Thursday, July 08, 2010

The Decline of Artistic Merit – V (Writing)

Scenario: You are inside a newspaper office. Difficult, but just imagine for this once.

The action is at the news desk. The latest news is coming in and intelligent and pretty Ms. Sahasrabudhe (she, wearer of funky spectacles) is writing captions and slugs and summaries that will appear in tomorrow's newspaper. She finds it difficult to fit the caption 'The economy is in doldrums on the back of recessionary trends' in the available space which is 24 square centimeters. She approaches the chief sub-editor whom she calls the chief.

'Chief, I have a problem.'

Chief doesn't look up. He is engrossed.

'Chief I have a problem.'

'Eh? Whaaat? You aaare always disturbing me when I aam concentrating.' He is the sort whose words run faster than his thoughts, 'What's it tell me quick.'

'Er, I want to fit, 'The economy is in doldrums on the back of recessionary trends' in 24 square centimeters, she indicates the space with her fingers.

'What's your problem?' he takes a sheet and writes, 'The enomy is in dldrums on the bk of rnary trends.'

'But sir that's bad English, no?'

'Who says it is bad English. You know or I know?'

'Sir, but that is SMSese, and we don't use SMSese.'

'Same question, repeat. I know or you know?'

'Sir, I don't think this is right, I will ask the news editor.'

'Okay go,' he says gleefully with a contented smile.

The news editor is Mishraji who is fond of eating powdery betnet masala from a pouch he keeps in his shirt pocket.

'Mishraji, the chief tells me to write a caption thus, 'The enomy is in dldrums on the bk of rnary trends.'

'Why what's wrong? You know or I know?'

'But sir, sir, that's wrong no? What will the readers say? Besides the Oxford English Dictionary and Webster's says that sort of writing is bad. The whole world will laugh at us.' Ms. Sahasrabudhe says.

'Who cares about the reader? As for Oxford and Web-wib-whatever… I have got orders from our revered and respected chairman. SMSese is the new trend of a dynamic younger generation. You know or he knows better? So we are going ahead and using it. Do it or else?' Mishraji says between pouring mouthful of betelnut masala into his mouth and chewing on it.

'But Mishraji, I am the younger generation.'

'You know or I know who is what?'

Ms. Sahasrabudhe, she of the funky spectacles removes the permanently-fixed appurtenance from her face as she is in tears and says, 'Yes sir, if you say so.'

Who decides about the goodness of English in newspaper offices?


Wednesday, July 07, 2010

The New Indira Gandhi International Airport

The new Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is the eleventh largest in the world, so says this article in Wikipedia. Last time I passed through the terminal it was in terrible shape and there was confusion all around and the airline staff was in a surly mood. At the boarding gate a very assertive lady of a publishing persuasion (whom I know through telephone calls and emails) was insisting, 'Open the gate now (read it here).' The girl manning the gate (sorry libbers, there's no word called 'womanning') was almost crying.

So I hope things are improving, and 'all will be well' (shades of 3 idiots here) with the IGIA.


Monday, November 26, 2007

Top searches on Wikipedia

This article is about the top searches on Wikipedia. The author laments how sex, comics, and Harry Potter rules the root, and there's no mention of writers or writing. Worth a look!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Don't call Sanjay Dutt Sanjay-baba

Don't call Indian film star Sanjay Dutt Sanjay-baba, because he isn't a small child anymore.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The History of Religion, Told Graphically

Interesting! The history of religion told in a nice graphic format, you will enjoy it!

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Photos: Presidential Candidates Through The Years

Here's a look at the 2008 presidential candidates through the years, before the fame and the spotlight.

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Why Indian websites fail?

The truth is out! It's delusion not lack of skills! How delusion make Indian websites fail.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Online Literary Fora

An excellent article about what happens in online literary fora. Do take a look.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Hugh Hefner and his Playboy girls Next Door in their Halloween costumes

Hugh Hefner and his girls Kendra Wilkinson, Bridget Marquardt and Holly Madison in their costumes over the weekend.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

F****d Company

Heard the latest? F****d Company, that irreverent blog that wrote hardhitting articles about losing tech companies, and excruciating tech nightmares have been taken over by Michael Arrington of Tech Crunch. Read TechCrunch story.

"Says F****d Company's site: F****dcompany is temporarily f****d"

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Yann Martel's rant against Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Author Yann Martel rants against Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for cutting funds to the Canadian Society for the Arts.

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Introduce Yourself to Another Blogger

I think this is a good idea to grow your blog traffic.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Sony DCR-DVD108 Camcorder

Looking for an entry-level camcorder are you? Then the Sony DCR-DVD 108 camcorder is the right one for you. At least that is what I feel after using it for almost a month now.

In fact I am not to be blamed for falling in love with this piece of gadgetry. Of course, it may lack frills, offering only manual controls and 640x480 stills. The Sony DCR-DVD108’s slender upright design can save a lot of space in the camera bag.

Its lens has a filter diameter of 30mm. It also has a 40x optical zoom lens that offers a focal length of 1.9mm-76mm (36mm-1440mm when converted to 35mm for both movies and stills). You will find the lens cover switch to the bottom left of the lens.

The lens cover looks lustrous with its milled black finish. Below the lens you will find the remote sensor, followed by a rigid plastic port cover housing the AV out terminal. A rugged plastic strip secures the port cover.

This camcorder certainly beats the price barrier when looks and functionalities are concerned. It has cool features, even better looks and it fits snugly into my hand.

The Sony DCR-DVD108 Camcorder is a dependable modern day toy to carry and flaunt on my holiday. It sure beats my digital camera as it can shoot pictures too.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007