Friday, April 27, 2007

Top news from India: April 2007

Top News:

  • A1 and A2 to get married (A1 allegedly for the fourth time)
  • A1 and A2 get married
  • A1 and A2 blink

Economic News:
  • A1 and A2 get married (A1 allegedly for the fourth time)
  • Indian economy reaches $1 trillion mark
  • Monetary policy announced

Political News:
Lalu making mockery of himself: Nitish
Rahul Gandhi, son of Sonia Gandhi, gransdson of Indira Gandhi and brother of Priyanka Vadra puts foot in mouth (again)
Serious issues emerge with respect to higher education

Entertainment News:
A1 and A2 ......

World News from Indian media:
Gere sorry, Shetty consulting Martha Stewart on the economic value of incarceration
A1 and A2 leave for honeymoon (for the first time)

Top events in India:
Indian media holds workshop on how to report on a private wedding
Big B book launch "How to use the media and then blame it"; venue Press Club; no media please

Newsflash: (allegedly, exclusive rights to this story were sought by media outlets at an unknown price)

Indian man and Indian woman got married; both families were present; close friends and relatives were invited; religious rites were performed and there was chaos all around; bride and groom were dressed in traditional (but unusually tasteless) garb and looked somewhat exhausted throughout the ceremony.


ishani said...

I'm glad that Ananya posted this, since I was myself very keen on posting something on this event. But that wouldn't be half as good as this. But I want to make out a case for Indian media. Being part of media myself, I can't really blame my colleagues for hanging out there hoping desperately to find something to report on. The two 'A's in question did tons of media during a large number of visits to various temples in the run up to the wedding...and even afterwards. So do we conclude that while celebrities' wedding are intensely (!) private affairs their religious practices needs to be out in the open for all & sundry and media? The family in question visits temples along with their good friends (well known politicians and businessmen)and media is invited, but the wedding becomes strictly private and a few press photographers are even roughed up! The lines between private and public spaces seem pretty blurred to me. I've covered another high profile wedding as a reporter last year - that of Vikram Chatwal in Delhi. That wedding too was high profile with steel tycoon LN Mittal and President Bill Clinton among the guests. And believe me, despite the huge challenge of reporting on a wedding for a business newspaper -I did manage to have fun. After, all private or public or whatever, a wedding is a wedding - and balle, balle to that!

Anonymous said...

I just so wish the media would call their bluff on the respect for privacy and ignore them. That would teach a lesson to all our celebrities who manipulate the media hype and the lucrative world of sponsorships - and most of all the public. There is no doubt that the media is intrusive in cases like this, but something about this call for privacy did not ring true, at least to me.. I agree with the author's description here and as far as I know lot of people in Mumbai (where I live) got thoroughly sick of this whole affair.

Anonymous said...

The 'privacy' of the Public in Mumbai - now that's an interesting idea and thought! Definitely, the Mumbai public has a right to their privacy from such celebrity weddings. On a different note, besides being terribly auspicious etc, didn't the wedding dates and the run-up to the wedding dates happily coincide with elections in a certain Indian state?

Subha said...

Views of the young man who delivers my newspapers (in a fairly upperclass neighbourhood in Delhi):

"This is a very normal Indian arranged marriage - only the bride and groom arranged it themelves. The groom looked for beauty and money, the bride looked for family name and status and money. They know that love marriages only happen in movies".

ishani said...

That kind of sums it up really well!

Ramesh said...

I thought I will report a story. I study journalism and was asked to take 'the pulse of the masses' re:this event. I asked our driver who said I was wasting my time. There is nothing to write about here - if the groom married a dark-complexioned girl from a poor family without any dowry then it would be a story. He asked me to go back to college and "start studying"!