We asked some of our Twho’s Twho (see our issue dated April 2, 2010) to select their favourite people to follow
@PritishNandy sent his response in a single SMS:
@fionadolly for fun and chat, @gulpanag for informed tweets,
@supershamz for her blogs, @twilightfairy for tech queries
In no particular order:
@AshuMittal Life is drab and dismal — or so I think, and then Ashu pops up on my time line with a link to a stunning image that reminds me, yet again, that there is beauty out there.
@priyaramani Her sex tip-series — a nudge-nudge, wink-wink affair for most of us, but one she treated with pitch perfect humour — would alone be worth the price of admission. But she is more — an informed voice on current affairs, politics, and society.
@gulpanag One word characterises Bollywood on Twitter: Vapid. And then there is Gul Panag — classy, always interesting and, unlike her self-absorbed peers, ever ready to engage in debate. Gul gets what the rest of Bollywood does not — that Twitter is about engaging an audience, not merely about acquiring one.
@rameshsrivats This man is magic — an unparalleled ability to reduce the hot button issues of the day into one quotable 140-character sound byte. If, amidst the chaos of contemporary life, we laugh that we may not weep, the reason is Ramesh.
@nilanjanaroy Every day — almost — she links to the best reading material out there. And in one shot, she both underlines my ignorance, and alleviates it.
With apologies to the other 300+ excellent people on my time line, who I have been denied the space to name.
Twitter Pradesh’s darling, @gulpanag sent us this:
What makes for an interesting person to follow? Well depends on what you want! I, for one, look for someone who will give me my daily dose of news and current affairs, with humour thrown in, and a bit of philosophy.
@vikramchandra; because he makes the effort to engage. And it’s not selective and always linked to the topic that is up for discussion on his show. Loves his cricket.
@madversity: Journalist by profession and a social commentator by choice. You can be sure of a humourous twist to every news worthy item.
@jhunjhunwala; there is nothing more fun than reading his self praising tweets. Or engaging with him on current affairs. Of course we all know he is not the Rakesh Jhunjhunwala.
@pritishnandy, for his gift with prose — albeit one only gets a 140 character dose at a time. Lots of subtle humour. And doesn’t only tweet to plug his columns.
@stupidusmaximus; no one does self deprecating humour better than him. Being a stand-up comic and humour columnist helps. Immensely.
@Sidin; author and columnist brings an interesting twist to everything — from cricket, to movies to the weather. Loves his Malayali roots.
@sunainak: Lots of spunk. Is smart and fearless. Following her makes me feel like I am still living and experiencing all that Delhi is.
@tusharg calls a spade a spade. His unique perspective on things is refreshing. Will also oblige with humour every now and then.
@celinajaitly: One of the few members of Bollywood who isn’t on Twitter to promote herself and her work. Understands the medium, and works it well. Is witty and intelligent.
@anaggh, for my daily dose of philosophy! Following him is really like living with him. His daily diary is on twitter.
@surekhapillai: An eclectic being with a take on everything from food to scotch to men to women. A delight to follow.
@Sudhirtailang: Political cartoonist whose prowess with words goes hand in hand with his drawing. An intrepid soul.
@gargneha: The answer to Bridget Jones on twitter. Lots of fun and wit. Has you in peels with description of the mundane.
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