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Sites for sore eyes

You may have missed these sites in the year that was, but you can make a resolution to check them out this New Year. Whatever your interests may by, Kanika Johri assures there would be something for everyone in this list.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2011 12:24 IST
Kanika Johri
Kanika Johri
Hindustan Times

You may have missed these sites in the year that was, but you can make a resolution to check them out this New Year. Whatever your interests may by, here are some sites which you absolutely must see before you die or else you probably are dead, already.


It claims to be America's only humour site. Well, what do you know, it probably is! Not many of us think very highly of America's sense of humour but this one really is funny. For one thing, they are innovative with the stuff they have and they seriously do boggle your head at times. Most of their content is genuine and makes you go WTF! They have everything from the coolest real-life heists to some of the historic symbols which mean the opposite of what you think.


Technology has become one of the most dominant members of our families. A lot of us run for help to this particular member to find solutions in making life simpler for us. However, this member too, like all others can get moody and difficult often making life miserable for us. It is for such situations that we can resort to the technology counselor CNET.


Up to date with all the various updates in technology and also a terrific guide to help you cope with the quick advancements, CNET often does reviews of new gadgets and applications. A lot of the downloads for anti-viruses etc too are available via CNET which makes the whole process a lot simpler and hassle-free.


For those of you who are fans of Sufi music or even catchy beats, Coke Studio is an amazing place to be. A Pakistan based website Coke Studio is one of the greatest sources for fresh talent across the globe. It has not only renowned artists like Abida Parveen, Atif Aslam and even Raahat Fateh Ali Khan recording for the studio but also has some of the most refreshing music that comes from today's youth mixing genres.

There's something for everyone! Whether you're a fan of classic ghazal music or are just up for some catchy music or sufi beats, Coke Studio has it all. And the best part is that you can listen to it live on the site and then if you like what you hear, you can download and listen to it whenever you want to.


Whether you're an ace photographer, a novice or just someone who has a curiosity about cameras or an interest in photography, Popphoto has something for everyone. From camera and lens reviews to basic guides for the kind of camera you can go in for and tips on how best to print your pictures, Pop's the way to go!


This site is possibly one of the most unique kind of sites from all over the net. Is there something that has been nagging you at the back of your mind and you desperately want to talk to someone or share it with someone? But you can't because no one will understand, they may judge you or simply not take it well. Postsecret is the confidant you can rely on and be rest assured of the anonymity. It acts as a nice vent, especially when you read what others have posted and realize you're all in the same boat. It's almost touching.


Most of you probably are already aware of this site, at least if you're a music lover. But for the uninitiated, Lastfm is one of the oldest music sites and perhaps also one of greatest contributors to what music sharing and downloading online is today.

So, how does it work? Well, you start with registering yourself (for free) and after confirming your ID they ask you your music preferences. Whether you're a hardcore Rock or complete Pop/Hip Hop music person, Lastfm offers you quite a platter to choose from. It even suggests other bands you might enjoy. With everything from your favourite artists' biographies to their best known tracks and self-recommended albums, Lastfm is definitely worth your time, even if just for passing it.


Did you know what symphorophilia is? Well, it's a fetish, for accidents. Which basically means that there are people out there who get extremely turned on only by dangerous and severe accidents. Freaky right? Oddee lists some 11 other such strange fetishes. It has a lot of such interesting and quirky stories that are Well, this site is definitely with the odds and not against them.


It's classic, to be precise. All the classic or well-known books you ever wanted to read but either couldn't get access to or just couldn't find anywhere, will be here. From Homer's The Illiad to Dostoevsky's The Idiot, all these books are available for free download. What more do you want?!


It's all about the food. Seriously. Anything and everything you can possibly think of related to food, is here.

Thanks to the variety of contributors, the surfer can actually get a whole of diverse content they will definitely make their tummies grumble! Of course they offer cooking and baking tips and techniques, who doesn't! But then how is this site any different from other food sites?

From food apps, to edible DIYs (Do-It-Yourselves), to awesome cocktail recipes and special diet dishes along with some practical advice from experts, this site really has it all. See for yourself!


Ok, this is a really fun place and there is some seriously show-offable stuff out there. Whether you are much of a shopper or not, threadless has some really t-shirt designs that are sure to make heads turn. Like they say, it's Tee-rrific!


Legend has it that once a man started trading on Craigslist with just a red rubber band and by the time he was done trading one thing for another, he had managed to buy a house, a car and a lot more, only through Craiglist.

In India, Craigslist works somewhat like a Yellow pages directory and it is customized to your city, so you can directly check out links that are of interest to you, whether it's hunting for a job, a shop of antiques or something personal. Definitely, worth checking out.


Are you a fashion fan? Because if you like to stay abreast of the trends that are on and those that aren't, Thesratorialist is great. The best part is, they don't pick out the best dressed celebrities or the best attire to don. They pick out fashion from you. So, when 'the sartorialist' spots you wearing chic attire or just a pretty green scarf, he/she is likely to say so on the blog with photographs. It's offbeat but it's not off the mark.


So, you're surfing channels on the television and suddenly a film catches your attention, you start watching it, start enjoying it and love the performances. But now you want to know who was that really hot actor who acted so well and where have you seen him before. IMDb has your answer.

Internet Movie Database is definitely one of the best and the most looked up sites as far as international films, television series or even plays dramas are concerned. Up to date and pretty accurate, IMDb has all the information about the thousands of stars, their filmography, personal information and even trivia about them.

They have the latest posters and trailers and you can even check the releases of films you have been waiting for. This is the place where you can get all the news and gossip on the celebs as well.

When in doubt, IMDb is the way out!


A gentleman once decided to visit New York for a couple of days and someone recommended for making the bookings for his travel and stay at the best possible prices. Priceline's a bidding site where the customer can name the price he is willing to pay for a particular class of travel and stay. The gentleman managed to get a stay at the Plaza hotel in New York for $30 only. True story.

Priceline is fairly simple to use and for the uninitiated, the site has a guide for beginners where they actually explain how the site works and how much you can benefit. They have everything you might worry about while making travel bookings. Airfares, hotel stays, taxi rental services and even cruises, all from the most renowned brands, Priceline provides all and that too at your price! Don't believe us? There's only one other way to find out for yourself…try it!


If Virginia Woolf was alive today, she would have been very proud of the owners of this site. Stumbleupon takes stream of consciousness to another level.

As the title suggests, this site is all about picking out an area of interest to you and you keep stumbling upon new stuff. Whether it's food, travel, adventure, gadgets or absolutely anything under the sun or even around it! You can just go on exploring, so Bon Voyage!

We challenge you to check out the sites and say, "There is not a single website I liked/enjoyed out of these links," and mean it!

First Published: Jan 01, 2011 13:34 IST

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