A Sanskrit village with almost One IT pro/family

Via  economictimes.indiatimes.com

The giant statue of goddess Saraswati at the centre of a courtyard of a village school and the Sanskrit signboard outside the gate is the perfect prologue to this story. Children studying at the Mattur school in Shimoga in Karnataka are taught the Vedas once they turn 10 and all the students who come from the village speak Sanskrit fluently. To the casual visitor, Mattur fits the word “idyllic.” Arecanut trees and lush fields make way for a smooth road to the village, which is a cluster of simplistically finished and tightly packed concrete houses.

For the last 600 years, the Sankethis, a community of Brahmins that migrated from Kerala, have been living together and leading an insular way of life. Daily life revolves around Sanskrit. Aham Gacchami (I am going) and other expressions in the ancient language can be heard on the street. Since the language is spoken by people wearing jeans and t-shirts or while talking over a cell phone or riding a motorbike, Mattur has become a quaint metaphor for ancient India in modern times.

Most residents of the village are happy that the Narendra Modi government plans to replace German with Sanskrit in CBSE schools. “Of course, children in India must necessarily study Sanskrit. The Vedas can help children lead fuller lives as they teach about how to lead a better family life, to understand the metaphysical aspect of life and so on,” says Madhukar, who resigned from his job at Cisco as a software engineer and returned to the village to set up a garments business.

Almost every house in this Brahmin village has an IT professional and many of them are working abroad. The Sankethis are proud of their culture and almost every NRI makes it a point to attend rituals and festivals back home.

The crime rate is extremely low, given that the village by itself is one extended family. “There is not a single property dispute pending before courts from this village. We have a culture of cohesion that has been around for generations and we have managed to keep it going,” says Yadu, who, like Madhukar, goes by one name and is a software professional.Not All Are Welcome

It was only last year that, for the first time, a boy from one of the families here married a girl from north India. Until then, the community thrived on marrying within and, at the most, into Brahmin families from nearby areas. The local attitude towards the marriage to the ‘outsider’ is predictable: Many of the local residents are yet to come to terms with the marriage and have stopped visiting their home.

“This family is rich and that is why they dared to break tradition. If any of us commoners were to break tradition, there would be hell to pay,” says a teacher at the school. There is also a sense of fear at the prospect of getting cut off from the rest of the society and many of the youngsters want the castebarriers lifted at the least.

In Mattur, there is a huge gap between the elders and the younger lot in terms of the ideal way of life to be pursued. The elders of this patriarchal society want a strict enforcement of caste norms and it is acknowledged that even today bringing a guest from another caste could be frowned upon.

“I have had to face many embarrassing moments after I brought friends from other castes home. My mother would not like it. I understand we need to change but the elders need time. They cannot change so fast,” says a young software professional from the village who did not wish to be identified. “The community is too rigid. We cannot afford to be cut off for so long,” says Prafulla MS, a Sanskrit teacher at the local school. She adds that the growing inequality between the rich and poor was also causing some consternation.

Holding on to Traditions

“A wedding in the community lasts seven days and there are a number of other rituals and festivals that have to be observed. The rich and landed families can afford all this. What about the poor? But then many of the ceremonies are tied to spiritual beliefs that centre on the afterlife. If there is no money to conduct the rituals, this leads to strife at home,” explains Prafulla. Despite continuing frictions, both the young as well as the old believe that learning the Vedas can help people lead a better way of life.

The Mattur school has one of the best records in the district and boasts of toppers year after year. The teachers at the school say that learning Vedas and the chanting have helped children with their memory and focus. The software engineers here say their training in chanting has helped them with their academics.

Yadu, who works with Hewlett Packard, says that the daily practice of chanting was the reason for the village boasting of hundreds of software engineers. “We naturally developed an aptitude for maths and logic as well,” he said.

But while the village is clearly in awe of Sanskrit and the Vedic way of life, it appears to have no answers for the disconnect between modernity and the ancient language. Despite all the glory that the people here associate with the ancient language, there does not appear to be much of a context for its application. The elders of the village, especially, are against breaking from the tradition of any sort and frown upon “Western values”.

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Some Ironies That Exist Only In India

28 May 2016

We all are well aware of the fact that India is a land of contradictions. Last time we shared with you some superstitions that still exist in India.
So, this time we decided to bring to some of the ironies that you may see only in India.

Indian society is unique in itself,
With diversity in every house, street and corner!
And with so many ironic situations all around,
How our society survives is a wonder!!

