Well, ToI has launched in Chennai and Jojo has signed the leader, haven't seen that byline in a while, not even for some interviews! Love it or hate it, this is a big and a long-awaited move for India's largest English daily.
I'm no big fan of the Times, even though I find it to be the most politically neutral of all the major broadsheets, after all they espouse capitalism in a way that some people find disconcerting, even though some recent articles in other papers make me wonder why the pot calls the kettle black. Anyway, the Chennai market needed a bit of shaking up and I'm sure that the Times will do a decent job, and this also allows them to finally claim that they are India's most effective advertising medium, with no other medium offering advertisers such reach and readership.
Well, as the internet changes the way we consume and disseminate information, India will also get caught up in this dramatic change. Maybe some of this change will be driven by the mobile device, but that is a discussion for another day. Today we live in a golden age for print and television media in India. Is this the calm before the storm? Won't take a call on that as yet, but here is wishing ToI success in Chennai, and I wish they take that Communist, China-supporting rag to the ground - those guys should change their name to the People's Daily of India!
Anyway, only had Sunday to spare this weekend and caught the Anime series Afro Samurai voice-starring Samuel L Jackson. Pretty cool, if you are into that sort of thing! Pity we don't get shows like this on TV out here.