WHAT LOCKDOWN TAUGHT ME?

Lockdown is the most popular word of the year 2020. I don’t remember whether I have heard this word before the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone has learnt something or the other in this quarantine period.

I saw social media flooded with pictures of people cooking, baking and making the Dalgona coffee. I did not know much about cooking before, but now I can guarantee that I can cook a basic delicious meal for my family.

Below are the top 5 life-valuable lessons that lockdown taught me:

1) Jobs are temporary, skills are not

The lockdown took a heavy toll on every sector in one way or the other. Many people lost their jobs or sent on unpaid leaves. Well, I landed a new job ten days before the lockdown and was then sent on indefinite leave. It was very frustrating to sit idle at home all day long. Then I thought of utilizing the home-quarantine period. I switched to freelancing and blogging. This way I kept myself busy and learnt new things too.

2) Appreciating the little things in life

I realised in this lockdown that we take little things in our lives for granted. Like going out, shopping, meeting friends, watching movies in theatres and ability to roam around in the market. We fail to appreciate the minute things that keep us grounded.

 

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3) Respecting the nature

Several news reports established the fact that nature is healing because of the lockdown. Nature has its way of balancing things. We humans in the name of so-called development have caused destruction. I hope we all learnt to cherish all the wonderful things that nature has gifted us. We should take this as a lesson before it’s too late.

4) Living life with limited resources

We can still be alive if we do not eat outside food, go out to watch movies or spend a truckload of money on shopping. I learnt that we can live without spending on materialistic things. We can spend our lives with limited resources also.

5) Importance of cleanliness

It is hard to believe that it took us a virus to teach us simple hygiene and basic manners. Like covering mouth while sneezing, washing hands before meals, etc. I hope that we will keep on practising cleanliness for a long time to come.

So, lockdown has taught us valuable life-lessons which will always remain as a treasure with us.

POEM- SHE

She wakes up at five in the morning.

She does dusting, sweeping and mopping

She makes breakfast for her kids and darling

She goes to leave her kids at the bus stop

Thinking about the rest of work at home

She packs tasty lunch for her hubby

And bids him goodbye.

 

She sits on a chair

Takes a sigh of relief

Suddenly phone rings

Maid says I can’t come today, its raining

She rushes to the kitchen

And washes utensils with vim!

 

She sits on a chair

Takes a sigh of relief

Suddenly remembers

Oh, No!

I have to wash the clothes

She rushes to the washing machine

Cleans and dries them in the sunshine.

 

She sits on a chair

Takes a sigh of relief

Suddenly remembers

Its 1:00 p.m.

Children are about to come

Washes and chops vegetables

Lunch done with children.

 

She sits on a chair

Takes a sigh of relief

Suddenly remembers

Oh, No!

Utensils are again dirty

Goes and washes them with tired hands.

 

Now, its homework time

She helps her kids complete schoolwork and learn rhyme

Then, goes out to buy veggies for home

Comes back and prepares the whole dinner alone

Husband comes back home and asks her:

“What did you do all day long?”

“Nothing,”

She, a proud housewife replied.

 

 

 

 

WHY DO I LOVE TO WRITE?

Those who know me are well aware that I have a knack for writing. Sometimes, I ask myself why I love writing so much. In this blog post, I would tell the reason behind my habit of putting everything into words.

WHEN DID I START WRITING?

As long as I can remember, my interest in writing developed at a very little age. I remember when I was in second class and wrote a skit on “Importance of trees.” I enacted the play with my other classmates on the stage and it was well-praised. Next, I could remember composing poems in a diary when I was in sixth class. In tenth class, I started writing skits for the morning assembly. I always used to get good marks in both English and Hindi. Now, don’t ask me about my Maths marks.

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I TOOK UP WRITING AS A CAREER

I always wanted to make a career in writing. Do something related to writing. So I took up Journalism and Mass Communication, despite being from a science background. And of course not to mention the resistance from some aunties!

WHAT WRITING MEANS TO ME?

