Seat belts, over speeding, velocitation, crashes and deaths

Just the other day a leading English newspaper came out with a report quoting a data released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB). It said that road crashes in India claimed 426 lives per day or 18 every hour...

Gurinder is no more; News that never hit the headlines!

“Gurinder is no more you know? He died of gunshot injuries a couple of years back. I was informed about this a few days back when I met a journalist from Punjab,” Shafiq told me. I was aghast. How is it that I misse...

Camera, family album, personal conversation & modern day bravado

Circa 1988: Remember the slow old days when things happened at the speed of an Ambassador car? For today’s generation it may actually sound as though we lived in a “slow motion” age! Among the several valuable posse...

Auto Journalists: Do the new IT rules on freebies include us?

It’s been several months since I accepted a car or bike “review” invitation. Yes, I miss reviewing new cars and bikes. There is no denying that fact. OEMs continue to shower journalists with free air travel, free 5-...

Followers, Views, Likes and the Blue Tick

In the good old days, some of us used to pick up the morning #newspaper to read the latest news, whether it was on #politics, #sports, local development or #business. The more voracious readers amongst us spent thei...

A tribute to Pappu; Tussi great ho!

There are some names that will always be remembered with a lot of fondness. Pappu is one of them. I grew up in a middle-class locality in Delhi and as a young lad, I had lots of friends. They were not just from a ...

Ever been on drugs? Ever quit the habit?

Getting hooked on #narcotics substances can be very dangerous. They destroy lives, minds and souls. The sale and consumption of illegal narcotics are rampant across the globe. The first time I had a narcotic substan...

Auto Journalist or Influencer, or is it two-in-one? Part 3 of 3

Yes, I know auto journalists and the organisations they work for are not rich in the real sense. Auto journalists cannot travel all over the world and drive fancy cars and bikes by spending their own money. No media...

Auto Journalist or Influencer, or is it two-in-one? Part 2 of 3

As a B2C auto journalist, I was exposed to the world of glitz. Almost every car and bike launch, besides first drives and rides, meant free five star stays, free flights, free food and wine and at the end of the d...

JOURNALISTS & PR PROFESSIONALS- PART 9 OF 9

I saw the #socialmedia tsunami coming but could never fathom its intensity. It was around 2004-2005 when platforms like #youtube , #twitter , #facebook , etc were born. Much later #instagram came into being. #tiktok...

JOURNALISTS & PR PROFESSIONALS- PART 8 OF 9

Everybody in the auto journalism world had to adapt to new rules of social media, its charm, its pluses and minuses and its absolute ruthlessness amid the excitement and opportunities it offered.

JOURNALISTS & PR PROFESSIONALS- PART 7 OF 9

A couple of decades back, #journalists were kind of independent when it came to reporting and they never had the management breathing down their necks to get moolah for their organisations. And even if they wanted...

JOURNALISTS & PR PROFESSIONALS- PART 1 OF 9

For more than a decade from the 1980s to 1990s, I was a business journalist working in different newspapers. #Journalists at that time were known for their ethics, self-respect, high moral standards and their vast k...

Print journalism & the internet world

How was it before the internet became popular? Very simple, people read newspapers and magazines, watched the limited news on television and listened to radio. Then came the internet bomb. Why bomb? Because it almos...




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