Did you know..


by Al-Hack
23rd October, 2006 at 11:41 am    

That there was a third YouTube co-founder? According to Bengali FOB, his name is Jawed Karim and he’s Bengali! Another reason why we love the website. Jawed was recently interviewed by the New York Times and CNBC, and posted the first ever video on YouTube. It’s been a good month for Bengalis.


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  1. Leon — on 23rd October, 2006 at 12:08 pm  

    Another reason why we love the website.

    Er, not for me. The ethnicity of the founders of YouTube have absolutely nothing to do with my liking of it.

  2. Nyrone — on 23rd October, 2006 at 12:34 pm  

    …Amen Leon.

    Ditto

  3. sonia — on 23rd October, 2006 at 12:52 pm  

    yeah i think it is an incredibly silly reason. who cares? are we so ethnocentric? if that’s the case why is everyone so ready to jump down the throats of ‘white people’ for being ethnocentric ( of course that’s always referred to as racism isn’t it)

    such double standards.

  4. Jagdeep — on 23rd October, 2006 at 12:54 pm  

    Yeah, but I still find it a source of interest when a desi does well in something, especially from the same background – Monty Panesar, Kiran Dessai, whoever. But this youtube thing, its all abot, blegh, you know, who cares? Just another desi computer nerd, they are ten a penny these days :-)

  5. sonia — on 23rd October, 2006 at 1:01 pm  

    heh heh good point Jagdeep, its hardly a big deal since the days of the dot.com boom bam shebang.. in any case surely desis are doing perfectly well in so many areas. does anyone write a post when they go to their doctor and find out they’re asian? or go to university and find out a sizeable portion of the medics are asian? ditto for law, accounting and what have you. or are we used to that sort of thing.

  6. sonia — on 23rd October, 2006 at 1:04 pm  

    jawed sounds like a very strange bengali name. is it meant to be javed? i thought the v/w syndrome didn’t occur in bengali but hindi more like. (ya know – diwana/divana etc. etc. )

    and besides, i can’t really find too much enthusiasm for a bunch of techies funded by shit loads of money from some venture capital firms. much more respect for the open-source geeks out there. ( regardless of their ethnicity may i point out)

  7. Jagdeep — on 23rd October, 2006 at 1:07 pm  

    Yeah sonia it’s not unusual, millionaire businessmen, doctors etc etc — *sigh* — so boring, give me

    SPORTSTARS!

    GREAT NOVELISTS!

    MOVIE MAKERS!

    ACTORS!

    POLITICIANS!

    PORN STARS!

    MUSIC!

    All the rest…blegh, its so boring, another tale of Asian success in business or medicine, its like, whatever….

  8. Sid — on 23rd October, 2006 at 1:09 pm  

    Yeah, admittedly the story’s not as romantic as the Jamaican Bobsled team, but for Bangladesis who have few current pop cultural references, shit like this does register quite highly. But its more like home videos of the last family wedding; Outside of those with an interst, it makes for a very dull afternoon in.

    So, from one computer nerd to another, Go Jawed.

  9. sonia — on 23rd October, 2006 at 1:21 pm  

    but jagdeep, surely one only has to look at bollywood..no? or does that not count. :-)

    anita desai’s father was bengali, im surprised that the bengali fetishists didn’t pick up on that one given the recent kiran desai booker business. ;-)

  10. BevanKieran — on 23rd October, 2006 at 1:38 pm  

    Yeah sonia it’s not unusual, millionaire businessmen, doctors etc etc — *sigh* — so boring, give me

    SPORTSTARS!

    GREAT NOVELISTS!

    How about climbers?

    Top climber in the world is a Sharma!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Sharma

    OK, he’s not Bengali but I don’t think he’s been acknowledged on PP before.

  11. sonia — on 23rd October, 2006 at 2:22 pm  

    :-)

    all this sort of stuff seems to focus on some funny ideas of ‘success’ in any case. of course we indians are all obsessed with being ‘first’ in this that and the other. ‘first class first’ boy you never hear the end of that from anyone who’s ever had it. obsessed. and ‘roll no.’s – what a strange concept.

  12. Jagdeep — on 23rd October, 2006 at 5:35 pm  

    Bollywood doesnt count sonia! Anyone can make it in Bollywood, plus I have a theory that Bollywood is actually a conspiracy by homosexuals and drag queens to soften us up for the big civil war, in which we will be forced to accept the principles of wearing tight t-shirts and dancing like an Asian boy from Birmingham visiting Heaven nightclub in Charing Cross for the fist time, as over made up shrieking drag queens, also known as Bollywood actresses, pretend to be virgins as they grind their hips over us.

    Bollywood is like cornershop owners turned billionaires — too common for words :-)

  13. Rezwan — on 23rd October, 2006 at 10:20 pm  

    Just to remid 3 nobel prize winners of the Indian sub-continent are all Bengalis:

    1) Rabindranath Tagore
    2) Amartya Sen
    3) Muhammad Yunus

    It reminds me of the saying… what Bengal thinks today.. India thinks tomorrow.

  14. razib_NOT_muslim — on 24th October, 2006 at 3:28 am  

    1) his mother is german. from his resume:

    LANGUAGES German (native), English

    2) his younger brother looks a lot like my younger brother

    3) Just to remid 3 nobel prize winners of the Indian sub-continent are all Bengalis:

    perhaps it is a typo rezwan, but raman & chandraksekar were tamil iyers, khorana & salam punjabis.

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