It is said that with Mr. Arun Shorie joining The Times of India, the paper will change. This is not possible. The Times of London can change. The New York Times can change, but not The Times of India.
And, I think, it is a good thing, I do not want it to change. I like the format as it is, handed dwon from a series of editors, each with as few new ideas as the last one. The national and international news on the front page, with an occasional killed in hourse-collapse (details on pate 5)". R. K. Laxman in the top right-hand corner. Heaven help the sub-editor who one night may change his position, I think the minimum that would happen to him would be that he would be sacked.
Page Two with the death columns, all the Catholics with sons and daughters employed in May and Baker, ITC, Larsen and Toubro, Abu Dhabi, Canda, Glaxo, dying. The automobiles for sale(Parsi owner) columns, the situations vacant, the matrimonial ads. (for a wider choice).
The local page of Rotary Club Meetings, a statement by Dr. Rashmi Mayur, a dance recital in aid of the South Indian Eduction Society, an item on lack of rainfall in the catchment areas, an item on Mr. Khairnar to be transferred, and the evening's TV programmes, which, in all probability, would be totally changed.
And the editorial page. The editorials pointing out that there are tow sides to everything and it is in the interest of the world, nation society that a via media is found out and a happy compromise arrived at (though, of late, and in certain matters, there has been only one side).
The letters to the editor, long, ponderous, learned, each one sounding like an editorial in the paper. They have an assistant editor whose job is only selecting the letters. Themiddles-Vimla Patil at a hill-station (golden sunsets Narasimhan at a hill-station, Teresa Viju James at a hill-station, Lakshmi Narayan at a hill-station.
The sports page with K. N. Prabhu writing about what happened at Leeds the last timehe had toured England with an Indian cricket team. And tips from Pegasus, that reliable Mahalaxmi guide.
The rest of the pages, I understand, are the real money-earners for the Times, but I never go beyond the sports page and Mandrake The Magician, so I do not know.
And it is just not the paper, the place also will never change. The front doorsalways half closed with a posse of policemen sleeping out-side. The vast advertisement department of a newspaper, since the editorial department does not look filmi enough. Editors who cannot identify all their reporters, and reporters who do not know how many assistant editors the paper has got and what exactly all of them do.
More and more am I coming to the conclusion that thebiggest mistake I madewas leaving the Times of India. I would have been so happy now working under Mr. Arun Shourie with things exactly as they were ten years ago.