“Believe me, sir. It is the most exciting story in recent times!!” Exclaimed Ravi.
A young girl, works in a movie, becomes a star, issues a statement and gets trolled, none other than a politician! Ravi said with a child-like excitement in his voice. His eyes forming a perfect ‘O’ to indicate the same.
‘Hmm… get me the first copy of the story by ten tonight.’ Akash said blankly.
Akash kept drumming his fingers on the table visualizing the furore front headlines would create for his newspaper. He knew Ravi is his first and only bet to win this TRP race and so he called him to brief what he ‘Wanted’ in the story.
‘But do you really think your idea will get the results? After all, we have always narrated the fact and not twisted it under any circumstances till date.’ Argued Ravi.
‘Ravi, Akash replied. To get in the race, we will need our hands to be dirty, be like them and snatch the thunder by beating them in their own game’.
Ravi couldn’t argue further.
Ravi got to writing his first draft, a more on the lines of character detailing of both, a 16-year-old girl and the politician, breaking and twisting the words, inciting religion and all that things which can create a story worth selling.
He had a peaceful sleep that night, completing the first copy and mailing it well before the deadline to Akash. He hoped that it work for their newspaper.
But, something in him made him awake at the wee hours of the morning. A gush of cool breeze splashed across his face as he leaned from the balcony of his home. He kept staring at a spot for a long long time. After almost 30 minutes, he moved away from the balcony, towards his desk and started punching the words on his laptop.
Akash was early in the office and so was Ravi. Both of them were in their cabin. Akash was fuming while Ravi kept his cool. Ravi had placed two envelopes in front of him. One contained, a newly drafted copy of the story containing all the facts without arm-twisting them and the other his resignation letter.
‘You are arm-twisting me’, said Akash.
“It is better than arm-twisting the facts”, said Ravi. We are here to present news, not to run any agendas and give opinions. It is for the people to form an opinion based on ‘facts and only facts’.
Akash couldn’t argue any further with him.
Next day, the headlines on national television read – ‘The Truth’ is the only newspaper to have stated the facts and is emerging to be the choice of reading for younger generations.
‘Let’s have a glass of champagne.’ Punched Akash on Ravi’s shoulder after letting all the praise sink in.
‘No sir, I have a date with mornings’, replied Ravi.
This Week: Sentence Prompts
Call it what you will, incentives are what get people to work harder.
– Nikita Khrushchev
Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet.
– Henry David Thoreau