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Sunday, 29 July 2007

Curiosity kills the teen

Published: July 30, 2007, 00:01
The Web is the answer to many a panacea. Earlier, knowledge was the privilege of the few in society who used it to their advantage.
They divided and ruled many regions across the globe by dividing people under different issues. Bill Gates, the true reformer of my age, got everyone spell equality by unleashing the three 'w's - world wide web.
But he got not just people across the world on to the screens, but also their kids.
But like too much of anything is not good, the internet is now a headache for many. Especially parents.
I am reminded of this article in the newspaper asking parents whether they knew if their computers are child- safe.
With children spending summer vacations staring at computer screens the question was how much of the information do they need. I would say all of it and more. But not many would agree with me.

Actually today there is no true teenager. It is a species of the lesser kids who are on the verge of extinction. I call them lesser kids because today those who do not have Net access are equivalent to those who didn't have access to schools some two decades back.
A few years later there will be no kid who can connect with the character played by chubby little Kevin Arnold (played by American child star Fred Savage) of the Wonder Years fame in Star Plus.
When I was a teenager there was no internet. My guide was some older cousins or classmates, like Nikita who knew everything under the sun, and would come to save me when I did not laugh but cringed at a particular joke with double meaning.
Today the teenager has shifted a little ahead into the milk teeth age. With the busty animated characters like Lara Croft driving the gamer instinct in my seven-year-old brother, what does one expect?
You won't believe after giving her a virtual kick he screams... "yeah I got her down... stupid sexy girl". It took me a while to decipher... the words from his not so clear pronunciation of the same.
The only way you can find an original teen as the word is described in the dictionary, among today's teens, is only if he/ she has less or no access to the Web.
I am reminded of a Times of India article which talks of a Mumbai teenager Shibu Nair, who wanted to know why plump girls in his class had "fat chests". And got no answer by googling for it.
Shibu's curiosity finally got him an ill repute among girls in the class, a temporary suspension term at school and a tight slap from his mother.
I don't say give it all to the kid. But tell the kid what he asks for. Make it comfortable for him to approach than let him wander away over the net.
Why would he steal the extra pocket money to go to that internet cafe two kilometres away from home escaping neighbours or other keen-eyed informers to know that silly little thing he didn't know before.

I am sorry to observe that it is unapproachable parental behaviour that gets the teenager go wild.
I agree with Dr Phil's observation that "a teenager has no blood in his veins but pure adrenaline" and that hence he/she needs special treatment/consideration to grow up as close to normal as possible in our close to abnormal society.
The bottom line is that what needs to be known must be known. Hints or dumb hints or dumber hints won't work any more with the curious kids having a lot more options today.
Let's acknowledge that the generation next is pacing up at Google's speed and he must match shoulders with other kids who know it all anyway.

Monday, 23 July 2007

bloge raho bollywood...good luck

u know what...its amazing to know that the bollywood actors have blogs to spell out what they feel abt anything...of all things its the best tool to get them heard for the several controversies that media brings to us everyday. again i am a lil biased here. like hairstyles and wardrobe the blogging idea too comes to them after hollywood big names adorned it. but its ok. a good idea is a good idea...dont hav to always invent the wheel to drive the lastest car rt!?

i would like to tell one thing abt bipasha basu and the like femme stars of the world. there r two types of audiences she has to keep in mind...one is the media-minded...who loves to hear all the sarcastic n juicy comments that media tells out...the other who wud criticise u for being famous...the kind who will tell u being a star is ur priority not our business and that "fame comes with a price" either ways ur fans / onlookers are divided...though u want to believe they are devoted to u or the world is full of good people. i think "a thing of beauty is a joy forever"...so thats wr u feature...as a good thing to look at. the people who look at u r not ur family...ur mom or dad to love u forever. so i think celebs should walk out of the bubble to feel the normalcy of life and b unperturbed by the many ways life and people get their wits to test. but i think if u wr a normal person u wud hav never been able to enjoy being a celeb. anyway good blogging attempt. welcome to the world of internet thinkers n writers. u will be read lady ;-)

tday i read john abraham, bipasha, amir khan...a blog each by each of them...among other stars listed by mid-day...who are regular bloggers.