We have the best malls now,
With the best brands lined up wonderfully inside!
And copies of the same brand are available,
At throw away prices at the adjacent roadside!!

To see how the poor and wealthy co-exist,
Imagine when we drive in an air-conditioned car!
It is not at all strange to witness outside,
Beggars and slum dwellers barefoot on burning tar!!

Still if they beg for money or try to sell some toys,
Standing outside in weather as hot as a furnace!
Why do we sitting inside the AC cooled car,
Get red hot angry and treat them like they are from outer space!!

“Ganga jaisi pavitra” has been used many a times in Indian cinema,
As Ganga is worshipped as a symbol of purity!
Yet 2 million daily holy bathes and tons of industrial waste,
Make it one of the most polluted rivers in the country!!
Mumbai is the financial and entertainment capital of India,
Yet it continues to have pathetic infrastructure!
It is one of the most populous cities in the world,
But 60% of them living in slums doesn’t make for a good picture!!

We have our very own moral protectors of the society,
How they suddenly appear on Valentines Day is pure magic!
Isn’t it strange that even after 60 years of independence,
It is OK to Piss in public but not to Kiss in public!!

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Best of Harsha Bhogle

Via Indian Express

To be fair, Bhogle has been one of the most recognisable voices in Indian cricket from his days with All India Radio to rise with TV commentary. And he has the knack of using apt metaphors and witty one-liners to put his point across.

Harsha to Geoffrey Boycott on Sachin Tendulkar’s Lord’s record

During the lunch time show after Sachin’s last Test innings at Lord’s.

Geoffrey Boycott : “Sachin maybe a great batsmen but he has never been on the Lords honours boards!”

Harsha Bhogle : “So whose loss is it more, Sachin’s or the honours board’s?”

India vs England at the Champions Trophy at Edgebaston in 2013 

Michael Atherton: It is England but India has more support in the stadium, and the pitch is completely assisting your spinners. Says a lot about our hospitality, right?

Harsha Bhogle: Well, we let you rule our nation for so many years. Says a lot about our hospitality, right?

Harsha Bhogle on Chris Gayle’s style of play during the IPL

Harsha Bhogle: “6 and 4 seems to have become the new binary code for this man (Chris Gayle).”

After Sachin Tendulkar played a trademark, glorious drive off Ishant Sharma in the IPL

Harsha Bhogle: “Open the textbook, turn to page 32!”

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IND V BNG: LAST BALL !!

March 25, 2016, ICC World T20, India.

Srinivas Nyapathy Writes,

See how close the bat is to the ball…This is how close Bangladesh came to beat India that night. If the batsman had gotten even a faint edge, the ball would have raced to the boundry.

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A Message to Rahim and B’desh

March 24, 2016, ICC World T20, India, Srinivas Nyapathy Writes,
“Dont give up before you win. Dont celebrate before u finish”

How Dhoni strategised the last wicket off the last ball and executed the runout is just amazing, shows he still has his coolness intact. Unbelievable victory from the jaws of defeat for india, sends B’desh crashing out of the Worldcup 2016.

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Wonder how and when Mushfiqur Rahim’s tsunami passion for bdesh translates to victories for them, instead of being their undoing. In a scenario, needing to score 3 runs, in 1 ball, no excuse if they lose, when u hv someone as experienced ss Rahim at the crease, in present day T20s. But it was just 2 runs to win in 3 balls…! Still they lost ..!!
When you have a Sachin playing for your country, the Virats emerge. When you have a Rahim, may be, only impatient Mahmadullahs emerge. This Bangladesh team has to learn to win crunch games quickly to make world cricket more interesting. Definitely, we dont want another team with a chokers tag !

Aamir’s “Intolerance” remark, disgraceful

November 27, 2015

Aamir khan, as an Indian citizen has every right to air his opinion and feelings about the atmosphere around him. The public who reacted to it also had a right to comment on what he said and air their feelings. Having said that, being a celebrity, an Ambassador of Incredible India Campaign, the face of “Athithi Devo Bhava” Campaign, Aamir khan should have been more responsible and careful, saying on a public platform,that his wife is feeling insecure because of the intolerance in the country and that she wants to leave india for good. Aamir adding that this a disastrous statement from his wife did not save him from a huge uproar against the comment.

