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Coffee With Rashmi Bansal – One of the Leading Bloggers of India

13 February 2008 5 Comments

Hi Guys,

Today I am extremely extremely happy! Today’s blogpost Coffee With Rashmi Bansal is like a dream for me.. When I started Coffee With Expert series, I never dreamt that I would be interviewing Rashmi Bansal. But it has come true!

Rashmi Bansal is one of the leading bloggers in India. Just to give a quantative estimate, Look at the number of profile views Rashmi has got here. Look at the number of profile views that I have got here. I shouldnt even compare it! It is bigger by a couple of orders of magnitude.. πŸ™‚

Rashmi Bansal is an IIM A graduate. She is also the founder/editor of JAM Magazine. JAM magazine is Just Another Magazine. A very popular youth magazine. Rashmi’s blog Youth Curry is also very popular and has a huge fan following. What more. JustCheck out the Google Search Results for “Rashmi Bansal


Coffee With Rashmi Bansal (One of my dream come true!)

Me: Sundar Rajan G S
RB: Rashmi Bansal

Me: What is JAM all about? When did you start this? What motivated you to start this?
RB: JAM magazine (www.jammag.com) was launched on August 15, 1995. I felt there was a need for a magazine of, for and by the youth. A platform where students could express themselves and connect with each other. It remains the only independent and ‘made in India’ media for youth in the country.

Me: Do you think you can impact lives of the people by blogging?
RB: Well any kind of creative expression has the ability to impact people. But one does not blog to create an impact. I blog because I love to write, because I enjoy blogging. Making an impact is a welcome side effect.

Me: What is the type of blogs that you read? Do you feel there is any use in reading personal blogs? How do you manage the information overload in the blogosphere?
RB: Two of my favourite blogs are by Guy Kawasaki and Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame).
Personaly blogs are great as long as the person writing them enjoys doing so!
As regards information overload.. I do not feel the stress. I don’t use RSS feeds for one thing!


Me: There is a lot of defaming statements and comments made in blogosphere in general. Do you think blogs should be moderated? If so, who should moderate it? If not, why do you say so & What about comments on the blog?

RB:I think self regulation is the best form of regulation. If a blogger is abusive for no reason he or she does not attract readers.


Me: I see a lot of budding bloggers struggling to get audience. I see a lot them advertising for their blogs? (This includes me also) Is this such a bad thing to do? Have you even been through this?

RB: There’s nothing wrong in trying to attract more readers. But more effort should go into producing interesting content for the blog!

Me: What is your advise for people who want to take up journalism?
RB: Please do! It’s a great profession for those who are observant, love meeting people, having new experiences and doing something ‘meaningful’. You can have any kind of background – including engineering. In fact every year we have engineering grads who join JAM magazine and they do extremely well!

Me: What is your general advice for young and budding bloggers?
Don’t pontificate, write from the heart. And do run a spell check πŸ™‚


Thanks a lot Rashmi Bansal! This is a a dream come true for me. Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of Coffee With Rashmi Bansal!! This will motivate me to bring people from diverse background.

To See the preview episodes of Coffee With Experts,
Coffee With Balanarayan NT! – Journalist
Coffee With Gautham Thambidorai
Coffee With Harsha! – A Carnatic Singer
Coffee With Prem! – A true Underdog!
Coffee With Aditya – A Googler and Blogger!
Coffee With Mahesh – A CAT Cracker!

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  • beyond the sky said:

    nice… i wish there were more questions though πŸ™‚

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ beyond the sky,

    Thanks.. I dont ask mmore questions for a couple of reasons..

    1. The person answering will get annoyed..
    2. Readers will get annoyed..
    3. I am not very good at asking a lot of interview..

    Why dont you do some interviews for me.. πŸ™‚ It will be great to have your interviews here..

  • The Maharishi said:

    very soon u ll be the interviewed person in another bloke’s blog ..her opinion on blog moderation and regulation was neat !..just neat ! …n i strongly forbade moderation..anyways, blogosphere is too big and growing uncontrollably..moderating it is a herculean task !..that’s an understatement !

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ maharishi,

    I also really like her blog moderation comments..

    I will stop flaming Sreesanth.. πŸ™‚

    ha ha

  • MaVeRicK said:

    FYI-

    One of our very own seniors from RECT is on Rashmi’s JAM mag team. His name is Sidin.. he’s a freelancer and a popular, though aggresive, blogger too! Not sure if you know of him.