  • Writing is more than a form of expression for me. It helps me to pour my heart out. It works as a route of escapism for me when I feel sad or depressed at times. Sometimes, when I read my old write-ups, I could not believe that I have written them.
  • Writing gives me a different kind of peace and solace that no other activity in this world can. I write what I feel and observe around me. I write for others. I write for myself. I write for the sake of writing. I write because I feel good and elated when I am juggling with words.

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  • Writing takes me into a new world where there are only two players- me and my words. I write for fun. I write to earn. I write to learn. I never get tired of writing because that is my passion.
  • Writing helps me to connect with the outer world. Writing is my therapy. It is a stress reliever for me. I never fall short of words because of my habit of writing. So, it has played a major role in improving my communication skills.

I am now so addicted to writing that whichever day I don’t write anything, I feel a bit awkward. As if I have missed an important part of my routine like bathing or brushing. I don’t consider myself a perfect writer. But I will keep on writing always!

काला, गोरा या इंसान?

मिन्नेसोटा में जॉर्ज फ्लॉयड नामक अश्वेत शख्स की घटना के बारे में अब तक आपको मालूम पड़ ही गया होगा। श्वेत पुलिस अधिकारी द्वारा फ्लॉयड की गर्दन को घुटने से दबाए जाने का वीडियो वायरल होने के बाद अमेरिका समेत पूरी दुनिया में आक्रोश है। वीडियो में फ्लॉयड पुलिस अधिकारी से यह कहते दिखता है कि वह सांस नहीं ले पा रहा। पुलिस अधिकारी इसके बावजूद अपना घुटना उसकी गर्दन से नहीं हटाता और धीरे-धीरे फ्लॉयड की सांस थम जाती है और वह हिलना-डुलना बंद कर देता है। सोशल मीडिया पर भी नस्लवाद या यूं कहे काले-गोरे के भेदभाव को लेकर जंग छिड़ी हुई है। भारत में भी कई बड़े अभिनेता, राजनेता और आम जन ने इस मामले पर अपनी आवाज उठाई है। अच्छी बात है। लेकिन अमेरिका में हो रहे भेदभाव पर विचार रखने से पहले अपने गिरेबान में भी झांककर देख लेना जरूरी है।

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भारत में आज भी सांवले रंग को लेकर जो हीन-भावना है उससे हम मुंह नहीं मोड़ सकते है। यह सब जन्म के समय से ही शुरू हो जाता है। ज्यादातर लोग चाहते हैं कि उनका बच्चा गोरा हो। कई बार मां-बाप और रिश्तेदार भी बच्चे में इस हीन-भावना का कारण बन जाते है। सांवला होना आप के शादी के प्रस्ताव को भी प्रभावित करता है, और अगर आप एक महिला हैं तो यह आपको और ज्यादा प्रभावित करता है। पुरुष सांवली महिलाओं को पसंद नहीं करते तो महिलाओं को अलग-अलग फेयरनेस क्रीम के इस्तेमाल करने के लिए प्रोत्साहित किया जाता है। याद करिए शायद आपने भी कभी-न-कभी तो किसी सांवले लड़के या लड़की को ब्लैक-ब्यूटी या चॉकलेट कहकर चिढ़ाया होगा। आपने तो मजाक में बोल दिया। लेकिन आपके ये कमेंट्स उस व्यक्ति के दिल में हमेशा के लिए एक गहरा निशान छोड़ जाते है। उसका आत्मविश्वास धीरे-धीरे कम होने लगता है।

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एक तरफ हम अश्वेत जॉर्ज फ्लॉयड की मृत्यु पर शोक मना रहे है, लेकिन दूसरी ओर अंदर ही अंदर हर कोई गोरेपन को ही सुंदरता का पर्याय मानता है। गोरेपन का जादू इस कदर हम सब पर हावी है कि इसका प्रचार-प्रसार फिल्म, विज्ञापन और टीवी सीरियल्स में भी किया जाता है। जो अभिनेत्रियां खुद फेयरनेस क्रीम्स का प्रचार करती है, आज वे ट्विटर पर #blacklivesmatter पोस्ट कर रही हैं।

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THREE WONDERFUL YEARS OF BJMC

 

8 August 2017. I still remember my first day to college. How excited I was! And why not. I had got enrolled in a course of my choice. BJMC or Bachelors of Journalism and Mass Communication. Some also call it as BMM or Bachelor of Mass Media.

