Monthly Archives: October 2009

PRASHANT PANJIAR: Lensmen be more reflective

Prashant Panjiar‘s critically acclaimed solo exhibition Pan India: A Shared Habitat, a visual tour de force of how the Indian landscape has changed since the turn of the millennium, moves to Bangalore and Calcutta next after Delhi run. In this sans serif video, the acclaimed photojournalist talks about why he shot the pictures with a…

Dressing up (and dressing down) as journalists

The dressing up of plainclothes policemen as journalists representing a television station from Singapore to trap the Maoist leader Chhatradhar Mahato in West Bengal has resulted in a right royal kerfuffle. Journalists groups in Calcutta have said the police action lowered the dignity of the profession. But there are also those who believe that if…

For our own cricket correspondent, Rajan Bala

It speaks for the current state (and priorities) of journalism in Bangalore and elsewhere, that the news of one of India’s most knowledgeable cricket correspondents Rajan Bala—formerly of  Deccan Herald, Indian Express, The Asian Age—struggling for life in one of the City’s speciality hospitals, should barely make it to the pages of any one of…

For some journos, acting is second string in bow

It looks like it is the season for small screen stars to graduate to the big screen. Sashi Kumar (top frame, left), the Doordarshan newsreader of pre-satellite television days, stars with the Malayalam superstar Mammooty in the new release Loud Speaker. In the movie, Sashi, who now runs the Asian College of Journalism in Madras,…

A week is a long time for a 40-page daily

The second issue of the Crest edition of The Times of India is out today, and there are some small signs visible. The number of pages is down from 40 to 36, and there are some minor changes in the menu of the paper. On the left is this week’s menu, on the right is…

‘Largest crowd for a journo’s funeral in 40 years’

M.K. VIDYARANYA writes from Bangalore: A multitude of friends and family members gathered at the 150-year-old St Patrick‘s church in Bangalore on Thursday evening to bid goodbye to Allen J. Mendonca, the journalist turned entrepreneur, who passed away in his sleep three nights ago, at the age of 49. Just how the sudden passing of…