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A holiday less expected: From outpouring emotions to encountering reality

A few hours after returning from a memorable trip, I write this with my heart going back to the moments of peace and glee. So much so, that I prefer to write about this trip to Puri rather than any other trip taken in the holidays two months back.

Evening 7:30, plan confirmed for the trip, for the celebration of one of our friend’s birthday. Morning 5:00am, we were all lost at how unprecedented a day can be.

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विच्छेद

आज फिर आँखों के सामने वो सौम्य रूप बार याद आ रहा है| शांत, गंभीर पर उतना ही हँसमुख| एक हल्की सी मुस्कान भी बाकियों के खुश दिखने की सौ चेष्टाओं से ज़्यादा सच्ची लग रही थी| वो गौरव है–सुदृढ़ शरीर, गहरी आँखे, उसके अभिन्न से कद को भिन्न बनाते वो कंधे| व्यंग्य या विरोध की चोट करने से पहले, उन होठो का हल्का मुस्कुराना…आह!

क्यों, क्या हुआ? हूँ मैं महेश की विवाहिता, है मेरा समाज के अबरब के चश्मे में दिखता दो बच्चों और सास-ससुर सहित एक भरा-पूरा परिवार| मेरे जीवन में रिवाज़ों का अंकुश लगाया जा सकता है, मेरी सोच इस बंधन से मुक्त है, स्वच्छंद है| मेरी शर्म मेरे कमरे के पर्दे के पीछे ख़त्म हो जाती है| यहाँ मेरा संसार बसता है–कुचली इच्छाओं का, त्रस्त भावनाओं का, असम्मानित अधिकारों का|

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Crisis of leadership in battle of the ballots

On January 25th India observes National Voters’ Day and this year it is more special with four states bound to see the battle of winning the confidence of the voters. Parties have gone out and out to win over this trust, with the unwavering confidence that they can be successful even after presenting leaders already holding other important positions as the de facto power holders. Bhartiya Janata Party’s persued the voters in Goa presenting to them Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, who also happens to be the former chief minister of the state, as their de facto chief minister and cashing in on his presence and importance in New Delhi.

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From Swami Vivekananda to the youth of India, with love

“You will be nearer to Heaven through football than through study of Gita.”

Only a true saint could have uttered these words, a saint who as much a believer of the God as he was an atheist. This is the reason why Swami Vivekananda is relevant yet today, at times when it feuds based on religion are no surprise and yet intolerance is a myth in that Utopian world.

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कहो कि हमसे ग़िला है क्या?

कहाँ तो इशारों की अठखेलियाँ करोगे,
कहाँ तो रस भरे नग़मे कहोगे,
रसिकों की महफ़िल में,
यूँ नज़रे फेरे दूर बैठे हो,
कहो कि हमसे ग़िला है क्या?

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Emerging from the dynasty cocoon: Akhilesh Yadav vs Rahul Gandhi

‘Akhilesh Yadav’ was the answer a sixth standard student of Uttar Pradesh gave to my query on who the President of India is. The answer gives insights into how Akhilesh Yadav as the Chief Minister hasn’t brought much of a wind of change, still how much influence he has in the state’s politics.

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Any hope for better solid waste management?

Dhenkanal: The enormity of metros seems futile in the serenity of minimalism of Dehenkanal, only to marred off its beauty by spilled waste. The scenic adultery caused by the blood stained sanitary pads scattered all around roads by dogs is just one of the many problems caused by poor waste management like increase in communicable diseases and contamination of natural resources.

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Beyond Gandhi, through the eyes of an artist

The canvas speaks only through colours. It has expressions of its own; the temperature of the colours, the texture, the thickness of the colourful strokes, the mood; every nuance fills with the rush of emotions. It is this language that connects, it is this language that one needs, of emotions and appreciation.

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Leaping big through cottage industries

Dhenkanal: India is a land of opportunities, only if they were made accessible with regulations and policies at their right places in action. A small town it may be, but Dhenkanal sees a big scope in cottage industry, for a town to have been a learned one among others for its indigenous art, craft and natural resources.

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