Anandapur Chronicles: The Naagmani

– Satyakam Ray There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. – Maya Angelou. History is not only about who won the battles, who owned what, or what dramatized endings happened over the centuries. An essential factor that keeps missing in the historian’s narrative is the people’s personal lives, struggles, achievements, how they perceive things, and what were their ambitions. If … Continue reading Anandapur Chronicles: The Naagmani

Anandapur Chronicles: Encountering wild elephants

–Satyakam Ray [Anandapur Chronicles- 1st story- The Naagmani] This is the second installment of Anandapur Chronicles. The beautiful aerial view of the Hadagada reservoir doesn’t fully justify the scenic spectacular it creates in the eyes of bemused tourists upon the first visit. The hidden tourist treasure is located just 35 kilometers from Anandapur. Adjoining the reservoir, there is a significantly less known but magnificent Gada … Continue reading Anandapur Chronicles: Encountering wild elephants

The last Momo Soliloquy

– Satyakam Ray Preamble for the Reader: It’s a work of metaphor. The monologue is described by a momo, coincidentally the last momo on the plate. Sometimes, the character speaks to the chutney(spicy) about her anguishes, feelings, and whatnot. So, it’s up to the reader’s imagination to figure out the real meaning of this literary work.  Scenario 1-10 Momos on a Plate:- Yet, I am … Continue reading The last Momo Soliloquy

Marketing today: the race to be more relatable

– Aparna Chatterjee With the launch of platforms connecting people online, we all knew a new phenomenon would take us by storm. From Orkut to Instagram, we have come a long way in perceiving information and showcasing our lives. Initially, we did have a considerable stigma around it. Society tries to govern what one can and cannot post. But every social media platform lets us … Continue reading Marketing today: the race to be more relatable

Shakti- The divine power

        – Aparna Chatterjee Mystics all around the world have thrived on the concept of duality. Parties on the opposite side of the see-saw and the balance between them dictated the equilibrium of the human mind and society. India, for one, has come far by accepting these concepts a little more than others in its culture and religion. Although the traditions and the ancient mythology … Continue reading Shakti- The divine power

The lady in the White

  –Aparna Chatterjee Another busy day at the bank and handling the pension section is not an easy task. Every day there are cases where the grandmas and grandpas cannot even understand what they are supposed to do. Yes, I treat them like my own Ajji and Dadu; I guess that’s why they come so openly with their problems. Not many children look after their … Continue reading The lady in the White

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 the 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 … Continue reading Secular Nation: Interpreting the Preamble

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 is … 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. In the second largest national park of Srilanka, Yala National Park, elephants were seen running away to the higher grounds before the Tsunami hit the coastal lands. Similar incidents were reported in Thailand also. Not only elephants, … 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

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 coming asking him what he would do to kill time. All the questions were good-intended though bother the “recently retired” bureaucrat. One day upon … Continue reading The Dark comedy-an alternate form of humor