to learn more abt celeb bloggers click here

http://www.mid-day.com/hitlist/2007/july/161286.htm

enjoy!

gandhi and his grandson

who is gandhi and who the hell is his grandson...one is worshipped all over the world for his peaceful revolution that freed india from the british raj while india was being ruled n ruined by foreigners for more than one and a half century of colonialism ...and his grandson...a-not-so-well known indian politician...his only claim to fame is being a parliamentarian and ofcourse being gandhi's grandson. i read this morning a toi news item on gandhi's grandson saying that mahatma gandhi wud hav stud for taliban!? i thought our frail lil man brought us freedom without picking up arms...how can he stand up for an osama anytime!!! rubbish!

the newspaper article said :

""Rajmohan Gandhi said that his grandfather would also have tried to organise "something dramatic", perhaps a mass fast, to show how unhappy most Muslims were that their religion was being linked to terrorism. ""

gandhi was himself a victim of a hindu harliner nathuram godse...from his life and death we know he never wanted religious controversies...he wud hav never stepped-in to solve issues between muslims...he infact let them hav their way when jinha asked for pakistan.

and the junior gandhi known for his 'india now' book on art, music and culinary delights of the country...has no right to hav made that statement to the national daily. he cud hav simply basked the media attention being another peaceful member in the gandhi blood-line... who likes art n music n a lil politics...and shud hav kept shut on current topics of global violence and islam extremism! ok...gandhi was his granddad. but gandhi is our bapu...father of the nation. how cud he draw a line between taliban and gandhi-ism. unbelievable. if gandhi wr alive we would have know it better. i really wonder why media pays attention to all this crap.

Friday, 20 July 2007

ek chidiya...anek chidiya

The classic from Films division:
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Didi ye anek kya hota hai ?
Anek.... anek yani bahut saare....
jaise...

suraj ek...
chanda ek.....
taare anek....

achcha to taroN ko anek bhi kehte hain ?????
nahi nahi !!

dekho phir se batati hooN
suraj ek...
chanda ek.....
taare anek....

ek gilhari, ....
ek aur gilhari......
ek ek ek karke ho gayee ab anek gilhariyaaN...
ek titali, anek titaliyaaN....
ek chidiya.. ek ek anek chidiyaaN......
anek chidiyoN ki kahani sunoge ....
haan sunao...

ek chidiya anek chidiya....
dana chugne baith gayee thi .....
chorus : didi humen bhi sunao.......
phir se suno...
ek chidiya, anek chidiyaN
dana chugne baith gayee thi .....

WahiN ek Syaadh ne jaal bichhaya tha...
Syaadh, Syaadh kya hota hai didi
Syaadh ... chidiya pakadne wala

to phir kya hua, usne chidiyoN ko pakad liya,...
unhe maar diya ......
un..huh...

Himmat se jo jute rahe to bada kaam bhi hove
bhaiya.. bada kaam bhi
hove bhaiya ...
1..2..3.. furrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Chaturrr cidiyaaN sayaani chidiyaaN,
miljul kar, jaal le kar...
Bhaagi chidiyaaN....
furrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

door ek gaaon mein chidiyon ke dost chuhe rahte the....
unhone unka jaal kaat diya.........

dekha ekta mein kitni shakti hai......
didi agar hum ek ho jaayen to kya koi bhi kaam kar
sakte hain
haan haan kyon nahi ...

to kya is ped ke aam bhi tod sakte hain ???
haan magar jugat lagani hogi ...
JUGAT ???


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achchha ye jugat .... wah bada mazaa aayega....
HO GAYE EK ...
BAN GAYEE TAKAT..
BAN GAYEE HIMMAT...
hind desh ke niwasi sabhi jana ek hain, -2
rang-roop vesh-bhaasha chahe anek hain -2

--- repeat...
bela gulab juhi champa chameli..... -2
phool hain anek kintu mala phir ek hai ...-2
ek-anek-ek anek

suraj ek, chanda ek, taare anek,
ek gilhari , anek gilhariyaaN,
ek titli, anek titaliyaaN,
ek chidiyaa , anek chidiyaaN......
are bela gulab juhi champa chameli.. -2
phool hain anek kintu mala phir ek hain.....2

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