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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 28, 2008 5 Comments

Thick black smoke is curling out of the ornate windows of the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, and the sound of intermittent gunfire is punctuating the speech of the cowering CNN-IBN reporter. Stray dogs are barking continuously in the background, struggling to be heard over the gunfire and the explosions. There is yelling, there are screams, there are hushed, frightened voices. It’s been too many hours since the Mumbai (India) terrorist attacks started, and every free second of mine has revolved around the incidents unfolding-still!-back home. I am simultaneously filled with guilt and relief that the nearly 7,700 miles that separate me from home is mediated through the symbolic spaces of images, live video feeds, tweets, Facebook statuses, news stories, and blogs.

I realize today how much my life in India is remembered in the blog posts I write and have written here, and I feel a sense of deep gratitude that this space has existed for me. As an international student, my life back home becomes immediate in Berkeley primarily through daily phone calls to India, the few minutes catching up in my mother tongue, Bengali; the much-too-infrequent phone conversations I have with my brother-in-law in Hindi; and the rare occasions on which I sing in Urdu. This makes me even more grateful that this communal blog (ahem, NOT forum, Youki!) gave me a platform to share rich linguistic inheritances as an Indian, and connect in everyday ways with India that are not afforded to me otherwise.

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5 Responses to “ধন্যবাদ!”

  1. Youki on: 28 November 2008 at 8:25 pm

    hybrid forum-blog!
    b-blog! (bbs-blog)

  2. Usree Bhattacharya on: 28 November 2008 at 8:38 pm

    You left out:
    rum-log (what sailors REALLY write up at sea)
    m-log (multilingual blog?)
    um-blog (um, is it a forum? a flog? it’s a blog!!!!)
    b-for (FIT is ahead of its time)
    b-for.u (ha!)

    and other infinitely interesting permutations and combinations.

    should we have a poll? can i rig it? 🙂

  3. Youki on: 28 November 2008 at 9:01 pm

    I say we discuss whether FIT is a blog or not… because that’s exactly the kind of dialogue that happens on a hybrid forum-blog (4blog)!

  4. Usree Bhattacharya on: 28 November 2008 at 9:04 pm

    No, that could only happen in a MetaBlog! (Not the application programming interface). 🙂

  5. Usree Bhattacharya on: 28 November 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Or, actually, a BetaBlog!

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