The Fucking Cliché

The Spirit of Mumbai.

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Yes, NDTV, CNN-IBN and you other sensation-mongers. The Spirit of Mumbai is a fucking cliché.

But no Mumbaikar uses this cliché. We just go about our work. You made this cliché and now you are tired of it. The fucking cliché.

So, Ms. Barkha Dutt, if you do not have a real question to ask about a situation that you have no way of comprehending, stop asking if this event has gone beyond the fucking cliché.

We heard you screaming out Natasha’s name four times for footage. We know where the cliché is.

Srinivas, when you ask about the death of colleagues to a responsible senior ranking officer and you see him visibly moved — don’t question him about the lump in his throat. He bears much more weight than the branded mic of yours. Vikram, repeating it doesn’t help. It is a fucking cliché.

When you all find the next stupid thing to report, you will forget about this fucking cliché. So don’t take it away from us, please.

It is all that we have. We do not have units of NSG stationed here; we have to wait seven hours before the financial capital gets any help from the centre. In these seven hours, the cliché is what saves the city.

We may not be spared your stupid question; but please, leave our fucking cliché alone.

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13 thoughts on “The Fucking Cliché

  1. If anything is a fucking cliche, it’s our media. And like every fucking cliche, it will thrive and thrive, at the cost of all that’s not a fucking cliche. Being a fucking cliche is an excellent evolutionary tactic. Till nothing but fukcing cliches are left for inbreeding, and cannibalistic orgies. I don’t think the time is too far off.

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  2. The center has always neglected the breadearner and kept stating that we Mumbaikars will be back on on our feet..the spirit of Mumbai..

    I think it’s time we gave the media and the center One Tight Slap of Mumbai..

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  3. It was very sad to see the media behaving in such an immature, imbalanced and unethical way. All the media channels were trying to prove a point that we were the first one to cover a “breaking news” or the best reporters in town. I hope they know that the primary responsibility of the media is “TO INFORM” the society and not fight amongst themselves on who is informing it first.

    They were highlighting how the politicians are using this event to win the elections.

    Ms. Barkha Dutt “Thanks for enlighting us, that our politicians need to behave sensibly and fight towards terrorism together. Not surprisingly, you all were internally indirectly doing the same thing against your competitors. We respect you for your knowledge, presentation style etc but please do not try to win publicity in this mannner.”

    It’s time all the media giants realise that the competitive nature of news gathering places an undue emphasis on sensational aspects of terrorist events and makes entertainment of public violence rather than performing a public duty to inform. May god give the power to understand your duty in these situations.

    Hope the media learns something from the brave souls who sacriced their lives.
    Let’s all salute the brave souls that died in the line of duty to save us.

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  4. Right on target, Atul. Not a single asshole is speaking a word about the hindu terror, or sadhvi, or colnel, which were big news till two days back–they now have a big story to report, non-stop(amidst commercial breaks, by the way). And amidst all the hype and hoopla, they’ll happily move on to the next breaking news when it arrives.
    And it’s amusing to watch ‘experts’ spew venom sitting in tv studios about starting a movement against terror?

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  5. @Anumita:
    I know what you mean. I’d do the same.

    @Jolvin:
    Yes. Where there is no respect, anything goes!

    @Abhijeet:
    The OTS is what I was thinking about. See post above (Make it Matter)

    @Rasik:
    Welcome to Gaizabonts! Very thoughtful comment. I believe we owe allegiance only to those brave souls.

    @Rajat:
    Welcome to Gaizabonts! 🙂

    @Vishwa:
    Where is the consistency any ways, that we expect them to behave differently? It is always wonderful to say things in a studio or from a minister’s seat.

    @Bhumika:
    That isn’t as glamorous. Where will you get to stress on three syllables in a two-syllable word when questioning someone? Will they gherao a politician like they did the hostages? Will they demand answers “on our behalf”? I doubt.

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  6. angry, atul bhai, and rightly so.

    sometime back, i had given up watching TV – precisely for this reason. is there anyway we can reduce their TRPs? i mean, a lot of us seem to think they’re pathetic, yet, they’re doing their job, and making huge sums of money out of it.

    the other thing that i fail to understand is – why the government allowed them in the place. i mean, there is a terrorist operation on – can’t the place be sealed? is that against the rules of democracy? i mean, i didn’t watch much of it – i don’t even have a TV (though i know i miss out on other good things), but from what little i saw and heard – i thought it was extremely insensitive of them, to say the least.

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  7. @Dharma:
    Yes, angry, and un-channelled on the day. Don’t too much TV myself, but on this day there wasn’t an alternative. I guess we asked this suffering on us (the reporters).

    Yes, it was a bit stupid. Today’s HT asks 10 Qs – Very pertinent!

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