Whales Lay Eggs

The ABP Group is probably West Bengal’s most prestigious publication house. They certainly have near-monopoly in the best-selling category. Their house snags the ‘sure-shot’ authors, publishes the most-read newspapers, and runs the most-watched news and entertainment channels in Bengal. From this institution of excellence, comes this morning’s ground-breaking reportage:

The Palmilla is one of the best resorts on the Pacific shoreline. It is also apparently one of the twenty best resorts in the world. In winter, blue whales come to its beach to lay many, many eggs. Tourists from all over the world come to see this event.

The translation’s mine, but there you have it. Blue whales swim into the shallows, clamber onto the shore, and lay hundreds of eggs in the sand. Every damned winter. In fact, here’s a rare glimpse of a whale sashaying in to lay eggs on the beach. Too bad it isn’t blue. (Observe, also, the ‘tourists from all over the world’ who have clearly come to watch this miraculous event.)

I wonder what the turtles have to say about this muscling onto their turf.



  1. ‎’Journalism is writing what someone else never thought could be written, giving rise to public elations.’ — George or the Whale.

  2. শীতকালে এরই বালিয়াড়িতে এসে নীল তিমিরা অজস্র ডিম পাড়ে। তাদের দেখতে গোটা দুনিয়ার পর্যটকেরা ভিড় জমান। Take that, world.

  3. I propose Mr. Das as the first Bengali to be nominated for the pulitzer for this wondrous piece of journalism that has set science on its head and has proven once again that the creationists had a point all along: *intelligent* design had something to do with us human beings.

  4. Obscurity Alert! A local reader suggests colleagues in South Asia might repeat “whale, oil, beef, hooked” and not hear an Killarney brogue “Well … I’ll be fooked”. The “1 Minute Celtic Lesson” flipped as “Whale Egg Recipe”… but the Irish tourist hint might not have worked.

  5. I probably have told you this story: I once was comiserating with a friend of mine about how a reporter for the India TImes wrapped text from wikipedia between inverted commas then (mis)attributed it as a direct quotation from me. “I NEVER said any of these things!” I fumed to my friend.

    “Yes,” he acknowledged, “but you MIGHT HAVE said them.” That’s what mass-market journalism in India is about. It’s much like police investigations, really: decide in advance what the idea is, then fix some convenient fictions round that idea.


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