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What seemed like, Aamir trying to shoot the comment from his wife’s shoulders did not go too well with many, in bollywood and political circles. If his wife, or someone in his family says something to him in private, where is the need for him to tell the whole world about it, Unless he himself endorses it and wants to tell the world , but, has no guts to do so. If he feels just like Kiran does, then , they should pack their bags and leave the country, no one is going to stop them. If he thinks she is only reacting to some stray incidents of intolerance, then he should talk to her and give her confidence, who best to do it than the Ambassador of Incredible India himself. No point going public.We all know Aamir is smart enough to know where he is doing what and why. Why Aamir created such a controversary dragging his family into it, seems quite obvious for the lack any other sane reason. We know Aamir as a far better “actor” than this.

ALLSTARS T20 CRICKET SERIES: ALL STARS but NO SHINE

November 20, 2015                                                                                                  Srinivas Nyapathy Writes

The ALLSTARS T20 Series that concluded recently in USA was interesting to watch . It was more like those veteran Tennis matches, we get to see ffrom time to time. It is very nostalgic and exciting to see our old Tennis stars weilding racquets all over again and smashing the ball. Though there’s hardly any seriousness in these exhibition tennis matches, its surely pure fun.

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I first thought, ALLSTARS T20 series is also something similar and is being played for some Cause/ Charity. But was surprised to read Sachin Tendulkar saying that he’s picking up the bat again to globalise cricket through ALLSTARS CRICKET T20 Series. I thought, If it was “”Cricket for Veterans”” that he wants to promote, it might work but, regular Cricket, No.

To popularise present day Indian Cinema/ Bollywood, you do not tour the World with Raj Kapoor’s B & W Hits of the 60s. If you do, its not Indian Cinema/ Bollywood of today that you are trying to globalise or popularise. You will be giving the global crowds a wrong picture. That’s precisely what ALLSTARS T20 Series is doing by promoting “Old” Stars Cricket as present day International Cricket. This is where ALLSTARS T20 Series fails, if their intention is to globalise Cricket.

If really globalisation is their intention, Sachin and Warne should select teams from the top international stars playing cricket actively now, to showcase Cricket globally. A B De Villiers, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Miller, McCullum, Stuart Broad, Dale Steyn, Bolt, Chris Gayle and the likes. ..But they chose what is similar to the Raj Kapoor example, by taking old “hits”.

If this present concept of ALLSTARS T20 Series is used to promote Cricket globally, its a very sad way to do it. Cricket deserves something better than an “OLD”STARS T20 Circus to promote it globally.

Ideally players get into their national sides in their 20s. To play at the International level, you need to be agile, raring to go..but these ALLSTARS matches, comprised players who have all retired, most of them years ago, 29 players in all, averaging about 43 years of age. Cricket is a lot about strength and stamina. That has not come though at all in this concept of globalizing Cricket. For the global audience, to whom this series is supposed to introduce Cricket, the sport being played by aged people seems to convey that Cricket is for people in their 40s.

If i want to introduce my kids to football in 2015, I will travel miles to show them Messi playing football, not an aged Pele. With ALLSTARS T20 Series, you get Pele , not Messi.

Trying to popularise the game globally, taking the game to a completely new audience, is no laughing matter. But there was hardly any seriousness on some faces in this series. Do you expect the American/global crowds to take this promotonal series seriously, when they see a batsman singing Bollywood songs loudly over the wireless mic, while facing upto a fast bowler. Yes, we all know Viru used to hum songs while batting, but, to do it when he is presenting the sport globally, seemed shocking. While playing regular matches may be Viru used to hum to himself, to calm his nerves. Though we read about it later, We never ever really heard him singing. But now, in this Series, to see him and hear him singing loudly over the mic while facing a fast bowler, seemed very silly. It makes a mockery of someone’s intentions, to globalise the game.

Is the ALLSTARS T20 Series trying to convey globally that this is the seriousness with which cricket is being played World over presently ?
Is this the Circus they want to showcase as “International Cricket”, globally ?

Oh please, someone stop them.

Cricket is a gentleman’s game. Of strategy, skill, endurance, teamwork and glorious uncertainities. Its much more than just a duel between a 5.50 Oz ball and a piece of Willow. We should not forget the fervour with which the game is followed by fans worldwide. It’s a Religion in the Subcontinent, that has a GOD, who is worshipped worldwide.

Seriousness, intensity, youthful agility, that’s so evident in present day World Cricket should come through in the ALLSTARS T20 Series, to make Cricket popular globally and to showcase the game in the right way.

I feel, these Stars should play ALLSTARS T20 Series just to enjoy and entertain the fans. But If they still tour the World (with the same concept), in the name of globalising the game, they are insulting the way International cricket is played today.