Well, when I decided to pursue this course, I had a misconception that this course can only make you an anchor or a reporter. But sooner, I realized that this single degree can open the doors to a plethora of job opportunities. Print, TV, Radio, Digital Marketing, and Advertising, Public Relations, Photography, Films and the list goes on.

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The first year basically focused on all aspects of print media. The fact cannot be ignored that print is the base of all kinds of journalism. In the first year, we were taught subjects like Print Journalism, Media Laws and Ethics, Writing Skills, Sports Journalism, Health Communication, etc. I learnt concepts like 5W’s+1H, inverted pyramid style and many others. Another interesting subject was Still Photography, which seemed boring to me initially, since I was more inclined towards writing. We were given loads and loads of assignments- making a photobook, creating a photo feature on a specific topic, a still audio-visual production and so on. Various Photowalk trips were organized by our esteemed college to places like Bookfair at Pragati Maidan, Delhi Zoological Park, Surajkund Mela, Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Tughlaqabad Fort. Slowly and slowly, I developed a lot of interest in photography after doing so many assignments and bought a DSLR Camera. At the end of first year of journalism, I interned at Millennium Post, an English newspaper and India news Rajasthan, a Hindi news channel which helped me to gain a lot of practical knowledge.

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Then began the second year of the course. It was the year I was waiting for. The reason behind it being that the second year of BJMC included subjects of my interest- Television and Radio. The assignments like recording a news bulletin with/without a teleprompter, radio discussion, radio feature and drama, making TV documentaries were both fun and informative. Also, we studied Public Relations and Advertising. The related assignments were making a PR campaign for a product and creating an advertisement of our own. Another subject was Basics of Camera, Lights and Sound. We were loaded with assignments like making short films, music videos, etc. At the end of second year, I interned with JK 24X7 News, a Hindi news channel for 3 months.

The last and final year began which had subjects like Digital Media Marketing, New Media, Event Management, Film Appreciation, Media Research, and Environment Communication. We had to conduct research on a topic related to media, organize an event at our own level, and create a website using HTML including many other projects.

Let me tell you one more thing. When you are a BJMC student, you had to listen to typical things like-

  • BJMC kya hota hai?
  • Beta, TV par kab aaoge?
  • BJMC me toh padai hoti nahi hogi itni!
  • Tere pas DSLR toh hoga hi?

Well, BJMC is a practical-oriented course, which focuses less on theory and more on assignments. This course has helped me to flourish my skills and broaden my horizon. Moreover, it helped me to become a good human being! And I had wonderful three years of life studying the nuances of journalism.

पलायन का दर्द

 

इस समय भारत ही नहीं बल्कि पूरा विश्व कोरोना वायरस जैसी महामारी से जूझ रहा है। कोरोना वायरस के बढ़ते कहर को रोकने के लिए भारत में लॉकडाउन जारी है। ये महामारी सब पर भारी पड़ी है, लेकिन सबसे ज्यादा जो लोग प्रभावित हुए है वे हैं हमारे गरीब मजदूर। तालाबंदी के चलते दिहाड़ी मजदूरों पर मुसीबतों का पहाड़ टूट पड़ा है। कहां मजदूरी करने जाएं, कहां रेहड़ी आदि लगाए। फैक्ट्रियां बंद हैं, बाजार बंद हैं। हर रोज कमाने और खाने वाली इस बिरादरी के पास राशन खत्म हो रहा है। आए-दिन आप भी टेलीवीजन, सोशल मीडिया और अखबारों के जरिए इन मजबूर मजदूरों की आपबीती सुनते और देखते होंगे। आपका दिल भी कुछ मेरी ही तरह कचोट खाता होगा। आखिर आप भी तो ‘इंसान’ ही हैं।

