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Thursday, 23 June 2011


A few days back, Express News was showing a clip of an 18 year old child whose height stopped increasing when he aged two, thus his name was recently penned down in the Guinness Book of World Records.

My entire family was intrigued by what we saw on the screen, a tidda sa bacha, no taller than my own nephew, talking and signing papers. It was quite a sight. We all were closely following the entire news-clip, when my dad questioned,

"Ye bi koi 'news' hai?". 

Others responded in unison k 'Haan, bus ab to kuch bi news keh ker every-hour-bulletin mein dikha detay hain'.

Junrey Balawing

Everyone was eating the yummy fruit, aam, while this news flashed on our TV screen. Thats when it hit me, News HOTI KIA HAI? Mutlab, even the 'opinion' about news is now influenced by the 'halaat' of Pakistan and the rest of the world. The word 'news' now seems tied up with the few hot topics which keep on flinging on the TV every few days. i-e: Terrorism, Economy going down, Ghareebo ka bura haal, auraton per zulm, politicians kay assassay ki assessment [Come on, any person holding a ghar in Defence automatically has a value of 2-4 Crores PKR, so finish that up already! They are politicians, let them feed on their greed].

Just a regular visit to the news channel. READ the content. ;) its NEWS.

Tou banda khud hi sochay, now a child who JUST isn't growing any taller is not interesting and is not 'news' material. We are now programmed to watch whatever we've been eyeing since a decade now. Khudkash bumb blast. Army posed as resembling Death Eaters [Read: You should be a Harry Potter reader to understand this!]. This not being enough, now the SOLELY news-channels have their own full-on-fire programs.

Talk shows. Not those morning ones where the pretty women sit in an over-whelmingly decorated room with gaudy make up and large flowy, flowery clothes, but those where there is one VERY ANGRY looking host [Saray Pakistan k maslay inhon nay hal kernay hain], two other people, politicians, who are pepped up with one or two very strong arguments and will keep on harping on about them unless they tire out of their own breath and drink that glass of pani. And there's another person, the star of the show, a woman. Aurat. She's also a politician. Looking serene in her covered head, but just wait till she opens her mouth. She will outdo and out-scream [is that a word? :S] all the males on the show and get her not-so-persuasive-point across in her loud-speaker-fitted-in-throat-voice. We women have that power as a tohfa from mother nature. (H)

Khair. Tou ab socho. Iss tarah k hum programmed hain, All the time listening to these pressing issues and big words like 'economy, politics, halaat, dehshadgardi etc' k now an interesting piece of REAL NEWS doesn't count as news. I am not merely basing my ENTIRE bhashan on my dad's viewpoint but added to him are all the others who i discussed this newstory with. The responses you ask?

1: 'Bhala yeh bhi koi news thee?'

2: 'Lo, ab banda lamba na ho to news walay wahan bi pahunch jayen gay'

3: 'Dunya mein aur kitnay muslay hain k ab esi khabron k lye bi waqt zaya karein?' [I couldn't help but think to myself, "Uncle, jub suicide blast hota hai to kia app chhalang laga ker on-scene pahunchtay hain?, No you just listen, you watch and you listen!]

4: 'Ab rangers nay uss bachay ko maar diya, WOH news hai, uss ko tou cover hi nahi ker rahay'. By this response I was literally on the verge of pulling my hair out. COVERAGE NAHI THI!? Tell that to Geo, Express, Dunya, Aaj and the milliards of other News channels. They were LIVING off that incident. Yes. Jee rahay thay.

Okay, I, Obviously was rambling away from the main topic. Well, I'd just like you to THINK over the meaning of the word 'news'. Let me madad-ofy you a bit:

News 1
Definition: A report of recent occurences; information of something that has lately taken place, or of something before unknown; fresh tindings; recent intelligence.

News 2
Definition: Something strange or newly happened.

News 3
Definition: the quality of being sufficiently interesting to be reported in news bulletins; "the judge conceded the newsworthiness of the trial"; "he is no longer news in the fashion world"

News 4
Definition: a program devoted to news; "we watch the o''clock news every night"

News 5
Definition: new information about specific and timely events; "they awaited news of the outcome"

News 6
Definition: new information of any kind; "it was news to me"

News 7
Definition: information reported in a newspaper or news magazine; "the news of my death was greatly exaggerated"

So, point put across. News is NOT the moon revolving around the earth of only terrorism, katal, suicide bumbaar, siyasat-daan, chor, dakait, syasat-daan-who-dont-live-in-our-mulk. It is a KHABAR. Now, ironically questioning, is this insight NEWS much? :)

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