Computing, Libraries, Tennis, India & other interests of Vikas Kamat
|Meanings of HumBlog|| |
| Multiple Meanings of HumBlog|
I just love the names that convey multiple, and complex meanings. The name of our
archives, KälaRanga is one such name. The word Käla means
both time as well as death, depending on context. Ranga can mean a color or a
stage. So KalaRanga (also the title of a book by my father) means "Theater
of Time". It can also mean "The Colors of the Time". It also
connotes that the world is a stage where a deathless entity (God, or time) is
When Anand suggested the name HumBlog for a new
blog portal the blog
enthusiasts are building, I was immediately drawn to it. Here are the multiple,
and complex meanings it connotes:
- Hum means "we" or "us" in Hindi language, so it would
mean "We Blog", or "Blogs are Us"
- HumBlog would be the English translation of the title of the book "We
- HumBlog sounds like "humbug", kind of a poke at the blog media
- HumBlog contains the letters humbl (pointed out by Arnab), connoting humble, poor,
- HumBlog sounds like "Hum Log" meaning "Our People", also the
title of a TV show in India.
Nilesh has done a very nice prototype of the HumBlog page layout, which was
debated. Someone suggested a collage,
and while I am not sure how helpful or relevant
a collage is to a portal, I took the cool HumBlog logo and rendered it through
our PhotoEngine. It is shown below. (The way to enjoy a PhotoQuilt is to see it
from far and the watch it closer.)
If you are seriously into photo-quilts, download a much
larger (1.1MB) rendering of this collage. Or enjoy many other PhotoQuilts
in our Online Amusements section.
Interesting People of The Year
Spitzer, New York's Attorney General, and a true friend of the people. I
hope he runs for President one day. For those who don't know, he single
handedly busted a lot of malpractices in the big money business.
- Film Maker Elia
Suleiman of Divine Intervention
- Indian Prime Minister Atal
Bihari Vajpayee (link to Rediff Photo album) -- For the first time
since Nehru and Shastri, India has a prime minister to be proud of.
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Monday, December 30, 2002|
Last Modified: 12/30/2002
|This is how I surf the web. Turns out
creating your own start page beats all portals, back-flipping,
personalized corporate pages, and book-marking tools.