Every one will admit that after the arrival of Unicode fonts the usage of Bangla language in internet has been increasing day by day. Just install your favourite Bangla unicode fonts and browse the Bangla unicode supported websites without any hassel. Life becomes simple. Is that really?
Nope! I didnot find it that simple. When I left my country, I used to stoop to the PC for reading online Bangla Newspapers. But for some reasons those newspapers donot use Unicode Bangla fonts in their sites, rather they use different fonts in different sites. Why? I don’t know the answer. Only site I found, that is using Unicode Fonts is Computer Jogot, which is not a daily newspaper rather a monthly magazine focusing the IT!
What kind of stupidity is that? Everytime I visited a new newspaper site, I’ve to install their different fonts for reading – isn’t it a cumbersome task? More over if I use PC in other places (say airport PCs) instead of mine, I am not able to install those fonts, because as a user sometimes I don’t have the access to install extra fonts!
Why the hell on earth they don’t understand the advantage of using unicode fonts? Is not their anyone who’ll realize its importance??
Well… another Bangla blogging platform has appeared in Bangla Blogosphere. The name of the newborn is ProthomAlo Blog, a sister concern of renowned Bangladeshi daily newspaper Prothom Alo. This blog is developed by Hasin, Mahbub Morshed, Emran Hasan and Omi Azad; there may be others but I am aware of only these four guys. Congrats to them for making this blogging platform.
When I got the news that Prothom Alo has published a blog, I then and then hit the address. But when I went to register myself as a blogger there I got the first shock. I’ve to need an invitation code to join there! And they do not mention how to manage one! I don’t have any friends or family working in Prothom Alo, so I really don’t know how to manage the invitation code. Another thing that confuses me is their TOS. There are too many rules and regulations! Those rules are obviously good and reasonable but their quantity is huge. It would be better if two or more rules can be marched together. This would keep the compact summary of the rules same as the previous but in a less space. By the way, I have send them an email requesting for an invitation code, but didnot get any answers from them till now! Well… if anyone knows how to register in this blog please let me know.
This is the first time in Bangladesh that any newspaper starts its own Blogging platform. Obviously this is a new milestone in both Bangla Blogosphere and history of Bangla newspapers. We can hope that from now general readers can express their statements on any issue from different perspective angles. This will really enhance the information field of Bangladesh vigorously, if the blog admins are remain unbiased. And we hope that they will be unbiased till the end. Otherwise this whole thing will be messed up. Another fact is that, we can now expect that other newspapers will also publish their own blog for interacting with the readers.
It seems that Bangla Blogosphere is enriching day by day. Now a days Bangla Blogosphere has reached in a standard through Somewhere in blog and Sachalayatan. And there are other Bangla blogging platform also. And if the personal/individual Bangla blogs of WordPress and Blogspot is considered then one have to admit that Bangla Blogosphere is really big. With numerous blogs of an ever increasing rate Bangla Blogosphere is expanding day by day. We hope that Prothom Alo Blog will take this Blogosphere to a higher level.
See the list of Bangladeshi blogs in Blogosphere HERE.