Sunday, 16 September 2007


This is the final set of mails we are putting
up and we bet you've been freaked out by our shitty layouts on this blog ever since we started putting these mail images up. We are adept at the Pagemaker software, this blogger stuff freaks us out... Anyway... the mails we put up today more or less sum up the story. This last mail here is where the story is nailed... There's another couple of mails after this where Mann confirms that he's sending the reworked piece and all...
Today's first mail is a long-winded piece, written by one of us pricks who got inspired that day by the capitalist devil himself. When he wrote the mail, the bugger had probably shed those dusty jeans and wiped the grime from his unbathed forehead and put on a three piece suit (ironed) and tenderly mopped his brow with one of those frost tissues... The mail we're talking about was the last mail we wrote on the evening of September 3. We knew they had us boxed. Mann had primed us up and was waiting for us to make our move.
We played the high and mighty... We upped the money we were paying the Herald for publishing our editorials to Rs 3 lakh per editorial flat... We explained how important editorials were in our advertising strategy. We even told them that we would be slick when it came to pushing our business agenda through the editorials we would publish in the Herald. "We will slip in our business agenda so subtly, that no one would even notice that it is an advertising pitch."
We even told them that if need be, they'd be paid in cash (this was the saving grace... these guys asked for the payment in cheque... its all about what you see black and white ;o)
We had to wait for not more than a day to figure out that we had assessed the situation right. Mann, who just one day ago had claimed that "the newspaper does not allow 'anyone' to write editorials" now says he is "working on it" and asked us to send a sample....
How in blazes do we do that? We'd never written an editorial in our lives... We decided to follow the footsteps of the editor Robin Abreu. We invoked the assistance of Google. We almost reproduced one edit on tourism from the search engine, but then we thought otherwise... We wrote one on our own of course after plucking some facts from the web. And we send it to Mann. Mann writes back saying the stuff is good... and the rest is history... You could read the images for the rest of the story...
And guys thanks for the all the patience...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you carry this piece in totality. Ofcourse as usual you can intersperse it with your `witty comments’

I have been reading this blog for a very long time. I have seen a lot of bad coming out about various journalist (some of them very senior). But, I question the fact that the blog authors are anonymous. How does anyone know the credibility of the blog authors.
In the war to gain business, I feel the blog authors have been on the pay rolls of rival newspapers to get after Herald so that the name of Herald and its editor are tarnished. Herald has indeed been doing well in the last one year.
The height of it is the blog authors are `rightfully’ hiding behind a shield for fear of being exposed and pulled up and questioned for proof (the expose excluded).
I feel the blog is very very selective in whom they target. There are many journalists/newspapers who have done much worse, but is not brought out by the blog.
This blog is more Herald centric than anything else. Now that all the noise has been made about penpricks being against Herald, may be now they will get after some other newspaper just to prove me wrong.
But the point is they hit Herald first.
My best guess about the blog author is about a particular journalist who was on the Goa print media for maybe 2 or 3 years (NT, Herald). He then moved to Delhi, did not succeed there and is back in Goa (unemployed). This journalist (I don’t know if you can call him one now) used to throw tantrums like a baby if his stories were not carried on the Navhind Times.
As for the anonymous comments that come on penpricks, I feel most of them do not know the Goa scene and are just having a good laugh at Goan journalist. That is exactly what this blog wants people to do.

17 September 2007 at 11:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 1 : "(the expose excluded)" why? Have you heard the defence of the accused? Why do you consider the Herald guilty as charged? Tell us. When did you conduct the trial?

"My best guess..." What's his/her name?

17 September 2007 at 17:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember the words of social activist Sridhar Kamat. He says that just lifting your collar and saying that the weather is hot is not going to make it any cooler.

Unless a formal complaint is made nothing will change in the Herald.

If some of you were in the Progressive Students Union then you might remember the fight for 50% bus concession. That's action and result!

18 September 2007 at 03:50  
Blogger Pen Pricks said...

the last anon: That'd be great... when are you filing the complaint

18 September 2007 at 10:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pen pricks: Sure... Will you be ready to be cross questioned about the evidence in a court of law?

18 September 2007 at 14:47  
Blogger Pen Pricks said...

the last anon: Go ahead... will pass the documents on to you

18 September 2007 at 18:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mayabushan Nagvekar or someone who has insight on how to bring the man'n' to trial.

Suggestions please... How much will penpricks have to pay for lawyers and what is the time frame to bring this case to a close?

18 September 2007 at 23:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True journalists only emerge from Herald. Right? Others are non-entities, as this forum tries to project.....your slip is showing because you are guilty of projecting/promoting the gang (and their wives, as applicable)in various forums and internet sites.

19 September 2007 at 16:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

-- the pricks have done an ecellent job

-- Herald has not responded to Rajan's stray thoughts even

-- Herald knows that it has beome the butt of all joke and the biggest fool.

-- Has Herald the guts to file a defamation suit? It cannot. And even if it does it will end up losing the case.

And why not file a defamation suit against Rajan who has openly questioned Herald's credibility?

we should encourage the pricks than discouraging them. Please stop the pricks-bashing!

21 September 2007 at 12:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever written in Pen Pricks are all bullshet. It is a blunder thinking of some useless so called Journalist who think that they can defame the Goan Paper. If at all they are honest and fearless journalist, they can come out of the shell or else we will think that they are spineless, shameless and trouble makers.

21 September 2007 at 15:46  

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