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Why are we all happy clamouring over sensational news (like Sonu Nigam quitting Twitter), while issues such as our country's looming unemployment crisis remain under the radar?
Why are we all happy clamouring over sensational news (like Sonu Nigam quitting Twitter), while issues such as our country’s looming unemployment crisis remain under the radar?
Another country’s migraine, unleashes himself on the airways after a brief respite for some, compelling the rest of the pack to follow suit just to gain traction, to grab eyeballs. His mode of ‘nationalistic reporting’ which is akin to rabble-rousing, is diligently followed by many viewers across and that’s why he is as dangerous as a fully loaded xenophobic.
A false bit of news intended to create chaos by the neighboring powers to be, gets amplified within hours, gets the nation fuming and becomes a headache to many. Accusations, counter accusations get bandied about very easily, reputations are sullied in a no-holds-barred exercise where holding on to tripe becomes almost an art form.
In all this bluster, real news that affects us all, becomes mere fine print.
Various surveys claim that the economy is booming but if we notice, jobs are dwindling due to automation. We need Jobs. The usual career paths have been done to death. We have a sizable restless young pool graduating every year but are they trained or equipped enough to reorient themselves to the changing economic situations? Is our education system oriented towards making our kids self-sufficient? What can we expect from an examination system that focuses on scoring rather than applying the fundamentals?
The world is slowly getting increasingly isolationist and thereby insular. More and more doors are getting closed citing domestic compulsions. But, an increasing number of parents still look at foreign universities while our domestic universities do not up their ante to the changing dynamics all-around.
Our ground water is dwindling rapidly. We are drawing more water than others but hey, let us forget about all these boring topics, shall we?
Let us talk about Nigam’s angst, his 24 tweets and Major Gogoi’s presence of mind or lack of it.
Let us not worry about settling the next-gen or about equal opportunities.
Let us not fret about thinking out of the box being the need of the hour.
And let us wait for the Goswamied style of patriotic (!!) reporting to become the norm for the rest of them.
Let us whip up frenzy over the redundant.
Let the Din take-over sanity…
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Rajshri Deshpande, who played the fiery protagonist in Trial by Fire along with Abhay Deol speaks of her journey and her social work.
Rajshri Deshpande as the protagonist in ‘Trial by Fire’, the recent Netflix show has received raving reviews along with the show itself for its sensitive portrayal of the Uphaar Cinema Hall fire tragedy, 1997 and its aftermath.
The limited series is based on the book by the same name written by Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, who lost both their children in the tragedy. We got an opportunity to interview Rajshri Deshpande who played Neelam Krishnamoorthy, the woman who has been relentlessly crusading in the court for holding the owners responsible for the sheer negligence.
Rajshri Deshpande is more than an actor. She is also a social warrior, the rare celebrity from the film industry who has also gone back to her roots to give to poverty struck farming villages in her native Marathwada, with her NGO Nabhangan Foundation. Of course a chance to speak with her one on one was a must!
“What is a woman’s job, Ramesh? Taking care of parents-in-law, husband, children, home and things at work—all at the same time? She isn’t God or a superhuman."
The arrays of workstations were occupied by people peering into their computer screens. The clicks of keyboard keys were punctuated by the occasional footsteps moving around to brainstorm or collaborate with colleagues in their cubicles. Most employees went about their tasks without looking at the person seated on either side of their workstation. Meenakshi was one of them.
The thirty-one-year-old marketing manager in a leading eCommerce company in India sat straight in her seat, her eyes on the screen, her fingers punching furiously into the keys. She was in a flow and wanted to finish the report while the thoughts and words were coming effortlessly into her mind.
Natu-Natu. The mellifluous ringtone interrupted her thoughts. She frowned at her mobile phone with half a mind to keep it ringing until she noticed the caller’s name on the screen, making her pick up the phone immediately.
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