A train journey after a long while; from Cochin to Calicut. Quite an enjoyable journey. The serene beauty of Kerala soaked in the persistent monsoon, which has decided to go for a longer spell this year. Thanks to the incredible potholes on the roads, else I would have been traveling in the car on the usual roads, which I am bored of.
Though I have had the good fortune on visiting almost all the countries in the world, Kerala has got something special. The lush green surroundings, which always give you a relaxing and healthy feel and hygiene of people are two distinct features which make Kerala unique and one step ahead from the other states in India.
Once I was traveling with one of my business associates who is an American, landed for the first time in Kerala. While we were driving from airport to city, he asked me ‘do you guys do business here? Unbelievable. This place itself makes you relax, hence I cannot imagine people working here!’ When we look at the high productivity of Malayaalees who are outside Kerala compared to those in the state, I think my American friend is spot on.
While we have all these blessings from the God, somehow I always feel that there is some curse on this state, which neutralizes all these goodness through some form of negative energy. Sometimes it looks like our high literacy itself is our curse. Nowhere in the world people must be so highly ‘informed’ as those in Kerala. Thanks to the scores of local news channels, that too in such a small state. They have to create their own news for survival. One of my friends who is a Movie Director was telling, “news channels are competing amongst themselves for being the most sensational and thrilling channel. Watching news is no less than watching a suspense thriller movie.” Newspapers are also no less in providing ‘crime thrillers’ and ‘spicy masala sex stories.’ In fact in these competition for share of attention and to get the reader/viewer hooked on to one newspaper or channel, the dignity of the state is torn into pieces.
Many of my friends abroad, read Malayalam online newspapers and also watch news channels and ask, “has Kerala become a land of criminals and social evils?” As they are not able to experience the beauty of Monsoon rains and are not traveling in a train enjoying the serene beauty, what they see, know, experience about Kerala are all what our media shows. How nice it would be if our media friends become a bit more gentle and friendly with our state. While it is the responsibility of the media to fight against social evils, let them not ignore the goodness also.