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Heads of State, Prime Ministers, Ministers and public figures are all known to have their ‘Oh My God! or OMG’ moments when they have let slip something they shouldn’t have. Sometimes, it’s just a slip, but many a times, it’s also ignorance that gets them all the attention that they could well do without. The world has seen from time-to-time hilarious moments that have got picked out and highlighted in the media and the world [...]

September 29, 2015
Dry Days in India

Alcohol Consumption in India According to the NSSO (National Sample Survey Office) report for 2011-2012, an average Indian from the rural belt is estimated to consume about 220 ml of alcohol a week totaling up to about 11.4 litres a year, while in urban areas, the average is pegged at about 5 litres a year. According to a report on alcohol consumption released by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in mid-May this year, [...]

Misuse of Social Media

Social media is a new phenomenon worldwide and is here to stay. Social media has enabled people to be connected in real time and is bringing out new facets of people interest, engagement and behaviour. From trivia to disasters, information reaches people as it happens and is keeping them engaged like never before. But how they express or react thereafter, makes social media a double-edged sword. Just yesterday, the plight of a young schoolboy from [...]

Indian Wedding Traditions

Marriage is central to the Indian society. Celibacy is largely related to spiritual emancipation and is largely frowned upon unless one is a spiritual or religious leader. Despite its importance, marriage rules and traditions have been rigid and unyielding. Any dissent between a couple can cause friction between families and even communities. Here is a snapshot of the changing face of marriages in India. Arranged marriages – made by families Arranged Marriages as understood in [...]

Online Grocery Shopping in India

The act of purchasing products over the Internet, the common terminology of which is “online shopping,” is very popular in India. Starting from books to clothes to accessories to electronics, the list is endless when it comes to online shopping. The latest entrant in this virtual world of shopping is grocery shopping. Though online grocery shopping is not a new concept in the West, in India, it is slowly gaining importance with the launch of [...]

Totalitarian Democracy Image

It is time for the nation to collectively reflect and debate what our founding fathers envisaged this nation to be and what we have become today. If we are evolving and moving in the right direction then we have nothing to worry but the question is, are we? The Constitution of the country allows, we the people, to democratically elect the government that we choose, and once elected, the government carries the responsibility to govern [...]

Unsolved Murder Cases in India Image

Murder committed by well-known people have always evoked outrage, curiosity, interest, gossip, passion and animated discussion in society that verges on extreme excitement.   Sheena Bora Murder Case The recent arrest of Indraani Mukherjea, a celebrity wife of media tycoon Peter Mukherjea, accused of murdering her own daughter Sheena Bora, and suspected of planning to murder her son Mikhail Bora, has become the main course meal for a content-starved media and has found eager audience [...]

Violence in Society Image

We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it. – Mahatma Gandhi For a nation whose birth was inspired by the concept of nonviolence, it is indeed sad to note that violent behaviour in our society is increasing. As India is rapidly moving towards urbanisation, society is beginning to experience its negative fallout – the [...]

Violence in Gujarat Over Patel Community Quota Row Image

22-year-old Hardik Patel, until recently an unknown name in the political and social scene in Gujarat, suddenly took centre stage and became the cynosure of all eyes, as his organisation Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) organised one of the largest gatherings ever of the Patel community in Ahmedabad on 25 August, to call for their inclusion in the Other Backward Classes (OBC) list. For a young man just out of college and one who was [...]

Parental Pressure and Stress on Children Image

All-Rounder Children A secure and happy family environment is the bare necessity for the healthy growth and development of a child. In India, education and academics have been the traditional focal points of stress. Parental pressure for children to excel in their studies has been unusually high. Unlike other countries, peer pressure does not seem to feature in the list of woes of an Indian student. A compelling need to excel in academics coming from [...]