Sunday, April 26, 2009

Random thoughts

If I remember right, i think it was GB Shaw who remarked 'There are two types of people in the world, the reasonable and the un reasonable. The reasonable ones change themselves according to the world whil ethe unreasonable change the world according to them. Thus, most of the world's development depends on the unreasonables'

I belong to the former. Quickly adapting oneselves to existing, dynamic world is not necessarily the right path to tred always. There are instances where you need to stick to what you truly believe in, take a stand for what you really want and most of all, NOT put up with everyone/everything.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Terrorizing Media

This topic is highly contextual.. As the world lays shell shocked and sends out strong condemning remarks about the terror attacks, we are slowly limping back to normalcy..trying to comprehend the huge lapse in security, saluting the brave martyrs, abuse the failed politicians and nursing a wounded Mumbai... As we try to unwind the entire mesh and get to the root cause of the problem, we find many crosswords in between that point fingers at various sources. Greedy, unfaithful politicians who had absolute disregard for brave martyrs, reluctant security system that does not detect,let alone challenge any ammunition in their swanky 'metal detectors' and of course...the award winning entry goes to the media that swarms around the terror spots and hogs for news..rather views. A special toast to the media is worthy.. In the name of spreading the word about the horrendous incident, they only sensationalised it, bloated it ten times over, blew it out of context and flaunt in a jazzy, thriller flick manner. All that was missing was probably a can of coke and pop corn to watch some live thriller movie on terror attacks. While the visual media is expected to play a benign role of simply communicating the news with a solemn, unruffled, subdued expression, they did quite the contrary...Call out politicians,celebrities, aam-aadmi, raise voice, turn aggressive and fanatical on the entire issue. Rather than dousing the flames of unrest, fear and panic they aggravated it even more.. What's worse, they have SMS Polls and Views about what the country feels about the issue.. All this is shielded in the name of 'People's Opinion'. What a farce!! I read an article somewhere that coined a new term of 'TV Terror' and that is truly what each one of us went through. While all the hypes, all the shouts of anger and protests are driven towards terror attacks, nobody actually realises that the media is carrying this mission with the agenda of scoring a high TRP. Our bloods boil looking at the ghastly pictures of terror encounter, our hairs raise every time we look at Rajdeep or Bharkha or Arnab shout angrily about the massacre and get agitated with the dirt cheap fights and blame game on the bureaucratic failure. Now all these lead to only one objective: High TRP's. Fancy titles like 'Enough is Enough' or 'Special Live Edition on Terror Attacks' or 'Inside stories: What really happened??' or 'India's 9/11' are all just baits for the public to fall for. What's worse..we don't really have a choice but to fall for it. In the recent times, it has been widely acknowledged that media of any form visual, audio or print has stretched too far creeping into what's not real. News are not news anymore, they are expressed by media. The once powerful voice of public has now turned into an ugly fiend monopolising and bullying public...turning unreal to real and real to fiction. This is the sad plight of today's media. The ethics and code of conduct of media is endangered. As rational citizens, I strongly urge that it is our sole responsibility to turn tables around and put media into place. The manner in which we go about it is thought provoking..

Friday, August 15, 2008

Door Darshan

The spirit of Independence Day is everywhere. Its such a pleasant sight to watch tri colour flags soaring high everywhere. Little kids beaming with pride singing and parading...the feeling is so rejuvenating. I was thinking of what would top my list for arousing the patriotic feeling in me,something that gives me goosebumps, set me on a baffling thought about India..It was the advertisements and documentaries on DD Channels about National Integration. Thanks to the advent of Television and the pre-reform era where Government was higher than Almighty. Visual media played a tremendous role in binding regions and spreading the doctrine of National Integration with powerful personalities. One etching example would be 'Mile Sur mera tumhara'. I personally find this song/video top my 'Patriotic Quotient' List. There were other documentaries and videos as well. All eminent artists feature on a simple National Anthem which was very soul-stirring. They all had a simple concept on National awareness and importance which is still so thought provoking. Amul Surabhi was one of its kind. Even with the maddening pace of new-age channels and stiff-neck competitions among TV Channels, DD still has a special place of its own. The broadcast is totally unchanged despite dynamic technological and media improvisations. It would be wrong to throw away DD behind in the rat-race of contemporary channels. It is a comparison of apples with oranges. I can visualise DD as the old Grand-dad of the house, laid back on an easy chair watching the vivacious, naive men ( Modern Channels) battle it out.

Lets give a hand to the most mature, eye-opening, docile, unassuming Broadcast ever...Door Darshan!!

Killer PJ

I cant seem to get over this PJ (Poor Joke)
What is the difference between Idly and Pongal??



There is no holiday for Idly!!

Friday, April 18, 2008


Have you ever come across strange incidences that leaves u completely bewildered?? Something out of the blue that drives u up the wall? Like the more u ponder over it, the more bizzairre it gets ;and the more perplexed u become!

Hear me out..

Historical encounters suggests that I can now affirm myself that my sandles(specially the left footed one) don seem to stay with me for a long time..they drift away..leaving me lost for words and of course sandles! Thats what I am destined for!

The first instance was at the beach. I removed my floaters by the side and happily went into the sea only to get back and realise that my left foot floater is missing! After a host of investigation and interrogation, I realised that it was not a practical joke. My floater is lost...Period. Who'll be foolish enough to flick just a left legged floater?? The mystery behind missing floater was quite a conundrum! Now I dont need Famous Five or Nancy Drew to slove this detective case but a simple logical course of actions that suggests that the floater must be lurking right there somewhere in the dark.....but it was'nt! There wasnt any stray dogs creeping around nor any suspicious looking left-legged criminal!! How can a left legged floater vanish into thin air abandoning me and my right legged floater in a dark, malicious, uncaring world? The whole wide sea seemed to empathise our misery and splashed some mighty waves around. What did we do?? Regretfully I had to bid adieu to my right legged floater in the nearest bin. I had to summon a lot of strength to perform this henious act of just throwing away my floater..but then again..I was helpless,wasnt I? I was floater-less henceforth!

Weeks rolled on after that till one fine day when I decide to buy sandles again. I gleefully get back with my new pair ready to display proudly in front of my friends..Not so fast!! Here lies the catch..I can see only one sandle..the right legged one! Where's the other one? This time it was sheer ill luck. The cover that had my sandles had given off that led to my sandles slipping off somewhere on my way back. I was baffled! What did I ever do? I was all excited to try them out; Lo and Behold!! Its the left sandle that left me! My right one is pairless and single again.

What is the rationale behind the perils of my disappearing left legged foot wear?

I have enough and more reasons from the past to reaffirm that my left leg is jinxed. I've an ankle problem that has outlived some of the Ekta Kapoor's mega serials!Yeah....that long!

The curse has now resurfaced in another form and is depriving my left leg of its legitimate,protective sole! Is there anybody out there who knows black magic or Voodoo magic that can ward off the curse of my poor lil left leg?? Help me!

Pssst: The pic shows my right footed sandle crying out loud for its better half..the one that 'left' him! Can u not notice that pout on his face?? Help him!