It seems so far away, it could be another world.
The desk – as a newsroom’s production area is known the world over – was always a U-shaped table with the chief sub-editor flanked by rows of sub-editors, with a monster trash bin behind for useless wire copies. Read more
I love speaking to journalism students. Their curiosity about the newspaper actually makes me go back to the basics and revisit some of things we tend to take for granted after a few years in the profession.
I was with a bunch of them last Sunday and they were no pushovers. Read more
There are great headlines and there are memorable headlines. Let’s not talk about the bad or pedestrian ones – there are too many to do justice to any one, or a bunch, of them. Read more
How many times will we say, “Delhi collapses every time it rains”? We have said that four times already this monsoon, or perhaps more. Though it hasn’t rained that much, but the few times it did, the city collapsed.
Office hour traffic, which is usually quite slow, goes down to a crawl. Distances covered in five minutes take an hour or more. Sometimes, the jam begins just outside the colony gates. Read more
It’s heartbreaking to follow stories done by others – newspapers or television news channel. That’s the way we grew up, in a two-newspaper town.
It was a matter of shame to be beaten by the rival paper on a story. And we were conditioned to deal with that shame by ignoring the news-break. Read more