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‘सपनों के शहर’ को छोड़कर सैकड़ों मीलों की दूरी तय करना। कोई ट्रक में छिपकर जा रहा है, कोई ठेले पर, तो कोई ई-रिक्शा पर। कोई साधन नहीं मिला, तो पैदल ही निकल गए। इस चिलचिलाती धूप में न तो खाने को अन्न है, न ही पीने को पानी, बस उम्मीद है जल्द से जल्द अपने गांव पहुंचने की। और क्यों न हो, इस समय हर कोई अपने परिवारवालों के साथ महफूज रहना चाहता है। सालों पहले आंखों में अपने अच्छे भविष्य के सपने लेकर, कुछ पैसे कमाने की चाह लेकर जिस महानगर में काम-धंधा ढूंढने आए थे, अब वहीं से ये लाखों मजदूर पलायन करने को मजबूर हो रहे हैं। ये आपकी और मेरी तरह नहीं है। ये वो लोग है जो दिन में 500 रुपए कमाते है। 200 का खाते है और 300 बचाते है। लॉकडाउन हुआ, काम-धंधा सब चौपट हो गया। खाने-पीने के लाले पड़ गए। मकान मालिक ने घर से बाहर निकाल दिया। अब क्या करते शहर में रहकर। इसलिए सोचा अपने गृह-राज्य निकल पड़ते है। तो ‘आत्मनिर्भर’ होकर निकल पड़े। कंधों पर जरूरी सामान का बोझ औऱ साथ में छोटे-छोटे बच्चे। जब मीडिया ने बेबस मजदूरों के हालातों को दिखाया, तब सरकार और प्रशासन की नींद टूटी। फिर सरकार ने बस सेवा चलाने के इंतजाम किए। अब तो श्रमिक ट्रेन भी लगातार मजदूरों के लिए चलाई जा रही हैं। लेकिन इसके बावजूद मजदूर पैदल घर वापसी के लिए मजबूर हैं। अगर सरकार के दावों में दम है, तो मजदूरों का दर्द कम होने का नाम क्यों नहीं ले रहा हैं। दरअसल, मजदूरों की संख्या इतनी ज्यादा हैं और उस हिसाब से ट्रेनों की संख्या बहुत कम। बाकि परेशानी रेलवे की वेबसाइट ने बढ़ा रखी है, जिससे मजदूरों को रजिस्ट्रेशन करने में भी दिक्कत आ रही हैं।

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कई अपने घरों तक सुरक्षित पहुंच गए, जो कि खुशी की बात है, चाहे सरकार की मदद से पहुंचे हो या ‘आत्मनिर्भर’ होकर। लेकिन देश के अलग-अलग हिस्सों से आ रही खबरों को भी नजरअंदाज नहीं किया जा सकता है, जिसमें कई मजदूर सड़क पर चलते या सोते हुए कुचल दिए गए हो या भूखे पेट पैदल चलते-चलते ही मर गए हो। हाल ही में महाराष्ट्र के औरंगाबाद से दिल-दहलाने वाला हादसा सामने आया था, जिसमें पटरी पर सो रहे 16 प्रवासी मजदूरों को ‘मौत’ की ट्रेन ने कुचल दिया था। वहीं अब सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने मामले में बड़ी ही ‘संवेदनशीलता’ दिखाई है। सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने टिप्पणी करते हुए कहा है कि पैदल चलने वालों को कैसे रोक सकते हैं। कोई ट्रैक पर सो जाए तो क्या कर सकते है। सरकार ने भी अपना पक्ष रखते हुए कहा कि सबके लिए इंतजाम किए जा रहे हैं। लेकिन लोग अपनी बारी का इंतजार नहीं कर रहे हैं। सही बात है। तालाबंदी को 2 महीने होने वाले है। राशन खत्म हो गया है। काम नहीं मिल रहा है। पैसे खत्म हो गए है। लेकिन मजदूरों को अभी भी सब्र रखना चाहिए क्योंकि सरकार इंतजाम तो कर ही रही हैं। इतने इंतजाम है कि जान जोखिम में डालकर ये श्रमिक कोरोना का खतरा होने के बावजूद परिवार संग झुंड में लंबा सफर तय करने को तैयार हो गए हैं।

