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More than Mere Coincidence

There have been more than a few occasions when strange occurrences have puzzled me. It’s not so simple to explain these experiences in words. Nevertheless, I will try to.

One of the funniest instances when I observed this was when we went out on a team outing a few months ago. There was a lucky dip draw and the results were just about to be announced. I proudly claimed to my friend MB who sat next to me that I would win the 1st prize. And Lo Behold!! They indeed announced the number that was written on the token in my hand. And MB was surprised to the core. I almost felt like a child who had found some new powers. But then my mind put to rest any such thoughts and assured me that this was a case of Classic Coincidence and nothing else.

Another instance occurred a few nights back I was blogging about how the Kannada news is broadcasted in All India Radio and I had used a phrase ‘Bellary Chalo’ in the context of what the Opposition Party in Karnataka, the Congress Party would call their protest march to Bellary. The next morning, I logged into http://www.deccanherald.com and so the same term was used. I forced myself into accepting that this was plain coincidence.

Then this night, on the same website I was reading about the death of 2 brothers from namma Bengalooru in an air crash in the US. And even before I had completed the first 2 lines, my IPOD shuffled to ‘Lukka Chuppi’ from the movie ‘Rang De Basanti’: the song that is played after Flight Lt. Ajay Rathod’s (played by Madhavan) death. Again was it just too much of a coincidence?

There have been other similar instances that have occurred. But the one below remains close to my heart and I experience goose bumps whenever I am reminded of it. At the death ceremony of a close friend, while still trying to come to terms with losing him, for perhaps less than a second I felt a sudden air of fragrance pass by where I was seated. I quickly recognised this as his natural body fragrance. I just thought that it was my notion. But a few minutes later, an acquaintance seated next to me whispered into my ears about having experienced something similar. How we felt the fragrance surround us still remains a mystery. But it was almost as if our late friend wanted to have his presence felt here. Only this time the mind for a change said, ‘No, this is more than Mere Coincidence!’

ಆಕಾಶವಾಣಿ – ವಾರ್ತೆಗಳು

While watching the news on TV today, was instantly reminded of the news that we would hear on Radio, mostly during the Pre TV days. Incidentally, the Radio news still continues to be broadcasted and is a source of information for many listeners even today.

I have just tried bringing out the style in which this news was read previously (not sure if the style continues even today) but keeping the current affairs in mind.

ನಮಸ್ಕಾರ

ಇದು ಆಕಾಶವಾಣಿ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಕೇಂದ್ರದ ಸಹ ಪ್ರಸಾರ. ಈಗ ಕೇಳಿರಿ ಈ ರಾತ್ರಿ ೧೧:೦೦ ಘಂಟೆಯ ವಾರ್ತಾ ಪ್ರಸಾರ

ಓದುತ್ತಿರುವವರು ಜೈ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ

ಮುಖ್ಯ ಸಮಾಚಾರಗಳೂ :

೧) ಕೇಂದ್ರ ವಿದೇಶಾಂಗ ಸಚಿವ ಎಸ್ ಎಂ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಜೊತೆ ಚರ್ಚಿಸಲು ಸಿದ್ಧ ಎಂದು ಪಾಕಿಸ್ತಾನದ ವಿದೇಶಾಂಗ ಸಚಿವ ಎಸ್ ಎಂ ಕುರೇಶಿ ಇಂದು ಸ್ಪಷ್ಟ ಪಡಿಸಿದರು. ಇತ್ತೀಚೆಗೆ ನಡೆದ ವಿದೇಶಾಂಗ ಸಚಿವರುಗಳ ಮಾತುಕತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಉಂಟಾದ ವಾಗ್ವಾದಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕುರೇಶಿಯವರು ಹೇಳಿದ್ದು ಹೀಗೆ ‘ನಮ್ಮಿಬರಲ್ಲಿ ಏನು ವಾಗ್ವಾದ ನಡಿಯಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಅದು ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತರು ಹುಟ್ಟಿಸಿರುವ ಸುಳ್ಳು ವದಂತಿ ಎಂದು ಆರೋಪಿಸಿದರು
೨) ಗಣಿ ಧಣಿಗಳನ್ನು ಸರ್ಕಾರದಿಂದ ವಜಾ ಮಾಡುವಂತೆ ಆಗ್ರಹಿಸಿರುವ ವಿರೋಧ ಪಕ್ಷದೆದುರು ಮಣಿಯುವುದಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂದು ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಮುಖ್ಯ ಮಂತ್ರಿ ಬಿ ಎಸ್ ಏದೆಉರಿಯಪ್ಪ ನವರು ಇಂದು ಸುದ್ಧಿಗಾರರಿಗೆ ಪತ್ರಿಕಾಗೋಷ್ಠಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು. ಆಚರ್ಯದ ಸಂಗಾತಿ ಏನಂದರೆ ಮುಖ್ಯ ಮಂತ್ರಿಯವರು ಈ ಮಾತನ್ನು ಕಣ್ಣೀರು ಸುರಿಸದೆ ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು
೩) ಗಣಿ ಹಗರಣಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಭಂದಿಸಿದಂತೆ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ಪಕ್ಷ ಬೆಳ್ಳಾರಿ ಚಲೋ ಆಂದೋಲನ ಕೈ ಗೊಳ್ಳಲು ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸಿದೆ. ಸಿದ್ಧರಾಮಯ್ಯ ನವರು ನಾವು ಜನರಿಗಾಗಿ ಹೋರಾಡಲು ಯೆಂದಿಗು ‘ಸಿದ್ಧ’ ಎಂದು ಪಕ್ಷದ ಕಚೇರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರ ಜೊತೆ ಸಂವಾದದ ವೇಳೆ ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು

