I Read

The ones I want to read -
The Godfather - Mario Puzo
India: From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond - Shashi Tharoor
A few I manged to complete -

Identity - Milan Kundera
The Pothunters And Other Stories - P G Wodehouse
Games Indians Play - Why We Are the Way We Are - V Raghunathan
Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
The World is Flat - Thomas L Friedman
The City of Joy - Dominique Lapierre
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
The monk who sold his Ferrari - Robin S Sharma
The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
My Experiments With Truth - M K Gandhi
The God of Small Things - Arundath
A Beautiful Mind - Sylvia Nasar
Rich Dad, Poor Dad - Robert T. Kiyosaki, Sharon L. Lechter
Deception Point - Dan Brown
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
Digital Fortress - Dan Brown
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J. K. Rowling
Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown


There seems to be nothing impossible in internet commerce. Today I found out that I can find, compare and buy a pregnant mother at shopping.com. This is what you see when you hover your mouse over pregnant mother in this news item. (Clic the Pic)
This is amazing. Isn't it. Everything is getting automated. 
All those double underlined links give up these pop-up ads. 
Left and right we have ads. Moneycontrol has the same crappy way of advertising and sometimes even worse. 
Network 18. 
Ya, I know. 
They are making big money. 


As far as I remember, my family has been a loyal subscriber of The Hindu.

When I was a kid I used to wait for Saturdays. Young World was just amazing. Eureka and the column where we have to join dots and colour (Hope it was named “Colour Me” or “Crayon Corner” not quite sure) were my favorites.

I collected all the copies of Young World that I could get hold of, under my bed. Later (that’s after a year or so) I used to again read it. My collection became so big that it changed the shape of my bed. My cleanliness obsessive Amma one day sold it off to that guy who takes crap and gives money.

I was 10. I cried.

I again collected.

Amma again made money.

One day morning when I took up the paper, I saw that the font had changed. Every article had a tag beneath their Heading. I liked the new style of the paper.

Later, Know Your English, Opinion (on Wednesdays) and Magazine became my favorites. Opinion was a supplement then, which was later squeezed into a page.

When we moved over to Kochi, we stayed with mema (amma’s sister) and family. They subscribed The New Indian Express.

A piece of crap.

The same crap at school library.

Not only was the content crap. The newspaper was made out of cheap quality paper. Like that of P.C. Thomas’s. I hate cheap quality paper. An eye-sore they are.

I missed my paper.

Achchan used to bring The Economic Times from his office. I liked the color. The financial News made no sense to me. It had (hope still has) a glossy supplement – “Brand Equity”. I utilized it for covering my school notebooks. Notebook cover made out of glossy paper stays long. Common sense.

I remember reading an article about inflation. It had a still from Pukar. Anil Kapoor holding Ayshwarya’s leg. Her legs were perpendicular to each other. I assumed they are the X-axis and Y-axis of the graph.

Then I left for college. My first year room-mates - one Bangalore based Bengali and one Mumbai based Mumbaikar introduced me to another piece of crap – The Times Of India. This is the most circulated crap in India it seems.

From the second year in college, you can choose your room-mate. So you can choose your paper as well.

I got back my paper. My paper used to gracefully come in at 10:30 am, bringing along with it all the bliss into our room. It so happens that, in NITK there is a mafia for everything. Newspaper Mafia, Stolen Mobiles Mafia, Dhobi Mafia are examples. These Mafias have monopoly in their respective sectors in NITK.

Paper coming in at 10:30 am is ok with us NITKians. We kind of get up most of the days when we hear the paper-push beneath the door.

In the NITK saloon, I saw a copy of Tehelka for the first time.

I took it up with respect.

And put it down with disgust.

Thus I had 3 years of The Hindu in my college. I could easily relate to Slice of Life, The Shashi Tharoor Column was never truer, The Other Half was too complaining.
She said women are not properly represented in the Research and Development stream of the nation. I mailed Kalpana Sharma; women have better right brain while men have better left. I gave the example of my college (410 guys and 40 girls). She was not happy with me. This was evident in her column the next week.

Come to Bangalore. Every morning I get to see the TOI crap. My company does get The Hindu. But they keep it in the Fourth Floor. (Ya I do have a life outside my company, but I am a miser.)

I do it the Software Engineer way - get RSS feeds.

Now, if crap is indeed crap why is it circulated so well?

Let’s get things into perspective.

Vinod Mehta says it is profit making strategies.

Kushwant Singh tells us it is no more Political Journalism, instead Journalistic Politics.

Well as Magazines, I respect Frontline and Outlook.
For they are edited by real Men.

They say Newspapers is the mirror of the nation.
They are powerful.
They make democracy successful.
But we get to see that they are vulnerable as well.

Abdul Kalam says
Why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?

My friend showed me this. I can understand that these are also supposed to be published in a neutral paper. I am concerned about the significance the paper gives to such articles.

Its not that The Hindu is an all time good newspaper. They once published a photograph in the front page. The body of a martyr Jawan being dragged by two other Indian Jawans. People sent in letters and the paper apologized.

I think Vinod Mehta has the last say,
…. content is a calculated mix of what the reader wants and what he does not want. The trick is to marry the two to make great journalism and big profits...

P.S. TOI has come out with this Unlock Bangalore thingee. I am quite impressed :)