Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Hmmm

so I said the last time that I will tell you guys about my work. I work as a journalist. Now that is supposed to be a very interesting and adventurous job. Journalism is also a field that gives you the freedom to be creative like the work that i do. i work on two papers. one is for kids and second for teenagers. Being a journo (that is the slang for journalist and slang is very informal usage of vocabulary) is a lot of fun because i get to write and express myself as i want to. working on the kid's magazine which unfortunately will be closed now was great because i could design it any which way. there were no set rules, nthing that was to be done week after week so there was no monotony- which is lack of variety. the mag (slang for magazine) was called YO! It stood for Young Ones. Though I did not like the name much, I had not given it this name, what I liked was the name of a mag on similar lines like YO! being made by some people working for aMumbai-based newspaper DNA. It was called ya and that was a short form for young adults.
The other paper that i edit is called Quest. Quest means to search or to seek. All of us have our own quests at different points in life. At one point we are searching for things like physical comfort, big house, big car etc and then as we grow old our quest changes and we start to look for answers to some questions like why are we here on this planet, who or what governs the movement of days, weather etc
Quest is a year old. i have written for it, drawn the concept, the pages so it has also been a good fun. its been a journey of sorts. i have also done some growing up along with it.
i like meeting people, writing, thinking how differently things can be done, use pictures, colours play with images and so i chose to become a journo. similarly when you decide what you like to do and how you like to spend your time you will also hit upon an idea to choose a vocation- a regular occupation, especially one for which a person is particularly suited or qualified.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Reading habits

I have been meaning to talk to you about this one thing for quite a while but the I had not been doing any raeding myself to be able to tell you how important is it to spend times with book. You guys will get busy with a lot of stuff as you grow up but I would wish that you always have a book by your side. Books can be your best friends. Also writing, so a diary or a notepad as well.
Books entertain you, guide you, help you learn. They teach you without testing you.
Writing helps you gather your thoughts and make sense out of them. There will be times when a lot might be happening around you and inside your head as well, so if you write all the thoughts coming to you, you will get a better picture of circumstances. Writing also helps you learn quickly and forever. Writing also helps you to regain calm and control when you might be feeling a little lost in this big world.
How you write will reflect what all have you read. Writing can be so much fun. ou can write stories, poems, your won thoughts that you would not want to share with any one else,you can tell people things without having to be next to them just by writing whats in your hearts. Like I don't yet know whether you can understand me or not but I am writing all this just for you so that you know how much I love you.
When we get busy with our lives at times we don't have time for people we love to tell them how much we care but a simple note or a letter can remind them that we care a lot for them.
Ah!! I can go on and on about this one topic as I love to do both these things but now I need to get back to work on YO!.
Next I will tell you about my work. Maybe if any of you like it you can choose it as your vocation.
Love Mamma

Hello children

I had thought that I would write to you daily and talk to about various things but i haven't been able to keep at it because of my own laziness, which means due to the lack of an effort. But I wanted you to know that even though I might not be writing stuff here, I love to talk to you. I hope you know that. Like last night I was talking to you of birthdays. Birth days are always special and we should make an attempt to make the birth0-day-person feel special and good. Last night I was thinking that as your father's birth day will be soon upon us and it would be good fun to arrange a surprise party for him with a couple of his friends and couple of mine.
After I had this thought I began to think of friends. Friends are people with whom we can share good times and bad times alike. They are the people who stick to us even though they know about our bad habits or even if some of opur ualities irritate them. They are the people who keep a check on us if we are going down hill, whcih means that friends are the people who applaud our achievments and show us our faults. So it is very important to surround yourself with good friends. People who like you for who you are and not just for your face or the clothes you wear. And that is why it is very important to be careful in choosing your friends. If you have good friends they will help you whenever you feel better and bright when you are sad. They will help you see where you went wrong and thus help you improve as human beings.
In life you will come across many many people. You will like some and you may not like some. Similarly some people might like you and some might not. But what is important is that you never do wrong or be unjust to people whether you like them or not.
People whom you like and become friends may stay on with you throughout your lives or they may drift apart. You will always have to remember that everything changes. Change is the only constant. Seasons change, days melt into nights and nights darkness gives way to dawns. Nothing remains the same. So sweeties, be always ready fro change and don't frown when that happens. Accept it with a smile and try to be calm and happy while adjusting to this change.
We will always wish you to be happy but you will go through your own trials and tribulations. There will be times, when you grow up to be teenagers or adults, when you would wish that we would keep our own counsel but we will keep talking to you so that in a quite moment our experiences and wisdom of age is able to help you and you don't make the mistakes that we made and be happier and more succesful then we are or we have been.
Love Mum

