Fast fashion and its environmental tax

– Aparna Chatterjee As the world continues to battle with the pandemic and collapsing ecosystem, plastic stands to be one of the dangerous threats; a whole system left unchecked for a long time might lead us to choke in the future. Fast fashion is one of the rapidly growing industries. The amalgamation of big profitable corporations with their top-notch marketing teams directing our consumption with … Continue reading Fast fashion and its environmental tax

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

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; reversed the role,and showing … 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. In August 2014, it was reported that the Australian law-enforcement agencies had been accessing the web … 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 a 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. 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

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?