Daily Archives: 10 December 2006

Six tips to write better English

Every so often some reporter or sub asks some wisened old fool, “Sir, how can I write better?” The answer usually produces an interminably long lecture which not so unusually leaves the recipient wondering why she ever made the mistake of asking. On the other hand, you can visit one of George Orwell‘s most famous…

Who killed good cricket writing?

Cricket, apart from boxing, is probably the only sport that has consistently evoked great writing. (Maybe even fishing to some extent.) But you wouldn’t notice if you read Indian cricket “writers”, barring honourable exceptions like, say, Prem Panicker. So short is the supply that genuine cricket aficionados who do not believe the cricket world begins…

Yes, you love journalism, but…

Every young journalist and wannabe journalist goes through this existential question: How does one get on the phone and ask total strangers completely embarrassing questions like, “When, Sir, did you stop beating your wife”? On the wonderful salon e-zine, Cary Tennis offers some advice.