Introducing The Desicritics Team
Desicritics launched just over a year ago with a focus on exploring what it means to be South Asian in a world where desis are everywhere, doing everything, and opinionating about their world. Do political, social, religious, ethnic boundaries matter online? Could we bring together the very best writers, bloggers, critics and provide them a forum to articulate their views about the new post-post-colonial world, a transnational, opportunity-rich space?
The results have been more than promising - we've grown from an initial cabal of 75+ of the best writers and bloggers in the desi blogosphere to over 500 Desicritics, covered everything from nuclear deals to macaca-gate, from Bugti to Boston, and men's rights to reservation rights. We've published over 3000 articles, 20000+ comments, and have a regular readership that grows constantly. We've had over 1,300,000 visitors and 1.5 million hits since we launched in January 2006.
Desicritics.org is part of the Blogcritics.org family of sites, which has more than 100,000 daily visitors, and 1500+ writers, and which covers all aspects of contemporary culture and society. Our global reach enables views and opinions to be disseminated across the online macrocosm. The articles from our excellent writers are only the beginning. Readers and commenters chime in to create an ongoing unrestricted dialogue that often goes beyond the original dimensions of the article.
We are an official Google News source, providing extensive coverage to news topics, and often, front page stories that draw numerous readers and attention.
Our articles are syndicated by numerous news aggregator sites and online magazines such as Indianpad.com, DNA India,bharat1.com, Topix, and mytoday.com. The exponentially higher visibility for their articles than they could achieve from their personal blog or website as well as the opportunity to be a part of a global interactive community, attracts bloggers and writers to Desicritics. It also benefits writers to work with our editors to take their writing skills to 'the next level'.
We work with publishers and media agents to review music, books, films, and events. To have your material reviewed or critiqued, send us an email.
The Desicritics Team
Publisher: Aaman Lamba
Aaman Lamba has been a writer for longer than he can remember. He cares passionately about making the world a more liveable and lovable place, without borders or divisive attitudes. Desicritics is the fulfilment, in part, of his mission to facilitate dialogue and communication, as well as to fathom the intersection of the real and virtual worlds. He works in the technology industry, reads at least four books a week, and can't do it without his guiding light, Deepti.
Uber-Blogfather: Eric Olsen
Over a 20-year writing, editing, and media career, Blogcritics.org Founder and Publisher Eric Olsen has written in depth on a vast array of topics including politics, current events, world affairs, popular culture, music, music industry, digital technology, opinion and commentary, etc., for periodicals, books, TV, radio, and the Internet. As an editor and author, he oversaw the compilation and publication of Networking In the Music Industry (Rockpress, 1993) and Encyclopedia of Record Producers (Billboard Books, 1999). In 2002, Olsen founded online magazine Blogcritics.org, the sinister cabal of superior bloggers. His inspiration and guidance make Desicritics what it is, and have laid the foundation for what it is becoming.
Technical Director: Phillip Winn
Phillip Winn built Blogcritics.org, very nearly from scratch. Winn is a self-professed writer and geek, and those passions come together in helping to run and manage both the technical and operational ends of Blogcritics.org and Desicritics.org. The sites run on a completely rewritten version of MovableType, scaled to support thousands of writers and millions of hits, while still providing a convenient user experience. Behind the scenes, Winn keeps the servers humming smoothly and manages all aspects of site design and software development. He once walked down the Vegas Strip in sweltering heat to listen to a concert.
Executive Producer: Eric Berlin
Executive Producer Eric Berlin does whatever it takes to make sure that Desicritics and Blogcritics fly straight while maintaining their stunning upward trajectory. In real-virtual world terms, that means managing public relations, editorial and site production, and business development and strategic planning. He is constantly on the look-out for potential partnerships so he's your man for any collaboration. Berlin's background in online media includes stints at Bay Area start-ups myteam.com, nextdoor.com, and TechTV.
Executive Editor: Sujatha Bagal
Executive Editor Sujatha Bagal works with individual authors, tirelessly nurturing their best writing talents and helping shape the site's creative content. She provides editorial inputs to the rest of the editorial team. She reaches out to prospective writers, guest writers, and brings them into the fold. She also serves as Culture Editor, spotlighting interesting articles for the Culture Section of Desicritics.
Senior Editors: Deepti Lamba, temporal, Kishore Gopalan, Nandhu
Deepti Lamba, besides being co-owner of the site, and Comments Moderator, provides editorial inputs and strategic direction when she's not writing her next short story or novel.
temporal nurtures the Politics section of Desicritics, searches out potential desicritics from the diaspora. keeps unruly writers, editors and commenters in line with his acerbic wit, and occasionally tosses off a poem in obesiance to the Muses.
Kishore Gopalan coordinates the Business & Technology section, supports Phillip Winn in technical wizardry, and looks out for the next new thing that Desicritics can do.
Nandhu provides editorial direction for the Media section, and reviews films that catch his fancy.
Huzaifa Das is our Sports Editor - he tracks down interesting stories to cover, and identifies exciting sports writers to bring into the Desicritics fold.
Sakshi Juneja is our new Asst Culture & Media Editor - straddling that line where culture meets media - as in Bollywood, Television, and magazines.
Desigirl is our new Editor for the desi diaspora in the United Kingdom. Based there, she will cover issues from a British/European perspective, and work with writers in the region.
Amrita Rajan is our roving editor, with a special focus on the U.S. desi experience.
Justene Adamec provides pro bono legal guidance to Desicritics. She is a trained mediator and arbitrator, a skill that is quite handy online.
Introducing The Desicritics Team
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