Saturday, April 26, 2014

Soliloquy mindset and just a phase...

When life has literally fettered you to pain, torture and poignant environment, one starts thinking in an ersatz manner of oneself. For sure, being ascetic is not a good idea, but when you are left with no other choice you end up being in a coerce situation. You go through catechism followed by soliloquies and ultimately land up in anachronism. Not exemplar at all, definitely not in terms of Weltanschaung.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Beat I Opt For:
Nothing but writing speaks out the true thoughts of a human’s heart. Lifestyle is one such beat, which is purely creativity and inner thoughts that lead to writing articles based on the routine life and amusement. For example, writing out a report on a crime scene-theft, is event-driven- it is written only to let the people get acquainted as to what is happening in their society while an article pouring out the torments faced by people in relation to the services of a gas agency, in its indolence, to deliver the gas cylinders only three weeks later than the billed date is a lifestyle story- it talks about everyday instances faced by the ordinary. While there is ample scope and love to write a lifestyle report on everyday instances, it also includes variety entertainment such as the inaugural/launch of Globus Textile Company in a particular area or the celebration of New Year by a club or a society and its members- it is all purely for the thrill and the spirit of having and living a life just to enjoy it come what may be the circumstance. Thus I feel it is a lovely enlightening beat that is moreover used as a relaxation for the public rather than torture them with hard news occurrences 24*7. I feel I am capable to present myself with the best of such reports and cater to the public as simply yet in a convincing manner so as to grab eyeballs as well as continue to make them relaxed and calm through the art of writing.
How do I show that I am passionate towards this beat?
As a journalism student, I have been given the opportunity to understand what the whole field is about. But pursuing my interest as a lifestyle reporter is more than dreams come true. Lifestyle reporting is a field that I am now familiar with, as I was already trained by the Times of India and the Galatta magazine publications in this specific beat. I will ensure that I give my full 200% to this beat. Besides this to show that I am passionate about this beat, I have pinned down some of my interests and how I feel about the same. It is a brief analysis of my passion towards the beat.
I. My favorite magazines
Frozen Thoughts is a lifestyle magazine that concerns itself with the uplifting of standards of living, not in monetary terms but in emotional terms. It talks about upgrading the personal characteristics, behavioral norms, mannerisms towards individuals as well as society and belief in a superior power which we normally term it ‘God’.
This lifestyle magazine is almost 11 years old and has the privilege of having the founder of Alma Mater- Mr. TT Rangarajan, as its editor. The magazine is published in India and has a circulation range of both within India as well as to the foreign nations around the globe.
The various news formats here include Narratives, Interviews in the form of articles, Profiles in the forms of articles as well as a Profile itself, feature stories and the inverted pyramid format is not followed generally here as it is more of experiences and life style than hard core news. The main attraction or the feature of this magazine is that the editor’s note is written in the format of an informal letter where he addresses his loved one (his readers individually) unlike the other editors where they just give an introduction the knowledge with related to the content inside a particular issue.
The topic selection ranges from voice your views to feature stories that include the Inspirational characters from the past and present, incidents that have been experienced by the writers-incidents that have moral values attached to it, inspirational and motivational quotes that describe the way of life and its method to live in just two or three short sentences but have an ocean of meaning. Besides these, the magazine also includes metaphorical phrases from the Ramayana or Mahabharata, the two greatest epics ever known to mankind. Besides this, the magazine frequents guest writers to share their own experiences with life, experiences that teach a person some meaning of life, lifestyle and living that life.
All are primary sources for this magazine as it is written by writers based on their own experiences. Minor columns like jokes are taken from Google. Also the quotations are taken from the Bhagavad Gita and the other two Sanskrit books of the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. The four major faces of this magazine include Ms.Preeta Krishna, Ms.Megha Bajaj, Mr.Ramaratnam and Mr.A.S.Gopal.
Each story is at least 1000 words long and has at least one image/picture that accompanies it. No particular article is described as the cover story or exclusive. Some stories also have blubs to quote specific values and/or thoughts as provided by the source. The magazine has subscriptions and advertisements as its major funding sources.
