My dear readers,
As promised on 24th June 2010, here is the draft of the editorial policy for this blog "Gajalee", as drafted by Anil Sawant and sent to me through India Post:
1. The subject matter of the article needs to be based on facts; upon an individual, incident or place; and should have been directly experienced by the author.
2. The article may be based on ordinary, simple people and places, but possessing peculiarities of human interest. (Celebrities and famous places may be excluded, please.)
3. The author is requested to consciously place himself or herself in the background, or in the shoes of the "Common Person", and tell us what he or she has to say. Neither should the author's opinions appear in the narration nor should the article be judgemental.
4. A dash of very subtle humour is an essential ingredient. However, an effort may also be made to reach the heart of the reader.
5. The article need not transmit any message to the readers, who may be left to derive their own conclusions.
6. The identity of the subject of the article may be suitably masked or sufficiently hidden, to avoid any embarrassment.
7. The article may be brief. I suggest: not more than 800 words.
Using Anil Sawant's draft as a starting point, readers and likely authors are welcome to send in their suggestions for this editorial policy.
Just in case the title, "Gajalee", for this blog was not easy, here are some other titles, suggested by Anil Sawant, that you may want to consider and vote upon:
1. Click Past
2. Rear-View Mirror
3. Foot Prints
4. Oyster Un-clammed
5. Tell Tale
6. Treasure Trove
These crisp titles may also be used as sub-titles, since they convey the spirit that animates this blog and spells out its purpose.
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Peace and love,
- Joe Pinto.
Wednesday, 22 September 2010, Pune, India.