Cricket Humour

August 20, 2015  via  espncricinfo.com

Too much of cricket humour has come to be intertwined with sledging these days. While the latter has undoubtedly had its high moments (who can resist a chuckle at the image of the portly chicken farmer Eddo Brandes giving it back to Glenn McGrath?) there has to be a place for mirth outside the aggro and competitiveness of the cricket field. In this brief foray I recollect a few of the funnier moments from cricketing lore – and invite others to share their own. One of my favourites dates back to the 1974-75 West Indies tour of India. When the series got to Chennai, West Indies led 2-1 but were on the back foot both because of a spirited Indian fightback in the third Test (and, in their view, some indifferent umpiring by the local talent). Satyaji Rao, in particular, was seen by them as a serial offender. As the West Indies team bus wound its way down Mount Road to get to the Chepauk stadium one day, it came to a halt at a famous landmark – the statue of the late chief minister and Tamil politician CN Annadurai. It so happened that this statue showed Annadurai with one arm upraised and his index finger upright – resembling nothing more than an umpire sending a batsman on his way. Cue Alvin Kallicharran, who promptly jumped to his feet inside the bus and intoned, “Good morning, Umpire Rao.” One can just imagine the mirth that must have followed. (I must confess that I have been unable to track the story down on the internet, but have a vivid recollection of reading about the episode in the media coverage at the time.)

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The unspoken rules of Facebook Etiquette

Srinivas Nyapathy Writes,                                           

Social Networking, is a part of our lives today, more than, what anyone had thought it would be, a few years ago. Facebook has been on top of the popularity charts among the social Networking websites, worldwide and in India as well.

It has caught the minds of  teenagers, men, women, celebrities, politicians alike and everyone is on it. Even Corporates are not far behind, with their highly active presence on Facebook pages ..building a fan base, promoting their themes, products and apps to niche audiences. With the advertising and promotion options that are on offer, many small to medium businesses find it a very useful tool to promote their products to niche audience.

However, Most of the users are not so tech savvy. They got on to facebook only after someone in their friends circle did, pushed them to sign up so that they can share their life moments , events and so on, easily, once in a while, free of cost.

“Once in a while” has now become once “in every few minutes”, thanks to smart phones syncing with facebook and delivering instant notifications of activity from the friends list /group from facebook on the mobile phones.

The entry of such users without much knowledge about how social networking websites work, brings some minor irritants into play.

It’s not easy for users to grasp the unspoken rules of the social interactions within Facebook, There is a certain courtesy or etiquette for online communication which has to be  applied to social networking sites , Facebook in particular. With the kind of changes India has seen technology  wise, in the last couple of decades, Its not easy or comfortable for the older generations to adjust to this Social Networking / Communication explosion which their children are born into and are tuned into through their friends, and colleagues.

So, what’s drawing or forcing these users to use facebook,  inspite of their discomfort in using such websites.

Well, times have changed. Not just in the way people communicate, but, also in the dynamics of life we lead today. We live today in a completely different socio-economic scenario as  compared to a few decades ago, prior to the internet and social networking sites. Today’s times call for social networking sites such as Facebook, a necessity. Something almost unavoidable, If you don’t like yourself to be seen as a “touch me not” , primitive and a chip of the old block.

A few decades ago, it was tough for an Indian middle class family to send their kids to study abroad, and it was rare that someone gets married to a NRI and shifts abroad to settle/ work there. International holidays or  travelling abroad was only in one’s dreams. But today all that has changed. Every other house in the neighbourhood seems to have a dear one living or studying abroad. Similarly, within the country also, we see many youngsters leaving their home towns and settling in cities and metros. Parents, grand parents, and family in far away places , love to communicate with them as if they are by their side. Keeping in constant touch with their dear ones, makes them happy. This anxiety, churns up a need for a strong, quick , easy to use platform to keep every one in touch with each other, at the proverbial click of a button and no less.  That’s where Facebook, comes in, as a user-friendly social networking website.

More than communicating through a mobile phone with a  ISD plan, social networking sites like Facebook, offer much more features and easy options to share moments with family and friends all for free !

The supposedly uncomfortable communication on internet and computers , now seems all too inviting  and as they force themselves to start using it… slowly but surely, the not so savvy net users, find it very manageable.

And as they get on to the site and start posting, commenting, sharing stuff, minor irritants of social networking start to emerge, more like in the case of a person driving a vehicle without knowing the traffic rules. Just as this might injure people on the streets, using facebook without knowing how it works, can also cause damage or hurt relationships between the user and ones in the friends list. Contrary to what is expected in the first place.

