26th July, 2005. It was Mumbai.

30th December 2015. It was Chennai.

I was in the 6th grade during that time. I still remember, on the 26th of July, we had a half day. Our school had instructed our parents to take us along with them. My dad had came to pick me up from the school. I was happy then, unknown to the situation happening in Mumbai. I came back home, only to see dad getting ready for office. Till the time, I could understand and tell dad not to leave the home due to the torrential rainy conditions in Mumbai, my dad had already left for office.

Whenever I hear of floods, the very first thing comes to my mind is 2005 Mumbai floods. That was a very devastating phase for the whole of Maharashtra. The casualties were over 1000 along with a lot of cattle killed during the floods. Trains came to a standstill and the skies were totally dark.

Then, in recent days, I noticed that there was a very similar situation in Chennai. Universities and apartments were filled with water. People were in chaos. Lack of food and water made situations more worse. Here I’d like to share an anecdote about a person I met on my return flight to Kolkata.

So, the person is a Neuro-surgeon in Singapore and his family was based in Chennai. After a few greetings and exchanges, I came to know that he was going to Kolkata to attend a conference. And from there he’ll be travelling to Chennai to visit his family. After a few talks, I realized that this person had paid 4X the fare to Chennai for a ticket to Coimbatore. Why? Because most of the private airlines were charging excessively for the airports which were nearby to Chennai. He told me that his family was fine, because they were living on the fourth floor. But the ground floor was totally inundated with water. Water was about to reach the first floor as well, but luckily it didn’t.

I could see that he wasn’t complaining. Rather he was happy that his family was safe and sound. He just wanted to go home back, to be with his family members.

I’d like to raise only one question to my readers. Couldn’t be the flood averted? Weren’t the measures enough to avoid the grave conditions we are seeing today? Is it not possible to avoid the calamities?

 

 

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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?

Do some of us still want to live in the era of oldies? I don’t think so that some of us do want to accept changes anywhere. Everyone of us know, that how difficult it is to swallow the fact, that your offspring has found his or her soulmate of some other creed, race or whatsoever the differentiating factor is. The parents are always happy, when their little one, has found a wife purely from their own clan.

Let’s take a very simple example which forced me to write this small article. I’d explain it as well. On my birthday, I heard a song named Rangabati, on MTV Coke Studio, sung by Sona Mohapatra and Rituraj Mohanty. Composed by Ram Sampath. On hearing for the first time, I felt the song was absolutely beautiful. Not to mention, even my mom exclaimed that she had heard the song when she was a little kid, playing around with her Odia friends. But, when I actually searched about the song on the internet sphere, I found that it was actually disliked by some of the Odia people. I won’t say all, because, I never checked the statistics, how many people liked the newer version of the song Rangabati, or disliked it. Though I could clearly see on YouTube, approximately 21,000 people liked it, and around 1,000 disliked.

On top of the cherry, the original lyricist sued them. I agree, that was valid due to copyright infringements. But, that doesn’t mean you’ll put down the song itself. MTV Coke Studio is basically a show where fusions are created. I do not know the language, yet I have found interest in that song. Not only me, there are a lot more other people who might have loved this song. And I have been seeing questions online, Which language was “Rangabati” sung in?

Yes, I’ve seen posts, where Sona Mohapatra was kind of, accused that the lyrics she pronounced wasn’t right. There were some posts floating as well, where the user directly posted timings, and tried to correct the lyrics using Odia words. I’m glad that such talented people in India exist as well.

But there’s a very simple theory behind this, which people don’t understand actually. If you dislike a thing, unlike it, and move on. But, creating a ruckus is simply not needed.

Also, as far as I remember, when A R Rahman, sang Jagao Mere Des, or when Sundori Komola Naachey had some English Rap by Aditi Singh Sharma, not a single Bengali person stood up against and said that, it is not advisable to ruin the folk song. Not because we are tolerant. Because we are used to people who make various versions of the folklore songs. “Hrid Majhare” is such a song, you would simply find n number of versions on the internet. I do agree that “Rangabati” may be the state anthem for Odisha. But, everyone can make their own version, right?

Though, I agree Sona had her own flaws. Yet, at the end of the day, she took the anthem of Odisha to an international level. Shouldn’t my Odia friends be proud at the fact? I know I am no one to comment on their sentiments yet, somewhere I felt, I should write this because that song did touch me somewhere.

Maybe, in some European country, an Odia person may be listening to the very same “Rangabati” on YouTube, and he or she may have weeped, a little, remembering their own motherland, Odisha. Isn’t that feeling priceless, than finding out faults in the song? Who doesn’t love their motherland right? Because, folk songs are such an emotion which never fails to touch the heart.

Nonetheless, coming back to my main point. Do people dislike changes? Or do they accept changes? Probably, time will tell us. I do hope, some day would come when cultures would simply inter-mingle with each other and there shall be international harmony.

No, no. I’m lucky enough that I could see him within an interval of a few months. But, lack of his presence on my birthday seems not enough. It is like, he is indirectly present. Via text messages, calls, and Skype Chats. But, it never seems enough.

