Challenges of content sharing in social media

A bunch of old colleagues from a common cadre recently met over a batch party and thought of forming a What’s App group initially with the understood objective of saying Hi and Hello to each other.One of our colleagues with certain accomplishments by way of posts in social media chose to be the self appointed Group Administer (GA).

The group expectedly had some teething troubles as different participants looked towards each other with different colour shades.It also appeared that over the years people had developed different likes and dislikes.However everyone agreed to the rules set by the GA that personal prejudice should not come in way of appreciating efforts of the group members.

In any organised line of service a bunch of individuals start together on a common platform but things do not  stay as  such. A career in civil services offers myriad opportunities for interacting with high and mighty.Your growth over the years substantially depends also on your individual PR skills and in some cases ability to specialise with extra curricular achievements making yourself a box of choclate with attractive wrapping papers.With passage of time some figures come to pump up  as towering personalities and their administrative differences  tend to get blurred.

Like other segments of society our group also had fair share of generous hearted souls who enjoy the habit of massaging the egos of each other whereas other group members  may be less impressed with such achievers and their admirers. When such people come together to form a social networking group situation expectedly has risk of getting a bit chaotic.

At the initial stage the Group appeared to be periodically dormant as well as hyperactive since participants in their anxiety to register their presence passed on whatever contents they could lay their hands on.One colleague had great enchantment with ancient wisdom on medical science  and  generously  blessed the group with such posts on health matters with fair sprinkling of Sanskrit poetry with preachings for welfare of humanity.While I consider all such humanistic preachers and those relying on untested medical wisdom as ignorants , some would be willing to wade through rivers of blood to support such homely  preachings on lifestyle techniques.Everyone has a right to be his natural self.

Like other groups a participant in the group  has  ability to shine as  master of several languages and a person with literary achievements.  Therefore  his writings have fair share of pieces in exotic languages and are accompanied by  translations  in various other languages. While the practice happens to be puzzling for some  also for the reason that  the passages posted  are sometimes not  self written but  apparently copied from  twitter or  other sources yet there are others who fall head over heels for such erudite renditions .

The first genuine difference cropped up when a colleague posted a joke on behaviour of college girls. The Pahlaj Nihlani of the Group i.e. the Group Administrator was up with red flag  chastising others to be extra cautios with dignified  inputs on sensitive matters even in a closed group.In the present day atmosphere of universal connectivity on social media the Group Administrator appeared to be  justified in being upset as there are precedents of irresponsible contents inviting trouble on small issues.Therefore fires were quickly doused  with emotional appeals in the name of of group unity and our love and affection for each other. And…the group continues to roll on.

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Jab Jodhaa met Akbar

In every civilized society which cares for individual sentiments there is some law for protection of certain heritage sites and buildings since these are considered to be the collective property of the humanity and there is a recognition of the fact that every one has a right to share the unspoilt beauty of an architectural monument or a natural formation in an unaltered fashion. Unfortunately there is no legal protection in respect of an icon of history whose image cultivated over generations is mercilessly butchered by a buccaneering film producer unrepentantly and with the simple excuse that it is merely a work of fantasy and has no historical basis!

Aushutosh Gowrikar of Lagaan fame has done precisely that to the image of Jodha Bai a Rajput Queen of middle ages and the Mughal King Akbar who is remembered as one of the few benevolent despots who have given this country a symbol of administrative reforms and spirit of religious tolerance .

Having failed to meet success at the oscar nominations for his period film Lagan , Gowrikar has come out with a more calculated assault on the Oscar battlefield through Jodah Akbar romance which the film claims is not reported in history ( the name of the princess and her relation ship with Akbar is also doubted) but the expensive film with lavish squandering on objects of visual pleasure appears to be attempting to become a historical magnum opus. Nobody wishes to join the issue of historical credibility with Mr. Gowrikar but pray Mr. Gowrikar why did you thrust this plastic beauty of Indian screen to wipe out the memories of Jodha Bai so powerfully projected by the legendary Durga Khote. And your Akbar…although young , but can he ever be expected to adorn the throne occupied by powerful personae of Prithviraj Kapoor in Mughal-e-Azam which is etched in the memory of generations of cinegoers .

A good documentary for Rajasthan Tourism or chalu stuff for a good tear jerker TV serial to be watched by Saas Bahus in the afternoon , or a modern presentation of Vikram Betal stories is what you have produced Mr. Gowrikar with so much fanfare. Your bundle of mini stories of religious hysteria , Saas bahu tussle ,wimpish Rajpoot princes , plotting brother-in-law, fanatic ulemas and incognito visits of young emperor to see the status of his praja could have created a long running TV serial because each episode is a mini thriller but not the part of a story of any interesting substance. The only tears which come to the eyes of an intelligent cinegoer are due to strain of spending 200 minutes in the theatre for witnessing your mediocrity.

And there was a feeling of relief after coming out of the hall for one more reason. That was for the realization that the romantic excitement of Madhubala, Dilip Kumar pair in Mughl-e-Azam would remain beyond the reach of producers for all times and the movie would remain the true Moughal amongst the movies as tribute to the genius of it’s producer and Director.

Madam Ashwarya Rai may now try her luck with some other fake piece of history because this one again seems to have floundered like remake of Umrao Jaan…despite the hidden support of dad-in-law by way of unworthy praise of a dance sequence filmed on Hrithik Roshan. Cinegoers having seen the Mughal movies like Anarkali and Mughal-e-Azam will have to recall the emotional thrill of “Pyar kiya to darna kya “ dance number performed so tantalizingly by Madubala and the Quawalis of the films produced in sixties when they want to think of a piece of art which is highly entertaining and also intellectually satisfying , while the likes of Aishwarya and Aushotosh will fade away from the scene in no time.

And now last but not the least, the latest news  reports say that Mayawati Ji Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh has chosen this occasion to garner some votes from Rajput community by placing a ban on the movie (just two days after the MP High Court quashed a ban of similar nature and under full realization that hers would also be a short lived ban). The scenario is a bit  comical in the sense that Akbar the great warrior of middle ages has come to the rescue of another damsel in distress in modern times by helping her recover some popularity in Rajput community .