Being abreast with the world!…
Human being has always been curious. Curious about knowing what is happening around the world. Who is behind this story? What could the response now be? Why is it behaving so? why does it look so? what is working as a catalyst? How will the world respond? The questions on who, what, where, when, why and how of every happening are interesting. We want to be aware, analyze with whatever data we have, create our own perceptions and take those decisions….
The messages went across the world using birds – mostly pigeons. Then came the printing press and slowly newspapers came into being. Then television stepped into world to beam films that made knowing the world more interesting and visually appealing. Then came along other forms of media like tapes, CDs, DVDs that made sharing easy. As the world moved into twenty first century, world wide web reached out everything to our desks. The world is at our finger tips. Anytime anywhere is the choice we all have. Now we can peep into any country, city or a colony from the sky, drive through a road looking all around sitting at our desk, even appreciate the art pieces in a museum! The future seems to be even more exciting with possibilities….
For most of us, the early morning cup of coffee with a newspaper in hand is a bliss! Each one eagerly awaits for the newspaper boy to through it every morning and scurry to get it. It is no different in a city, small towns or villages. Every curious human being quenches his thirst of catching up with the world, through the newspapers…..
““Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization””
— George Bernard Shaw
“Ignorance, inertia and indifference are alive and well in world newspapers. Minority still equals inferiority in the minds of many editors and publishers.”
““Everything you read in newspapers is absolutely true, except for that rare story of which you happen to have first-hand knowledge” – Erwin Knoll
“It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.”
– Jerry Seinfeld
<p style=“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable” – Thomas Jefferson
“The first duty of a newspaper is to be accurate. If it be accurate, it follows that it is fair.” – Herbert Bayard Swope
“There was a time when the reader of an unexciting newspaper would remark, ‘How dull is the world today!’ Nowadays he says, ‘What a dull newspaper!’” – Daniel J. Boorstin
“The secret of a successful newspaper is to take one story each day and bang the hell out of it. Give the public what it wants to have and part of what it ought to have whether it wants it or not.” – Herbert Bayard Swope
““If I want to read fiction, I’ll buy a newspaper.”
“I am unable to understand how a man of honor could take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust.” – Charles Baudelaire
“Books, the children of the brain.” – Jonathan Swift
“Anyone who relies exclusively on television for his or her knowledge of the world is making a serious mistake.” – Steve Powers
“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” – Jamie Paolinetti
How do we bridge the gap? How do we bring the world to every section of the society? Newspapers perhaps are the cheapest ways to connect. But we need to first facilitate them to be literate to take advantage of the connect. Television may offer the alternate choice, but it is passive and we have to have socially conscious and responsible content – informative or entertainment. The world wide web demands a certain level of awareness and literacy…… Still we can create some exciting ways of being abreast with the world…
Hope all the media become more responsible!!
“Newspapers, television networks, and magazines have sometimes been outrageously abusive, untruthful, arrogant, and hypocritical. But it hardly follows that elimination of a strong and independent press is the way to eliminate abusiveness . . .” – Potter Stewart
I added this video of Satyameva Jayate a day later, when I was told that such a show by Amir Khan is talking about issues pertinent to the society. I thought, I should culminate this posting with this montage video on female foeticide …. A tribute to responsible people and media!
– Indus Art Gallery, Campus – Indus World School of Business, Greater Noida
Display / Collections
– At my Alma mater : Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
– Various schools of Indus World School chain
– Private collections
Recent Publications featuring my work and in Media [know more]
– The India Idea, Wisdom Tree publications for Ministry of External Affairs, Public diplomacy division, Aug 2011
– Penguin India, Top 5 “India through my Lens” 2011
– Femina Magazine, Anniversary issue, October 14, 2011
– Photographs featured with poetry in the book Hindustani Poems ‘Shayad, Yaheen kaheen se ho’ by Satya, April 27, 2012