Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dr. Abdul Kalam's Letter to Every Indian - a MUST read

APJ Abdul Kalam at SpeechWhy is the media here so negative?
Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our achievements?
We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?
We are the first in milk production.
We are number one in Remote sensing satellites.
We are the second largest producer of wheat.
We are the second largest producer of rice.
Look at Dr. Sudarshan , he has transferred the tribal village into a self-sustaining, self-driving unit. There are millions of such achievements but our media is only obsessed in the bad news and failures and disasters.
I was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli newspaper. It was the day after a lot of attacks and bombardments and deaths had taken place. The Hamas had struck. But the front page of the newspaper had the picture of a Jewish gentleman who in five years had transformed his desert into an orchid and a granary. It was this inspiring picture that everyone woke up to. The gory details of killings, bombardments, deaths, were inside in the newspaper, buried among other news.

APJ Abdul Kalam at Speech1In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime.. Why are we so NEGATIVE? Another question: Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? We want foreign T.Vs, we want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology.
Why this obsession with everything imported. Do we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance? I was in Hyderabad giving this lecture, when a 14 year old girl asked me for my autograph. I asked her what her goal in life is. She replied: I want to live in a developed India . For her, you and I will have to build this developed India . You must proclaim. India is not an under-developed nation; it is a highly developed nation.
YOU say that our government is inefficient.
YOU say that our laws are too old.
YOU say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage.
YOU say that the phones don't work, the railways are a joke. The airline is the worst in the world, mails never reach their destination.
YOU say that our country has been fed to the dogs and is the absolute pits.
YOU say, say and say. What do YOU do about it?
Take a person on his way to Singapore . Give him a name - 'YOURS'. Give him a face - 'YOURS'. YOU walk out of the airport and you are at your International best. In Singapore you don't throw cigarette butts on the roads or eat in the stores. YOU are as proud of their Underground links as they are.. You pay $5 (approx. Rs. 60) to drive through Orchard Road (equivalent of Mahim Causeway or Pedder Road) between 5 PM and 8 PM. YOU come back to the parking lot to punch your parking ticket if you have over stayed in a restaurant or a shopping mall irrespective of your status identity… In Singapore you don't say anything, DO YOU? YOU wouldn't dare to eat in public during Ramadan, in Dubai .. YOU would not dare to go out without your head covered in Jeddah.
YOU would not dare to buy an employee of the telephone exchange in London at 10 pounds (Rs.650) a month to, 'see to it that my STD and ISD calls are billed to someone else.'YOU would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington and then tell the traffic cop, 'Jaanta hai main kaun hoon (Do you know who I am?). I am so and so's son. Take your two bucks and get lost.' YOU wouldn't chuck an empty coconut shell anywhere other than the garbage pail on the beaches in Australia and New Zealand ..
Why don't YOU spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo ? Why don't YOU use examination jockeys or buy fake certificates in Boston ??? We are still talking of the same YOU. YOU who can respect and conform to a foreign system in other countries but cannot in your own. You who will throw papers and cigarettes on the road the moment you touch Indian ground. If you can be an involved and appreciative citizen in an alien country, why cannot you be the same here in India ?

APJ Abdul Kalam at Speech2In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done the job. Same in Japan ..
Will the Indian citizen do that here?' He's right. We go to the polls to choose a government and after that forfeit all responsibility.
We sit back wanting to be pampered and expect the government to do everything for us whilst our contribution is totally negative. We expect the government to clean up but we are not going to stop chucking garbage all over the place nor are we going to stop to pick a up a stray piece of paper and throw it in the bin. We expect the railways to provide clean bathrooms but we are not going to learn the proper use of bathrooms.
We want Indian Airlines and Air India to provide the best of food and toiletries but we are not going to stop pilfering at the least opportunity.
This applies even to the staff who is known not to pass on the service to the public.

