From the South Asian Blogworld

In South Asia, bloggers are up to whatever they usually do: which is, looking around them at the world, at everything great and small. On his flight back to Lahore, Karrvakarela wonders at how much small kindnesses can enrich our lives. He also writes about rediscovering his sohna shehr Karachi: the crows crowding the sky at dusk, the bookshops at Boat Basin, Dilpasand Chaat, and date milkshake at the Sialkot Milk House. At Metroblogging Lahore, for Shab-i-Miraj, Darwaish asks readers to pray for those they love, those they don't love and even those they hate.

In Delhi, Samit Basu, writer, columnist and favourite blogger of the Indian blogworld, writes about IWE (Indian Writing in English) spats and how they tend to come up for discussion every now and then. And how, when the dust has settled, it might be better to get back to writing some good books. Meanwhile, at Sepia Mutiny, Manish prepares us for a different match - the Sania Mirza -Maria Sharapova face-off. For spunky Mirza, it was one of the biggest matches of her career. As Manish points out, she lost 6-2, 6-1, in 59 minutes, but we love Sania for trying, and getting so far – and we know she's going places!

Blogging from the road, Dilip D'Souza remembers New Orleans, Mardi Gras, and Preservation Hall and that mood, all its own. Zigzackly writes on being really poor. Locana points to all the blog anniversaries that Indian bloggers are marking this month. These include two years of Deeshaa and one year of Jabberwock. Amit Varma remarks that children are naturally more likely to be nervous about exams, which they see every few months, than about natural disasters. Speaking of children, Nancy Gandhi remembers sweet cigarettes and brings back a whole wave of nostalgia for me. Pets are part of family, too, and at Animal Rights India, Hurree blogs about animals and other family.

In Dhaka, Rezwan reflects on Katrina and Bangladesh. In Sri Lanka, Morquendi of Nittewa muses on the journey from Buddhaputra to Bhoomiputra, and critiques what he calls Sri Lankan Buddhism. In Nepal, Samudaya introduces Creative Dissent Nepal, towards supporting democratic ideals through non-violent activism. And finally, MsWorld, Diva Chinita, is on her way to someplace near us. Look at the places she has travelled to in one month: Osaka, Japan; Hong Kong; Bangkok, Thailand; Ventiane, Laos; Luang Prabang, Laos; Chiang Khong, Thailand; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Poipet, Cambodia; Phnon Penh, Cambodia. By plane and bus and slow boat. Where will the headliner on the Black Girls Rule World Tour hit next? Well, I've invited her to Mumbai, and she's promised to come here!


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