Pre-celebration: an epidemic to an unrest society

It all started with some mobile operator. Somewhere between 2005 and 2008. Indian mobile operators started blackout days when no special price pack would work. Usually, these are the celebration days when people wish their friends and family. What do you do in this situation? You will probably send a wish in advance. So did the whole India. I could remember people started wishing ‘happy new year!’ on the last day of the December. I used to believe one can wish new year in the whole month of January. Not in the month of December!! But it was the 31st of December, so I could understand the eagerness of wishing in advance. I never thought this could lead to a series of changes in our society. In the very next year when December 31st also marked as blackout day people started wishing even before. complete article

Colors of India through the lens

Dokra Art from BishnupurOn 72nd independence day of India, I tried to collect 72 color photos from my collection. These are taken between 2011 to 2018 from different parts of India. complete article

Varna System in Modern India

It is unfortunate that in India everyone belongs to a group (referred to caste) just based on their birth. But the essence of Varna system was different than the current practice. Purhaphs modern India now has two different systems. One is the birth-based caste system and another one is very close to the code of conduct of the original Varna protha. However, I fear the same fate is waiting for the latter one as well. complete article

Colonial Hangover in India

Every now and then you will hear a term “Colonial Hangover” attributed to some Indian by other fellow Indian. Very recently it was attributed to “The Athletics Federation of India” for their tweet about Hima Das. Let us find out what does “colonial hangover” mean to me and why I believe Indian should never use it to derogate anyone. complete article