A MUCH-NEEDED TIP TO THE INDIAN MEDIA!

A WISE TIP TO THE INDIAN MEDIA!! INTRODUCTION: Dear reader, what precisely is your response to your daily family newspaper? Do you steel yourself to receive a series of successive shocks or jolts B…

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A MUCH-NEEDED TIP TO THE INDIAN MEDIA!

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A WISE TIP TO THE INDIAN MEDIA!!

INTRODUCTION:

Dear reader, what precisely is your response to your daily family newspaper? Do you steel yourself to receive a series of successive shocks or jolts BEFORE you open up Page One of the paper –or do you expect to get some happy feeling that everything in the country at least is going somewhat smoothly?

And would you like to read a newspaper of mornings that consistently affords you happiness of various kinds, while at the same time making you think a little about overcoming and neutralizing whatever happens to be less desirable!

It’s not that the Indian media don’t have the innermost desire to reform and be appreciated for positive traits but that they are unable to, thanks to their managements being run by political parties , their working capital being donated on condition by corporate firms, and their chairpersons being from…

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A MUCH-NEEDED TIP TO THE INDIAN MEDIA!

A WISE TIP TO THE INDIAN MEDIA!!

INTRODUCTION:

Dear reader, what precisely is your response to your daily family newspaper? Do you steel yourself to receive a series of successive shocks or jolts BEFORE you open up Page One of the paper –or do you expect to get some happy feeling that everything in the country at least is going somewhat smoothly?

And would you like to read a newspaper of mornings that consistently affords you happiness of various kinds, while at the same time making you think a little about overcoming and neutralizing whatever happens to be less desirable!

It’s not that the Indian media don’t have the innermost desire to reform and be appreciated for positive traits but that they are unable to, thanks to their managements being run by political parties , their working capital being donated on condition by corporate firms, and their chairpersons being from recognized biased organizations.

It’s also the necessitous compulsion to obtain government advertisements, which run into many millions a year!

Plus the relentless pressure of racing against time—usually before the clock strikes midnight of the day before the publication day or X-1– to bring out the publication, with all its pages filled with some news items and zero vacant blank spaces left in boxes!

Say what you like but my principle has always been NOT to give any dog a bad name and then hang him at all but, as James Steerforth advises the young David Copperfield in the novel by the latter name, I try my best to evaluate a person against the best I see in him or her.

But I admit that Indian media houses get reflected rather badly through their publications. I pity their plight of course!

On the one hand, their newspapers give higher priority to negative news over the positive news, and present in huge headlines whatever happens to be WRONG and UNACCEPTABLE in local society or community—incidents like pickpocketing, murders, disappearances, chain snatching, molestation attempts and many more.

Warming up, I must also refer to Robert Lynd’s suggestion that a newspaper management appoint one person exclusively to insert wrong spellings or unreal facts in the dailies—on the lines of what the Times management in London did.

They had one employee include some misspellings on purpose in every day’s newspaper –just to be sure of getting feedback of a correctional kind from the readers in England! The Times management ensured through this trick that all those that bought the paper read from Page 1 till the last page just to single out the one or two misprinted expressions!

THE INFLUENCE OF MEDIA ON THE MIND:

I am not sure of the Indian media houses have ever spared it a thought but I can see distinct reflections of a syndrome—call it X– caused by the media behavior on many fronts in daily life. Reportedly 56 million Indians –both genders of course- suffer from depression; this is 4.5 % of the nation’s population size. Another 38 million suffer from anxiety of nonspecific etiology.

Now try to relate this as a psychosomatic consequence of reading our Indian newspapers, most of which open on Page One with more than a dozen depressing and demoralizing reports of rapes, molestations and anything else that is undesirable.

Isn’t it natural for you, if you are a woman born, to end up as a sour pussy so long as you see only stupid things on the TV and in the newspaper reports?

Why don’t you the media houses decide once and for all time to change this way of looking at information?

Not only shall this change do YOU good—in terms of reader goodwill and resulting boost in your product circulation- but also bring a whole generation of positively oriented individual into the national scene a few years later!

Through this subtle gear shift you can mold, without anyone being aware of being shaped, a whole generation or more of Indians into right thinking citizens of the country too, beginning with the men and women of your home State!

MARK ANTONY’S ANGLE:

The shrewd politician that he was, Mark Antony got groomed by Julius Caesar as his foster son. When he is invited to speak at Caesar’s funeral by the very persons that had assassinated the ruler, Antony agrees on condition that he shall take the stage only AFTER Brutus and others have spoken at length to the Romans. They consent to his request.

Look at how he begins his famous speech:

Friends, Romans countrymen, lend me your ears!

I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him

The evil that men do lives after them

The good is oft interred with their bones”

Thus he reminds the illiterate mob that, since ONLY the evil that men do gets remembered by the future generations, it’s a wise option to think at times of the good that many great men have done in earlier times.