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पहला सवाल यह खड़ा होता है कि ऐसी समस्या उत्पन्न हुई ही क्यों? क्या जब सरकार ने तालाबंदी करने का फैसला किया था, तब उसके परिणामों पर विचार-विमर्श करना आवश्यक नहीं था?  क्या सरकार को मजदूर, पटरी वाले, रिक्शा चालक जैसे लोगों की याद नहीं आईं थीं, जो प्रतिदिन कमाकर खाते हैं? केवल चार घंटे पहले बता दिया कि 21 दिनों का लॉकडाउन होने वाला हैं। क्या सभी राज्य सरकारों को मिलकर अपने-अपने राज्यों में काम कर रहे प्रवासी मजदूरों की लिस्ट नहीं बनानी चाहिए थी? क्या नहीं सोचना चाहिए था कि तालाबंदी की सबसे बुरी मार गरीबों पर पड़ेगी?

भारतीय प्रवासी मज़दूर

ये कहना गलत नहीं होगा कि लॉकडाउन सही समय पर किया गया था, लेकिन बिना किसी प्लानिंग के। और ये पलायन करते हुए मजदूरों की भयावह तस्वीरें इस बात का जीता-जागता सबूत है। खैर कसूर सरकार का कहां है। सरकार तो इंतजाम कर रही है। तभी तो मजदूर ‘आत्मनिर्भर’ होकर अपने-अपने घर जा रहे हैं। कसूर तो हमेशा गरीब का ही होता है, क्योंकि वो गरीब हैं।

 

MY STRUGGLE WITH MENISCUS INJURY IN KNEE

30 Nov 2018. The day I can never forget. It was my third semester’s first exam. After the exam got over, a friend of mine, invited me and other college friends to her birthday party in a restaurant in Gurugram. We went there, enjoyed heartily and on the way back to the nearest metro station, something unexpected happened.

My friend was riding the bike. We were tripling. I was sitting in between the two. We were going slowly. Suddenly, a cycle cart came in front of us and our bike lost balance. We three fell down on the road. I became half-unconscious. The Bullet bike came on my right leg and while falling down from the bike, my left leg got stretched badly. I stood up with difficulty with the help of my two other friends. Somehow, we reached the metro station. I was in a state of shock. I sat down on the footpath, shivering for about the next 45 minutes. My group of friends helped me to calm down. I borrowed money from my friend and booked a cab to go back home. I called up my mom and told her everything.

It took me two hours to get back home. I was unable to get out of the cab on my own and thus, my mom and a neighbor helped me and I went to the nearby clinic. Hopefully, it was not a fracture and the doctor did the necessary bandages.

Two days later, when I opened the bandages, I was shocked to find that my left knee was swollen to the extent that my knee seemed FLAT! I could not walk with my knee straight. My whole left leg was paining. It was Sunday and all the X-ray laboratories were closed. I had to wait for the next day to get an X-ray done. The very next day, I went to an orthopedic clinic and after the X-ray, he concluded that I had Multiple Ligament Injury in knee. I wore knee braces on my left leg to keep my knee straight and walk with ease. I was advised to have complete bed rest. Two days after, I had my semester exam. I was so tensed.

I had two options- first, to leave the exam and sit at home or second, to go to the exam center on a wheelchair with someone from my family. So, I chose the second option. With knee braces on my left leg, I moved down from my second floor to third floor with the help of two hands and one right leg in a sitting position giving all the body weight on my shoulders. I went to the exam center in my car with my mother and my new friend ‘walker’ for support. Luckily, I was provided with a wheelchair at the exam center and was allowed to give my paper on the ground floor itself. After the completion of my paper, I had to go to a hospital to get an MRI done. When the reports came out, it denied multiple ligament injury in knee but stated 3 things- meniscus injury in knee, clotting and hairline fracture below the knee- everything in the left leg.

