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A Wednesday & Mumbai Meri Jaan

Pushkar Sane Sunday, 7th September, 2008 Tags: , , , , , , , , , Life No comments

Had a good weekend – felt even better because it came after a stressful & long week. Stress & Pressure taken for really not so important things in life. Both Bashuli & I are movie buffs but our record over last 4-5 months is nothing to write about. So this weekend we decided to catch up on movies… and we were damn lucky to see two movies made around similar themes but with totally different messages & treatment.

‘A Wednesday’ touched my heart – it is an uncommon story of a common man. And the beauty is that you don’t know till the very end that it is all about a common man. It is all about how a common man creating a plot to fight terrorism & get rid of anti-social elements. It demonstrated the power of one and actually ridiculed the general attitude of ‘Why bother when its not your direct problem’. As always Naseeruddin Shah & Anupam Kher lived up to their reputation.

‘Mumbai Meri Jaan’ was more tragic and captured the impact of 11 July 2006 bomb blasts in Mumbai Local Trains. I lived in Mumbai for 6 years and travelled extensively through its public transport. I was terrified & sad when the blasts took place a couple of years ago as I have many friends in Mumbai who do travel by public transport. The movie was effective in putting forward different stories, different point of views and different fears & traumas. Paresh Rawal did a fantastic job.

Both the movies aptly exposed the senseless Indian News Industry – specifically TV news. With all due respect to my friend in Indian News Industry – NEWS on Indian TV channels is nothing but a mockery of Human Life. TV reporters & cameras asking really insensitive & stupid questions to the victims (or relatives of victims) of tragic accidents.

Being part of advertising industry I felt responsible for the mockery on Indian News Channels because the we support these channels by means of advertising money & keeping them in business. I think somewhere we’re (as an industry) rubbing salt on peoples’ wounds by putting our ads on these channels to get the eyeballs. What we don’t realise is that we get the eyeballs but they’ve watery. We can collectively stop this mockery – what if the industry decides to boycott ads on TV News Channels unless they get rid of stupidity & deliver some responsible NEWS.

I salute to all the brave people of Mumbai & India who put behind these tragic incidents & keep moving on.


Pushkar Sane Thursday, 28th August, 2008 Tags: , , , , , , , Life, Observations, Technology No comments

I have more than 680 Facends. But what the hell is a Facend? Simply put – its Facebook Friend.

Thanx to social networking sites like Facebook or Orkut or MySpace – meaning of the word Friend has changed forever. In good old days Friendship was all about knowing people, understanding them, be there for them when the chips were down, share a laugh/joke, and finally accept friends just the way they are. There was not false pretence between real friends. Actually Facebook started as a network for Friends but now it has become free for all. There are many acquaintances on Social Networks rather than friends. Sometimes people send invitations to connect & it almost becomes very difficult to turn them down. So its almost like trespassers on Facebook are made friends and hence I call them Facends.

As a result we can’t speak our minds openly and we all pretend (of course there are exceptions).

I’m genuinely thinking of a Network that is ONLY for FRIENDS rather than FACENDS.