Graham Greene, Introduction, A World of My Own
आज हमारे तैंतिस्वा िवकीपीडिया मुलाक़ात के बाद हम कुछ दोस्त बात कर रहे थे। बात भारतिय भाषाओं को कम्प्यूटर या मोबाइल पर लिखने पर आ पहुँची।
आज के नवजवान अपने मातृभाषा में लिखने का महत्व नहीं समझते। इससे हम यह भाषा खो देते है। हम भाषा के लिपी और व्याकरण भुल जाते हैं। भाषा के साथ खो जाता है इसमें क़ैद किया गया ज्ञान और संस्कृति।
नये दौर के उपकरण मैं हिंदी जैसे भाषाओं को लिखना कठिन होने से हम हिंदी देवनागरी छोड़ कर लेिटन में लिखते हैं। इस कारण हिंदी लेख का प्रसधिकरण कठिन हो गया हैं।
इस परिसतिथी मैं सुधार लाने कि कोशिष जारी हैं।
In the morning, I wrote about not being able to close the many loops that I open. The GATE exam is one of them. After I signed up, I realised that there is not a lot I can gain by writing the exam. Also as I study the material I am painfully reminded about my training as an engineer and that I work in the bank. The pain is intense enough to not want me pick up the book again.
Thankfully, the Test Series has begun and the topic of the post is what I will be living and breathing this week. The test at the end of the week is enough to make me work hard towards attaining the goal. This sort of numbs the pain. Strange are the workings of this human mind.
I was having this conversation today. An insight caught me during the conversation that I thought I should record, just for my reference.
Gender Gap is an issue that Wikipedia is tackling currently through various ways.
The tools for editing Wikipedia is a computer or a mobile device. This is an obstacle for woman editors. Till about our generation, who are the 20-30 year olds of today, women have found it difficult to adopt this new technology. Very few women outside this age range are comfortable with computers.
There seems to be to me a lack of confidence in doing an operation on the computer programme or even a fear of asking a colleague for help on how to resolve an issue. There seems to be barriers raised by the women themselves or raised as a result of previous experience. It might be worth researching why women handle this technology so differently as compared to men.
My greatest failure has been not being able to complete anything that I started or bring it to a closure, at least for me personally. It is an art that I am yet to master. Closing things.
It came as a Facebook invite from Bishakha Datta, a friend I’ve known from my work as a volunteer on Wikipedia. She’d invited me for the screening of her documentary, In the Flesh. The description of the event said that it would be a screening of the documentary followed by a QnA session with the director of the film.
It seemed easy to not want to go for the screening being a topic that I had never considered. It wasn’t even a holiday and getting to Churchgate was difficult even if I had left office on the dot or even a bit earlier. The invite lingered at the back of my head and I never really responded to the invite.
Circumstances changed as the holidays for Muharram were pushed back by a day, which ruled out the office excuse for not going for the screening. Even an hour and a half before the screening was about to start I confessed to a friend that I wasn’t really sure I wanted to go for the screening despite travelling to that part of town for attending the screening. At the spur of the moment, I did decide to go.
Alliance Francaise is on the corner of a quiet road of Marine Lines, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Churchgate. Add the fact that the American Embassy across the road had moved to the suburbs, it had become quieter still. The few people on the street were those trying to get back home after the second day of Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th test match.
Vikalp started off in 2004, when a group of documentary film makers felt that that years entries to the documentary section of the State Government run Mumbai International Film Festival were not accepted on grounds other than merit. The first Vikalp was held across the street from the venue of the MIFF with about 50 films and packed auditoriums. There has since been a Vikalp screening every month in Mumbai.In the Flesh is a documentary on the lives of three prostitutes. It looks at where they ply their trade, the issues they face and some of the efforts they’re taking to organise themselves. They’re organising themselves to demand for their rights as workers and human beings. They’re also fighting social taboos that faces their profession. In India, prostitution is a grey area, neither recognised as a proper industry or profession nor criminalised outright by the law. This leads to possibilities for exploitation by cops, politicians, the moral police and by the customers. The 3 lives shown in the documentary are part of a small group of people organising themselves to change this situation. A beginning, perhaps, has been made. But it still has a long way to go. Since the documentary was shot in 2002, the way the Society has seen sex has changed. However this change does not extend to the turning to prostitutes for fulfilling a need. However, live-in relationships and the display of sex on the silver screen have gained acceptability in certain parts of the country. Gender issues are also now much more openly discussed in public fora and national television. In the QnA session, in answer to the question on whether things have changed for prostitutes in the last decade, Bishakha replies in the negative. The movement has not grown, and the conditions in which the prostitutes exist remain deplorable. On the question of why such a documentary was not shot in Mumbai, Bishakha said it was a combination of things. One, she ha to get to know the people she’s making a documentary about since this makes a difference in how people react when they’re in front of a camera. She also said she was interested in the efforts that these people put in to self-organise. Also, she said the situation in Mumbai was much more complex. Documentary film makers in the audience referred to this movie as a break in tradition because of the change in the way documentary film making had changed. It changed perspective from looking at the issue as a group to that at individuals. Some even commented that it was still not seen as acceptable to documentary film makers to appear in the documentary (Bishakha makes a cameo appearance). Some audience members felt that there remained many unexplored angles on the issue. In reply to one question, Bishakha (who’s also on the board of the Wikimedia Foundation) actually replied, “this is a documentary film we’re making not an encyclopedia”. Wikipedia has these weird effect on you :).