shows urban school children in India are well versed in New Media

This particular survey done by Tata Consultancy Services shows that  "The Web 2.0 Generation are digital natives, with high technology savvy, global in terms of aspirations and outlook as well as being increasingly optimistic about India’s economic future." The survey is one of the largest conducted amongst youth in India covering 14000 students from schools across [...]

My small take on the facebook event – Free Hug campaign world wide

While we were discussing the Free Hugs Campaign for V-Day, at least 10 people brought to my notice that there was already such an event planned, a world wide free hug campaign, details of which were up on Facebook. I find it surprising that an world wide event can entirely be planned online via facebook [...]

One perfect example of elitism

In my previous post besides pointing out the fact that Bloggers are making an unnecessary hue and cry over this Kunte v. Dutt issue, I also brought my reader's attention to a particular angst I have against a culture of elitism in Indian social media. I have had this for quite some time. But never [...]

Long time, I know

Did anybody miss me? A lot has been going on. Will tell you all about it. Blame Twitter for the lack of blogging by the way. They made it so easy to express in such few words that you dont' wanna write long pages anymore. A few drafts are lying around since November. Will publish them [...]

Claiming my blog

After writing this blog for 3 years, having dedicated myself to it like a mother to her child, I have been told that my blog is an orphan. Out there under the technorati skies, amidst the busy blog traffic, moves about my blog my baby barefoot with no one to feed her or provide her [...]

This is my mind

Ever since I have been blogging I have always maintained this another blog but I never talked about it until today. I was always a very political person and a very opinionated one. But I didn't take up blogging to express my political opinions. It may come as a surprise but I took to blogging [...]


The Local markets here in Dwarka, New Delhi are flooded with pirated movie CDs and DVDs. But that's not news. Those pirated CDs and DVDs are everywhere in every city. What is new is something called a DVD9. A DVD with around 25 to 30 movies in one at the cost of around INR 200 [...]

Did you read the Morung Express

Posted yesterday on Mutiny.In, have recieved 30 comments so far...Read on...  I was doing some random search on Google when I stumbled upon this website called The Morung Express. The name itself suggested it's a news site. It looked like something to do with India, but not really. I moved the mouse around the home [...]

Live blogging BCB5 – Day 2

Had some issues with the connection today so couldn't live blog but I live twittered all through the day. Below is a detailed account of Day 2. It had a dull start, not many for bloggers collective. After break fast we walked around a bit trying to figure out what's happening where and saying hi [...]

Live blogging from BCB5 – Day 1

I am at IIM Bangalore attending the 5th Bangalore Barcamp, around 800 people registered but turn out is real low. Look and feel of the BCB is more cool this time...instead of boring name tags they have these cool stickers which you can put all over you, your laptop...they read like, I am seasoned, This [...]

New Media + Mass Social Campaign

Every time I do they say, "there she goes, there she goes again, trying her best, to hog as much attention as she could get." So this time I thought I'd keep a low profile. But then Arun nudged me, "Why don't I see you around on BCB list? Why are you so silent, either [...]

This weekend

The much awaited 4 day weekend is to end in couple of hours. Here's another of my "This weekend" post. This weekend I realised how comfortable I have become in being alone on my own. I don't feel bored any more, I don't mind not talking to anybody for the whole day. I don't mind [...]

Gmail Spam

I got this mail on my gmail Inbox. Some spammer pretending to be writing on behalf of Gmail service center asking me for my email account and password. This kind of spam is so scary and dangerous. These days even people with minimum awareness about spam mails, mail virus internet frauds etc use gmail and [...]

Major Ranting against Shelfari

Addendum | 29-Oct-07 Michael Boyd Clark has linked to this post of mine while writing about the spam on his blog. He have also listed few more posts talking about the same issue. There is a constructive argument happening on the comments section between him and Prateek Dayal Addendum | 12-Nov-07 More on the [...]

Mom and Dad are separating

This blog is getting a lot of traffic off late and I feel stressed trying to live up to reader’s expectations and maintain the overall quality. One of the causes of worry is that I don’t know what exactly people like about my blog. JD Salinger’s protagonist from ‘Catcher in the Rye’ once said, he [...]

Do you Twitter?

If people around me constantly keep talking about something I don’t know it really bothers me. I get into a self inflicted responsibility of going all the way to learn it just so that next time they talk, I can also be a part of it. Being with these BCB4 Organizers this list of thing [...]

I was a panelist in the ‘Faculty Development on “New Media Concept and Applications”

Yeh Kahan aa gaye hum yunhi blog karte karte... With all the 'celebrity bloggers' of India Uncut and Desipundit out there it was me who was giving a presentation as a Resource Person in a One day Faculty Development on “New Media Concept and Applications” conducted by Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication (AIMC). I was [...]

Conversation Funny and Weird on yahoo messenger……

Guy #1 - Why are u still single? Me – am not too sure Me – you think about it and lemme know if you have an answer Guy #2 – hi Guy #2 – so u a lawyer Me – yup Guy #2 – who is there at your home Me – mom, dad, [...]

Blogging trends

Some one commented that we blog for our own plesure and it doesn't really matter whether people read what we write or not. Well I don't think so. And of course like all times I have no scarcity of Thoughts when i come to think of as to why we blog "Writing Comes so easily [...]