It’s true that, I have been to phases where I used to be grumpy because, at very rare occasions, dad used to refuse me things, which I wanted to buy. I also used to get angry because, at times he directly did not pay heed to my requests and drag me back home without buying the substance.

That phase has crossed though. I can buy whatever I want, but I miss my dad. Why? Because, after crossing the teen ages, the realization has seriously striked me,that things are merely commodities which can be replaced and changed, but not the people. People in your live, specially the ones who have brought you into the world, and showed you, how beautiful the world is, whilst hiding the evil and bad from their offspring as long as they live, is something which is absolutely irreplaceable.

I had done some blunder, for which my mom still taunts me. But at the end of the day, I still love her. Why? Because, she’s the one, with whom I can simply share my feelings and every other incident happened to me on a daily basis. And she would not even get bored, because she is always keen to understand, listen and reply accordingly.

I’d like to conclude, probably like one of those Facebook pictures, which namely says

At 6 yrs : Dad, I love you.
At 10 yrs : Dad whatever!
At 15 yrs : Dad you’re so annoying!
At 18 yrs : I’m leaving this house.
At 21 yrs : I would give up everything for my dad to be here with me, NOW!

(P.S if you search this, this realization comes at the age of 70. I’m glad I realized it, early.)

I miss you dad. I’m coming home soon.

Shuffle, changing lives!

Posted: June 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

We as individuals, are too busy in our lives. Running around to our respective schools, offices, colleges and what not! But, have we ever thought, is it the only life we are leading? No responsibilities for the society? Doesn’t it affect you whenever you see a homeless person, or a dog who is shelterless?

If it affects you, then this is the first step towards your change. You have already found yourself apart from the millions of people who simply have known to ignore. You have finally found the ones, who actually think that even, at the individual level, they can change the world. And when many individuals come together for a common cause, it becomes a crowd. Which has the ability, to change the society.

Now the first question coming to your mind is, what should I do to help the needy ones? How can I try to change the society, at the individual, or at the social, or at the global level? True, you would start as an individual, but if your motives are simply positive, then similar thinking individuals together will come together and unite for your cause.

So, if you are actually planning to help in any way. Be it volunteering, helping someone, or simply thinking to help whichever way possible, you could join us. The organisation is called “Shuffle”. You could find more information in the link below. The organisation is a non profit organisation, and the organisation aims at helping people whichever way possible. The members of the organisation aims at helping every kind of people in the society. From spending Diwali at the orphanage to hosting a party at the old age home to cleaning up the streets early in the morning. We are ready to help, in whichever way possible.

e.g Shuffle has organised an event on the 28th of June, 2015 in Kolkata. The volunteers will be serving water to the needy ones at Park Street. Everyone, ranging from pedestrians to motorists, and passers-by will be provided water.

So, if you can think, you can change, join us so that we could help you to change.

For more info :- Shuffle

I was all set to leave for the boring college trip to Pune. I knew I was bored, but I didn’t have anything to do. My laptop had less charge, and there wasn’t any best friend nearby in my AC cabin with whom I could share my thoughts and discuss college life with him. Now, I was all alone, because incidentally in my cabin there weren’t any co passenger as well. I was already pissed off, but I had no option, but to sit, and watch videos on my phone. Luckily there was a charging point so I plugged in my laptop so that it could charge it’s batteries. And meanwhile I started watching a South Indian movie.

Incidentally, the movie I started playing was Allu Arjun’s “Arya 2”. Though I wasn’t much fond of South Indian movies, but I liked Allu Arjun’s style of acting very much. And, slowly the movie came to the point where the song “Ringa Ringa” was about to play. Suddenly, I could see that, instead of the item girl Erina Andriana performing on the song, I could see a familiar face of Bollywood who was dancing with Allu Arjun. On seeing keenly, I realized it was none other than the famous Anushka Manchanda performing with him. And I was glad to see her, performing and rocking the atmosphere of the song with Allu Arjun. The synchronization seemed to be perfect. And, on top of that her voice, was simply food for the ears. I could simply do nothing, but see the whole video, awestruck, and also, thinking, how did the item girl change because, I had seen the song “Ringa Ringa” earlier and I knew it wasn’t Anushka in the song. But, it was a wonderful experience.

Suddenly, a lady woke me up and said, “Is it Seat no 23?”. I realized that I fell asleep watching Arya 2. I woke up, rubbed my eyes and saw the screen, where the Ringa Ringa song had just ended, and Allu Arjun went away with a girl, wearing the same outfit as Anushka was wearing in my dream. After that I replied the lady, that I had accidentally slept on her seat because she hadn’t arrived then. Then we exchanged talks and as usual, the journey continued.

I’m still wondering. Was it a dream? Was it reality? Did Anushka actually perform on Ringa Ringa? Was Allu Arjun actually with Anushka dancing on Ringa Ringa? What was it?

I doubt, these questions won’t be answered as long as I see them both, performing on the very same song I dreamt of!

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