Saturday, May 01, 2010 

Quillon


A semi aerial view of Kollam town.
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Sunday, March 21, 2010 

Home made


Do not ask me the recipe for it. I just took picture before eating it.
Cake made at home, some time back.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009 

Hill station closer to home...


Another one from the misty day of Nandi hills.
The previous one was on the same day, after day break.
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Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Waiting...



At Nandi hills, after a long gap. Went there at the inspiration of a few colleagues, who were on a wild goose chase of "sunrise" on a misty November morning.
I was amazed with the inspiration and commitment which they displayed to start at 4 to reach there before the gate was open.
Result was some satisfactory misty pictures.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009 

I "happened to see" my blog while I was searching for something else, and realized that the previous blog post was about media and 26/11.
I just happened to realize that today is 26/11. Even though I am not watching television these days, and completely banned news channels, I occassionally bump into them in cafeteria or even at home once in a while. Did it change from the previous post, answer is NO.
Will they change, time will tell.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008 

How do you feel?

Below is an excellent piece of article which appeared in Deccan Chronicle today.

Before that,

Here is a very good article which appeared in TOI today.

New Delhi Dec. 2: India’s best-known television journalists appear to have finally beaten Ekta Kapoor in the battle for TRPs. In six days flat. The all-out war witnessed editors being paradropped, reporters lying prostrate on the ground when not blaring into the cameras, and a thousand “breaking stories” every day. Here’s how the TRPs were garnered, shot by shot, starting around 10.30 pm on Wednesday, November 26:

* Close in on the woman in tears — show her from every possible angle
and deliver a soul-wrenching commentary of what might be going through her mind.

* Repeatedly flash shots of the adorable, crying child. Shove your mike in his face. Oh! hasn’t learnt to talk yet, not even Yiddish? Ask the woman carrying the child how she rescued him from the carnage. Not maudlin enough? Ask how many dead bodies she saw, get a blood question in. Ask if she was scared, ask what she was thinking while bullets were being sprayed around.

* Download all background scores of Ramsay and his brothers —especially Khooni Shikanja, Vehshi Aatma and Shaitan Khopri — and play it every time (that is at least 25 times a minute) pictures of the terrorists are flashed.

* Catch a victim. Chase him. If it’s a “her”, then your channel’s reputation depends on getting an arousing account of how she felt — when she saw the bodies, the terrorists, when she heard the screams. Feelings. And get her to tell viewers what she was feeling when she saw her best friend’s body.

Remember, all world-class reportage always begins with that one question: “How are you feeling?” But it wasn’t just on borrowed ideas that the news channels competed for TRPs. The skills these news channels have been honing for a long time came in handy too. In order of priority:

* Flash “exclusive” — even if the reporter is sending in reports from outside the Taj Mahal Hotel, where at least 400 reporters are stationed. And for viewers gone blind while watching blood-curdling reportage, scream “exclusive” after every nine words.

* Forget that commandos are in the hotel trying to rescue innocent people. Scream into the mike and tell the world that you, and only you, have an “exclusive” bit of information from your source, now on the hotel’s 19th floor.

* Get your reporters to lie down, ducking killer bullets, even as the cameraperson is standing next to him, recording histrionics.

* Ask anxious relatives if they think their friends and family members, who are still inside, will be able to walk out alive.

To finally clinch the TRP race, many top television editors were paradropped and the story was turned around. It became all about them and their trauma. Barkha Dutt took viewers on a tour of the Taj Mahal Hotel, choked up and emotional, gesturing violently, shrugging, crouching, hand on her aching heart. Rajdeep Sardesai rescued a foreigner from other reporters, to ask, “How are you feeling?” Arnab Goswami, of course, was kept in the studio. No one shouts “breaking news” louder than him.

When it was all over, after the commandos had gone home and the funerals had run their course, some passers-by were collected, handed candles, and in the glow of burning wax, victims were hugged, preferably Muslims, and asked again, for a final boost to TRPs: “How do you feel?”


Monday, December 01, 2008 

What next?

What next?

I am not asking the same question as all TV channels are asking. All TV channels seem to be asking the same question. They are saying the same things like "enough is enough" etc.
Directing anger towards political establishment. Suddenly all TV channels seem to have taken up this new fancy of changing the world. They are showing interviews of people who are dead against politics and politicians.

There are some conflicting issues here.
Are people against politics? If so, democracy doesnt exist.
If people have to change politics, they need to join politics, or atleast they need to vote on the day of elections. How many of these people appearing on talk shows, or offering sound bites to 24x7 television ever voted? Jaagore...

There is another issue. People want "immediate" response. They want instant results. Do people think that the whole system which failed in preventing these attacks can be changed in a day?
Or are they advocating an US style "war on terror" and go bomb another country?
Till this time, we have been so proudly saying that India never ever attacked any other country in spite of so many people attacking us.
I am not saying that we should keep quite. There are some "experts" which TV channels invite who are advocating "options" like operations of the nature "covert or precision guided" to attack hostile areas.
Even assuming that neighboring country is not going to react, is there a mechanism to prevent such attacks from these groups? We failed in such attempts. Unless, there is a fool proof way to protect our country from external threats, we should not be arrogant enough to jump the fence. We have seen what is the result of arrogance from "world power" like US. Sustained expenditure on trrops on foreign soil put pressure on domestic economy. Are we ready to face such challenges? If I ask the question today, every one will say "yes, we are a patriotic nation, we together will face any challenge..." But, when reality strikes, it is a different story.

I am not saying that we should keep quite. We should build up our defenses. Put better systems in place to protect ourselves.
If there a mad dog in your neighbors house, and your neighbor is equally mad not to contain the dog(or possibly sending the dog to your home by himself), what are your options?

Option1: Go kill the dog. But the point here is he has lot of such dogs. Killing one dog will produce 2 dogs.
Option2: First have an electric fence around your home, and then try to kill those mad dogs.

I am advocating Option2.

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