Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Times of India(?)

Haven't posted on this blog for quite some time now. In fact it's been almost a year. Anyways better late than never.
A recent visit to TOI's website proved to be quite enlightening. I didn't know Tara Reid was Indian. Nor did I know that India had annexed Pakistan (finally). And while I was unaware prostitution, nudity and sleaze had become the primary sources of news about India. It's true. If you don't believe me, kripaya TOI ki website access karne ki cheshtaa karein!
A newspaper that calls itself The Times of India has absolutely no space for Indian news in it. And when it is about India, most of it is about people who one doesn't care about. Here is a glimpse of what I saw one fine day on their site:
  • Tara Reid got a separate room to house her shoes.
  • Three women were held in Delhi for prostitution.
  • NRI mansions for Rs. 300 per month.
  • Top 10 prettiest Pakistanis.
  • Bollywood's tragic star lives.
  • Naked web chat a rage in China.
Are these the times of India. I wonder...

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Finally, a quiz covered by PT

Quizzing and Page 3 just don't go together.
When Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management (SITM) conducts the Telecom Grandmasters Quiz, promotion of quizzing is not as important as the promotion of their event as they get PT to cover their event especially with the chief guests being Diana Hayden and Abhay Deol.

The result of the quiz was reported (understandably on pg. 3), with the title 'Matching wits at the biz quiz'. But perhaps due to the glitter involved in the quiz, the reporter Ms. Kharade (or the editor) forgot to write the most important part: news about the quiz, for the article told us everything about the forgotten and the upcoming films of the 2 celebs, what they wore and their experiences of the Mumbai floods.
So I'll do the PT guys the favour by reporting the stuff they missed.
  • The name of the 'renowned business school of the city' is Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management.
  • The name of the quiz was the Telecom Grandmasters Quiz, not the National Grandmasters Quiz.
  • There were 5 teams, not 4. There were corporate and college teams.
  • The winning team of Harshavardhan and Arnab (names mentioned thankfully) are from VIT. They were the only undergraduate college team and beat the other teams by a huge margin. Symbiosis Institute of Management Sciences (SIMS) came 2nd. Some more details here.
Yes we know, shortage of space, when there's more to print such as Karisma's marraige debacle.

Yet I'd agree on one bit from the article.
The list of guests included the who's who of the city including Akhilesh Agarwal, Anand Agarwal, Sulakshana Patankar, Deepak Natnani and Sudarsan Natu.
Who's who indeed, as after reading their names you're bound to wonder who's who?