Saturday, November 26, 2011

Top 50 Personal Development Blogs of 2011

I began my weekend to discover that my personal ranting blog, Subho’s Jejune Diet, has been nominated for the Top 50 Personal Development Blogs of 2011 over at Change Your Thoughts. This was a pleasant surprise for a number of reasons. Firstly, I was not aware that I was a personal development blogger. My goal in blogging is to help people to connect back to the wisdom that lies within each one of us. I thought I was in the business of encouraging people to undo the conditioning that has got our society into the mess we are in, more of a personal regression blogger maybe. Secondly, for many years, my blog was more of a personal journal, and I started blogging with a focus and some amount of regularity only in August of 2011. Even then, I refused to follow traditional advice of having a blog focused on a niche, and my blog contains posts that deal with frugality, minimalism, ethics, and value-based lifestyles, along with a smattering of food, music, movies and politics thrown in.

If you want to nominate or vote for your favorite personal development blog, this is how to go about it. Go over to the post at Change Your Thoughts. Vote for your favorite blog in the comments in the following categories. It will of course be an honor if you think my blog fits into any of these categories as your choice of the year.

Best Overall Personal Development Blog of 2011
Best Productivity Blog of 2011
Best Personal Development Newcomer Blog of 2011
Best Simple Living Blog of 2011
Best Finance Blog of 2011
Best Personal Development Product of 2011

So do go over to Change Your Thoughts and vote for your favorite personal development blog right away.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Christopher Levine's Eclectiblogs- Weekly Meanderings for Music Head Consumption

Christopher Levine was the owner and chief contributor to the Eclectic, Inc. website.  He made the personal decision to shut it down as it was growing so rapidly that he felt it was losing it's intimacy.  Chris is very familiar with multiple music scenes, having lived in Southern California, New York, and Texas. Eclectic, Inc. was truly an all-things-music website. In addition to regular pop music journalism and recommendations and reviews, new artists - often without much prior exposure - were independently found and subsequently brought to the forefront and championed.  The result was a community of people who cared more about art than commerce. 
Upon closing the site down, numerous people wrote Chris and requested that he publish the accrued weekly blogs as they were viewed by many music lovers around the world daily.  He did so, and the result is his new book: "Eclectiblogs- Weekly Meanderings for Music Head Consumption.  This book is highly recommended for anyone who loves music...regardless of genre...and who enjoys laughing, thinking and creating.

You can get the book by clicking this link

Note: This is just a recommendation of a book by a friend, and not a product promotion or an affiliate link! Just so that you know. :)

Friday, November 04, 2011

Alicia Keys' Charity Ball Tribute to George Harrison

Our very own Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale were the set openers at Alicia Keys’ Black Ball for the Keep A Child Alive Foundation on November 3, 2011 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. They set the ball rolling for a star studded tribute to George Harrison with their interpretation of the all time Beatles classic Within You Without You. The long trance-like improvisation was followed by Keys herself and rap artist Jay Sean rendering a duet version of Something.
Alicia Keys and Gary Clark Jr. did their version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, while Norah Jones started out with I Don’t Know Why and then went on to a duet with Keys on Harrison’s Isn’t It a Pity. Usher sang some of his rap hits before joining Ritchie Sambora and Keys to do Here Comes the Sun. Keys also did a minimalistic and soulful version of My Sweet Lord. performed songs like I Got a Feeling and Where is The Love along with Alicia Keys. 
Guests for the heavily India flavored evening included Olivia Harrison, Padma Lakshmi, Tyra Banks, Serena Williams and Queen Latifah. The proceeds of the evening will go towards Alicia Keys charity, Keep A Child Alive Foundation, which works with HIV positive children in India and Africa.
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