2016 Nov 11 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

Donald Trump has won the 2016 US elections. Here are some pieces that will help you make sense of it. 1. Michael Moore’s Trump Will Win: https://goo.gl/EotVyw 2. David Remnick’s An American Tragedy: https://goo.gl/rPnYG9 3. Tim Urban’s It’s Going to be Okay: https://goo.gl/660FpK 4. Michael Moore’s Morning After To-Do list: https://goo.gl/XP0eer

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2015 Dec 09 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

A doodle of Democratic Republic of Congo from Anjan Sundaram’s Book. Earlier this month I quit The Economic Times to start my own media company. A colleague gifted me a book called Stringer: A reporter’s journey in the Congo. I’m a very slow reader but this book is so fascinating and grounded that I read it in about a week. I’m a big fan books authored by journalists. Some of them are legendary (read my listicle of journalists who have become great authors). There is usually a tone of certainty and clarity that makes their writing great. They also…

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2015 Mar 30 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

I’ve been preaching about the skills required for new newsrooms for a while now. They are easy to acquire if you put some effort into it but even the best journalism schools in India can’t teach you most of these skills. Traditional newsroom jobs are dying. Or they are getting a heavy makeover. New kinds of journalism (or rather content) jobs are being created by new companies like Upworthy and Buzzfeed or even old media houses that are trying to come to terms with the Internet. I’ve been meaning to write a more detailed post about what would a typical new newsroom…

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2010 Dec 11 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

Booker prize winner, Aravind Adiga has a nice essay in Mint where he talks about the capital city Delhi. He talks about, his friends advice on how its difficult for you to get laid in Delhi if you don’t have a car (blurb calls it class barrier) and how Delhi told him what he wanted in life.Interesting bits:1. “Champ: everyone wants something.”2. Meeting women in the Capital could happen only in the classic Delhi way: through a scam.3. “New Delhi is full of beautiful, sensitive Sikh women interested in painting and music. And they are stuck with these big hairy…

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2010 Oct 22 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

With great sadness, this blog records the death of A Ayyappan, a Malayalam poet. Perhaps the last of the bohemians that wandered Kerala’s soil and perhaps the last remaining icon of anarchism. His body was found abandoned in the streets of Thampanoor, Trivandrum on October 21 2010. He was on his way to Chennai to accept the Asan Puraskaram (the highest literary award in Malayalam) on October 23.Through the poem in the video below, he had a message to deliver– to those who would carry his funeral casket to the grave.

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2010 Aug 13 By jayadevanpk 2 comment

Hey guys,This piece I wrote sometime back came in Discover India’s last issue. Thanks to Anushree Basu. Hope you like it. On a fine Friday at two in the afternoon,in the month of June. Just before sitting down to write this, I was staring out of the window. There is green all around me and the weather is playing… ‘the weather’. Like the whole vastness around me is conspiring to make me believe that this is where I want to stay put. For a long, long time. But that’s a different story which merits more time and space. For now,…

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2010 May 25 By jayadevanpk 1 comment

An old and unforgettable friend introduced Dylan’s music to me. He even gifted me a disc- The best of Bob Dylan back in 1999, but Bob Dylan goes way back to the ‘60’s. On 19th March, 1962 Columbia records released the first album by a novel artist- Bob Dylan and now he is universally recognized as one of the most powerful original artists of our times. County music has never seen so much light before. Music lovers have never had enough of the deep throbbing nasal voice and the deeper lyrics- not even 5 decades later.  Yesterday was his birthday (May…

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2010 Apr 22 By jayadevanpk 94 comment

Almost 25 years after Malgudi Days– an all time favorite and classic Indian television series based on the works of legendary writer RK Narayan was shot– Photographer Aniruddha Chowdhury revisits Agumbe, a quaint village in Karnataka, where most parts of the serial were shot. Agumbe is a village located in the Shimoga district in the state of Karnataka. Lying in the Thirthahalli taluk and the Malnad region, Agumbe is among the places in India that get a lot of rain. It’s also called “Cherapunji of the South”. Agumbe is where 85 year old Panduranga Pandit (In Pic above) runs his…

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2010 Feb 10 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

I’m sure you all know about the recent Chinese hack attack on Google. It was subsequently reported/ written that the US Government Inadvertently Helped Chinese Hack Google. Here is some background: American technology columnist and broadcaster John C Dvorak has this on his blog: In order to comply with government search warrants on user data, Google created a backdoor access system into Gmail accounts. This feature is what the Chinese hackers exploited to gain access. Google’s system isn’t unique. Democratic governments around the world — in Sweden, Canada and the UK, for example — are rushing to pass laws giving…

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