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Thursday, July 26, 2007

media here

For a person who loves to read his morning paper with a cuppa hot tea I miss my indian express dearly ,it is one among the dailies I love in india ,the hindu of course has tradition behind it but also the rigidity of conservatism attached to it which takes its sheen off to a large extent (purely my view and i agree the hindu fans too are corrct in thier views ).
The sunday hindu is something I love specially the literary reviews none can beat them when it comes to thier erudite articles and reviews ,a delight to read indeed ,but a newspaper is not a vehicle of literary excellence though it could be one to be more enjoyable ,it should deliver the news with a punch and break good news never slipping down the perilious pitfall of jingoism or sensationalism ,and the indian express my favourite takes the prize .
So when i came here scanning the newspaers was an important chore for me in the morning before I sped to the hospital .

The hotel where I stay for the time being delivers in a bag just outside my door a ton of papers neatly folded ,it is gulf news and khaleej times ,each one wieghs approximately 1 kg

( literary exageration is the liberty for an author ),and as i carry this heavy load I know that readable matireal would be a few pages only .

some news of international and local intrest would cover a small part of the main paper with India by itself having the proud privelege of a page or two whenever Bolllywood shines ,

the supplements like buisness is all about the construction revolution in Dubai with photographs and also about rich trading internationally ,then we have property page with luxury condomniums in all the palm s developing in Dubai like jebel ali ,deira and so and on and so forth ,reeking of dirhams in millions ,
sports page to me ( strangely being a guy ) has never attracted me much , some intrinsic mutation i think ,cant change so late in life ,and then reams of classifieds ,
all this paper would be good for kapallandi packing of course
and so the papers would disappear into a filled dustbin after reading for half an hour .
so much for the papers here
weekends would see glossies delivered all with the same element of superficiality unlike our dear week or frontline
so bye till my next post



Anonymous said...

If we had the same 1kg newspaper, then we need not pay to the newspaper boy anymore (the revenue generated by selling it is more enough to pay the newspaper bill).

with luv

Nebu said...

Dear Hari,

Like you miss the "New Indian Express" we miss your hard hitting letters to the editor.
Nice to know you are enjoying Al Ain.

raj said...

mr.umesh's comment was really interesting--generating revenue by selling old newspapers! true,old newspaper was a source of income for my grandmother decades ago.... along with coconut, husk, leaf etc. i was talking about the time when LPG connection was a distant dream even for the upper middle class in our state...the use of polythene bag was not so common either. coconut and old newspapers used to contribute handsomely to our family exchequer until mid 80s; one thing raju, the kid noticed then was that even the most illiterate scrap trader had a special liking for indian express and hindu as the old english dailies always yielded more return than malayalee's own mathrubhumi and malayala manoram. what could be the reason? good quality newsprint? or the colonial influence even after independence? i was too naive to distinguish it at that time!

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