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Monday, November 25, 2013

Et Tu Hindu...?

Read about the recent management changes in The Hindu, but never thought it would degrade the reports to this standard. What a pathetic piece? Never expected something like this from Hindu.  


Here goes... this is about the modernisation in the Indian Navy... What to write when the picture is worth a thousand words? Here is the original link in case you want a legible copy. If you have trouble reading the comments, I am posting them below.


  1.  If INS Viraat is set to be decommissioned in 2017, how do they plan to get three operational carriers the same year? As per reports, INS Vishal is expected to enter service only by 2025. Recently heard the Viraat's life has been extended 'beyond 2020'.
  2. You either call it an SSBN (Ship Submersible Ballistic Nuclear) or Nuclear Attack Submarine. Definitely not SSBN Submarine because 'Ship Submersible' is the technical term for a Submarine.
  3. 'Second phase' to be commissioned? I thought the second phase has begun and the entire carrier would be commissioned in 2017.
  4. 'Scorpion' class? I thought it was Scorpene.
  5. Mazdock? Isn't it officially called the Mazagon Docks?
  6. There are 6 submarines under construction and only the first one is expected in 2016. Not sure if they have installed an assembly line to mass produce submarines.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Maths Test for You

After a long time... Couldn't help sharing this. This is an agency copy from Associated Press, published by Times of India online on 7th March, 2013. This is about three women found about 10 years after they went missing.  


Here it is... For clues, consult your CAT questions...(Cats are not mats, but mats are all rats...type)



Friday, July 27, 2012

'Litter'-ature in a Hurry...

This is a Times of India Online classic. Please forward this to those who, when cornered, quote the saying journalism is literature in a hurry to escape public wrath (Yes, that is what a guy responded when someone criticised a TOI story).


Here goes the fantastic reportage.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Is this an English Newspaper?

After some time... Times of India Online again... Am I missing something? Is this a new trend in grammar?


Need I say more...? I think everything is self-explanatory here.

Friday, June 29, 2012

A Case of Cut and Paste


Sorry for this Times bashing again, but can't help it. Here is another fresh one from Times of India Mumbai edition..


See how they have carelessly put one paragraph in between the story. I remember a cartoon on our old Kerala University Journalism department's wall, depicting an old newspaper office saying... "Who reads the second para anyway?" I think TOI is taking it far too seriously.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Far from being Professional


Another reason why I love Times News Network (TNN). This is about a finding that the Swine Flu was much more lethal than we thought. And the mistake is right on top...in the headline.


The headline says Swine Flu Far From Lethal, which means it is Not Lethal, or there is still some way to go before it can be called lethal. Published on 26 June, 2012.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Careless to the Core...


Here's after a long time... Times of India has done it again. This is regarding the Rajya Sabha nomination for Sachin Tendulkar and the comments from people.  I doubt if there is an editor for TOI online.


See the repeated paragraphs. And the same comment has been attributed to two people (see the green lines). Published on 27 April, 2012.