Sunday, February 21, 2016

An Open Letter to the Indian Media!




Dear Indian Media,

How are you? I assume that you must be super excited after the surge in the channel TRP's.  Well, I'm a bit worried. Ah! don't assume that I'm worried because of your TRP's. Well I don't really give a damn about it. I am writing this letter to make you aware of your importance in a society, in a democracy. You are one of the pillars of democracy but your juvenile behavior looks like you represent democrazy - the crazy media! 

I have always believed that a media should be responsible. You are grown up and you must be aware of your responsibilities. I'm just a citizen of this country but my blood boils when I see some of you in form of news channels that play with people's mind. Don't you think my anger is justified?  Don't manipulate! Whenever some serious issue arises, the first thing that you want is to increase your show TRP's. You come up with a twitter hashtag and your intention is to trend it.Is TRP above human feelings? You very well know that there are mixed breeds of people in our nation. The JNU incident  just proved the point that Indian Media is  TRP hungry. Do you know Western media mocks at us. You are the one's who interview a dying man after a bomb blast and ask him - "How does it feels being bombed?" 

Well, that's not an exaggeration! That's how reporting is done. These days media is such that it spews venom into the minds of the audiences. And the poor audience blindly believes what you show. The Rational being is disappearing. Media plays an important role in the life of an individual. People blindly believe what is shown in media. Few years back when a certain News channel  reported about spotting of an UFO, everyone believed  that oh yeah there is UFO in India! Really? Or just another farce! Oh Yes DeshBhakt Indian UFO!

Some of you are so biased and pro government that you fail to unleash the other side of the story. Media should be unbiased and should be like an aggressive bull ready to fight when anything is wrong. But these days it is observed that certain news channel doctored a video clip of the JNU students President Kanaiyah Kumar who happens to be charged with Sedition. Do you understand what Sedition is? How can you judge a person even before the Supreme court gives its verdict. You showed doctored video clips and later when few other media channels clarified that it was a fake video then you fell down to another extreme level to prove that with another doctored video. Has journalism fallen to this low in this country?  Journalists are like the pilot of a plane full of people. You drive them. They trust you. They blindly believe  you. How dare you take advantage of this and play with all of them. 

Ok, now you went on to tarnish the image of a student who happens to be from a  poor family. A sedition charge is slapped on him and suppose after few days when the court finds him innocent and releases him, what will be his life like? You can go to an extreme degree to prove that Kanhaiyya was chanting anti national slogans by faking video clips. Now what will be his future? Will you apologize for ruining someone's life? You are earning big by sitting on the shows and gaining TRP's. Ever thought how life would be like for the guy whose career has been destroyed by you guys. Well, Kanhaiyya's case would be one of the example 

Let me narrate an incident that happened recently in New Delhi. A girl called Jasleen Kaur came up with a story where she claimed that a guy eve teased her on a road junction and abused her.  She was called upon by a reputed news channel for a debate. That channel is also known as Debate TV by some and the news anchor is notorious for screaming and yelling at their participants. It is also believed that he doesn't allows his panelist complete their statements and views. Okay, this girl Jasleen was called upon by this anchor for a debate. The girl cried on the show and narrated stories about how she tackled the guy. And then our hero anchor, the chief justice of Indian Journalism tagged her as the bravest girl of India and what not. She trended that evening on Twitter. A group of news anchors then interviewed the guy. They couldn't even respect what his views were and we not even ready to buy his points. It seems they already rated him as a cheap eve teaser. But then came the twist. Jasleen Kaur's version of story as fake and Indian media had already caused damage to the guys image. He was sacked from his job and looked upon as if he was the nation's biggest criminal alive. Check this news article Jasleen Kaur exposed: The eve-teasing incident that wasn't and the twisted truth.

Now tell me, will Indian media apologize to someone for destroying the guys image. The same is happening with Kanhaiyya and the other students charged with sedition. Don't jump into the lake without researching about it. There might be a big crocodile inside ready to hunt you. Shame on Indian media for being irresponsible. The Jasleen Kaur incident was one such example.

