I'd interviewed the Desert Chill team last August while I was interning with Time Out Dubai. I re-wrote the piece and added the British element to it as part of my module submission for my MA Magazine Journalism course. An integral part of British culture is an ice cream van cruising the streets playing … Continue reading The Empire Strikes Back. With Ice Cream.
This was my real life piece for my portfolio last semester. Written in December 2009. When I was seven years old, my grandfather gave me my first ever diary. It was a hard-bound book, brilliantly coloured, aimed at young children with fascinating facts and games inside as a bonus. “Write in this”, he said. “Write … Continue reading Fourteen diaries and a Funeral
Search for 'Voltaire' on my blog. Go on. It will now show up in three posts. I really must stop quoting him. Well, not him exactly. The quote which actually comes from The Friends of Voltaire (1906), written by Evelyn Beatrice Hall under the pseudonym S.G. Tallentyre is so apt, how can I not use … Continue reading The Freedom Express
Many years ago, the mailboxes of a television network crashed. Newspapers were writing of the tragedy of someone's death. People were in tears. Why? Because a character on a television soap died (eventually the makers of the series had to bring the character 'back to life' under immense public pressure). The power of television in … Continue reading Soaps of our Indian lives
Note: I've included this post in "Journalism, Globalization and Development" because I felt it related to the question raised in the presentation I did last week on whether social media has led to any changes in journalism or not. While I've focused on India till now as the subject for my JNL6027 posts, this time … Continue reading Twitter, Dubai and Journalism
As part of election week, the University of Sheffield hosts a production week where classes are not held and budding journalists do something for election week in their specialization. The Print students produced two 12-page newspapers, the Broadcast students did TV and radio packages on election night, and the Web students were handling the JUS News … Continue reading Soapbox – Magazine produced by MA Magazine Journalism students
As is my wont to ask random questions, I once put forth this query to someone I knew: "What is your take on honour killings? He replied: "I think it's acceptable under some circumstances." I was - and still am - aghast that an educated person could think that a ritual as barbaric as honour … Continue reading Honour (?) in the modern world
Every morning, I'm on my Chrome 4.1 browser checking my many email accounts (of which I have 7. Or 8. I can never remember), looking at my Twitter feed on Seesmic and Skype-ing away simultaneously. All this before my breakfast, mind you. Yet some people haven't even seen a computer, forget knowing what a 'trending … Continue reading Bridging the Digital Divide
It finally arrived!!!
July 2003: I was 16 and for the most part, ungainly and awkward. I had volunteered to assist the school librarian during the summer vacation to re-organize stacks of books in the library. My trade-off was getting books to read. One day, I took a shortcut on my walk home which meant passing through a … Continue reading Of Pink Pants and Eve-Teasing