Xavier- the “meme” guy

– Satyakam Ray The slightly pale-looking guy named Xavier in the comment section is everywhere on the internet: Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. The pun-intended messages at every possible funny picture on social media by one guy named Xavier are widespread and adored by millions of fans. Going by the name Pakalu Papito, Xavier memes are legendary and, since 2013, very active on Facebook. Xavier-Chronicles: Launched … Continue reading Xavier- the “meme” guy

Sangam Literature

– Aparna Chatterjee Ancient India adorned many dialects and languages. There were several language families seven that we know of. But two families dominated the subcontinent and continued flourishing- Indo-Aryan and Dravidian Languages. We have found ancient texts and manuscripts from both branches. We now know them as Sangam. However, one particular work still makes us wonder about the advancements when humans of many regions … Continue reading Sangam Literature

Sonu Sood is not the Messiah- he’s beyond that! 

  – Satyakam Ray I am no Messiah – the book published by Penguin on Bollywood actor Sonu Sood’s generosity during the covid-19 pandemic is a guiding stone on ethics and people skills. The badass silver-screen villain is a well-spoken kind-hearted soul whose heart melts by seeing the unspoken hardship of the migrants or the patients suffering due to lack of oxygen. Such was the … Continue reading Sonu Sood is not the Messiah- he’s beyond that! 

Explaining the Farm Bills

  – Satyakam Ray A lot of political humdrum had already happened over the issue; still, ordinary folks were clueless about what exactly was the case with the farm bills and why such a hue and cry went on. This article tries to demystify the farm bills for the clarity of everyone. Let’s heed the issue with empathy and logic.  The crust of the protest … Continue reading Explaining the Farm Bills

Get Nicotine free!

  – Aparna Chatterjee SMOKING is one of the most banned globally, followed by the paradox that its production is not stopped. In India, smoking has been known for as long as 2000 BC, when cannabis was smoked for medicinal purposes. Being mentioned first in the Atharvaveda, along with dhooppaan (drinking smoke) of fumigations and fire offerings in Ayurveda, this practice became a trend to get high. … Continue reading Get Nicotine free!

Old triggers die hard.

– Aparna Chatterjee Staring outside the window,Feeling the wind as it blows,The aroma of our favorite pizza house fills up my nose.My mind goes to the time before we drifted apart,Old triggers die hard. An inquisitive stare, a curious look,I could tell if you liked something or were shaken.Flabbergasted how things fell apart,Old triggers die hard. Was it a word or a phrase you used?I … Continue reading Old triggers die hard.

Him in the veil

– Aditi Anvita One clear evenfall, on the way back home,She speculated a dark figure around. She felt tiresome, or it was real,She moved her steps towards it. As she advanced,The shape walked ahead too. Everything was not a clear vision,It appeared intriguing. Finding it difficult not to follow,She determined to check that fellow. A few minutes later, it became staticAnd crouched itself on a … Continue reading Him in the veil

Ruskin Bond- the Writer from the Hills

– Satyakam Ray It’s always the same with mountains. Once you have lived with them for any time, you belong to them. There is no escape. – the quote by Ruskin Bond is quite apt considering the life itinerary of the master storyteller who has lived a vast chunk of his writing career in the hills inspired by nature. Listening to the birds chirping, the … Continue reading Ruskin Bond- the Writer from the Hills

Gen-Z challenges

– Satyakam Ray The entire population has been divided into four prominent demographics. The aspiration, opportunity, and challenges differ from each other. The demographic variations among the people decide the perspective for each generation. Types of Demographies: Gen-Z problems: The younger generation of Gen-Z is born with a gadget-savvy world and abundant resources to learn and grow. But still, they face problems that the previous … Continue reading Gen-Z challenges

Lost in the crowd

        – Satyakam Ray I want my beacon; I want my beacon, Lost in the crowd without any direction. People are running at a maddening speed, Nobody feels relaxed as a need. “I have no time” being the mantra, No leisure to watch a rainbow or spectra. Racing in the herd to get approval from cynics, “Money” is the primary success metric. Education, expectations, and … Continue reading Lost in the crowd

Ink went dry

       – Satyakam Ray Flickering lights scattered,on the way home,illuminating the dark path,the soul being cleansed. A plethora of words, emotions,stuck in the heart,helpless rants, dwindling reflections,want a way out. Feels secluded on an island,among blue vastness,choked heart with stoic silence,the meandering soul being restless. Sitting on the balcony,watching the crowd go north,muted aspirations, feeling numb,the zeal has gone south. A blank piece of paper, … Continue reading Ink went dry

Khordha Diaries-The Jungle Story

– Satyakam Ray Love is manifested more if it senses an untimely irreversible separation by fortuitous means or deliberate manner. This philosophy works not only in the case of humans but also among animals, which can be felt. In his youth, my father used to go on hunting trips to escape the mundane aspects of living. It’s his first-hand experience that is the essential crux … Continue reading Khordha Diaries-The Jungle Story