When there is a dearth of news then you come up with a cooked  story like that of the UFO spotting seen at a garden in Uttar Pradesh and what not. And when  there are no news left , then you fall prey to Internet trolls. There was a photo doing rounds recently the same day when the  Odd -Even traffic rules was implemented  in New Delhi. It was a photo taken few years back and that went viral and some people believed it and blindly shared it on social media. Some News channels crossed the limits and showed it as news.


And then some news channels came up with tweets stating that it was an old photo that was doing rounds. 


Such kind of Journalism will not take you anywhere. Please grow up! Ah TRP's! 

These are just few examples. I could write a book on the lies told by Indian media. But I live in a time boxed world and got no time to entertain such things. Why don't you understand your responsibilities? It's because of few of you , the entire media fraternity is looked down! There are some honest people too. It raises a serious question on your credibility. 

Your role is that to highlight certain topics and fetch news from across the country. You don't have the rights to judge someone. No one gave you the permission to give verdicts. The court Judges are well qualified to give verdicts.  So please be responsible. 

This  'chief justice of Indian Journalism' anchor who happens to conduct a TV debate show should take care of his throat. How about a throat insurance? I'm certainly quite sure that in the long run it is going to affect his throat.  You damage our ears, dude! And at times , we feel like shutting down the TV. Please be good to all. Let all speak. Indian  media, please be responsible. Do you know what some people say? They call few of you as government stooge and want you to officially join the ruling political party instead of showing pro government news.  Well, is this what you want to hear? I see tweets every day. Please realize your importance! 

It's because of you guys that my Indian brothers and sisters are categorized and they indulge in name callings. They call each other as Tolerant, Intolerant, National, Anti National, Bhakts, Congress Agent, Aaptards and what not. Lets remember the fact that we all are Indians first , so lets live together like Indians and India is known for its unity in diversity. Keep aside the differences. And Media should play a pivotal role in that and support. Media , please show facts. Don't just jump into conclusions and damage anyone. And if you damage anyone's image  then please ensure that you apologize on your channel. I'm sure you won't do that. I believe you but the TRP word scares me. After all , its the game of TRP's! 

And yes, to the  Chief Justice of  Indian Journalism , don't say 'The Nation wants to know!' 

The nation doesn't wants to know anything. You are not the Chowkidhar of the nation. So ask on your behalf! 

Be responsible Indian media! It's a humble request!

Truly, 
An Indian

These are my personal views. Let me know what you think about it by commenting on the comment section.

PS - Unedited article

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Let the Adrenaline Rush!

 “This post is a part of #AdventureNme activity at adventuren.com.”


Someone just asked me - What does Adventure means to you?  I was flabbergasted for a moment as I wasn't used to such discussions. For someone capable of invoking laughter in a room full of serious faces it was adventurous! Sigh! I'm a deadpool kind of a guy with a wicked sense of humor who can make people roll on the floor at times. Ahh! I kindled the Laughter Riot, NOT!

For me adventure is pushing the limits that races my heart and keeps me feel alive, Something that makes the heart dance violently! I'm an adventure beast! Adventure Monger! Anything that you call me. I love flirting with danger and adventure is the bridge that bridges the gap between me and the danger. You can find me sleeping on that bridge.

Everyone is confined to a comfort bubble! It's this comfort bubble that restricts us to normal activities.  This bubble is the culprit for the monotonous life that we live. It's time to get uncomfortable and  break the comfort bubble. Let the world and people judge you. But let not their words  affect or impact you. That's what differentiates most of us and adventurous folks. It's the attitude to raise the bar and cross the limit. Go beyond the Zenith and fly like a bird! Now that's adventure to me. Go and break the comfort bubble. Let your heart race fast,let it pulsate rapidly. 
Adventure for me is a feeling of content. Its a kind of unique  happiness and a feeling that gives goosebumps. It's like saying "I never knew I could do this, actually!"
Lub Dub, Lub Dub, Lub Dub! When the adrenaline rush happens, adventure sneaks peaks from no where and infuses a new excitement and that's when your heart goes Lub Dub, Lub Dub! This sound invokes a new desire, a desire to break all the boundaries and barriers. It's a sweet music to me, a beautiful music!  Adventure releases a zillion butterflies into my stomach. The crazy adventurous butterflies just like me. When I embark on an adventures journey, its these butterflies that flutter their wings wildly and motivate me. I love these adventurous butterflies within me.

