With most traditional cinema halls closed, people like Sharma Ji have lost their “picture hall” careers. For them, it is time for lights out and time pass.
The other day I got talking to a friend in India. He asked me what are my plans and when I mentioned that sooner or later I’d like to return to my homeland, he had a few words of advice, tongue solidly in cheek, listing why it would be a bad idea. Knowing my tendency for vacillation between jobs and professions, he imagined I was looking to go back to working in a TV channel (where I spent a substantial time in the past, with not much regret). So he set out on painting the picture of today’s TV media in India. This probably applies to the media in general – whether in India or much of elsewhere in the world – so after our long dialogue I asked him to pen his views down for me. The piece is in Hindi, so sorry if you cannot read Hindi or your PC doesn’t display the script properly.
This couldn't have been timed better. Just when we - as so many Indians living outside the country - are making plans to visit home this summer, comes this cover…
Through a friend in India I came to know about an innovative initiative called Friends Without Borders, which is involving kids of India and Pakistan in building peace relations.