10 Views · 16 days ago
The words journalism and media seems to suggest one thing, one entity, one type of public role in the world but nothing could be further from the truth. The bulk of the world’s media platforms end up being platforms of record. What do we mean by that? They primarily focus on what happened, when, where, and sometimes, maybe by extension, why. They track what happens that they consider noteworthy in their field, and they report it.
2 Views · 28 days ago
Tarun J Tejpal - Rohinton Maloo was shot doing two things he enjoyed immensely. Eating good food and tossing new ideas. He was among the 13 diners at the Kandahar, Trident-Oberoi, who were marched out onto the service staircase, ostensibly as hostages. But the killers had nothing to bargain for. The answers to the big questions -- Babri Masjid, Gujarat, Muslim persecution -- were beyond the power of anyone to deliver neatly to the hotel lobby. The small ones -- of money and materialism -- their crazed indoctrination had already taken them well beyond. With the final banality of all fanaticism, flaunting the paradox of modern technology and medieval fervour -- AK-47 in one hand; mobile phone in the other -- the killers asked their minders, "Udan dein?" The minder, probably a maintainer of cold statistics, said, "Uda do."
4 Views · 1 month ago
“Life is a helluva thing. You can see trouble coming and you can’t do a damn thing to prevent it coming. You just gotta sit and watch and wait.” From Miguel Street, by VS Naipaul
There is perhaps no greater mark of a writer’s genius that you cannot read him through his words: anyone who ever heard, saw, or watched V S Naipaul engage in the real world will find this throwaway philosophical aside on life entirely alien to their experience of the man who was famously precise, pitiless, and impatient. Yet, that same experience of the man makes the words inescapably his: economical, deeply weighted, deceptively simple.
3 Views · 1 month ago
Tarun Tejpal - It seems like both public and mass media's memory limits itself to the worlds of sport and cinema. While two decades of Lagaan trended for days on social media a couple of months ago, and reams of airtime was devoted to it on prime time, a landmark — some might call it defining — moment in politics and in Indian journalism also hit its 20 year anniversary recently.
3 Views · 2 months ago
Tarun Tejpal - One thing 2021 seems intent on doing: showing that ordinary folk aren't the only ones succumbing to the pressures of the pandemic year gone by. A spate of high-profile A-list break-ups — from Bollywood to Hollywood — are showing no one is immune from the strains of an unprecedented year, whether your last name is Khan or Kardashian.