Even though there is no rule book to follow, there are certain basics to follow and some that need to be avoided to keep the facebook experience enjoyable for not one who is posting but also everyone else on Facebook. Its important to be aware of  publicness of Facebook to protect our privacy and at the same time respect the fact that each and every one of the users forms a part of the Facebook experience of everyone else.

Here are a few basics for those users driving on the streets of facebook, without knowing the traffic rules of social networking :

1. When you have many friends in Facebook, they are  people from various backgrounds, with different jobs, beliefs, personalities etc. Updating your status with a general statement may seem harmless to you, but others may read it in a different light. For example, you make a remark about how advertisers deceive unsuspecting consumers into buying something they don’t need. There could be some ad friends in your list who might feel you are targeting them and get offended. So be Be Mindful Of What You Post.

2. As much as you may want everyone to know your most intimate secrets, your friends may not want you to do that on their walls, as they may not share the same inclination. Best to keep these conversations behind closed doors in Facebook Messaging. Private matters should be Messaged Not to be posted on wall

3. Make a call when there is something important or something very personal to convey. (e.g. death or birth in the family, etc ), don’t declare it out on the public wall. Facebook is a social networking site; it’s supposed to be public. The other reason not to post is courtesy. It’s the same reason why you shouldn’t use SMS to break up with someone. Or It’s rude and insincere to convey important news without using proper channels of genuine communication through voice expressions and body language. Make a call. Don’t publicise personal , important moments

4. When someone shares with you, atleast have the decency to add on to the comments once in awhile. If you ignore them all the time, chances are that they won’t bother about your status anymore, wont it look silly when they look like they are  talking to a wall?

When your friends or family share photos of a function they attended in your place or a party you hosted, you enjoy seeing them on the page , but, its being rude, if you don’t even say a thanks or write some comments below those photos. Its not that they do not have any other work in their lives, that they took pains to post them and share them, that too of a function that you hosted. Its even worse, if you choose to react only on what some users shared of the function that you hosted and ignore some other users, wantonly or otherwise. Posts in groups of Facebook reveal who has seen the posts with their names, So it leaves a horrible feeling when they find out that you have seen the posts and enjoyed them but ran away without saying anything.

Reply to comments especially if its about you and your family .

Facebook is about sharing don’t just create a profile, add friends and keep peeping into their profiles and lives without posting/commenting/sharing/liking anything. After a few months you are a wasteful jombie  for your friends . If you don’t share anything, or act on any of your friends posts why add them ? Don’t act like a voyuer. No one likes it, if you are just a peeping tom.

5 We all check out our friends profile now and then, but to comment on everything is to admit that you are constantly checking out on them. What is even worse is that your friend’s friends might notice it as well. If you don’t wish to be labeled a pest, try to limit your comments somewhat. Avoid Posting Comments On Every Post.

There are a few don’t aswell:

1. If you wish to add someone for some valid reason, like to get to know this girl you have a crush on, do so with some introduction or through a mutual friend. Skipping that step only leaves a bad impression of you, which is the last thing you want. Don’t Make Friend Requests To Strangers

2. You have to be sensitive of who you might be tagging. People may not like to be tagged in rank bad shots. So be careful not to pull the rug off from under someone’s feet by tagging then in bad pics, girls will definitely be more sensitive here than boys.

Don’t Tag Your Friends In ‘Unglam’ Shots

3. Even with your most stringent privacy settings, there’s still a risk that what you post can reach people you wouldn’t want it to reach, and your co-workers and boss are the last people you want to mess with. So, just play safe and leave your venting to somewhere private. There are many other places to fume about your work and work place than facebook,

So don’t post status messages about your work, that might get you into trouble.

Everyone is entitled to state their own opinion , so there’s no need to put anyone down just because you disagree . It’s embarrassing not only to yourself, but to your friend as well.

In the spirit of good conversations, let’s keep this in mind in whatever communication we have online, in Facebook, forums, emails, Don’t ruin it for everyone. It’s entirely up to us to follow these “rules”. I guess living happily on the social networking circuit is about finding the right balance between being having fun and at the same time being sensitive to everyone. Understanding the importance of this thin line that separates the good from the bad on social networking sites will better the experience for yourself and it also helps others enjoy as well!

Appaling Indian media

Srinivas  Nyapathy Writes                                                                  April 2011

There is a lot of anger and disgust in the public, following the media coverage of  certain issues in the recent past, where ethics and decency were compromised for TRPs and Readership.

