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  • Calling British Asian bloggers

    by Sunny
    20th November, 2005 at 12:18 am    

    Now that Pickled Politics has settled down and started establishing its own identity (in just over 11 weeks), there are certain things I need to start on.

    Firstly, I would like to build a list of British Asian bloggers who write about current affairs topics or at least what is going on in the world around them. The plan is to start tracking conversations and topics so I can summarise what bloggers are saying when need be.

    Why? Because various media organisations keep asking me what British Asian bloggers are saying.
    Below is a small list of blogs I know in alphabetical order.

    1) They have to be talking about stuff in the news at least.
    2) Has to be of Asian origin living in the UK, or previously lived here.

    British Asian
    British Born Confused Desi
    Bradford Muslim
    Golmal Press
    Immortal Light
    M Singh
    M Khalsa
    Opinionated Voice
    Postman Patel
    Reality Cafe
    Neha Viswanathan
    Real Man’s Fraternity
    Reformist Muslim
    Route 79
    Shanti Warrior
    Suspect Paki
    Under Progress

    Don’t be shy in providing more suggestions!

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    1. Robin Grant — on 20th November, 2005 at 3:06 am  

      don’t forget Indigo Jo

    2. shirazi — on 20th November, 2005 at 6:57 am  

      I am expecting a lot here. And thanks for the plug.

    3. Sunny — on 20th November, 2005 at 1:13 pm  

      You are? To be honest I couldn’t that many with writings on what is going on around the world. Most were either very personal or just about their religious activity. Hmmm…

      Robin - I might be wrong here, but I don’t think he’s Asian.

    4. blue mountain — on 20th November, 2005 at 1:48 pm  

      and he deletes posts !!!

    5. Yusuf Smith — on 20th November, 2005 at 2:34 pm  

      Robin Grant: I’m not Asian - I’m a white convert to Islam. My blog is already linked off here. I have another blog, Blogistan, which has Asian contributors.

      However, it’s down at the moment due to hosting difficulties (basically, clueless Fasthosts noticed that my trackback script was causing their system to slow down massively, and instead of isolating just that script, moved the whole lot into a place nobody can get to it; I intend to find a new host before the weekend is out).

    6. Yusuf Smith — on 20th November, 2005 at 2:36 pm  

      and he deletes posts !!!

      Yes. It’s an Islamic blog, and I don’t pay hosting fees for flame warriors or anti-Islam crusaders. People know what they can do if they are in either of these categories.

    7. blue mountain — on 20th November, 2005 at 2:59 pm  

      Sorry mate

      I am neither of the two

      You are at best a clueless person

    8. blue mountain — on 20th November, 2005 at 3:02 pm  

      Yes. It’s an Islamic blog

      I disagree. Basically it’s an Islamist blog

    9. blue mountain — on 20th November, 2005 at 3:27 pm  

      Seems like you have acquired a new trait after your conversion from an Englishman to a Muslim

      Intolerance of views that are different from yours

    10. Siddharth — on 20th November, 2005 at 4:59 pm  

      Thanks for the tag. ‘Asian’ blogging is bound to be a loose grouping. The personal observational stuff is great. But I was surprised to see so few devoted to a political issues exclusively. Looks like PP will have to take that prize Sunny.

    11. Vikrant — on 20th November, 2005 at 5:13 pm  

      Hmm.. i may blog someday to balace out the leftie control of Asian blogging… but not for now, got GCSE’s this year man.

    12. jamal — on 20th November, 2005 at 5:13 pm  

      This is a good idea. Im sure there are lots more out there. If I come across any others I’ll post them.

    13. Jeet — on 20th November, 2005 at 7:15 pm  

      This is a great blog by a London Indian Dude (I think he is Punjabi) - please add it to your list because on the right hand side is a section of the best and most simple recipes for desi food out there.

    14. Sunny — on 20th November, 2005 at 10:23 pm  

      Jeet - that blog is already linked on top.

      Vikrant - We have tory Asians on here!

      Bluey - stop whining man! It’s his blog, he can do what he wants with it.

    15. Vikrant — on 21st November, 2005 at 9:53 am  

      Tory Asian.. like…
      Although my borough is Tory, my parents as with most Asians here vote Lib Dems…. i like tories more though.

    16. Vikrant — on 21st November, 2005 at 10:00 am  

      btw Sunny. That Shanti gal seems to me to be white convert to Sikhism hence she wont qualify for Asian blogger isnt it?

    17. Shaykh Rattle 'n' Roll — on 21st November, 2005 at 12:20 pm

      This is a blog by a bunch of Muslim Asians (though it doesn’t have to be exclusively Asian, it is happens to be at the moment). A mixture of politics and some personal day-to-day stories.

    18. Vikrant — on 21st November, 2005 at 12:33 pm  

      From Darkness to Light ?? by Muslims.. is it some dort of Parody.. Asto maa sad gamaya tamso maa jyotirgamaya ring any bells? Dude better not let HFB get on ur trail.

    19. blue mountain — on 21st November, 2005 at 12:37 pm  

      Sunny writes:

      Bluey - stop whining man! It’s his blog, he can do what he wants with it.

      Sunny man …I was blissfully ignorant of the existence of a certain person named Yusuf Smith …. I thank your website heartily for introducing me into his world of enlightning thoughts and ideas

    20. Jez — on 21st November, 2005 at 12:53 pm  

      Here are a few . .


