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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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Meanings of HumBlog Durable Link to this BLOG
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 performing.

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 Blog"
  • HumBlog sounds like "humbug", kind of a poke at the blog media
  • HumBlog contains the letters humbl (pointed out by Arnab), connoting humble, poor, or anti-rich.
  • 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.)

HumBlog Collage

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.

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• Digital Collages

Interesting People of The Year

  • Eliot 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

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