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Fallacy of life and Permanency of a picture

Holding corpse in your hands is enough to kaput all the romantic notions of death. This was the lone experience I had of holding an about-to-speak-but-would-never-speak body of any being. The situation indeed was saddening but not less thought provoking, It left me thinking silently for hours (unlike me). The attempt to encapsulate the entire being, into one or rather series of pictures was equally heart-rending. Number of attempt were made to capture (I hope those will be successful) the essence of the being that was to be burned to ashes. She was wife of my father’s friend, the cremation ground was, Nigambodh Ghat and the perpetrator was AIIMS. Despite all the glaring news and reports of India’s economic growth and despite reels and reels of wastage on how India is faring, a medical institution as esteemed as AIIMS failed to save a not-so-valuable-to-them-but-valuable-to-her-family life of a patient suffering from mild form of Tuberculosis. It’s a simple case of crime amounting to the inculpable murder. Well, we all (Indians) are quite aware (rather more exposed to than aware of) of the defunct medical system. Every day we hear lot about such incidence, which indeed is not as glamorous as ‘prince’ falling in a well. After all, where is the money? I am not against profit making enterprise but I am surely against the entire corporate endeavor undertaken with profit-making motive. I do believe capitalistic socialism (or call it inclusive capitalism) is the cure to the evils of human race. Pure socialism didn’t work so did fail pure capitalism. I do believe, it is the profit making motive and competition in Indian media that has brought in light most of the issues relevant to common mass, which otherwise wouldn’t have seen light of the day. But why all the profit needed to be reaped from the advertisers? In other word why only and only advertising is the revenue source for media? And why all media (without any exception) has to depend on the advertising revenue for functioning? If this is the only way, then how will media make money, if there won’t be any advertising? This situation might not appear to be likely very soon but it is not at all improbable, and it will happen eventually. It’s not the case that there isn’t any other way to book profit, every media has potential to make profit by acting purely as pro-social rather than pro-profit or pro- advertiser or pro-market (whatever we wish to call it). It’s also not that companies are not practicing this. There are companies, though very few, likes of National Public Radio (NPR) and Wikimedia Foundation (owner of Wikipedia) practicing the...

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Sachin, Stats and Wallpaper

DISCLAIMER: This post has nothing to do with the game cricket, my apology to the fans of cricket crazy nation. The issue here is rather bigger that involves the personal aspect behind liking cricket or any other sports or any other activity. Passion. This post is about liking, attachment, passion, and effect of wide availability of information caused by internet. The power of having information at the fingertip is widely felt and it leveled the playing field across the globe and with new internet web 2.0 the collaboration has further enhanced. The more we are connected the more we share and it results in having more and more, almost amounting to perfection, information about almost any topic under the sun. Isn’t it great? It defiantly is or at least it appears to be great. Wait a minute and think, is it really what we want? Do we really want information to be at our fingertips? Always? Now, the usual corporate i-d-bomb, (it depends bomb). When I was in class 7th, my history teacher, Miss Abha, introduced us to the world of scrapbook and seeded in me the habit of collection and it went all chaotic. Initially it was a mad rush not for gold but for piece of news, stat and photo clippings then things eventually eased out as wheat got separated from chaff with passing time. And the habit stuck with me of clipping important, pictures, news material from daily newspaper and even periodical. That was the first incidence of some-what organized information collection in my life. The journey started from collecting information on Olympics and world cup cricket followed by trickling information on USSR dissolution of early 90’s. Sachin was a ray of hope for Indian cricket and the name itself was enough to stimulate us. The first memory I’ve of this batting genius is of 88 that he scored in Benson and Hedges cup, which happened to be his highest score at that time and for quite some time then. I was his fan and so were others but it was not until 1996 when I became so ardent believer of his talent that I decided to make a collection of his cricketing stats. The thought came and off I went to buy a notebook intended to do science practical (I still don’t know its name other than practical-copy) and how passionately I scanned collection of cricketing magazines I had over the years and news paper and started cutting stills of various cricketing shot Sachin used to play and score-card of all his centuries up to 25th. Not to my amazement, I didn’t have all the score cards, as I didn’t...

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