Monday, June 28, 2010

(Spoil) Sport Reporting in India!

India, the land of rich culture and traditions, land of enthusiastic people, fervent fans and dedicated followers. Indians have a unique quality of idolizing, they do it with extreme faith and trust. We are dotting lovers, admirers and followers. From politics to cinema to sports to religion, you name it and there will be lakhs drooling out with passionate devotion. 

Amongst this, sports after Bollywood unites the country. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, one will hardly find a person who do not play or follow one or the other kind of sport. Be it local kabaddi match to international cricket tournament to indoor games like Ludo, carrom to swimming and badminton, people find out time from their busy schedules for their favorite sport. 

Cashing on this fervent nature of Indian audience, many industries are flourishing. Amongst this is, news industry which had shown major boom in last two decades. Print and Electronic media are the two major sources of news in the the country. Print mainly comprises of newspapers and magazines whereas TV, radio and internet comes under the gigantic umbrella of electronic media. These channels of information provide enormous amount of knowledge on varied topics. But when it comes to sports, CRICKET is the only sport they know about. 

There are special bulletins on news channels, special pages dedicated to cricket in newspapers and magazines, radio jockeys (private FM radio stations) talking non-stop about cricket. Literally, Indian news industry eats, drinks, sleeps and show cricket. Though, there are many instances where news channel cover other games also but not as religiously as they do 'vishesh programmes' on cricket. 

Sania Nehwal is in news because she won Indonesian cup, Vishwanathan Anand appears in headlines only when he wins a competition. Same is the story with Sania Mirza , Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Narain Karthikeyan, Vijendra Singh and Abhinav Bindra. Bhaichung Bhutia made news not because of his football but because he was dancing on the tunes of reality television. These names emerge because these people were able to create their mark internationally and then acknowledged in this cricket crazy country. One tends to forget Indian women cricket team, hockey players, football team all together. Who talks about Sushil Kumar(Wrestling), Achanta Sharth Kamal (Table Tennis), Dola Bannerjee (Archery), Joshna Chinappa(Squash) name a few. 

BUT this is not the case with cricket. Cricket players are in news in whatever they are doing. The celebrity status and modelling career is promised to each and every entrant in Indian Cricket team because of excessive publicity of sport by media as compared to any other sport. It owes to media when children today say that Cricket is the national sport of India. 

Media needs to understand that its not cricket which constitutes sport in India. All forms of sports need to be covered equally. India is a host to one of the biggest sporting events of the world i.e. Commonwealth Games. But one can scarcely see coverage on sports and players participating in the games. Even the journey of Queen's Baton is not being traced now when it's in India by so called 24X7 news channels as compared to DD News which  have special coverages on Commonwealth games. On the contrary, FIFA is the synonym of sports for news channels these days.

Anything and everything is possible and can be promoted well if media wants it to be. When players from other sports are making their mark globally, it becomes loud and clear that cricket is not the only sport played and followed in India. It's high time that media should get away with step-motherly treatment and give equal attention to other sports. 

Saturday, June 26, 2010

"Think Health, Not Drugs"

"A drug is neither moral or immoral - it's a chemical compound. The compound itself is not a menace to society until a human being treats it as if consumption bestowed a temporary licence to act like an asshole" - By Frank Zappa (The Real Frank Zappa, 1989)

The above statement by Frank Zappa stands true for today's LSD generation. 26th June is celebrated as World's Drugs Day across the globe and this year's theme is "Think Health, Not Drugs". With globalization and world becoming a global village, the problem of drug abuse and trafficking has crossed national boundaries to become a global problem. Hence, it becomes important for the young country like India to stand up and against such abuse which is limping the country slowly. 

Society especially children and youngsters are vulnerable to the abuse as reasons are varied ranging from loneliness to blind race of establishing unique identity. It becomes the moral duty of parents and teachers to routinely check the children and make them understand the harmful effects of drugs. Peer pressure is biggest culprit which handcuffs the youth in its web of menace and pain. 

