Tag Archives: journalism

Times Of India – TOI – Mind your Language

20 Apr

Let me not be the judge .. Wondering if it is correct to use the sentence -” HC tells cops …”

This is a very responsible Newspaper is it not ? We mere mortals can go wrong in our english language, but high standards of english  is expected out of a national level newspaper , no ?

Correct me if I wrong .

Blog surfing at its best – love this site

30 Jan

I am sure most of you guys here are familiar about StumbleUpon. If not, check out their site.

StumbleUpon discovers web sites based on your interests. Whether it’s a web page, photo or video,the personalized recommendation engine learns what you like, and brings you more.

Today I literally stumbled upon a blog surfing site called Condron.us. Coldron is to blogs what StumbleUpon is for websites.  Here is what the makers of Coldron claim about their site

Condron.us is a blog surfing website.
(Basically like channel surfing but for blogs).

If a blog surfer finds a blog that interests them they can stop and read it or bookmark it for future reading.

How does it work:

Condron.us provides bloggers with free exposure to large groups of potential readers by pulling recently updated blogs at random from wordpress and blogspot.

If you are a blogger, journalist, PR executive then you must use condron to index your blogs . The forum in the site helps you connect with fellow bloggers from all around the globe as well!

Great social media tool !

Check out the site for yourself and let me know what you think.

I loved the site from the word go!

NREGA – read FrontLine magazine for ..

4 Jan

NREGA ( National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) started by the UPA govt in 2006-2007 was unprecedented in its scale and scope.

According to the Act ,anyone who is willing to do manual labour at the statutory minimum wage is entitled to being employed on local public works within 15 days, subject to a limit of 100 days a household a year.

The Act itself made great sense in terms of its coverage and consequent economic development and social equity. A crown Jewel in the UPA’s reign indeed.

The act however had its own skepticism from noted economists , activists and the likes

Where is the money going to come from ? The govt had to dish out money for both public spending and the payment of wages for the laborers . It was no brainer that the money would be channelized from the tax collection. Fair enough!

but ….

What about the implementation?  Corruption will be rampant. Crores of common man’s money will be redirected to politician’s Swiss bank accounts etc…

In fact , if you pick up the current FRONTLINE magazine you will see how the NREGA act has progressed sinc inception.

The cover story by JEAN DREZE AND REETIKA KHERA is been extremely well researched and very insightful in presenting the facts and stats ( note : please follow the links to know more about the authors ).

You will read how the scheme has progressed in the past 2 years since inception and what are the problems the laborers are facing , the crimes committed against the backdrop of this scheme and what has to be done to improvise.

Kudos to the journalists and the students who helped them in the survey  for bringing out such a great article on the most important rural development scheme in modern India.

I therefore implore all the readers of this  blog post to buy latest copy FrontLine magazine to read more on the same.

alternatively, you can read the article on the web- The battle of employment guarantee. But, what is the fun in reading such important articles using the electronic media when you can do it the old fashioned way?

About FrontLine :

Coming from the stables of  The Hindu publishers , Frontline as always been considered the best magazine in the country for serious journalism and insightful articles and in depth surveys .

The magazine has always been considered ideal for preparation for Civil Service aspirants and other govt exams.

That is exactly the problem as well. Why only Civil Service servants ? why not regular college U.G and P.G students of management and media studies? why is it considered that only “old men” read Frontline otherwise?

Frontline is one the best magazines around to give you a complete no-nonsense ( refreshingly without too many print ads) information of whats happening in India and across the world. It is one of the best magazines you can read to improve your English language. A great magazine to quote from without worrying about its authenticity .

Tell you what ? Why don’t you guys go in for an annual subscription? It is gonna cost only Rs 265. You wont regret the investment. Just sacrifice on some outside food and direct it to the magazine. And it has  its own perks …

  • People who otherwise don’t give a hoot about you, will definitely start noticing you with raised eyebrows .
  • Chicks love it when a guy is serious about his reading choice. And I am serious!
  • Your parents for once will really appreciate what you reading and you can almost hear them whisper, ” Hamara beta sudargaya .. ”

Seriously .. go for it