Seasons Greetings from the Mutiny!

As I am sure you have all noticed, the number of posts here at Sepia Mutiny have declined during the past week. All of us have fled from our blogging world headquarters in North Dakota and are currently traveling parts of the country. I myself am safely ensconsed in a suburb of D.C. and will soon make my way up the coast for New Years festivities. Unfortunately, the safehouse I am currently at has only a 28.8 Kbps rate phone line, which means that every post is completed only after a Herculean effort. Similarly, the other mutineers are adjusting to life on the outside for a week or two. Our current situation is kind of like the one Morgan Freeman’s character faced in the Shawshank Redemption when he finally got out of prison. Life on the outside is hard to get used to after one has been institutionalised. I fear that many of us felt the same as we left North Dakota. We do want a shot at a normal life though. Hopefully we will run into some of our readers on the outside during these holidays.

As the year draws to a close, we at Sepia Mutiny would once again like to thank our readers and wish them a happy holiday season. I am sure that I can safely speak for my co-bloggers when I say that any success this site sees is only partially attributable to the bloggers here. Our readers and their comments complete us. We have now logged over 2 million visitors. SM has also gotten two recent shout outs and I’d like to point them out as thanks. Today Feedster named us the #5 Feed of the Year.

This feed is aimed at South Asians, and provides a feisty and entertaining look at cultural and political issues involved in what the site editors call a “Diaspora.” No Forums, but site features a wide variety of well-informed, well-traveled and well-opinionated contributors. [Link]

Feedster index of over eighteen million syndicated feeds, including more than 75,000 professionally published sources such as the BBC, CNET, The New York Times, and Wired.

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In addition, the Daily Rhino tipped us off to the fact that the new issue of Asiana Magazine featured us in their Hot or Not column. According to them we are currently hot. Phew!

But…look who else is currently hot. Beautiful women. This means that the blog Sepia Mutiny is hot at the same time as beautiful women. Logic dictates that the bloggers at Sepia Mutiny should therefore be dating the beautiful women mentioned in the article, no? It only seems fair that I should be dating Hammasa Kohistani since the blog I write for is “hot”…just like her. I was starting to get carried away with this line of thinking when I read the column headline again. It says, “Hot Blogs and Hotter girls.” These girls are still hotter than the blog and thus are out of my league. Damn the fine print. Foiled once again.

32 thoughts on “Seasons Greetings from the Mutiny!

  1. Wow, that Feedster #5 spot is very cool. Well done all.

    Ahem. Two blogs are mentioned there Abhi…so when it comes to first dibs on Hammasa, surely I get preference. After all, she is Miss ENGLAND!

    Seriously though, well done again. The mutiny is hot.

    Morgan Freeman:

    “These blogs are kind of funny. First you hate ‘em, then you get used to ‘em. Enough time passes, gets so you depend on them. That’s institutionalised. They send you here for life, that’s exactly what they take. The part that counts, anyways.”
  2. Morgan Freeman: “These blogs are kind of funny. First you hate ‘em, then you get used to ‘em. Enough time passes, gets so you depend on them. That’s institutionalised. They send you here for life, that’s exactly what they take. The part that counts, anyways.”

    Best line of the movie! :)

  3. I love you all! I actually met a friend through the posts here and you all are the reason that I can smile at work!

  4. Hey Mutineers – all best to you for the new year. Thanks for all the hard work. You certainly add some spice (sorry Manish) to the otherwise long hours at work. Keep up the good work!

    (Guru, how did you do that?)

  5. lol Yeah, Congrats on the Feedster 5th and I hope you all have a lovely new year. I’m sure there’s gonna be plenty of blogworthy material in 2006.

    You guys definitely keep this IBCD informed. I’d say the posts here and Razib’s comments are about 1/8 to 1/5 of my ongoing education. So thanks a lot. =]

  6. Congratulations, guys!!

    Also, how was comment #.5 created? Is there is keyboad simulator for devnagri script? I have seen it around but how………

  7. hehe.. thanks abhi and for all the mutineers for making me laugh and making each day a brighter one… :) keep on blogging…and i did meet ms. all mixed up and now we’re good friends and law school library partners in crime… heck she’s even offered to be my maid of honor at my expiration date marriage…now that my dears is kosher ;)

  8. Congrats to the mutineers!

    Where are all the smart desi Canadians??? Since I’ll probably never get the chance to make friends any of you amrikans, where the heck are the sepia commenters from the hearty north? – I want a meet-up too!

  9. Also, how was comment #.5 created? Is there is keyboad simulator for devnagri script? I have seen it around but how………

    Well i’ve been mucking w/ unicode for the since noon today. there are several unicode editors which have devnagri keyboardmap for roman script. there is a method called itrans where you type phoneticaly in roman and it generates devnagri equivalent. This looks like a reasonable implimentation http://www.download.com/HindiWriter/3000-2279_4-10451513.html There are other means also but that means learning how keyboards are mapped. Try takhti for that… http://www.geocities.com/hanu_man_ji/ There are several online editors which will generate html with unicode/PS/GIF

  10. Congrats Abhi, and to all of you Mutineers! I have no idea where you find the time to keep up with this and your ‘outside’ lives; it’s astonishing to say the least. After only a little over a year, I’d say your vision (quoted below) has come to fruition, and you’ve gotten your share of 15 seconds of fame ;) .