I had grade 3 posterior horn medial meniscus tear. In simple words, a meniscus is a thick cartilage which acts as a cushion between the femur (thigh bone) and the tibia (the shin bone). Grade 1 and 2 tears get healed up on their own with physiotherapy. But only 10% of the Grade 3 tears get cured without arthroscopic surgery. Before the surgery, physiotherapy is done to prevent the knee from getting locked after surgery.

Painkillers killed my pain but could not kill my tension, frustration and stress of the meniscus injury, especially during the exams. I could not study well, sleep or eat properly for the first few days. Knee braces became my constant companion for 24 hours. I gave the third exam too on a wheelchair in a similar manner. Till fourth and the last theory exam, I was able to the stand on my feet wearing knee braces.

That one and a half week on wheelchair were not less than a nightmare for me. Unable to go to the washroom on my own, wear pants, walk, sleep, bend and what not. At the end of the second week, physiotherapy started to bring some movement in the knee. There was so much of muscle stiffness. I had to use both hot and cold packs throughout the day to reduce stiffness and swelling, respectively. There was an improvement in my knee after the first few sessions itself and the knee started bending. Meanwhile, I had my practical exams too in December and gave them wearing knee braces. Now, I and my family were eagerly waiting for 31st December when the doctor would tell whether the meniscus injury required surgery or not. And finally, the day came. The doctor examined my knee and said that there was no need for surgery as of now. Just 3 months precaution- no running, dancing, jumping, sitting down because that will make the knee twist. Finally, I said goodbye to knee braces, walker and wheelchair.

The accident gave me so many lessons to learn. It was the toughest phase of my life. How ungrateful we are to God, unknown of the fact that many people in this world can’t walk, see or talk properly. We don’t value small things in life. The accident made me distinguish between real friends and fake friends too and once again established the importance of family in difficult times.

Months have passed and still, a pain in my knee is caused if I walk or stand for too long. But I am happy, at least, I could walk without surgery and gave all my exams. A lesson learned!

MY INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE IN INDIA NEWS

After completing my print media internship in Millennium Post, I bagged an internship in electronic media. I joined India News in Rajasthan Output/PCR department for 1 month.

In the initial days of my internship, I learnt Hindi typing. I was given a printout of Mangal font keyboard. It was very difficult for me to type even my name in Hindi for the very first time and believe me or not, it took me 10 minutes to do so! But as the saying goes on Practice makes a man perfect. Now, I remember all the Hindi letters on an English keyboard. Although, I still feel the need to increase my speed.

After learning Hindi typing, I focused on writing news stories. I used to open mailbox of my mentor which was always flooded with news stories from various reporters from various districts of Rajasthan (since I was working in Rajasthan department). I used to cut short the news stories in my own language and write top bands for them. This was my daily task. Also, I used to run Ticker (scroll) and Breaking from software.

Next, I used to go frequently to Rajasthan PCR (Production Control Room). There are various equipments in PCR- Teleprompter (TP), Graphics (CG), Panel, Switching Machine and Sound Control which help in the successful running of any bulletin. Interns are usually told to run the TP from which anchors read and speak. I also learnt CG in a very basic manner. I was explained the concept of switching. I used to observe the body language and way of speaking of an anchor. I came to know how a news bulletin actually goes on air.

Overall it was a great learning experience for me. The most important thing which I learnt was that working in electronic media involves a lot of back/technical work. Anchors are just the face of a news channel. But behind every anchor, there is a huge team- a reporter brings the news, a member of output writes it and production people run it.

I would like to thank entire Rajasthan Output team, especially Mr. Sandeep Mehra, Mr. Prakash Negi, Mr. Milan Shaurya, Mr. Pradeep Narania and also the whole PCR team for all the knowledge and guidance that will help me in future.

