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Let my country awake into the heaven of Freedom

An open letter from a proud Indian to all humans:
As we mark the 72nd year of India’s independence, my heart swells with pride and honor to be a part of such a diverse and unique nation. This journey from a British colony to a democratic nation has been phenomenal. So many sacrifices and battles to recover the lost freedom of the nation, where all the countrymen stood together and struggled to liberate mother India from foreign rule.  Today is the day to remember our glorious past and rejoice in the free air.                                           But sadly also a day to reflect on our present, on how fragmented we have become. I do not see a difference between Maulana Hasrat Mohani who coined the words ‘Inqalab Zindabad’ (Long Live Revolution) and Bhagat Singh who proceeded quite cheerfully towards the gallows while chanting his favorite slogans like “Inqalab Zindabad” and “Down with British Imperialism”. Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and all other religions present then in India fought sh…

A Fireside chat with Gunjan Jain

I had the privilege of attending a fireside chat session with Gunjan Jain, the best-selling author of 'She Walks, She Leads - Women who inspire India'. "She Walks, She Leads" is a book which profiles twenty-four iconic women in modern India. These leaders tell their stories, up close and personal. Their relentless ambition to shatter the glass ceiling, their pursuit for excellence and the challenges that came their way – all of this is captured vividly in this exclusive anthology. Each chapter is based on extensive research and has never-seen-before photographs of these luminaries. The chapters are followed by interviews with their companions and close confidants who have seen them grow over the years. The women leaders profiled in the book come from different fields like banking, media, cinema, sports, fashion, philanthropy and industry.
The fireside chat session was held with this brilliant author whose story is no less inspiring than any of them mentioned in her …

Silent Mania

Tearing me up from within my bliss
A little tepid, a little bit soft as I reside
Calming me from side to side while holding me close
She pushes me away, thinking I'm sometimes gross
I measure myself as I tread while I lay
I wish her to be gentle, it's all that I can pray
To be truthful, parts of me wants to stay
Others think that perhaps tis time
Solitude is too noisy
Self-absorbed music sometimes too quiet
I wrestle with the wind which calls my name
Pushing me to and fro while she does the very same
I muscle up the courage to ask why
She replies, "Baby, don't you know? It's time to cry"

-- Aritro Ghosh

ADDICTION- The Truth

Addiction. In our world there’s nothing more terrifying than that. All these psychopathic killers, violent husbands and even evil spirits, they are all frightening examples of chaos. However as true as that might be we tend to overlook the fact that at the end of the day it is their addictions that make them so. All addictions bring you to only gain a considerable amount of pain unless you use that deadly feature the right way. For example, craving success including fame and glory. Now that by itself is just plain normal, however if it gets out of hand and you start going to just about any extent then you can say it’s time to stop your addiction.
Every person on this earth today faces some form of addiction. Some enjoy the ride while others are cautious from the start of it so they fortunately can’t reach the finish line. Now again I am not saying addiction is bad, what I mean is that all the people who drink, smoke, love someone, hate someone and so on let the resulting obsession cont…

Beastly Fiction

Rotting away into madness. Slaying into one’s dreams. Cursing away into a shallow melancholia Surfacing at least once, in bitter streams
A small rose, belonging to the beast Beauty turns a nod once every red moon “Take this rose in exchange for shelter from the bitter cold” “Go away!”
As he is turned away, the rose looks up An imaginary smile but there was a real embrace.
“Thank you for letting me in” Beauty welcomed the beast after all
The passive surface of two minds is his domain The words uttered did not remain It kept him still Two souls entered melancholia The world now went in for the kill
Sudden silence caught his pace All his flaws reached him now Sudden minds pierced him silly The fell did see as they won the race
As his utter silence did cry out She kept her book and sang oblivious A hidden parchment in her thoughts Crumpled language here and about As the claws hustled back in control Anger steady, suffering still did behold In between his fingers, rested a red soul Terrified of the invisible an…

How Commodities Have Evolved Over Time

Nowadays we have so many different forms and facts surrounding us, as we live our lives. So many various things that govern us while at the same time becoming a part of us. Some of them new, and growing while others have been from time immemorial. Some very wide scale and detrimental of these substances include commodities like food, transport, means of communication like telephones, television, and even the internet. Some of these commodities, having started on a basic scale have over time become frequent necessities of our daily lives. While television and the internet were created for the purpose of making communication faster have now become necessary paths for daily communication. This is because as time flies, so does the force known as “Evolution”, a part of it being the force of habit.
As funny as it sounds, it’s the growth in the habits surrounding the increase in our needs that causes every new invention and discovery to eventually turn from an existing need to a necessary n…

