Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The "Edit" page

The editorial page of a newspaper is one platform where not only the columnists express their viewpoints but also the common people who read the newspaper. It is also a page which is read but by very few people or only those who are in a habit of reading that page regularly or wish to improve their knowledge about the given opinion that comes in the paper.

Even i had been a part of this group. But offlate I started reading the editorial pages very carefully not because I plan to increase my knowledge or something but in order to learn how to make the page and sub letters. It's interesting to read the letters that the readers sent to express their viewpoint. While, some are sent just for the heck of it and some to actually express point on an issue.

The editorial page might look very interesting to the readers when they read it, but if one sees the amount of pain that goes into selecting letters for the column, one might change the view. I always thought that writing letters to the editorial column are fun and whats more to add to it if you see your name in the paper.

But it is disappointing for many of those who send regular letters to the editor but do not see their letters published. It might baffle the person sending letters as to whats the reason behind such ignorance. Well Well!! its not ignorance, its just certain policies and terms of certain organisations that they need to follow while publishing letters!

Why am I writing so? because this is what I learnt as well while doing the Editorial page. While the norms and policies of my organisation are way beyond anyones understanding, I am sure such policies do not exist in any other newspaper organisation. And if they do exist then I don't know where the common man will be able to exhibit their opinion without any issues.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A RANDOM THOUGHT

For the past few months i have been thinking of writing something on my blog. Whenever I switched on my laptop, and opened a new microsoft word document, words just refused to flow out of my mind. It seemed my mind was all blocked. No ideas, nothing, i just sat in front of my laptop looking at the screen and wondering what to write.
Days turned into months but words refused to flow. Today, a few minutes back I got a call from my friend, (whom I was actually thinking of at that very moment)and don't know what? just what struck inside my mind and I thought lets open the blog directly and start typing something!! Atleast I would get some worthy writing even if it is not great enough!
I dont care whether whatever I am writing now is even making sense to anyone, all what I know is the fact that I felt like writing and that's why I wrote. In the past few days I read certain blogs on WRITING. One of those posts had mentioned that when you want to write just don't let it stop, go ahead take a piece of paper, pen or whatever means you have for writing and just write. If you are unable to write beyond a single line then call it a day and if you think you can go on and on then just don't stop until you are tired.
Guess that's whats happening with me right now. People create blogs for many purposes, one of them being able to express their opinions. This post of mine is somewhat related to that purpose.
A friend of mine read my blogs for the first time and said that why don't you write something humorous. You posts are mainly serious, you should try writing something humorous that might make the person reading your blog feel happy:) But "humour" is just not my cup of tea. That does not mean that I am a boring person, I do enjoy laughing to others jokes but somehow the humour angle does not come to my writings at all. Now what I am writng at the moment might be humorous for me but not for the people who will be reading it.
Anyway, I think I should get such wierd attacks everyday, then might be that I will start writing on my blog evryday on any random thing.
In the end, I would just like to thank my friend whose one random call made me write randomly on my blog:)