Friday, May 27, 2011

How I read the Times of India

There was a time when I read every single article that appeared in the newspaper. A good 2-3 hours were spent every day to make sure each printed word was read and understood.
Then life got busy, I wasn't a student anymore and I had to cover the entire newspaper in 45 minutes. When you think about it, its easy to know what to skip and what's important. Here is what I do.

Bombay Times
Ignore all the stories, most of them are paid-for advertisements anyway.

Show zero interest for celebrity interviews - there are better things to do with my time than to know what inspires a film star or cricketer, what he eats, where he parties, and his opinion on whats going on in the world.

Scan for pictures of good looking girls and mentally note down their names.

Stop at the comic section and read selected ones.

If I want to see any movie, then check timings in the movie ads.

Lifestyle Supplements
Read the headings of articles, to know what sells. Ignore the content.

Devour all travel and food related articles while being careful to spot a paid-for ad early.

Main Times and Mumbai Mirror
Scan through all headings.

Only read stuff that would make a difference to my life. For e.g. knowing news about Mumbai and changes to its infrastructure, laws, etc. Also stuff like accidents on NH-17 would let me know which spots on the stretch are dangerous.

Ignore saddening news. Details of Murder, rapes can be ignored unless they happen in my locality or a serial killer is on the loose.

Selectively follow news and editorials on Indian and World politics.

The Crest selection, their stories are very interesting from a sociological point of view.

Read the headlines in the business section and if it's something interesting, read on.

Ignore the Sports section. I get my cricket news online.

Local Times - Mulund/Powai
Scan through the headings and read what's interesting.

It's easy to catch the articles that have been put up for money.