ಈಗ ಕ್ರೀಡಾರಂಗದ ಸಮಾಚಾರಗಳೂ

ಭಾರತದ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಇಂದು ಶುರುವಾದ ಗಲ್ಲೇ ಟೆಸ್ಟ್ ಮ್ಯಾಚ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಶ್ರೀ ಲಂಕಾ ಮೊದಲನೆಯ ದಿನದ ಆಟ ಮುಗಿದಾಗ ೨ ವಿಕೆಟ್ ನಷ್ಟಕ್ಕೆ ೨೫೬ ರನ್ಸ್ ಗಳಿಸಿದರು
ಶಾಹಿದ್ ಆಫ್ರಿದಿ ಪಾಕಿಸ್ತಾನ ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್ ತಂಡದ ನಾಯಕನ ಪಟದಿಂದ ಕೆಳಗಿಳಿಯಲೂ ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸಿದ್ಧಾರೆ. ಅವರ ಬದಲು ಸಲ್ಮಾನ್ ಬಟ್ಟ್ ನಾಯಕರಾಗಿ ಆಯ್ಕೆಯಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ

ಈಗ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಅವಮಾನ ಸರದಿ, ಕ್ಷಮಿಸಿ ಹವಾಮಾನ ವರದಿ

ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಕರಾವಳಿ ಪ್ರದೇಶಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮಳೆ ಮುಂದುವರೆದಿದೆ. ಇದರಿಂದ ಕರಾವಳಿ ಪ್ರದೇಶಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕಡಲ ಕೊರೆತ ಉಂಟಾಗಿದೆ. ಮೀನುಗಾರಿಕೆ, ಕಡಲ ಹಾಗು ಬಂದರು ಸಚಿವರು ಇಂದು ಕಡಲ ಕೊರೆತ ಪ್ರದೇಶಗಳಿಗೆ ಭೇಟಿ ನೀಡಿ ಪರೀಕ್ಷೆ ನಡೆಸಿದರು. ಕಡಲ ಪ್ರದೇಶಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮಳೆ ಮುಂದುವರೆದಿರುವುದರಿಂದ, ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಮೀನುಗಾರಿಕೆ ಎಲ್ಲ ಚಟುವಟಿಕೆಗಳನ್ನು ಸ್ಥಗಿತ ಗೊಳಿಸಿದೆ ಹಾಗು ಮೀನುಗಾರರಿಗೆ ಎಚ್ಚರಿಕೆ ನೀಡಿದೆ.

ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ನಗರದಲ್ಲಿ ಮೋಡ ಕವಿದ ವಾತಾವರಣ ಮುಂದುವರೆದಿದ್ದು ಮಳೆ ಬರುವ ಎಲ್ಲ ಸಾಧ್ಯತೆಗಳಿವೆ. ಇಷ್ಟೇ ಸುದ್ಧಿ ಸ್ಪಷ್ಟ. ಬೇರೆ ಊರಿನ ಹವಾಮಾನ ಹೇಳುವುದು ಕಷ್ಟ. ಹೇಳದಿದಲ್ಲಿ ನಿಮಗೇನು ನಷ್ಟ? ನಗರದ ಗರಿಷ್ಟ ಉಷ್ಣಾಂಶ ೨೦ ಡಿಗ್ರಿ ಕನಿಷ್ಠ ೧೫ ಡಿಗ್ರಿ. ವಿಮಾನ ನಿಲ್ಧಾನ ದಲ್ಲಿ ಗರಿಷ್ಟ ಉಷ್ಣಾಂಶ ೨೨ ಡಿಗ್ರಿ ಕನಿಷ್ಠ ೧೭ ಡಿಗ್ರಿ.

ಇದರೊಂದಿಗೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಭಾನುವಾರ ರಾತ್ರಿಯ ಪ್ರಸಾರ ಮುಖ್ತಾಯಗೊಂಡಿದೆ.

