Thursday, September 16, 2004

The Crimes of India

This is it. This is the last straw. They can't possibly go crassier and cornier. From now on, The Times of India online is my uber-tabloid. Look at the sample headlines they have today:
1. Why Sachin Tendulkar should say goodbye?
2. Tell us how India can beat Pak.
3. Michael Douglas' Fatal Attraction (no, its not about a movie of that name)
4. Sachin does not play for India
5. Thongs face the downward slope
6. Lingerie lust: Season's flavor

Thank you so much. I have got my share of news. I am completely upto speed with what is happening in the world right now.

To top it all, they actually have a Tabloid section now (can you beat this irony?) They call it Tabloid-Shabloid. Sample this: My first sexual encounter Are you kidding me or are you kidding me?

I know, I know, the online edition has always been that way. But I can't help but be frustrated. As a kid growing up in India, this is the newspaper that I read everyday. I was comfortable with the format, the reportage, the coverage etc. It was but natural that I would catch the same newspaper online. But I am done ... done with a capital D.

I will be exploring other options: Indian Express or The Hindu. If you have any suggestions, do let me know.

Alright, Bollywood trivia pop quiz: In which movie will you come across a newspaper named 'The Crimes of India'? Since this is a tough one, I'll drop a hint. The heroine plays a journalist in the movie, and the editor is one cranky fellow who gets misdirected calls on his desk.

5 comments:

Sukanya M said...

When we were living in France, we would scour the internet for news on India and unfortunately, the TOI page would be the only one which loaded properly and fast. So we were stuck with some amazingly frivolous news....which had us gnashing our teeth in anger. I just kept hoping that its content did not reflect the average Indian reader.

Sukanya (http://saintfaron.blogspot.com)

Avinash said...

Try Indian Express. I generally find their analysis and Edits quite good. But the news is heavily political. Sports relegated to the back pages....literally.

Avinash said...

Try Indian Express. I generally find their analysis and Edits quite good. But the news is heavily political. Sports relegated to the back pages....literally.

phucker said...

That's pretty strange. I used to use TOI as my main news source when I was studying in USA. Though maybe it's become more of atabloid since I checked the online edition last. If you have broadband, you could try reading their print edition. My sources of news are The Economist, The BBC, and NDTV. NDTV will proabbly serve u best for Indian news.

pappupager said...

To answer your Bollywood trivia pop quiz that is in which movie will you come across a newspaper named 'The Crimes of India', the answer is Mr. India. The heroine who plays a journalist is Sridevi and the editor is the cranky fellow who gets misdirected calls on his desk is Annu Kapoor.

Actually, this was a pretty straightfoward one. I'm a Bollywood fanatic myself and am a regular blogger where I primarily write about Bollywood Trivia. It's a conscious effort to stay away from juicy gossip and just concentrate on Hindi films trivia, interesting information about Hindi films, actors, directors, technicians etc. Please do visit my blog and I am sure you'd find it informative and entertaining.

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