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

In my children

Some of the qualities that I would want them to imbibe
Common sense
Ability to listen with Patience
Perseverance
Hard work
Sense of humour
Love for the outdoors, adventure
Respect for traditions and heritage
Appreciate art
Agility
Integrity
Courtsey
Courage
Stamina
Voracious readers
Generous/ Giving
Affectionate
Forgiving

On being bored

Bored: To make weary by being dull, repetitive, or tedious
What happens when we get bored? All our senses and sensibilities tip towards falling off asleep. Our brain is clouded with thoughts of hoiw hard work we have worked, how early we had had to climb out of bed and how unusually rough the circumstances are.
It all makes me yearn to get home and fall asleep. Today I read in a magazine that it helps if you take a nap after lunch during summers. Bless the intelligent man to say such a lovely thing but I wonder if the bosses also come across facts like these.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Hello kids

I dream up stories every night and when I pray, I only concentrate on requesting the Gods to give you a safe and sound passage into this world. I have also become highly superstitious. I no longer check out stuff for myself or even for daddy dearest but for you guys. Last night we went to fun Republic, that is a multiplex near our home. A multiplex is where you go watcha film, eat and shop. So I went into the stores that stock clothes for kids like you will be. I saw this cute little pink skirt with frills with whcih i fell in love instantaneously. I also saw a pair of shorts and an adorable pair of jumper suit in green colour with a frog sitting neatly near the shoulder. We will pack you both in something like that for your aunt's wedding.
Oh! didn't I tell you about it? Your aunt will get married in coming February. February is the second month of a new year. We all are looking forward to your arrival and then your aunt's wedding. It will be so much fun! We will all dance and sing.
You know what you guys are arriving in a very loving and a talented family. Your daddi ji is a fantastic dancer and an absolutely superb cook. She is a very jolly person. Your dad is the smartest, most handsome, most intelligent and the most adoring father kids can ask for. Youe dadaji is a very hard working man and he is also very adept at making friends. Your bua is a very sweet girl and works as a veterninary doctor. A veterninarian is a person who treats animals.
Do you know you are lucky to have great grandparents as well. they are my grandparents and because they love me so much they will love you and cherish you even more. Your nani ji is a darling but she worries a lot and unnecessarily but she is a very smart woman. She is an elegant and very upright. Your nanuji is a very intelligent man and he is fond of music and photography. Both naniji and nanu like to read a lot as well. All the credit for my love of books and music goes to them.
Now let me tell you about your mausi ji. she is the naughtiest kid we have in the house. She is also a very good singer and a good cook. she is going to become an engineer soon.Your mausi ji begins to croon at every given occassion and is much in demand during our family gatherings.
Both your nanu ji and dad have a good sense of humour. We have never had any pets and I don't think your dad or I even like them. I mean we like a visit to the zoo and see the species there and thats about our love for animals.
Ours is a religious and a God-fearing family. I mean that we all believe that a supreme power runs this whole universe and all that happens here happens for a reason. I would wasnt you to know this and grow up having faith in yourself and God ji.
Rest later. Got to get back to work.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Bheja Fry

Well the kids saw their first ever flick in a theatre yesterday night. Bheja Fry- the movie, the cast, the screenplay, the background music rocked.
Lovable he is not but Bharat Bhushan grows on you. The very sight of Asif Merchant is repulsive but his James Bondian ways and sulky face on discovering his wife is sleeping with someone else earns him huge laughs and some sympathy as well.
The movie is largely shot inside a room and a couple of shots have been taken here and there- at a car dealer's showroom,a bus, a recording studio etc. The effort that the director and the writers have put in to noticing the details of how babus function, the small things that bring them joy- make the film touching. You understand every character completely by the end of the film and can predict Bhushan's next move. He is one of those people who genuinely want to help others without waiting or wanting to know how they may do so. Vinay Pathak as Bharat Bhushan is just amazing.
The movie is aptly titled Bheja Fry. You can see how deeply fried Ranjeet Thadani's bheja is by the end of the flick.
We thoroughly loved the filuuum!!!

what a joke!!

