OFF THE RECORD

A flashing solution

Photographers becoming fussy about the backdrop is understandable. But sometimes, the  intelligentsia, including academicians and economists also become too fussy about the backdrop.
It all happened when Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia was addressing a press conference in the Capital recently.
The commission had put up a huge digital screen flashing a series of statistics and graphics relating to the state of economy in the current fiscal. This screen formed the backdrop to the podium from where Ahluwalia was scheduled to address the press.
TV cameramen as well as still photographers were grumbling about the very placing of the screen as the backdrop. Their contention was that flashing of the screen would spoil the quality of visuals. But the organisers were in no mood to remove it.
As Ahluwalia arrived to address the press, cameramen explained the problem.
“What is the problem? The digital screen will give you the right backdrop,” Ahluwalia suggested. But the cameramen were not convinced.
“Let me see whether the  screen is spoiling the view,” Ahluwalia said while walking towards battery of TV cameras positioned at the back of the conference hall. For about 5 minutes Ahluwalia checked the visuals from various angles with the digital screen flashing statistics and graphics.
At the end, Ahluwalia told cameramen, “You have a point. The flashing screen may be a nuisance for you. But we also want the screen to be there. So much preparation has gone into it.”
One cameraman suggested “Sir, no problem. While you will be addressing the press, you can have the digital screen as the backdrop, but with the visuals remaining static. This will meet your as well as our requirement.”
“That sounds a good proposition. It can be a win win situation for both the sides,” quipped a smiling Ahluwalia as he proceeded to address the press conference.

Aditya Raj Das, New Delhi

BBMP’s woes

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has been carrying out an intensive drive to beautify the city with images of historical importance and portraits of gods. But, in the midst of this holy cause, people are using these very same walls as urinals. Starting with the BBMP head office!
On Friday, a complaint was lodged by a local painter with the BBMP, that his work had been stalled because of the people utilising the outer walls of the BBMP office as urinals.
“People use the electricity pole as a cover to piss on the walls,” complained the painter. He added that the men who use these walls, later stand right there and admire the same paintings that should be dissuading them from such acts in the first place.
Cursing the common man and his ignorance, the BBMP was planning to station a security guard at the spot to stop such nuisance.
The artist suggested to the palike to shift the electricity pole, so at least the shame can put an end to such acts of public indecency.

Sandeep Moudgal, Bangalore

Insurance

Charity begins at home. When homes were given on charity in Bangalore the other day, priorities of the BJP government in the state were naturally ‘its own people’. The government has constructed houses for the economically weaker sections (EWS). But the prelude was enough to shake Minister for Urban Development Suresh Kumar when he went to inaugurate some of the houses.
Out of gratitude, the beneficiaries had named their houses after the minister and the BJP. The houses carried names like ‘Suresh Nilaya,’ ‘S Suresh Kumar Nilaya,’ ‘BJP Nilaya,’ and ‘RSS Nilaya.’ Perhaps they were taking an insurance in the name of the minister and the party. The minister was embarrassed.

G Manjusainath, Bangalore

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