Adventure means learning about new places. Its like traversing the coordinates across the world. Its like strolling on unknown lanes, reading sign boards on an unknown language and  clicking a selfie with the locals of that place.

"I had a dream the other night, on why we only get one life?"  We all have a one life. You only live once- YOLO, then why not live an adventurous life.

Go out and do crazy stuffs. Travel on a local train with no tickets. Escape when the TTE asks for a ticket. Walk on the roads with no shoes or socks. Show the sun that you can tackle its 45 degree heat and walk bare foot. Meander to an unknown land and learn their language. Drink water from the hand pump.  Ride an auto with the autodriver as your passenger. Let the auto kiss the potholes. Let his heart go young once again! Make someone's day! I have done all this :D See the proof! That's me and the Autodriver. Okay, just the Autodriver. I was actually clicking this  photograph of Viren ji and his Autorickshaw!


 
Such all things may seem silly to most of us but the amount of excitement and happiness it gives me can't be measured by any instrument in this world. Explore everything! 
 Stepping into the kitchen for the first time and cooking a new dish is adventure to me. Its about the small happiness that we get by doing things that are new to us.
 
Go and Teach a skill to a roadside beggar begging for alms and coins. Never give him a fish for a day, instead teach him how to fish! Thats a popular adage. Such things are small but such adventures  not only make you happy but others too!

Life is like a T20 cricket game. You can see its outcome soon. Let not failure overshadow you.  Treat it as a challenge and go miles to prove that you can do anything for your own happiness and lead a satisfied life. Adventure isn't all about  climbing a hill top, throwing yourself from a bridge , diving deep into the oceans. For me adventure is beyond all these.

It's not about money or the latest fascinating items. It's about exploring new places. Like I said before, I love traveling to new places, sleep at unfamiliar locations, embark on an unknown journey. Attach an invisible wings to your arm and fly high in the sky. Look at the world from the top  and say - Yo baby! this is the life I wanna live, an adventurous life!

Let the heart race Lub Dub Lub! Let the adrenaline rush - fast, faster and the fastest! 



And I just realized that I could be so adventurous that I could not write what adventure means to me in 400 words and it actually took me more than that. Ah! Blogging is so adventurous for me!

5 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Men That Are Perfect



“All you need is love and love is all you need!” sang The Beatles on what is perhaps the greatest love song of all time. While I couldn’t agree more with ‘The Fab Four’, there is probably nothing wrong with showing how much you love the people you love. So, what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by giving thoughtful gifts to the man of your dreams?
I present you with a list of Valentine’s Day gifting ideas that will make for some everlasting memories for many years to come!

No superstition in love
There is no place for superstition in love. So yes, you can get a perfume for him without worrying about how its magnificent scent can kill the love in your hearts. There are a lot of exciting options available in the market when it comes to men’s perfumes; I strongly recommend the ‘Barber Elixir Blue-No. 1580’ by C.O. Bigelow as its aromatic marine notes are suitable for any occasion.

Time after time:
Watches have become such a popular gifting option that if you’re ever in a dilemma as to what you can gift to your significant other on a special day like the 14th of February, you can buy men’s watches without giving it a second thought. The Casio G-Shock is a series of designer watches for men that are specially made for the fashion-conscious adventurer. Also, these watches are practically unbreakable so you know that they will stay with him for a loooooooooong time to come.
Leather wallets:

Wallets are an excellent gift to give for mainly two reasons:
1.       He can carry his money in something other than his pockets, and
2.       He can carry his money with him when you drag him to that expensive store.
Sports t-shirts:
There are three things that every man loves – cars, beer and… sports! This Valentine’s Day show that you are in no way jealous of his favorite football or cricket team and get a jersey for him! You can even go for a stylish shirt that he can wear to future dates (with you of course).
One ring to rule them all:
Nothing says “I Love You (and now everyone will know)” like rings. Just kidding. Rings are an extremely thoughtful and sentimental gift that can only further strengthen your bond. Go for a trendy promise ring for your other half and let him know how powerful a promise can truly be.
You can also choose a stylish bracelet as a Valentine’s Day gift!