|Saturday, August 17, 2002||
V.K. Kapoor’s write-up "The stress and strain of gathering news" (July 27) demonstrates how vulnerable a Press reporter’s life is. More often than not he finds himself between the devil and the deep sea for no fault of his. He has to deal, even at the risk of his life, with mob violence, student unrest, employees’ agitation, communal disturbance, terrorism and police.
However, there are also reporters to whom something else matters more than the truth. But then there are black sheep in all professions.
I am an ardent admirer of Khushwant Singh and always appreciate his column. However, his memory has let him down in "on being alone but not lonely" (July 27). He has wrongly given credit to Poonam, a college lecturer from Delhi, for ‘correctly’ identifying the source of the quotation from which he has borrowed the line ‘This Above All’.
In fact, she was wrong.
The quotation is not from Julius Caesar but from Hamlet (Act
I, Sc.III, 78-80). It forms a part of Polonius’s speech containing
advice to his son.
Basant Singh Brar
Why do innocent suffer?
This refers to Khushwant Singh’s article "why do the innocent suffer?" (July 20). His question is factually incorrect as every man, whether innocent or wicked, king or beggar, has to suffer in life. As human body is subject to decay, disease, accident, old age and death, suffering is inherent in it.
A wicked person who has amassed a lot of money with his wickedness lives a life of misery and spiritual poverty amidst comforts.
How can a man with guilty conscience, lacking peace of mind be considered prosperous? Prosperity means different things to different people. In my view, he who has no (worldly) desires alone is prosperous. He is self-sufficient and wants nothing more. As such, he is always contented.
Apropos of the letter "Shakespeare
in Bengali" (Mailbox, July 27), the name of the writer has
inadvertently been mentioned as R. Datta Ray in place of R.Datta Roy.
The error is regretted.