Re-published posts from seven years ago, when METAL’s bloggers had a field day commenting on just about everything that took their fancy. With thoughts and ideas that are still fresh and relevant today.
The average English dictionary is one such chalice from which we have drunk for many years, its contents having formed, reformed, shaped and otherwise influenced, defined and directed our vocabulary.
A wise old man once told me that if I got my job, spouse and apartment right I’d have a shot at being happy. Right off the cuff I can think of at least 3 people who are condemned to unhappiness for eternity.
Instead of cloning crappy reality shows, this is what we should emulate from American entertainment. Just think about it: a country so vast and diverse and nuanced as ours; it’s just crying out for songs.
The crawling internet mobs are at it again. Moving from one place to the other. Sharing, talking, conversing. Rohit tells you where he went for dinner. Harleen exclaims in joy at getting the new iPhone.
I like and respect a designation. This polemical piece is a rebuke of the abuse of it. The advertising industry, like a pendulum being swung incessantly by the mad hatter, seems to be oscillating from one extreme to the other.
When friends from college take a trip down memory lane I’m usually thrown off for the ride. The reason: I have selective memory. Large chunks of life, not just episodes or lectures, have been deleted so firmly…
If an advertising writer were given the means and the freedom to go out and kill a few of the words that cause him the greatest distress, ‘Warm’ and ‘Caring’ would be the first to get gunned down. Bang, bang.
30 is a great age for reason. And to look back at your life and wonder if all the scenes were enacted with the same degree of panache and finesse that you had constructed in your head.
That is the thick line between a critique and a rant. Very soon, the role profiling in Advertising started acquiring Brahminical segmentations. Hence, we had the three chief classes:
Photographer at large, London
VP & ECD, JWT, Delhi
Senior Editor, Arre.com
COO, METAL Communications
Widely believed to have memorised all the words in the dictionary, Amby brought out in silver prose every new development in finance and social media matters, that he believed we ought to know. He created neologisms. He also created an unexplained alter-ego named B21 who suddenly appeared in his blog posts.