In any journalism course, the first lesson a student learns is: what is news? The most common answer given by the lecturer on the day one is: “If a dog bites a man, it is no news; but if a man bites a dog, it is a big news.”
These days, this definition seems to have changed a lot. Whatever a politician in power does, it is news; and if something happens in his family, it makes a front page news.
There is an interesting story in one of the blogs that makes an interesting news. The other day, Devansh, son of Telugu Desam Party general secretary Nara Lokesh Naidu and grandson of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, cried a lot at the wedding reception of TDP MP Sujana Chowdary’s son in Hyderabad.
What is so big deal in Devansh crying, you may ask. But the news is that the child cried when his grandfather tried to take him into his lap. And Lokesh explained the reason at a function to lay foundation stone for the TDP office at Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.
Lokesh said it was a long time since Chandrababu Naidu saw Devansh, because he was too busy in administration, shuttling between Hyderabad and Vijayawada; and travelling to other parts of the State. So, in his efforts to take care of the people of the State and the government, Naidu had not been able to spend time with his grandson Devansh.
“When my father came to Hyderabad to attend the wedding reception of Sujana Chowdary’s son, I too went there along with my wife Brahmani and son Devansh. And when my dad tried to take Devansh into his lap, the latter did not recognise his grandfather and started crying as if he was a stranger. Just imagine how much my father is struggling for the people, ignoring his own family,” Lokesh said.
That is the news behind Devansh crying!