Every day of my life, like numerous others, gets started with the news channels on TV. So what comprises a general news bulletin is not at all a difficult question. One crime story, one story related to corruption, a story about a protest against the government, one take on what happened in the parliament, some inputs from the entertainment industry, etc. Some days when I miss catching up with the news channels in the morning, I don’t forget to take a glance of the newspapers. And what I find – the front page of every news paper consists of one crime story, one story related to corruption, a story about a protest against the government, one take on what happened in the parliament, some inputs from the entertainment industry, etc. After so many days of routine, I have developed a curiosity about the topic least written about. Obviously, none of the above topics that we find in a news bulletin or a front page qualify to be listed in this category. And what else we cannot include in this list – all the subjects being taught in schools or colleges.
These days we don’t find topics related to dowry system in the newspapers. However, it can be concluded that people who proudly take part in this practice are no more proud enough to be known as the follower. And somewhere in the mid pages, we get to know about any crime occurred due to this practice in our society. Be it this system or any other social norm, it’s being reported and written time and again as and when there is an update.
Topics about women, if they are not covered in the newspapers, we have many magazines dedicated for them. The case is same for men. We write about forest, mines, mountains, ocean, rivers, sky, stars, satellites, etc. We also write about every single profession like doctors, actors, engineers, teachers, laborers, etc. We find articles of liquor, cigarettes, tobacco, etc. So what is being left out? Human nature, animal behavior, global warming, floods, cyclones, volcano, earthquakes, de-icing of glaciers, tsunamis, or anything else?
It may differ to person from person but one topic I always keep looking for in a news bulletin, in a newspaper, in the book stall and in the internet is Writing. And I hardly get satisfied with the quantity and quality. All the topics that I mentioned above and many more can be brought to us by more people with more accuracy and in a more interesting manner, if the topic of writing had had its presence broader, higher and clearer.
We won’t get an appropriate overview of Gandhiji’s lifestyle and ideology without going through his write-ups and of course his autobiography My Experiments withTruth. The constitution of our country couldn’t be so effective without the contribution of its comprehensive writing. All the arguments that social activist Arvind Kejriwal gave through interviews about India’s current political scenario wouldn’t have been that effective without his book Swaraj.
With a hope of getting more inputs on writing and more of writing….