Where have all the (good) writers gone ?
(With apologies to Pete Seeger. )
Maitra won Mahajan — who was shot by his brother on April 22 and died in hospital on May 3 — over with his tremendous capacity to keep secrets without looking secretive, and his wit. In his small way he looked at the world of politics defiantly and differently.
His know weakness was for good food, which made him overweight and diabetic.
Maitra wanted everyone to pronouce his name as Bibek, but journalists never learnt and stuck to Vivek.
His e-mail was firstname.lastname@example.org, which will be defunct from today.
Read the full thing and tell me if the writing any different from the infamous Indian Cow Essay. Few weeks ago there was this howler from Hindustan Times (someone probably alerted HT and hence they have taken down the original link – the full article is available here) and now this. Who exactly are being hired for churn out this crap – junior school drop-outs ?
Meanwhile Dhoomketu, as the fly on the wall, brings us the inside dope on how the report was literally strung together. Must read !
UPDATE: Sheela Bhatt strikes again. Her grammar’s improved and her report now has some sort of a narrative structure – but thankfully, her propensity for unnecessary dramatization is not lost 😀 (link via comment on GreatBong’s post).