Monday, July 20, 2009

Weird things...

This is not a random piece of bitchy nothingness, but a piece of random life story...
The last few months have involved a fair amount of work, with a smattering of travel thrown in coupled with good food and lots of beer. But honestly, there has been a lot of work. I don't recall working so hard in the recent past. It made me realise that blog productivity was more of less inversely proportional to 'actual work', even though that really isn't fair. Sometimes I am too lazy to do either. And here is the even weirder thing, I might crib about the work in an occasional post, but I am really enjoying it because I'm doing things I like doing. Sure, the fact that I have my iPod on virtually all the time helps - this is why I love the new Shuffle with its insane battery life - but the work has been interesting.
But back to the point, my Editor told me today morning that on Friday I will have to do something that I have always wanted to. No, not bang a supermodel on an atoll in the Pacific. But something I have really wanted to do, well to be more specific one of those things that I believe made me want to become a journalist, at least in my particular silo any which way. And you what? Right now, I am felling mighty happy that I didn't quit, even though I have both my fingers and my toes crossed. I really, really, really want this to happen.
That said, the most entertaining though to do nowadays is to interview Ministers, the sheer entertainment value of print interviews sometimes is mind-boggling. Yeh mat likho, magar... Chapne ke liye nahin, but... and all this happily carrying on while my recorder isn't paused. I don't know what it is, but a phone recorder - I record on a Nokia N97 right now (more on the phone some other time) - disarms people. Plus I don't have to deal insane proprietary software formats nor do I need to install software just to retrieve the file. Well, a phone recorder and the lack of a television camera. You know, what is funny, I have two really high profile interviews and both organisations are not giving television slots. This much is certain, if they gave ET Now a slot they would be promoting themselves silly in ToI and ET and maybe even carry a double-spread with both these guys.
The downside is that I have to transcribe, I don't outsource because I'm slightly paranoid, but then again, it shouldn't matter.

3 comments:

Scribbling Ink said...

Good Luck K. Very few journalists actually get to do things for which they have joined the band wagon... bottoms up friend.

ms said...

haha! are you the hand that keeps getting closer and closer to the minister's face? the other day i read with disbelief, "yes, there was a security lapse at IGI" said an airport official who is not authorised to speak to the press! how did it get published? amazing country, right? can you find out how much does the largest statue (of a certain minister) weigh? please, please!

Anonymous said...

K I use iPhone to record and it is easier to transcribe also. Try this application called italk.