How does it feel to give a call to your patronising ex-boss and hear him praise your current work to earth's end and then tell him you are just incorporating all that you have learnt under him. Great!!! I must say. Just happened with me. It was so much fun. I could not stop giggling. What a kick man!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

blahblahblah

I saw this over some website ya on flickr and liked it. this title gives you the freedom to write anything. i dnt know what is happening inside me but its nothing very comfortable. My tummy makes unheard noises and i feel so sleepy all day long. i have never liked to cook, now i detest it all the more because i cant tolerate the smells and the fumes and also because i dnt feel like anything that i cook.
joints at my hips have become super loose and i think my legs may fly away in different directions.
at times i do get a little scared but then the reminder of how badly i wanted babies puts me back on track. shall come back for the rest later

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Us Women

My maid was regaling me with one of her fights with her husbands. This one less violent than the others in terms of the topic. She had packed potatoes for a meal for him. She had forgotten to serrve him some sort of curry or dal. The man cribbed that when she was fasting she treated the rest of the family with contempt.

And so we launched a lengthy discussion on how careless we women are with ourselves rather than treat our men and families with contempt. While fixing a meal if anything, say for eg dough, finishes we don't tell our men/families to eat a chapati or two less to save for ourselves rather make do with bread or left-over rice.

Tell a pregnant woman that she should include iron in her diet for the benefit of her to-be-born child and she won't ever forget to eat that. But tell it to her otherwise or say that it would do your body a great deal of good, she will come up with superb excuses tro have forgotten.

Are we women plain, simple stupid?

Monday, March 12, 2007

t'is too shalt pass

Everything is so temporary. Everthing is changing. Nothing remains same- the moment you realise this you will be happy. I tried to reason with myself along these lines yesterdy night but today in the morning when I had to put it in practice I failed miserably.

When I was told that the only trainee left has decided to leave I was shocked. The intensity of the shock was very rude. It hit me hard and I had thought I was beyond being hit so hard. By the evening I had managed to pacify myself. What helped probably was removing the 'I' from the entire situation.

The trainee had not quit me, she had quit the paper.

The trainee had not behaved disrespectfully with me but had cribbed about the organisation.

She was thankless to the opportunity of work and learning that she got here and not to me.

In the end, that is of the day, I realised the wisdom of my earlier attempts and decided that it paid to be distant and detached, especially from the breed called the trainees.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Black Friday- A Review

I saw Black Friday, last Thursday, on my birthday. I mentally prepared myself for a lot of blood and gory details, chappals strewn all over the road, limbs, wailing men and women, lonely child- kind of images. I was carrying a tissue with me to keep the tears in check. I had even taken a few deep breaths before the film began. BUT…I was speechless through the entire length of the film. It did not evoke any pity or pathos. The film told the facts as they were. It did not take sides, rather it said so much of both the sides. The best thing about the film is that it said much without speaking. I am not talking about messages. The message is loud and clear and in the very first frame- ‘An eye for an eye makes the entire world blind.’ I am talking about the way the scenes were constructed. Inspector Marya’s angst, Badshah’s distress and disgust with running from place to place, the hotelier who kills his family and commits suicide after witnessing the harassment meted out to two Muslim women. They are all human emotions portrayed in just that way. The dirty words on the walls of the interrogation room- there are no exaggerations and you can actually believe that all that must have happened.Another point that I loved was the music. You can not imagine the pace that the background score by Indian Ocean adds to the story. I, at least, can’t imagine the film without the same score. The music has also been used as a tool to convey a gamut of emotions- the fear, the anxiety, the impact- the very first scene when the blasts take place, you are on the edge of your seat in anticipation of what is about to happen, thanks to the marvelous background score.Last but not the least the film would not have had this impact without the powerful performances of each actor. Something, may be, could have done about the length, but then I am not complaining at all.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The dance floor and 180 beats per minute