ನಮ್ಮ ಮುಂದಿನ ಪ್ರಸಾರ ನಾಳೆ ಬೆಳಗ್ಗಿನ ಜಾವ ೦೫ ಘಂಟೆ ೫೫ ನಿಮಿಷಕ್ಕೆ ಶುರುವಾಗಲಿದೆ. ನಾಳೆ ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗಿನ ನೇರ ಪ್ರಸಾರದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಮತ್ತೆ ಭೇಟಿಯಾಗೋಣ.

ಜೈ ಹಿಂದ್

Is being One Professional Unprofessional?

This is my 3rd post about me and my confused mind. This time it is about my profession. The last 10 years in this industry has been hectic, fast-paced and monotonic to some extent. While attending an internal training program, I remember my trainer introducing himself as someone who loves to do something different once in every 10 years. So is this the time, I think to myself. My confused mind reminds me that there are other professions as well. But If not this industry, then what else will suit me?

My mind tells me that I am fit for the advertising industry or the media. Say creating headlines for the papers, slogans for the advertisements, etc. But then at this stage in my career, how do I take a giant leap into that world, where I would perhaps have to begin as an intern. Even before I delve too deep into this option, I am out of it.

Next the mind tells me that having picked a lot of writing abilities as part of this industry I should perhaps open my own Document Consultancy Firm and name it ‘Write Unlimited’ with a punch line such as ‘We Write what you left and align it in the center’. Silly as it seems to me, I move on from that option as well.

Then pops the option of moving into the entertainment field, where the prospect of writing satires, comedy scripts, etc interests me. But then the uncertainty, the fear of failure, the responsibilities on the home front and the next thing I realise is that this option too is a non-starter.

Hmm…What next? Being good at cooking, how about a food joint? Pulaav Point, Coffee Katte, etc. Again managing the crowd, the cooks, no way the mind retorts.

Why not an agency called Consult ‘n’ C where I could provide answers to any kind of questions that people have. Say for instance someone wants to know how to apply for a home loan, someone else wants to know what the best places of attraction around Bengalooru are. Agreed Google is there and Google is God, but why not make it available to the common man, who may not have the access and expertise to Google this? And again I wonder what if even Google doesn’t help me find answers, will people eventually rename my agency to Insult and see.

The next one in the list is that having a sound ear for Music, why not learn some instrument and then join a band. Belting out remixes such as Mallu songs in Hindi tunes, Say Kaike Oona kalinyo waala, Khul jaaye Manslaaya parinyo waala (Kaike Paan Banaras …)

Finally the option of becoming a lyricist in the cyni(cal) world. Imagine meeting the likes of Big B, receiving the Best Lyricist Trophy from the Garden of Poetry, Gulzaar. After all, Jaaved Saab has said that Faansle hain to Manzilen hain, Manzilen hain to Raaste hain etc, etc. Ok why not start from home(Sandalwood), how about giving Himse to Hamsalekha for a break? Umm. Not sure the mind says.

Well, it is 1:00 AM by now and there is an early morning meeting. So I log off without a resolution in sight.

The expense behind ‘Price Rise’ Protests

A journalist holding a mike came up to a group of protesters and asked them in the most typical journalistic manner “Why are you protesting today?” There was silence for a second or two before our umm … let us call him ‘The Lead Striker’ shooed away his fellow protesters and came forward to talk on behalf of them all.

An intellectual would have begun responding with “A very good question”. But this protester being a protester was straight on the job. He initially wanted to ask the journalist what time this interview would be aired so that he can call up his folks and ask them to keep the recording equipment ready. However with great difficulty, he decided to keep that question aside and answer to the point. He interrogatively replied “Do you know how costly the vegetables are?”

He continued to add how the fuel prices have risen over the last few years and wanted to know whether the journalist had a 2 wheeler. The journalist was cautious in his response and said “I am traveling in the Channel’s car”. The ‘Lead Striker’ immediately snapped at him and said “No wonder! What will you understand what the common man is going through?” The journalist was forced to nod in agreement. He ranted that he had to shed a huge sum of money to organise the protest march itself. To buy tomatoes, eggs, banners for the protest he had spent from his own pocket and was now worried if the party that he owes allegiance to, would reimburse the money or not.

Before the protester could continue any further, the journalist hit upon an idea. He immediately sent a text to his team and asked them to prepare for the chat show in the evening. The theme would be “How costly it is to organise protests these days?” Before turning away the journalist, having been in this field for a long time now, shouted at the ‘Lead Striker’ “Watch the news at 08:00 tonight, you will be on air!!!”. Caught unawares, our ‘Lead Striker’ let out a sheepish grin.

How the newspapers could’ve reported Federer’s exit from Wimbledon?

1. Is this the end of Fed-era?
2. Fed-errors cost Roger 7th Wimbledon title
3. Federer suffers from Bird itch
4. Berdych Czech mates Federer
5. Fedex fails to deliver this time
6. Roger, is Wimble-done?