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Hindustan Times is insensitive December 23, 2012

Posted by simarprit in : Cities, Delhi, India, Is anyone listening, News, News Reaction , 1 comment so far

Hindustan Times by-line reads: “Cops use water cannons, teargas to stop mob from marching to President’s house.”

Hello? Mob? Are you sure?

Looks like, they need to learn their lessons in sensitivity, English and journalism, in that order.  Yes, mob does mean crowd, but its usage here is incorrect, inappropriate and unacceptable.

Let me explain one by one.

Sensitivity: Next they would call Bhagat Singh a terrorist, 1857 a mutiny and Subhash Chandra Bose one of Hitler’s cronies.

English: This is what Dictionary.com has to say for defining “mob”

1. a disorderly or riotous crowd of people.
2. a crowd bent on or engaged in lawless violence.
3. any group or collection of persons or things.
4. the common people; the masses; populace or multitude.
5. a criminal gang, especially one involved in drug trafficking, extortion, etc.

They could have simply called it a crowd, if that was the intended meaning, why brand it as a mob? It hurts. Those who were protesting there were protesting for a cause, not a cause which would make them richer or was aimed at their sexual gratification, come on. Usage of this word is a heinous crime in itself.

Journalism: As per Wikipedia “Journalism is the activity or product of journalists or others engaged in the preparation of written, visual or audio material intended for dissemination as news, topical information and other contemporary fact, analysis and opinion. Journalism is directed at the consumers of media products, who may comprise nonspecific general audiences, or narrower market segments).

Not even a word of this by-line adheres to any of the operatives behind the word journalism. Who is this by-line aimed at? It looks like this by-line is aimed at scoring brownies with the Central Government. Hindustan Times doesn’t know what “by-line” stands for.

Gentleman and dignified ladies  behind Hindustan Times, by-line is an executive summary and editorial message rolled into one, right? We get the message Hindustan Times, your newspaper stands for insensitive, pseudo-journalism written in bad English aimed at protecting your business interests and pleasing your political bosses.

A Dream Called Life February 20, 2011

Posted by simarprit in : Is anyone listening , 14comments

I need an introduction, I need to live

I need to move, onwards is my will.

Opposite forces pull me, and they pull me hard

Values and ethics challenge me, and they tear me apart.

Am I a painter or am I pained

Am I brilliant or just no gain.

Complexities of life, doubled edged knife

Always in doubt, life, an unending bout.

Characters change, but all play games

Games? Oh! I lost to all who came.

Deeply in love is a myth

Nuptial of sorrow and pain  is my tryst.

Admire me? Yes, so many

Understand me? Only the uncanny.

I am the speaker, of my life

Unsaid is my longing for afterlife.

Moral? it is a sophisticated abuse

Like an electric bulb without a fuse.

God! Oh God! I have an appeal

My life, this life, does not congeal.

Life has a form

Why? Why for me it is called a worm?

If life had to be this torn,

Oh God! Oh! Oh My God! Why I had to be born?

Do I have to live my entire life,

Bruised, broken and bereft of “life”

I can see the lock, it is big

I can see my grave, which I can’t dig.

Far and away from my arms, lies the calm

Not able to reach, persistent itching on my palm.

Life, this life, I just can’t tame

My veins bleed and I don’t feel any pain.

Why? Why don’t I hear my inner voice

Why? Why can’t I have another choice.

Why? why can’t I have another choice.

BTW: I am the writer but  not the narrator in this rendering.

BJP set to win Delhi Assembly November 11, 2008

Posted by simarprit in : India, Is anyone listening, News , add a comment

It looks like the clock has turned full circle, they Delhi lost due to inflation – they are likely to win due to inflation. Vijay Kumar Malhotra maynot be my choice for CM’s post but I can never cast my vote for a Congress candidate. To me to vote for Congress is not an option. Arun Jaitley would have made a much better CM, maybe he wants to play safe and be in the race for PM some day.

