27 February, 2016

News Today

In the last few years, especially the last five years, Media, especially in India, seems to have turned a new leaf. With the availability of 24 X 7 news channels to feed, and 24 pages to print, there is a growing strain on content. 

Terms like newsworthy and breaking news have been totally redefined, items and issues are openly plugged, without any scruples. When Gail Wynand openly accepted that he plugged an event or an issue, he was clear it was about circulation and making money. Now, all media personnel seem to have turned into the same Gail, atleast on paper.

The other issue, which has become a bigger problem nowadays is the lack of unbiased narrative reporting, as the events panned out. What was earlier restricted to the center-spread of the newspapers (and to add, well modulated by the editors) has now become what is common content. Everyone has an opinion (which they did earlier as well), and are happy to express it on first page and prime-time, where one would have wanted to understand what exactly happened, and not what the author "feels" happened. It has become impossible to get a first eye account of anything without various views in the mix.

It is time the Fourth Estate pulls up their socks and understands what is actually their job, and leave it to the reader/viewer to interpret it.

Last but not the least, the viewers/readers are equally to blame, since they have conveniently replaced the sitcoms they were used to with this format of masala news to entertain them.

Lets please draw a line between entertainment and news !!

16 February, 2016

Life

We fret over tiny things... we cry over minute issues...
And then we face the big one...

to realize it was all for nothing....
that all this strife was all for a peaceful life and a dignified death...

whatever we might do, we Will end up... in that small piece of land.. 

13 February, 2016

Fear or Urge

What is Vertigo ? Fear of Falling ?
Then why do we feel it even when the observation tower comes equipped with a sturdy handrail ? 
No, vertigo is something other than the fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.

These lines from The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera ring true to me...
There is a thin line between the fear of doing something, and the fear because you realize you have the urge... despite knowing that the end result might not be very good.
This is not an argument of the devil and the angel sitting on your shoulders... this is pure impulse... and the fear of the impulse... because suddenly, you face the moment of truth.

06 February, 2016

Frustration

Frustration is a frustrating feeling... It sucks you unto a loop of negativity leading to even more negative thoughts.. further leading to an increased dose of frustration....
It is like a maze which you can't exit by finding light at the end of the tunnel... there is no end of the tunnel...  one just has to break a hole through the damn tunnel, and try and feel better about themselves...