Treasure hunting is not for the faint hearted. Members of the fourth estate realised this bitter truth during excavations taken up at Vidyaranya School campus. While the Archaeology officials had enough patience, press persons were quite fed up with long hours of waiting.
On several occasions, many lost cool even as archaeology officials were engrossed in excavation work. A large number of media persons kept pestering the hapless officials to disclose the exact location of the ‘treasure trove' and the details of the fortune. Everybody was disappointed, as officials tried their best to parry questions. In the end, on Monday, when the excavation works were called off, albeit temporarily, everybody, including the authorities, heaved a sigh of relief.
Do's and don'ts for media persons
It appears that organisers and event managers have now come up with new ways to deal with media persons to avoid any inconvenience to audience and performers.
Extending invitations to media persons to cover different events, organisers are listing out do's and don'ts' requesting the shutterbugs not to use flash as far as possible.
They are also asking video journalists to shoot only three to five minutes for news purpose without causing inconvenience to performers and audience. Anybody shooting beyond the permissible limit will be asked to stop. “Please let this be known to video journalists. We are requesting journalists from vernacular news channels not to bring their drivers inside,” an invite said. So, the lens men are expected just to shoot and scoot.
No qualms in violating rules
When everyone stands patiently in a queue, who would brazenly walk past it without any compunction? Either it must be a totally uncivilised person or an alien who is not accustomed to social ethos and mores, you would say!
There was this senior Minister, who along with his entire hangers-on, escorted by a senior police officer, walked through the way meant for women at the airport in Visakhapatnam, while nearly a hundred passengers waiting in the queue watched incredulously. “We pay their salaries and perks! And why should they get this preferential treatment?” was the question none could answer. Now, should we classify this Minister not the category of ‘uncivilised' or as an ‘alien'? Even if we do, does it matter?
Beware marathon speeches
It was a book launch programme and experts from different fields were invited to speak about the book and the writer.
And like many people, who deliver marathon lectures the moment they get the mike, a couple of experts at this function too could not keep their lectures short.
Interestingly, speakers informed the audience prior to their speeches that they would not speak much and would not take much of their time. However, having said that, a few speakers delivered marathon lectures.
The moral of the story is that when you attend any function and speakers announce that they would not take much time then brace up for a lengthy speech.
For news and ‘valima'?
The other day Haj House was abuzz with activity. There were important board meetings in progress at Wakf Board and Haj Committee. Naturally presspersons hung around for news.
A perplexed Haj committee executive officer S.A. Shukoor told the scribes that the big news was on the first floor, where the Wakf Board is situated.
“Yes we know there is ‘nikah' there and ‘valima' here,” a reporter remarked. At this Mr. Shukoor shot back.
“But this ‘valima' is only with chai-pani”.
M. SAI GOPAL, M. SRINIVAS, K. SRINIVAS REDDY, S. SANDEEP KUMAR AND J.S. IFTHEKHAR