Saif Ali Khan is doing it now and that too for potato chips but Anubhav has been earning his bread, butter and more by teaching people salsa for more than five years. It’s been three years since he has been boarding Shatabdi in the mornings to come down to Chandigarh on weekends for… “just dancing some more.”
“All you need to learn salsa is high heeled shoes and a single piece of clothing,” says Anubhav, who was just your regular lad before salsa took over his life. Salsa in Spanish means sauce and in this context, Anubhav explains, it refers to the flavour or the style. Some more gyan comes our way. “Salsa patterns typically use three steps during each four beats, one beat being skipped. However, this skipped beat is often marked by a tap, a kick, a flick, etc. Typically the music involves complicated percussion rhythms and is fast with around 180 beats per minute,” says Anubhav.
Anubhav went to learn dancing as a hobby after finishing college in 1997. He joined Fitness Planet in Panchseel Park in South Delhi and then began to teach there. “Opposition, yes that came my way rather keeps coming my way even now. People ask me what will I do when I turn 35,” says the Delhite who started out by earning Rs 40 per hour and now has graduated to Rs 5,000 n one day for seven hours.
But isn’t that too taxing? Does not seem so to Anubhav who simply shrugs off the question with a “Nah!!”
Well, Anubhav also teaches kickboxing, five days a week for four hours each so may be he does not find it taxing rather relaxing.
He has taught housewives, held workshops for MNCs and BPOs, college students come to him regularly and but has been unsuccesful in getting his family hooked. “I am trying,” he says. As a parting note Anubhav says, “Life is very much like salsa. Not always fast and intense, it can also be slow and romantic or somewhere in between.”

CEO

Neena Singh, Senior VP, Head Branch Banking (North), HDFC Bank
Right now, on her table, you will find Jack Welsh’s Winning, Amartya Sen’s Identity and Violence; Bimal Jalan’s The Indian Economy and Undercover Economist by Cim Harford. She is reading them all. Well, she is also reading Bachchan’s Madhushala and keeps sprinkling couplets during our conversation. Neena Singh is the only female regional head in the HDFC Bank. A senior vice president, she has been in banking past 28 years. We stole some time out of her busy schedule to give us an insight into banking.
What is the current scenario in the banking sector? The kind of banking that is gaining ground is retail branch banking. Because it is broad-based as a customer gets all kinds of products under one roof, it is being largely preferred.
HDFC Bank is among companies with the lowest attrition rate. How do you manage that?Our objective is to become a world class bank. That can happen only when our efficiency level is very high, we have superior products in our bouquet, we provide excellent services and look after our people. All these things can not happen until and unless we have the right people in the right place. So we ensure that we hire a person for all the right reasons for a certain post, so that we limit the number of reasons for which he may want to quit.
What role does inter communication play in that?We have a very open system. There are many communication channels within our organisation. I am just a mail away for my team. They can share their problems with me in the same way that they would want to share their success. If that happens, everyone communicates freely, then there would be no misunderstandings and no need for anyone to leave an organisation for wrong reasons.
In the times of immense pressures of meeting targets and deadlines do ends matter or the means?Means are very important. I would not like it if you would go to any lengths just to achieve a target because when the process isn’t correct, there are chances of error in the output but when the process is correct or right than there is no scope of an error.
What are the requirements to join this field?An academic degree like an MBA from a good institute is a must. It also depends on the kind of vacancy but the most important condition that one should be fulfilling is respect for values and ethics. We are not selling anything tangible, so you have to win a customer’s trust. So, you have to be trustworthy and honest. Then there are many attributes like aptitude, background etc.
What are your strengths as a leader?You should ask that from my team. I am a team player and I believe that the kind of synergy a team creates is more than any individual. I am also very approachable, my outlook is very positive and I think I am a good leader. Any shortcomings?I am very strict, on myself as well as my team. I believe that one can strive for excellence and it does not come easily. You have to enforce some discipline to achieve it.

