Monday, 6 April 2020

COVID-19 - A clear warning that today's civilization is 'playing with fire'

Corona Virus outbreak in 2019-2020 has brought the whole world economy into a standstill. People all over the world are now busy trying to survive under a locked down situation with limited ration. They are hoping for the corona virus pandemic to end so that they can go back to their normal life again even after a heavy loss of human lives in various countries.

But are we not forgetting something? Don't we need to consider the fact that this outbreak of a contagious disease is nothing but a warning by Mother Nature to the humans?

Mother Nature has been sending us messages after messages with the ongoing climate crisis and widespread pandemics of viral disease outbreaks that humanity was placing too many pressures on the natural world with damaging consequences.

Over the last few decades it has been noticed that human infectious disease outbreaks are rising. Scientists are relating this phenomenon to the transmission of transmittable diseases from animals to humans that lead to epidemics and huge number of deaths. In recent years there have been Ebola, bird flu, Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers), Rift Valley fever, severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars), West Nile virus and Zika virus ourbreaks - all cross from animals to humans.

But how do these transmissions of diseases happen? Read the blog here.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Democracy fails where political ignorance is bliss

When I was young, I was taught that democracy is the best form of government because it is better than a dictatorship – the most exploitative form of government. The people living in a democratic country have the right to elect their representatives to run the state. When you give one vote to the person who promises you certain good things, and you let him win elections, you get a good government. That is the popular notion.

Vote in an institutionalized democratic country happens at regular intervals, mostly in every 3 – 5 years. During election time, we all are bombarded with a lot of information, news, rallies, agendas, and promises of ruling and opposition parties, etc. We get overwhelmed, and when the prime time comes, like responsible citizens, we visit the polling booth to cast our votes in favor of our favorite candidates. But the problem is the average voter doesn’t know how to vote, and that’s why in most cases, democracy doesn’t function well. The very way we perceive democracy and choose our representatives leads us one step closure to the failure of it.

A full adaptation of this blog topic was published on The ArmChair Journal with the title: Democracy fails where political ignorance is bliss on 14th March 2020.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Mythical monsters in modern disguise

At first, I thought it might be the job post I shared on groups. Yes, the post was related to the steel and metallurgy industry. But nowhere in my post, I mentioned that I belong to the same field. The guy must have made a mistake.

So to clear his doubts, I asked him to show proof of where he has seen my name is related to the steel and metallurgy field.

To my utter dismay, he replied with a nasty slap.

“Aapne change kardithi mere picture lene se pehle” (You have changed it before I could take a screenshot)

These are social media trolls, some "monsters in disguise" the number of which is increasing day by day, like zombies, infecting others and making their victims suffer from mental agony.  It is unlikely that such malicious behaviour will be removed by imposing strict laws.

A full adaptation of this blog topic was published on The ArmChair Journal with the title: Social media trolls: Mythical monsters in modern disguise on 17th February 2020.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

When would Indian grooms stop looking for ‘Homely girls’?

I first heard this term ‘homely girl’ in 2002, when my friend Ritu got married. She was only 23 then. Her sister’s brother-in-law liked her very much and so proposed her for the marriage. After completing her bachelor’s, Ritu was married off to that guy. Later I came to know that the person liked her, mainly because she was homely. And indeed she was. She was a gentle-natured good looking girl, an expert homemaker, and could well mingle with children.

That was a long time back. I was very young then and did not give any heed to the concept of ‘homeliness’ then. Neither did I try to make myself a ‘homely character’ like my friend Ritu, acceptable to all members of the society. I thought it was just an old-fashioned concept meant for those who are eventually interested in making a family and not a career. I firmly believed that well-educated guys with modern outlook don’t believe in such a concept. But I was wronged several times later in my life. Even today, I see many urban guys in our society want ‘homely girls’ for marriage.

India is progressing. Yet, when the question of marriage arises, the groom and his family prefers a "homely girl" as their "bahu".

A full adaptation of this blog topic was published on The ArmChair Journal with the title: When would Indian grooms stop looking for ‘Homely girls’? on 14th January 2020.

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

The man who wanted a motherly love from his wife

Naren was a successful lawyer based in Kolkata. Being the only child of the family, he was a darling to his mother who showered boundless love and affection upon him. Naren grew up as a perfect ‘ma ka beta’ who loved his mother dearly and vowed to do anything for her.

Naren was brought up by his mother in such a way that he became dependent on her, who helped in his daily routine. Apart from his job and going to the market for grocery shopping, he was naive in doing household chores. The level of dependency became so much that, when she was diagnosed with cancer and died within a year, Naren was utterly devastated.

This is the real-life story of a narcissistic guy, who wants to marry a woman so that he can get back the comfortable life his mother had given him.

A full adaptation of this blog topic was published on The ArmChair Journal with the title: The man who wanted a motherly love from his wife on 19th December 2019.

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