Secular Nation: Interpreting the Preamble

  – Chandra Shekher Mishra The conflicts surrounding the term secularism stem primarily from its parochial interpretations. And in yesteryear, these conflicts have caused massive intolerance amongst people on religious lines. The religion-based political narratives deserve a fair share of credit for this. But there is no denying that intolerance towards religion has long permeated the so-called secular or pseudo-secular people. The pseudo-seculars, too, have a parochial … Continue reading Secular Nation: Interpreting the Preamble

The Crying Mask

– Satyakam Ray Eyes are red, inflicted with pain,pouring heavily with stoic strain. The heart is heavy; the soul is numb,witnessing theatrics is dumb. This is my front, covering the face,saving the real below the surface. Serving my purpose, I am the mask,belies the feelings; that’s my task. My front side bearing the brunt,Rear watching the grin-quite stunned. Things have changed; I have reversed the … Continue reading The Crying Mask

Surveillance Nationalism

– Satyakam Ray Renowned Science fiction writer Isaac Asimov wrote, “The government doesn’t want any system of transmitting information to remain unbroken unless it’s under its control.” The fictional tale of the past becomes a factual present if we consider the recent mass surveillance programs conducted by various governments. These Programs are the tip of the iceberg. After the 9/11 attack on the US, several … Continue reading Surveillance Nationalism

Capitalistic baboon verbatim

      – Satyakam Ray Recently one web series has gained popularity on the Indian OTT platform. That’s none other than The Family Man. The Manoj Bajpayee starred spy thriller has become the talk of the town. Apart from the terrorists, Srikant Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee) had to deal with his family members – specifically his daughter Dhriti. The teenager is adamant and speaks typical verbatim, which … Continue reading Capitalistic baboon verbatim

Does Proximity to nature enhance the sense of detecting danger?

– SatyaKam Ray Before any danger of natural calamities, animals somehow get a subtle hint about an imminent event. The following examples are testimonies of strange animal behavior. Considering the instances, some questions might pop out in rational minds. Few scientific theories have been put forward to answer the above questions. But the puzzle remains unsolved and needs further clarification and research from the scientific … Continue reading Does Proximity to nature enhance the sense of detecting danger?

WhatsApp Online-offline Peek-a-boo

  –Satyakam Ray When Brian Acton and John koum co-founded WhatsApp in 2009, little did they know that the messaging app would be a hit among 2 billion users worldwide by February 2020? It has impacted millions of active users’ social and mental well-being in India and the world. The mere conversion of the grey to the blue color tick often provides a virtual sigh of … Continue reading WhatsApp Online-offline Peek-a-boo

Konark- A tale of Open Society

– Satyakam Ray After seeing the mesmerizing Konark sun temple, the awe-inspiring artistic masterpiece, great Poet Rabindranath Tagore, had minced no words to applaud the beauty. He said, “Here, the language of the stone surpasses the language of man.”   No wonder Konark Sun temple, also known as the black pagoda, features among the seven wonders of India, along with the likes of the Taj Mahal … Continue reading Konark- A tale of Open Society

Afterlife thoughts: What happens when one dies?

– Satyakam Ray In Marvel’s cinematic universe, the Black Panther star late actor Chadwick Boseman has a lot of influence. When T’challa (Boseman) lost his father during the civil war movie, he told the Black widow about his beliefs. According to T’challa, death is not the end in his culture. It’s mere of a stepping-off point. Your reach out with both hands, and Bast and Sekhmet, they lead … Continue reading Afterlife thoughts: What happens when one dies?

Lycanthrope: Werewolves from mythology and beyond

– Aparna Chatterjee Human curiosity knows no limit. While this fascination can lead to the discovery of the theory of relativity and compel others to some lucid dream, human-animal hybrid characters leave no stone unaltered in arousing the imagination of curiosity-seekers worldwide. We have angels, human-like figures with wings; Sekhmet, a woman with a cat head; Centaurs having the upper body of a human and … Continue reading Lycanthrope: Werewolves from mythology and beyond

The Dark comedy-an alternate form of humor

   – Satyakam Ray Here goes a 100% true story. Once, an IAS officer, very respected for his work ethic and integrity, retired from service. His phone, emails, and social media accounts were inundated with congratulatory messages. But one question kept asking him what he would do to kill time. All the questions were good-intended, though they bothered the “recently retired” bureaucrat. One day upon … Continue reading The Dark comedy-an alternate form of humor

Celebration of Lyadh

– Satyakam Ray The time is 11 pm. Popcorn, snacks & coke is all set for a blithesome weekend of binge-watching. You start the Netflix show on TV, being comfortably placed on the couch, and titillate yourself with vicarious exploits. Suddenly you realize the remote is not close by, and you have to increase the volume. By a cursory glance, you discover that the hiccup … Continue reading Celebration of Lyadh

How to deal with the family WhatsApp group?

– Satyakam Ray Technology has made the gap between extended family members a little bit narrow by introducing us to WhatsApp. This short article is all about the social coherence of the extended family WhatsApp group. The burgeoning family intimacy and urge to connect socially generally lead to the creation of a great extended family WhatsApp group. Usually, any uncle or aunt leads the way … Continue reading How to deal with the family WhatsApp group?