    21. Sunny — on 21st November, 2005 at 2:11 pm  

      Vikrant - Yes, you’re right. Will have to take her name out.

    22. sonia — on 21st November, 2005 at 8:06 pm  

      hmm! goodness look at your categorizations you lot ..doesn’t look like you’ll find many blogs to fit into your niche does it. well i have a blog - i’m not British -and i happen to be asian, though i probably don’t have the same issues as i havent grown up here and hence i dont really have ‘ethnic minority’ issues - i think you know what i mean, i apologize for my inarticulateness!

      i do have issues with stupid people across the world and violence, having survived a war so i like to blog about the general lack of liberality and understanding about.

      take a look see - its a bit controversial and i like to encourage fiery debate, again i apologize if it offends anyone..

    23. Al-Hack — on 22nd November, 2005 at 12:37 am  

      Where you from then Sonia?

    24. Vikrant — on 22nd November, 2005 at 5:01 am  

      American… look at the way she spells.

    25. Inquisitor — on 22nd November, 2005 at 5:12 am  

      Just wondering,

      What if i was ‘asian’ and ‘british’ but ‘blogged’ about non-asian and non-british matters?

      What if i wasn’t ‘asian’ or ‘british’ but ‘blogged’ about asian and british matters?

      What if i was ‘asian’ in sight but cosmopolitan in perspectival height?

      I am of the Race of Thinkers. Would that make me part
      ‘British’ and thus render my perspectives worthy of local consideration?


    26. Mirax — on 22nd November, 2005 at 5:28 am  

      good questions,Inquisitor.

    27. Inquisitor — on 22nd November, 2005 at 5:30 am  

      In view of the above perspective, i request an honourary digital citizenship and inclusion into your list as the first non-british brit by virtue of my cosmopolitan locality.

    28. sonia — on 22nd November, 2005 at 1:29 pm  

      Vikrant - I’m not american - why do you think that - cos i use z instead of an ‘s’? oh ha.

      I think iNquisitor has a great point. fair enough you want to focus on ‘british asian’ bloggers but if someone wants to engage with you, you can’t really leave them out without being exclusionist and group-ist.

      where am i from? well that depends on what you mean. i say im from bangladesh that’s what my nationality is - and i happen to have been born there. i’ve lived there for 2 years and my parents live there now, and i visit them. i’ve grown up in several different continents - i’ve never lived anywhere long enough to be ‘from there’. So i say im from bangladesh - the only ones who take issue are the ones from there who say man you aren’t authentic.
      though i never said i was..!

    29. sonia — on 22nd November, 2005 at 1:32 pm  

      and anyway if i happened to be American in the sense that i grew up there, i dont see that it would be very different than growing up here - im referring to the ‘confused desi’ thesis - have you guys seen American Desi?


    30. Rezwan — on 23rd November, 2005 at 10:54 am  

      Here are some more:

      Bring your own Shisha

      Always think positive

      Me, myself & Bangladesh


    31. Uncleji desi blog guru — on 23rd November, 2005 at 11:55 am  

      Here’s more
      Would post more but there’s a Gurdwara election on and I need to breaks some bones

      Daniel Brett weblog (

    32. Uncleji spotting large black eye — on 23rd November, 2005 at 12:32 pm

      Khalsa Aid Blog (individual)

    33. Sunny — on 23rd November, 2005 at 2:22 pm  

      Lol at Uncleji about breaking bones!
      Thanks for the suggestions people, I will update this page later today.

      Inquisitor: This is really about Britons of Asian origin because I want to be able to summarise what they’re saying on some issues when they come up. That way PP can reflect the opinions of a wider group too, not just those of our own writers.

    34. Sooraj — on 23rd November, 2005 at 6:28 pm  

      Hi Sunny,

      I live in Cambridge, and here are two of my blogs:

      One is on India:
      One on Hinduism: (very new!)

    35. Inquisitor — on 24th November, 2005 at 5:51 am  

      The muslims are ahead of humanity in the realisation that they are ONE despite the illusory borders of the nation-state. When are rest going to ‘get with the program’? How about doing a frog-leap over the transnational militants (aka ‘terrorists’) and converting this site into an ‘Asian despite Asia and Cosmopolitan despite Britain’ site?

      I’ve started it with my ‘CosmoBlog’ initiative despite the many ‘nationalxxxBlog’ promoters out there. How about presenting the British media with an Asian perspective despite nationality?

      Islam and Hinduism(as illustrated in the ‘aum’), in essence, is ahead of western perspectives in that it recognises ‘Unity Despite’.

      Ahhh….perhaps some day these people will realise that which is self-evident to myself and some others. Till then, i will languish in the oblivion of Cosmoplitanism.

    36. Inquisitor — on 24th November, 2005 at 5:54 am  

      “1) They have to be talking about stuff in the news at least.
      2) Has to be of Asian origin living in the UK, or previously lived here.”

      The above, like the ‘war on terror’, is yet another attempt to maintain the hegemony of the idea of the nation-state over what is in reality a Transnational Humanity.

    37. Jez — on 25th November, 2005 at 12:06 am

      ps when you going to put some of these in the links section ?

    38. Sunny — on 25th November, 2005 at 3:46 am  

      I will I will! So bloody busy these days… I’m gonna do an updated post in a few days. Until then just keep adding suggestions here peeps.

    39. Jez — on 25th November, 2005 at 6:26 pm  

      remove the pro war left blogs, they make me feel kweeze

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