Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Questioning the Questions

Are you a post-modernist?
Ur…Umm…Hmm…that’s all I was able to reply, when my friend asked me this.
Then the other question –Is Miss X (Can’t tell you the name) is gothic?
This time I had a much clearer and straight answer. I said I don’t know!
Have you ever thought what make people come up with these questions? Why we question at the first place.
No doubt questioning is the best way to learn but I dread those unanswerable questions. You know the answers but you can’t explain them.
I wanted to tell my friend that I may come under the category considering my thinking but I may not also considering my actions, which contradict their lifestyle from top to bottom. So reconsidering the flow and the direction of my thinking, I decided to consider my decision of not saying anything.
And now I know you all must be considering whether to further read the post or not. So before we all start considering anything and everything, all these people out there should consider their questioning instinct at least once.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Conditioned to expect bad

Travelling is the best way to experience all kinds of ups and downs of life. In fact, it is the best way to experience our worst hidden fears.
My recent trip to Bangalore proved to be one of such kinds. I being the only female passenger in the bus, was little apprehensive at the beginning. But as expected this tension didn’t last long. This trip of mine proved the conditioning I have grown through and why we involuntarily expect all the bad things.
Ever since we are born,, we are told about all kinds of the accidents which can happen to a lonely young especially ‘girl’. The effects of these stories were working on me on the day of my journey. Unlike my usual behaviour, I was thinking again and again even to step outside my bus. After gathering lots of courage and quite a few self motivating thoughts I walked down to a strangely looking aloofly standing washroom. I went with all the mental preparation. And thankfully I didn’t encounter anyone on my way towards it.
But the moment I came out I saw one scary- potential killer or robber looking man. I was dead scared when I saw him. But it didn’t took much time to realize that he came there by mistake and went out immediately apologizing for his mistake. He left me wondering how the stories around us contribute to our thinking and way of reacting to a situation. We have been so used to all these that we even start expecting the same kinds incidents to be happening around us.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Media and the Shining India

Few days ago, HK Dua, the renowned journalist and Padma Bhushan recipient came to our university as chief guest for one of the seminars conducted by our SN School. So was it of any help to us, especially to me? I am not authorized to write about others. As far as I am concerned, there wasn’t much to impress me.
But one thing definitely attracted my attention. He raised the issue of mass media covering only the ‘the shining India’. So is the India really shinning? Or we media people are presenting the fake reality?
The exact answers to these questions are difficult to find as both sides have their own convincing justifications. But to my opinion, mass media is focusing mostly on the positive stories. If you happen to see any critical story, 8 out of 10 stories concerns middle, upper middle class or any of the elite class.
So who will give coverage to the poor? Who will be his/her voice? The media, often called the fourth estate is expected to play this role. But the concern is how efficiently it is playing the role of being the voice of voiceless.
To help India in shining, the first step could be presenting the reality no matter how dark it is.