Peepli Live depicts very impactfully a distorted understanding of the idiom, “Survival of the Fittest” by the media. While the phrase’s original meaning came out of the natural context, satirical representation of the working style of media in the movie makes us aware of the artificial context in which this badge is worn by its official associates.
G.B.Shaw’s Theory of Life-force directly or indirectly governs the Theory of Survival of the Fittest. Life-Force is the ultimate power. It governs a poor farmer as well as a media professional. But, one who tries to satiate his primary needs via that force is justified in his actions when compared to someone who claims : This is our job, this is what we do(unsaid though is , this is what we do to increase TRPs), if you cannot handle this, try something else..( dialogue in the movie by a journalist when she was asked why can’t they cover an ailing farmer who earns Rs20 by selling digged up earth, who has equal potential to depict farmer-suicide-loan problem).
Life-Force drives a farmer’s family and friends and community to become numb towards the love they ve had for him in order to celebrate the capital that might come out of his death.
In the movie it is shown that for media, TRP is the only life-force, however much artificial it might seem to believe and the one with highest TRPs has the best survival potential. To populate the existing TRPs is their job. In other words, the movie somehow communicates that media as a community is interested in hoarding of wealth while advertently denying that their and their countrymen’s real wealth lies in agriculture, in the farmer who propogates that agriculture; that media considers its job sacred come what may, even if that means covering somebody’s faeces in order to represent sad state of ISF- Indian Sanitation Facilities in rural areas or in actuality to facilitate generation of ISF- Indian simplistic Finance.
WordPress was introduced to me by a friend. Since that introduction this blogging space has gradually become my niche. It has become a means of catharsis, entertainment, and knowledge.
Here, written word, photographs, videos, music, world of reading, research, and much more comes laced with the context of people’s lives, which is what I love the most. As I am inclined towards text I read individual worlds everytime I login. I have witnessed text from India, Germany, Canada, Netherlands, Japan, various American and United Kingdom nations, and from many more places. I have infact met very passionate foreign astrologers here and that surprises me as I had this preconcieved notion that astrologers no more exist outside India. And I did not take the trouble of clearing that doubt by researching online. So, a foreign astrologer was another discovery here. Just one thing I have started craving for now is text from extraterrestrial, outer space. If anybody from there happens to read this please feel free to comment. 😀
Observe the following image carefully. Now, think about your pocket money and calculate the amount one chick pea would cost in 2014. I know they are making you salivate so much that you just cannot take your eyes off them and obviously you will not do that for some nonsensical or sensical calculation. But just in case you happen to reach this line, please suffer a bit of my audacity and allow me to assume that most of you are not thinking about what I am going to show you next.
The veil goes off:-
This is an image of Indian currency in 1939. It says ONE QUARTER ANNA INDIA 1939 GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR.
Guess what, my dad used to buy this plate of Chole Bhature for an Anna, the same given in the image above. It is being added to my knowledge that they used to buy many eateries using this coin and the Seth(business man) who gave this Anna to his workers as bonus was considered one of the richest and best. And the parents who gave this as pocket money were considered world’s most charming parents by children at that time. Very obviously today even one chick pea wouldn’t cost this much for one reason that this coin is part of vintage and other, that economy has moved 75 years. Today, this plate of Chole Bhature costs INR 86 at Haldirams.
History always has a surprising element even if that element is easily predictable in the present scenario. Chole Bhature are definitely enticing but, that coin, that absolutely surprise laden feeling coming from historical observation of one’s father as a child has the potential of leaving one with a thousand more thoughts.
What are you ordering now? 😀