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

Will be there!

February 19, 2009

I thought I would never blog here again; mainly because I had ran out of topics to blog about. (Mallus call it “blogger’s blogg” while everyone else on earth calls it “Blogger’s block” ehm…) Not that I ran out of memories about Manipal, but every attempted-post sounded like the previous one. Just a rant which may mean nothing for anyone else.

So I handed over the house keys to others who were still bunking classes and having tea at press cart. Well nice to see this blog being active again and kudos to elvingiri for the same.

So what is it that got me back to this site? It’s not just the one post a day promise which Elvin made, but also the fact that I will be going to Manipal in a few days, for article-19! Awesome no? Okay may be you hate me and  must be wondering about what’s so awesome about me coming.. Well nothing, it’s just great for me. I have been longing to come to Manipal again after convocation. The wait has ben long, but I am sure it will be worth it. 🙂

I will be speaking at MMSC as well on how newspapers have ben hit by recession and changes NPs are undergoing to survive in the chamnging times. Now, that’s something I am nervous about. I always sucked at presentations. Also, I remember all the ‘looks’ I got from Kinnary mam for mumbling while on stage (presentation skills class). She kept saying excuse-me, in an attempt to get something legible out of me. Thank god, the phrase #FAIL wasn’t so popular then, because I totally failed at communicating! I caught a cold yesterday and that’s not going a big help either.

Anyway see you folks soon (those who will be at MIC that is), Elvin has promised me free accomodation and is anyone staying at 9/10 MIT block? I really really want to have breakfast at annapoorna mess! plssss.. pretty plssss?