Galatta Magazine was established on 2009 as a part of the Dot Com Infoway Ltd. With its head quarters situated in Chennai, Galatta is a lifestyle cum entertainment magazine that is dedicated purely for the Kollywood, Bollywood and Hollywood gossips and spices that is a pleasure for the ordinary to hear.
Being an Ad-Driven magazine, this magazine concerns itself more with photographs and ads and less with the stories and/or other contents. The major news formats used here include inverted pyramid format, straight news reporting and narratives.
One of the most interesting factors that deduce my attention towards this magazine is that the editors, Mr. and Mrs. Girish offer their audience a fun filled and leisure oriented knowledge that no other magazine provides- the editor’s note is more about the experience the magazine had when it was interviewing a celebrity for their cover story. Another crucial factor that grabbed my attention is that the layout designing is extremely flexible and is more and more creative with the publishing of each month’s issue.
The major topics covered in this magazine include interviews, movie reviews, celeb-gossips, book reviews, movie audio launch reports and feature articles. The magazine also has a special section that dedicates itself to the movies that are to be released in the future as well as those who had their cup of tea(lots of them too) in the past. It also includes photo galleries.
The news stories are less in written words and more in pictures. The pictures are usually those that were taken as photo shoots, which is again done by the company itself. The magazine also has a lot of advertisements. It can be safe to say that the magazine is more image-oriented.
The primary sources for the content that go into the magazine include straight news reporting and (the website for this magazine). The major faces of this magazine include Ms. Ambili Sashidharan, Ms. Padma Iyer and Ms. Kanchan Balasubramanian.
Reader’s Digest is one of the most internationally popular magazines that has been in sight since the early 50’s. The Indian publishing of this magazine is headed by senior journalist Mohan Sivanand. This magazine consists of stories and articles that are selected from a variety of other publications and are really eye-catchy to the readers.
The major news formats of this magazine include inverted pyramid format, and paragraphs/essays that are generally not used. It also includes narratives and voice your views.
The major story topics change with every issue. Some of the frequent topics include Inspirational stories, stories on relationships, stories on the upgrading of technologies, health and fitness related stories, crime stories(real life incidents), word games( for the vocabulary), quotations and humor(jokes).
The identifying feature of this magazine is that the magazine not only covers ALL aspects of life style related issues but also includes miniature dictionaries that consist of words, synonyms, antonyms, phrases and idioms, which helps in the improvement of vocabulary. Another outstanding feature of this magazine is that with regular intervals, the magazine comes out with essential supplementary books that are very helpful for the readers-for example Reader’s Digest Encyclopedia, Reader’s Digest Home Decoration Tutor etc.
The stories comprise of an image for each page of the article, but the number of words goes to more than 1000 words per article, which means an article is minimum three pages long. The magazine also has advertisements, but it is not ad-driven like other magazines. The magazine gives more importance to the real life stories, followed by advisory stories then the rest. Humor and word games are a must for all the issues and are given two pages each in every issue.
The major sources for this magazine are other publications that the editor thinks important, personal experiences of guest writers, inspirational quotes are taken from the greatest people of all times, advices given by personalities that include doctors, teachers, psychologists, lawyers etc.
II. My favorite bloggers and blogs
This is a blog owned by Mr. K. Parthasarathi, since 2007. Aged at eighty, this gentleman writes out his thoughts in the form of stories –stories that depict real life instances and incidents, that can happen to anyone and everyone without bias by the incident. He also has another blog- Reflections.
The blog is something that speaks out the reality-both faced by the rich and the poor, the high and the low and the young and the old. With each incident is something that tags towards what is happening right NOW in the Indian society-be it poverty, corruption, love, festival-whatever is the recent is the subject that he chooses to blog on.
The blog has more than 189 followers, and about 17298 viewers for each article that he posts. Very devoted as he is, the blog is filled with interactions and comments, which not only can be part of views, but can also be described as a lively and healthy debate.
