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Is There Too Much Of Bollywood In The News?

“When a dog bites a man, it’s no news, but when a man bites a dog its news.”

In Bollywood, whosoever bites is breaking news. Be it Rakhi Sawant’s tantrums on Valentines Day or April fools day, a tattoo on either Amrita Arora’s butt or Saif Ali Khan’s hand, Mallika Sherawat’s short, revealing dresses or Aishwarya Jodha Rai’s royal jewelry, news channels and page 3 sections of newspapers have devoted majority of there manpower, time and space to Bollywood gossips.

I have grown up reading Hindi newspapers like Amar Ujala, Dainik Jagran and Rajasthan Patrika. There were days, when I used to fight for reading Sunday’s colored edition of these regional newspapers. Out of four pages i.e. one whole leaf of the newspaper, only one-fourth was devoted to such gossips and rest three-fourth was for intellectual or socio-spiritual articles, short stories and series by budding or established writers, poetries, and kids’ section including Chacha Chaudhary cartoon series, jokes, puzzles and many more games. It was enough entertainment for my innocent mind. It was the same for TV Channels or Channel rather. Wednesday’s and Friday’s Chitrahar and the Sunday evening movie was all we used to know of Bollywood. Yes, there were Filmfare and Filmikaliyan as well but DD provided us with a lot to talk for the whole week.

That’s where present day news channels and papers are capitalizing. We strive to know about the insights of celebrities’ personal lives. We want to be like them and to an extent follow them, sometimes blindly. Now we don’t talk, we don’t share our thoughts and emotions; there is no vent for our urge to express. It is just one-way traffic. We have become a garbage for all the reporting rubbish. We are just listening. It’s a good habit, no doubt, but what about expression? But when we hear 24×7, silly news on Amitabh Bhachan’s superstitious ritual of marrying Aishwarya Rai with a Banyan tree in order to save his son from her Manglik effect, it’s too much to digest.

India is a country which still is in its nascent stage of development. It’s a transition period and too much is happening too fast. There is Kalahandi here and Colaba as well. These places differ like light and darkness. India can afford this but Bharat can’t. Bharat still needs krishi darshan, fauji bhaiyon ke liye, Iodine namak, school chalien hum and jachha-baccha tika-karan karykram. We need to improve the living conditions of more than half of our population and to this mass, Bollywood is nowhere, even in their distant dreams. They want an average quality life and Bollywood gossips are of no good to them.

The media has to understand its social responsibilities- there is much more than sting operations and Bollywood. There are many channels totally devoted to Bollywood news. So the so-called news channels must stick to the hardcore news. The current trend is an insult to journalism and reporting. Stop this!

A Brief History of Home Entertainment

The concept of home entertainment and indoor recreational activities changed when home electronics invaded our lives. One can say that access to numerous electronic products at home has revolutionized the idea of what constitutes a complete home entertainment. Nowadays, anyone can have immediate access to every kind of electronic entertainment via different media within the comforts of their homes. They can have their choice of entertainment which may range from the latest DVD players, radios to the wireless internet connection which offers them the convenience of mobility. Advancement in technology has gifted us with loads of home entertainment options ranging from radio, television, CD, DVD players, home theatre system, games consoles and so on.Music has always been one of the most preferred leisure activities. It found its way into our home through the long playing discs and the gramophone. Of course with the coming of radio a decade later made music a more widespread home entertainment. Before the advent of the CD or DVD player, the radio was the most popular home entertainment system available. Though there were some juke boxes available in the local pubs or salons where one could listen to a song of their choice at home there was only the radio. With radio, the choice of listening was however quite limited as people had to listen to the songs that the radio channels would play, even though some of the stations would at times play the selected numbers based on listeners’ requests. But there were no complaints as there wasn’t anything better for decades to come.Initially, when television had not yet become an everyday part of our lives, the visual entertainment strictly meant those theatres which had large screens to view a movie. Things changed dramatically with the invention of the television in the initial phase of the 1950s. The television was a complete wonder in the days when it was discovered. People did not have to restrict themselves anymore to music as their only entertainment at home. They could actually watch a full length movie in the comfort of their own home.Not only movies, this small wonder box started entertaining people with more and more new ideas, programs and techniques. Television has been considered as one of the pioneers in the history of home visual entertainment. Of course it provided more than just entertainment. With news and special documentaries, TV soon became the most important source of amusement. The long playing discs were also a part of home entertainment which was an early discovery. While radios, LPs and television made a permanent place in everyone’s home, the quality of sound in those times essentially required tremendous development.Good sound systems and speakers stared to develop in the mid 1970s. Various technologies were discovered to enhance the quality of sound. And with the music genres like rock, pop and discos coming into being, there was a specific and urgent requirement for good quality sound systems. Thus the electronic giants did not stop producing recorders and put more emphasis on amplifying and equalizing the sound to give it a new dimension.Good quality sound systems were specially designed and created for homes which produced outstanding music. Woofers and subwoofers along with various amplifiers equalizers and multi channel audio were being used to produce crisp stereophonic sounds.However, this concept took a back seat when CD and DVD players came into existence. During the end of the ’70s and early ’80s some of the electronic giants worked in collaboration to develop the world’s first Compact Disc system. Experts proved that this CD player was quite compact and lightweight with its unique durability. For music lovers it was truly a boon. At the same time this CD system opened a new window in the audio equipment industry.Compact discs were more durable than any other long playing discs or tapes. Thus the CDs removed all other music disc and tapes from the market and held prominent position. The 80s and early 90s saw a vast improvement in the technology of compact disc systems. It became very popular with people because of the crystal clear sound it produced and was affordable. These CDs not only stored music, it was versatile enough to store movies, data, pictures or even software.Along with CDs a much improved device which actually revolutionized and changed the entire system of home entertainment is the DVD or digital versatile discs. These discs are powerful and large enough to hold two movies in one. It stores data digitally and is more durable. The scratch proof technology of the DVD players also makes the DVDs last a long time. Both music and movie buffs felt delighted when the DVD player came into the market. Recent survey statistics reveal that the DVD player is the most successful product of home entertainment. It was introduced in the year 1997 and has reached great heights of success ever since.Nowadays, people can have the same effect of a movie theatre in their homes. With the latest DVD players, LCD screens and the sound systems with woofers, sub woofers and multi channel audio systems, anyone can have a fantastic home entertainment system with high quality sound and spectacular visual effects. The plasma and LCD screens are high resolution televisions which started to develop in the latter half of the 1990s and these sleek televisions enabled the viewers to experience digital sound and vision with fantastic picture quality and various advanced features.With the invention of DVDs and a major development in the visual media such as Plasma and Liquid Crystal Display or LCD in the late 90s gave home entertainment its latest technical dimension. With it, the meaning of home entertainment changed significantly with more and more people installing the home theatre systems with newest gadgets and technologies.