Jyoti need notbecome Jenny

The point which I was always had against a job with a BPO was that you have to compromise on your nationality. But the good news is that this is changing or rather has already changed. Now that outsourcing is being accepted as a global phenomenon, call centres have decided to drop the aliases and accented English has given way to global English. Says Akhtar of Vision Unlimited, “Handling sdervices for clients from different voice cultures is tough. Everyone understands the need for global English. With time American as well as the British clients have accepted the fact that India can provide quality services, so they do not mind speaking to an Indian.”“Now everyone knows that they are speaking to an Indian. Companies abroad realise that it is more important that the message reaches across to a client rather than stress on developing an accent,” feels Sanjay Bhartiya, who has been involved with training people for BPOs for past four years.And just what is global English? Says, Sona a trainer at Hero Mindmine, “Global English is nothing more than neutralised and spoken English, with neither a put-on accent nor the influence of mother tongue or the inherent native accent. Nobody wants to hear a fake accent.” And what about the aliases Akhtar say, “ Largely the aliases are no longer being used. We have proven our mettle in the field of, say, IT so Kiran now need not become Jenny or Kenny for troubleshooting expertise in that area. In many outbound call centres aliases are being used because there is a 50 per cent possibility that an American would not like an Indian selling him something.” Sona says, “Different processes have different requirements. Using an alias is fine if the firm feels that the client will be more comfortable using a familiar name, other than that someone may have a problem pronouncing your name and it might become embarrassing for you as well as him.” Irndeep Kaur, as trainer at Mohali, says, “The emphasis is on decreasing MTI (Mother Tongue Influence) and training youngsters to use colloquial words or slang and commonly used words that would make the person on the end feel comfortable while communicating with a BPO executive. The stress is on correct pronunciation.” Akhtar and Sona agree. Sona says, “ We still use a lot of old-fashioned words, use ings, which may be correct in the Indian context, but the need is to teach them correct grammar, structuring a sentence. An acquired accent is revealed if the grammar is not wrong. The need is to teach them neutral, comfortable, easy to comprehend language.”

Branded for life

Aanandika Sood
What are winners made of, what is the secret of their success and what sets them apart? We spoke to a few of those who had made it to the IIMs and to our surprise, they were very much human, like us but their determination, realisation of their own potential, their hard work and their faith in their abilities were what made them stand out.Kenny Heish who got a call from all six IIMs says, “I had this somewhere at the back of my mind but I got serious about it only a couple of years back.” Others also pitch in. Says Shipra who is doing engineering in Telecommunication and IT from UIET, “I always wanted to take up a managerial job. For me the biggest inspiration was that I did not want to end up as a programmer.” Kiranjyot, who is pursuing engineering in Electronics and Communication, had also known her mind forever. She says, “Look at the current market scenario. If I am able to combine my technological know-how with an MBA, it is a lethal combination.”Yagneshwar NV from PEC adds, “I was interested in management. My friends were preparing and they also motivated me, rest all was my hard work and dedication.” Namit Goel attributes his success to the inspiration and legacy from his seniors at the college, “At PEC there is right atmosphere that helps you in concentrating single-mindedly on your chosen goal.” Akash Singla says he was not very sure after the written exam but was pretty confident after the interview. Hridesh Madan of Bull’s Eye, where Akash went for coaching, remembers the absolute dazed look on the boy’s face when he came to tell him about his selection.So do those who guide and coach batches and batches of aspirants every year, recognise the winners at sight? Madan says, “ On an average we have 30 students in a batch. After conducting a few mock tests, we get a very clear picture of those who are going to make it through.” Regional Manger, IMS, Sanmeet Sandhu says, “ We counsel the children, interact with them frequently and the confidence level that a student projects is a sure indicator of his success rate.”Says psychologist Ashupriya Arya, “Of course you can spot a winner from far away. His entire demeanor, the way s/he conducts herself/himself, the confidence that s/he exudes all represent the winning streak.” Kunal Jindal, from PEC says he realised his potential to manage people and take initiative when he started to indulge in lot of extra-curricular activities in college.” Ashupriya says, “Parent should encourage their children to go beyond books to realise their qualities. Had Kunal’s parent told him not to participate openly, he would not have realised his talent for taking charge.”