This wise option is what the media houses also can adopt with remarkable benefit for themselves. Open on Page one with all that is positive in the nation, local region and the State and then gradually veer over to the negative reports about undesirables!

PAGE ARRANGEMENT AND LAYOUT

Give the lay reader a dose of self-confidence by convincing him or her that he/she has many opportunities to be of use to some organization, form or as foreign employer. So prioritize Job Opportunities as the first item after Page one!

Let Classified advertisements follow this section so that any job aspirants can immediately apply for a good position. Educated unemployment happens to be a serious issue still in our nation, whether the media houses admit this or not! Malt does more than Milton can to justify God’s ways to man!

I leave it to the senior staff of all Indian newspapers to finally decide on the acceptability of my suggestion and also to bring about the needed changes in consensus with the Bright Brave Rational and Progressive India that you and I and all parents of this country are praying for!

Bye!

A MALAYALAM ADAPTATION OF “MACBETH”?

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VEERAM vs. MACBETH!

Let me first of all appreciate Mr. Jayaraj, the versatile film maker, for trying his best to bring the 12th century Scottish story of the befooled warrior Macbeth into common Malayali parlance through doing a tweaking act on the already over-milked Vadakkanpattukal as a film titled “Veeram”.

I would like to gently counsel him and film makers like him to desist as far as possible from trying to adapt the Bard’s plays into our South Asian cultural ambiance.

Kaliyaattom, based on Othello, also fails on the same count but less so because sexual jealousy is a universal human emotion! It often leads to murder of the bride too by the groom within days after the wedding.

Thankfully both Hamlet and King Lear have escaped this attention from our talented and story-searching film makers this far!

This is primarily because the story –any story for that matter–fits a…

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A MALAYALAM ADAPTATION OF “MACBETH”?

VEERAM vs. MACBETH!

Let me first of all appreciate Mr. Jayaraj, the versatile film maker, for trying his best to bring the 12th century Scottish story of the befooled warrior Macbeth into common Malayali parlance through doing a tweaking act on the already over-milked Vadakkanpattukal as a film titled “Veeram”.

I would like to gently counsel him and film makers like him to desist as far as possible from trying to adapt the Bard’s plays into our South Asian cultural ambiance.

Kaliyaattom, based on Othello, also fails on the same count but less so because sexual jealousy is a universal human emotion! It often leads to murder of the bride too by the groom within days after the wedding.

Thankfully both Hamlet and King Lear have escaped this attention from our talented and story-searching film makers this far!

This is primarily because the story –any story for that matter–fits a specific cultural background and sounds unnatural when transplanted into another disconnected and distant cultural background however much modification is done to it.

The Scots have always been a warlike people and in the 11th century –i.e. during England’s Dark Medieval Age with but incipient Christianity to show by way of relief–battles between feudal lords were bitter and frequent.

They were also superstitious to a fault in the 11th century.

[Neither is the Malayali warlike nor superstitious beyond a limit thanks to education! This is why the film fails a bit]

The key in the Macbeth story specifically–the play was Shakespeare’s innovative experiment to prove that the same person can be both hero and villain even if geographical circumstances remain unchanged–is the double entendre practiced by the three Witches that Macbeth and Banquo get to see quite fortuitously along their route back to King Duncan’s palace from a horrible battle on a heath at sunset.

Look at these utterances –by varied dramatics personae–that can have double interpretations:

  • Ist Witch: When shall we three meet again,

In thunder, lightning or in rain?

2nd Witch: When the hurly-burly’s done,

When the battle is lost and won!

  • Fair is foul and foul is fair.
  • Banquo: It will be rain tonight

Ist Murderer: Let it come down!

(d)Macbeth shall never be vanquished until

Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill

Shall come against him

(e)Be bloody bold and resolute; laugh to scorn

The power of Man, for none of woman born

Shall harm Macbeth

How can a battle be lost and be won at the same time? In which specific circumstance can fair be viewed as foul? How can a forest move on its own towards a palace? Isn’t every man born of women? So can we imagine a man NOT born of woman?

Poor Macbeth gets only one meaning from all these utterances but each of them can have a diametrically opposite interpretation also!

Huge forests CAN look like deliberately walking towards a hilltop palace on human feet if tree branches are used to cover the soldiers on the front side. Human babies can be ripped out of maternal wombs thru a Caesarian surgery too!

Malayalam does make use of double entendre in sex humor of course but then in formal conversation it doesn’t brook this liberty for unseemliness!

Thus the film, in spite of Kunal Kapoor can’t be evaluated as a successful adaptation.

Period.

Apologies dear brother Jayaraj!

ARE WE STAPLETONS CHASING BUTTERFLIES ACROSS DARTMOOR,EH?

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CHASING THE EXOPLANET WILL-O’-THE-WISP!