Sudden change in mood, bouts of drowsiness/sleeplessness, nausea, body pain are some common signs of drug abuse. Other behavioral changes can be sudden increase in demands for money, stealing, losing interest in studies, job, keeping tablets, capsules, cigarettes and syringes. All such symptoms should raise an alarm for family and friends and demand immediate attention. 

Possession of narcotic drugs even in small quantity for personal use is an offence, according to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. Trafficking of drugs such as Heroin, Charas, Cocaine etc in commercial quantity is a non-bailable offence and can lead to prison sentence up to 20 years and fine up to Rs. 20 lacs. Death penalty can be awarded to repeat offenders according to the law.       

Society as a whole must understand that prevention is always better than cure. Individuals must be careful and not dig their own graves. Hence, all efforts must be made to prevent our younger generation from falling prey to this social evil.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hues and tones of Indian Cinema

Cinema, this word has always excited youngsters across the nation in all times. The word brings with it the energy, motivation and push to move on in life no matter how it treats you. Evolved as a tool of mass communication, used as a medium for spreading social messages and helping people to improve their way of thinking, it has now become a dynamic and flourishing industry. 

From the beautiful Madhubala to gorgeous Madhuri and Sridevi to hot-hot Kareena and Katrina, this cinema crazy country loves all in their unique styles and sizes. From charismatic Sunil Dutt to handsome Vinod Khanna, from stylish Rajesh Khanna to angry young Amitabh Bachhan, from hairy Anil Kapoor to six packed Shahrukh Khan and Shahid Kapoor, following the styles and trends set by the leading men has become a genetic habit. 

Cinema in India is popularly called as "Bollywood", a religion fanatically followed by millions of people and artistes worshiped as gods and goddesses. It has always been a trend amongst the youngsters to follow film stars. People wait and watch the films containing their favorite actors and actresses. Films make huge business in domestic and international markets earning zillions of money for the film industry. Actors and actresses earn money worldwide fame. Past decade have also seen directors like Karan Johar, Madhur Bhandarkar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali tasting the similar magic of gigantic fame and publicity amongst audience.   

But these are not the only people who constitute Bollywood, there are others who make real contributions in this capitalist profit making industry. All the names mentioned above are the popular ones and most marketed. They are considered as the face of painted industry far from reality. Enormously talented actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Shabana Azmi,Pankaj Kapoor, Anupam Kher directors like Shayam Benegal,Govind Nihlani, Ketan Mehta  are not so celebrated and talked about about. The names are known to most of us because of their appearances in masala films of Bollywood from time to time. Otherwise there are handful of audience for realistic cinema produced by these actors and directors. 

However, the new generation of new wave artists is comparatively making much more headlines. Artistes like Konkana Sen Sharma, Rahul Bose, Rahul Khanna, Kay Kay Menon, Divya Dutt and directors like Deepa Mehta, Nagesh Kukunoor, Sudhir Mishra, Nandita Das, Anurag Kashyap are mesmerizing audience with their admirable talent. Started with Satyajit Ray (Pather Panchali, Charulatha, Apur Sansar, Devi), Ritwik Ghatak (Megha dhaka tara, Nagrik, Ajantrik) and Mrinal Sen(Bhuvan Shome, Padtik, Khandhar) to new realist film makers like Nagesh Kukunoor (3 Deewarein, Dor), Nandita Das (Firaaq, My Brother Nikhil), Anurag Kashyap (Dev D, Gulaal)These film makers have cleverly used marketing strategies borne and developed by their contemporaries.     

The varied hues and tones of Bollywood have colored the entire nation since old times and the magic is continuing and growing till date. The magic has spread across the length and breadth of the country and is now extending its spell across the boundaries.   


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

~Weight losing campaign~

Writing all this on blog is silly...but this one is for quick reference:
Grapefruit, Mango, Papaya, Cranberry, Watermelon, Apples, Blueberries, Cantaloupe
Green Beans, Spinach, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Lettuce Carrot, Cucumber, Garlic, Onion, Radish, Turnip, Zucchini, Cauliflower, Celery, Hot Chili