Friday, October 31, 2008

sWitCh iT oFf!

lately, i have realised that it has become very difficult to switch off my mobile phone. it does not matter if i don't receive a message or a call, i need to switch it on. i realise that every time i get an sms, i immediately look at it, whether i'm in class or whether i'm in the middle of a conversation with a friend. now, i know this is an impolite habit, but it is very hard to resist the temptation of reaching for my phone and checking out the message. in reality, most of the time these messages that come are mundane, not so significant "where are you?" "what are you doing?" "let's go have tea" kind of messages. of course, i'm not saying that these are unnecessary. it is very essential for our communication and relation to send each other such kind of smses. the only problem is that we should know when and how we should use the device that man has made.

for instance, it is not cool to use a phone when your best friend is sitting with you. you can either make the call later, or politely excuse yourself if it's important or make sure that you're not on the phone for long.

i also hate the fact that i wake up to every beep that my phone makes. i still know even if i keep it on vibration. the likely solution would be to just switch it off. but, no! that would be insane, not vogue and totally not cool!

it is exactly for this reason, this lack of self control and self censorship that keeps me bothered. it has become clear that i'm letting this small, communicative technology control my life. man has become controlled by his creation. this is a very bad power struggle. how can i ever let a machine take control over me?

it is time to limit my cell phone use and abuse. it is time for me to take control. it is time to engage in animated conversations with my friends over a cup of tea, with my cell phone switched off!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

ka news top

ka internship ti chu ka hlawk pui khopin ka hria. kawng hrang hrangah ka hriatna ati zau. hei kar riat doordarshan kendra aizawl ah ka thawk mek a. kan news editorte leh stringer-te fel tak zarah ka khawvel thlir ka ti zau a, nuam khops mai. news lamah ka om a, report tur nitinin kan zawng a, officer lian tak takte kawmin, kei ngei pawh assembly house-ah funky tawkin ka va lut a, ka inthlahrung ve knop mai. mahse sawi ve reng rengah mla ho rual kara sam hring nena lo vei ve sek kha a mak dangdai ve hrim hrim. B.A. kan zirlaia kan teacher poh mla a lo ni toh a, ka hmu a, "you still look fancy " min lo tia ka nui top.

ddk-a internship ka tih hma chuan i led a very protective life, meaning i was not street smart. i was very conservative too in a lot of ways..reserved.. but here i am outside dealing with a lot of different characters every day. it teaches me a lot of things.. "when in rome. do as the romans" tih ang deuhin, mipa reporters zinga tel ka ni boka, an fiamthute a lo sangin, a lo mak ve thei a. mahse ka in zir zel a, fiamthute ka dawl ve ta. an nuih zatah ka nui ve thei ta. tin, ka reporter zuite hi an fel em em a, nuam lo ka ti ang tih an hlau a, an theihtawpin min hruai kual a, thil min zirtir thin. u irene-i nena a scootie-a kan inphur phei chu kan bu lop lop zel. nuam khops mai.

mizoram press mite ka hmel hriat ve phah a, a vanneihthlak ka ti. kan rama thil chinchang ka hre ta teuh mai..ka knowledge a zau sot. tunlaia news ho phei hi chu ka follow ve toh ltk.
(to be continued)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

caffeine n nicotine

I need strength to carry on
I need help from friends I’ve known
The city sleeps while I’m still smoking
The city wakes and I’m still watching
How they run about like a busy bee
Wonder if they’ll ever think of me
Walking down the lonely street,
Hoping my friends and I would meet
Dreams are nothing but dreams
It doesn’t help if I scream

I’m sipping some coffee with a cigarette in my hand
Time passes by so quickly, I think I understand
How things could go right even though they are wrong
It doesn’t help to talk, It doesn’t help to scream
My coffee and cigarettes, that’s all I need.

I was told to greet everyone with a happy face
I was told to tell them that they were great
I’m not saying that I’m honest but I can’t pretend
My friends say I’m fine but I don’t need ‘just fine’
“my coffee and cigarettes”, that’s all I need.

