No News Debates!

First published on 29.01.2017

I started watching TV news debates as a source of entertainment, and it never graduated to knowledge. I think TV news debates are as bad as addiction. They are also morally corrupt because they make it very convenient for the media to shed their actual job of filing ground reports. Moreover, most of the people appearing in the news debates are frivolous celebrities or make up activists or politicians. Real heroes die fighting silent wars elsewhere. This appropriation of media space by these good for nothing “elites” is also depreciative of the real work being done by the ground warriors. Inspite of my addiction to news debates, I have decided not to watch them again ever (nobody would call me in news debates, so I need not worry about it, but, anyways, just for record I shall not appear in them either). Books, articles, blogs, etc, should help get rid of this addiction.

Comment dt. 25.04.2017

To be very frank, I kept an outlet open for interviews, which authors do need to give to news channels for promotion of their books. However, now six months have passed since I first released my book Kerala Hugged (to the US copyright agency and some publishers & agents) and the sales of the book have not picked up. My other books are available free. This book carried a sale price because I wanted to recover the cost of travel and publication. Ok…I also thought it would sell well and give me neat profit, which would fund my future travel expenses. Anyways, I don’t think I will price my books in the future unless some drastic changes happen. This book is also being offered free to my Twitter followers (I can see some girls follow me momentarily and unfollow as soon as they receive the coupon code through DM 🙂 You don’t need to do that. Just flash your million dollar smile with a smiley, and I will send you the coupon code). However, since, amongst others, I am selling this book through Ingram Spark, where the book can’t be sold free, it will continue to carry a sale price on all channels to maintain parity. But as I said I will offer this book free to whoever will ask for it with a smiley.

Now coming back to the topic, I don’t have any attraction for news anchors, so I obviously won’t give interviews just for pleasing them. So, neither TV news debates nor TV news interviews for me (unless some drastic changes, as stated above, happen). The above stands modified accordingly.

Comment dt. 08.05.2017

Earlier, I made a comment that my book Kerala Hugged has failed. It was a very wrong and unfair comment because it was just made on the premise that the book which fails to sell fails. Now I have corrected myself and deleted the comment.

Markets don’t make good books. Authors do. Markets only decide bestSELLERS. I failed as a seller, but I never claimed myself to be one anyways (not even when I just came out of the mgt. college). I self-published and self-marketed it only because I can’t take the tantrums of traditional publishers or anybody else for that matter.

My other book Sparks: Satire and Reviews has touched around 10K downloads on a single channel Google Play — rest, I haven’t kept track. Kerala Hugged, I believe, is far better done. Nobody except one unprofessional reviewer has given it a bad review (that’s also because of some unknown grudge). It might get downloaded better if made free completely. Anyways.

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Ankur Mutreja is an advocate-cum-writer, and his blogs are amongst his modes of expression. He has also authored six books: "Kerala Hugged"; "Light: Philosophy"; "Flare: Opinions"; "Sparks: Satire and Reviews"; "Writings @ Ankur Mutreja"; and "Nine Poems"; which can be downloaded free from the links on the top menu.

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