Friday, January 20, 2006

Cant Come Up With a Catchy Title!

Honest, I could not come up with a catchy title today. Am I getting saturated? Of course not!

Thought I would make it a short post, not about my trip.
I had a class presentation today about the ship breaking industry. I am sure you have read about the French decommissioned ship Clemenceau that is making its way to Alang in Gujarat, the largest ship breaking yard in the world. This ship is carrying hazardous wastes. The industry itself is one of the deadliest in the world.

The point here is that I learnt a lot about it from the internet. There were no books on the issue, except a few Down To Earth reports. That made me wonder how we collected information before the internet. Though I make the ultimate use of technology, I am still not entirely comfortable with it. It gets too overwhelming sometimes. But here I am, listening to a beautiful Kannada song on the head set and communicating to the world. There you are, my readers, from all parts of the world. I have never met most of you, I shall probably never meet you either, but you know where I went on my last trip, what my dog looks like, how I hated class, what reports I gave...so much a part of my life. Amazing, isn't it? I am sure for the generations to come, this kind of connectivity will not be a big deal but I am still to accept its reach.

I reported a programme after nearly a year. Realised how much I enjoy dissecting every part of the speech and picking out what I think is important. Wrote another one today about a lecture by a Philosophy lecturer. Most of what he talked about went over our heads though. About a year ago, I had reported a speech made by Justice Venkatachala of the Lokayukta, Karnataka. It was my hardest assignment ever. He spoke nothing of significance (to be polite about it) and I went through hell writing a report. But since then, I have the confidence that I can report anything, any speech.

Does this post have a topic? Does it need one? (Influenced by the philosophy lecture!)

2 comments:

Jonathan said...

Hello Deepa.

Yes, the internet is amazing. I think at the moment it is changing our lives much more rapidly than we realise.

When my computer broke recently, I realised how dependent my family was on it. So dependent, that we had to borrow a computer from a friend until the other one was mended.

Deepa said...

i access the net everyday and it can be addictive. so much that the last two days i deliberatly kept myself away, just to see if i could