He uses the simplest form of the English Language, understandable even by kids. But whatever he blogs about has deep meaning towards the moral value of life. If it is Mr. K.P, rest is assured that he will blog at least thrice a week, with interactions every day.
This blog is owned by Ms. L Krupa. As homemaker, her major pastime is to blog. And she does not have variety of topics to blog about-she just concentrates on one topic- relationships. It can be friendship, affairs, marital, parent-child relationship, student-teacher relationship, employer-employee relationship and so on.
The blog, which is updated almost twice a week, is gaining a lot of popularity as she started blogging only recently. Though only a year old, her blog is contemporary and is spelt out in a language that is informal and casual tone that is an appreciation or rather acknowledged by one and all.
Her approach to the subject is very metaphorical- it means nothing to an idiot, but is a world of meaning to the ordinary, to those who might not be sure of their life.
Yet another superbly presented blog, this is owned by Mr. Arindam Dey. Blogging ever since 2008, this blog is honored to have been chosen over by ‘Patsy Blacksawyer’ as the recipient of the Best Blog Award. This award was originated at the Will Oaks Studio, a great blog itself.
Not a frequent writer, he updates his blog almost on a monthly basis. This blogger also has a website to his credit. With more than 200 followers to his list, this young gentleman blogs in the format of third person story telling rather than narration.
His blogs are more towards suspense and thrilling ends that one cannot imagine while reading the story. He keeps his readers in the dark till the climax speaks out the final verdict, which is impossible to take a wild guess either!
His tone of language is simple yet elite. His stories speak for itself- pure and true. Unlike other bloggers, this man has given space not only for comments, but also for criticism and suggestions for/against his blog.
III. My favorite lifestyle reporter
He is the Principal Correspondent for the Times of India since 2010. He was earlier working with the Deccan Chronicle and was with the editorial team of the Chennai Chronicle and Sunday Chronicle as a human interest interview writer, feature story writer and Sunday Special cover story writer.
Right now, he works with the Times of India, Chennai and has 95 stories to his credit, besides his blogs.
Bijoy is a writer who believes that whatever he gives must be the best. He ensures that whatever he gives is consumable which means the language cannot be too high brow which would limit its audiences He ensures that it grabs people by the throats and doesn’t let go until it’s driven in the point. He writes in simple sentences packed with a punch if it is a serious story. He doesn’t make a joke out of it but if it is something that invokes laughter he loves to use humor. He tries to write in a very informal style as his approach is usually dependent on the nature of the story- human interest stories need to be dealt with sensitivity and tact while critical or such opinionated stories need a different approach. Though his blogs are biased in nature, his news articles and feature stories make the readers want to read more and more of the same.
Young at age and heart, this journalist’s articles are more or less related to the hard news stories that are on the rise. He uses satire as the main form of speaking out his thoughts. He is one who loves to pour out his heart, either through articles or through blogging- right now he concentrates on blogs other than his general reporting.
Few of his best articles include ‘Only one Thalaivar!’, ‘2012, Here we come’, ‘Ramayana, now from a feminist pen’, ‘To sir, with love’, ‘Travel back in life’ and so on. Most of his articles are related the “now” of the time period, rather than dating back to older incidents.
His stories are more of inverted pyramid format and interviews. He denies using the form of a narrative as much as possible. Straight news reporting is also followed at times, when covering an event like product launch. He believes that the only possible way to research for a lifestyle story is to open your eyes and prepare a dog’s nose to catch one as it is happening, occurring every second. The thought to rush out, keep on your feet at all times, is what decides on the lifestyle report story ideas, as it is nothing but one’s own creativity.
His stories are simple to understand- they speak out for themselves. Similarly, his language is more of the active voice, and is optimistic in nature. He writes in English, while he blogs in both Hindi and English.
A well versed journalist, his only condition is to keep the news on your finger tips as you never know when a story will pop up- be it follow up or a feature story.
Learning Experience:
Two important things I have learnt from this exercise-
a) That it is very important to analyze any option before you decide it’s the best one for you and that is only by justifying it after you research thoroughly.
b) This exercise brings clarity in your mind and eases out your future work with the same beat as you are already aware of the ups and downs of the specific beat and the exercises related to it.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

