Category Archives: Viewpoint

“There is the truth , the perception of truth, and versions that don’t even come close; but it’s the perception that creates the most conflict every time.”
― Johnnie Dent Jr.

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:


Modified from the Indian Districts Map | Public Domain, 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NOTE: The original map on Wikimedia commons is horribly outdated and (I’m speaking only about the state of Assam) does not contain any of the new districts or divisions.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.

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 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

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 Problem With Our Masks

I’m sitting on the second last bench. The entire batch of 2013 is sitting in front of me. Checked shirts, stylish ponytails, and the boring teacher giving his boring lecture. It is a fact that no one really has any real interest in what he’s saying and even he knows that. And there are those in front who are still pretending that they are interested.

My theory of people is different. What I see in front is a bunch of liars. There are many others who Continue reading The Problem With Our Masks

Gangaajal- Why no other movie can replace the 2003 classic

Days after the release of the hyped Jai Gangaajal, there almost no talk about the movie. Even the recent ‘Priyanka-Wave’ could do little to uplift the fate of this 2016 release. The fact is, that the only reason this movie attracted attention was that it was hailed as a supposed spiritual successor to the 2003 Bollywood classic, Gangaajal and now it only goes to prove that there can be no other.

The recent debacle of the latest Prakash Jha release only adds to the glory of the 2003 classic. So this feels like a good time to revisit the original movie and what made it stand out. Continue reading Gangaajal- Why no other movie can replace the 2003 classic

The real story behind Airlift

A commentary on the movie Airlift and the Kuwaiti Crisis of 1990

One particular thing I like about documentaries and movies based on true events is how they make me really curious about the subject. Airlift was a recent Bollywood movie on the World’s Largest Civilian Evacuation Undertaking in History by India in Kuwait in 1990. There are very few Bollywood movies that actually dwell on subjects such as these. In fact, serious fictional movies with deep plots and stories are virtually non-existent in this commercially driven industry. That’s why Airlift got me curious.

Continue reading The real story behind Airlift

A Darker Truth

The year is 1942. Quit India movement was well under well underway. The location, in front of the Patna secretariat. Despite police warnings 7 young college boys took to the streets with the ‘Tiranga’- the tricolor, a sign of hope for the Indians and of defiance to the British. All eyes were locked on the seven lads, who made their way to the pedestal in front of the secretariat building, the flag above their shoulders. They were immediately fired upon. They fell one by one, but the national flag never fluttered. It was passed forward before any one of them succumbed to their injuries. The Tiranga, shining in all its glory never backed down, and finally replaced the Union Jack. All the seven students were dead, while a country of millions was still watching on, silent and fearful. Continue reading A Darker Truth