Grabs your heart and convinces your brain

John Tulloch is professor of journalism and director of the School of Journalism, University of Lincoln. He is also involved with the Chevening Scholarship’s ‘The Young Indian Print Journalists Programme’. Aanandika Sood spoke to him about good journalism and all that is new and happening on his campus

What is a good journalism school about?
A good journalism school has to have a definite approach to journalism. It has to believe that journalism has more to do than just acquire a skill-set. Our philosophy at the School of Journalism, University of Lincoln is based somewhere in the middle of English and Humanities. We are interested in the links between journalism and writing. We are interested in finding out how has journalism changed, its future, its role in the world.
A good journalist reaches out to the people. Good journalism embraces issues that people are concerned with. In our School the visiting faculty is a source of that. We have links with the BBC and the regional press and invite speakers. Students not only learn valuable lessons from such guest speakers but can also network after the talk itself.

Journalism in India. Comment.
India is on a growth curve right now. The universities here are out of touch with the real world. A lot of our teachers are working and they combine this work experience to teaching and research.
Good journalism should look after the range of needs of a reader. Over here, lifestyle journalism is looked at with contempt but services that provide good information to the reader such as information that will help him in his child’s education, planning his retirement etc. A newspaper should consider the social public interest dimension. It just has to be sophisticated in the way it is delivered.

What is new and happening on your campus?
We have just acquired a franchisee for five years for a 24X7 station. It will be staffed by the students and faculty of the media school. It will be a news station and transmitting to the city and 30-40 miles around the city. We have appointed a manager from the BBC and plan to involve various communities of the region with it.
Next we want to start a TV station, so that we have an active role in the community that we are staying in.

Last word on good journalism.
Good journalism is the one that grabs your heart and convinces your brain.

Until recently John Tulloch was chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Westminster. He has written widely on numerous topics including popular journalism, official news management, the development of ‘spin’ and press regulation. He is currently working on a study of popular journalism in the UK.

Diplomatically yours

I have been thinking of ways to save my articles with me and thought who not post them on my blog!!! I know it is not the greatest idea bu whatever...here goes the latest se pehle wala


The North India Programmes Officer, Embassy of the USA, Clayton A. Bond will soon be taking over from Robin D Dallio, whose tenure in India as the First Secretary, Cultural Affairs, Embassy of the USA is coming to a close. Clayton says, “I went to the University of Hampton and studied Political Science and Environmental Studies. I was always interested in travelling all over the world and meeting new people, so I thought of taking up a career in the Foreign Service.”For Robin, who has been working as a diplomat for the US government for the past 12 years, the decision to join the Foreign Service just happened by chance. She says, “I always wanted to become a veterinarian. I was also very interested in learning languages. I joined the Peace Corps and on various assignments went to various countries as an English teacher. I absolutely loved teaching. When I came back, someone said why don’t you take the Foreign Service exam and I said ‘nah’ I am not going to get through. But I did and here I am.”Clayton, who has worked on various assignments for the past five years as a diplomat including serving as a recruiter for the State Department, says, “We are here to safeguard and promote the interests of our country. As a diplomat I think that it is a good idea to find some common ground to do that and take things from there.”For an enthusiastic Robin no two days are the same and that is what she loves the most about her job. “I don’t ever have to get up in my bed and think ‘what am I doing with my life’ or ‘where am I headed.’ I am proud of the fact that I am serving my country. Communicating people to people is what my job is all about.”Travelling and meeting new people has been the highlight of the careers for both of them. Clayton who has been here for about five months, has utilised his time well, having visited Allahabad, Jaipur and witnessed an early morning on the banks of the Ganges. Organising cultural evenings and talks has taken Robin around the length and breadth of the country and she too has thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. The last word on their jobs and both of them agree that it is hectic and keep them on their feet, but then that is what they absolutely love about it.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Full Blast

