Call 9-1-1

Call 9-1-1

“Have we found it yet?”

Uncle Sam asked the soldiers as they scooped out heaps of mud.  It was another one of those excavations, of archaeological proportions, which could change the course of history.

This was what the “Little Boy” standing right next to him, was given to understand. He did not, however, know what they were looking for. But the thought of going too far to accomplish their “Civilization Mission” irked him.

“If they kept digging, they will just look like the people we have been hired to civilize,” said the “Little Boy”.

“It is a White Man’s Burden to keep digging till we turn black,” said Uncle Sam pointing at the Little Boy, as rubbles of guns, missiles and bombs kept piling up.

“But why are we civilizing the men who destroyed those two beauties fifteen years ago?”

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An Open Letter to the Netizens

An Open Letter to the Netizens

Has social media reduced distances or increased them? It’s a pertinent question and has been debated for years. Dining table conversations belong to a bygone era since all family members are glued to their smartphone screens. But it doesn’t disturb me so much because it is cutting down on the physical distance between individuals in close emotional proximity. What disturbs me is how social media is gradually changing the very psyche of our mind and making its entire purpose self-defeating. Continue reading “An Open Letter to the Netizens”

6 Things to do in a Drop Year

6 Things to do in a Drop Year

The exam season is on! It’s hectic, it’s frustrating! Once you get out of this exam mode, it is natural to feel disillusioned and tired.

A drop year can not only rejuvenate you but also allow you to explore avenues with a fresh mind. So if you’re uncertain about how your life will shape up, take a drop, explore and make an informed career choice thereafter.

Here are six constructive ways that will help you grow and know yourself better after 12 months:

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“Honey, We Spoilt Our Kids!”

“Honey, We Spoilt Our Kids!”

A couple of months ago, I saw a newspaper advertisement of a renowned real estate firm. It had a picture of a young girl playing golf in a plush green field. The advertisement read, “Don`t you want your children to improve their lifestyles?”

The obsession of the upper middle class to ensure a respectable ‘standard of living’ for their wards has resulted into the entire advertising industry minting money through what has recently become the cash cow of the Indian Inc – the Lifestyle Factor (LSF).

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Dr. Apple

Dr. Apple

 

Year – 2000

Night 1 :

“Can I call you Doctor Apple instead?” I heard myself ask him.

“Yes, dear! You can! But why doctor apple?” The humble voice asked.

“Your name is too long to memorize. Dr. APJ Abdul ahhhh..! Plus, your face looks like an apple. So, AP for Apple. Doctor Apple!”

“Haha! AP for APpropriate,” he replied and then shook me hard. I woke up from my dream only to be on the receiving end of yet another shaking – this time, from Amma.

“Wake up, you fool! Have your breakfast! You`re late for school!,” she yelled. Continue reading “Dr. Apple”

N for Nvironment!

N for Nvironment!

E-books, E-commerce, E-governance, E-banking, E-everything.

Does this E stand for Electronic? Or Environmental? To head towards a paperless society is a progressive move. Sticking to printed books just for the sake of the “scent of the paper” is mere romanticism and is in fact resistance to change. It aches the heart of yours truly to write the aforementioned sentence in the capacity of an avid reader. But, I would rather “type” sitting under a tree than write on a piece of paper that has corroded due to polluted air. Continue reading “N for Nvironment!”