Brilliante and Premier Dardos Awards

One of the two joys of blogging has been to meet people that one would not have met in real life, or at least the probability of meeting would have been very low. The other is that one sometimes gets pleasantly surprised.

Two long time readers of this blog have been very nice to award it with two blog awards recently- Jack Stephens awarded the Brilliante Weblog Award and Renegade Eye, the Premier Dardos Award. As per the rules, I am  listing some of the blogs that I find very invigorating and are fellow travelers in the sense of their intellectual and humanistic concerns. Also, all of the them, with the exception of one, are India/ Pakistan centric blogs.

Brilliante Award:

Upliftthem: For its single minded focus on Dalit issues. This was the first blog I discovered when searching for critical blogs on caste.

Ghazala: Ghazala writes on ‘subversive poetry’- from that of the Harlem Renaissance to feminist and progressive poetry in Urdu. My only complaint is that this blog has long dormancy.

Written Encounters: Fawad brings out (along with Raza Rumi) the quintessentially shared culture between Pakistan and India.

Parchanve: The only blog that I read in Punjabi. Jasdeep brings out contemporary Punjabi poetry and often renders them into excellent English.

Dispatches from Zembla: Alok blogs on films and books. I particularly look to his blog when it comes to anything from Austria or Russia.

Premier Davos

Manukhsi: Humanism for all: VB Rawat is a film maker and activist. His long posts are well researched and well thought of. I particularly like his consistent take on Dalit issues.

An Indian Muslim: An Indian Muslim focuses on the syncretic Indian culture and has a keen eye for reading everyday life within a broad context.

My Xofura: Aruni Kashyap blogs about the North East particularly on literature. He writes in English and Assamese and is a poet to watch out for.

The Mountaintop: Vidya blogs about Indian philosophy, music and feminism. I don’t know much about any these topics and it is good to be occasionally enlightened on these themes.

Untouchable Earth: Blends everything from astronomy to poetry and politics. A very original blog.

Here is more about the awards and the rules:

Brilliante Award:

1. Pass on the award to five bloggers that you admire.

Premier Dardos Award

The Premier Dardos Award is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.”

The Rules
1) Accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his/her blog.

2) Pass the award to another five blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement, remembering to contact each of them to let them know they have been selected for this award.

20 thoughts on “Brilliante and Premier Dardos Awards

  1. Dear Friends,

    Greetings !!

    And many thanks for considering this site worth reading. I am an activist and find little time to update the site. Hopefully, after some time, i will be able to do it in a better way and regularly.

    And yes, we should develop such a network for bloggers so that our work reach to more people. There need to be solidarity among us in defense of freedom and creative freedom with responsibility.

    With regards,

    Vidya Bhushan Rawat

  2. Dear VB,

    Thanks for dropping by. Over the years, it has been a pleasure to read your blog.

    > we should develop such a network for bloggers

    Some of us started Blogbharti with that intent, however, it lost both steam and direction after some time. Let us see if we can work out something more sustainable. Thanks for reviving that idea !

  3. Readerswords,

    Thanks so much for reading the blog and giving it your award. I genuinely appreciate it and am honored. It is delightful to know that there are thoughtful people like you who visit my periodic musings.



  4. Hi,

    many thanks for considering me for the award….really feel honored and glad for specially chosen by you as your “a reader’s words” it self an worthy, thoughtful and warm visiting place.


  5. I really enjoy Noni’s blog. You never know what you’ll find there.

    Noni has a heartfelt love for astronomy, that adds something, not found elsewhere.

    RW: I think what unites the blogs you like, is universal values as democracy, secularism etc.

  6. Hi

    Thanks for considering my blog for award.. It was your blog along with some others that inspired my to start blogging on blogspot first and then moving to wordpress too 🙂

    I started the blog on Punjabi Poetry to scratch my own itch, as there was no other blog around there then.

    Thanks again !

  7. @Renegade Eye: Good observation. I believe that Marxism is the highest form of humanism, and so it is very natural that I like blogs that have a universal, humanistic appeal. Just as humanism finds its finest expression in Marxism so too must Marxism look out towards universal values. A lot of blogs and writings by Marxists tend to be solely political which makes them look very similar.
    @Jasdeep: I look forward to your list of awardees soon!

  8. rw,

    Thanks. I’d say that the rw blog and posts and the links you provide via them have made a lot of learning and expansion on dimensions and horizons I never knew existed possible.

  9. hi! rw… what do i say… my first blogging award 😀 “I’m happy” would be a gross understatement. thanks for making me feel welcome and included in the blogger community right from the beginning of my blog. it was your blog that for me opened the door to the world of blogs. infact my list of five awardees would be the same as yours 🙂 but i suppose i would have stretch myself a bit to look further.

    aur aapki shikayat bhi wajib hai 🙂 will try to pull up my socks and write more frequently/regularly…

    warm regards,

  10. @ghazala: look forward to the list of awardees at your site as well. I can see that you have already written one post and also passed it on to one more blog !

  11. Thanks for the appreciative comment you left on The South Asian Idea. The blog is intended for college students but I am afraid it is not reaching its primary audience. Rather, its appeal seems to be to a more mature readership. The danger of falling between two stools is very high. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  12. To be frank, I think you need that question to the intended audience. The only comment that I have is that perhaps it is written in too academic a style. You can try and network better by linking to student blogs and getting guests posts from students.

    I have only two small requests:

    1. I find the organization of the site confusing as the front page is a static page and not the blog, I can’t find the link to the blog.
    2. The site feed is truncated. For those like me who use a feed reader to follow blogs, many times one just does not read a post because of the need to click to go to that site. I feel truncating the feed works fine for sites that have very frequent updates (like news sites) or the size of posts is too long. I will really appreciate if you can let the full post appear in the feeds.

  13. Thanks for the suggestions. My handicap is that I am way over my head on the technical issues. I wish I knew how to fix the shortcomings you have pointed out.

  14. It’s no big deal. Here are the steps:
    1. Go to WordPress dashboard for your blog:

    2. Scroll down the page and look for “Settings” tab on the left hand menu

    3. The “Settings” tab will expand and show a number of sub- menu items. click on “Reading”

    4. Change the first setting “Front Page Displays” from “a static page” to “your latest posts”

    5. Change the fifth item on the same page “For each article in a feed, show ” : Change from “Summary” to “Full text”

    6. Scroll down the page and click on “Save Changes”

    7. Now go to your blog site: and you should see the blog posts on the homepage instead of the current static page.

    8. Subscribe the feed of your blog in a feed reader like or and verify that the posts are not truncated and that the full text appears in the feed.

    If you feel you still need the static page as the main display, just revert the changes in step (4).

    Let me know if you face any challenges.

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