MY Best FrIeNd!!

Annu n Ann.............D days seem 2 fly wen v're 2gethr! D sister i nvr had!!!!! A perfect example f all r rubbish r sum...........nay...MOST f r status updates!! bt dis takes d cake!!!!

PS: DUM DUM is what my best friend calls me while i call her NU NU .

Dear Dum Dum,

Hope this mail finds you and your family in the best of help. My life is fucking screwed up as you are already well aware. Its killing me slowly! But enough about me. How is TRIMIYUR? And ding dong?

Hope you are the usual.

Yours lovingly,

Ni Nu

(dis is ma mail 2 her)

(her reply)

Dear Ni Nu

Yes this mail has found me in ok ok health. M feeling hungry but dont know wat to eat. so khana ne dil thod diya

Trimiyur should be fine i guess... bin long since i went there.

bored as usual so just wrote that article . stupid copy paste as usual.

Ul be ok ... if need any help regarding killing yourself call me @ 96******** or my landline @ 044-22******. Ill help u with the same.

That's all in today's news

Thank you and Have a god day

Jai Hind Vande Matram

Yours lovingly

DUm Dum.

ANN(U) ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wrong or (w)right?

We had a huge debate in our class regarding what is wrong and what is right. Well that debate is still going on. In a really heated pace though than how it started as just opinion in the class. The class , as a majority , had decided that there is nothing wrong or right....the individual's perception takes a toil to it.
The teacher , though had a different view. According to her , anything right or wrong is absolute or either of the extremes i.e. either completely right or completely wrong. For example, the jurisdiction of India , was established and is functioning even now on the basis of how the situation is - right or wrong. It can't decide upon anything partially right or partially incorrect and thereby thrust upon the judgement. It is, therefore, safe to say that the world has been and is still being ruled by only two formulae - Right And Wrong.
We had a different opinion. Anything and everything in the world is what or how the human mind wants to assume it as. There is no such thing as right or wrong. In fact, it is quite amiable to make this statement that "What a person might think is right, can be accepted in terms of fault by another person".It is just how an individual interprets and reacts to a given situation. For example, a if Mr X murders a person on the grounds of revenge, it is seen as a crime, but is the same Mr X claims that he murdered a person who was a threat to his baby's lfe , it is quite seen as correct that as a crime, because according to him he has done justice to his little one and ppunished the criminal. And yet another example, the simplest of all is the mathematic form of solving a problem. There is no compulsion that this sum has to be simplified in a particular way, that these two numbers alone have to be calculated first, then the next ... It is done according to how a person thinks it's easier done than break your head for the same.
From all this, I can conclude with satisfaction that there is nothing right or worng in this world. As the saying in Karma goes-" What you do, comes back to you".

Monday, December 28, 2009


Gone are those days when people used to celebrate New Year at the pubs or discos. The latest trend set consists of having similar disco parties but with a little difference. That is instead at pubs, people have started having these spectacular parties at their home itself.
They have a blast at their residences or farm houses with the companionship of their peers, relatives and partners. These parties generally begin at about 7 in the late evening and go on until 2 or 3 in the morning. “Home parties are nice and cozy .It helps in bringing a feeling of togetherness in the family, provides privacy and the expenditure is also flexible,” says Neelam, a college student. A general survey reveals that most college students or the youth are preferring having parties outside at pubs than staying at home.
“I would love to go outside and party at discos since family parties are a bit dull as only family members and one or two close friends are present and feeling of uneasiness prevails”, told Niket, another college student, when asked about partying. The flexibility that the youth receive is more at the pubs outside than with their family members at their residences.
Having parties at home have various advantages like expenses are under one’s control, no indecent people and time constraints are conciliatory. Mr.Rajendra Saraf, a parent says- “Partying at home than going outside is better option because people at discos behave indecently as they drink a lot and also that they are unfamiliar to us.”
Deciding who to invite to your New Year's party is essential. Since you are on a tight budget, invite only those who matters the most to you and those who appreciate you. Preparing your own party food can save you a huge chunk of additional party expenditure.
When planning your party menu, choose dishes that are easy to prepare. Salads, roasts, sandwiches as well as grilled meats, fruits and vegetables are some good examples of party food that even a beginner cook can prepare. When planning your menu, choose to prepare party food that require relatively cheap ingredients without compromising the food quality and taste. Purchase your ingredients from hypermarkets because they offer huge discounts when you buy raw ingredients in bulk. Stay away from buying branded ingredients and liquor. To replace liquor, choose to serve sparkling juices, plain fruit juices or boxed drinks. If you want to save even more money, make your own cordial drinks or fruit punch. You can even choose to serve water.
When choosing the location of your party, it is important for you to choose a location that can accommodate the number of guests who will be coming to your party. Choose to have your party in a location that will not cost you any money such as your own house, your house garden or a nearby park. If all else fails, ask a close friend/neighbour who you will be inviting to your party to have your party in their house or house garden.
Dimmed lights and scented candles are a great way to transform any location into an elegant party area. If you are having children over to your party, decorate a small children's corner with balloons and ribbons. To add extra effect to your party theme, get your guests to dress in outfits and colours that reflect the theme of your party.
Entertain your guests with music that is connected to your party theme. If your guests like dancing, play suitable ballads or songs that they can dance together with. You can always play the online radio if you do not have the CD with the music of your choice. For guests who do not dance, entertain them with some card or board games. If you do not own any card or board games, surf the internet to find out suitable games that you can create on your own or come up with the games yourself. Organize a drawing and coloring competition for the children. You can also conduct games with existing items that you already have in your house. 'Musical chair', 'limbo rock' and 'Simon says' are some classical examples of games that you can conduct in your party at no additional cost.
Rock your parties at efficient levels yet entertaining at the same time. All in all, times are changing so are the trends of people and their celebration styles. After all -

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

God'z AnGeL....also called "MuM"

"Annu!!!!wake up beta!!!!its time for college!!!bus will leave you and go and then you would have to walk all the way to college" :):):)

well well....this is how my mum announces that its time for me to wake up and get out of my sleepyheaded ness.....a melodious tone to start off the screams,then a little more harsh..then comes like a dinosaur!!!:)

