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Webscape

By Kate Russell
BBC Click Online Webscape-r

Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

Incredible India website

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Well, with the boys all off exploring the technology that can be found in India, I thought I would turn my hand to a little touring of the region myself - virtually, of course. And with India being such an incredibly big country, I bet I get to see a lot more than they do!

We will start with the basics, a good tourism guide, an essential place to start any trip abroad if you want to make the most of it. There are simply loads of this kind of website about India on the net, and it seems hard to decide which one contains the best information as, like the country itself, they are all massive and hugely diverse.

IncredibleIndia.org has the most visually inviting look for me, though, and is very easy to navigate. The three main sections are presented on the opening page. There is a trip planner for those considering a visit, a section about holiday ideas to help you decide how best to approach your stay and, for those armchair tourists among you, Experience India houses information broken down into easily identifiable sections.

There is even a useful Traveller's Toolbox on the right, providing maps, a currency calculator and a diary of major festivals and events. Just have a surf round and soak up the atmosphere.


Good News India website

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Now, there is never any shortage of bad news on the web, but here is a site I found that moves the notion of news in a whole new direction and it is a direction I rather like.

GoodNewsIndia.com is exactly that - a collection of news stories and articles with a positive overtone. The layout here is functional yet uninspired - which seems a shame given the inspirational content - with the most recent articles and supplements listed on the opening page.

To read a story just click the appropriate link. They are all text heavy, I am afraid, with just a spattering of pictures to illustrate them but the pages load super-fast and I am sure our narrowband surfers will find this a refreshing change.

When you are reading a story, a funny little menu appears in the top right-hand corner of your screen. Here you can opt for a printable version, with or without pictures, or use the links to navigate your way back to other sections of the site.


IndianFootball.com website

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Football is a sport that has taken India by storm and our next website all about the sport was sent in to clickonline@bbc.co.uk by its editor, Sujay Sharma.

IndianFootball.com is the place to go if you want to know the ins and outs of the leagues and teams making their mark in India.

It seems the sport is still in its early stages of organisation here at the moment and this website provides a comprehensive database of all the players and results that count. But it is very text heavy, with lots of tables and stats that will only really appeal to those of you for whom football is already a passion.

The links on the left take you to all the various sections with one-click ease and the lack of images and fancy extras will no doubt appeal to our narrowband surfers again. But if you just cannot survive without a little visual stimulation, the picture gallery under Inside Football contains a few good photographs depicting the highs and lows of the season.


Digit.igeek website

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Seeing as this is a show about technology in India, we could not have an India-themed webscape without paying homage to its technological culture. Enter a blog that takes its name from India's popular technology magazine, Indian Magazine Digit.

This site was suggested by its creator, Lovedeep Wadhwa, and can be found at digit.igeek.info. It is not associated with the magazine, stating that it was set up and is being maintained by people passionate about technology and, like most blogs on the web, the content is all text, text, text. But it is a good read if you want to know more about the technology making the headlines in India.

It is written in a friendly and informative way, with links to articles elsewhere on the web to support its comments, and these guys are clearly committed to bringing you regular news updates from their own perspective. Use the navigation panel on the right to jump to the various sections either by date, category, or by searching for a specific term if you know what you're looking for.


Sifymax website

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And finally, a very quick look at a website that brings to life the colour and spectacle of Indian culture more generally. From music to cooking to TV and sports, you will find it all at sifymax.com.

This site is enormous so I will just point out a few highlights and let you take over the task of exploring on your own. With its simple but vibrant layout it is easy to find your way to the content you want, using the navigation panel on the left.

The cookery section contains some delicious looking dishes and, for a real flavour of India, check out the Bollywood trailers and music videos. The video blog section also contains a very random selection of short videos that are worth a browse for curiosity's sake. But the in-browser media player on this page crashed Firefox when I tried to watch a clip so I had to use Internet Explorer instead.

And there I have to leave it. I hope you enjoyed this virtual taste of India.


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