A Four Liner For a Stripper

Pretty girl, don’t let your life go down the drain
Don’t think for one minute that you’re insane
Wear that pink skirt and those glass slippers
Walk the line just because you can

Feel

Hold me now, I need to feel you
Tell me how you want to love me
Teach me all the things that you know
I would learn all these in no time

Pinch me quick, I need to wake up
This poor life, I need to give up
Forgive me, don’t ever break me
Hold me tight, don’t ever leave me

Burn me now, what more do you want?
Slap me hard, I need this to feel real
Tell me what you need to tell me
Please don’t go, I need you to feel me.

raincheck

fuck monday blues!

It’s blue everyday of my life.
I’m colour blind, don’t really care.
Can’t tell much of a difference.

I rehearse my speech just to apologise
I would’nt forgive me if I were you.

Sorry to bug you, but I need some help.
I got no fuel in my car, I got no cash.
Please hear me out before you shut the door.
Oh! Alright I guess I better take a rain check then.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

an extract of my term paper

Who are Mizo bloggers?

The Mizo bloggers come from diverse socio-economic background. Students, teachers, government employees, bureaucrats, research scholars, mothers, fathers, priests, missionaries, freelance writers, journalists etc. Most of the bloggers are either working or studying outside Mizoram. Some of them blog under pseudonyms which can some times blur the identity of the blogger.


Content:

Blogging is a way of self-expression, giving opinions on any issues regarding the culture, tradition or political scams etc. As far as content is concerned, the Mizo community blogs on various topics ranging from politics to social issues, state news to national news, academic research papers to special articles, personal diaries and anything else under the sun. For instance, aduhi.blogspot.com, youpurplepeopleeater.blogspot.com, apatea.blogspot.com, zothlifim.blogspot.com, nohiddendepths.blogspot.com, butterflyeve.blogspot.com etc are based on personal diaries, opinion and life experiences. Others blogs such as minhnemtu.blogspot.com, johnnytlau.blogspot.com and eng-kim.blogspot.com deal mostly about computer technology and popular music. Misual.com and lawrkhawm.com are blog-based community websites which publish current news contributed by readers. Mizohicans.blogspot.com, azialo.blogspot.com and thangtharculture.blogspot.com are high profile blogs which post current issues on social, political and economic topics. There are also people who blog randomly on any current issues which may include politics, sex, sting operations, jokes, photography, poetry, cooking recipes etc



Participation:

An attractive feature of blogging is the ability to post comments which are published on the web. This feature enables direct audience participation. The audience can participate by debating. Lawrkhawm.com is a Mizo community based website which entirely runs on the support of the readers. The readers contribute, vote and publish the news. In this way, the readers play the role of agenda setting and gate keeping. According to the administrator Jimmy, lawrkhawm.com is the first user driven content Web site from Mizoram. All the content on this site is voted by the community (users). Users choose and vote what content or post should be published on the front page. “In short, this site is about democracy” says Jimmy.


Impact on communication:

Many of the newspapers and magazines in Mizoram depend on blogs as their source for their news and articles. For instance, Aizawl Post, one of the leading newspapers in the state, borrows news contents from blogs such as Misual.com and Lawrkhawm.com. There are various others newspapers and magazines which take news and articles from other Mizo blogs. Unfortunately, there is a problem of giving due credits to the source some times.

Blogging helps an individual on his/ her writing skills and makes him/her become critical on his/her views. It also helps maintain a healthy debate that may enrich a person’s view on certain issues of importance. Often as a response to media bias (across the political spectrum) they will mainly be commenting on the news, giving closer analysis to issues they feel have been misrepresented or glossed over by mainstream news.


Conclusion:

Blogging is an emerging media and gaining popularity among the Mizos. When it comes to the impact, blogs are useful more for Mizos outside Mizoram rather than those in the state itself. Blogging acts as one of the cohesive factor in binding together all the tribes under the Mizo umbrella, where expatriates use it as means to keep in touch with home. It enables people from all over the globe to participate in Mizo society. It creates a new world/space where people interact, share and discuss on all topics of their interests. Easy accessibility of internet among the non-resident Mizos provided a new space that also allows a new level of interaction. Most of the content in Mizo blogs are ‘Mizo-centric’ than any other issues. This clearly shows that most Mizo bloggers want to link to the state of Mizoram through their blogs. It strengthens citizen participation in media as some popular media of Mizoram turn their attention to Mizo bloggers. Finally, many non-resident Mizo bloggers can take part in the developmental process of Mizoram through their blogging.