    “It intends to be the South Asian equivalent of Drudge, Gawker, and Wired rolled into one. My vision for this site is to be the pre-eminent web source for the young, politically aware, and culturally concious South Asian community.” – Abhi 8/9/04

    It’s stupefying the amount of knowledge that many of the bloggers and readers possess; it’s inspired me to read a lot more. Unfortunately, most of that reading happens when I should be doing other things. Reading sepia has very much contributed to my delinquency at work this year, but I have no complaints :) . I’m much more informed than I’ve ever been I’d say. Have a Happy New Year, and keep up the blogging! ~p.

  11. Very nice and totally deserving of all accolades….and my I also add I love the commenters as well…..funny, iconoclastic, smart, hetergeneous and contrarian group that you are. Fabulous!

  12. back at you! i enjoy your weblog. anyone going to be in NYC between june 11th and 17th? i’m going to be hanging around then. i’m meeting saurav, and manish if he’s in town.

  13. Congrats Sepia. I’ve stopped dating brown people that haven’t heard of SM. Logic dictates that if they ain’t cool enough to be in the know, they’re probably not worth my time.

    On that note, Abhi, I suppose you should find out if Hammasa knows of SepiaMutiny. If she ain’t…

  14. and will soon make my way up the coast for New Years festivities.

    Does that mean New York? Dare I hope for an Abhi-featured Sepia Mutiny meetup in the Big Apple?

  15. Seasons Greetings and Happy new year to the bloggers of Sepia Mutiny. The same to all the frequent, insightful and witty commentors on the blogs.

  16. Happy New Year to all the Mutineers worldwide, especially “the usual suspects” – Punjabi Boy (wherever you are), BongBreaker, DesiDancer, Badmash, Kush Tandon, Umair (wherever you are), Razib, TheKingSingh, Cocopuffs, MD, Sumita, Raju/Sahej, Sonia, DesiDudeInAustin, Desi Nole, Fuerza Duelce, and everyone else who makes this blog such an enlightening, enjoyable, funny, and consistently thought-provoking place. Thank you all for your warmth, friendliness and courtesy, and for allowing a relatively recent entrant to SM like me to join in your conversations.

    My thanks also to Manish and the rest of the SM inner circle for creating a truly world-class discussion forum. The calibre of both the topics and the commenters is outstanding. Manish, you also genuinely seem like a really nice guy, buddy ;)

    A special shout-out also to Anna, Sepia Mutiny’s resident double-chocolate-chip love-muffin, for creating the still-ongoing “55Friday” theme and thereby giving people like me an outlet for their creative writing urges. Judging by the weekly entries by many other participants, there are some very talented and poetic people out there ;)

    I wish everyone a very peaceful, successful and prosperous New Year, surrounded by the company of warm-hearted people who enrich your lives and mean the most to you.

  17. Congratulations Mutineers on a fantastic accomplishment, and Happy New Year to everyone!!

    Reading sepia has very much contributed to my delinquency at work this year

    Similarly, at my year end performance evaluation panel I received good marks, however there was a question as to my job enthusiasm this year, seeming reduced a bit from past years. ;) Mutinous as I may be, I did not jump up on the conference table, thump my chest and say “Shut up and let me read the mutiny in peace! Inqelaab Zindabaad! Damn ‘The Man’!” though I should have.

  18. Does that mean New York? Dare I hope for an Abhi-featured Sepia Mutiny meetup in the Big Apple?

    Why yes Nina, I will be in New York shortly. The only problem is that it is going to be a whirlwind 48+ hour trip where I have to see a kazillion friends dispersed across the city who will kill me if I don’t see them. If we did have a meetup I’d have to leave in like half an hour. It sucks because all the cool kids seem to hang out in New York and I’d like to meet you all. Do you know that outside of our North Dakota bunker I have never even met Manish? In any case I think I may come back to New York in a few months when it is more calm. You never know though, perhaps some sort of impromtu meet-up may still be possible.

    Mutinous as I may be, I did not jump up on the conference table, thump my chest and say “Shut up and let me read the mutiny in peace! Inqelaab Zindabaad! Damn ‘The Man’!” though I should have.

    Ahh, you rogue. I knew you had it in you :)

    … Abhi is known as an excellent remedial education teacher ;)

    Please stand, please stand so close to me.

  19. Congrats SM! Happy New Year to all! I know when I get my evaluation @ work its not going to be ‘stellar’ cos I was late to court(11/17/05)cos I happened to be sitting at my desk reading SM! Special wishes to all the Africa Indians!

  20. I find it Extra-Mutinous that more than a few of us have slacked off at work due to SM. It’s like crack for your brain…

  21. What would really be Extra-Mutinous would be bringing a “tiffin” to work, and eating your daal-chaawal lunch at your desk using just your fingers…..

  22. I was searching for something I said on here for another discussion, and was rather alarmed to find a whole bunch of comments I made during my frikking finals! I fully blame credit SM for introducing me to the blogosphere (who invented that word? It’s shite). I was looking through Asians in Media’s forum section a few months ago and saw a post saying simply “Interesting website: http://www.sepiamutiny.com

    The rest is history. I came here, made trouble, sent in tips about girls. Excellent. But I still don’t know where North Dakota is.

    Before SM, I just thought blogs were public diaries of uninteresting people which I had no desire to read. What a fool!

    So, to you six – and your guest bloggers – you have made me the man I am today.

    (that’s not a compliment)

  23. Congratulations. Hopefully, 2006 will see SM moving up in the countdown. And Season’s Greetings to y’all too – thanks for all the hard work.

  24. IÂ’ve been reading SM for a while now; I think I stumbled upon you guys when I was searching for MIA. You guys do a great job here, interesting and pertinent topics and insightful commentary by all. IÂ’ve been content to just read and learn, but I thought on this occasion IÂ’d actually add a comment to wish all a happy new yearÂ…