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Confessions of a media man

There are many unemployed people who have trouble telling everyone that they do not have a job.  My problem starts when I tell people what I do.

I work in the mass media.  

When you tell people that, your predicament is worse than an unemployed person.  “Oh, so you must be knowing the ministers and all!” people say to you with beaming faces. You smile and give an ambiguous Indian nod. The fact that you hardly leave your desk at the office is best kept to yourself. Someone needs to tell these people that not everyone in the media is a reporter.

Sometimes when circumstances force you to reveal that you work as a sub-editor and thus get to decide which events to cover for the news, you become the proverbial goose that gives golden eggs. In your case, fame is the golden egg that everyone is after. Those loving relatives and friends become pirates seeking the treasures of popularity. Everyone suddenly has some talent or another that needs exposure.

“My mother is 92 years old.” A 60 year-old …

The Consigliere

I walked into the posh office along Menezes Braganza road in Panaji with the confidence of a detective who had solved his case. I was certain that the man occupying that office would have the Panacea for all my current problems. Yin was coming to Goa. She was interested in exploring jungles and mountains-the very things I did not really like. I had to keep her away from these things but I am given to honey-coating my words. I now stood before the man who was the master of that very skill.
“I need your help.” I said after explaining the situation to him. “can you give me a few tips to handle the situation?”
The black coated lawyer sat in his office, amidst piles of thick books and legal files. He looked worn and tired from the day’s work. Walking to the little wash basin across the room, the lean, tall advocate splashed some water on his dark, bistre-toned face.  “Let’s hit the beach.” He said swiftly closing the office door.The 27 year old  lawyer specialized in properties. His dark fa…