Apart from the regular stories on public grievances, Jyothi also writes from her personal experiences in the area. Be it inefficient service at the local bank or interrupted water supply at her residence, this super woman has the local authorities on their toes. Thanks to her, MLAs make regular visits to inspect the area and garbage clearance is now timely.
For someone who has very little time to herself, Jyothi says the satisfaction of seeing the paper completed is enough. “I get a lot of calls appreciating the effort. The paper has helped connect a lot of people. I have been able to create an identity for myself”. She also finds it disheartening when residents don’t turn up when meetings are organised with BBMP officials. That and typographical errors make her cringe.
A family affair
Jyothi has always had a support system to bank on – her family and close friends. “My husband has been very supportive right from the start. He even helps me out once in a while.” On distribution days you can spot the duo at 4.30 AM handing out copies of Frazer Times to newspaper vendors. Her two teenage daughters, on the other hand, have not had a direct hand with the paper. “My elder daughter writes very well. She may write for us later. The younger one is good at poetry. But she hasn’t shown any of it to me”, she laughs.
Though Jyothi doesn’t really have too much free time, she does try catching up on reading books, magazines and watching TV. It’s the paper that keeps her going everyday.
Through the newspaper, she holds an annual programme on Children’s Day to bring together kids from various strata of society. Jyothi Ganesh says that Frazer Times isn’t a commercial venture for her. I am not making a living out of it, she says. It is the goodwill of people that has helped all through, she adds modestly.
Jyothi still has a lot of dreams for the paper. From improving government schools to highlighting bribe-seeking officials, Jyothi wants the media to be more proactive and hopes to achieve that. “I am very frustrated with the system. But I know I can do it because I have Frazer Times”. Ask her how she sees Bangalore ten years from now and she is quick to add, “I am a very positive person but I don’t see too many things improving in the city. Can the present government do something?”.