Kar Har Maidaan Fateh – Sanju Review

‘Sanju’ is the biopic of one of the most treasured Bollywood actors, Sanjay Dutt, or "Sanju" as he is fondly called by his friends and peers. Similarly named, the movie is directed by Munnabhai creator and director Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The film is inspired by real life events of Sanjay Dutt. It takes one on a roller coaster ride of highs and lows, but most importantly it touches on the spirit of life, of how we rise from the very ashes of our destruction.
Sanjay dutt belonged to the family of cinematic legends, his father, Sunil Dutt was an Indian movie actor, producer, director and politician. Nargis Dutt, Sanjay’s mother was an Indian actress, who starred in many classic films of Bollywood alongside stalwarts like Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar. She was highly regarded as one of the greatest actresses in the history of Hindi cinema. This film is on a man with with multiple shades to himself and one who's lived a life of extremes like it were…

Content in Context

INITIAL BACKGROUND Content, as per basic definition is a form of communication of ideas, as well as a medium with which thoughts are also expressed. However content over the years has become much more than just a news article. It has become a basis for the creation of the future as well as the documentation of the present. In the initial times, dating back centuries to the prehistoric age, content began as simple yet significant signs and symbols. The simple and complex words that we know today, ranging through hundreds of languages were once sets of singular drawings. The form of content back then, though may seem complicated to us now because of how we know it to be organized, for the Neanderthals it was fairly basic. As time went by, it fell on the next line of civilizations to curb out all the forms and feature the finer works. With time therefore, civilizations like the mayans and romans helped content move from the confines of just being physical print, such as monumental statues …

Be strong but not unbreakable

What is true courage? Is courage standing on the cliff and jumping off fearlessly or is courage the power to accept the fact that one is afraid to do so?  Both of them are acts of courage, of being able to embrace oneself; of being the person you were born to be. Do not be afraid to feel weak or strong, or the pressure of judgement, feel exactly as you want to and express it as it is. You do not have to be perfect or act so, nobody in this world is perfect. Humans make mistakes, it forms their essence, everyone falters at some point of life. In trying to be perfect, we forget the real perfection lies in being more ourselves.
It is important to realize that our best efforts always do not make it to the ultimate result, maybe our efforts were not good enough to reach that destination, but it does not in any way indicate that one hasn’t given their best. You don’t have to live up to expectations, including your own forecast. You need to realize that it is ok to make mistakes, it is comp…

Atharv’18

Ever thought about glorifying yourself with exuberant talents in a big stage or have you ever dreamt of getting featured in the huge canvas circumscribing the boulevard? If yes, then this September, it’s time for you to hit the streets and experience the wide festive of colors coming into life in the form of Atharv’18, the cultural and management fest of IIM Indore. And these wide colors have been clubbed into the primaries of Cultural and Manlit events, appending the high octane competitive fun into them. The Cultural Events of Atharv include a wide variety of exhilarating competitions that have a place for everyone's talent. These events are your destination if you want to experience crazy competition along with fun, glamour and lots of excitement, added to a golden opportunity of facing the best. If you think you are worthy of the Dance throne, we have Bailar and Verve for you, and if you’re ready for a music battle, join us with Crescendo and Delirium.
Gear up your gamer with Pe…

War and Peace with Dreams

Dreams are the cherished ideals or ambitions which one hopes to pursue and achieve in life. Dreams have different connotations for every human. Some dream to become a billionaire and some just dream of attaining happiness. Whatever the goal may be, dreams make us and at moments also break us apart.
This dream of being someone or attaining something keeps us going, it is the eternal drive for the human conscience. Every great transformation and change begins with a simple dream. Yes, even the idea for our biggest search engine came from dreams. Founder Larry Page dreamt of Google, seeing that he & Sergey Brin could make a business by “downloading the entire web onto computers”. You don’t have to be extraordinary to actualize your dreams, you just have to put your heart and soul into that very ambition and the results will yield.
Another important aspect when it comes to one's dreams is that there is no overnight success. To be toiling away one day and have a massive hit the next …

