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My Airtel and the plans!

Posted: August 20, 2015 in Uncategorized
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Now that I was just getting used to 3G from 2G (oh come on, I’m just a student for the time being, so I was mainly used to 2G, for all my purposes) Airtel just introduced 4G to all of it’s customers, and that too at a nominal fee I suppose.

No wonder, I’ve always heard stories from my friends who live abroad. They are so used to 4G that they can’t even think about 3G. Let alone 2G. So, now as Airtel has introduced 4G to all of us, I’m glad I’ll be able to boast my own achievements as well, of obtaining 1000Mbit per second speeds!

Now comes the question, what would you do with such speeds? Firstly, I would listen to music seamlessly using the 4G speeds. No wonder, it is always fun to listen to music and watch videos without any kind of interruption. Then comes movies. I always get irritated watching youtube videos with that loading sign going round and round. But, eventually, after getting Airtel 4G I’ll be able to watch videos live, and stream peacefully without hassles.

Then, comes video calling. Half the time, we are busy just with the words “hello” and phrases like, “Are you able to listen me dude?” “Am I audible?” “Can you hear me?” And thinking these past experiences, one would never even dare to use video calling and are satisfied with voice calling itself. But, when I heard that Airtel is finally introducing 4G, I was simply glad that I would be able to connect to my friends wherever they are, in the world, just with a video call. No more crackled voices and “hello hello” anymore. Finally, some peace in video calls. Also, congratulations if you have a girlfriend or boyfriend abroad. You just felt good and happy.

And last but not the least, I live in a semi-rural area, where I get the opportunity to talk to the local kids. They are mostly poor, and they mainly work so that they could earn their livelihood. Hence, using my Airtel 4G, I would simply stream videos and then, help them learn the alphabets and then letters then words one by one. If I wouldn’t have the power of Airtel 4G, I wouldn’t have been able to think such innovative ideas like this. No wonder, Airtel has given us a beast, and obviously with a leash. Leash obviously of an affordable price rate.

I used to wonder, when will India get 4G? Only I am the one who just listens to others comments on how fast the internet is abroad? And now, I feel happy, that not only me, every person living in India can simply brag, about the 4G speeds from now on. Now India will speak!

This post is a part of the Airtel 4G campaign.

Let’s start with the meaning of the word “Independence”. What does it actually mean? The Merriam Webster dictionary defines it as, “the quality or state of being independent”. Or, it could also mean, freedom of a country from foreign controls. Yes, the British ruled India for more than 200 years. But since 1947, we are all on our own. The Constitution was framed. And then India became a nation. The sovereign, socialist secular democratic republic nation as we all know. Since our school days.

68 years of independence, and India has very well fared in science, technology, astronomy, and various other fields. But, has India been able to secure a lot of other achievements as well, along with the advancement in technology and other fields. Let’s start with the issue of poverty. 23.6% of Indian population, or about 276 million people are below the poverty level in India. Not only that, the most affected areas in India are Odisha, Chattisgarh and some North Eastern States. Poverty is an issue, which I personally feel, only education and driving the unemployed workforce into employed citizens. There could be various ways where the uneducated youth population can be taught and employed so that they could atleast use their skills to secure a job.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Then comes reservation. Reservation, I believe is a controversial issue. My humble opinion is, reservations should continue, probably. But according to some intelligent people on the internet sphere, there should be a provision where only one generation of reserved category people can use the caste certificate. Though I have a different perspective. I’d like to share my personal experience, where I have been to poverty stricken areas. And, there, trust me, people don’t even bother what certificate can they get. They just need a meal twice a day. Which is obviously a basic necessity for a human being to live. They do still exist. Not far from the Kolkata city, but such people do exist. I do not know, what others think about reservation though. Generalization is present in every strata of society.

Next I would like to address is, Corruption. Today in 2015, India was ranked 85th country in terms of corruption. For everything, you need to pay a bribe. And get the work done. Starting from, making a driver’s license to applying passport, corruption prevails everywhere. I’ve seen people who are senior citizens and just to get their pension from the government’s fund, they have to pay bribes. The amount may be small, but the mindset of the government officials are low enough to even compare. Corruption is found everywhere, on railway stations, traffic signals, government offices, colleges, and so on. The government has introduced some schemes namely “link Aadhar card to LPG”, etc to keep an eye on its citizens. But, I am still skeptic about the schemes. Where the corruption has grown into the Indian system ranging from clerks to “Babus” of our government, how can one be hopeful that India will be corruption free one fine day?

Now comes rape. The word itself is so dreadful that anyone would shudder even when he/she will see the word. And it is happening, even in our country, right now while you read my article.A woman is raped every 18 hrs in Delhi according to the IndiaToday Newspaper. This was in 2011 though, but statistics state that there were a total of 33,764 rape victims across the country. I still wonder, what goes on in the rapist’s mind. Was he never taught anywhere in his whole life, that women should be respected? Anyways, I believe a solution to this, would be super fast track courts, and then, if the person is found guilty, they should be simply hanged to death, without wasting any time. I have been reading in the newspapers that there are a lot of criminals who are yet to get hanged to death. For rapists, there should be another special super fast track court and a separate place for execution.

There are many more reasons, which are also grave, but I’m falling short of words to explain each one of them. I would like to celebrate the day, atleast when one of the issues mentioned above is uprooted.

And we “rejoice” the Independence of India. Irony much?