APJ Abdul Kalam Wings of fireWhen it comes to burning social issues like those related to women, dowry, girl child! and others, we make loud drawing room protestations and continue to do the reverse at home. Our excuse? 'It's the whole system which has to change, how will it matter if I alone forego my sons' rights to a dowry.' So who's going to change the system?
What does a system consist of? Very conveniently for us it consists of our neighbours, other households, other cities, other communities and the government. But definitely not me and YOU. When it comes to us actually making a positive contribution to the system we lock ourselves along with our families into a safe cocoon and look into the distance at countries far away and wait for a Mr.Clean to come along & work miracles for us with a majestic sweep of his hand or we leave the country and run away.
Like lazy cowards hounded by our fears we run to America to bask in their glory and praise their system. When New York becomes insecure we run to England . When England experiences unemployment, we take the next flight out to the Gulf. When the Gulf is war struck, we demand to be rescued and brought home by the Indian government. Everybody is out to abuse and rape the country. Nobody thinks of feeding the system. Our conscience is mortgaged to money.
Dear Indians, The article is highly thought inductive, calls for a great deal of introspection and pricks one's conscience too…. I am echoing J. F. Kennedy's words to his fellow Americans to relate to Indians…..
Lets do what India needs from us.

APJ Abdul Kalam E-MailingForward this mail to each Indian for a change instead of sending Jokes or junk mails.
Thank you,
Dr.. Abdul Kalam

Friday, March 12, 2010

Congratulations Shahrukh Khan... Mr. Khan :-)

Best Wishes to Shahrukh Khan on the victory of Kolkata Knight Riders... allthough i could only catch the last over rendered by Ishant Sharma. Wish you loads of luck Dada (Ganguly)... :-)
The best sight was when Wasim Akram hugged ganguly tightly after the win.
Aisa des hai mera, jaisa des hai tera... CHEERS...

Tuesday, March 2, 2010



Amit Sharma

EDITING is unique amongst the creative arts. At the beginning of cinema, in the end of 1800s, there were writers, actors, directors, producers, set designers, musicians and choreographers all from the stage. Even the use of the new technology 'the motion picture camera' (then) was a straightforward step from stills photography. But there were no editors.


Then one day a gentleman was filming a street scene and the camera jammed, as those handmade machines did quite regularly during those times. After fixing the problem the filmmaker continued to film the street. On developing the film, he discovered that a carriage in the centre of the road seemed to disappear before his very eyes. Much enamored with this trick, he used it to great effect and other filmmakers copied the technique. This was the first known edit.


It was the American, Edwin S. Porter, who created the first cinematic narrative box-office hit The Great Train Robbery. Although scenes were still largely played in long shot as if performed on a stage, the sequences were intercut with each other to enhance
the drama. This is when narrative editing begun.


In Russia young filmmakers such as Vertov, Kuleshov and Eisenstein experimented with editing styles. In a famous experiment, Kuleshov showed how by cutting from a man's face to a bowl of hot food, the emotion of hunger was conveyed to the audience. These two shots had not been filmed at the same time and so through editing, the meaning was created. Now the real magic happened. Kuleshov used a close-up of the same actor and cut it with a pretty girl, showing affection. It was in fact the exact same shot of the actor that the audiences were interpreting as two different performances. Kuleshov had demonstrated that control of film's meaning lies in the control of the edit.


D W Griffith and other pioneers of American Cinema through the 1920s settled into using what is now considered the classical narrative style of filmmaking, in which editing aspires to be invisible to the audience. This style of editing (also known as continuity editing) has become so dominant across the world that to use other styles is seen as radical and even anti-commercial.


A decent video editor working in the television sector of the industry earns around Rs 50,000 to 75,000 per month. The senior level editors in the daily show category earn Rs 8,000 to 13,000 per episode which results into approx. Rs.1.60 lacs to Rs.2.60 lacs per month for one show. There are successful editors in the Television industry in India who are working on 3 to 6 shows at one time, need I calculate more and elaborate?

There are other opportunities in the studios and production houses or the news channels where a good editor earns nothing less than Rs 25,000 to 40,000 per month. It depends on the creative abilities and the time management along with the kind of deals that strikes with the producers/clients.

(The writer is editor of various television series)