A case in point is the coverage of Shri Satya Sai Baba’s death.

To start with, Initially, the Trust may not have given the news from the hospital on time, adding to the anxiety of the devotees, but that doesn’t mean the media can go  to town speculating about what’s happening inside, carrying hearsay as breaking news.

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Baseless Information was reported, without any confirmation..

”Report First , Confirm later” attitude, that too, talking of one who is God to millions in India and abroad.

Where was the need to be speculating on the Trust and its wealth, while Saibaba was still in state, if not for TRPs and to make Hay while sun shines.

Talking of the Trust’s wealth is okay..but to give it a colour, as if ,the Trust having the much rumoured 40000 crore is a sin, is whats baffling.

While devotees were scanning thro the channels to get a final glimpse of Baba ..all they got to see is 3/4th screen of these discussions and scrolls on future of Puttaparthi; 1/4th screen the actual glass case where Sai baba’s body was lying. ( Oh Yes, when Sachin was having tears in his eyes infront of Baba’s glass case ..it was full screen ..TRPs)

Speculating  and building on the wee bits of info they had in hand,they conducted hours of panel discussions. Whatever came of that ? Later, the issues discussed, were shot down emphatically by the Trustmembers,  with facts in the press conference.

If these channels or publications which were crying hoarse with allegations had any evidence, why they have silenced themselves after the Trust’s Press Conference?

In the race to break first, all else is forgotten in this mad rat race of  the media houses, Breaking News scrolls on TV  and News papers with question mark headlines, Making them the Big Story, Developing Story….

A reporter of a Telugu TV channel had the guts to enter the Prashanti Nilayam, with a camera phone, stretch his arm over his head and capture what was happening inside the rooms , this is how sting operations are carried out , fine, but it can be aired only when you find something wrong happening inside the place. But this channel went ahead and telecast that operation, which basically is a invasion of privacy…and complete lack of decency. There was hardly anything in those captures but people and walls..If someone installs a spy cam in this guys house and telecasts the goings on then he would realize..how embrassing it can be. What has the Trust done to deserve this wretched invasion by a roughish channel.

For devotees of Baba, the place is of great reverence, a Temple, and no less. These acts are nothing but insulting.

Many scams and scandals were unearthed thanks to the media and sting operations, well done, bu,t to telecast something even after finding nothing in the capture was uncalled for and immaturish.

There was this Newspaper which had Aishwarya’s picture on the front page, just recently. So prominent that it was actually cutting into the masthead !

“What?” I thought, “has she received a Bharat Ratna?”…

No, No, ..it was just that shes pregnant..!

A film star ‘s, pregnancy on the frontpage , cutting into the mast page ..Well..if that wasn’t for selling the newspaper what else is it for.

The shocking helicopter crash which ended the life of AP CM YSR Reddy; after the wreckage was found and minutes before his body was identified, a regional TV channel went ahead and reported that he has actually been found alive !

May be these guys given the responsibility of handling Sai Baba’s News, do not know anything about prashanti Nilayam and how disciplined the place is . Even in the Press conference when a reporter asked a question a Trust Board Member , He in turn asked the reporter , if he had ever visited Puttaparthi before..the answer was negative.

The thinktanks behind these Channels and Newspapers should realize, that, there is a lot of difference, how you handle Osama’s killing and Sai’s death. Osama is a mastermind behind many terrorist attacks worldwide, which ended up taking several innocent lives and have changed the way we live , for the worse. Whereas  Sai Baba’s life has only been about, spreading spirituality, harmony and improving lives of people across the globe.

If at all, I repeat ,if at all, the media found something wrong with the Trust, they could have waited till the time of the  Samadhi. Instead of projecting nonsense as primetime news. I feel Sai Baba richly deserved at least that bit of respect at the time of his death.

All is not lost, There are enough media houses which strive hard to keep India clean and healthy.

They do bring scams to light, bringing guilty to book, catching the corrupt red handed, but, with evidence and proofs.

There are some age old publications which even today, amidst all this rat race, portray the positivity , growth, development of this Incredible India, bringing stories of the giant strides we are making in becoming a World power on to the front pages.  Staying clear of speculating “IS XYZ GUILTY OF 200 Crore bribe ?”

“Was the Minister’s Office bugged ?”, “Who bugged the minister’s office ?” but finding the answers, to help us live a better life.

I salute such publications. Carry on ! We need you !