What #facebookdown taught me!

As I made my 9th frantic attempt to log in to facebook, I realised that the quest was futile. The familiar azure tint of Facebook was not comforting me anytime soon.

But how could it be? It’s FACEBOOK for god sake! Most of my other websites are connected to it. I hardly need to remember any passwords now. But what now?

How will I stay in touch through nonchalant ‘likes’ and cordial but mechanical smiles? Or feel ‘connected’ to my college mates?

With an elephantine communicator out of the picture, I resorted to archaic means. I called my friend on his birthday. I walked out of my house to congratulated my neighbours on their new car. Yes, talked to them, yes, in person.

#facebookdown has definitely raised questions about my preferences regarding communication. This bizarre habit of staring at an all familiar azure tint has murdered my interpersonal skills. It’s time I revive communication beyond comment boxes.

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Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Tamil Nadu analysis

Tamil Nadu goes to polls on the 24th of April 2014. The elections in the 39 parliamentary seats would be conducted in one phase. The near 72.14 million population of Tamil Nadu is divided amongst 7 Scheduled caste and 32 General seats of the Lok Sabha. The capital city of Chennai has been divided into three constituencies of Chennai North, Chennai South and Chennai Central.

The DMK is one of the oldest and most power parties contesting the elections. The DMK had effectively consolidated itself after coming to power in the 1967 elections. After the untimely demise of party founder C N Annadurai, M Karunanidhi became the Chief Minster of the state and has since been heading the DMK.  There has been fierce infighting within the DMK to ascertain Karunanidhi’s successor. The battle ranges between siblings M K Alagiri and M K Stalin. Continue reading “Lok Sabha Elections 2014: Tamil Nadu analysis”

A village in industrial Noida: Parthala Khanjarpur

A village in industrial Noida: Parthala Khanjarpur

NOTE: NOIDA as an acronym means New Okhla Industrial Development Authority. Due to common parlance, this region of Gautambudhnagar is referred to as Noida. This has resulted in the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority being called Noida Authority itself.

­­“Some 15 years back, it used to be difficult to find a bride for the grooms of this village. The village folk stole cattle from nearby villages as no form of vegetation could be cultivated on these lands. The times have definitely changed here now,” Freelance Journalist reporting from NOIDA from the past 10 years, Amit Chowdhary quipped when asked about villages that were occupied by the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA).

Photo 1: Village children enjoy an evening with Amrapali Platinum residential towers in the backdrop
Photo 1: Village children enjoy an evening with Amrapali Platinum residential towers in the backdrop

Barely five kilometres from the Noida City Centre metro station on the Noida-Greater Noida link road is Parthala Khanjarpur, a village exemplifying this phenomenon. The Noida authority had developed the village lands at the behest of builders who seek urbanised backdrops for developing residential colonies. Multi-storeyed residential apartments of Amarapali, Eldeco, Gaur, Unitech, Supertech, Ajnara and Aranya have emerged out of the barren lands of this village. While the acquisition has resulted in wealth being endowed on this region, the relative urbanisation of the acquired lands reflects poorly on the now reduced village areas.
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The Grand Old Party of Tamil Nadu through the prism of political evolution: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam

The political history of South India intertwines at odd ends with the one of the North. In 1944, North India transited from the Quit India movement to the Gandhi-Jinnah talks on Pakistan.

Dravida Munnetra Kazhgham leader Kalaignar Karunanidhi (Courtesy: The Hindu)
Dravida Munnetra Kazhgham leader Kalaignar Karunanidhi (Courtesy: The Hindu)

South India on the other hand raged with a ‘quit India’ movement of its own. The emergence of anti-Hindi, anti-North sentiments ruled the roster and virtually paralleled the anti-British notions. Leading the front was the Dravida Kazhagam (Dravidian Federation), a metamorphosis of the Justice Party under E V Naiker. [1] Continue reading “The Grand Old Party of Tamil Nadu through the prism of political evolution: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam”

Tea stall

“Thus, chaos precedes tranquillity,” amidst affirmative nods, the man wearing a blue Fabindia kurta declares. Before one could verbally rebut, “Amma, ek aur chai (Mother, another cup of tea)” follows and then continues the confab. Intently involved in absorbing this conversation, the young helper, Akram scurries to refill coffers with a saccharine brew that transcends social dimensions. Come evening, Amma smiles at her fortunes; there was good business today. She earned ₹ 400 and can finally purchase the sari she saved money for.

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Thriving on technology

Thriving on technology

Cheap Chinese built speakers blare thumping beats as labourers scuttle their way back after a hard day of work. The mood is set for Harish Kumar who is saunters towards an exemplification of how computer technology has trickled down to the fundamentals of society. Intently, he flips through the pages of a soft bound register as he searches for the song, movie or video that would best suit his demeanour or desire.

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