It's Monday morning and what better way to begin the week than to have a look at some of the funnier blogs in the Lankan blogosphere over the last year?
The nominations are, rather sadly, a bit sparse. There are some blogs with the occasional funny post floating around but there's a strange deficit of Sri Lankan blogs that consistently write humour. By and large, by the way, I think it's fair to tell you that my definition of a Sri Lankan blog is pretty much what is on Kottu, as well as Darwin's one. The nominees, all three of them, are:
1. Hissyfits - Yes, it's DQ again. She has that way of writing that forces a smile onto the reader's face. Whether it's talking about men, as in her award winning post here, or telling us about the things she's done, she's had me in stitches. Yes, yes, yes, I guess it's a bit easy to predict that I'm going to laugh myself silly at someone who writes about their toilet habits, farting in public and splitting their skirt to reveal a thonged bum, but it really is funny. When I read lines like this one, I piss myself:
"When I try to skip rope, I piss myself."
2. Plethora of Blox. This blog, written by Noorie, is not really a laugh your sides off place, more of an off the wall and slightly whacky ongoing diary and series of outpourings. The best description is by the lady herself:
"Quirky, eccentric and has a passionate love for exclamation marks and caps to drive a point home. No license yet though. All in good time. "
Posts about huge insects and even huger feet are blended in with random funnies and stories about dogs, tattoos and suspicious sounds on Noor's roof. It all leads to an eclectic blog, one that is seriously funny at times and funnily serious at others.
3. Jathika Chinthana Pravahaya, a blog title which, I can almost guarantee, is a damn sight easier for you to say than it is for me to even attempt. If Sittingnut and Voice In Colombo sat down and decided that they wanted to write a satirical blog then this would be it. It's like their bastard child, but born with a sense of humour and a lot of colour. Occasionally I find myself wondering about the level of seriousness within its content, is the writer really trying to make a point or totally taking the piss, but it's too funny for me to spend much time pondering on.
At this point I'm flattered, privileged and honoured to be able to introduce another genuine guest judge, another legend of the Sri Lankan blogosphere, Mr Java Jones himself. I'll open the envelope with the winner's name inside.
Yes, it's Jathika Chinthana Pravahaya, I'll hand things over to Java to present the award and say a few carefully chosen words:
"About JC and the “funniest blog" category - all I can say is that whoever is behind it has done an excellent job of tongue in cheek satire that had (and has) so many confused as to their true intentions. I found a couple of their early ones to be quite hilarious - and that was compounded by the confused readers who took them seri-assly and either vented or rejoiced. But then there are those who do not think this is a 'funny' blog at all, and instead take it to be the reflection of a true blue Sinhala chauvinist patriot(s) telling it like it is! All in all Java enjoys the satire and will agree that it is one of the funnier blogs."
That wraps things up for today's award. The next few days will culminate in the prestigious Blog of the Year award as well as a special new award.
Happy Monday out there.