More to come

Ticketcounterindia.com Spam Purnima Oswal August 22, 2008

Posted by simarprit in : email, Internet, Is anyone listening, Spam, Spamming , add a comment
I knew neither of the three entities, Ticketcounterindia.com, Purnima Oswal and Ashu Dutt till two hours ago.
Once I got two spam mails from them, I decided to reply back, in reply I got a third one.
I called Ticket Counter India all the way from San Jose and got this stupid reply which said they are sending me spam but they don’t have my mail ID, very smart. It is people like Purnima Oswal, Ashu Dutt and companies like ticketcounterindia.com which get India a bad name in most of International Spam related meetings, we all have to hear and bear out China and India being referred together as email spamming nations. I think it is time that few of us move together and catch hold of these companies and force them to mend their ways.
I looked at Ticketcounterindia.com and realized that it is indeed a lousy and useless site, no wonder they have to resort to things like this. If I get another mail from them, I would surely go ahead and do a detailed review about their site and forewarn everyone about their unethical business practices.
My last mail got no reply. I would be informing them about this post anyway and look at what they comment.
I am not satisfied, you are asking me to unsubscribe, when I have not subscribed to your mail at all. You are sending me a mail and then saying you don’t have it in your mail list. I have no redirections.
I have no choice but to broadcast this to the whole world through my blog, which I promise to do, if you can’t satisfy me with the source of my mail ID, before I turn in again.
The onus lies on you.
—– Original Message —–
From: Ashu Dutt
To: deleted by Simar to avoid further spam back to me
Cc: purnima.oswal@ticketcounterindia.com
Sent: 2008-08-22 03:29
Dear Simar:
Your name is with us. It is possible it was shared in a meeting/conference etc. Please note that every name and email ID is from our internal database
In any case, my aplogies for any inconvenience this may have caused you and we will be glad to “Unsubscribe” you immediately. In any case, all it takes is a simple “Unsubscribe” and we remove the person’s emails address
Could you PLEASE SPECIFY the EXACT EMAIL ADDRESS you are getting the mails in since we cannot find xxxxxxx in our mailing list. Obviously, it is getting redirected through some other email address (perhaps one you used previously)
Please send me an email address on which you received the mail and we will be glad to UNSUBSCRIBE immediately
Warm Regards
Ashu Dutt
India Office
R-501, Remi Bizcourt
Shah Industrial Estate
Andheri (West)
Mumbai 400 053, India

Tel: +91-22-6675-6612
Fax: +91-22-6675-6249
Email: ashu.dutt@ticketcounterindia.com
—– Original Message —–
From: Purnima Oswal
To: ashu.dutt@ticketcounterindia.com
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2008 12:52 PM

From: xxxxxx 

Sent:Friday, August 22, 2008 8:35 AM
To:Purnima Oswal
Importance: High


Please explain from where you got my mail ID, any failure to do so would mean that I proceed against you and your company for spamming and move to get your site banned.



—– Original Message —–

Sent: 2008-08-22 01:11



Enclosed please find the Ticket Counter Review for BACHNA AE HASEENO


Reviews for other movies are available at www.ticketcounterindia.com





Purnima Oswal





Shah Industrial Estate

Off Veera Desai Road

Andheri (W)

Mumbai – 400053, India


Tel: +91-22-65984129

Fax: +91-22-66756249 




Ahmedabad Blasts Update July 27, 2008

Posted by simarprit in : Blogging, City, India, Is anyone listening, News, News Reaction , 1 comment so far

I avoid writing twice on a news, but this one is disturbing me a lot. It is 3:30 AM in San Jose and the restless me is trying to get hold of the actual number of deaths in the Ahmedabad blasts, 40 to 50 is the range which most of the sites are now talking about.

What are the calculations, the masterminds amongst the terrorists would be doing, 3 per blast is good or bad for them. Numbers matter to all, and more over to those who are in the business of fear. I am sure they would have planned and hoped for 100 per blast, yes hoped. Reading across Guardian, CNN, NDTV, Headlines India, Times of India and BBC one just gets one feeling, media would move on, the Government would move on, the terror merchants and there terror network would move on, even the relatives of those who have died would move on, but these 40 -50 lesser mortals would never move again.

