Cross posted at chupchap

Embarrassed by the non-ability of journalists to hit a non-moving objects — on multiple occasions now — with a shoe, even from close ranges, International Journalists Assosication have decided to include shoe-throwing as part of the syllabus in all journalism courses. They will instruct all universities to make this change considering the crisis journalists around the world are going through.

Jason Pillai, Secretary of the Association blamed the situation on the lack of exciting stuff for media to report about. “At times journos are forced to pull off such stunts, because the world we live in, is not as exciting as it used to be. There is no Hitler, no more World wars, for god’s sake they even killed Saddam Hussain. The Bin Laden tapes don’t get as many TRPs as it used to –- Pakistan being an exception — and bomb blasts have become as common as price-rise in India. No one gives a damn about those things any longer.”

At this point chupchap was forced to remind him that he was going off the mark and that the actual issue was about this journo who missed the mark at such a short distance. Jason Pillai nodded his head and said that the new subject on Shoe-throwing will be 90% practical and 10% based on exams. “Journalists will receive training by the respective military – from Taliban for journos in NWFP Pakistan. By the need of the course they should be able to hit the ‘target’ from range of 50 yards.”

In the written exams they will have questions pertaining to the history of such practice and a five page essay of the founder of the trend among others.

He also said that the association will contact Oxford dictionary to change the spelling of shooed away to shoed away considering the relevance of the latter.

PS: Aw crap, looks like someone already thought about the idea before me! Grrr

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Face to Face with Samvartha: http://staloysiuscollege.wordpress.com/2009/03/18/face-to-face-with-samvartha/

An interview with Mr. B A Samvartha: http://staloysiuscollege.wordpress.com/2009/03/17/an-interview-with-ba-samvartha/

Attack on Democracy

March 12, 2009

Please read this. This is from the blog of the HOD of the Department of Communication/Journalism of St.Aloysius College, Mangalore.

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11 Mar. Activists of Bajrang Dal today threatened a journalist of The Hindu, giving him a life threat if he did not “side” with them.

This morning, Mr Samvartha -journalist with The Hindu- was travelling by bus to Mangalore. As he came to the Bunts Hostel, he saw massive decorations of Hindu Samajotsava -saffron flags. There was terrible traffic jam during office hours due to the bajrang dal tamasha. The bajrang dal activists stopped every bus and troubled them. Samvartha got down from the bus and tried inquiring about this (with the permission of his office). And then came the bajrang dal activists – they confronted him. They threatened him saying, if he wanted to live and work in Mangalore, he had to be WITH THEM. Else they would break his legs!

The newspaper has filed a complaint with the poilce.

This is intimidation and black mailing. Such unconstitutional and cowardly acts should stop. There has been a hate campaign against those who profess and live democratic/ constitutional values. Electorate must realise and punish such anti social/ anti-constitutional forces.

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Mr.Samvartha who has been mentioned in this blog is an ex-MIC’ian from the 2005-2007 MS Communication batch. He had a short stint at MIC as a lecturer and currently works as a journalist with The Hindu, Mangalore

Happy Holi

March 10, 2009

Team MIC’giri would like to wish all it’s readers a very happy holi. Have a great one and use only Organic Colours.

Team MIC’giri

Loyola Fest

March 10, 2009

Got this mail from some one. seems interesting. check it out.

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Loyola College Chennai presents, Reelive Awards 2009!!! We invite media students from around the country to compete with their contemporaries in getting their work recognized by each other as well as professionals from the industry. You are invited to submit entries in [b] the Video, Print and Audio Media (such as documentaries, short films, music videos, television commercials, public service advertisements, print advertisements, radio commercials, photo features)[/b] Entries should reach us by[u] March 10th, 2009.[/u] An expert panel of judges will shortlist the entries and the best entries will be awarded on [b]March 21st 2009[/b] with cash prizes! Interested students can scrap me their e-mail addresses, and I shall send the Rules and Regulations and the Registration form. To support us, join the community http://www.orkut.co.in/Main#Community.aspx?cmm=58872554 Thank you. 🙂 This message was sent to you by Anusha Booboo. To see Anusha’s profile click: http://www.orkut.co.in/Profile.aspx?uid=17402335165751409314&mt=1

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Kala Manch ka Tiatr

March 9, 2009

Tiatr, in Konkani, means, theater.. Kala Manch wanted a new event that would involve MICians in theatrical art, so Tiatr was started.. The basic idea behind the event was to give new actors a stage, a platform and the jazz. Last semester was the first edition of Tiatr.. Participation was decent.. But the inauguration was kick-ass.. There were drums and a shankh.. MVK was asked to break a coconut to start the event.. You see, going back to our events.. MVK must ‘ve been happy by all this for sure!

Anyway, Tiatr comprised of:
-One Act Play
-Mad Ads
-Mime
-Mimicry
-Street Play

Now we shall come to the new edition of Tiatr that happened this semester.

The event didn’t have One Act play because Tiatr was scheduled for 4th March. This happened soon after A19 so time was too little for people to come up with One Act plays. Kala Manch didn’t get any participation calls. Sad huh? The MIC lazy-ness had caught on again..

Now what to do? No participation? The organizers start participating. The event is postponed for a day. Street Play had two teams showing up. The teams did a decent job though. I must tell you that this edition for Tiatr is also an audition for Utsav! Ummm well, whatever.. Now after this, mimicry had to happen.. That didn’t happen either.. Why? Yes, you guessed it.. MIC lazy-ness!

Then came day 2.. Mime didn’t have any participants because people didn’t know what mime is apparently.. So the organizers decided to show the people what mime is about.. The president Mister Jacob who has just risen from throat ki bimaari agreed to help the organizers.. Sweet boy, I say.. He made some dhik-chik sounds with his still painful throat.. The rest of the actors did a wow job as usual.. After this Mad Ads happened.. Non-stop non sense as always.. Full on fun! One out of the three teams backed out.. But the two teams did a good job anyway so cover up happened.. Our Kodali was the man-of-the-match according to me in this edition of Tiatr.. He participated in Street Play, Mime and Mad Ads.. He is becoming a super star I say!

Kala Manch is now international I must inform.. The president of Kala Manch is a Nepali boy called Prashit and the first lady of the club is Arya who is also from Nepal..

Pssst.. Another secret I shall share.. You know before the event, the Kala Manch banner was being painted in the lobby.. And there was a tiny paint stain on the floor.. A very big deal was made out of it by the new guy on the block.. What yaa! Whatever happened to the chilled out atmosphere of MIC! The new guy on the block was later seen laughing at the happy scenes in Mad Ads and Mime.. He openly appreciated Street Play too.. This is just FYI, implication is left to you..

Anyway, Tiatr is an event that shall happen every semester, so we ‘ll see how-it-goes next time..

For now, Kala Manch is busy with the upcoming productions.. One is called Blackadder, based on a popular British TV series by Rowan Atkinson.. The other is Scandal in Fairyland by Badal Sircar, a take on sensationalism in news through a fairytale story.. It all seems super exciting!

So Kala Manch is alive and kickin’!

-Ami