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Friday, April 14, 2006

New Year, New Day, New Look

cutting the chai
Tomorrow is April 15 - Pohela Boishakh. The Bengali New Year's Day. Mother called well in advance to ensure that I get something new for me this new year. I assured her that I will and I did - a new look (and also a new title) for my blog. I had been working on it for sometime. Though not entirely Greek to me, HTML and JavaScript is not the type of scripting I'm very used to - the characters here are symbols on the keyboard - quite different from the scripts that I wrote in media school. Nevertheless, I managed to put them all together and made the necessary changes to suit my requirements. There's still a little more to do, like indexing the entire categories field.

Mindless Musings of an Unmindful Mind
is no more, the reincarnation though a little cliched is called - Cutting the Chai - the common Indian tea-stall practice. There's also an 'isspecial cutting chai' for the WorthyBlogger of the month. AFJ gets the inaugural sip (see left panel).

Feedback awaited.

Shubho Noboborsho!

17 Comments:

San said...

Shubho Noboborsho!

i'm hoping that means happy new year in bengali :)

the template is very nice, and very fitting for your style of writing. might have to get you design mine ;)

Abhishek said...

congrats on the new name for ur blog...its sahi...
anyways...have a sahi new yr.

Abhishek said...

1 more thing i wanna ask...
how do u get all this time outta ur "biusy" schedule to maintain ur blog...???
thats been a Q i wanted u to answer for long...

Rita said...

Subho Nababorsho! :D
The new look of the blog is awesome! Needless to say that I can't expect anything less than the best from your blog :)

Rezwan said...

Shuvo Nobo Barsha to you too!

dwaipayan said...

man!!!!!!!!!!!it's lloking like a professional one!!!!!!!!wonderful work!!but u know me....dnt know why but this look repulses me a bit...(may be jealousy?????)

Anonymous said...

Redoubtable, I was checking the url address I typed as I thought it was someone else's blog. I am finding the taste of this chai bit strange although I guess the ingredients are same. Anyways

Shubho Nabobarsho! (correct?)
-Daksh (still awaitin gift)

Abaniko said...

This is a more good-looking template, buddy. Congrats! Now, I can sense you're getting more serious in blogging. Hehe. Keep those witty and intelligent posts coming...

Rohit Talwar said...

A Fabulous new look. I'm looking forward to read a host of new and interesting posts here.

Shubho Noboborsho!

Rock on!

Soumyadip said...

San You got the Bangla right. Looked at your new design. It's nice.

Abhishek Sahi bola. Well I just appear to be busy, because I usually don't know where to begin with. If you can cut down on meeting friends, watching television, reading books, magazines and newspapers and sleeping there's always ample time to blog. Or more simply, if you work in an orderly manner, there's always time for everything.

Rita Thanks. A few good words are what I need to keep me going.

Rezwan Thanks and to you too.

Dwaipayan I enjoy repelling you.

Daksh The tea too many is tasting strange, but it's only difference in packaging, the contents remain. And I'm still wondering what to gift my 10,000th visitor, am working on that part. It should reach you soon, pretty soon.

Abaniko, Rohit Thanks, and I promise to keep 'em flowing.

educatedunemployed said...

Oh this is absolutely breathtaking.I was awaiting the change,but wasn't expecting a complete makeover.And what effort.Just fabulous.So evident, your style and flair.Looking forward to lots and lots of those cuttings.Cheers!

Ek Anjaan Ladki said...

hiya..for what its worth, i completely approve of the new look. must admit i havent been here for a while and i wasnt expecting it - certainly a pleasant surprise. :)

happy new year - excuse the ignorance but i didnt know anything about the bengali new year...er...(e.a.l just went off to read about it).

quick question(and this question prolly arises more from lack of knowledge rather than curiosity ): do bengali muslims mark this date? im thinking not?!

Soumyadip said...

Educatedunemployed Cheers! Hoping the clink of the tea glasses sound better.

EAL Good question. And the answer is yes, they do. In Bangladesh, the biggest abode of the Bengali Muslim the day is observed as a holiday. More details can be found here.

My understanding says that the day has more to do with a linguistic cultural identity than with religion.

Gypsy said...

happy new yr to u!! (belated??:) and very very nice makeover!!

Abhishek said...

"sahi bola"!!

Accidental Fame Junkie said...

Soumyadip!!!!!!! I get the first sip?? Oh wow!! I feel like a celebrity now! You sure know how to make a lady feel good! Thanks so much!

The new look is excellent! Wonderful! Amazing! Help me! I'm running our of adjectives here! :)

All the best, Soumyadip! And I have said this before but even so, Shubho Nobo Borsho!

PS: I AM guilty of blog-neglect! A million apologies.

adi said...

i don't know about others, but i liked the old look, it was not that professional looking,
anyways,
Shubho Noboborsho!
a little late though;)
i should have wished u on time, as half my life these days is being spend amongst bengalis,
but i was not in the blogosphere for some time...