Category Archives: Musings

I love to talk about nothing. It’s the only thing I know anything about.
― Oscar Wilde

Nature in Decline

Ukiam is a prime example of how a mismanaged tourism industry could ruin a natural resource.

A land of many vistas, Ukiam is a shallow riverbank area in the Boko region in Assam. But a completely unregulated influx of tourists has severely affected the place. Imagine a small beautiful riverbank and put in a 1000 people, more than 30 buses, and tonnes of wastes dumped into the forest and river.

This photo is just a glimpse of how beautiful this place actually is.
The reality, however, is much different.


Cover image: Ukiam | VSCO, Instagram

The truth about Intolerance

In light of recent events, there’s a lot of discussion going on about the rise of intolerance in the country. Reports of communal violence have increased (only reports, mind you), celebrities are being ostracised for their statements, students are being branded as anti-nationals just for their opinions. But all have a common denominator, one that people fail to focus on. Continue reading The truth about Intolerance

Travel log

Today I came across an interesting question on Quora,

Would you post a map of the administrative divisions of your country you’ve (a) lived in (b) visited (c) passed through?

This one was again inspired by an older Reddit thread.


So here’s my map:

 

india_districts
Modified from the Indian Districts Map | Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1932743. Changes include corrections in the Assam region as of 21/01/2017 and colouring of specific districts based on my travel history.
  • Legend:
    • Red: Lived
    • Green: Visited
    • Blue: Passed through (on land only)

This was a very interesting exercise for me, and I think everyone should give this a try. I was really surprised to see how little of India I had covered till now actually.

NOTE: The original map on Wikimedia commons is horribly outdated and (I’m speaking only about the state of Assam) does not contain any of the new districts or divisions. On that note, the Assam part of this map has been modified to add some of the newer districts.

Rogue One (2016) – Disney did it again!

Rogue One is the eight major instalment in the Star Wars franchise, and we all had our reasons to be excited about it. What was special about this movie was that this was the first Star Wars movie that was not about the Skywalker family. So aside from the all too familiar epic space opera that we all know and love, Rogue One is an Continue reading Rogue One (2016) – Disney did it again!

Metropolis 2017

Heartbroken to miss the Nehru Park attractions this year in #Metropolis2017

f** you BJP. Congratulations on your victory against creative expression. What were those youngsters thinking?! At least now they can go back to their studies…

But I guess something is better than nothing. #RedBullTourBus

Great show people!

A photo posted by Abhineet Dey (@debooworks) on Jan 8, 2017 at 6:16am PST


Read: Assam Youth Festival Fails BJP’s Nationalism Test, Gets Shut Down


This post was submitted to a Daily Post prompt: Names

Helping Hands

Twenty-three percent of India ‘s population is below the poverty line i.e.one sixth of the world population is below poverty line The $7 per day limit set by the UN for poverty is much above the standard set by our government. As for me, I thought that we ‘knew’ much about these people and about their conditions but I was so wrong. Continue reading Helping Hands

Batman v Superman – Why the fans loved it, and why the critics hated it?

After almost a year of heavy teasing and heavy discussions, we finally have the chance to watch one of the most awaited blockbusters of the year, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

But right now, there’s a lot of confusion surrounding the movie, especially when it comes to the polarized opinions and reviews about the movie. Here’s why. Continue reading Batman v Superman – Why the fans loved it, and why the critics hated it?

Was the JNU issue an overreaction?

It is always easy to take an extremist stance. Like in the case of JNU, some people went out of their way to disparage the Indian union in blatant disregard for the sentiments of others.

Similarly, rejecting RSS chief Continue reading Was the JNU issue an overreaction?

The Man from Earth (2007)

The Man from Earth is a 2007 indie film with a fan following even today, especially among the intellectual circles. I recently saw this as a recommendation from my friend, and I found the movie quite interesting, to say the least .

Although I found the premise interesting, the movie underwhelmed me overall.

In my opinion, the movie had Continue reading The Man from Earth (2007)

A commentary in Pink

Shooting right at the burning issues of today, Pink is a refreshing new title in the growing list of mature movies from this side of B-Town.

The movie focusses on a multitude of topics such Continue reading A commentary in Pink