You and I have, in reality, nothing much to smile over the recent discovery of 7 extra solar planets—pet named as exoplanets– orbiting a dwarf star (White Dwarf) 40 light years away! 7 is a sizeable number agreed. That points to many astronomers burning the midnight oil as the proverb goes in intensely rummaging all possible habitable locations within the known part of the Universe! Reportedly even the Spitzer Space Telescope of NASA was made use of in a 20 day continuous campaign sponsored by that organization to find out these!

(And such earnest effort on the part of our worthy researchers clamors to be celebrated with an Amul or Hershey’s Chocolates, right?)

To comfort and console us, it’s in the Goldilocks Zone of a star –neither too close nor too far from it—that these planets have been discovered. At the moment only Earth –within this…

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ARE WE STAPLETONS CHASING BUTTERFLIES ACROSS DARTMOOR,EH?

CHASING THE EXOPLANET WILL-O’-THE-WISP!

You and I have, in reality, nothing much to smile over the recent discovery of 7 extra solar planets—pet named as exoplanets– orbiting a dwarf star (White Dwarf) 40 light years away! 7 is a sizeable number agreed. That points to many astronomers burning the midnight oil as the proverb goes in intensely rummaging all possible habitable locations within the known part of the Universe! Reportedly even the Spitzer Space Telescope of NASA was made use of in a 20 day continuous campaign sponsored by that organization to find out these!

(And such earnest effort on the part of our worthy researchers clamors to be celebrated with an Amul or Hershey’s Chocolates, right?)

To comfort and console us, it’s in the Goldilocks Zone of a star –neither too close nor too far from it—that these planets have been discovered. At the moment only Earth –within this same zone but within the solar system– contains water!

It’s nothing but a wild goose chase or a run after a tricky will-o’-the-wisp!

Why let drain billions over such a silly chase when we have 1001 burning issues on this, our, planet itself? Burning forests, migrating desperate feral creatures, civil wars, ethnic cleaning exercises, marginalization of women, pedophilia, Old Age Home syndrome, social evils and dangerous practices like female genital mutilation, inter-generational face-offs, hunger, famine, drought, ocean water and air pollution, noise beyond endurable decibel levels—-you name it , we have it!

Even SPECTRE* like diabolic organizations—mentioned in the Bond saga by Ian Fleming and his fecund successors– exist in this world!

[*Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion]

I bet that anyone, educated enough and being sensible enough to understand even 5% of what is going on all around the globe under numerous labels, shall be suffused with angst and Weltschmerz!

Also equally imaginary is the guess that we are going to discover living things on any one of these planets!

Not only the astronomical distance to traverse –184000 x 24 x 365 x40 miles–is involved here. Much more is mysterious on this quest for life than thought of this far, but I am far from suggesting that we mustn’t do it at all.

The quest for life can be understood and appreciated in the light of the fact that mankind is the only advanced and advancement-capable living species that have been found so far alive here!

It’s also about the remote possibility—probability rating 1 against 99 negative- of there being any life at all in the relatively cool light of a dwarf star!

The TRAPPIST -1 system of three of these planets (TRAPPIST stands for Chile based Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope) had been discovered earlier.

Even if we are going to find living creatures there we have problems from them.

Also included in this guess game of sorts is the possibility of there being water on the planets to sustain any living creature—and to support our life if we go there to get settled. Well, what if the creatures on these planets do NOT require any water to survive? Don’t you see the sheer speciousness of the ongoing argument please?

Hollywood is exhausted using its imagination to think of all kinds of extra-terrestrial creatures and HBO, Star Movies and Movies Now have presented them before our eyes. And many of these creatures thought up by film makers either frighten us into submission or make us laugh uproariously for being so gauche or awkward!

Many are shown behaving rather oddly in human company! Take PK –the protagonist in a Hindi film- for instance! Or E.T.!(E.T. is lovable though!)

Or they cannibalize us—as the Species -2 creature does!

At the end of the day –at feier abend time—it’s something we must hold our own selves accountable for to the posterity isn’t it?

I understand that our global (or national priority list in every nation) must be revisited urgently if such stupid decisions are not to be taken in unholy hurry!

Bye!

 

 

 

A QUERY TO THE HOME MIRROR!

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“ARE WE PEOPLE OR ARE WE PIGS?”

It’s an open secret that many millions in our cities breathe toxic highly polluted air–they breach all limits as CPCB* data sourced from 680 pollution monitor stations in 300 cities across India prove –but as a people, we have developed a queer self-defense mechanism of sorts that keeps us insensitive to such unpalatable realities around us.

The happy-go-lucky and compulsively self-centered Mumbaikar gingerly passes by smelly mounds of kitchen garbage by the side of his road, and the Kolkata man, again looking oily to an unsightly extent all over, walks along spitting his pan in all possible directions–like Sachin that cricket ball from his opponent spin bowler!

Both are supremely immune to the reality that their health gets compromised by infections from rotten garbage and that their precious lives are also being curtailed by this pollution all around. Levels of particulate matter—known as…

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