Yesterday night the real meaning of the phrase generation gap dawned on me.
For the first time ever I accompanied Sachin to one of his bank meets. It had been organised in a disco and I did not know that. Now the prospect of an outing, that too in a disco should have sounded purrrffeeeeeeeeecccccct to me because the tv had broken down and all the guests who had been staying with us for quite some time now had left. The house would be unusually quite. So you would think that an evening out would have been a good change.
But it happened so that I had a very usual day at work and was very hungry. All I wanted to do was go to an empty house make a basic dal-chawal kind of meal and play Ludo afterwards. The only good thing was that I would not have to cook and so I agreed to going with Sachin.
When we reached the place we were guided to a disco. DISCO!! I should have been happy about the music and the lights and the works but it just managed to put me off in a big way and that is when I realised that I had become old. I yearned so much to go home. Had I been my young self, I would have lovvvvved the idea of being out of doors till wee hours.
I did not like the music that the DJ had put and honestly in the first fifteen minutes I had rated the food mediocre, the music bad and the service low grade.
I could see the boys and girls moving to the beat of the console and the party spirit getting high and high while I was getting more and more irritated with the loud sounds and bright lights being dimmed and then turned on again.
I realised that when I will have grown up children they will like the music loud, may be louder, and I won't be able to stand that. I realised that there might be a time when I am unable to convinve myself to like the disco ball throwing off light and the dhaddam-dhadddm of a music system. That would be what my children will refer to as the generation gap and though I understand it now, I wondered whether or not zi will remember it then, and not yell at them.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Crimes against stories

The writer in me does not want to write news stories. It wants to write something to which I an lend 'my' touch. Now I have often been criticised for being obsessed with 'my' self but well, there are some things we can't do anything about. So, now when I look at people who are happy with getting a byline and their salary, the halo of my happiness gets disturbed.
I can't fathom how can they be happy about their stories being brutally mangled and changed. The fault is not with the people at the desk. Ok may be to an extent. And that too of only those who think of themselves belonging to a superior breed. Reporters don not know how to write. Largely they are not concerned about writing a story. They simply get the facts and like a postman deliver them at the doorsteps of the subbies.
I have been a sub and was very unhappy in the job because of my obsession with 'my'. While editing those copies I could not get myself to feel proud of the improvements I would make. The fact that one teacher at the university I studied from kept referring to subs as the unsung heroes would come to haunt me more often than I liked. I did not much like the fact that I would also be reminded of the teacher.
Well, so I had to quit and I did just that as soon as an opportunity presented itself. Yes it did. I don't think I can attribute it to anything else but my luck
So then I became an editor; I would have hated it as well (I mean if I disliked being a sub-ed, how could i like being an ed!). The saving grace are the two words before editor in my designation - in charge.
To cut a long story short, as the in charge editor of Quest, I have done stories and edited many more, some by free-lancers and some by my staff. I tried to teach them all to lend their 'my' to their work but the know-alls are not bothered. I was bugged by it for a while when I realised that I can't be unforgiving as the in charge editor. To those poor stories that comprise of smart sentences copy pasted from the Internet I lend 'my' touch.
I forgive all those who commit crimes against stories of all sorts and don't handle them with care.

Monday, January 08, 2007

A breathless new year

This is the ninth day of 2007, which is the 7th year in the 21st century and in the third millennium. It has been designated:
International Polar Year
International Heliophysical Year
Most of 2007 overlaps with the Year of the Pig in the Chinese calendar. Children born under this year will be perfectionists, say Chinese astrologers.

anyhow this blog was not to be about astrology and 2007 as such. It was just to be a top angle view of how have these 9 days been for me. The onset of the year brought lot of phlegm and cough in its wake, so much so that I would be breathless for a while- a while that became longer than it actually was. Well in any case Subu's timely intervention with a glass of lukewarm water and salt, my gargles and Sachin's insistence about steam inhalation saved my life. mum was here and that was the best thing to have happened, that too as the year started.
Then the next remarkable thing to have happened in these nine days is cricket. not the keeda that rubs its legs to produce music or about whom poems have been penned but the game about which books and news stories have been done.
I can't say I am bad it because in all modesty and when compared to the rest of the aunties I am at least turning out to be a good bowler, a very good fielder and a decent batsman. I like sweating it out on the pitch and the bowling technique that our self appointed coach is teaching us has loosened all my joints- a promise of better delivery at the wickets. the only problem remains that the line of the balling is not straight rather tangential. I realise the importance of teaching children to draw straight lines without the help of a ruler.
the breathlessness at times scares me and now i take my inhaler shots even before venturing out. today is a Tuesday and because i am fasting, all the running around has ignited my hunger.