Skypecast: Indian blogger Dina Mehta

Dina Metha

We're proud to launch the Global Voices Skypecast series with an interview with ethnographer and blogger Dina Mehta, in Mumbai (or is it Bombay?), India. Dina and I talk about the factors that led her to become a blogger, the Indian version of the “bloggers versus journalists debate, and her hope that more bloggers will write about economic and technical disparities in India.

You can listen to our conversation here. (mp3, 30 minutes, 17MB.)

We're still learning about the technical details of podcasting using Skype – there are real challenges to getting a “clean” recording from Skype, especially when talking to people in low bandwidth environments. As we continue to post Skypecasts, they'll be filed in our “Podcast” category. If you use an aggregator to subscribe to podcasts, you may want to add this link to your subscription list.

Links to weblogs referenced in our conversation:

Dina's weblog – Conversations with Dina

Dilip d'Souza – Indian journalist and blogger.

Amit Varma – Journalist turned blogger, referenced by Dina as a blogger who doesn't accept comments.

Rohit Gupta leads a group blog with frequent critiques of mainstream media.

Pradyuman Maheshwari – Author of mediaah!, a now-closed blog which was sued by Times of India.

Indicubed – A blog setp up to allow group discussions of issues in the Indian blogosphere.

Rashmi Bansal – Editor of a Mumbai-based youth magazine, runs Youthcurry, a blog focused on Indian youth culture.


  • FN

    Interesting focus and links. Thanks!
    Frederick Noronha

  • Great skypecast…a couple of follow-ups:
    1. Wonder if Dina has any pointers to interesting Pakistani bloggers.
    2. Ethan, your idea of doing a skypecast between indian and pakistani bloggers is a very interesting one…would definitely follow-up on that.
    3. Finally, could you provide a link to the chinese/japanese skypecast that you mentioned in the discussion? I’ll search on the site as well…

    thanks again…great job all…

    michael (mukesh)

  • Thanks for the feedback, Michael. Dina and I talked a bit about Pakistani blogs – I don’t think she had any clear favorites, but I’ll ask her and see what she thinks.

    On the Pakistani-Indian and Chinese-Japanese dialogs… I hadn’t been thinking of a skypecast, as much as a dialog on blogposts and comments… but I love the idea. If we could get a prominent Indian and Pakistani blogger to talk with one of the gv team over a Skype conference call, this could be really interesting. I’ll start looking into this, as we learn more about Pakistani blogs.

    The Chinese/Japanese dialog has largely been taking place on Joi Ito’s blog, though there’s been an interesting exchange on this site as well – there’s a long comment thread here.

    Thanks for terrific feedback, Michael

  • yes, Dina’s been commenting about blogging from India for a long time !

    She’s an astute thinker with sharp insight!


  • by the way another great Indian blog is

    It’s in the long tail, great content but not too many bloggers even in india know about it !

  • You may find KO, Zack to be interesting enough to initiate the dialogue or cross-border blogposts.

  • Hi all,
    I am totally captivated by Dina’s work, and am finding her audio commentary very invigorating! She truly has the making of a “Trail Blazer!

    Good luck to her! Hopefully, we will have a chance to connect!

    Anil Behal

  • hi!
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    i live in iran -in abadan city


  • kalisa

    i want to take this oppotunity to thank the person or persons that came up with ideal of never again and pray for me as im triyin to be a member

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