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by OJ George

Disruptive interventions the fate of the people
Recent times have wrought disruptive interventions on the people in several ways, for they had to queue themselves up before various authorities.

Earlier, for exchanging banned notes, for Aadhaar, PAN card, corrections and what not, they had to sweat it out.

Now they have to produce their ration cards for getting salary and pension.

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Fond memories of a former print news lover
By K.Balachandran

A lover of print news, led astray by bad influence time exerts
Holding my broadsheet in front was a pleasure
out of the world, I used to munch as much news and features
not just as a scribe, as a reader, avid too, who couldn't do
without daily papers, as one nourished by printed words.

In Britain, once when I stayed in different homes
where they read local 'freebies' alone, I was asked
what would I like to subscribe temporarily during my stay.

Every time I said The Independent they looked aghast.

"No one in Devon, ever reads one, goes over our heads" was the chant!
(when one becomes developed enough, comes the time to throw in the towel, it seems)

A copy of the news magazine published by the news org I worked for,
was looked upon as a wonder, by the editor of Oxford Times.

"Is this the kind of English you speak ,read and write in India
these days?" he asked a bit astonished.

"Too heavy at least for Oxford, be lenient to us, during your internship, write no word with more than four letters, in normal course,
please remember".
(We still think being simple is lack of profundity, there lies the rub.)

But time sets new rules and we have to obey, no way out.
Time was then, when newspapers had lovely names.

Online ones, made just for 'clicks' and 'likes', have horrendous monikers.
I find myself for some time now tuned into Daily Beast,
or Huffington Post, The Onion and Slate;
The Guardian is perhaps the only free news site
that cares for old world news standards and ethics, even these days.

My taste, as a result has tremendously changed, I am confused.
Online you won't find tabloid and broadsheet distinct.

One feels guilty snooping around for juicy tidbits, yes, then one relishes it
I am empowered with scientific insights, (mostly sex-related)
endless lists, on trivialities of every kind, and photos!

Gosh, in these times of 'selfie craze', nothing is selfless, all for a price.

Seduced by trivia masquerading as high news,
left brain dead on the way side.
This, in short, ladies and gentlemen, I think is the story of online news.
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