Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Thinking Blogger Award

Thanks to Alan, I am now the proud recipient of the Thinking Blogger Award. Thank you very much, Alan.

In accordance with the rules of the meme, here is my post about five bloggers whose blogs get me thinking. There are many such blogs, so this is a random selection:

Life Lover, who lives in California, is a wonderful writer – she has a way of making me think with every post. Her writing style is humorous, relatable, and very evocative – she has a way of sucking me right into her world, to the point where I can almost taste what she’s describing or thinking about. I also love how she links her state of mind to hindi music, something I definitely can relate to. Her blog tackles many ‘everyday’ questions in a way that delves deep – it’s both reflective and stimulating, and also extremely accessible.

Maja lives in Slovenia. She loves to travel, she loves podcasts and Rufus Wainwright, she loves learning languages, and she also loves Bollywood. I love that, through delightful writing and pictures, she often takes me along on her trips and experiences – from a desi festival in England to a few days in Rome. It’s nice to get a little feel of what she saw and experienced. Her writing on Bollywood, including her legendary liveblogs, gives me a different perspective on Hindi films and actors… one that’s inevitably unique, fun and fascinating. And one that keeps me thinking long after I've left the blog.

Aparna, who lives in Hyderabad, India, always has a refreshing and thought-provoking take on a variety of topics. Her writing is always heartfelt, compassionate, contemporary and intelligent, and I always learn something new, or start to think differently about something familiar. She doesn’t blog as often as she used to (very sad for me!), but whenever she does post something, it’s always rich and beautifully expressed.

Sanket and Nilong’s blog is a tribute to great desi music – and I’ve definitely learnt a lot from it – about various aspects of India’s history (music & movie-related and otherwise), the myriad influences that make filmi music as rich and varied as it is, and the human relationships that have not only birthed various forms of art, but also make life worth living. Wonderful themes to reflect upon. I find this blog educative, informative, interesting and also inspirational, as Sanket explores his personal connection with the music he loves, the people he loves, and the places he loves. Sanket and Nilong live in New Orleans.

Uzo, like me, lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Like me, she is a big fan of Bollywood, and she will also be my travel companion on our very first trip to India later this year. Uzo’s blog is a wonderful blend of personal experiences, opinions (from music, to politics, to movies, to relationships, to books), and reflections (as the blog is very aptly named) on the life she lives and the things that have influenced her. Her reflections make me reflect upon these areas of my life too. Uzo’s blog also has a strong focus on issues affecting women globally, and I have learnt a great deal from her in this regard.

You're only supposed to tag 5 people, I know, but I just can't resist adding one more blog that always gets me thinking:

Angela G. Skylar's blog always gets me thinking about the deeper themes, questions and issues explored by hindi films. Sometimes, she puts up english translations of hindi film dialogues, and these always give me a fuller and more nuanced understanding of what the writers of hindi films are trying to convey. Her reviews always explore themes I haven't thought of, grasped or understood, and I always end up thinking differently about these films. Her blog is also a lot of fun, with fashion, dance and humour thrown into the mix.

If you choose to pass it on this award to others, these are the Thinking Blogger Award rules:

This award was started

You have to award five others (my apologies for breaking the rule!) whose blogs you think deserve this award. Should you choose to participate, please make sure you pass this list of rules to the bloggers you are tagging.

If (and only if) you get tagged, please write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think.

Link to
this post so that people can easily find the origin of the meme.

Please remember to tag blogs with real merit, i.e. relative content, and above all — blogs that really get you thinking!


Maja said...

Oo wow, thank you for the kind words, DG, you just made me feel really good about myself :) Just wait till I travel somewhere to see Rufus in concert, catch a Bollywood movie while I'm there, and listen to a podcast about learning languages while I'm on the way! :D

Sanket Vyas said...

Thanks so much for this very special award. I try to make my blog fun & informative and I am very happy it is doing it's job ;) It also means alot to have this award coming from someone who's blog I read regularly and just love the enthusiasm for all things Bollywood you have. Thanks again and keep on with your Dharmendra watching!!!

Miss Opeke said...

Congratulations!!! Wow!!! I am so happy for you...It is so good when you are recognized for what you do...

Daddy's Girl said...

@maja: Now wouldn't that be 'loverly'? :) I love your blog, please keep up the great work!

@sanket: Thank YOU!!

@miss opeke: Thanks sweets - I am still very burned about missing out on all the fun on your show - well done, everyone seems to be loving it to bits!! Keep it up girl!

shhhh said...

loving the indian section

Daddy's Girl said...

@tlk: Thanks!

Life Lover said...

shukriya mademoiselle!! delighted to see my name mentioned :)I was away for a while, but am back now and wrote a small thank you post for you as well :) so yay!! okie will now go and read all that I've missed for all these days...ciao :)

Daddy's Girl said...

life lover, I am delighted to see that you are back!