The sweetest of all sweethearts ,she tries to sleep beyond 5 but doesnt times wakes me up telling she is bored at 3 in the morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!From dawn till dusk she walks and jogs around the kitchen,bedrooms,washrooms and kitchen again!!!The hardest worker of the family,she stands tall and strong but funnily never feels hungry to eat[dunno y!!]..My mum is one sort who gets easily angered by silly deeds...but calms down soon too....just that she needs time to..and mostly i agree me n my lil bro are the main causes for the'll either be bcuz we dint eat or dint study or dint drink milk or answered back or some crap whateva!!!But at the spur of moment we never realise that we are hurting her...rather we think of us just doesnt strike that she is telling it for our good only!!!But still!!!! oh damn it...we cant tell anything.....

My mum enjoys jokes..although half the time what i keep commentating does not even enter her head...its more like i tell,she laughs then its like ok annu what did u mean by what u said?????!!!!!dats my mum...

A great bathroom singer,loves to dance but is shy to do so....keeps worrying about thousand and one world problems!!never bothered a bit about herself[except that she feels she is too fat:)]

A big time motivator..does exactly what told..jus dat a bit completely opposite!!!

She asks sorry even when she isnt at fault,explains everybit when not even asked for,forgets all her anger and forgives us eventually,tries a lot to not talk with us when angry but cant resist ,is the only person to cnsole us even though she mite be the one who hurt.....

The only mum perhaps who wears my dress despite my screamings,and says that if i wear her slippers it would bcum big and when she wears mine it will bcum small !!!nutz seriously

completely fultu absentminded y mum is my lil dinosaur.....

In this world.There is Only One Caste,The Caste of Humanity.
There is only one Religion,The Religion of Love.

There is only one Language,The Language of the Heart

That is exactly what you are!!!

solly to have hurt you loads...


Saturday, February 28, 2009


this is supposed to be the speech i had to give on my farewell day...and i started crying while doing the same!!!

"well , it had to happen one day.My time here has come to an end.

A very good afternoon to one and all present here.

Though being a full time chatterbox , words don't come easy to me when it comes to speaking on an occasion like this!All throughout my school life , i have seen batches of students being bade farewell and in all those times, I've feared the day when i will be among those steeping outof the doors of this institution forever.Today the time seems to have come for me too to make a transition from present to history.
I don't know if you realise how difficult it is for a student who has spent years of her life, in fact more than half of her life thus far,in a schol, to step out of it.Perhaps what makes it more difficult is the fact that you are leaving behind the care and guidance of ever respectful teachers, the love from friends- only to soon find everything has shrunk into a handful of memories.

An episode of my life is over, perhaps the most important one,but the greatest happiness lies in the fact that it could'nt have been more memorable.

Today as i am here to bid you goodbye,i'd like to share a few of my experiences....

i have won many many important awardsfrom and on behalf of this school, the most treasured one being-THE BEST STUDENT AWARD and THE BEST CULTURAL PERFORMER AWARD.I alse remember the days when i used to hang around the teachers like a puppy and listen to everything they say, (though now i have become very naughty).I also remember the exhibitions and annualday functions i had attended.

The most important of all being making a complete mess of myself,taught me varied lessons that not even the whole twelve years of schooling could not teach!

years passed like the quick roll of drums , andsoon we were in class twelfth!I know we couldnt bring about very many changes!perhaps there wasnt a need!But what greatly satisfies me is that we dint have to face any major problems,not even a single one.The students of KV proved to much more disciplined than i had imagined.It indeed gives you lot of happiness to see a fellow youngster greet you-GOOD MORNING didi! as he walks past you.

When i was small i used to hate the prefects for being harsh on us kiddos.Now as one of the prefects,i was not the same.ts attitude proved to be more helpful as i could be more approachable and got to know my house members both young and the elder , better.

KV has been more than just a school for me.In my life till now my teachers have been everything for me.The amount they have done for me is possibly not quantifiable.

This day as i prepare to leave, i'd like to thank The Principal madam,all my loving teachers , my fellow classmates and all youngsters for all your love and care.I also wish to thank the prefect's cabinet for all the helo and advice they've given me.

The only message i have for you is that if our batch has done something good-please learn from us,and if we had our faults,then please be sure t discard them(its not worth accomplishing).Even if students must come and go KV and the young and energetic spirit must always remain the same forever-shining and smiling in the hearts of all its members.

Its hard to put into words all that i feel right now,but some day im going to look back into these days and feel GREAT!!!

Always remember:




bidding you all farewell....with loads and loads of love hugs and kisses,signing off-HANSA"