Meaningful Music of the Ages

When we look at the state of music today, some things appall us while some things bring our hopes back and keep them there until we’re forced to lose it again. Truth be told, if we are from the early 20th century we know the olden music. For those from the late twentieth century, the likes of Beatles, Queen, The Rolling Stones, and not to mention Led Zeppelin are the definition of music for us. If we’re from the 90s we definitely have seen enough of everything because of Guns n Roses, One Direction, Backstreet Boys, Blink 182, and Spice Girls. We also look back to the previous times and say “Those were the days”. We can but hope that they still live in the hearts of the coming generation as well.
Truth be told, Western music hails supreme among many of the people in Kolkata as well as other parts of India alongside their own. The situation however with Western music is less of a debate as we see less meaningless songs being produced by them.
Now calm your horses for one minute if you t…

Life gives you choices. You just have to choose

In a world where we are constantly in search of opportunities to make something of our lives, we lose the motivation to actually live life. Now you might go into a stream of thought as I start to tell you how all that you mainly have been doing with your life uptil now is worry about how much time you spent at work today; the vast load that was still sitting on your desk when you left at around 9, or even how less you got paid at the end of that tiresome month. The concrete analogy I am putting up here is that all this time you’ve been spending in worry; torturing yourself with questions about why haven’t evolved yet; in the meantime, your days are going by slowly, and your inner heat is also leaving you. You have to admit it, you ain’t going to stay fit without working out and you certainly aren’t getting smarter without continuously learning new things. So the way I see it, you have to start living your life more than you live your job. Now I know what you’re thinking: Easier said t…

Give Life a Shot. Don't Throw It Away.

The results of the ICSE and ISC have been declared and other Board results are on their way. 12 suicides have already been recorded as yet, dissatisfied students giving up on life for a mere mark sheet. Marks are important but it is not the end, it is a major intermediary step in achieving dreams but not the final path.
This is where the approach matters, how one deals with failure is crucial.  The correct way is to analyze that where one went wrong and take corrective measures in all future activities. It does not require one to ponder on it daily and blame self every moment. The simple fact here is ignored that this has been done and not at any cost can be reversed, time has been spent and now useless thought over the issue wastes more time. Energy should be utilized for finding the solution and search the way forward.
Taunts and comments of the world need to put into a jet and be sent off the space of your mind. Needless to say that belief and trust in self is pertinent here. Reco…

5 GREAT BUFFETS OF KOLKATA TO CONSIDER FOR YOUR NEXT OUTING

Buffets have been the latest favourites of the foodies. There have been numerous restaurants offering buffet presently in Kolkata. Some of the best buffets of Kolkata are as follows :
JW KITCHEN, JW MARRIOTT :  Lunch from Monday to Friday is offered at 1250 inclusive taxes without alcohol from 12.30 pm to 3 pm. Dinner buffet is offered at a price of 1625 from Monday to Sunday from 7 to 11 pm.Whereas, Saturday brunch price is 1500 with unlimited beer. Sunday brunch is at 1850 with unlimited beer is available. Barbeque Nations :  Lunch from Monday to Sunday is available at 790 plus taxes from 12 noon to 2.45 pm for non veg. For vegetarians its available at 686 plus taxes.
HAKA :  Lunch from Monday to Friday is available at a price of 540 from 1pm to 3.30 pm. Whereas for Saturday and Sunday it is available at 604 from 12.30 to 3.30 pm.
SIGREE GLOBAL GRILL :  Sigree offers one of the best buffets in town at a very affordable rate of 721 and 821 plus taxes for lunch and dinner respecti…

Empowering Youth Voices against Human Trafficking

On the 26th of April a seminar for empowering youth voices to combat human trafficking was held in the American Center. I was privileged enough to attend it and it was really an eye opener. Human Trafficking is the action or practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation.
It is a major issue in our country but is often ignored as non-existent. We feel that human trafficking is a problem which only affects the illiterate or the poor. This is a myth which was busted in this seminar. Several facts were highlighted like trafficking happens every day, and in nearly every community. It might be occurring in the neighborhood without your attention and functioning a full scale racket.
The seminar also emphasized that Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other t…

Oras Scrapers

Blood flowing down my scalp,  heat that has released after a long sabbatical, sabbatical
Hear the wringing sound of the rags you drop in town, Soaked in all the rain, sweeped down the city drains (Ooooh) Merlot is the famed bringer of  Sanguine Shame, returning the gaze of forlorn trains of thought of a once inhabited fortresses of a robust mind (Oh Oh) Robust minds lingering  like the graves lining the scrap sold for the gain of a spade toiling in vain Gouge those sockets out that let me witness this drought I have seen enough Unflinchingly still at the marauder's bust in pain
By: Prajesh Konchady