No one is talking about Bangalore blasts today, 48 hours is what it took for everyone to move on, a search on Google for both Bangalore Blasts Suspects and Ahmedabad Blasts Suspects, got an unexpected first result – http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4GGIH_enIN234IN234&q=Ahmedabad+Blast+Suspects - Al Jazeera. Yes Al Jazeera network’s english website. No CNN, no BBC, no Times of India, no NDTV. Ruthlessness of the conspirators is demonstrated amply by the fact that they planted bombs near/ inside the hospitals – objective can be nothing but if you survived so far, die now.

Ahmedabad blasts have something more in them, they bring back unpleasent memories of series of communal violence incidents which have been happening  in Ahmedabad and other areas of Gujarat for about a decade now. Gujarat has suffered, it was coming up very well and would have beome number one on per capita income in India in these last ten years. Every blast takes it  back, demotivates some, cautions others, investment climate does suffer.

India as a nation needs to practice zero tolerance when it comes to such acts, we need political will and quick execution. I am sure our police would know the sympathizers if not the accused very well. Just lock them up and hang couple of them after every incident. On the other hand, work towards economic integration of both the communities, economic ties can sometime be thicker than religion.

Thank Usha for a more balanced update: http://blogs.mapsofindia.com/2008/07/27/ahmedabad-blasts-update/

Hello to H.H. The Dalai Lama!!! July 6, 2008

Posted by simarprit in : Is anyone listening, Uncategorized , add a comment

In flight discussions on transcontinental flights are probably the fastest learning and knowledge sharing places.

 Just before we could disembark, I got finally talking to the gentleman who was siting on my right and working hard through the flight, (yours truly was too blotted up to do anything in this flight hence was watching everyone else… LoL).  As we got talking the gentleman asked me are you a Sikh, and on my saying Yes I am, the conversation became instantly interesting. He told me that he had gone to Amritsar to visit Harmandir Sahib as part of a documentary project called The Invocation, http://www.TheInvocation.com. Emmanuel mentioned that he met the “Second Highest Religious person” present at Sri Harmandir Sahib. This “Second Highest Religious Person” would need some probing around and is beyond the scope of this post. Emmanuel Itier also mentioned that after a quick 5 hour visit of the city of Amritsar they left for Dharamshala by road.

Dharamshala to me is synonym with His Holiness The Dalai Lama, the face of “Freedom for The Tibet Movement” and one of the most hallowed religious/ spiritual personalities of the world. My immediate question was “so did you interview His Holiness?” I am sorry Emmanuel, on the hindsight I should not have asked this question. Emmanuel answer was stiff “No.” Here are those few sentences which Emmanuel shared hurriedly in detachment and disbelief.  I have tried to keep them as verbatim as possible:

  1. They had requested for an appointment.
  2. They were informed that His Holiness is in Dharamshala.
  3. They met two secretaries of HH The Dala Lama.
  4. The Secretaries confirmed that they understood the project and decided not to bring the request for an appointment to the notice of His Holiness.
  5. The Secretaries despite a series of correspondence and first level references didn’t budge at all.
  6. The Secretaries to The Dalai Lama maintained that they had all the wisdom and the authority to decide who can meet His Holiness.
  7. They saw lot of monks.
  8. They saw lot of monks in constant argument and squabbles.
  9. The halo around Budhism and His Holiness didn’t prepare them for what they saw.
  10. His Holiness was resting and had no other engagements.
  11. They got an impression that maybe donations ease the path for meetings with His Holiness.

I am surprised. It looks more like Corporate or a Self Styled Guru’s office approach and doesn’t at all go with image of the Dalai Lama. Here is a quote from the official biography of His Holiness “on the level of a human being, His Holiness first commitment is the promotion of human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline”. My concern is Emmanuel couldn’t see any of this in his visit.

I am sure the secretaries wold get to see this post as The Tibet is very active o the Internet, the issue is would they re-look at their systems.

This is my Hello to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, anyone who can share this with him would do good to all those who believe in the aura of His Holiness. As do I. I understand fully that His Holiness just can’t grant all appointments, but it is the experience of a documentary film maker which troubled me and made me write this post.