Jul 132003

Once up on a time, not so long ago, there lived a people. The people hads lots in common – they ate the same kind of food, wore the same kind of clothes, stayed next to each other – celebrated eachother’s happiness and mourned each others’ sorrows. They sowed their crops at the same time, and they harvested their bounty at the same time. They sang when it rained. They cried when it didn’t. Nothing extraordinary – just ordinary every day people. They wanted to earn a good living, live in contetment with their families in their own basti. Nothing more, nothing less.

And one day someone – told them all this that is common between you doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if you speak the same language or hear the same music. It doesn’t matter if you are friends or sweethearts. it doesnt matter whether you have stayed next to each other for generations. What matters is the difference. the differnce is only one. You are a Hindu, he is a Muslim. (or was it the other way around)

Then the people were divided. I don’t know why every idiot on the right keeps saying the land was divided – it was worse a people were divided.

The bus made me sad – becasue it is 50 years of family, friends, foes staying apart. it is 50 years of missed cultural development. It is 50 years of waste – collosal waste.

I hope that the baby with the multiple holes in its heart gets cured. somehow she symbolises the situation

Jul 102003

How do u have a conversation with someone you cannot at all relate to? is it that you speak your bit, they speak theirs? will it sound like someone having fun on post prod with a pair of actors from different films. say a amitabh bachan in amar akbar anthony, having a conversation with a smita patil in namak halal.

i saw togadia on tv today. i heard him speak. how can someone have so much hatred it them.

Hearing him talk does to your mind what a bad drinking session does to your bodygetting up the next morning with you mouth feeling like a sewer and you tasting the bile.

can one get him on blasphemy? are there blasphemy laws in India?

So back to my question. in my social life if i bump into a mr.togadia clone, how does one intereact. Option 1: don’t itneract, option 2 dont interact, option 3 don’t interact. might just end up hitting the bastard while screeching gandhism is the only way ahead.

Jul 052003

what ever will be will be. the answer’s not ours to see
cas sera sera

The great indian compromise. once again. no loss of face on any side (or equal loss of face on all sides) – no change in the status quo – and of course the customer getting screwed in the bargain.

Let’s look at the figures. according to tv manufacturers there are close to 70 million telelvision sets in India. According to market experts approximately 40 million households receive cable and satellite television.

According to the cable operators the no. of c&s homes in India is less than 8 million (coz that’s what they declare and pay for.

The networks have seen a fall in revenue due to 3 main reasons : a) advertisers no longer completely trust their figures after the TRP fiasco and can bully the rates down, b)no. of channels have increased and the revenue pie hasn’t c) people are not really watching the crap they are putting out. in fact there has been a net loss in viewership across all channels – and people have gone back to traditional forms of entertainment – friends, family, making babies, fighting,drama… whatever.

so they woke up and instead of getting their own houses in order decided to make “honest women” of the cable operators. In comes CAS – one of the most stupid pieces of legislation ever conceived. presumably to give the consumer more choice. The consumer already receives close to 100 channels and 150 buck – how much more choice can he have.

the CAS legislation is set to give you 72 fta channels at around 120 bucks (all inclusinve), + a pay per view on pay channels.

Now the local cable guy decides who is pay and who is fta. he decides who takes what. so where is the consumer choice?

Else where in the world a pay channel does not carry ads. so as a viewer i pay x rs. more per month and see a break free programme, match, film whatever. but in india – it is have your cake and eat it too. Consumer Choice.

I guess that the I&B minister has defined consumers as cable operators as they are the primary consumers of the Satellite signal. The only choice is theirs to make.

It is evident that the elections are around the corner. I wonder what the contribution from the broadcasters and the cable operators has been to the election fund.

Jul 042003

the thing that i have always dreaded. and the thing that keeps popping up at the most in opportune time. why now of all times do i have to have the dreaded block. am supposed to write some white papers on baan or was it sap, and so kiddos’ stuff and i can’t even put the first word down. ouch!
ouch ouch!!
i am thinking so hard to get to the first word, the first sentance, the first para – that it hurts. at this point of time i’m not even looking at writing as an art form. the base content that i ‘ve been given is so bad that anything in comparison will look like a work of art. i guess that is the problem. am afraid that if i don’t think hard enough or try hard enough it may end up reading like the stuff i hve been given.
and would that not be terrible.

today i feel like the beatles song “nowhere man” – except that it is “nowhere woman” –
damn i wish that i can start writing again.