I think year-end and top 10, top 20, top 50 lists are kind of ridiculous. But it was fun to open up an email on the first day of the year and see myself among the Top 50 Coolest Desis of 2008, along with Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi, several Bollywood and Hollywood luminaries, and (???) Snoop Dogg. Of course most of the fun of these lists is to debate them. You can comment on who should have been higher, lower, on, or off the list at the South Asian Journalists Association Forum blog. (Or right on this blog, of course.)
Happy New Year! Hope 2009 takes you to the top of your own list!