Two Things

1. Cliopatria will be hosting the First Annual Cliopatria Awards for History Blogging. Nominations are now open. I am one of the judges for the Best Individual Blog and Best Post categories. You cannot nominate me, if you had such a desire, for those categories. Please go and nominate blogs, bloggers and blogposts. We need a really strong South Asia representation.

2. I have been asked to participate in a conversation “to encourage academics with expert knowledge and a distinctive voice to use blogs and other internet-based vehicles to step beyond the boundaries of the academy to reach out to a broader public audience.” This conversation is hosted by the fine people at the Institute for the Future of the Book at the USC [their blog]. Please go read their statement and tell me what you think. Obviously, this is a subject near and dear to my heart – since the only reason this blog exists is that I cannot imagine a scholarship that is not engaged with the public and political. But, that’s just me.

3. The leaves peeking in through my window look like heaven. This last item is a bonus item.

Delhi 2005

The parade of cities on the war-path of terrorists continues. I mourn for the victims. People who were shopping for happiness. Diwali. Eid. Children. Innocents all.

No hell is enough for these terrorists. No outrage sufficient.

A snapshot of Delhi from Agha Shahid Ali:

Chandni Chowk, Delhi

Swallow this summer street,
then wait for the monsoon.
Needles of rain
melt on the tongue. “Will you go
farther? A memory of drought
holds you: you remember
the taste of hungry words
and you chew syllables of salt.
Can you rinse away this city that lasts
like blood on the bitten tongue?

Sox Win Bush Lose

I won’t say that this trumps the ’92 World Cup win by Pakistan….but it comes close. The Grand Slam and the el Duque in the 9th were the highlights for me. Seeing Bush Sr. cheering the ‘stros was also a moment. Of intense hilarity, of course.

My condolences to my peep, Rajeev, who had the misfortune of rootin’ for the ‘stros.

Harriet Miers goes back to passing memos to Bush.

Scooter Libby does not pass Go and fails to collect $200. He does succeed in collecting 5 indictments from Patrick Fitzgerald – the modern day Eliot Ness.

Blog Quake Day

Many conversations start with the question: Why do you think the aid for the earthquake victims lag so behind Katrina or the Tsunami? After all, over 80,000 people have perished. I don’t know. Some say that it is disaster fatigue. Some mention that non-white victims are less so. Some say that the General and his policies are responsible.

I really have no clue. Those who read this blog – even casually – know that I have been trying to raise funds and awareness in the little capacity that I have. I know the effort of people in the blogospheres.

I would like to thank E-mullah especially for all his work and effort in Montana. I would like to thank Olaf at Inaudible Cities for his great help. Ashweeta and Anna deserve special thanks. I know these individuals can only do so much – but collectively we can all do much.

Today is Blog Quake Day. I urge you to donate. Choose all the options listed here or elsewhere.

Go below the fold to read a short piece by Umair Khan.
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Quake Relief

Desipundit has taken the initiative for organizing a day of relief awareness activities on Oct 26th. I designed this small logo. Please read their post and publicize this event on your blog.

You can find out about my suggestion for donations on the main page header.

Other organizations:

World Vision
Humanity First
Hidaya Foundation
TCF Relief Fund
International Rescue Committee
Pakistan President’s Relief Fund
The Human Development Foundation
The Association for the Development of Pakistan ’s Earthquake Redevelopment Fund

We can all do this. We can make a difference. Please publicize this on your pages and your blogs and your radio shows. You can even buy a Tshirt. Really.

Travel Notes

All jots will get jotted down here.

  • Who is pysched about the WS? I am.
  • Mukhtar Mai was on ABC News of the World last night [as I was standing in the Southwest C line {why do I _always_ get the C card?}]. I couldn’t hear what they say. But, she is the Person of the Week. They call her a beacon of hope. Rosa Parks Effect. You heard it here first.]
  • Driving in NH and VT at night…you see a lot of Moose Crossing signs followed by giant patches of red on the highway. Not cool.
  • This Hariri-Bush-Syria-UN thing is going to get ugly.
  • Accusations that Pakistan is hoarding tents. I am rather skeptic. Anyone know more?
  • Please to note: Yelling Dave Chappelle catchphrases in front of old Vermonters….not so good.
  • 1-0! 3 to go.

  • My blog is worth $86,939.16.
    How much is your blog worth?


  • I have wondered this in silence – refusing to find out or read accounts – what happened to Lake Saif al-Malook, the mirror for divine beings, in the earthquake?
  • Two accounts.
  • Live Free or Die. America’s oldest General store kicks ass, I must say. As does the Bear Patch Drive. The Kajamagaoago-whatever highway which wound up and around the White Mountains. We passed Bretton Woods without irony. There was snow! The no-sales-tax thing works because there is nothing to buy. I wanted a flat panel 40″ LCD – I got a orange t-shirt instead.
  • 2-0!! I think I had a heart attack. What a game.
  • A simple walk around a city block can turn to HELL, when Wilma is in town.
  • Why does everyone in Boston look familiar to me? Was I here in a previous incarnation? In which case, why don’t I like it more?
  • 3-0. Ahem, do you have a spare broom?


I am going to have a weekend in Vermont, looking at the night sky. Then, I will be in Boston for the next week, attending some this or that. Any readers in the Hahvahd area, drop an email for a hail fellow, well met routine. I am good at those things.

Posts will follow as opportunity presents itself.

The drive for earthquake relief continues.

Please make some posters asking for donation of goods and money. If you write good prose, or have worked in fundraising, we can use some a substantial written plea. Please email that to me and I can forward it around, as well as post it. There are two such emails already submitted. I am creating a separate page with them. If you have any such email/web action, please email me and I will add to the list.

A unified blog donation day coupled with a campaign to write Letters to the Editors, Senators and Congress is what I am proposing. How about November 8th? That will be the month anniversary. Thoughts?

And I fucked up the date on the Desis Sans Frontieres. I am so sorry. Email me and we can fix this. Damn it.