Once upon a time (read 20 years back or so), I used to wait for the newspaper to arrive. We used to subscribe to The Times of India, Mumbai edition. Bhilai being a town and that too far from Mumbai, the newspaper would arrive only in the evenings and some days even the next day which meant that we read stale news. But still the editorial, the presentation, the grammar everything was exemplary. Each page was observed carefully even the entertainment section. Current affairs were read thoroughly, news of interest or related to the curriculum were read, the article cut and then preserved in a folder/ file to be used when needed. R.K.Laxman’s cartoons were cherished, discussed and preserved in the memory bank. Later we shifted to Ukkunagaram, Vizag where the delivery of TOI was even more worse and so we shifted to the Deccan Chronicle and The Hindu.
But the attachment continues. I guess old habits die-hard. Why I say this? Because the Times has none of ‘that’ charm anymore. The news is biased, you can find grammatical errors and the newspaper at least the online edition is full of useless news. If you read todays edition you will find news like-Saif’s secret love. Now why should anyone bother about his secret love?? Sush’s ex Randeep to marry Neetu. Good for him. But why bother, both have moved on so why the stress on the ‘ex’. Is it that the standards of the readers have gone down or the Times standards have gone down? I am a bit confused here.
I find more stress on the entertainment industry. Leave the actors alone please, respect their privacy, they are humans too.
And recently I read that the times has been banned from certain universities because of its ahem ‘pornography’. In fact I am surprised that it’s not been banned in the Gulf. Some of the more sober headlines are, Best positions of getting pregnant, how to fake o… etc. I will not be more explicit now, lest my post be banned.
But where are the real issues? Is anyone bothered about them.Is there any newspaper which gives unbiased reports? Is there any newspaper which is bothered about corruption? newspapers I feel are now bothered only about increasing their readership and not bothered about fulfilling their duty.
But it’s really sad to see the downfall of such a great newspaper. In school we were advised to read TOI to improve our english as well as to keep ourselves updated on the ‘News’. And now it’s relegated to a ‘porn’ newspaper. Sad isn’t it?