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Viji Athreye

I am an Indian...Wedded to the Olive Green, I believe I belong to the Silent Ranks. I am extremely perturbed by the social issues concerning India. I in my own capacity am trying to bring about that change for a brighter tomorrow.

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Natural Wonders in India

  Spanning from the high reaches of the Himalayas in the North to the coastal plains in the South, the vast expanses of the Rann of Kutch in the West to the highlands covered with wet evergreen forests in the East, India is indeed a traveller’s delight with its remarkable diversity in the magnificent landscapes. It seems as though when God created the world, He paused a while and took a little extra care to [...]


Among all the modes of transport, the charm of a train journey remains unparalleled till date. No road trip and no air journey will give the traveller the thrill of seeing innumerable stations, some known and some nondescript, as the train chugs along on the tracks. Each such station that the train crosses seems like a window into the city, speaking volumes about the culture of the people who live in it; not to mention [...]

Onam Celebration

There is a saying in Bengal, “Baro Mashe Tero Parbon”. It means that there are 12 months in a year but 13 festivals to celebrate in India. India indeed is a land of diverse cultures with innumerable festivals to celebrate. One such festival is Onam, which is celebrated in God’s Own Country, Kerala. Onam is a rice harvest festival and the beginning of New Year for Hindu Malayalees around the world. The festival falls in [...]

Srijan Scam in Bihar

India has unfortunately made its mark globally even for the wrong reasons with innumerable alleged scams and scandals since independence which include political, financial, corporate and others. The latest scam to make an entry is the Srijan scam in Bihar that involves siphoning off money to the tune of about Rs. 1,000 crore INR. Within days of switching allegiance to the BJP, Chief minister Nitish Kumar is now fighting charges from the opposition Rashtriya Janata [...]

Clean Ganga Mission

India has many rivers flowing across its length and breadth, and of all of them River Ganga is the most significant with economic, environmental and cultural value. The Ganges rises at the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas, and after traversing a course of more than 2,500 km through the plains of north and eastern India, merges with the Bay of Bengal. The Ganges accounts for 26 per cent of India’s landmass, 30 per cent of [...]

Quit India Movement

Quit India Movement (Bharat Chhodo Andolan), the watershed movement that has been one of the most vehement appeals in the history of India against the British Raj. This Movement helped India gain independence from the colonial rule of the British in the long-run. Also known as the India August Movement (August Kranti), the civil disobedience movement, demanding an immediate end to the British Rule, was launched on August 8, 1942 at the Bombay session of [...]

irctc portal in hindi

Indian Railways had rolled out its own e-ticketing service in 2011. However, this service was available only in English till now. In a country where Hindi is undoubtedly the most commonly used language, and English is limited mostly to the urban population, this e-ticketing service launched by the Indian Railways was not being used to the optimum level. The Indian Railways, in a bid to improve and enhance the public facilities across the maximum number [...]

future smart cities

The Smart Cities Mission launched by the Narendra Modi Government in 2015 is well underway with 90 cities already having been selected for urban renewal and retrofitting program. The aim of the Smart City Mission is to develop 100 cities and satellite towns into citizen-friendly and sustainable smart cities. Except for West Bengal, all the states and Union Territories are participating in this five-year program. The Government of India is investing an amount of 1,91,155 [...]

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is the subliminal bond of love, and a promise of protection, between a brother and sister. Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) is one of the most cherished festivals of India, and is eagerly awaited by all the siblings. Celebrated during the first full moon night (Rakhi Purnima) in the month of Shravan ( the 5th month as per Hindu calendar), this festival also holds a special significance and a different meaning for the different regions [...]

GST impact on festive season

The festival season in India is fast approaching with Rakhi, Durga Puja, Diwali and many other celebrations just around the corner. The festival season in India is synonymous with shopping, when people splurge on everything from clothing to jewellery and food items. Retail shops, branded stores and malls in the pre-GST (Goods and Services Tax) Era used to make the most of this season and tried to woo consumers with hefty discounts and freebies. The [...]