SOCIAL MEDIA VERSUS ‘US’

Welcome to the age of social media. Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter are taking over our lives. We are not using these social media platforms anymore but these platforms are using us.

Dear Social media users (addicts):

Your self-worth doesn’t come from the number of followers on Instagram or Twitter, number of friends on Facebook or number of likes you get on your profile picture. You are perfect in your own way. You are blessed. You don’t need anyone’s approval through likes, comments and reposts. Can a ‘like’ really represent popularity and how others perceive you? Understand this!

Stop trolling others. Stop posting negative comments. Stop making a meme out of every situation. Everything is a meme content in this world of social media. Recently, the couple Virushka (Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma) were trolled a lot on social media for scolding a man who was throwing plastic on road and posting a video of the incident on Twitter.

Social media is making you ‘unsocial.’ Gone are the days, when people used to visit each other on festivals, exchange sweets and greetings. Now, a mere message on Whatsapp or Facebook is enough.  A decade ago, interaction with people the whole world was only possible through physical interaction, writing letters and telephones.  Wanting to connect with other people is a human need and the invention of social media has helped people connect, even from far-off places. However an excess of constant connectivity can be negative to our mental health and our lives. The pressure of having to be always available or responsive can create overwhelming feelings of anxiety and can make you feel like you are constantly switched on, allowing no room or space to switch off and relax. Many people feel like they need to live their entire lives on social platforms.

I will certainly agree that social media can be a positive medium, especially as a way of connecting and sharing with family and friends, however when it begins to rule our lives and daily activities, that’s going one step too far. It’s sad to think this is what the world has come to, questioning is it really worth it?

 

MY INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE AT MILLENNIUM POST

As a part of curriculum of my course- Bachelors of Journalism and Mass Communication in Indraprastha University, it is mandatory to do an internship for 4 weeks in print media- any newspaper or magazine. Having no background or sources in this harsh media industry, I along with my college friend got the opportunity to intern with Millennium Post, an English newspaper.

We once went directly to its office in ITO, Delhi with our CV’s and cover letters in the evening. Fortunately, the executive editor of Millennium Post- Mr. Arya Rudra agreed to meet us and take our interview. He asked Prime Ministers and Presidents of various countries and Chief Ministers of states. He was fifty percent satisfied with our performance but said he will think whether to give internship or not. He again called us for interview within a week and bombarded us with his questions. This time we both went prepared and he was very impressed and hence gave us the internship.

We were allotted the Field Reporting Department. Our main role was to cover the prestigious Delhi University 2018 admissions. We researched about DU and read the previous news reports of past 3 years regarding DU cut-offs and admissions in the beginning days of our internship. One day I was told-“Go to DU, find a story angle and file it.” I was clueless- where to go, whom to talk to. I didn’t have a press card also.

In the next few days, I was busy interviewing principals of various DU colleges- Delhi School of Journalism, Indraprastha College for Women, Sri Venkateswara College and Maharaja Agrasen College. I myself fixed appointments with them through mails. When I presented my very first report on the new academic initiatives or proposals of Delhi School of Journalism, it got rejected. I felt very bad and demotivated. My Sir said, “There was nothing NEW or UNIQUE in your story. We don’t have to do promotion of the college.” Well, I got a byline for my next story of IP College for Women and I was on the top of the heaven to see my name in the newspaper in BOLD letters. That was a proud moment for me. There were no such new academic initiatives in Sri Venkateswara College, so no story could be made. My story on Maharaja Agrasen College got rejected maybe due to space problem in the newspaper. I along with my friend, went to Lady Sriram College when the first cut-off was declared, stood outside the college in bright sunshine for 3 hours and came up with the story of admission problems faced by students. We took bytes of various students and their parents. But, sadly that story too got rejected!

Nevertheless, my 1 month internship at Millennium Post has helped me to face rejections in this media industry in a positive manner. Also, I have learnt how to communicate with people and find a story. I managed to get at least 1 byline story. I have learned those practical things, or I should say- REALITY which cannot be taught in a classroom.