Category Archives: Media

Junking the junket

A couple of years ago, I was picked to go the US on a junket. When I mentioned this to a colleague, she shook my hand and congratulated me. I searched her face for a smirk, an ironically raised eyebrow. … Continue reading

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Radia gaga

When I asked a colleague why newspapers were silent on the revelations that emerged from the Radia tapes, he said that that’s because major media is a conspiracy of thieves. I couldn’t have put it better. As The Hoot‘s Sevanti … Continue reading

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Azaadi of speech

Over the past month, the English press has put up a united front against the Sena for pressuring Mumbai university to withdraw Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey. Mistry himself has praised the press’s campaign saying: “This sordid story, however, … Continue reading

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Rohinton Mistry’s (part) statement

Rohinton Mistry finally responded to the withdrawal of Such a Long Journey from the SYBA syllabus with this statement. It was read out by Anand Patwardhan at a protest meeting at the Press Club on October 18. “The Shiv Sena’s … Continue reading

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Crime time

                          I’ve just discovered a spectacularly kitschy magazine called Crime & Detective, which has accounts of crimes of passion from across the country written in a lasciviously narrative … Continue reading

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Mind your p’s and q’s

There are many reasons not to visit T.G.I. Friday’s. The kitschy, cheesier-than-fondue interiors. The faux cowboy outfits the waiters have to wear. The flavourless food, most of which is crumb-fried. What seals its case, is the misplaced apostrophe. If you’re … Continue reading

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Kasab

The blitzkrieg of public reactions to Kasab’s death sentence seems to be a case of life imitating television. We’ve always been a society prone to impassioned hyperbole. But the hysteria generated by the electronic media on a daily basis seems … Continue reading

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